Commentary, links, and other things that might be of interest…
[Miles Rawls, commissioner of D.C.'s Goodman League, hopes his boys backup the trash talk against opponents from L.A.'s Drew League this Saturday.]
Well, it’s just about here… the highly anticipated matchup between out-of-work NBAers (and others) from the East to the West. Capital Punishment, to be held at D.C.’s Trinity University, will pit the Goodman League versus the Drew League on Saturday evening. Yea, I know, you’ve heard about it. I’ll be there. Lots of people will be there. In fact, Trinity could be an aboslute circus, but what would this whole event be without one?
Beckley Mason did a great profile of Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls (the above photo of Rawls that I took accompanies his piece from the ESPN.com NBA home page).
I read Matt Moore a fair bit. He’s one of my favs on the Internet, although perhaps because I’ve met him, but I also have and have not met a lot of NBA-writing cats. Either way, this blurb from him regarding Kobe’s 4543 points and a game-winning shot at the Drew League struck me as particularly funny.
[Eye On Basketball]
Speaking of Kobe … the only answer one can get about him playing at Capital Punishment is that he gave a wink and a smile. Kobe has perfected coy. He’s coyishly coy, aims to be that way, it seems.
People say Kevin Durant was riding his bike around D.C. today… and indeed he was.
If Tim Hardaway can do it, anyone can.
[Ball Don't Lie]
Best NBA finishers at the rim? Looks like JaVale McGee is ranked 27th and Andray Blatche is ranked 40th.
First seen in the Carolina Peacemaker that the Wizards were re-upping assistant coach Gene Banks for two more seasons, Michael Lee reports that the remaining remaining assistants (seeing as Wes Unseld Jr. and Mike Wells have already departed for other teams this summer) will also be retained for the duration of Flip Saunders’ contract, including Randy Wittman, Don Zierden, Sam Cassell and Ryan Saunders.
Tom Ziller takes out another futile attempt by the Washington Post’s Tracee Hamilton to write about the Wizards.
Kind of an enjoyable read of an exchange between two good writers, Charles Robinson and Tommy Craggs, with, of course, Craggs playing the role of a ‘more douchey because he’s actually smart’ Gilbert Arenas, I presume. (Note: Gilbert Arenas has nothing to do with this, it’s just that his Twitter jokes lately are about as funny as perpetual knee issues are to him, I imagine.)