Links, commentary, fodder, beef…
Andray Blatche had himself a chat on ESPN.com Wednesday. Normally, would that even happen? Doubt it. The assumption is that this is more the doing of him deciding to re-acquire an agent this summer. Now that power-agent Andy Miller is on the scene — clients of his include: Trevor Booker, Kevin Garnett, Jared Jeffries, Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups, Brendan Haywood, Roger Mason Jr., Andre Miller, Michael Ruffin, Sebastian Telfair, Antonio McDyess, etc., etc. — Blatche is hitting the circuit of pumped positivity. And thus here we are.
Anyhow, nothing provocative or ground-breaking in his chat; it totally fits within the norms of prosaic NBA player media & PR fare. The highlights include: when asked about how his roll [sic in a very Ledell Eackles kind of way] has changed over his years with the team, he chats about, “listening to guys like Antawn, Brandon, Caron” … which actually got me very close to seeing if a “Brandon” ever played for the Wizards on Basketball-Reference.com before realizing that he was talking about Brendan Haywood.
Quick flashback: in January, Blatche said this:
“When I do lift, I’m the type of person, I don’t see results at all. I mean, I tried everything, man. I got a chef so I could start getting as healthy as I could eat. I don’t know what it is, man. I’m trying.”
Now, via the ESPN.com chat, he’s all about the beef:
- “This offseason, I’ve been in Miami trying to beef up and be stronger. So I can be stronger and more physical and finish more plays.”
- “I’m trying to beef up and stronger so I can be much more physical and aggressive.”
- “Just trying to get stronger and be more physical. Have more of a low post presence. Turn more into a beefy player.”
Come season time, aside from Chipotle Burritos, we’ll likely be wondering about the USDA-graded quality of said beef, or, perhaps, just where exactly the beef is. Or we’ll just be hungry for decent basketball.
John Wall should start being more careful with himself, for serious.
Andray Blatche and the couple of Wizards who worked out with him at some Columbia, MD gym evidently had t-shirts that read, “Playoffs Start Here.” Noted.
Chris Singleton will be playing for “Team Jimmer” in Jimmer Fredette’s exhibition game Thursday in Provo, Utah.
[Salt Lake Tribune]
Looks like the Goodman League vs. Drew League rematch is set to go down in Los Angeles at Cal State Dominguez Hills on October 9 — For L.A., JaVale McGee is likely out, but Nick Young will probably be in.
[ESPN Los Angeles]
Kevin Seraphin is going to play for Spanish team Caja Laboral… Which, seeing as Spain’s ACB League is the best Europe has to offer, can only be great for the young big man’s development.
Rashard Lewis may be overpaid (well, not during the lockout)… He may have a lot of miles on the tires… He may have bad knees… He may have lost his jump shot… None of this means that he won’t at least be trying to earn his money with the Wizards next season, past just being a much better locker room presence than Gilbert Arenas. His comments from Las Vegas (which actually isn’t much of a derivation from the stated goals of his game when he was traded to D.C.):
“I’m trying to get away from being just a spot-up shooter,” Lewis told HOOPSWORLD. “My whole goal is to get back to attacking the basket, posting up and being a small forward like I was in Seattle. I’m not complaining about being a spot-up shooter in Orlando because it was great and I’ll do anything for the team to help win games. That’s how we won ball games, by spreading the floor and having Dwight [Howard] inside. Now, for me, I have to get back to being aggressive and attacking the basket as well as shooting the three.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban can be a bit goofy, as they say, but what he did for Muggsy Bogues is pretty cool.
Adam Morrison, the most American creeper ever, which is probably why he ended up being bad at professional basketball.
[Got 'Em Coach]
Former Washington Wizard/Dook Blue Devil Christian Laettner is avoiding trouble from the law, a U.S. District Court Judge in D.C., among others.
The Washington Redskins are worth more than the GDP of the following countries: Bhutan, Belize, Djibouti, and more…
Why some NBA stars, including Gilbert Arenas, have changed their uniform numbers.
Jason Terry really, really wants DeShawn Stevenson back on the Mavericks — SLOW NEWS ALERT!