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[Mt. Pleasant Day 2011 - Washington, D.C. - photo: K. Weidie]
Do we even know this John Wall kid?
Watching him play at exhibition games this summer, he doesn’t seem like the guy I saw make his pro debut at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, much less the player who dazzled us all during an injury-affected, frustration-filled rookie season.
The one potential problem I see with all of this (there’s always a “problem,” isn’t there, pessimist?) is that with the seemingly enhanced offensive and athletic ability over the 2011 Summer, is Wall, as a point guard, setting himself up to take matters into his hands too much if his teammates fail him?
Awww…. screw all that hypothesizing. I just want to see dude play. THE DUNKS!
Via HoopMixTape.com at Chris Paul’s Charity “Game” in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday. Also, it wasn’t really a game; it was more like when an eight-year old gets a billiards table all to himself and starts knocking the balls all over the place until an adult-sounding buzzer stops him.
> Also… last month John Wall’s name appeared on the billboard at Lap Dance Tuesdays… Just Like Andray Blatche! (At Cameo, where there probably aren’t lap dances, at least not the type where people monetarily compensate each other, but there definitely are poles for dancing. #TeamAmerica.]
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[Via this interview video, etc. from one of several John Wall birthday celebrations, this one in Miami, Florida, clearly.]
> Chris Singleton putting in some work with Jimmer in Utah.
> Michael Lee reports that Singleton could add yet another later of toughness to the Wizards, especially to those such as Andray Blatche who become slack-jawed at mere mention of toughness.
> Must-read article by Malcolm Gladwell about a real estate using a basketball team for overall profit, while the NBA, of course, cries foul because the team in itself cannot sustain business. NBA corporations, or “pieces of art” as Gladwell writes, certainly seem to be a conduit to greater business aims, but still, shouldn’t all teams be able to function at a profit by themselves to keep franchises from being parlayed for more?
> In his guest work for SB Nation, the son of Ernie Grunfeld, Dan Grunfeld (currently a pro basketball player overseas), has an excellent post on his bobblehead collection. Dan starts with, “I am a grown man who collects NBA bobbleheads. Take a minute to let that sink in,” which leads me to believe that, like myself, like a lot of guys, he is actually struggling with being a grown man. It’s okay Dan … I still buy “extreme value” packs of random basketball cards from Target for $9.99.
> From an interview with Goodman League Commissioner Miles Rawls, I liked his answer when asked about his favorite moment from this past summer of exhibition games:
“But the Drew League game was one of the most competitive games I have seen in a while. From end to end, it was competitive. No giggling. Normally when you get a bunch of NBA guys together they get to BSing around but not at this game.”
> Even people in the legal community are writing about how dumb Gilbert Arenas was to file a lawsuit against Basketball Wives while doing the things that he does (did) on Twitter. By the way, evidently Arenas and Laura Govan are back together. Go figure.
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PICTURES & OTHER STUFF!
> This recent pic of Yi Jianlian…. via The Sports Hernia.
Remember that Polish guy, Maciej Lampe, that the Knicks drafted back in 2003 (people thought they were getting a steal, but he was a bust)? Well, evidently Seraphin is essentially replacing him because he had hip surgery and will miss the regular Euroleague season. Also, Nemanja Bjelica is playing for Caja Laboral as well. The Wizards drafted him 35th in 2010 for the Timberwolves, to where he was traded as part of a package deal that scored Washington Trevor Booker.
> The quintessential Mike James basketball card shot? He seems to agree.
> Sometimes that Washington Wizards basketball team that continues to exist during the lockout has been posting old pictures of the Washington Bullets online. I dug this one of Wes Unseld and felt it was appropriate to end on…. via WashingtonWizards.com