ShareBullets: John Wall's New Reeboks, Nene's Flaring Plantar Fasciitis & Emeka's Shanghai
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> John Wall’s New Reebok Zigs
So a sneak peak at Wall’s new Reeboks is out, via Sole Collector. What do you think? (Poll below.) FWIW, in the poll on Sole Collector, which has many, many options, 26-percent currently say that they are “hideous.”
> Nene’s Plantar Fasciitis
Nene walked with a slight limp after the game. The plantar fasciitis that bothered him at times last season has flared up, he said.
“When the ball goes up, I forget about that, though,” Nene said.
Bullets Forever’s Mike Prada writes:
Given that Nene had to skip other international competitions due to contract stuff and other NBA obligations, I feel uncomfortable suggesting to him that he can’t play in the Olympics. This is Brazil’s best shot to medal, and it’s his best opportunity to help them. However, there’s also not very much time to rest between the end of the tournament and the beginning of next season. There’s a decent chance that Nene could take this foot injury into next year, which would mean he could miss some games. More activity isn’t exactly going to help him.
As an ardent follower of the Wizards, balanced thought, and the consideration of all possibilities — and being a follower of the Bullets as well — one can’t help but play a game of Assume The Worst.
Visions of Nuggets fan angst due to a certain one-named diva suited in Sunday’s best at the end of the bench surface in the mind (and columnist angst, via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post). Thoughts of Denver’s reported “buyer’s remorse” from signing Nene to a 5-year, $67 million dollar contract in the summer of 2011 enter (via Ken Berger of CBS).
Another consideration: Would we even know the tease of Nene had it not been for the Olympics this summer? Remember, he came back to the Wizards in order to prepare. You can’t blame the faith-filled Brazilian for participating in homeland basketball pride. I love it when guys represent their countries in international competition. The Olympics should have an age limit (while the FIBA World Championships should be reserved for any-aged (NBA) player), but while they’re still eligible, I like it.
In the Wizards’ case, you just hope Nene is able to maintain the same passion in Washington (and that the team facilitates it).
Assuming hopeful means considering NBA players who have managed plantas fasciitis to varying degrees — Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant for example. Optimism might also dictate that with the top to bottom review Ted Leonsis has given his franchise, the historically maligned medical treatment has not escaped tinkering.
The Wizards are, at least, in an ideal contingency situation: aim to play veterans like Nene and Emeka Okafor significant, but limited/monitored minutes and see what Wu-Tang song about cash ruling everything around me rises amongst Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely. Works for me.
> NBA Luxury Tax
Ted Leonsis via Ted’s Take:
“I seriously doubt that the Washington Wizards would ever go into the luxury tax in the out-years.”
> Emeka’s Shanghai
We end with Emeka Okafor’s tour of China … follow him on Twitter: @BigMek50
Never knew fish head would taste so good! Feeling smarter already twitter.com/BigMek50/statu…
— Emeka Okafor (@BigMek50) July 30, 2012