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>> Ted Leonsis calls Michael Lee’s pixels ‘fair pixels‘ … Question mark pixels, I say. Either way, the Wizards and their direction under a relatively new owner, a ‘been there’ GM/team president, and a ‘wanna be there’ old school coach will be interesting to watch. I’m excited. Question is, will the team marketing slogan be up to par?
>> Again, not much to get excited about with summer pro-am basketball, but do check out new Wizards point guard A.J. Price putting in work at the Hartford pro-am… Nice dimes.
>> Tomas Satoransky and the Czech national team barely escaped Belarus on Thursday, 79-72. Satoransky had just 11 points on 5-for-10 FGs with three rebounds, two assists, and five turnovers, but he scored five straight points, giving the Czechs a 79-70 lead and putting the game away (of course, after teammate Lubos Barton hit a 3-pointer to put the Czechs up 73-68). The Czech Republic is now 4-1 in EuroBasket qualifying group play and will face the 5-0 Italians on Monday.
>> Darius Songaila is still interested in the NBA (despite just signing a contract to play pro ball in the Ukraine), because he wants to be near his daughter (he’s recently divorced and his family lives in the States) … I know a certain NBA team in a certain nation’s capital that has an extra roster spot. Wouldn’t it be fun having Songaila – as the prototypical pick-and-pop player — around the young Wizards? (i.e., Vesely… And especially if the Wiz could use one more body down low.) Then again, you could totally see Songaila signing with the Lakers (hello Eddie Jordan!). Otherwise, read what Eric Freeman wrote about D-Song.
[Ball Don't Lie]
>> #NBArank Update: Jordan Crawford is 218, right after Linas Kleiza (seems about right, considering the gunning ways of each player); former Wizard Randy Foye rings in at 201 (the L.A. effect); Andray Blatche is 254 and Tyrus Thomas is 253 (go figure! rumored trade buddies!); Rashard Lewis is 257, down from 144 last time ’round (Sweet Lew! … worse yet: Brendan Haywood is ranked lower than Lewis); and that’s it for now…
>> Solid piece by John Canzano from January 2011 about how Martell Webster got his once lost/stolen McDonald’s All-American ring back.
So Patrick Ewing wants to rekindle his shoe operation. I once had a pair of Ewing shoes, the exact ones pictured below (via the Internets). People called them space/ski boots, but I didn’t care. I wore them until they were worn out (essentially). In any case, if you can’t coach ‘em, outfit them with footwear, Big Pat.
[ESPN New York]
>> Kelly Dwyer has an excellent read on Mike Miller. The gist, at this point of his career, on the Heatles, is that everyone would be fine/happy if the flawed player (albeit great shooter, percentage-wise) that Mike Miller was in Minnesota and Washington returned to the floor in Miami (I think). Still not sure if that’d make me comfortable watching Mr. Glass channel whatever energy he has left like an IV line, i.e., not sure I want Mike Miller “back” (as goes the title of the series by Dwyer) — maybe he’s just fine being the NBA’s hobbling old man who dips tobacco before games. In any case, those seven 3-pointers that Miller hit in game five of the NBA Finals was probably the apex of his career and his swan song wrapped into “Let it fly.” I just rambled.
[Ball Don't Lie]
>> We can never remember the Wizards-Cavs rivalry that never really was... but check out this run-down.
[Alone In The Green Room]
>> An assessment of the Wizards and one of the few people who wrote positive things about the Rashard Lewis-for-Trevor Ariza/Emeka Okafor trade.
[The Hoop Doctors]