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>> We start with a big Kevin Seraphin block versus Tunisia.
>> James Singleton is moving on; Roger Mason, too.
With the Wizards reportedly unwilling to pay anything more than the veteran’s minimum, John Singleton moving on and Roger Mason signing with the New Orleans Hornets represents cost-considered moves for the Washington franchise (see cliche phrase: “It’s a business”). In a sense, this is a disservice: not finding a way to reward the efforts of Singleton and Mason while offering some constancy to a young team. In reality, the Wizards weren’t offering much playing time. Shooting from Mason would have been nice, the same with the grit of Singleton, but with roster capacity now at 13 — and the need to see how all the new feature parts fit together first– the Wizards can afford to hold off on filling the last two available spots, per report of the Washington Post’s Michael Lee. Not retaining Mason and Singleton was not part of an ideal offseason plan for the Wiz, but that doesn’t mean someone else can’t come along an inspire the team from the end of the bench just as well.
>> ESPN’s Marc Stein reports (via Twitter) that the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are interested in Andray Blatche. Both are solid organizations and could help turn Blatche into something. Each city also drastically differs in nightlight options, which understandably could have a significant influence on the overall “Party All-Dray” experience. Blatche has for the past couple of offseasons made his home in Miami. So there’s that. San Antonio has the Riverwalk. Also:
“Everyone knows San Antonio is a great city… they do have some big ol’ women down here,” famously said Charles Barkley.
Destination Blatche: To Be Determined.
NOTED: Two recommended links from D.C. Sports Nexus: Andray Blatche’s father and an asbestos conspiracy; Andray Blatche and a history of speeding tickets
>> Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis tweeted on August 1 that Jerry Sichting could be the new addition to the Wizards coaching staff, a personnel move which has recently been eluded to by both Ted Leonsis and Randy Wittman.
Look for former Wolves asst Jerry Sichting to end up reunited with Randy Wittman on the Wizards’ staff
— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) August 1, 2012
What to know about Sichting?
He played in 598 NBA games from 1980 to 1990 (47 playoff games) and spent time with the Pacers, Celtics, Trail Blazers, and Hornets, as well as a single game with the Bucks. Evidently pronounced SEE-sting, Jerry, from Indiana and a product of Purdue, has an NBA championship ring from Boston’s 1986 title run. From a February 2012 Sports Illustrated piece by Jon Wertheim on Sichting about how he jumped in to help his high school when their boys basketball coach unexpectedly, and unfortunately, had to step down because of indecent exposure to a 17-year old:
Larry Bird recently appeared on Bill Simmons’ excellent podcast and reminisced about his old Celtics teams. A quarter-century after the fact, Bird still rhapsodized about Sichting. That 6-foot-1 pest knocked down open jumpers. On defense, he frustrated the heck out of other, more skilled players, not least, Isiah Thomas. It was Sichting, of course, who took a cheap shot from 7-4 Ralph Sampson. (Sichting, memorably, responded that he didn’t know if it was a “punch or a mosquito.”) We tend to roll our eyes when we hear about athletes who “play hard” and “have a winning attitude” and “are good teammates.” But every now and then we get a reminder that this whole spots-builds-character business might have some validity after all.
Wittman and Sichting are familiar with each other from time spent with the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise (where Sichting served as a scout and assistant coach), from their NBA playing days (they played 20 games against each other), and from Sichting’s final year as a Boilermaker (35 games in 1978-79), which coincided with Wittman’s freshman year with the Indiana Hoosiers (34 games played).
>> TAI’s John Townsend has written a nice piece on Oscar Pistorius — The Blade Runner. Check it out.
[Huffington Post Sports]
>> John Wall’s name appears in an infractions report from the NCAA Enforcement Committee because a head basketball coach was talking about a prospect and referring to him as “John Wall, Jr.” (or, the next John Wall). But John Wall himself had absolutely nothing to do with said infractions. Make sense?
[A Sea of Blue]
>> Is Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) on Twitter? Maybe, maybe not…
There’s a picture of Flip and Lawrence Frank, supposedly at “Coaching U” at the University of Maryland, which was tweeted from the account. There are also these tweeted tidbits of advice:
Key to coaching. Keep the 2 people at the end of the bench that don’t like you away from the 3 in middle that aren’t sure. (playing time)
— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) July 20, 2012
List of 15 NBA amnesty players. Coached 4 in Washington. guess that makes me all amnesty coach.
— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) July 27, 2012
The truth can not be controversialThe truth is truth
— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) August 1, 2012
Whatever the case, you be the judge.
>> Wall is looking good on the summer circuit again, FWIW. Jump shot, TBD.
>> Top 5 Dream Team Moments with Baron Davis and John Wall (note: comedy)