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>> USA Today is reporting that the Wizards want to bring back Maurice “Mo” Evans for a front office gig (even though Mo wants to play one more year). But also, there’s this:
But it’s his locker room presence that made an impact in Washington. Last season, Evans filled that leadership role as a mentor to guards John Wall and Jordan Crawford. One person with knowledge of the Wizards’ season said Crawford would have been late to the airport for a handful of road trips had Evans not picked him up. The person, who requested anonymity because Evans is still trying to reach a deal, also said almost every player credited Evans for his leadership and advice during their exit interviews.
Tell us, now who will now get Jordan Crawford to the airport on time?!?!?
>> “Big News” – Earl Barron, Steven Gray, and Shavlik Randolph have been invited to 2012 Wizards training camp. My gut says that unless something extraordinary happens, these players are just warm bodies and that the Wizards will start the season with 14 on the roster — it’s not like they’re going to send anyone down to the D-League.
>> SLAM recently asked Mugsy Bogues this:
You spent time on the same team with Manute Bol in Washington. Do you think it was basketball related or was it more of a marketing move?
And Mugsy’s response:
No I think it was more of a marketing tool for the Bullets. At first, I didn‘t see it that way. I was just so happy to be drafted, playing back in your hometown. But after a while it felt like a marketing move. The tall and the short of it. I‘m sure they thought they could use it to their advantage, sell some tickets with it. But Manute and I never bought into it. We played the game for what it is and approached the game for what it was.
>> Oh, cherish these moments of bringing a Chipotle burrito into a McDonald’s, or as I like to call it… Andray Blatche’s summer mixtape.
>> Speaking of Chipotle… First, JaVale McGee evidently didn’t treat a young lady he flew out for “relations” to some Chipotle, then he tried to give free away Chipotle via Twitter and only one guy showed up. You might of heard about this via the Internets. Oh, JaVelo McGoo, never stop being you.
[Mile High Sports]
>> Making room for the Wizards in a Redskins/Nationals town? It’s basketball, ain’t it? Now, the Wizards just need to, you know, get good…
>> John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, is leaving the conglomerate that he was apart of, Lagardère Unlimited.
>> Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson unceremoniously ended his career with Les Boulez.
>> Here we go, again… another “Woe is me/Why can’t I score a head NBA coaching gig?” story about Patrick Ewing. Now he’s turning down head coaching jobs in the D-League offered to him by New York Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston. Swell.
[ESPN New York]
>> Does Deron Williams now need to make amends with Andray Blatche for the time he said this about John Wall’s teammates?
“I don’t want to put anybody down but he’s not playing with the smartest guys in the world.”
>> Decent piece by Tim Bontemps about how Blatche is a low risk, high reward move for the Nets.
>> Rating all the draft picks of all 30 NBA teams over the last 30 years into one cumulative score. Fairly interesting.
>> Former potential Wizards draft pick Ricky Rubio (shakes fist at Mike Miller/Randy Foye) plays basketball Connect Four on some Spanish television show. I love Connect Four and will take on all challengers.
[Ball Don't Lie]
>> Yep, in the NBA 2K13 trailer, JaVale McGee throws the ball off the backboard and dunks it … as a Denver Nugget. Are you seeing this, George Karl?
>> John Wall at one of his many, many birthday parties in Miami. No, John! That’s the old Wizards logo on that club cake! Don’t… Do… It… !!! (Nice DCU kit, though.)
[via Beyond The Buzzer]
>> Let’s end with this old school: 1977 picture of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld via Knoxville News Sentinel.