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John Wall turned 22-years old on Thursday, September 6. Kevin Willis turned 50 on Thursday, too. (Could’ve sworn he was 60 … he was still playing in the NBA less than 2,000 days ago.) Who else celebrated a birthday on September 6? None other than Pippa Middleton, Foxy Brown (the rapper), Jeff Foxworthy (the redneck), Rosie Perez, and Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire). Now let’s check out some John Wall birthday club fliers — Wall surely won’t become the next “Party All Dray,” right? (H/T DC Sports Nexus)
First, there’s New York…
And then Miami, where there will be girls holding boobs, clearly…
And now we unnaturally transition to Randy Wittman, naturally…
>> Here’s coach Randy, presumably playing for the Indiana Pacers in 1989-90 (as this is a ’90 edition Hoops card), which was his eighth year in the NBA (or third to last if you want to slice it that way). That season, at age 30, Witt averaged 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 8.9 minutes per game off the bench over 61 games. Look at him go!
>> There are so many great parts about the WizzNutzz contribution to Bullets Forever, especially the part about Kwame Brown and Michael Jordan, but I must share this tidbit about Hoops, the long lost team mascot.
After he was cast aside for G-Man and G-Wiz, the Bullets’ mascot, Hoops, started a lonely walk on the Appalachian Trail — never to be heard from again. He is fandom personified, wandering in the wild, never to find enlightenment. Rumors have it that if you throw an acorn into the air in the mountains or Virginia, a tree will turn into a smiling basket, but you can still see the tears running down his net.
Now please go read.
>> Of course, there’s also this picture of John Wall, comedian Kevin Hart, and some cognac, via Ludacris’ recent “Luda Day Weekend.”
[Beyond The Buzzer]
>> Sekou Smith has a good overview about the Wizards, here’s a blurb about where the team has been:
The days of Wall working with the likes of Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young — all talented but unpolished pros during their time with the Wizards — are over. That crew, filled with youngsters and journeymen in the aftermath of the Gilbert Arenas debacle, never did turn the corner.
With spots in the conference playoff pecking order up for grabs in recent years, the Wizards stood on the sidelines as teams like the Pacers, Sixers, Bucks and Knicks have all gone from the lottery to the playoffs (and back to the lottery the last two seasons for the Bucks). All but the Knicks did it with largely homegrown talent, with a few key free agent or trade assets sprinkled into the mix. Meanwhile, every move the Wizards made seemed to bury them further and further in the standings.
>> Tomas Satoransky and the Czech National Team now stand at 5-2 in EuroBasket qualifying group play after a 68-56 throttling at the hands of Italy last Sunday, but a 90-71 beat down of Portugal on Wednesday. Their last game will come on Sunday against Turkey, whom the Czechs previously beat 82-64. As long as they don’t lose to Turkey by more than 18 points, they will take part in EuroBasket 2013, to be held in Slovenia from September 4 through 22 next year. One must wonder, will both Satoransky and Jan Vesely make themselves available to their national team at that time?
>> The John Wall video below from YouTube user hitmanko is very long (8.5 minutes), but worth the watch (aside from the music) … it’s a comprehensive highlight package from Wall’s first two seasons in the league… And it gets me excited about basketball (and a little excited about the Wizards as a whole, too).
>> Some sort of groupie diary story about JaVale McGee made it on Media Takeout (no, I do not read that site … yes, someone notified me of the story). True or not, it’s a pretty silly depiction of a 12-year old in a 24-year old’s body and how he deals with flying a girl into town for a hookup.
>> Q&A with Wizards play-by-play radio guy Dave Johnson.
[Wiz of Awes]
>> John Wall’s birthday celebrated with his top five plays of last season.
>> Nature vs. Nurture, stats vs. non-stats, Mark Cuban duels over Chris Kaman with Wages of Wins, an advanced stats blog.
>> With a 4:40 video of the NBA’s most flagrant-est fouls. My eyes could be missing things, but I see these Wizards-related actions: Hilton Armstrong throwing down Miami’s Joel Anthony and then immediately going to help him up at the 2:08 mark; and then Elton Brand’s flagrant against JaVale McGee immediately after. The whole thing is worth the watch.
[H/T The Basketball Jones]