ShareBullets: NBA Trade Rumors, Wizards Workout Updates, Doin’ It In The Park & Wittman Goes HAM
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The NBA Draft rumor machine is fired up and ready to go with speculation swirling over Washington’s third pick. Ex-Wizards head coach Flip Saunders is now running the Minnesota Timberwolves, and reports have them looking to move up from their ninth position in the draft, dangling 2011 second overall pick Derrick Williams as bait. Ben Standig breaks down this potential deal.
TAI’s Kyle Weidie digs into the latest scuttlebut of the Wizards possibly packaging their third overall draft pick for Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, aka, “Ghostface Ilya.” Bucks blogger KL Choulnard provides evidence of Ilyasova’s defensive struggles.
Set your Google Calendar alerts for Friday, June 14th. This is date that Georgetown’s Otto Porter will reportedly be working out for the Wizards at the Verizon Center.
UNLV’s Anthony Bennett is going to meet with Wizards on Wednesday, but will not be working out due to a shoulder injury.
Cody Zeller (Indiana) and Erick Greene (Virginia Tech) turned down invitations to workout for the Wizards. This item from Comcast’s J. Michael claims that NBA teams interested in Victor Oladipo must come to where he’s training in Bowie, MD, but omits that Oladipo previously worked out for the Suns in Phoenix.
I published a post about Nick Young’s crunk birthday party with numerous photos, and now there is a video of his throw-down.
Sham Sports calculated the salary cap situation of every NBA team. Washington’s projected salary for 2013-14: $57,065,519. Projected cap space: None.
Related: if you ever wanted to know what exactly a cap hold is, this helpful description will provide you the answers.
It was a big week for Jason Collins. He threw out first pitch at a Red Sox game and marched in Boston’s Gay Pride parade with Massachusetts politicians over the weekend. Collins’ clever Nike shirt featuring a colorful #BeTrue hashtag caught the eye of many. It’s almost like Collins was never a Wizard, and if it weren’t for Chris Wilcox, he would have never been.
DraftExpress moved Maryland’s center Alex Len to No. 1 overall on their 2013 draft board.
This feature details Alex Len’s rehab of his stress fracture injury… and how his agent is Russian.
Bradley Beal is hosting a summer camp for youngsters in his hometown of St. Louis from July 1-3.
Garrett Temple has been active on Vine, and this one of him singing in the car got Trevor Booker to respond: “This dude.”
Booker is hosting a camp this week in South Carolina with fellow Clemson Tiger alum Greg Buckner.
Pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to win next season might make them pass on Nerlens Noel.
Kyle Weidie and I recently went to a D.C. showing of the documentary, “Doin it in the Park.” The event was a benefit for a wonderful youth basketball organization, Hoops Sagrado, which is led by Wizards (and Blazers) fan and D.C. City Council aspirant, Bryan Weaver. After the packed crowd saw the excellent documentary on pick-up hoops culture in New York City, Tony Reali of ESPN’s Around the Horn hosted a panel discussion with film creators, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. It is a must-see for any basketball fan, and you can buy the movie for only $10 bucks.
Here Garcia and Couliau talk about the music they put in their movie.
The story of Elwyn McRoy, a career college hoops assistant trying to continue his professional coaching career, is worth your time.
NBA.com recently released video and commentary of the famous Game 7 playoff battle between Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird on its 25-year anniversary. The “Human Highlight Reel” went for 47 points, but the Celtics of “Larry Legend” pulled out the victory. Wizards head coach Randy Wittman was a teammate of Wilkins in Atlanta and had a monster game, but it was his last in a Hawks uniform.
These excerpts are noteworthy:
Dominique Wilkins: Everybody talks about the shootout Bird and myself had, but you had a lot of people who had great games. Randy Wittman had 22 points. Doc Rivers had 16 with 18 assists in that game. Kevin McHale had 33. People don’t even talk about that.
Randy Wittman (Hawks shooting guard): “That was one of my better games. I was 11 for 13 or something of that nature. As I told ‘Nique, he didn’t give me the ball enough shooting that percentage. Then Fratello traded me shortly after the season. So that was the last time I wanted to go 11 for 13, I guess.”
Doc Rivers: “We never recovered. We ended up making a big trade and changing our team, which you know, probably was not the right decision when you look back on it.
Wittman: It could have been different. We win that series and who’s to say that’s not us moving forward in the next three, four, five years of building it up. They kind of split up the team after that ’88 series, and it wasn’t really the same after that.
Steve Holman (Hawks radio play-by-play guy): I’ve often wondered myself what would happen that next year if we had stayed with the exact same team, kept Tree Rollins and Randy Wittman instead of going after Moses Malone and Reggie Theus. I loved Moses. I know those moves were made to give us more offense. They thought we needed more offense.
In the below video compilation of highlights, Wittman makes a sick behind-the-back pass on the break to Wilkins for a two-handed slam (4:08 mark). Nice look, coach!
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