Look-Back Pixels: Wizards, Bobcats, G-Wiz & A Big Slow Cat
You’ve likely already read our game coverage of Washington’s disappointing home loss to Charlotte l
ast Wednesday. And by now you should have taken in our essential #WizardsTwitter recap of the tussle between Eastern Conference playoff contenders. But there is additional funny and interesting stuff that goes on during NBA games and it needs to be pixelated for the masses. ENJOY!
During Steve Clifford’s pre-game press availability, the Bobcats’ head coach stopped briefly to make a joke toward a player who was walking past the gathered media outside Charlotte’s locker room. It was Marcin Gortat, a former pupil of Clifford’s in Orlando.
“Yo, man, you want keep it down?” Clifford teased a laughing Gortat. “Listen, I was the first coach who ever ran post-ups for him a long time ago in Summer League, right there.”
“True, I agree,” replied Gortat. “We go way back. Tell ’em, Steve.”
At Oklahoma City Thunder home games, there has been a rash of successful half-court shots. Seven different OKC fans have nailed their chance at big money over the past five years. Their take-home was $20,000 a piece. Last season, a Heat fan won $75,000 for his half-court make and was famously tackled by LeBron James. A huge roar went up throughout the Verizon Center crowd on Wednesday night when a Wiz fan named Matt, donning a backwards Nats hat, drilled the long-range bomb. Matt’s prize was only $500, however, he was not disappointed and planned on using the money to buy diapers.
Throughout John Wall’s short four-year career, the genuine way he interacts with fans is impressive. He never turns down an autograph or picture request, always carving out time for admirers after his individual pre-game workouts. The only critique over the years was that he would sometimes do this in an emotionless, robotic fashion, especially in his rookie season. But hey, it was better than blowing by these fans like a large portion of NBA players do.
Before the Bobcats game, Wall went out of his way to chat up two small kids with their mom. Later, he made sure a Wizards staffer gave his shooting shirt to another young fan, who beamed in excitement on receiving the sweaty tee. Wall’s maturation is not only happening on the court, clearly, and it is a wonderful sight to see from the team’s best player.
Simon Cowell’s Fault.
Throughout the season, the Wizards have been doing an “America’s Got Talent“-style type of contest for halftime entertainment at their home games. The ‘talent’ and performances have been mixed, with the crowd reaction’s mostly muted. This is a kind assessment. Critics have pointed at this showcase as an example of the organization being cheap and not wanting to pony up for real acts. (Did everyone forget the group jazzercise routines?) The nadir might have been hit at the Cats game. The first “act” was a guy named P-E, dressed like a colorblind Carlton Banks and struggling to find his correct pitch. He could neither sing well nor rap, and his life would be much better off if one of his peeps would have let him know this before entering the competition. The boos came down hard and I started to feel bad for the guy. Next up was a girl named River Dakota, who’s only remarkable talent was her leather outfit and not being P-E.
Bobcats guard Kemba Walker was in a jovial mood after his team pulled out the victory. This was a complete opposite from interviewing a dejected Kemba in the same locker room during his rookie season, when the Bobcats were setting a record for futility. Walker kept playfully interrupting my discussions with Gerald Henderson and Al Jefferson. He wanted to make sure I captured Henderson’s entire outfit on video and he was taking credit for Henderson’s fresh get up. (Nice J’s, brah.) A funny moment happened during Walker’s interview as Henderson and Jeff Taylor were laughing hysterical at a video on Henderson’s phone. I regretted not asking Henderson about the clip that was cracking him up.
John Wall likes to play one-on-one with various teammates. This video contains different battles between the All-Star point guard going against Al Harrington and Kevin Seraphin
In the second quarter of the game, this voting contest was flashed on the Jumbotron.
Being a Wizards home game, the assumption would be G-Wiz would win this easily over Big Slow Cat. Nope, and it likely foreshadowed the Bobcats victory.