The Question: “Which Wizard do you think would finish last in a race?”
The Answer: According to the voting via text messaging public, team choir boy, Darius Songaila, would “win” a race between him, Etan Thomas and Andray Blatche in a landslide.
Blatche received a decided 45% of the attending fan vote. Perhaps they believed Blatche’s flatulance would be a detriment, or that a stomach full of nachos would weigh him down, but most likely chose Andray because he just lacks stamina.
After the finally tally, the jumbotron displayed a video montage of answers from the Wizards themselves. Some claimed that Songaila would, in fact, finish last, but more seemed to believe that an unlisted candidate, Oleksiy Pecherov, would be pulling up the rear.
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…..to Kendrick Perkins’ Janet Jackson.
[This is essentially a repurposed photo suited to needs of the Wizards.....all thanks to the guys at The Sports Hernia Blog - "Kendrick Perkins instantly in contention for worst nip slip ever"......great place BTW, put them in your reader.]
And really, what is going on in this picture anyway? Perkins has a stink face, D-Song has his eyes closed and lips puckered, and Antawn Jamison is either trying to avoid an elbow or smooch an erogenous zone…….lot going on…..but there always is, isn’t there?….a lot going on.
Part 7 of Washington Wizards Player Evaluations:
Etan Thomas | Oleksiy Pecherov | Dominic McGuire | Nick Young | Andray Blatche | Roger Mason
My thoughts are below, head over to Bullets Forever to check out the thoughts of the Pradamaster and JakeTheSnake on Darius Songaila.
More than anyone else on the team, Darius Songaila had a full share of detractors this past season. Sure he took an occasional ill-advised shot. And perhaps his 6’9″ (or 8″) frame wasn’t enough to deal with the sizable tasks asked of him. But Darius was always up to the challenge, and in my opinion, the type of key role player that winners need.
The main issue with Songaila, more than shot selection, is rebounding. His rebound rate (10.2) was below that of both Dominic McGuire (11.7) and Oleksiy Pecherov (12.1). Darius still out-rebounded Caron Butler per 36 minutes (6.3, good enough for 6th on the team), but that’s not saying anything at all. Even without athleticism, you’d expect Songaila would have the tactic to do better than a couple rookies. When you think about the needs from a power forward, and the woes on the glass for the Wizards, D-Song’s board effort comes up as a disappointment. When factoring Songaila’s on-ball defense, or lack thereof, I can certainly sympathize with those who are emphatic about limiting his presence on the court.
Now consider the offense that Eddie Jordan runs, a pro-style Princeton. When operating at a higher pace, which we all know occurred less in 07-08 than in years before, Songaila has the veteran savvy to move with a purpose….whether it be posting up, or setting high ball screens in transition.
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Still wondering about the injuries of Gilbert or Caron? DC Pro Sports Report has your back.
Caron’s hip deal is a funny thing….even he doesn’t know when he’s better. The possibility of an aggravation, this being an odd injury; I can’t imagine what’s going through his mind. All I can say is that I feel for ya Tuff Juice. Take as much time as you want as I can only imagine what it’s like trying to gain confidence with hip issues.
Gilbert…..pretty much the same to you. Knee injuries are far more common than those of the hip. So, you can rest a little more assured knowing that you’re not alone. Hey, even I am with you. I had microfracture surgery in late December ’07, and blogged about my experience once, then twice….but never followed up (unfortunately, similar to my dedication to physical therapy). One day.
Point is, Arenas is going through the confidence thing just as Caron. Whatcha gonna do?
Back to the current Wizards: It’s snowing in Toronto. The Pradamaster is a busy guy. DC Pro Sports goes into enemy territory. And I had my preview, so you’re covered.
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