Here we go again. Yet another opinion from the cornucopia of experts about John Wall that this site will be unquestionably unabashed about posting because, well, John Wall is involved. Makes sense, right?
I can’t wait until Wall actually suits up in a Wizards uniform so we can get opinions on how he looked and what he did instead of all the maybes.
[Speaking of, Wall will be slipping on Wizards gear and playing in an organized basketball game for the first time on Sunday, July 11th at the NBA's 2010 Las Vegas Summer League -- and this here writer will be there to cover that game and the four Wizards summer league games to follow.]
But alas, when someone like TNT’s Kenny “The Jet” Smith speaks about Wall in an appearance with Ivan Carter on Washington Post Live, we should all listen because going Wall-Nuts is fun, right?
Plus, the two, Smith and Carter, had already talked extensively about Taco Bell; the deliciousness of Wall’s game would probably be the most sensible progression in the conversation. Let’s watch …
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Published in 2010-11 Wizards
, John Wall
, NBA Draft
, NBA General
, NBA Players
Tags: ivan carter
, John Wall
, kenny smith
It’s as if we’re forced to admire or respect the outspoken views of Etan Thomas just because, well, they are outspoken. The mere fact that he’s a rare beacon of political activism amongst professional athletes somehow lends more credibility to his point of view.
Kind of ironic when you think about it. Because he plays in a capitalism-fueled league that he’s at times criticized, Thomas’ soap box (via the Huffington Post, et al.) has been amplified more than your average Joe (except if “The Plumber” follows ‘Joe’ I suppose). When you consider the privileges athletes receive because of their status in society, no one ever thinks about such perks including a higher platform for activism. But as Thomas points out in his blogging debut on HoopsHype, there are plenty of NBA players who have been politically (or more accurately, socially) conscious. It’s just that not all of them opine on a regular basis like Thomas.
A vocal Etan Thomas isn’t a bad thing. He’s done an admirable job in his attempt to push ‘need to be discussed’ topics to the forefront. But I won’t always pay attention to or agree with all of Thomas’ utterances. As I alluded to, the fact that he’s an athlete doesn’t lend him any sort of credibility in my mind. Then again, Thomas is no more or less credible than the oodles of political pundits out there on CNN, Fox News, and the what-not … the types John Stewart so often rips down with reason and comedy on the Daily Show (Which is, by the way, my ‘source’ for news … just kidding, kinda. Would you blame me if, at times, I’d rather digest current events with heavy doses satire via a self-proclaimed “fake news”?)
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Published in 2009-10 Wizards
, Wizards Brass
, Wizards News
Tags: etan thomas
, ivan carter
, medical staff