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Kyle Weidie

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Mississippi State Fans, Welcome To Dual Quarterbacks

In the end, it will be two quarterbacks until Dan Mullen decides that it won’t be. And Mississippi State fans, you’ll take it. This team is developing with hope, not hoping for a premature destination.

Lessons Learned From Mike Wise And Twitter

Thanks to the Twitter gaffe of the Washington Post's Mike Wise, we can learn some lessons about how new media doesn't change reporting standards.

Steve Francis Doesn't Even Own The D.C. Courts. Just Ask Curt Smith

If Steve Francis is going to claim he's the best player to come out of D.C., he should be able to back it up with facts instead of empty words.

WizzNutzz, Mike James And Benga: Social Media Across Continents

Mike James gets musical enlightenment from the WizzNutzz.

Rob Dibble Approval Poll: Is The Dibble Charm Getting Old?

How do we all feel about Nationals color commentator Rob Dibble? Is he worth the trouble of disapproval?

Media Sensitivities in a Sports Celebrity World: The Handling of John Wall's Story

Should Washington Post reporter Eric Prisbell have been the first to tell John Wall about his father's murderous past? SB Nation DC's Kyle Weidie examines the issue.

When Ivan Carter Went From Journalist To Entertainer

Is Washington Post Live's Ivan Carter a journalist or an entertainer? How Kenny Smith and Taco Bell brought that question to surface.

The Reach Of Stephen Strasburg's Media Domain

Stephen Strasburg's debut isn't just a big deal for the fans; it's also a big deal for media members.

Win A Copy of "Stumbling On Wins" by Dave Berri

"Stumbling On Wins" is actually by both Dave Berri (of The Wages of Wins Journal) and Martin Schmidt -- a book where "two economists expose the pitfalls on the road to victory in professional sports" ... or so the tag-line goes. Right now, on Truth About It.net, there's a contest where you can win one of two copies of the book (and some Wizards swag). Basically you just have to answer some trivia about Wizards/Bullets franchise history and I will select the winners from the pool of entrants. Good luck.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post and I spoke with Alonzo Gee after his last game as a Washington...

Michael Lee of the Washington Post and I spoke with Alonzo Gee after his last game as a Washington Wizard (against the Utah Jazz on Saturday) and before he left for San Antonio. Read more about Gee, along with some pictures, at Truth About It.net.

I don't know how the story will end, but I'm certainly someone who deals with things [with] a very...

I don't know how the story will end, but I'm certainly someone who deals with things [with] a very open mind. I'm more a healer than I am a breaker-upper, right?

Ted Leonsis speaking about the Gilbert Arenas situation on the LaVar and Dukes Show, via The DC Sports Bog

I was very surprised to read in the paper today that the Executors of Mr. Pollin’s Estate are a...

I was very surprised to read in the paper today that the Executors of Mr. Pollin’s Estate are attempting to find a way around the appraisal process Mr. Pollin put into place for my partners and me-and only my partners and me — to pay fair market value for the portion of the WSELP properties we don’t already own. We were even more surprised to see that a memo was circulated to WSELP employees (and keep in mind I already own 44% of WSELP) that didn’t even mention the appraisal process that Mr. Pollin agreed to more than 10 years ago and that the Pollin estate (through their lawyers) have committed to in writing. I’m sure this must have been an oversight on their part.

via Ted Leonsis' blog, Ted's Take

Washington Post: Wizards' Javaris Crittenton charged with gun counts

Via Washington Post (guess they found his gun): "Crittenton was charged Monday with unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a felony and attempting to carry a pistol without a license, a misdemeanor. Sources say Crittenton is working on a plea agreement to drop the felony and plead to the misdemeanor." UPDATE: Javaris Crittenton's lawyer released the following statement: There has been a great deal of misinformation published about this event and about Javaris Crittenton. Mr. Crittenton brought a lawfully owned, unloaded handgun into Washington, DC only because he legitimately feared for his life. The government's proffer of facts to be filed today acknowledges that his handgun was not loaded and that he never threatened anyone with it. The gun was legally purchased, but bringing it into the District, even for self defense, violated the city's strict gun control laws. Mr. Crittenton, who was 21 years old at the time of this incident, has never before been arrested or charged with any crime, and with today's misdemeanor plea to possession of an unregistered firearm, accepts responsibility for his conduct. He looks forward to explaining his actions to the NBA and returning to the basketball court as soon as possible. UPDATE: Wow, this moved fast. Apparently, Crittenton's already been sentenced to one year probation and a $1,250 fine. As Michael Lee points out, that's roughly what Gil owed him anyway for the gambling debt. UPDATE: I'm with Michael Lee, the Proffer of Facts is worded really strangely. Here's what it says: There is no evidence that Crittenton ever chambered a round...raised or pointed the firearm. Not, "It's not true," but rather "there is no evidence." Then again, this could just be legal-speak, so don't hold me to it. In other news, per Lee's Twitter, a) Crittenton did turn in his gun, though it's unclear when, and b) according to the Proffer, when Crittenton took out his gun, Arenas said "You're going to need more than that little gun." UPDATE: Wizards' statement: "The charges filed today against Javaris Crittenton and his subsequent plea represent another disappointing development in what has already been a long and frustrating process for the team, the NBA and, most importantly, our fans. Javaris clearly used very bad judgment in this situation and will now face the consequences of his actions." UPDATE: In case you thought David Stern would let Arenas off easier because of Crittenton's plea, think again, says Ken Berger of CBS Sportsline. All signs seem to be pointing toward a season-long suspension for both, though it's interesting that Berger brings up the Delonte West situation as a potential mitigating factor for Arenas. Also, according to Berger, the three Wizards in the locker room at the time were Mike Miller, Randy Foye and DeShawn Stevenson.

The Wizards Remember Abe Pollin I had so much footage of people talking about the passing of Mr....

The Wizards Remember Abe Pollin I had so much footage of people talking about the passing of Mr. Pollin that I ended up with two videos. This is part two, featuring comments from Randy Foye, Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Wes Unseld. Part one is posted at Truth About It.net.

Hawks Down Wiz 100-89: The Post Game Thread

Ok ... that wasn't good. It all somehow started at the end of the 1st quarter when the offense became sloppy. And later, when the offense was a little bit better ... the Wizards just couldn't get...

We're not as far along as we'd like to be, and we're probably right between where we might be and...

We're not as far along as we'd like to be, and we're probably right between where we might be and where we thought we might be.

Flip Saunders via Wizards Insider Nothing like starting out the season with a "Huh?" and a "Gaa?" ... I mean, this kinda makes sense, but it's sorta like saying, "It is what it is because at the end of the day, we could be better and we could be worse." Well great, that doesn't make me sleep better or worse tonight. Coach Saunders also elected not to name a starting shooting guard for opening night. What do you guys think? Should he get it over with and name one so everyone can get used to their role? Should he say something to the effect of "It's going to be a platoon situation and I'll go with whomever is playing well"? Or should Flip play it like he's playing it?

Honestly, those first two weeks without The Dew was the roughest two weeks of my life. I'm talking...

Honestly, those first two weeks without The Dew was the roughest two weeks of my life. I'm talking headaches, sweats and everything. Before that I drank at least six 12 ounce Mountain Dews a day. It was so bad at one point that I had to have a cold one right there at the night stand before I went to bed. I had to get the coasters and let it drip a lil' bit and just have it waiting on me. Come 2 a.m.., I'd wake up out of my sleep, I'd pop one open and hear the fizz sound...and just down it! Then I always had to have another one in the morning when I woke up. Before practice I had one too and before games I would knock back two.

Via Caron Butler's 'New' blog on NBA.com. If you recall, Caron previously made an initial blog post on HoopsHype. Is he now a double blogger? And damn, I never knew his obsession with Mountain Dew was that bad. Downing them at 2 am?! I'm surprised the dude doesn't have bad stomach ulcers.

In NBA circles Idan Ravin [aka The Hoops Whisperer] inspires a wide range of reactions. Some...

In NBA circles Idan Ravin [aka The Hoops Whisperer] inspires a wide range of reactions. Some coaches, such as the 76ers' Eddie Jordan, see him as a resource. A few years ago, when Jordan was coaching the Wizards, he had a hard time talking with Brendan Haywood, the center who was then sharing minutes with Etan Thomas and was none too happy about it. "Brendan loved working out with [Ravin]," Jordan remembers, "so I went to Idan and asked, 'How do you keep a positive relationship with Brendan?' " Ravin explained that Haywood merely wanted to be involved, to be part of the process. "You think he's challenging you, but all you have to do is ask his opinion," Ravin said. "Brendan's a cerebral guy. Empower him." Jordan took the advice to heart. "I carried it over to my daily regimen, the idea that this is what I have to do with Brendan," he says, "and by the end we had a great relationship."

via 'The Hoops Whisperer' by Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated

Gilbert Arenas Speaks, 'Really' Does NOT Like The Media

I have a quick post (and video) about Arenas speaking at today's practice, making blanket statements about the media being "lazy", at Truth About It. Michael Lee and Mike Jones also have posts up at Wizards Insider and Wizards Outlet respectively. Looking back, I wish I'd asked Arenas a couple of questions ... but figured that he would just be giving 'ho-hum' answers, and overall, just didn't really care to "bother" him ... opting to let the two Mike's do all the talking instead. Oh well ... that Gilbert Arenas fellow, he's an interesting/funny dude.

Oberto still likely will be the first option at center off the bench with JaVale McGee the third...

Oberto still likely will be the first option at center off the bench with JaVale McGee the third option and used here in various situations. McGee has been struggling with some fatigue late in practices, which has caused him to lose some mental focus late, Saunders said. "That's his biggest thing, you know, being able to fight through getting tired," Saunders said of McGee. "As a young player, I'm sure he's being overwhelmed a little bit. He's had three coaches, he's learning a new system. So what he learned last year, he's learning all new things. Older players have seen it, from being on other teams or from being in the league, but younger players have to learn it." McGee still will be called upon because the Wizards want to save Oberto some for the postseason, Saunders said. "You have the idea that he was going to be the guy that's going to help us playoff time, so you don't want to try to wear out a guy like that if you can avoid it." But McGee still has some learning to do, which Saunders expects him to do both by watching and playing. There's no chance the Wizards send him down to the D-League, however, because they believe he can still help them right now in certain situations.

Mike Jones - Wizards Outlet, Washington Times

"That’s the thing about it. When you read papers and things like that, I’m the one who’s getting su...

"That’s the thing about it. When you read papers and things like that, I’m the one who’s getting surgeries, I’m the one who’s going thru pain and I’m the one that’s going through the rehab. As much as you guys are mad, I’m sitting here mad too about the whole situation. At the end of the day, it happens. That’s where I got my mind to. It happens to people. Some people get hurt and some people get back their careers. My favorite player Penny (Hardaway) never gained his career back, but players like Grant Hill got to play again so hopefully I can keep moving too."

Gilbert Arenas via SportsRadioInterviews.com, via Mike Wise Show - 106.7 The Fan [mp3 download]

Friday Poll: Minutes for Epic Vale and Bean Burrito

  Nick Young & JaVale McGee of Washington Wizards Holdin' It Down @ Drew League (via Ballislifedotcom) Last season, Nick Young (Bean Burrito) averaged 22.4 minutes per game, JaVale McGee (Epic...

"I want to make them smarter on the field"

The title is a 'Google' translation of a recent interview Fabricio Oberto had with Olé. You can head to Google Translate and paste the URL of the article, or just read on if you speak Spanish. One interesting tidbit from the translated version: When asked about Flip Saunders (and how he calls/texts with his players), Oberto said, "Yes, we speak often. They make me feel important." H/T: 48 Minutes of Hell Also: The "official" Oberto press conference will be help at 1 pm today. WashingtonIWizards.com will have a link.

Quick clips of JaVale McGee at the USA Basketball mini-camp.

Quick clips of JaVale McGee at the USA Basketball mini-camp.

White Players and the Washington Wizards/Bullets

Just wanted to post something I wrote/research I performed regarding white players who played for the Wizards/Bullets in the past 25 years. As usual, drop your thoughts, etc. in the comments section. ALSO: We will getting the 08-09 player evaluations started back up soon. This will give us all a chance to further reflect upon the horrendous 08-09 while analyzing what we can expect/hope from individual players in the upcoming 09-10. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Misguided Characterization of Arenas [via Kevin Broom, The Secret Weapon]

Kevin Broom usually puts out some great posts on his Wizards blog, The Secret Weapon ... but his latest on the 'Misguided Characterization of Arenas' might be his best piece of work I've read yet.

The Target: Fabricio Oberto (and why the chance of landing him just got better)

Mike Jones reports that Oberto remains the top target of the Wizards. And with the Spurs reportedly signing Theo Ratliff, the chances of the Argentinian landing in D.C. just got a fair bit better. UPDATE: A link to a report by David Aldridge regarding Oberto was dropping in the comments. Now, the WaTimes' Mike Jones is reporting that Oberto is "very" interested. We're a couple more posts away from getting the man his own color-coded interest level chart.

Got something to say on Bullets Forever? Just pick up your phone.

Just wanted to throw out a little site reminder / FYI in case you didn't know ... Earlier this month, Sports Blog Nation made a couple of key new features available on their network sites. One, the...

Open Thread: Wizards Summer League Game 1 vs. Cleveland

If you paid $15 to watch the NBA summer league and want to complain, or if you want to count how many times you see Nick Young smile, or if you just want to talk about the Wizards, comment away ... ...

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