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Ken Pomeroy takes an in-depth look at Blair's production at Pitt to further prove how crazy it is he fell to the 2nd round.
Gil said earlier this week that I needed to be more of a catch-and-shoot player in this system with Flip Saunders now in town. You know what? I’m going to adapt to any situation. If it’s about coming off screens, catching and shooting now, I’ll do that.Caron's Blog Seems he's got two, but anyways, this 'adaptation' should be interesting. This quote is quite timely with Prada's latest post.
Surprise! Guess who starts at SG vs. IND? Not DeShawn. Not Randy. It's Nick Young! Goes from not playing to starting in 2 weeks.via Lee's Twitter Very interesting. I know how important D-Steve's D was, but I was just thinking to myself, it really hurts to have someone in there that can't hit an open shot and loves to get into a long triple threat every time he touches the ball, slowing down the flow of the offense. I'm very happy. I think Nick can succeed. Am I and pantslessyoda1 the only ones? :)
Some say he looked like Shrek, but Popeye was a Wizard for 2 years. Hopefully Cuban will go easy on him. :)
Again, may be conjecture, but remember: this could have been us, minus Miller and Foye. And although it made me sick watching Blair last night, it's almost offset by watching Oberto's sound fundamentals.
What?! Probably conjecture, but we'll see what happens.
I think I’m the most hated player in the league. In fact, I know I am. Sometimes I do things that are kind of crazy, but that’s my thing.Deshawn happy to admit he's the most hated in the league. I thought LeBron was? :)
Nothing too new here, except I liked hearing KG praise Flip.
They have us #7. Not in the Eastern Conference, but in the League. It's probably a bit too high (you're smirking, 'probably?!'), but I don't think we've seen the ceiling of this Wiz team, once everyone gets comfortable in their roles, and sticks to Flip's fundamentals of defense and fluid offensive schemes, we can be a tough team to beat. The team I fear most is Orlando, because we've always matched up better with Boston and Crabeland. Anyways, an interesting stat about Caron towards the end, but we've talked about that before. Won't be that bad this year, we actually have a point guard (what?!) and a great offensive scheme.
JaVale McGee: Block of the Night He may look lost on defense, take ill-advised fadeaway jumpers, and get pushed around by Boobie Gibson, and no disrespect to Dominque, but he's quickly becoming a human highlight film in only his second year, and the season hasn't even started yet. (via Big Daddy Wookie's self-promotion twitter)
Ok. This is just hilarious. A few thoughts: It's kind of funny. I mean, the media gets in a frenzy when he speaks a lot (off the wall comments, blogging, et cetera), and the media gets in a frenzy when he doesn't speak at all. Perhaps he should be somewhere in the middle? Gil isn't a middle of the road guy, and we know he's quite extreme (hence the need to contain how much/hard he works on a bad knee). I can just picture the whole locker room making a fuss out of this - Jamison and Haywood poking fun at the whole situation - it just made me laugh. Gil's trying to prove a point. There was so much controversy and hoopla-over-nothin' about his blog and comments, so he decided to prove a point: shut the hell up. And, he gets fined, and the media is even more obsessed with him. Irony or just damn hilarity, whatever you want to call it. But the whole situation makes me laugh. Maybe he regrets that fridge/microwave purchase, after losing $25k.
A great article, and great publicity. SLAM Magazine is a great and popular basketball publication, and I was very surprised to find an article on Jimmer Fredette as I did my daily reading. Can't wait for the basketball season to start.
"For the first time ever, NBA.com will stream live the 2K Sports NBA Real Training Camp, providing fans unprecedented access to five teams' training camps... Offering fans an exclusive first look at team practices, along with interviews from top players and staff, the NBA Real Training Camp lineup will include the Nuggets (today, 1 p.m. EST), the Lakers (Oct. 1), the Celtics (Oct. 3), the Wizards (Oct. 5) and the Hawks (Oct. 6). If you can't hide the live stream from your professor or boss, each team's workout will be re-aired later that day on NBA TV." I'll be on the road, but will watch the NBA TV re-air via SlingPlayer, which starts at 8pm EST that Saturday.
Requires Insider. The main points: Biggest Strength: Creating Shots Biggest Weakness: Defense Prediction: 41-41, 3rd in SE, 6th in Eastern Conference Quote to justify prediction: "... it's time to pull back for a reality check. This team won 19 games a year ago, and even with the additions it doesn't appear to be any kind of threat to the conference's elite. Washington won in the low 40s the other four years they had the Arenas-Butler-Jamison nucleus together, and this time around Arenas may not score at such a prolific rate." My take: He's right about our offseason moves, our strength and weakness. However, I think he's off on his prediction. He underestimates the power of this deep team under a proven coach like Saunders. I think their defensive woes will come out most during the playoffs, but I still see them getting almost 50 wins, being 4th or 5th in the East.
This is not going to create as much chatter as the Sports Illustrated rankings, but here's another outlet that's quite optimistic about our team. They ask: "But Gilbert Arenas is healthy, and we challenge you to find a deeper bench in the league." I'm not so sure about #7 (higher than Orlando and Denver?) but they're right about our deep bench.
This is an outrage, but it is to be expected because he hasn't played in two years. I think most people have forgotten how good he is, and I'm sure his injured status hurt getting votes at SLAM. Hell, we still have Caron coming up in the rankings, and all things considered, I feel he's our 3rd best player, not best. Gil got #17 in last year's SLAM rankings.
"I've been around here for six years and championship talk wasn't a norm around our locker room," Jamsion said, with less than two weeks remaining before training camp. "That's all we're talking about now. If we stay healthy, I think we can compete with the upper echelon of the NBA."Jamison Talking Championship It's their job to think like this. I wouldn't want it any other way. I don't want them showing up on the court if they don't think they can compete with the Cavs, Magic, or Celtics. They have shown they can, even with a team not as good as this one.
"I think people are going to be shocked by where he is, by how ready he is to play," Jamison told Sporting News. "There is going to be rust, of course, but he is going to be ready. I think sitting out for two years has really motivated him. I know Gilbert, and the guy loves basketball about as much as anyone I know. It's killed him to be out this long. Plus, the criticism and all of that, he has listened to it, he has taken it. Now he wants some payback."Jamison: Arenas Ready For Action, Revenge Take this quote as a palate cleanser before we get to see tomorrow's video of Gil in action. :) It's great to have Football season up and running (what a game tonight), but I just can't wait until Wiz season begins...
I recently stumbled on something that caught me by surprise. It tells a piece of his last five years since that one season with the Mavs, all spent in Washington. During that span, only one other player besides Jamison has averaged at least 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. That player was Dirk. Neither KG, Timmy, nor anyone else can boast that. No, I didn’t make that up. It’s for real.SLAM Online's Top 50: Antawn Jamison, #37 I figure this is a link, but that little statistical snippet is worth highlighting as a quote. The tallied votes have Jamison at #37, and we can expect to see Caron and Gil a bit lower. This stat confirms the other crazy stats about our boy: he's a ROCK. Consistent production, and as a PF, he's quite unique and causes offensive problems for any team.
This is an interesting post for fans of the NBA, but posting it here, because Oh Boy, our most recent pick-up tops the list. Basketball-Reference's blog has been writing up some great ones recently. So Oberto's actual value is that much greater than his perceived value? I know we'll argue 'til doomsday on whether we should have picked Blair, but I guess time will tell. You'll also notice 3 Wizards in the most overrated list. Click through to see who they were. :)
Doolittle at Basketball Prospectus again has some interesting analysis in terms of strength of schedule, and how the East compares with the West. The Southeast division seems to be the toughest in the East, and there are probably going to be 4 teams in the playoffs from that division (Orlando, Atlanta, Miami & Wiz). Can't wait for the season to start. Oh boy Oberto. TAI Ed. Note/Front Page Promotion: With early tests, and a March that could be brutal, it should be no surprise that the research at Basketball Prospectus tabs the Wizards as having the toughest schedule in the Eastern Conference, and 9th overall league-wide. What might surprise you is that Cleveland has the easiest schedule with Orlando and Boston ranking third and fourth easiest respectively. Now bring on the conspiracy theory comments.
The underdog to climb the ranks of the NBA and burst onto the 2010 Eastern Conference playoff scene will be the Washington Wizards... My prediction is in: Washington will not only make the Playoffs in 2010, but will genuinely contend for the title.The Wizards Rules Read the whole thing. Slam Online takes an optimistic look on our next season. I agree with the 4 or 5 seed, and I agree that we can definitely contend in the playoffs, because we'll match up well with the beasts in the East. We're a much better team with a much better coach. However, the author makes a scary assumption about Gil: "The 27-year-old guard is now 100 percent healthy and hungrier than ever to lead his team to the promised land." If Gil and Haywood are healthy, then yes, we can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Hungry, yes, but healthy? We'll have to see. God help us.
The Wizards are said to have an offer for Manu Ginobili on the table, but the details are not known. A deal that makes a lot of sense for both sides is a swap that consists of Mike James, Etan Thomas, the fifth pick in this year's draft, and Nick Young for Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto. Nick Young would provide the Spurs with the promising young shooting guard they tried to acquire in J.R. Smith and with the fifth pick they could go a number of different ways. Jordan Hill or DeMar DeRozan would look awfully nice in a Spurs' uniform.via hoopsworld All rumor, but we don't seem to give up too much to get Ginobli. As much as I love Nick Young, this is appealing, in hopes that Ginobli's injury isn't a reoccurring thing.
There will be quite a bit of discussion about what we should do with our team in the offseason. And there already has been here at BF. So far the leaders in the poll are: McGee, Dom, & Nick Obviously, everyone loves McGee. It's a shame he didn't get more PT. I'll post my initial thoughts in the comments.
To be honest, I want to lead the league in triple-doubles next season. I'm not gonna go out there and try to score 30. We have enough scorers on this team and I can dominate the game in other ways... Next year, I'm trying to turn into a real point guard. Since, we didn't have a legit [shooting] guard, I took on the scoring mentality, especially in Eddie's system. Eddie's system was just two guard, two forwards and a center, it wasn't really no point guard, and no [shooting guard]... So, now we're coming into a regular system when I'm going to be the point guard, it's the my chance to really manage the team for the first time in my career... Now, [Flip] is going to put the ball in my hands and just let me run the team.Gilbert's Expectations and Personal Changes for Next Year There is a lot of good stuff in here, especially when he's talking about all the media hype about him being uncoachable or uncontrollable. It's all BS, as I have said. These quotes are exactly what is going through Gil's head. He knows what's best for the team, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make the team better. He's a gym rat who works his ass off. He makes a great point about Eddie's offense. There really wasn't a true point guard. Someone brought up the ball, and they did their worthless 3-man weave. There was no point guard to create or play-make. Things will be different next year, and Gil knows what it takes to adapt to the new situation. Read the whole thing.
Here's how dumb coaches are: Just this season, we witnessed coaches playing Kevin Durant at shooting guard, slowing down Steve Nash, playing slow-it-up with the Sixers, bringing Rip Hamilton off the bench, burying Anthony Randolph on a lottery team, playing Darius Songaila over JaVale McGee on a lottery team, ignoring the stat that's about to impress you when we get to the Nowitzki paragraph, and doing everything that Mike Dunleavy did. There's a reason 85 percent of these guys get canned within three years.Sports Guy's '09 MVP Race You aren't a true NBA fan if you don't read Simmons' columns. They're fabulous and entertaining. Don't agree with him all the time, but he does have a buddy (named House) who is a die-hard Wiz fan, whom he talks shop with often. I do agree that Tap didn't play JaVale enough this year. He was concentrated on winning, of course, and how did that turn out for us? This will be a big summer for JaVale. Learn from Haywood, my friend.
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