Posted on: July 22, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 10:43 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Dunking after throwing the ball off the backboard to yourself has become all the rage this summer.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James did it during a charity game in Ohio. Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings did it during a scrimmage in Baltimore. And now free agent guard Nick Young has done it, but with an added twist.
In the video below, Young channels former NBA Slam Dunk champion J.R. Rider by putting the ball between his legs and throwing it down after executing the off-the-glass self-pass. That's right: Young executed the famed "East Bay Funk Dunk" after collecting the ball off the backboard in mid-air.
The springy Young, who averaged 17.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Washington Wizards last season, makes it look easy, but this combination takes an absurd level of leaping ability, timing and hand-eye coordination. Want to see more? Young, a California native, will bring his high-flying, high-scoring, no-passing brand of basketball to a highly anticipated exhibition game between the West Coast's Drew League and the East Coast's Goodman League in August.
Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user chumpclown.
Hat Tip: Ball Don't Lie.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 8:55 am
Posted by Royce Young
You need basketball. I need basketball. We wouldn't have it now anyway, but the prospect of not having it at all next year is a terrifying idea. That's why people have taken an odd amount of interest in players participating in exhibition games overseas.
Well, now there's going to be a pretty significant streetball exhibition and it's happening in Washington, D.C. We told you there was a possibility of this and now it's pretty much definitely happening.
The legendary Goodman League is set to take on the legendary Drew League in a showdown taking place Aug. 20. (You can watch a stream of it here.) And the rosters aren't going to disappoint.
Kevin Durant leads the Goodman and joining him will be John Wall, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Selby, Sam Young, Donte Greene and from the And1 Tour Hugh Jones, Emmanuel Jones and Warren Jefferson.
For the Drew, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown (Aris BC), Marcus Williams and three more players yet to be named.
Durant, of course, has been playing in the Goodman League at Barry Farms for a long time, kind of making it his second basketball home. It's sort of the place to be for good pro-am hoops on the East Coast right now. The Drew League has become the premier pro-am league on the West Coast. So it's only natural someone organized a showdown.
With a dark summer of no official basketball because of the lockout, you should be very, very excited for this. And there’s no doubt the Goodman has a major edge here. First, it’s in D.C. Second, look at that roster. KD, Wall, Lawson, Reke and Beasley are quite the core. Harden’s been tearing up the Drew (he scored 52 there a couple of weeks ago), but the Goodman roster is way better.
I mean, who the heck is guarding Durant? Dorrell Wright certainly will get the call, but the Goodman has a ton of speed. Of course, I'm hoping to see Harden on Durant for most of the game, for obvious reasons.
You can be sure this showdown will be awesome. And you can be sure I’ll be watching. You better be, too.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:15 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young
During the preseason, a bearded Gilbert Arenas famously faked an injury so then teammate Nick Young could get a start for the Wizards and show off some of his talent.
And Young did. He dropped 24 and hit seven shots from 3. It was a chivalrous move by Arenas and something he took a lot of Heat for, but something I'm sure Young greatly appreciated.
But Arenas did Young an even bigger favor. He got traded to Orlando.
Young is now firmly in Washington's starting five and he's making the most of it. Tuesday against the Kings, Young scored a career-high 43, including 18 in the third quarter. After his explosion against Sacramento last night in which took a bow at the buzzer, Arenas sent his buddy a text. It said, "You learned from the master."
Young said the Arenas trade hit him pretty hard because over the past few years, the two had formed a pretty solid bond. They had become friends and Young looked up to Arenas in more ways than one. Not only was Arenas faking injuries for Young, but when they were in the game at the same time, Arenas would call plays for Young.
"He kind of took me in," Young said after Arenas was traded. "He's like a brother to me."The first game after Arenas was traded, Young and the Wizards hosted the Heat. Young dropped a then career-high 30 points and held Dwyane Wade to just 7-19 shooting. While Young was upset because his best friend on the team was gone, he was finally getting a real chance to show what he could do. And this time, not in a preseason game that nobody was watching.
On the season, Young's averaging 15.9 points per game and is hitting 41 percent from 3.But since he's been starting, he averaged 18.3 ppg in December and so far in five games for January, he's putting up 22.2 points a night. He's gone from decent bench player to potential a building block for the Wizards.
Young fits in really well with John Wall in the backcourt as a good spot-up shooter and someone athletic enough to attack the rim off the dribble. Young has good size (6-7) and can really play three positions. If these past few weeks aren't just a hot streak or a fluke, Washington could be looking at a pretty good future backcourt between Wall and Young.
Thing is though, we've seen this type of thing happen in Washington before. After Antwan Jamison was traded last season to Cleveland, Andray Blatche finally got a chance to start full-time. He made the most of the opportunity, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds over the last three months of the season. But because of a foot injury and potentially a sub-par work ethic, Blatche has been disappointing this season.
Will that same fate hit Young? Hopefully not. Like I said, he's got the tools to be a legit starting 2-guard in this league. And right now, he's got the confidence. Two very important things for a young player trying to find his way.
The Wizards need a scorer badly to supplement Wall. Just like Derrick Rose in Chicago, while Wall is a nice scoring point guard, he's there to create and distribute for teammates. He can't do it all alone. So with Young, plus Blatche (when he's actually in shape and focused) and JaVale McGee who's an athletic freak, the Wizards have a nice little core to build around. Most didn't see Young as part of that but because of Arenas' departure, the door has been opened. And just like the preseason game, all Arenas had to do was give Young a chance.
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:16 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Nick Young shouldn't have to thank Gilbert Arenas. I think Arenas is actually hurt this time around.
Michael Lee of The Washington Post tweeted that Arenas will likely miss the Wizards first two regular season games because of a sore ankle. Arenas strained a tendon in the ankle and has been wearing a walking boot.
So far it's just a projected two games for Arenas, but it could be more. He'll see a doctor about the slow-recovering ankle this week.
There has been a lot of curiousity as to how Arenas and rookie John Wall would work together in the backcourt, but those questions will have to wait to be answered for a bit. And because of Arenas' injury, he hasn't practiced a ton with Wall and obviously has seen very little game action together with the rookie. So here we get a chance to see Wall with the team all to himself as well as we'll have something to compare it to when Arenas returns.
How does Flip Saunders balance the lineup with Arenas out? It's looking like Al Thornton will start, meaning he'll be in at small forward. I guess that means either Kirk Hinrich or Young will get the nod as shooting guard. The Wizards are looking at a fairly non-traditional lineup with or without Arenas it looks like.
Most feel that eventually, Washington will have to move Arenas to really complete the transition of handing the team to Wall. It's just going to be two games, but it'll at least be a taste and like I said, no we have a barometer to compare Wall against how played with and without Arenas.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:50 pm
One game after faking an injury, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas suffers a right groin strain.
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Be careful what you wish for, Gilbert Arenas.
Yesterday, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas set the internet ablaze when he was fined for admitting that he faked an injury so that teammate Nick Young could get some more burn during Tuesday's win over the Atlanta Hawks. Shortly after checking into tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Arenas suffered what the NBA TV announcing crew called a "mild right groin strain." Arenas could be seen holding his right leg on the sideline and receiving medical attention from the Wizards staff. According to the NBA TV crew, Arenas is not expected to return to game action tonight. Arenas did not start for the Wizards, and first checked into the game at the 7:06 mark of the first quarter, replacing Young. On the bright side, no one really cares because Wizards rookie John Wall is quite good at basketball.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:48 pm
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has reportedly been fined by the team for comments he made about faking an injury on Tuesday night.
Posted by Ben Golliver. Last night we noted more sophomoric insanity from Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who let reporters know after the team's preseason winover the Atlanta Hawks that he had told Wizards teammate Nick Young that he would fake an injury so that Young could see more playing time. Arenas reportedly told Wizards head coach Flip Saunders that he had knee soreness and wouldn't play. Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner reports on Twitter that, at Wizards practice Wednesday, Arenas "admitted to lying to Saunders about his knee." Cindy Boren of the Washington Post also notes that Arenas "has apologized for faking a knee injury." SB Nation's Mike Prada reports on Twitter that Saunders took to Washington, DC's ESPN radio affiliate on Wednesday to call Arenas's injury excuse "unjustified" and to say that Arenas had been fined by the team for his remarks. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post confirms the fine on Twitter as well. Now, if only Saunders could fine some sense into him. I'll show myself out.