Tag:Gilbert Arenas
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Arenas expands on his 'white shooter' comment

Posted by Royce Young

Gilbert Arenas, who is never short of quote-worthy material, gave a good one to reporters Tuesday saying he and J.J. Redick are "the two best white shooters in the league." Everyone chuckled, the immediately started scratching their head trying to figure out exactly what he meant.

Well today, he clarified. Kind of. (Via the Orlando Sentinel)

 

Arenas said, “In practice I’m one of the best shooters in the world. I proclaim I’m the best shooter in the world in practice. It’s just not falling in the game right now. He’s a very great game shooter. When you shoot that good, you gotta be white. So he said when you guys ask him he’s going to be the best black shooter.”

Now I'm not really one for harumphing about non-issues, especially when the comment is done in jest, but I know someone out there is thinking what I am so I'll go ahead and say it. If you turn this around and have J.J. Redick say something like, "All the best dunkers are black," wouldn't he probably get a little Heat from that?

Besides, Arenas is kind of wrong. Reggie Miller? Ray Allen? Kevin Durant? Three very good shooters. And all not white. In fact, look at the top 10 in the league in 3-point percentage. Redick is the only white player in there. (besides Mike Bibby... but, um, I don't know where he falls. It's like that Seinfeld episode where Elaine's dating a guy she thinks is a mix but really isn't. Should we even be talking about this? )

But it is kind of a stereotype that goes with white basketball players. If you aren't "gritty" and "hard working" (like Nick Collison or Brian Cardinal) then your only reason to exist on the basketball court must be because you can shoot. There aren't a lot of high flyers of the white variety out there (Josh McRoberts, Blake Griffin... sort of) but there are a number of good white shooters (Mike Dunleavy, Redick, Luke Ridnour, Steve Nash). Stereotypes exist whether we like them or not and really, the reason it's a stereotype is because in most cases, it's actually true or close to it.

In the end, I don't care on bit what he says though. I get Arenas' point and come on, it's Gilbert Arenas. This is what he does. Says funny stuff. Because of him, the NBA is a little more fun than it would be without him.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

Banning bourree, Gilbert and J.J. are pale riders, and Kevin Love doesn't exactly sound set for the long-term in Minnesota, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • Just in case you missed it, O.J. Mayo appears to not have the best head on his shoulders, as he started an altercation with Tony Allen, which Allen then promptly finished by pummeling the third-year guard. No disciplinary action has been leveed against either player, and none is expected to be. The NBA has got to step in and ban gambling on planes. It's unfortunate that the players have to be treated like children but given the history of incidents stemming from gambling fights over bourree, there's simply no excuse not to ban it. 
  • The Warriors waived Rodney Carney. You know how good the Warriors' offense is? they just cut a guy shooting 46% from 3-point land. They're bleeding shooters. Not as much as they're bleeding on defense, but still. 
  • Lost in the talk of Love, Rose, and Westbrook joining up was this choice quote from Love's SI interview: "We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now." Now, Wolves fans will say that this is they typical New York media (I'm not) talking about a star ditching his team (I'm not), despite the fact that he's starting to have success in Minnesota (he's not). Love's relationship with the front office has been strained since the installation of David Kahn and Kurt Rambis, and just because he's getting minutes, that's probably not enough to satisfy Love. Love's got quite the history of comments about a distrust with the front office.
  • Udonis Haslem is pushing for a March return . An issue to consider is whether Haslem will be able to effectively work his way into the rotation in time for the playoffs. If the Heat are (still) rolling, there's no reason to disrupt a lineup rotation that's working.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:10 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 8:46 am
 

Same story, new players: NBA card game goes wrong

Posted by Royce Young

CBSSports.com's Gary Parish reports that O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had a physical altercation on the team flight home following a win over the Lakers Sunday. The fight left Mayo with a "swollen face" Parrish says.

Mayo was ruled out of Tuesday's win over the Thunder with what the team called "bronchitis." I wasn't aware bronchitis can be brought on from repeated punching to the face, but apparently that happened.

Allen started in place of Mayo Tuesday against Oklahoma City and played maybe his best game of the season, scoring 19 points in the victory.

Parrish also reports that the altercation came after a card game gone wrong. Mayo reportedly became increasingly belligerent toward Allen when asked to settle a debt. Allen had walked away, gone to restroom on plane and returned to find Mayo was still berating him. That's when it got physical, according to the report.

I know what you're thinking. At least they didn't pull out guns like what happened after another card game gone bad in Washington D.C. last season, right? But still, how can this happen? Following the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittendon incident from last season, a lot of teams banned gambling on team flights. Evidently, the Grizzlies did not.

In the Arenas-Crittenton case, Crittenton reportedly won $25,000 playing the card game Bourre -- the same one Allen and Mayo reportedly fought over -- and said he was going to shoot Arenas in his surgically repaird knee as the two argued over the debt. Instead of getting all punchy, Arenas brought a gun into the locker room to make some sort of joke about it.

All-time winningest coach Don Nelson said after the Arenas incident that maybe gambling should be a league-wide ban. He said, "It's not a bad thing not to allow gambling, money on the table, card games. Maybe the league ought to think about doing something that way. It would probably be a good thing."

Another case happened in 2000 with the Raptors. Before an exhibition game, Charles Oakley looked to collect a debt from Philadelphia's Tyrone Hill. Oakley slapped Hill on the side of the head and was fined and suspended for game later that seaosn for chucking a ball at Hill's head during shootaround. In 2001, Hill reportedly paid Oakley $54,000 that he owed from a dice game.

In 1999, Jerry Stackhouse allegedly punched Christian Laettner after believing Laettner had cheated him out of $2,000 in a card game.

So it's obvious this isn't something new with Allen and Mayo and a card game that turned ugly. But it's a problem the league might have to start really considering a ban on. Any time large sums of money get involved in things, emotions raise a tick. When players turn into debt collectors, things tend to go from harmless to serious pretty quickly.

And that's evidently what happened with the two Grizzlies. It's really playing with fire if you're a team that allows it. Amazingly these two guys are supposed to continue to co-exist on the same team, despite throwing down. I would imagine that the Grizzlies might reconsider allowing players to gamble on the plane from here on out. They'll likely become one of those teams that frowns upon cards.

The Grizzlies issued a team statement that said, ""There was a brief altercation between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo. The club considers the matter closed."

The club might consider it closed, but should the league?
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:56 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:50 am
 

Grizzlies' Mayo, Allen fight on team plane

CBSSports.com is reporting that a fight between Memphis Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen on the team's plane left Mayo with a "swollen" face. Posted by Ben Golliver.oj-mayo

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish and Ken Berger are reporting that Memphis Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen got into a "fight" on the team's plane after the Grizzlies defeated the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and that the altercation left Mayo with a "swollen" face. 
Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen were involved in a fight with each other that stemmed from a gambling dispute during a card game on the flight home from Los Angeles after Sunday night's win over the Lakers, three different sources have told CBSSports.com.
Two of those sources said the altercation left Mayo with a noticeably "swollen" face.
Mayo did not play in Memphis' Tuesday night game game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which the Grizzlies won 110-105. The team reported that Mayo had "bronchitis."

CBSSports.com obtained the following statement from the Grizzlies, confirming that a "brief altercation" took place.
"On the team's charter flight home to Memphis on Monday, Jan. 3 -- one day after the Grizzlies'' 104-85 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers -- there was a brief altercation between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo. The club considers the matter closed and will not comment further."
Team planes are starting to become a dangerous place, as a disagreement over an airborne card game triggered a series of arguments and pranks between Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton that ended with Arenas bringing guns to the team's locker room at the Verizon Center in December 2009.

Also on Tuesday night, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Mayo/Allen disagreement stemmed from the very same card game as the Wizards, in a replay of last season's disaster.
Mayo owed Allen money from a card game, “Boo-Ray,” and sources said Mayo became increasingly belligerent and antagonistic toward Allen when asked to settle the debt. Sources said Allen walked away from Mayo to go the restroom and returned to find Mayo continuing to berate him. Eventually, Mayo inched close to Allen, and sources said Allen hit Mayo.
Mayo was the subject of trade rumors in late December. That chatter is sure to pick up.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:13 pm
 

The top 10 of 2010

Posted by Royce Young



Seems like every year around this time, people all start wondering, "Was this the best sports year ever?" The clip shows start rolling every bit of stock footage they have, put a catchy song to it, wipe of the hands and boom, 2010 is wrapped.

Other than the two clear-cut top NBA storylines that have already been covered (LeBron's decision and Los Angeles winning the title in seven games), what else was big from The Association in 2010? What else captivated, caught attention or was just downright excellent?

Well, I'm glad I asked. Here are the top 10 (for 2010, get it?) NBA stories from the past calendar year, excluding, um, the top two stories.

10. LeBron's elbow


Nothing really took over the 24 hour news cycle like a good Brett Favre story quite like LeBron's elbow. What was wrong with it? Can he actually play? Will he have to shoot everything left-handed?

But the elbow story was so much bigger than just an injury situation in the Cavaliers series against Boston. It really was the downfall of LeBron in Cleveland. He played one of the most confounding playoff games ever in Game 5, constantly deferring to teammates and really just stopping short of sitting down at mid-court and waiting for the game to end.

His Game 6 effort was better, but still, the image of LeBron tossing his No. 23 jersey to the floor after the final buzzer is something that's burned into the memory of Cleveland. It was the beginning of the end for LeBron in his home state. He left without the title he promised and quite frankly laid an egg in his last games there.

Maybe it was because of the elbow, maybe not. The elbow was the trunk of the story, but the branches stretched far and wide.

9. The NBA Hornets

I get the feeling this story didn't get played up near as big as it actually is. What we're basically seeing in New Orleans is the death of a franchise. Like right in front of us.

The league has stepped in and is trying all forms of CPR it can think  of, but with the attendance issues coupled with still bad situation in New Orleans, time is probably limited for the Hornets.

A league being forced to purchase one of its own teams isn't unprecedented, but it's surely not something you see every day. People like Phil Jackson have raised the question of how the league handles a situation like Chris Paul if it has greater interest in the Hornets and really, it's something for everyone to ponder.

8. Two tall people go down... again

It shouldn't really come as a surprise, but Yao Ming and Greg Oden are out for the season. Again. But it's more than that this time as both are facing career crossroads.

Yao has probably seen his last game as a member of the Houston Rockets with the team shopping his $17 million expiring contract and Oden will become a restricted free agent next summer, so who knows what happens from here for him.

The two big men aren't connected in any way, but the fact that two of the league's most promising seven-footers have been lost for yet another season is something that's nothing less than a shame. In a league running thin on true centers and post players that can affect the game on both ends, two have been shelved for the remainder of the season. But for them, it's a lot more about what comes next than just losing the 2010-11 season.

7.  Finga Gunz

The actual incident occurred in 2009, but the fallout and result of Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittendon's locker room showdown stretched into 2010.

David Stern suspended Arenas for the remainder of the season on Jan. 6, shortly after a game against the 76ers in which Arenas flashed his now infamous "Finga Gunz" during pregame introductions.

Arenas said his teammates asked him to do it, tweeting, "I know everybody seen the pre game pics..my teammate thought to break the tention we should do that..but this is gettn way to much." Immediately sensing how this was probably about to be something, he tweeted, "I wanna say sorry if I pissed any body off by us havin fun...I'm sorry for anything u need to blame for for right now."

Well it was something. Arenas would go on to apologize a month later for his actions in a Washington Post editorial and would get sentenced to two years' probation and 30 days in a halfway house another month later.

Of course "Finga Gunz" was basically the beginning of the end for Arenas tenure in Washington with him being traded to Orlando in early December.

6. The shadow of lockout


Just as we all start having a bunch of fun with this NBA season talking about how ratings are up 30 percent, how more people are attending games, talking about how much talent is in the league, we get another story about how the owners and players couldn't be farther apart on a new collective bargaining agreement.

It's pretty much a certainty at this point that there will be a lockout next summer. Will that produce a complete work stoppage and therefore a loss of games? Let's hope not.

The NBA is really enjoying one of its most popular times in a long time, drawing in younger audiences and totally supplanting baseball as the No. 2 sport in America. The league has recovered from the darker days earlier in the decade to come out with new stars, new energy and a game that's growing worldwide. A lockout wouldn't necessarily destroy that, but it's something that's cast a shadow over everything in 2010. And it will absolutely carry over through 2011.

5.The Summer of Durant

First came the scoring title, which made him the youngest ever to win it. Then came second in the MVP voting. Then came a playoff berth. Then came a fantastic six-game series between his Thunder and the eventual champion Lakers.

And all of that was really before Kevin Durant actually got everyone's attention.

It started with a simple tweet about his contract extension in Oklahoma City. It ended with him holding up a gold medal and MVP trophy for Team USA in Turkey, the first World Championship title for the United States since 1994.

In a summer where televised decisions, big contracts, PR and distractions ruled, Durant ended up owning our hearts during the summer of 2010 just by being himself. He was always humble, never fake, always said the right thing and played really, really good basketball in Turkey.

4. Blake Griffin, basketball destroyer


We had to wait an extra year to get our NBA introduction to Blake Griffin, but I think it was well worth it. Maybe my memory fails me here, but I don't think any rookie the past 20 years -- LeBron included -- captured the attention of people quite like Griffin.

We're talking about Los Angeles Clipper games being must-watch TV. We're talking about sellouts at Staples not for the purple and gold, but for the other tenant. We're talking about nightly highlights and the constant anticipation to see the Ultimate Blake Highlight that keeps us glued to the TV when he's playing and refreshing Twitter waiting to see a slew of "OH MY HEAVENS BLAKE GRIFFIN!!!!" tweets.

On top of that, it's just the way Griffin plays . It's controlled recklessness. He plays like every possession might be his last. He jumps with everything he's got for every rebound. He dives for everything. He falls hard, but gets up. The words "animal," "beast" and "monster" have been used to describe him. But I don't think those even fit.

Here's the thing though: He's actually quite good outside of the flashy dunks. He's averaging 21-12 and has a well-polished post game and has given Clipper fans a reason to hope.

3. The NBA does Dallas

This wasn't any old All-Star Game. It was 24 of the biggest basketball stars on the planet and 100,000 of their closest friends.

The NBA took its talents to Dallas, where indeed everything was bigger. The game was played in Jerry Jones death star, with a tiny basketball court placed in the middle of the monstrosity. The game itself was OK, but the glitz and glamor of the game was something else. It was the biggest crowd ever to see a basketball game and more than that, a basketball event for the ages.

To see LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant all standing on the hardwood while a giant scoreboard hung overhead and 100,000 people look on flashing cameras was unlike anything the NBA's ever seen.

2. The sagas of Carmelo and CP3

At some point, Carmelo Anthony will be traded. I'm convinced. But until then, we'll all just continue on reading every rumor, digesting every report and speculating on every trade scenario after trade scenario.

Whether it's the Nets, the Knicks or someone completely different, Carmelo is going somewhere. We've waited months to get that answer and after getting kind of a close a few times, we still just wait. But it's the daily story in the NBA with constant rumors and reports circulating everywhere about it.

But before Melo came Chris Paul. Reportedly Paul was unhappy with the direction of the franchise and wanted out. Badly. Days went by and it just seemed like the Hornet star was going to demand his way out of New Orleans. But it never happened. Doesn't mean it's over by any means, but those winds have calmed for the time being.

So we wait on that big news to break. Right now all the attention is on the Nuggets and Anthony but all it takes is one source to pop up and say, "CP3 still wants out." And then we start all over.

1. Free agency

The story in the NBA over the past year has been stars on the move trying to position themselves for a better run on a better team. Or to find some brighter lights of a bigger market.

Sure there's some overlap between this and "The Decision" but the Summer of 2010 is something people were counting down to for years. Big names were available, at the right price. Amar'e Stoudemire. Chris Bosh. LeBron. Dwyane Wade. Carlos Boozer. Joe Johnson. Steve Blake. Just kidding.

Player movement was the story. It became seemingly all about LeBron because of what happened in his little TV show, but before that, it was about all the players that were out there. Dwyane Wade went to Chicago and spoke with the Bulls. The Rockets went hard after Bosh. Joe Johnson signed a stupid $120 million deal. Stoudemire wanted New York all along.

When looking back on 2010, the Lakers winning a second straight title will be remembered. Then LeBron. But if you can rewind to what you were thinking around June 20th, it was about all the available players. It became about LeBron because he made it that way. But when those 10 superstars were up for grabs at one point, and for that short time, it had everyone's attention.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:52 pm
 

The Game Changer: Blazers finally win in SLC

The Portland Trail Blazers finally won in Salt Lake City, Jason Kidd was one rebound shy of a triple double, Gilbert Arenas hit an incredible buzzer beater, Serge Ibaka had a block-of-the-year candidate, and much more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: BLAZERS STEAL ONE IN UTAH

Not since Dec. 2007, when an upstart team led by superstar-in-the-making Brandon Roy was in the midst of a 13-game winning streak, have the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. On Tuesday, in Roy's continued absence due to knee pain, no less, the Blazers secured their best victory of the season, 96-91.  The Blazers admit ESA is one of their least favorite places to play, but plenty of teams have struggled in Salt Lake. Over the last two seasons, the Jazz were a combined 66-16 at home, losing just eight games at home during both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Portland's win was Utah's sixth home loss in just 17 home games so far this season, and while the Jazz currently lead the way in a packed Northwest Division race, they'll have to reassert their dominance at home should they want to maintain on their path to a division title. Monday's loss to Portland wasn't heartbreaking, although it did spoil a splendid night from Deron Williams, who finished with 31 points and seemingly couldn't miss. Down the stretch, the Jazz struggled with turnovers and an extra-aggressive Portland defense, which hasn't often been seen this season, made a number of late block shots and deflections. For the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 26 point, seven rebounds and two blocks, and he continues on a torrid streak in Roy's absence. His game is expanding due to increased touches and, while there have been fits and starts, Aldridge has started to show a new resolve late in games to attack the paint and get buckets. A sweeping hook in the fourth quarter on Monday night had him pounding his chest, and left Blazers fans that have watched him for years enjoying the moment in pleasant surprise.   This was Portland's best win of the season, the first time they have beaten a team that now has 20 or more wins. That it came on the road in a tough environment only makes it that much sweeter. 

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Andray Blatche: 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks in 37 minutes in a Washington Wizards road loss to the Houston Rockets. It was Blatche's first game back from a suspension for fighting with teammate JaVale McGee. Jason Kidd: 10 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, and four steals in 36 minutes in a Dallas Mavericks road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Chris Paul: 22 points, six rebounds, 13 assists, and five steals in 41 minutes in a New Orleans Hornets road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Deron Williams: 31 points, six assists, three rebounds, one steal in 38 minutes in a Utah Jazz home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

DON'T MISS:

OLD FRIENDS:

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams and former teammate Wesley Matthews, who signed a mega-contract with the Portland Trail Blazers last summer, catch up during Monday night's game in Salt Lake City. It was Matthews' first regular season return trip to Salt Lake City since signing with Utah's division rival and he was met with a standing ovation. williams-matthews

WHIMSY:

Gilbert Arenas hit an unreal 3/4 court buzzer beater off the scoreboard. You must watch it.

GET THAT OUT OF HERE:

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka rejects Dallas Mavericks big man Tyson Chandler in stone cold fashion. Cue the tape, via 20sadecebirmahluk on YouTube.

FINAL THOUGHT:

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson were named by Sports Illustrated as this year's best three-man booth. Mama, there goes that man to the podium with his acceptance speech.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas hits buzzer beater off shot clock

Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas hit a three-quarter court buzzer beater off the rim, off the shot clock and in to beat the halftime buzzer, but it didn't count. Posted by Ben Golliver

Roughly one week after joining the Orlando Magic via trade from the Washington Wizards, guard Gilbert Arenas likely just hit the team's shot of the year. Given the fluky circumstances and the degree of difficulty, Arenas's halftime buzzer beater against the New Jersey Nets on Monday night could be the NBA's shot of the year, but unfortunately it didn't count. The Magic inbounded the ball to Arenas with roughly one second left on the clock, and Arenas, standing roughly 80 feet from the hoop, flipped a shot with both hands from his waist.  The halftime buzzer sounded as the ball was in the air, and his attempt clanked off the front rim and bounced high in the air, its momentum carrying it towards the shot clock. The ball then bounced once cleanly off the shot clock, and dropped through the basket, causing the net to swish perfectly. The crowd reacted in awe, and Arenas and his Magic team celebrated, but it was all for naught. The game officials correctly ruled that the ball was out of bounds as soon as it hit the shot clock. This nullified the three-point basket and, since the buzzer had already sounded, ended the half. Arenas and teammate Hedo Turkoglu protested the call briefly, but Magic coach Stan Van Gundy intervened, shooing his players into the visitor's locker room. Here's the video of the remarkable shot.


Arenas' heave was straight out of the famous McDonalds commercial from the 1990s starring Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.  
Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards reportedly exchanged punches at a Washington, D.C. nightclub on Christmas Eve. Posted by Ben Golliverandray-blatche-javale-mcgee Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee took a short break from underperforming on the court to engage in fisticuffs at a nightclub on Christmas Eve, reports the Washington Post
Multiple league sources have confirmed that teammates Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday morning.
Witnesses have said that the players were screaming expletives at each other, but two league sources added that Blatche and McGee also exchanged several punches at the Shadow Room in Northwest Washington. A Wizards spokesman released a statement late Friday that read, "The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates."
Well, on the bright side, it was fists and not firearms.  Friday morning's incident comes roughly one year after former Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton got into a disagreement that saw Arenas bring multiple guns into the team's locker room, and ended with Arenas suspended for the remainder of the season. Both players are young. Blatche is 24 years old and McGee is just 22, and  no one would confuse either player with a mature adult. But their altercation, with some details still remaining unclear, is another sign that there is still work to be done in changing the Wizards' culture.  Washington's new owner, Ted Leonsis, has said in recent interviews that a full rebuilding effort will take multiple years. Both Blatche, who is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, and McGee, who is averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, are generally assumed to be in the team's longterm plans, which focus on building around franchise point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.  But with any headline-drawing incident like this, it's good to step back and ask a simple but tough question: Will these players help Wall achieve greatness, will they stand in the way, or will they be a distraction? Bottom line: if they're not helping, they're hurting.  The Wizards are currently 7-20 and in last place in the NBA's Southeast Division. With no meaningful games remaining in their 2010-2011 season, this is an excellent time for the Wizards to take a hard-line stance on player transgressions. Get through to them, or get them out of there. Wall's future is too bright to waste.
 
 
 
 
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