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Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:29 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Crittenton waived: A tale of two would-be gunmen

Posted by Royce Young

It was almost inevitable. With the Charlotte Bobcats already carrying three point guards on the roster, Javaris Crittenton didn't really have much of a chance. And today, Charlotte cut him, sending him off to who knows where.

As the oft-forgotten secondary piece in the Gilbert Arenas crazy gun puzzle from last season, Crittenton's NBA future has been in limbo since the incident. The Wizards cut ties with him shortly after, leaving him to look for someone to offer a make-good type of deal. The Bobcats came calling, but really, it was destined for failure from the start.

Crittenton isn't like his former Bobcats counterpart Shaun Livingston. Crittendon never was the kind of NBA prospect where you just knew he'd eventually make it. He was a McDonald's All-American before going to Georgia Tech where he was decent. But riding the coattails of his AAU success and McDonald's All-American hype, he went pro early and was drafted 19th in 2007 by the Lakers. He qas quickly moved to the Grizzlies in the Pau Gasol deal before then being shipped to Washington in 2008.

(A fun Did You Know: Crittenton was high school teammates with Dwight Howard in Atlanta. That was a good team, I bet.)

Again unlike Livingston, Crittenton never had the "can't-miss talent" type of tag. He's not the kind of once-in-a-long-while gifted point guard where you keep taking a chance on. He's a good player, one that certainly can show flashes of brilliance, but he never has been the kind of player a franchise is willing to risk anything substantial for. Which is what makes his situation so unfortunate.

Gilbert Arenas is still with the Wizards and set to start for two reasons: 1) He's owed a crap-ton of money and 2) He's a really good player. Both of those things worked against Crittenton. Of course the Wizards couldn't keep both of the guys that drew guns on each other in the locker room, but it's undeniable that Crittenton got the short end of this situation.

Crittenton certainly has NBA talent, but it's a measure of how badly does he want to get back. He's going to have to rehabilitate everything, starting with his perception. He's nothing more than a minimum salary player at this point but his a minimum salary player with substantial baggage. And when you're choosing your third point guard and you can have him or Sherron Collins who Charlotte currently has slated there, you go with the cheap rookie that doesn't have a blemish on his record.

It's unfortunate, but it's life in the league.  And it's unfortunate too because the Bobcats are a team in desperate need of point guard help. Right now they have D.J. Augustin who's unproven, Livingston who's still nearly crippled after a horrific injury and Collins, a mediocre rookie. If he couldn't make it there, it's either the baggage, the talent or a combination of the two.

It's not overy yet for him though. Did you know Crittenton is just 22 years old? It feels like he's been in the league for 10 years now. And I bet he feels the same way. This is a pretty major setback for the forgotten second gunman in the Wizards locker room. Arenas is getting his chance for redemption and it's off to a rocky start as seen with the new dark persona and lying to coaches. Crittenton's just going to have to wait for another shot.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas gets injured after faking injury

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 5:20 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 5:26 pm
 

The seven teams you should pick for LP Broadband

Posted by Royce Young



If you could pick only seven TV shows to watch , what would they be? Like seven shows, period. Once you picked them, that's what you're watching for the next season of programming. Wouldn't be easy, huh?

Would you go with your favorites? Would go with what's fun to watch ? Or would you go with something informational or important? Questions all that help determine the criteria on your selection.

It's a question die-hard NBA fans have to ask themselves every year when it comes to getting NBA League Pass Broadband. For a little less, you don't get the whole league. Just unfiltered access to seven teams. But the hard part - and kind of the fun part - is figuring out what seven squads you want to have any time you want them. 

Who would I pick? Well I'm glad you asked. Here's my seven choices:

1. Miami Heat - In my crude rating system that I just made up as I was typing this sentence, the Heat pretty much score high in everything. Watchibility . Interesting-ness . Talent on the floor. Importance to the league. And of course the fact they're one of the league's three or four absolutely legit contenders.

I mean, how could you not include the Heat? Even if you hate everything about them down to their weird looking mascot, this is the most intriguing NBA roster well, since I can remember. Because of what's going on in South Beach, the NBA offseason took precedent of Major League Baseball and NFL training camps. Yeah, so it's kind of a big deal.

And how could even think about missing any of it this year? Yes, they will be on national TV a lot. But you're not guaranteed to get every big performance there. What if the biggest Heat story of the year happens some random February night against the Raptors where Dwyane Wade and LeBron both explode for 40? Or in late March, there's a little argument on the bench between LeBron and Bosh? How could you be willing to miss that?

2. Los Angeles Lakers
- Every game the Lakers play, it's an event. Kobe Bryant doesn't have that many games left and how could you give up the chance to watch one of the greatest ever try and win a sixth ring?

What makes the Lakers interesting? It's all in what they are. First, they're the Lakers . They're Hollywood basketball. They're Jack Nicholson sitting courtside , Phil Jackson running the show, Kobe hitting big shots. And Ron Artest doing potentially who knows what night-to-night. It's can't-miss stuff.

Plus, for a lot of teams, playing the Lakers is the biggest game of the month. It's just a little more important and a little bit more meaningful to both the team and its fans if the game's not in L.A. So you can expect packed houses, fired up crowds, pumped up teams and good basketball.

3. Milwaukee Bucks
- You know who I had here originally? The Celtics. And why did I take them off? I don't really know, honestly. Because the Celtics are definitely a good team to have. But I guess I just don't find them all that interesting. They're old, potentially washing up and they're going to have 50 percent of their games on TV anyway.

So instead, I'm going with an upstart team featuring a fun scorer in Brandon Jennings, an emerging center in Andrew Bogut , an underrated forward in Ersan Ilyasova and a dark horse contender in the East.

4. Washington Wizards
- I for one, am fascinated by this team. First, Gilbert Arenas. He's the league's most interesting personality. He makes up stories about being hurt. Like Jerry in the Seinfeld episode George asked him to not be funny, Arenas is touching his dark side and trying to be serious. And like Jerry, he can't not be funny. With that beard, it's impossible to take Arenas completely serious (though he's shaving it off soon).

More than that though, this team is coming off a season full of incredible turmoil, plus it has some of the most erratic personalities in the league. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and extremely talented but borderline on the headcase chart. Josh Howard never minces words. Al Thornton is already a little perturbed about his role. And then of course there's John Wall who is supposed to now be the face of the team. Put it all on the court together and you've got an intriguing team to watch .

Plus, any time you can get a good look at one of the future talents in the league as a rookie, it's a must. Don't you wish you could go back and watch LeBron James for 82 games as a rookie? Or Dwyane Wade? Or Kevin Durant? John Wall is almost a guarantee to be great and here's your chance to watch him get started. Here's your chance to watch him evolve and grow. I wouldn't want to miss it.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder - In terms of pure excitement, there probably isn't a more fun team to watch in the league. They're got exceptional athletes. They've got exciting young players. They've got talent. And best of all, they're actually good.

Watching Kevin Durant score is like a Sunday afternoon nap. You're never unsatisfied with what you get. Durant scores in the most boring exciting way possible. It'll be the third quarter and a graphic will flash at the bottom and you'll see a line of 27 points on 10-16 shooting and you'll only remember three of his baskets.

And while Durant scores in the quiet, efficient way, Westbrook scores in the loud, look-over-here way. This team is something you can't miss. Nobody knows how good they can really be and what makes them so fun to watch is that they never take a play off and truly love each other. They play hard and they play together. Nobody is more refreshing.

6. Los Angeles Clippers - Just look at that starting five. It looks pretty good, right? Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes , Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman - looks nice.

But what makes the Clippers a team I wouldn't want to miss is Griffin. From the small pieces we've gotten in preseason, he's going to provide at least one "WHOA!" moment a night. Whether it's a block, an oop or just a stuff over three defenders, Griffin is always going all out.

Add in the fact that when Davis is locked in, he's as good as any guard out there and the evident emergence of Eric Gordon as a scoring guard and you've got a team that could maybe make some noise. Griffin and Kaman on the inside is as good a looking interior one-two you'll find and the fact they don't get much spotlight in a city that has lights to spare makes them just a little more cool to watch .

The problem with picking the Clippers though is that a month in when two key players are hurt, Baron Davis is already putting on weight and taking quarters off and you realize Vinny Del Negro is the coach, you'll really regret picking them. But it's almost becoming an NBA tradition to be interested in the Clippers in October. The talent is there and they should be fun.

7. Chicago Bulls - The new Bulls era is off to a bit of a rough start with Carlos Boozer breaking his hand because of a gym bag. But this is a team transitioning in a weird way. They're combining their exciting young talent with quality veterans. The Baby Bulls of a few years ago fell apart, but this group is set up to actually compete.

But forget that. Derrick Rose is the only reason you actually need. End to end, he's just about as exciting a player as you're going to get. He just moves differently than other guys. Even a simple thing like a driving layup has another kind of flash, another kind style with Rose.

He may not be there in terms of stepping into the truly elite, but he's a can't-miss player. And with him on a team that's going to be good with players that are also talented, exciting and interesting, the Bulls are definitely a must-watch .

Obviously the two toss-ups on my list are the Clippers and Wizards. Those could be HUGE mistakes come January. Substitute in the Celtics and Magic and you've got a guaranteed solid seven. Or the Spurs and Mavericks. Or the Blazers and Hawks. Or the Jazz and Nuggets.

Or just say screw it and buy the whole League Pass and watch on TV. That's probably a better call. This season is going to just be that good.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas fined by Wizards for faking injury

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.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 4:45 am
 

Arenas may or may not have faked injury for Young

Wizards guard tells reporters he faked an injury to give younger player playing time. Posted by Matt Moore

Part of the collateral damage of Gilbert Arenas' complete and total public image meltdown over the past 12 months has been the perception of him as a leader. He went from being the kooky but lovable best-player-on-the-team and presumed captain o' swagger to being an immature attention hog with no respect for his teammates or himself. This year he's shown up a changed man, ditching the smiles, saying he's cutting the beard, and talking constantly about it being John Wall's team. He's shown a legitimate commitment to the idea of sacrifice.

Maybe too much.

TruthAboutIt.Net (our winner for Tuesday night's Blog o' the Evening) reports tonight of some comments from Arenas that may wind up putting him in hot water . Before the game, Arenas was announced as out with some soreness in his leg. No biggie, happens all the time. Nick Young took his place and dropped 24, which is great for the youngster who's struggled through most of his career.

Story over, right?

Except not.

Post-game, Arenas told reporters:
“Yea, I told him I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he’d get some time. Because I know he’s kinda frustrated not getting a chance to crank it up at the three position, especially since we’re going three guards. So I told him I’d fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me. So that’s why he said sacrifice.”


Wait.

What?

Now, in the video over at TruthAboutIt.Net, Arenas has a smile on his face when he tells this to reporters. Maybe he was kidding. Maybe he was jerking their chain, in order to create posts remarkably like, oh, say, this one. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Gilbert Arenas really was hurt and decided to say this because everyone might flip out about it.

Or, you know, he may have actually lied to his coach, faked an injury, and disrupted the coach's plan for the team all because he thought he was doing something nice for a younger player. Both of these scenarios are completely possible. That's what happens when you're Gilbert Arenas. If Arenas is telling the truth and he did fake an injury, that's not going to sit well with Flip Saunders. As TAI author Kyle Weidie discusses, Saunders actually spoke up in defense of Arenas post-game. To mess with Saunders and his plans for the team in that way would be not only irresponsible, but disruptive. And not at all cool.

This could be nothing, it could be something, and we won't really know until reporters are baited into asking Saunders about it in the morning. By then, Saunders could have talked it out with Arenas and come up with reasonable cover,which could also conveniently be the truth. The truth...ahem, about it... is that there are two possibilities here. Either Arenas is actually pulling stunts like this, which would reflect a blatant disregard for authority, or he's kidding about that, which is only going to lead to questions for Flip Saunders, which shows a gaping lack of maturity.

Welcome to the puzzle that is Gilbert Arenas, still, to this day. Have fun figuring it out.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Rookie Wall leading Wizards as captain

Wizards rookie already taking reins as captain as team heads toward regular season.
Posted by Matt Moore

Can you teach leadership? The jury's still out, you have to think. There have been many players that have grown into being leaders after bouts with immaturity of sheepishness, and some players just never get it, despite the attention paid to them by coaches on the matter. But some players, at least, do get it right away. One such player is John Wall.

The prodigal point guard has already claimed captain status on the Wizards alongside Kirk Hinrich. And boy, if that isn't opposite sides of the coin. Wizards blog TruthAboutIt.Net has the scoop :

On Monday afternoon, when I asked Flip Saunders who had arisen to fill the team captain position(s) this year, he sounded pretty confident that 20-year old John Wall and soon-to-be 30-year old Kirk Hinrich would be his men. “Right now we’ve gone with Hinich and Wall. Those are the two guys, at this point, that have shown leadership through camp. So that’s where we’re at right now,” said the coach.

So you've got a 20 year old kid who has come in and been vocal enough to be a leader on a squad filled with NBA veterans, all while showcasing explosive athletic ability and tremendous vision at the most pivotal position in the sport. Yeah, I'd say that whole lottery thing worked out pretty well this year for the Wizards. Weidie at TruthAboutIt.Net went on to ask Saunders about Gilbert Arenas. You know, the former All-Star veteran who you'd hope has taken a forceful voice in practices in order to make up for the time he missed last year and repair his significantly damaged reputation:

“We just haven’t really talked,” said Saunders. “Those two guys have been our two most vocal guys and our two guys that have shown leadership.”

Well, then. That's unfortunate, though not unexpected.

Back to Wall, it's things like this that make you believe this kid could have a higher learning curve than even his Calipari-bred predecessors in Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. In fact, Wall may be the most cerebral point guard to come out of the top five since Chris Paul. All with excellent instincts, athleticism, and vision. Now if he could just get that jumper wet...
Posted on: October 7, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Arenas clarifies his "move on" statement

Posted by Royce Young

After Tuesday's preseason game, Gilbert Arenas spoke to the media and said, "Right now I'm out there to hit open shots, teach John [Wall] the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on - on my way."

Most interpreted that as Arenas' time in Washington was short. And by the sounds of it, it sure seems that way. Arenas even compared the situation to how Larry Hughes stepped aside for Arenas to become a star when Gil arrived in Washington. And by Hughes stepping aside, that meant he moved on as in moved out.

But Arenas tried to clear up his statement. Though it sounded like he wanted to be moved before the end of his contract which expires in 2014, he said he's happy staying where he's at.

"I've got four years left," Arenas told Michael Lee of the Washington Post. "And that's it. That's all I was saying."

Arenas is making the point that he understands it's not his team anymore. It's John Wall's. And the fact a player of Arenas' caliber is willing to admit that, especially at a time where Arenas is still in the prime of his career, is surprising. And also very mature and responsible. It's the new Gilbert Arenas, ya'll.

When the Wizards drafted Wall, things could have gotten awkward between Wall and Arenas. The top pick was walking into a situation where the team was already's Arenas' but it had been passed on in some ways because of the locker room incident last season. If Arenas wanted to be stubborn about this, it could upset things. Instead, the new mellow Gil has accepted his mentorship role and wants to just play with Wall, not against him.

That doesn't mean the Wizards don't want to trade Arenas though. However, both Marc Stein and Lee report that no trade is in the works right now and for the foreseeable future, Arenas is in Washington. Whether he makes it another four-year term in D.C.? That's to be determined.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Kentucky duo setting the early pace for rookies

DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall have huge debuts in preseason to set the tone for the ROY chase this season. And it may not be close.
Posted by Matt Moore




Say what you want about John Calipari, he finds himself some NBA quality talent. After producing the previous two Rookie of the Year award winners in Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, Calipari may end up having more than one horse in the race this season. Both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were highly touted coming out of college, but through Summer League and their first preseason games, we're already getting a sense that it may be these two, and then everyone else for the top rook trophy.

Wall-Eyed


John Wall in his first game on an NBA floor? He was remarkable. Better than expected. Preseason? Sure. But you can't argue with the kind of production he provided, and not just the numbers that pop out to you. 21 points, 9 assists, 4 steals? Great. But he shot 42% from the field, and more importantly was 9-11 from the line.  Most crucial was just two turnovers despite having the ball that much. That's absolutely huge. That numbers will rise with better competition, but just to show the ability is huge for the Wizards as they look for him to become the future of the franchise.

But don't take my words for it. Here's what Wizards blog Bullets Forever had to say on the matter:

"It's possible I underestimated the effect of John coming at you in transition will have on his stats and the team's performance.  Dallas isn't exactly the fastest team in the world, but their only chance at stopping Wall coming at full speed was to foul him. 

Wall's half-court execution does still need work, especially his pick and roll offense.  He's still learning how to attack the pick in such a way where he actually uses it well.  But on the bright side, he didn't turn the ball over much and he realized that Dallas was often playing him to pass."


That's crucial. For some reason, beyond my comprehension, there's been this feeling that Wall's a natural scorer who will have to work to set other players up. If you watched him in college at Kentucky? You know that's not true. Wall more than any other player showed a skillset that fit passing in the NBA best. His drive and kick to the baseline jumper man was automatic, except it was college and no one hits that shot in college (except for Patrick Patterson). He establishes chemistry with a big man (JaVale McGee in Washington off the bat) and works to see him in transition. He's lightning quick but sees the floor at a slower pace.

Wall has the potential to distribute with this team, the question was if he'd be allowed to among veterans who like the ball. If the preseason holds any value whatsoever, that doesn't seem like a problem. Even Gilbert Arenas in his postgame comments made it clear . This is Wall's team. And if that's the case, that Rookie of the Year award is going to be within reach from the get go.

Run DMC in Full Effect

DeMarcus Cousins slipped all the way to the Kings at number five, and honestly, there was absolutely no reason for it. His character issues are all built around on-court blowups which aren't unheard of for a kid his age, and he hasn't been in off-court trouble since his sophomore year of high school. In the meantime, he was arguably the MVP of Calipari's Kentucky team.

Sacramento knows what they have in the combustible big and have marketed him all summer. Then in his preseason debut last night, he showed what he's capable of. 16 points, 16 rebounds, are you freaking kidding me? Check out the two highlights in the first starting at 37 seconds in here . That's what he's bringing, along with what was a good looking jumper.

Cousins has so much instinctive ability at the basket, and for a team looking to run this season, he focused last night on outlet passes. That's a terrifying concept for opponents, if he's able to finish in the post and start the break while bringing in rebounds. His wide body and instincts are going to bring those rebounds in, and preseason or no, 16 boards is a heck of a lot. Cousins already looks like the steal of the draft, and his physical assets put him a leg above Blake Griffin, even before the injury, though Griffin's upside is obviously huge.

Here's what Sactown Royalty had to say on the matter of "Boogie":

On defense, he was surprisingly active, contesting shots, denying his man position.  He still needs a bit of work, but I think he could be a quality defensive presence someday, especially with his knack for drawing charges.  Another nice thing about DeMarcus is that he eats rebounds and craps nice outlet passes.  Many a fastbreak was started last night after DMC corralled the board and threw it out to Tyreke or Beno.  His solid performance was not without flaws however, as he made a few silly mistakes with the ball (including once trying to run the ball up the floor himself after a rebound, leading to a quick turnover) which led to five turnovers, all but one of them because of careless mistakes that can be fixed with experience. 

Cousins' learning curve could be high as well, depending on how he and the coaching staff mesh, which of course gets back to the attitude questions. But with that kind of opening performance and the minutes he's getting from the start, it's clear Sacramento knows what they have with him. Alongside Tyreke Evans, Cousins has a great shot of being able to compete for the trophy based on opportunity and instincts.
 
 
 
 
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