Tag:John Wall
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Wizards owner previews his John Wall Dougie dance

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis does The Dougie dance like Washington point guard John Wall. Posted by Ben Golliver
First, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall did "The Dougie" dance during pre-game introductions at the team's home opener, and the internet exploded with excitement.  Then, shrewd Wizards owner Ted Leonsis promised on his blog that he would Dougie if the team sold out a home game. Today, via the Washington Post, comes this video of Leonsis previewing that promise.  "It kind of went viral," Leonsis said of his blog post. "I guess I have to live up to that promise, so if we do sell out a game -- we haven't come close yet -- but if we do sell out a game I will live up to my commitment and do the 'Dougie." As Leonsis said the word "Dougie" he began sliding his hands through his hair, creeping everyone out. Have a look, courtesy of D.C. radio station WTOP. John Wall remains the Dougie King of D.C. But he's got a pretty cool boss.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:46 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:44 pm
 

Andray Blatche explains why he's a little tubby

Posted by Royce Young

If you've watch the Washington Wizards play so far this year, you've probably noticed a couple of things. John Wall is fast. John Wall is good. John Wall can dance.

And maybe one other thing - Andray Blatche is looking kind of, well, fat.

Blatche is working himself back into shape after breaking his foot last June and therefore missing some of training camp. People expected big things out of Blatche who was nothing short of brilliant for the Wizards the last few months after Antwan Jamison was traded last season. But so far this year, he's been sort of average - 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a game on 35.6 percent shooting.

The issue is, he's out of shape. He knows it and his coach knows it.

"He does not have the same explosiveness that he had last year," Coach Flip Saunders told The Washington Post. "As he continues to get in shape that explosiveness will come."

The battle Blatche is losing is coming against greasy fast food he says. He told The Post that he sometimes has a hard time sleeping at night and rarely gets to sleep before 1:30 a.m. So naturally, he gets the cracving for some snackums. "I eat late, that's how I gain weight," Blatche said.

Because of his exceptional play down the stretch last season, Blatche earned a three-year extension worth $28 million. He knows he has to get it going and knows that a lot of that starts with him getting into better game shape. And it can be tough when your point guard is John Wall and he flies up the court 200 miles per hour.

The Wizards are in rebuilding mode and they placed a lot of trust in the continuing development of Blatche. By all accounts he's a hard worker and a guy that can be counted on. He's incredibly talented and with him, Wall and some of the other young guys on the roster, the Wizards definitely have a future. They've just got to get him out of the pantry after bedtime.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 9:38 am
 

Shootaround 11.5.10: Like That

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The Sonics mascot showed up with a sign that said "Homeless" last night. Which is adorable. I do wonder where the sign is that reads "Homeless because people didn't think it was a good idea to build me a new home" but I'm a stickler for accuracy like that.
  • Mikael Pietrus and Stan Van Gundy got into a shouting match over Pietrus being yanked in the third quarter against the Wolves. One would think in a 40 point annihilation that everyone would be happy. It's also bizarre that SVG continues to have trouble with Pietrus considering that he's been a big part of the team's success and I don't see any yelling or screaming at Vince Carter, but I'm a stickler for fairness like that.
  • Twitter has not been kind to the Celtics. Twitter is a remarkably easy interface to control, you just have to be sure to think about what you're posting before you post it. Then, if you do post something that isn't great, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for it. Or blame it on hackers. You know, either one.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Wizards owner will "Dougie" if team sells out

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis promises to dance the "Dougie" if the Wizards sell out a home game. Posted by Ben Golliver In the unlikely event that you missed it earlier this week , Wizards rookie point guard John Wall made headlines by dancing the "Dougie" during pre-game introductions before Washington's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ersjohn-wall-dougie Wall has drawn plenty of applause for his nimble feet and genuine smile, not to mention his outstanding early season play, but he has his share of detractors too , including radio host Colin Cowherd, who somehow concluded that Wall will never win an NBA title because the dance proves he loves the spotlight too much. Huh. As for Wall's boss, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, who recently purchased the Wizards from the Pollin family? Leonsis has Wall's back completely.  So much so that he is attempting to capitalize on the good buzz surrounding Wall's boogie down by promising to get in on the action. Writing on his blog, Ted's Take , Leonsis salutes Wall's play and says he will "Dougie" if the Wizards can sell out a home game.
History is being made at Verizon Center again. A rebuild is taking shape. A wonderful star is in the making. So far - so good.
We need your help. We play this Saturday night. We need and want you to be in attendance. The team plays better in front of a sold out building. Come support the team. Click here. Off of soap box now. When we have a total paid sellout this season, I will do the “Dougie” - I promise.
Now this is a Mark Cuban-esque 21st century NBA owner at his best. In one simple blog post, Leonsis sells tickets, connects directly with fans and potential fans, hypes up his team, and provides cover for his young superstar in the face of some unnecessary criticism. In a league where so many ownership groups are anonymous and/or out-of-touch, Leonsis is the opposite, bringing creative, fan-friendly ideas like Midnight Madness and 3-D video introductions to the table in just his first few months of ownership.  After a 2009-2010 season that was a public relations disaster for the Wizards, Leonsis is instilling the right energy when and where it is needed most.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Knicks to play Friday after MSG asbestos scare

The New York Knicks will resume playing at Madison Square Garden on Friday after a Tuesday game was cancelled due to a problem with asbestos in the arena. Posted by Ben Golliver
asbestos-madison-square-garden As we noted earlier, the New York Knicks were scheduled to host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden, but the game was postponed due to a problem with asbestos in the arena.  Asbestos fibers are a a pretty disgusting contaminant that, if contacted or inhaled over a long period of time, can lead to all sorts of serious illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos can also lead to a bleep load of lawsuits, so any time a building is linked to an Asbestos problem, it goes into Defcon lockdown mode until the situation can be properly investigated and resolved by air quality professionals. As such, the Garden was closed down on Tuesday to undergo testing. Marc Berman of the New York Post posted a statement released by Madison Square Garden that clears the arena to be re-opened for Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards and 2010 NBA Draft No. 1 overall pick John Wall.
"After receiving assurance from the city and environmental experts regarding the safety of the arena for our customers and employees, all events at Madison Square Garden, beginning with Friday night’s Knicks game, will go on as scheduled. We have been working with the appropriate experts to confirm the arena is safe since debris fell during overnight work Monday. We will announce the rescheduled date for the postponed Knicks v. Magic game, in conjunction with the NBA, in the near future. We would like to thank the city for their assistance in this matter, and appreciate the patience of our fans.''
As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com notes, Tuesday's game between the Knicks and Magic will be re-scheduled at a later date. I tried to come up with a way to pin this situation on Knicks center Eddy Curry for about 10 minutes, but I failed. Congratulations to Eddy, this post ends right here.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Game Changer 11.3.10: The Wiz find a way

John Wall dances during introductions, gets his first win as a pro and nearly notches a triple-double, Rajon Rondo does something that hasn't been done in more than three years, Cartier Martin goes hero status, and a bunch 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: WASHINGTON STEALS ONE AT HOME

In a night that was otherwise filled with double-digit victories around the NBA, the Washington Wizards staged one heck of a comeback to steal a 116-115 win at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.  The Wizards, who blew a lead earlier in the fourth quarter, started fouling repeatedly in the last minute of regulation to extend the game. Up three in the game's closing seconds, Philadelphia elected not to foul, and Washington used a side inbounds play to set up a top of the arc 3-point attempt for forward Cartier Martin, who appeared to be the third option on the play. Whether he was meant to take the shot or not, Martin, who has attempted just 86 3-pointers in his 53 game NBA career, buried an off-balance, lean-in attempt in front of 76ers forward Andre Iguodala. He then joined a group hug celebration in front of the Wizards bench, before they all realized they still had to play five minutes of extra time.  In the tightly-contested overtime period, Wizards rookie point guard John Wall was the difference, scoring four points, dishing out an assist to Andray Blatche and making two key defensive plays during the extra period, on his way to an eye-popping stat line: 29 points, 13 assists and 9 steals (which tied a franchise record) . But it was Blatche who provided the winning margin in a 116-115 come-from-behind victory, hitting a pair of clutch free throws with seven seconds left. The Sixers really stumbled down the stretch with some sloppy late-game execution. Jrue Holiday was the biggest culprit, finishing with six turnovers on the night, but multiple times in the closing minutes, they struggled to inbounds or outlet the ball in the backcourt under full court Wizards pressure. With the ball and seven seconds left on the block in overtime, the Sixers could only manage a difficult, contested, off-balance jumper for Iguodala. If not for yeoman's work from Lou Williams at the free throw line (15-17), it would have looked even worse. Philadelphia stays winless on the season and this one undoubtedly stings the worst, given the circumstances. Kate Fagan of Philly.com sums it up nicely in her discussion of Martin's game-winner...
It seems swingman Andre Iguodala gets caught for a second on the screen set to free Martin. Iguodala trails Martin -- as he's supposed to -- but he's too far behind to keep Martin from catching at the three-point line, and Iguodala is just not in a good position to take a good foul on Martin. There's no lack of effort from Iguodala (in watching the replays), it just seems like the kind of play that continually haunts the Sixers.
And so they remain winless.
Philly joins the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers as the only 0-4 teams in the NBA, and the bad news gets worse. After the late Tuesday loss, Philly must return home for a rematch with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. While Philly is playing the away-and-home back-to-back, the Pacers have enjoyed two days off since defeating the Sixers in Indiana on Saturday.

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Rajon Rondo:  9 points, 3 rebounds, 17 assists, 4 steals, 0 turnovers on 3-7 shooting in 36 minutes. According to Basketball-Reference.com , the last time an NBA player had 17 or more assists and 0 turnovers in a regular season game was April 14, 2007. The man who did it? Steve Nash, point guard for the Phoenix Suns. Honorable Mention goes to... John Wall:  29 points, 2 rebounds, 13 assists, 9 steals and 8 turnovers in 45 minutes on 9-16 shooting.

Wall was just one steal shy of a triple-double in his third game as a pro.  Michael Lee of the Washington Post notes on Twitter that "is just the second player in NBA history to get at least 70 points & 30 assists in his first 3 games. The other? Oscar Robertson."

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

After losing to the Celtics in their opening game, the Heat have now won nine straight halves of basketball. Last night, they blew out Minnesota 129-97.

DON'T MISS:

The Knicks and the Magic were scheduled to play Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, but asbestos intervened . Surely Knicks center Eddy Curry can be blamed for this somehow. In way less sketchy news, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is in for the 2012 Olympics in London .  Also, Miami won big again, thanks to 20 points and 12 dimes from LeBron James, who was reportedly playing through a minor leg injury.

WHIMSY:

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall reacts with glee as the Wizards win their home opener in overtime at the Verizon Center on Tuesday night. Wall was huge, nearly notching a triple double, and his night began with care-free exuberance too: he danced "The Dougie" during his pre-game introduction . john-wall

 

HERO OF THE NIGHT:

No single play led to Wall's joyous reaction more than a last-second 3-point shot by Wizards forward Cartier Martin, who leaned in on 76ers forward Andre Iguodala before burying the trey to force the game into overtime.

Mike Prada notes over at BulletsForever.com  that the heroics are a new thing for Martin, who was surprised to learn the media wanted to get his post-game reaction to burying the triple.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

As of 2 a.m. Eastern Wednesday morning, former Cleveland Cavalier, New Jersey Net, Phoenix Sun, New York Knick and Portland Trail Blazer center Chris Dudley, he of the 45.8% career free throw percentage, was in a dead heat  in his Oregon gubernatorial bid. Dudley is running as a Republican, facing Democrat John Kitzhaber, who has served as Oregon's governor twice previously.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Video: Cartier Martin hits last-second 3-pointer

Washington Wizards forward Cartier Martin hit a last-second 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers to send the game into overtime, where the Wizards eventually won. Posted by Ben Golliver What a wild night in Washington, where the Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime to win their home opener at the Verizon Center, 116-115.  Wizards forward Cartier Martin sent the game to overtime by nailing a step-in 3-pointer in the last second of regulation over Sixers forward Andre Iguodala. John Wall led the way for Washington, nearly notching a triple-double with 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals. For more on the game, head over to CBSSports.com's GameTracker.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:24 pm
 

John Wall dances the Dougie during introductions

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall does "The Dougie" dance prior to his team's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. Posted by Ben Golliver Before the Washington Wizards home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, rookie point guard John Wall did a spirited, extended version of "The Dougie" during player introductions, much to the enjoyment of his teammates and the announcing crew. "Once he gets over his shyness, he's going to be something else," joked Steve Buckhantz, Washington's television play-by-play announcer, as Wall joined his teammates for a pre-game huddle. "He's so reserved," cracked Phil Chenier, Washington's television analyst. Wall, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is no stranger to recognition for his boogying abilities. He made headlines last fall for the "John Wall Dance" during his only season at the University of Kentucky. The "Dougie" dance was popularized by hip hop group Cali Swag District's hit single "Teach Me How To Dougie ."
 
 
 
 
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