The story repeated on national television several times this postseason went like this: Drew Gooden was working out at an LA Fitness in Maryland earlier this year, and he'd sometimes stop by the Verizon Center. In need of depth in the frontcourt, the Washington Wizards signed the free agent to a 10-day contract. Gooden proved his worth and stuck for the remainder of the season, even contributing in the playoffs. At his end-of-season media session on Friday, he sounded more than happy he got the opportunity, via the Washington Post's Michael Lee:
That's pretty great, even if Gooden's production didn't quite turn him into a national phenomenon. He was certainly appreciated in Washington, and filled a glaring need when Nene was injured late in the regular season. The Wizards might not have won their series opener against the Indiana Pacers without his 12-point, 13-rebound effort. Now the question is whether he will re-sign in Washington.