Links: Washington Wizards play host to hungry Milwaukee Bucks

April 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings (3) shoots the ball as Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) defends in the second half at Verizon Center. The Bucks won 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Today's links:

  • John Wall admitted after the Chicago game what many have already suggested - he spent too much of his offseason playing in games that have nothing to do with improving as an NBA player.
  • While the Wizards are focused on finishing the season strong and improving with an eye towards next season, the Bucks will be looking to gain some ground in the race for the 8th playoff seed tonight when they visit Verizon Center. [CSN Washington]
  • With a roster remade to feature young players who play hard and respond to coaching, the next step for the Wizards is selecting the right person to lead the team forward. BNIE thinks prospective head coaches should like what they see in the Wiz.
  • The term 'professional' is a sports cliche for obvious reasons, and it appears six times in this piece on Mo Evans (including the headline). Evans, who would like to see more time on the court, got some rare burn against the Bulls when he scored 14 points in an 87-84 victory and has also been a real, uh, 'professional' while providing guidance to the Wizards' young players from the bench. [Washington Post]
  • And with Roger Mason Jr. waived following season-ending finger surgery, Evans could be looking at consistent minutes down the season's home stretch. [Washington Examiner]
  • Three years later, D-League call-up Morris Almond is glad to be getting a second chance in the NBA. [Washington Post]
  • Joakim Noah calls Kevin Seraphin "like a little brother to me" and thinks his fellow Frenchman is getting a chance to show "he can be dominant." [Washington Post]
  • A couple stats in this piece puts into perspective what the Wizards are currently dealing with - players whose salaries make up about 72 percent of the salary cap are inactive and those that are active have a combined career scoring average of 67.8 points. [CSN Washington]
  • The posturing at the top of the NBPA continues, with executive director Billy Hunter putting the clamps on president Derek Fisher's push to audit the union's finances. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Remember when the Sixers had the best winning percentage in the NBA? Well, now they're one game above .500 and clinging to the final playoff seed with Milwaukee nipping at their heels. It's got Jordan Sams wishing he could trade Philly's roster with that of 17 other teams, including the Wizards. [Liberty Ballers]
  • No surprise here, but Kentucky's entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft together yesterday. You'd think that (plus the loss of senior sixth man Darius Miller) would spell doom for Big Blue Nation next year, right? Nope. In fact, Anthony Davis thinks top-recruit Nerlens Noel is a better defender than him. Good. Lord. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Poor Charlotte. [Ball Don't Lie]
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