Links: John Wall says 'I want to be the savior' of the Washington Wizards

Put it all on me.

Wednesday links:

  • The current issue of Dime magazine features John Wall on its cover, and inside the mag Wall asserts his desire to be an All-Star and top five point guard in the NBA while acting as 'savior' to the Wizards. He certainly doesn't shy away from the expectations. Now it's just a matter of living up to them. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • By the way, the cover story on Wall isn't available online, but the actual cover is linked in Kogod's post and right here.
  • Ted Leonsis has answered some of your most important questions regarding the future of the Wizards franchise. Thanks again to Leonsis for taking the time to do this. [Part I | Part II]
  • Also make sure to check out Ted's Q&A over at Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Capitals blog, since some of the questions are also pertinent to the Wizards.
  • In yesterday's Olympic action, Team USA destroyed Tunisia as expected, 110-63, but only after Mike Krzyzewski took out his sluggish starters and went to the bench did the Americans really pull away. [SB Nation | AP | CSN Washington]
  • For Wizards fans who tuned into watch Nene and Brazil take on Great Britain and Kevin Seraphin's French squad face off against Argentina, there were some encouraging signs from both players. Namely, Nene played nearly 29 minutes, which would seem to indicate his ailing foot wasn't bothering him too much. He didn't contribute much offensively (only scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting) and focused instead on rebounding (six boards) and defense (three blocks). As for Seraphin, he looked good while on the floor, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, notching seven rebounds and blocking three shots. But, as was his problem in France's loss to Team USA, foul trouble limited Seraphin to only 14 minutes of play.
  • Mike isn't concerned about Seraphin's foul issues just yet, but he hopes it doesn't signal a reversion to his hack-happy rookie season.
  • Ivan Carter and Brian Mitchell debate whether Nene is hurting the Wizards by playing hurt in the Olympics. [CSN Washington]
  • Here's a roundup of yesterday's non-Team USA men's basketball games. [ESPN]
  • Ex-Sixers guard Jodie Meeks says the "Lakers, Bucks and Wizards" are the three teams with the best chance of signing him. [SI]
  • Ben Standig analyzes another analyst's analysis of the Wizards summer leaguers. Got that? [CSN Washington]
  • Some really awesome Wizards-related nuggets from TAI here and here.
  • The Lakers seem ready to sign ex-Wizards coach Eddie Jordan as an assistant with intentions of switching to the Princeton offense. [SB Nation | Silver Screen and Roll | Yahoo! Sports | SLAM | CSN Washington]
  • Frank Hanrahan writes that the Nets should be "pretty decent" next season, on paper anyway. [CSN Washington]
  • Initially taken aback by the NBA owners' proposal to restrict future U.S. men's basketball teams to players under 23 years old, BNIE wonders if it is actually more in the Olympic "spirit" to give new, fresh faces the spotlight every four years.
  • Tom Ziller thinks the International Olympic Committee should double the number of teams in the men's basketball tournament and notes that Brazil has looked pretty unimpressive en route to winning its first two Olympic games.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski writes that Doc Rivers would be a natural fit to succeed Krzyzewski, who has said he doesn't see himself returning in the same capacity for the 2016 Olympics, as Team USA's coach. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Point guards are shining thus far in the Olympics. [SB Nation]
  • And none shined brighter than Tony Parker. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Anthony Davis was flying high during Team USA's rout of Tunisia. [ESPN]
  • When you think about it, it's sort of weird that England is the one major European country that really couldn't care less about basketball. [SI]
  • Ah, if there's one thing that brings back memories of the Dream Team, it's foreign basketball players getting stomped by U.S. basketball players and then asking for their autographs. [Yahoo! Sports]
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