- Tom Ziller's Ballhype NBA preview spectacular moved to the Southeast, and it's obviously a great read, but he predicted the Wizards will only win 42 games. If the Wizards only go 42-40 this year, it will be a major disappointment. Here's how he justified it.
I think if playing four guards and one stiff center was a viable strategy, someone would have mastered it by now. Until the Wizards have a legitimate option inside 10 feet, they'll be too susceptible to those nights when the jumpers don't fall.
Obviously, there's more, but I don't think we should play the disrespect card. I definitely don't agree with it, but TZ knows his stuff.
The Orlando pick, on the other hand...
- Our man IC is back, and is polling readers for pertinent questions to ask during training camp. So imagine if the Wizards gave you a press pass. What questions would you ask to whom? List 'em in the comments.
- Gilbert talks more about his new shoes, and gives us a glimpse of his motivations.
AllHipHop.com: Kanye "battled" 50 Cent, whose shoe do you want to battle?
Gilbert Arenas: I called it out. I want to see who takes the challenge. If it's D Wade, LeBron or Carmelo. Or Kobe, hey. I have no problem challenging you guys.
- Don't you hate those players on other teams that just get geared up for us?
- A fascinating look at the differences in different newspaper reporter blogs, from We Rite Goode.
- The Wizards' TV schedule was released yesterday, and it includes seven ESPN games and two TNT ones. Strangely enough, two of those ESPN games are against Denver. I guess I missed the rivalry those two teams developed.
- Actually, I nearly forgot about the biggest news of the day...the view of the new high definition jumbotron at the Verizon Center. Interesting that Abe Pollin gets such a reputation as a cheap owner, and yet he's still paying for a substantial upgrade here. Is this really necessary? I mean, it looks cool, but I'd rather see that money get pumped into the team.
- As we come up on training camp, a quick reminder of the Ten Commandments of the preseason.
- The Celtics signed Esteban Batista from the Hawks yesterday, which ordinarily wouldn't give me pause, but still does for some reason. As much as I love Roger Mason the person, why couldn't we sign a guy who was a terror on the glass in FIBA play? Another big man is easily more important than another guard. Oh well.
By Mike Prada