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Links: John Wall unveils new-and-improved (video game) jump shot

This is way easier on Xbox.
This is way easier on Xbox.

Saturday links:

  • John Wall made an appearance Thursday at the grand opening of the Microsoft Store at Pentagon City Mall and showed of a silky smooth jumpshot...on Xbox Kinect. [Wizards Insider]
  • Ted is bullish on the Wizards front court and the hiring of assistant coach Jerry Sichting. [Ted's Take]
  • Mike on why the Wizards front office will need to figure out how to become part of a future trade like the one that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
  • The 76ers may have picked up Andrew Bynum, but on balance this trade might be a win for the Wizards just for the sheer fact that they won't have to deal with Howard four times a year anymore (unless, of course, they meet the Lakers in the NBA Finals GUFFAW GUFFAW GUFFAW). [CSN Washington]
  • And yet, did the Wizards' playoff chances actually improve any? [CSN Washington]
  • Great analysis of the Howard-Bynum trade from Zach Lowe. [The Point Foward]
  • Andrew Sharp recaps the Dwightmare in its terrifying entirety. [SB Nation]
  • Enough time has lapsed since the trade that there seems to be a general consensus that the Magic got bent over in the deal. [SI]
  • Andy Hutchins wonders why the Magic settled for this deal. [SB Nation]
  • Tom Ziller weighs in on why Orlando erred in holding onto Howard for too long. [SB Nation]
  • Michael Rosenberg writes that in being traded to L.A., Howard was essentially rewarded for his petulance over the last year-plus. [SI]
  • Kobe Bryant let everyone know his thoughts on the trade on his Facebook page (he's a fan) and seems happy to have an heir apparent on the Lakers. [L.A. Times | SI]
  • Still. for his own sake Howard better leave the childish games behind in Orlando, or he might just get bitten by the Black Mamba. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Meantime, Bynum's agent says the center is "excited" about his opportunity in Philly. [HoopsWorld]
  • In yesterday's links we entertained the notion that Team USA may not stay as proficient from three-point range as it had been thus far in the Olympics. Well, that wasn't a concern yesterday, as the Americans shot 18-of-42 from distance and gave a very good Argentina squad a thorough beatdown to emerge with a 109-83 win and advance to Sunday's gold medal game against Spain. LeBron James led the team yet again with 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds while Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony chipped in 19 and 18 points, respectively. [SB Nation| Washington Post | SI | ESPN | Yahoo! Sports]
  • Team USA again demonstrated the strength of its bench against Argentina. [SI]
  • In an Olympic tournament tarnished by tanking and crotch shots, Team USA has displayed the appropriate amount of effort and grace. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Jerry Colangelo says Tom Izzo is on the short list of contenders to replace Mike Krzyzewski as Team USA's coach. [SB Nation | Lansing State Journal]