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Links: Andray Blatche Says He Just Wants To Play Basketball Again

Still grindin', 'Tawn.
Still grindin', 'Tawn.

Sunday, lazy Sunday links:

  • Nice piece here from Andray Blatche's hometown paper recapping his up-and-down career with the Wizards and an offseason spent trying to redefine his reputation in the NBA. Blatche's mother, his high school coach and former Maryland star John Lucas II, who's dealt with his own personal demons while in the NBA and has become Blatche's trainer/mentor this offseason, all weigh in. Meanwhile, Blatche seems very good at acknowledging his mistakes but also having an excuse for each of them, be it youth, immaturity, injury, etc. For instance, he refers to being "sociable" as "his mistake." But it is possible to have fun playing basketball while also having a professional approach to the game. Here's hoping that Blatche is working as hard as he claims and revives his NBA career. Now that would make for a good story. [Post-Standard]
  • ESPN is ranking every NBA player (well, the "best" 500, anyway). Cartier Martin is the lone Wizard to be ranked in the bottom 100, at 435 overall with a 2.29 ranking out of a possible 10. ESPN's panel of 104 "experts" chose Eddy Curry as the worst player in the NBA with a rating of 1.21. Lolz. [ESPN]
  • A touching remembrance of Dan Roundfield, the former NBA All-Star who finished his career with the Bullets and drowned earlier this month after helping his wife swim back to shore off the coast in Aruba. [SI]
  • Some Wizards nuggets from across the interwebs. [Truth About It]
  • What does Serge Ibaka's new contract mean for James Harden's long-term future with the Thunder? [HoopsWorld]
  • Mike, for one, thinks the Ibaka deal means Harden is more likely to re-sign with the Thunder. [SB Nation]
  • A Greek team might be interested in signing ex-Wizards cult hero Ben Wallace, who's considering retirement from the NBA. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Alonzo Gee, another former Wizards cult hero, he signed a three-year, $10 million deal to stay with the Cavaliers. It's good to see guys like this succeed in the NBA. [SB Nation]
  • Dwyane Wade says LeBron James has a chance to be better than Michael Jordan, but that he still has a ways to go. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Zach Lowe breaks down the good, bad and the ugly of NBA post play. [The Point Forward]