It's All-Star Weekend. And it couldn't come soon enough for the Wizards, who can use the week-long break to rest and hopefully, get ready to make a decision on how to approach the rest of this season. Now let's get to this week's top stories.
Top Wizards stories
Wiz go 2-2 in the last week
On Friday, February 5, the Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-94 at home. John Wall had a triple-double in the game, but he probably shouldn't have because they were playing a lower tier opponent.
On the following day, the Wizards lost 108-104 to the Hornets on the road despite leading by 19 points early in the game. They followed that up with a 111-108 win over the Knicks on the road last Tuesday when Wall scored 28 points and dished 17 assists. Finally, they lost to the Bucks, 99-92 yesterday.
All-Star Weekend starts: Wall to play on Sunday
The Wizards will be off until next Thursday when they host the Utah Jazz to make up for a January 23 game that was snowed out. Wall will represent the Wizards in the All-Star Game this Sunday, February 14 in Toronto but he won't be dunking over opponents, swishing threes, or otherwise.
Alan Anderson is STILL not ready to play yet
J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic has more, but the short version is that he still hasn't practiced all season long. He has done individual drills over the last month, but his signing has been nothing short of a disaster this season.
Monumental Sports is gearing up for an Arena Football Team
Ted Leonsis already owns three teams in our area. There will be a D-League team in the not-too-distant future, and now ... there may be a team on the gridiron in Spring 2017. Here's one possible logo:
Wizards may want more stretch fours at the trade deadline
One player on the list is an old friend: Trevor Booker to be exact. Click here to read.
Top Mystics stories
Meesseman transferred to UMMC
Emma Meesseman joined UMMC Ekaterinburg earlier this week after playing for Sparta&k Vidnoje earlier in the winter.
The do-it-all forward may not be the most gregarious person, like some purple-haired post player,
but Meesseman's quiet nature also goes on the court which is concerning. After all, she is Washington's best player. Often times, we look down on people who want to be "big fish in a little pond." But for Meesseman's development, that may be exactly what she needs.
Meesseman and LaToya Sanders will play in EuroBasket qualifiers
The two players will represent Belgium and Turkey respectively. Their games are on February 20.
Lisa Borders is the new WNBA President
I was actually half serious when I tweeted this late last month.
I think the WNBA President should be the Adam Silver & Mark Tatum duo. This article hits the surface on why: https://t.co/1QWeysCpuC— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) January 29, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and COO Mark Tatum have implemented some major changes in the WNBA since the departure of Laurel Richie last fall. For example, there is a new playoff format and regular season scheduling format. Also, the league's current ESPN deal is tweaked so every playoff game is on the four-letter network.
But ultimately, someone had to be the full-time President or Commissioner of the WNBA. On Wednesday, Silver announced that Lisa Borders will be the new President.
Borders was part of a group to help launch a WNBA expansion team in Atlanta (now the Dream) in 2008. She also served as the Chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Vice Mayor of Atlanta, and President of the Grady Health Foundation among her previous roles. Borders is a graduate of Duke University (like Commissioner Silver) and is on its Board of Trustees.
The league also has a Q&A with her here.
For whatever reason, there were a lot of FanPosts that caught our eye in the past week. Here they are below:
- Should the Wizards keep Otto Porter past this season? - by Moonwalk Jenkins
- The Wizards have gone backwards this season - by DCville
- Wizards fans deserve more from the players - by jensrules
- The Wizards should sign Larry Sanders - by Jack Sunderland
- An open letter to Ted Leonsis - by ThePGPhenomenon
- What the Wizards can learn from Stephen Curry to help Bradley Beal's injury woes - by TilltheBitterEnd
- John Wall shouldn't be considered untradeable - by gbodner
A lot of great topics on the Wizards all around from trade ideas, explaining that mediocrity cannot be a goal, and expressing what direction the team should go in next season. Give them all a read with an open mind.
Best Bullets Forever features
Jake wrote about Wall scoring or assisting for two-thirds of the Wizards' points in their Tuesday win over the Knicks.
The Wizards won the game against the Knicks too, but it was close to a disaster as well. Jake also has that take for 'ya.
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Umair wrote about the Wizards playing Otto Porter at the power forward position more. His take: It's the right call, but it should have been done sooner.
Best Wizards and Mystics stories outside of Bullets Forever
Osman Baig of Wiz of Awes wrote about John Wall's performance this season. He's had an excellent performance keeping the Wizards in games, but it may still not be enough for them to make the playoffs for a third straight season.
Andrew Sharp -- A BF alumnus, but now of Sports Illustrated-- wrote about 12 lessons we learned in the 2015-16 NBA season. At the top of the list: we don't know what Kevin Durant's gonna do this summer. We really don't.
That's all I have on this Friday. Enjoy All-Star Weekend and Valentine's Day on Sunday.