The weather this week in Washington has sucked in the first week of May. To be honest, it has rained every day since April 27. That is nine straight days of measurable rain. And according to Jason Samenow of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, it won't slow down this weekend.
No wonder why this week seemed soooooo slow. And this goes for both Wizards and Mystics news....
Until Thursday when ALL THE WIZARDS NEWS HIT US because John Wall's Cleveland-bound!
Let's go through the Top Stories of the Week.
John Wall enjoyed his trip to Cleveland and sat courtside for a Cavs-Hawks playoff game
John Wall sat courtside for Game 2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Area. After the Cavs won, 123-98, Wall gave this interesting look at Kyrie Irving....
find someone who looks at you the way john wall looks at kyrie irving pic.twitter.com/EQiqmAcjM8— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) May 5, 2016
The dude is smiling. Is he really considering going to the Cavs because he signed with LeBron's agent?
No, silly goose. Wall had knee procedures done at the Cleveland Clinic.
Wall had procedures done on both knees to remove loose bodies and calcium deposits that were causing him discomfort. The man himself said that it will help him reach his "full potential" moments before the procedure happened.
BREAKING: @JohnWall speaks just moments before knee surgery.https://t.co/SgRTB4NoBA— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 5, 2016
It is a concern that Wall has received numerous procedures on his knees during his young career. But on the relative plus side, he hasn't had a serious knee injury -- and these things have been monitored early.
Mystics begin their preseason game slate today
The Mystics are playing the Indiana Fever as we speak at Verizon Center today in their first preseason game. They will travel to Rochester, Minnesota on Sunday to play the Minnesota Lynx when they put their four-game (pre and regular season) win streak on the line against the WNBA's defending champs.
No roster cuts have been made yet, and I don't anticipate them until the weekend is over, though you never know.
Mystics assistant coach Marianne Stanley inducted to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Before Geno Auriemma dominated at UConn and Pat Summitt did the same at Tennessee, Marianne Stanley was rockin' and rollin' with the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in Norfolk.
Some of women's basketball's most famous players, like center Anne Donovan and point guard Nancy Lieberman played for Stanley. Both are Naismith Hall of Fame players. In addition, former WNBA All-Star point guard Ticha Penicheiro also played at ODU, though she did well after Stanley left Hampton Roads.
Stanley had a chance to take pictures and sign autographs before the induction that was on April 30 as well.
Marianne Stanley signing autographs before her Hall of Fame induction tonight! #ODUWBB pic.twitter.com/mNTMBCoABA— ODU Lady Monarch WBB (@ODUWBB) April 30, 2016
You can also read more from WAVY.com on Stanley's induction. In addition to Stanley, former NBA player and All-Star Charles Oakley was also inducted. During his long NBA career, Oakley played for the Wizards in the 2002-03 season.
Other Wizards stories
Most of the Wizards stories revolved around Wall, but not all of them did. Here's a list of what went down.
- Wall brought his mom as a date to the White House Correspondents' Dinner last Saturday. He also met Kris Humphries' former sister in law, Kendall Jenner and Dwyane Wade's better half, Gabrielle Union.
- Sticking on the topic of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Barack Obama inquired about the Wizards' head coaching vacancy and got hung up on.
- Colin Cowherd made a cowardly apology to Wall on Thursday.
- We had a mailbag podcast earlier this week, so listen here and subscribe!
- Also, we spoke with Rory Donnelly, a British university student on how he follows the Wizards from the UK. He never lived in America or D.C., but trips to our area have made him a fan.
- Former Wizards star Caron Butler took this picture with Gilbert Arenas. The two disputed about what happened during the Gungate incident of 2009, so that had to cause some tension between them. However, it looks like they're on better terms now.
- The Indiana Pacers fired head coach Frank Vogel on Thursday. An old friend by the name of Randy Wittman may take his place.
- The Wizards are going to do whatever it takes to pay the transfer fee for Tomas Satoransky, who currently plays for F.C. Barcelona Lassa.
- Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post wrote about Scott Brooks being a proponent of analytics. That certainly didn't hurt why the Wizards hired him that quickly.
- Ernie Grunfeld gets a lot of crap for being the Wizards' President of Basketball Operations, whether it's deserved or not. But given that most Wizards fans feel that Grunfeld is incompetent -- at least with player development -- common sentiment must mean that Grunfeld's staff sucks too. Not necessarily. Wizards Director of Scouting Marc Eversley will now oversee player personnel operations for the 76ers under the Jerry Colangelo regime.
- David Statman of Wiz of Awes wrote why the Wizards shouldn't re-sign Bradley Beal this summer. ThePGPhenomenon had a nice rebuttal to that in a FanPost here.
Other Mystics stories
- Emma Meesseman celebrated UMMC Ekaterinburg's Russian title with a double magnum(?) sized bottle of champagne. UMMC and Phoenix Mercury point guard Diana Taurasi opened the bottle early and photobombed her as well, and that's a story in and of itself.
- DC Sports Box has some Media Day pics.
- The Mystics are going to have a Star Wars game on June 11 vs. the Minnesota Lynx. Stef Dolson would make a great jedi. Maya Moore is an equally great Darth Vader.
#Mystics Stars Wars Night Coming June 11… #MayThe4thBeWithYou— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) May 4, 2016
Tickets: https://t.co/N2Hn0XT7VK pic.twitter.com/mBs7TcJjsW
That's it folks. If you have more links, share them in the comments or in FanPosts.
And ... DON'T FORGET THAT MOTHER'S DAY IS ON SUNDAY!
Enjoy the weekend everyone.