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  1. The JaVale McGee highlight reel

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee put on a show at Summer League. The Wizards coaches did not like it as much as the crowd did — they were constantly on McGee about his one-handed rebounds, his shot selection (he tried a running floater across the lane that when I asked Wizards coaches about later they rolled their eyes)…

  2. John Wall to JaVale McGee: You're going to see a lot of this

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    If one connection has been made at Summer League, it’s that John Wall and high-flying JaVale McGee — they have teamed up for a lot of these. This one was from Friday (and it wasn’t even the best dunk McGee had Friday, not sure what the NBA did with the monster dunk footage). If the…

  3. Bobcats near deal with Shaun Livingston

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    This makes me happy — I want to see Shaun Livingston back in basketball. And he is about to be — the Charlotte Bobcats are close to signing him to a deal, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Length and terms are still being hammered out. Most people remember Livingston as the promising…

  4. Pat Riley finally gets Juwan Howard 14 years later

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    In the summer of 1996 — while you were watching a Charles Barkley-led Dream Team III roll to a gold medal in Atlanta — Juwan Howard was a rising star in the NBA. He was giving the Bullets 22 and 9 and he was just going into his third year in the league. And Pat…

  5. JaVale McGee with a little Summer League showtime

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Summer League play — and the “defense” often played there” means guys get open, guys get breakaways in a way you don’t see in the regular season game. Washington’s JaVale McGee took full advantage of that. (He also had some nice connections with John Wall for dunks as well.) 

  6. John Wall shows his world of potential, shows he is still 19 in first Summer League game

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    John Wall is lightning quick. You think you know that watching his televised games while at Kentucky, but until you see him in person you don’t realize just how quick. It’s impressive, bordering on insane. He flashed that speed in his first ever Summer League game. Plus he showed his great length, good defensive instincts,…

  7. Introducing the Washington Wizards, the least likable team in all of professional sports

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    The Wizards’ disastrous ’09-’10 season apparently needed a proper bookend, so ESPN decided to close things up; in their Ultimate Team Rankings, ESPN rated Washington 122nd out of 122 professional sports teams in both ‘player likability’ and ‘fan relations’ (via Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog). Ouch. Shaun Livingston, Quinton Ross, and Alonzo Gee are…

  8. Josh Childress is about to return to America cloaked in glory. And money.

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    In a few days, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will figure out their dance partners. (Let us hope it is only a few days.) Then Joe Johnson will finally accept the max deal with Atlanta we all know he is going to take. And then Josh Childress’ phone is going to start ringing.…

  9. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:48 pm: This has basically become official, with multiple sources confirming it now. The deal is Yi Jianlian  and $3 million cold hard cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. Yi and Blatche will compete for the starting job power forward job, with just-drafted rookie Trevor Booker trying to find some minutes in there.…

  10. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  11. Mike Miller wants to play for a contender

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The one thing with professional athletes: They’re always saying the right things.  Mike Miller is an unrestricted free agent this summer. And while he obviously won’t be holding court to the team’s most attractive teams to offer for his services, he’s the kind of complimentary piece, a veteran shooter that can defend, that some teams…

  12. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

  13. Breaking: The Wizards might pick John Wall

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    I know John Wall has already been penciled in as the No. 1 pick in the draft. Then his name was written in pen, and probably in permanent marker. Well, it’s finally time to etch Wall’s name in stone and trace it with blood. Nothing is more certain on draft night, and barring a catastrophe…

  14. Bulls agree to unload Hinrich, free up space for two max free agents

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:25 pm: This trade has now been confirmed by multiple sources. David Aldridge at NBA.com has some reasoning on why the Wizards would do this deal: The Wizards have coveted the 29-year-old Hinrich for several seasons, wanting his veteran presence in their backcourt and his ability to play both guard spots. Besides his on-court…

  15. Report: Josh Childress about to get offer from Washington Wizards

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The ‘fro may be back. Two years ago, Josh Childress couldn’t get a team to make him a offer, one to compete with what he considered an undersized one from Atlanta. It wasn’t because other teams didn’t want him — he may have been the best sixth man in the game — but those teams…

  16. NBA draft: More fuel for the John Wall hype machine

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Hi, could I have a minute of your time today to discuss the good word of John Wall? He has game that makes maidens cry, birds sing, and honeycrisp apples grow out of season. He once made a pass to a cutter 75 miles away, and directed every episode of The Wire. He has also…

  17. Gilbert Arenas is getting back into shape with help from Tim Grover

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I would say that Gilbert Arenas is running out of extra lives in the NBA, but the reality is that not many teams are willing to put a player of Gil’s pedigree and salary in Marbury-like exile. It was never going to be a realistic possibility for the Wizards to banish Arenas. Not with over…

  18. New Wiz owner says team is 'not actively trading' Gilbert Arenas

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    These are exciting times in the life of a new Washington Wizards owner, and Ted Leonsis is making headlines pretty much every day. After being blessed with John Wall, the Wizards owner has come out with discussions of changing the name of the Wizards back to the bullets and cutting down on in-game nonsense. But…

  19. New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wants to cut down on all the in-game shenanigans

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “EVE-RY-BOD-Y-CLAP-YO-HANDS!” (suburbanites disjointedly attempting to clap like Steve Martin in “The Jerk.”) If new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has his way, the Wizards won’t be filling Wizards’ fans ears with the constant pleads for chants and booming music throughout the game. Leonsis told the AP that he wants to “get rid of the chants and…

  20. The Wizards aren't even working out Evan Turner

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    John Wall is a can’t-miss prospect. He’s going to be a star in the NBA for a long, long time, and he’s immensely talented. So much so that the only suspense between the draft lottery and the draft itself concerned whether or not the Wizards could possibly talk themselves out of taking Wall with the…

  21. Leonsis won't be bringing back the 'Bullets' moniker

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:09 AM: Leonsis further clarified his stance on a potential name-change on his blog (also courtesy of Mike Prada): “In regards to a name change of the team, we have a lot of work to do right now on re-crafting the team itself, focusing on the draft, our number 1 pick, free agency, selling…

  22. Wizards ready to embrace Gilbert Arenas, as if they have a real choice

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, the new owner of the Washington Wizards, wants to give Gilbert Arenas another chance. He’s said it before, and he said it again during his introductory press conference Thursday. The brilliant Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) has the quote. “There will be a time when we…

  23. Board of Governors approves Wizards sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, despite day-to-day involvement with the Wizards, wasn’t technically the owner. Thanks to the beauty of the NBA bureaucracy, the sale of the team hinged on approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors, as do all transactions of this ilk. Well, everything is now officially official: according to the Associated Press, Leonsis’ purchase of…

  24. The Wizards are going to draft John Wall. Like you didn't know that already.

    May 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    I know the Washington Wizards are going to take John Wall first overall in the NBA Draft. You know it. The Wizards know it. Everyone else in the NBA knows it. Scouts in the Puerto Rican league know it. Yak herders in Mongolia know it. Wall cemented that spot at the recent draft combine. But…

  25. NBA Draft: Who's dealing? A look at tradeable picks

    May 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    A significant side effect of the lottery is that teams who don’t necessarily need or want a nigh impact player at various positions get slotted in draft positions to acquire such a player. It also means that teams see an opportunity to cash in on a high impact young player by moving the pick for…

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