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- Andre Iguodala and the Top 10 Small Forwards in Free Agency June 18, 2013Andre Iguodala and the Top 10 Small Forwards in Free Agency By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… 1. Andre Iguodala- Denver Nuggets (Early Termination Option) Iggy is easily the best wing player in this year’s free agency, if he opts out of his $16.2 million contract for next season that is. Iguodala is still just 29 years old and he is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. On offense, he may never be the all around star that many believed he would become, but he still possesses great hands and court vision to make incredible passes, is excellent at getting to the basket and is an improved shooter. Once he opts out of his deal, there will be many suitors for the former All Star, but Denver was and is a perfect fit for his talents. Prediction: Stays in Denver. 2. Martell Webster- Washington Wizards (UFA) Webster was the surprise of the season for Washington last season. After struggling in Minnesota to be more than just a streaky shooter, Webster finally got his g...
- Where Ernie Grunfeld Went Wrong in the 2011 and 2012 Off-Seasons June 17, 2013When the Washington Wizards entered the 2011 off-season, they had a chance to clear a lot of cap space and build a team around John Wall that could be contenders for an NBA Championship for years to come. Instead, Ernie Grunfeld took a huge chance that an athletic Jan Vesely would develop into a good player while playing with John Wall. In that draft, he passed on a player who is a key cog in the San Antonio Spurs recent playoff run and is perceived by many as the future for the San Antonio Spurs in Kawhi Leonard. He also traded Rashard Lewis and his huge salary for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza and their remaining $43 million in salaries. If Ernie had bought out Rashard Lewis for $10 million in 2011 like the Wizernet wanted him too, we could have had the money to add a sharp shooter like Danny Green for $5 million a year in the 2012 free agency period to play alongside Wall, Beal, (Leonard if we drafted him instead of Vesely) and Nene. Green would have been our SG/SF 6th man behi...
- Rashard Lewis wants to win a championship June 17, 2013via Washington Post Finally out of the top spot of all the Overpaid/Overrated/Bad contracts lists, Rashard Lewis is aspiring to win a ring. Everybody else was talking about how Tracy McGrady deserves to get a ring before calling it quits, how about Rashard? He was also a high school phenom who went straight to the NBA. He has also scored 50 points in a game. But sadly, he will still be remembered as the contract that prevented the Orlando Magic from getting good pieces around Dwight Howard. Still, he has a chance to be a champion, and he will take the ring, even if it was in White Mamba fashion. per Washington Post: In the four years since he made his last trip to the NBA Finals, Rashard Lewis had to deal with a stunning trade from Orlando to Washington, accept that his knees and age would prohibit him from being a regular NBA starter again, get traded from one lottery team to another and finally lose out on $9 million when he got bought out for the final year of a $118 m...
- Victor Oladipo Declines Invitation To Wizards' Facility June 16, 2013Victor Oladipo declined the Washington Wizards' invitation to work out at their facility ahead of this month's NBA draft, according to sources. Oladipo does not expect to begin his NBA career with his hometown Wizards. Oladipo has given the Wizards the option of watching him work out at DeMatha or another facility in Bowie, where he has been preparing for the draft. Even so, the Wizards are likely to visit Oladipo early next week.
- John Wall In A Movie With Jack Black? June 13, 2013Is the Washington Wizards point guard John Wall the next big movie star? Obviously the answer to that question is no, but according to a tweet from John today he will be in a new movie trailer with Jack Black that premiers on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Tune in to @jimmykimmel at 8 PM before the #NBAFinals to watch me in the new @jackblack42 movie trailer! — John Wall (@John_Wall) June 13, 2013 There is a good chance (and the more likely scenario), as pointed out by Jake Whitacre of Bullets Forever, that this could just be a parody trailer like Kimmel has already done with Will Smith and Metta World Peace: @blogsohardsport But you never know, he has been in LA a lot this offseason. Wouldn’t be too hard for him to make a cameo. — Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) June 13, 2013 But there is still a possibility that he could have an appearance in an actual film. Either way, this Wizards fan will be watching. I guess we will find out by tuning into tonight. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEEEEE!!! ...
- An Aging Big Man’s Chances To Hang On April 30, 2013Jason Collins , who played for the N.B.A.’s Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last season, on Monday became the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to publicly announce that he is gay . Reaction around the league has been substantially supportive of Mr. Collins. Star players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Baron Davis have declared their admiration for him on Twitter — as has the N.B.A.’s commissioner, David Stern.
- Basketball’s Gay Paragon April 30, 2013Only when we’re past the milestones and gay is just one adjective among many will we have won the game.
- Player and League Stand at a Frontier April 30, 2013The N.B.A., long known for its inclusion, predicts it will be business-as-usual next season after Jason Collins’s announcement that he is gay. That is, if Collins is a part of next season.
- Bulls Clinch Fifth Seed in East April 18, 2013Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and Nazr Mohammed had 17 for the Bulls, who will face the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs.
- No Starters, No Problem for Nets vs. Wizards April 16, 2013The Nets outlasted the Wizards in a game that playd out like a final N.F.L. preseason game in which the outcome made no difference. They won without five key starters.