Wizards, Happy New Year. Now Trade Bradley Beal

John Wall’s season ending injury means the Washington Wizards are treading water. They are not good enough to get a  top seed in the playoffs but- and this is the problem- they are not bad enough to get a top-3 lottery pick.  They are stuck in this middle NBA earth with one asset in Bradley…

The Good Mother, The Faithful Son

Washington Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks didn’t have much in the way of material possessions growing up in Lathrop, CA. The youngest of seven siblings, his father left his mother, Lee, when Brooks was just a toddler. Brooks recalls, “You worked every day to earn what’s on the table, literally. It was a week-to-week thing.…

The John Wall Moment: Second Best In the East

John Wall is at his best when he has a chip on his shoulder. In Wall’s case, a mad player is not a bad player. Wall’s current level of angst is being excluded from the NBA’s marketing, touting a new season There are the usual suspects. There  is Steph and Durant and LeBron and Kyrie.…

Otto Porter’s $24 Million Is A Pressure Cooker

Wizards New Faces: Mike Scott, Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier, Donald Sloan, Carrick Felix Wizards 2016-17 Weaknesses:  30th: Center Points. 29th: Bench Points. 25th: Points in the Paint. 24th: Defensive Rebounding, Blocks, Field Goal Percentage Defense.  23rd: Frontcourt Points.  22nd:  Total Rebounding, Free Throw Attempts. 21st: Opponent Points.  20th: 3-Point Attempts, 3-Point Defense, Defensive Rating. Wizards 2016-17 Strengths:  2nd: Steals. 3rd: Field Goal Percentage, Non-Paint Points, Starters Points.  4th: Fast…

Otto Porter Be Careful What You Ask For

“I’ve always wanted to be an All-Star type player. I feel like I don’t have a ceiling. I can only get better from here on in.” Otto Porter The most surprising thing about the Washington Wizards 2016-17 season was not John Wall. It was not Wall’s comeback from knee surgery and his emergence as someone…

(Haters) What Do You Think About John Wall Now

There is a scene in the movie Creed where Sylvester Stallone demands his young pupil to look in the mirror. Michael B. Jordan, the student, obeys; he looks. He is solemn and a little sweaty from vigorous training, boxing all day long. Jordan has a look of wry confusion as he stares at his reflection. He…

The Great Chase: The Wiz Eyeing #2 Seed

Remember when the Wizards were a miserable product to watch? Remember when they blew big leads at home? Remember when John Wall couldn’t shoot in the clutch? Remember when Wall turned the ball over in key moments? Remember when the Wiz failed on the court? Remember when more Laker fans showed up than Wizard fans?…

Nothing Good Is Happening In the District

The Wizards haven’t won a game. Before you start whining about the schedule (Hawks, Grizzlies, Raptors) let me school you on this. You don’t win when you are third to last in points allowed. It doesn’t matter who you play when you give up 113 points a game and you only score 101.7, a league…