Richmond, Wizards, Twins, Sports Bars
The key issue of the day, according to Official Wizards beat writer Ivan Carter, is that the college sports bar revolution appears to have passed VCU by. And so I'm driving around Richmond, a city that has embraced middle-of-the-street-middle-of-the-afternoon road work, with a crazed Minnesota Twins supporter whose team is already losing to the A's. You will find a lot of live blogging about this baseball game on the Internet. You will find very little live blogging composed inside a car while listening on the radio and sitting next to a ranting and raving Twins fan-slash-NBA beat writer amid a cacophony of bleating horns.
Key Wizards notes, not concerning the Twins.
1) D-Song (Songaila) missed most of practice this morning because of a sore lower back that he injured over the summer in the run-up to the World Championships. He did some light drills and that was all. His return date is uncertain, although he said he hopes to return before the end of training camp. Not great news for one of the key members of this rotation, although it will give Blatche a chance to really solidify his spot.
2) Gilbert Arenas had much to say about his high-altitude tent, but I'll need to go to the tape. Just so you hear it here first-ish, here's what he does to stay busy inside the tent: an 1,800-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring a jungle scene.
3) Eddie Jordan said Roger Mason Jr. is one of the top three defenders in camp.
4) The Wizards brought their Verizon Center floor down to VCU. Really. Eddie said the floor at the Siegel Center was too hard.
5) If you're thinking of driving to training camp for Saturday's exhibition at the Siegel Center, here's a hint: shoot yourself in the head instead and call it a day. The traffic pattern around that building would cause mass casualties and possibly bring about the apocalypse in Washington.
"Did they decide to rebuild Richmond in one day," asks the crazed Twins fan who's driving this car. "Is that the plan?
6) I told Caron Butler that Larry Hughes was ranked higher than him in NBA Live '07. Butler shook his head and smiled. "Motivation," he said, "motivation."
UPDATE: We just arrived at the downtown Richmond Marriott. The satellite is down. No Twins game in the lobby bar. Ivan plans to discuss this with "Mr. Marriott" next time he goes to a Wizards game.
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