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James Lang Blog Part II

Longtime readers of this Bog will recall that I attempted to start the James Lang Blog in order to compete with the clearly vulnerable Gilbert Arenas Blog. Well, in re-reading Part I of the James Lang Blog, I came to two belated revelations:

1) I could use an editor.

2) The vast majority of the quotes in the James Lang Blog were not uttered by James Lang. He's not the loudest man in the room. Meaning a phone interview with James Lang likely wouldn't be super productive.

Regardless, I just got James Lang on the phone. He recently finished the season with the NBDL's Arkansas RimRockers, and it was a strong finish: after missing some time with a sore knee, he had 14 and 6 in the season finale, and averaged about nine and five. He's planning on coming back to D.C. tomorrow, where he'll start working out in preparation for the summer, and where he'll attend the upcoming Wizards home games (and attempt to land an appearance on Washington Post Live's BogTV). He's stayed in touch with a bunch of his former Wiz teammates; he hears from Donell Taylor, for example, virtually every day.

An old, happy photo.

Remember how James once told me he would lock his hotel room so Gilbert couldn't fill up his bathtub and/or mattress with coffee? Well, I asked him whether Gil ever got him this year, practical joke wise.

"In the locker room he tried to wrestle with me," James said. "That's about it."

I asked if the RimRockers had a Gil equivalent.

"No, no, no, not close," James said. "I kind of miss that. I thought about that. I miss playing with them, being around them, hanging out with them, joking with them. All of them, especially Gilbert. I kind of miss that."

We miss it too, James. For the record, this team was 31-24 on the day James Lang was released. Since then, this team is 8-14. That's as striking as any of these other statistics that are being bandied about.

The thing you want to know is, will James Lang still root for the Wizards, and the answer is a strong yes. He watches all the games on NBATV; he said he'd watch tonight's game with some popcorn and a soda. I figured he would be able to tell us what needs to happen for the Wiz, how they can get back on track, back to the way things were.

"It's kind of disappointing, but I just sit back and say I wish I was there to help my teammates out," he told me. "I wish I was there, that's the main thing....I wish I was there to give them a helping hand."

But advice, James. They need your advice.

"Just go out there and give it all, leave it all on the court tonight," he said. "Just work hard. Just work hard, man. Just work very hard."

Also, in case you needed any more motivation for tonight, not only have the Heat been a perpetual nemesis, but their dance team eliminated Team Wiz in the second round of the Dance Team Bracket Challenge this year.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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