Antawn and Antwan and Antwaan and Pops
It's summer camp season, wherein D.C. stars go to their hometowns, leading the local papers to then run stories about them. Some highlights:
1) Antawn Jamison tells the Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler that he named his son Antwan Jr., correcting for his own parents' spelling mistake but creating something of a philosophical mystery in my mind. Can there really be an "Antwan Jr." if there were never an "Antwan?" Could I theoretically name my son "David Jr." or "Shaq Jr.," my own first name be darned? Or, I guess, "Dna Jr.?"
The other interesting thing from Jamison:
I asked him if he thought he might end his career with the Bobcats.
He took pains to say he was content playing for the Wizards, then added: "It's not far-fetched whatsoever. I've got some good ties down here. ... I would love to come home and have the opportunity to play. If it happens, great. If not, I'm definitely happy with the situation in Washington."
Head straight to the trade calculator, I guess.
2) Speaking of Antawn and Antwan, Antwaan Randle El has a skills camp in the wonderfully named Harvey, Illinois
Indiana, at which he reveals the Redskins to be a Super Bowl caliber team:
"We're trying to win the Super Bowl," Randle El said at his skills camp at Thornton High School on Saturday. "We don't just want to make the playoffs. We want to get (to the Super Bowl) and win it.
"I think we have that kind of a team. We are going to get it done this year."
Well sure, I suppose every player on every team believes they are going to get that done, but it takes a particular lack of self-doubt to make that claim about a 5-11 team with a first-year starting QB. But good for you, Antwaan. Now just don't name your son "Antwaaan Jr." Or "Antawawawawan Jr."
[Speaking of Redskins receivers and their children's names, how 'bout Brandon Lloyd going with "Elvis?" It takes a strong child to grow up an Elvis.]
Btw, Antwaan's father believes the Skins will make the playoffs and that his son will have a break-out year.
3) And how about GW-ites Mike Hall and Pops Mensah-Bonsu going to St. Kitts for a charity basketball camp, along with forever Terp Billy Hahn? Nice work, etc. Not sure if I'd use the phrase "several top NBA players," but still.
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