Nick Young's Shoes
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I'm going to write about how Nick Young was wearing some sort of Gil Zeros yesterday, and that I'm then going to explore his shoe deal possibilities. That's what he thought, too, when I asked if I could take a photo of his shoes.
"They brought us bad luck today," he said. "I'm going to throw them away."
He was joking, but I told him I actually wanted to take a photo of the shoes he was wearing during his post-game autograph session: the multi-colored pink-infused Vans, pictured here.
"These are Cali," he said, and then again referenced his skate-boarding past, although when I asked him for the best trick he's ever landed he said it was "a little quick kick flip," which I'm guessing isn't high on the degree of difficulty scale. But I love the shoes.
And while I was very briefly chatting with Nick, I met genuine Wizards fan George Sellmon, a power plant engineer from P.G. County making his second straight trip to Vegas for the Summer League, and wearing a genuine Wizards ball cap. Thus far, he remains the only fan I've seen wearing a bit of Wizards clothing. See, he has a time share in Vegas, and he loves the NBA, and so he's turned this into his annual vacation, bringing along his wife and daughters Brittney and Tiffany, who must be thrilled. But since he showed up, and seems to have paid much closer attention to the Wiz game than I did, I'll give him this space to comment.
On the new guys: I thought Nick Young did fairly well with [Francisco] Garcia on him. His energy level looks good. His defense has to do some work, definitely has to do some work. But I'm pretty impressed with him and I think once Arenas takes him under his wing, he should be ok offensively.
[Note: Young said that Gilbert has been urging him to go back to D.C. and work out with him, and that he plans on doing so, which is a good sign on all accounts.]
Pecherov looked good, he looked like he tired kind of quickly. His leaping ability was average. I didn't like the guy dunking on him, number 30, Justin Williams, lighting him up. I didn't like that. [Williams is] a big guy and he showed a lot of enthusiasm under the basket, and Pecherov, he's not known for that. He's known for outside shooting and the mid-range game. Hopefully he can develop some inside presence, which is what we really need here in Washington. McGuire looked pretty good. I thought he was very good on the defensive end. Offense was average, but his defense really stands out, and that's what we really need.
On the season prognosis: Anything's possible. The last two years we haven't had much luck, the injury bug has hit us twice in a row. But I think if Pecherov can mature on the inside and we can keep Haywood and The Poet, we might have a chance.
On the number of Wiz fans in Vegas: . I don't see anyone wearing a Wizards hat. I've seen Coach Avery from the Mavericks, I've seen a lot of other NBA stars, but I haven't see too many diehard Wizards fans with their hats on.
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