DeShawn Dancing, Haywood Hosting, Gilbert Writing
Take a few days away from the Internet to move out of D.C., and the Wizards launch an all-directional media blitz. Above, see the second part of DeShawn Stevenson's adventures in Internet video. There are no emotional breakdowns or crazed bouts with dementia, like some other NBA guards might provide, but you can see his beard, and around three minutes in Stevenson shows off some fine dance moves. Also, at the beginning, he seems to have no idea who ProVerb is, even though the local rapper went out of his way to defend DeShawn against Jay-Z.
Then there's the Gilbert Arenas book project, a conversational self-help book whose promotional material includes this piece of advice: "If it's not fun, don't do it." I wonder if rehab is fun. Or talking to the media. Or playing in actual NBA games.
And then there's Brendan Haywood, who will be getting a weekly show on 106.7 The Fan. To help promote said show, he appeared on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show last week, and, with some encouragement from professional agitator Mike Wise, had a few pointed comments about a certain departed head coach.
"I think running more traditional sets will help our team, especially our young guys," he said. "That Princeton Offense alienated a lot of guys on our team and it didn't allow us to use everybody and all their skills. I think Flip's offense is gonna really help us out a lot."
Haywood later said that he wants the Wiz to return to the glory days of the second-round playoff appearance in '05, which included a few rotations of the Princeton Offense, but no matter. Professional agitator Wise asked Haywood to reflect on that time when he took his nameplate down after a season-ending playoff loss, and Haywood obliged.
"Let me ask you a question though," he said. "If a coach and a player aren't seeing eye to eye, why is it always the player's fault? I never ever said anything negative about Eddie Jordan, but why is it always the player's fault? At some point you've got to look at who's he playing. Hey, if I'm not playing behind Yao Ming or Dwight Howard, I'm gonna sit down and be quiet. My thing is this: you've got to play your horses. I felt I was the best center we had on the team, I think I got a chance to show that.
"And I've always said one thing, if you give me consistent minutes I'll be consistent. Even before that, when Etan and Kwame were both hurt, I had a great year then. But when they came back, my minutes were scattered again, and as a player I couldn't understand that, and I didn't want to accept that role."
It's easier, Bill Rohland pointed out, to move a player than a coach if the two are feuding.
"I totally agree," Haywood answered, "but at the same time, I feel there has to be a level of accountability on both ends. You know, if you're not playing your best players, then you're doing your team a disservice, especially when you're doing it to try to make a point, when you're trying to spite somebody. You know, you can't go out there and play against Ilgauskas with guys that are 6-8, 6-9. You're hurting the team. You're hurting D.C. It's not about you; it's about the team."
You know, if he gets benched this year, Brendan Haywood's radio show might be extremely compelling. Anyhow, before this party ended, professional agitator Mike Wise played a clip from last week in which Shaq said "Too bad for Haywood, too bad for McGee, because I'm coming."
Haywood--who earlier had dismissed Shaq's WWE appearance by saying "I'm not down with wrestling with big ol sweaty men, that's just not my thing--played it cool, refusing to call Shaq overrated, which is what we all were hoping for.
"You know, you don't ever want to anger the Big Fella," he said. "But at the same time, I'm a man, I take all challenges personally, and I don't get into it with you like talking junk, that's not my thing. Hey, we're gonna go out there, we're gonna play hard, and hopefully my team wins, his team loses and I perform at a high level.
"Hey, if one of the greatest is saying that he's gonna bring it, all that means is you've got to step your game up and you know, on those nights, you've got to take it to another level. So I know how I'm taking, I hope JaVale McGee's taking it the same way, and I hope Andray Blatche is taking it the same way. When the Big Fella comes out there, nothing easy, hard fouls and we're going back at him."
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