The Wizards still have swag
Let's take a brief breather from the Redskins, Drama City and the Burgundy Revolution to check in with the Wizards, who open their season Tuesday night. I'm thinking maybe it's good to have another team to distract us right now.
So I checked in last week to ask a few players what this team's defining characteristic, in a non-basketball sense, might be. If you don't feel like watching the above video, here's an executive summary.
In the past, I might have mentioned the sense of humor, but the funny stuff is mostly in storage, with one player after another proclaiming that you can't be funny when you've got 19 wins.
A seething distrust of all things LeBron also used to be part of the deal. But I watched with my own eyes as Nick Young bought some of LeBron's Nikes in Las Vegas this summer, and Mike Miller actually wears them onto the court without suffering ex-communication. So that's out, too.
General weirdness also used to be a staple, at least in the Arenas corner. Now, when he deigns to speak with the media, it's with the sort of electric flavor-burst usually associated with sawdust-and-cardboard-sprinkled oatmeal.
And so, what's left? If one of the team's newcomers asked a longtime vet what he needs to know about being a member of this franchise, what key piece of franchise DNA would the veteran identify?
"Lot of swag," DeShawn Stevenson said. "Just go out there and play with heart. We've got a good team, a good, focused team. A lot of people have good characters on our team, [so] just go out there and work hard."
Wait, still with the swag? A team coming off 19 wins can still have swag? Well, several key members of this team have repeatedly said their only goal is to compete for a championship. The Detroit Lions don't do that; that requires swag.
"We've got enough talent and enough firepower," said Mike Miller, who's already on message. "But now it's on us to go out there and really make it legit, make people understand why we DO have swag."
Stevenson defines swag in both on- and off-the-court ways, with the latter including wearing sunglasses indoors, swag here being a synonym for blindness. But Butler has a broader view.
"I mean, everybody got swag in their own right," he said.. "Some people don't boast about it, some people do, but just come and just be prepared to win games. And that's the swag that I'm talking about. Just win games, go out there and play hard on both ends of the court, and help us win games. That's all it's about."
Wait, everybody's got swag? Like, everybody?
"Everybody's got their own interpretation," Brendan Haywood said. "D-Steve is all about swag and doing all that other stuff. That's not my style. I'm low-key. I've got a quiet swag. Those are the people with the most swag."
(Only by not having swag can you actually have swag. Think about that for a few minutes.)
"I've had swag since I came out," Miller said. "You've got to."
"Could be," Fabricio Oberto said with a broad grin. "I don't know about swag."
Maybe it doesn't translate.
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