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Wizards celebrate last-second win


For reasons only my shrink could decipher, I was actually watching the end of the Wizards' preseason debut on Tuesday night, so I saw this highlight live. And then I rewound it multiple times. When you're rewinding a preseason celebration multiple times, you know it's worthy of a blog item. The highlights:

1) Lester Hudson made the shot.

2) He then did some sort of salute with hands to eyes. Maybe this is a universal pop culture symbol, or a longstanding team celebration, or something I've written about 400 times before and just can't remember. Or maybe it was unique to this game. Either way, John Wall reciprocated the salute from the bench.

3) Meanwhile, Gilbert Arenas -- true to form -- was the first man on the bench to raise his arms in celebration.

4) Then Gilbert did the creaky-legged dance of an 80-year old sailor with two wooden legs. And yet he looked dang cheerful while doing so. He smiled, even.

5) Andray Blatche -- Andray Blatche! -- was the first guy off the bench to greet Hudson. Wall was the second.

Of course, that's not to suggest there were no bad parts to this clip. There were. Steve Buckhantz, improbably, heart-rendingly, declined to anoint this shot with any daggers. Maybe the preseason isn't the time, but it might have been nice.

Addendum: Wall made his NBA (preseason) debut five years to the day after Alex Oveckhin made his NHL debut. Both were ok.

(Via @Jose3030)

By Dan Steinberg  | October 5, 2010; 11:43 PM ET
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Comments

Few thoughts: loved the 3 guard lineup, reminds me of what the Suns used to do in the late 90's.

Player Observations:

K Hinrich - liked his pace and energy, very pleased and excited with what he can bring as a Wizard. Few bad passed but has great presence and tempo on the court. Great complimentary player/depth player

Blatche - I cant believe I bought into some fool posting on here a couple months back that this metarsal/foot injury was more than likely going to derail Blatche's career. Dude looked outstanding out there and I really didn't think he would pick up from where he left off last year but it looks like he has. Looks a little flabby though needs to tone up a bit.

McGee - had a beast of a game, what more can you say about this guy ?? I know he gained 8 pounds of muscle on his frame. I'd like to see him throw another 8 on his upper body, he could really be a monster.

J Wall - crown em....who is going to be the first certified hater to say I am reckless and foolish for saying this after 1 preseason game. C'mon man it doesn't take but common sense to recognize blinding speed and IQ, and those intangibles don't change no matter how long we watch him for or what situation the circumstance or nature of the game maybe. Crown em, call me out and I will save your comments and show them to you 4 John Wall All Star appearances later. (Barring Injury)

Arenas - shot looked sharp, game looked crisp seemed uninvolved at times though, wanna see if he can be more assertive, jury is still out............


Yi - pleasant surprise of the night (and hopefully the year) shot well from long range, very active defensively, ate glass like a Yi I have never ever seen before. And seems like a he can take off this year into his own. Loved what he put on display tonight. Good lower body strength.... lets put him and Javalay on an upper body strength building regimen, with that the two of them could be a real force !

Hilton Armstrong - man this guy has absolutely ZERO Basketball IQ. Instincts are just horrendous !! May have lower B-Ball IQ than Etan Thomas and Jaheezee White. Someone get rid of him.

Nick Young - as someone else put it: I am sooo over this guy he really just brings nothing that we couldn't get from 59 other guys in the NBA right now. Worst 1st round pick we have made since Jared Jeffries. He has worn out his welcome here.

Boom

Posted by: OG_Barno | October 6, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Sweet!

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 6, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OG_Barno | October 6, 2010 2:02 AM

thanks for puttin that up here 0G_B

Posted by: saltine182 | October 6, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Agree with every one of the comments on the board so far except for Arenas. Gil looked good for the transition he has to make. He played very well for a team that he is no longer the leader. He blended very well also.

If he's more assertive especially early on, everyone is going to be saying he can't take a back seat, he's not a team player, and he is going to stunt JWall's growth and maturity as a player.

It doesn't mater what he does now, every move he makes will be analyzed and ridiculed. He looked great last night. I think Wall and Arenas will love playing together because they both can do the same things though they are different players. Both have bery high bball iq's and are gym rats.

I think Gil is in another place in life now. some people do have it in them to make changes after life's experiences. Life is a roller coaster that never stops. We all have it in us to make changes but people always seem to look for the bad in a person or situation. The man made a mistake. We all make them but we don't have to fix them in the public's eye.

Gill and Wall will be special while it last but it will be inevitable for Gil to be moved especially after teams see that he can still give you 40 and take over a game if needed.

Posted by: JWADE4 | October 6, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

DO NOT TRADE GIL ......we need 3 scorers,gil,wall and AB FITS the bill.The others are step -up on any given night 20 points.Young, Yi,JM,Kirk and let's not forget Josh How who if fully healthy can provide a toughness and nasty tude, that's needed to become a playoff worthy contender.

Posted by: hotbox | October 6, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Miami and Boston have shown you can never have too many stars. I hope Gil & Wall play together for many years. I don't understand this thing with "Gil feels the need to take over..." or "Its Johns team..." The better the level of talent, the better the team is. No one is talking about James taking over for Wade, nor did anyone speak of KG taking over for Paul Pierce. People, stop reading so much into nothing. Gil is a baller, Wall is a baller, allow them to ball. I hope Gil retires here after a few rings.

Aside from the lack of defensive rebounding at the end of the game it was a solid effort. I'd like to see Adam Morrison get the minutes given to Cartier Martin and/or Nick Young. Hilton Armstrong and Yi are definate pluses.

Posted by: Gooddad | October 6, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Boom

Posted by: OG_Barno | October 6, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I really do love it when Poopy gets so frustrated with me, he thinks he's "getting" me with this impersonator gig. Oh man, you really got me Poopy.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Poop. So, thanks little buddy.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Andray Blatche -- Andray Blatche! - was the first guy off the bench to greet Hudson..."

Why did you have to make it seem as though that was so unusual. Take a look at any game where someone excels and you'll see Andray Blatche as one of the first, if not the first, guy there to congratulate him. AB is a great teammate. Just ask the Wizards players.

Posted by: getabigboyoffense | October 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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