Quick hits: Wizards, Hoyas, Terps, GMU, Tiki are out
The Washington Wizards players are out. The team lost again the other night against the Milwaukee Bucks, but it wasn't the game itself that landed the the Wizards on my out list. It was the Andray Blatche injury, and here's why.
Before Blatche's injury, the Wizards already were without Rashard Lewis (right knee tendinitis) and Josh Howard (strained hamstring), both of whom have started at small forward, and swingman Cartier Martin (right patella tendinitis). Injuries have ravished this team for years. That injury bug seems to have comfortable lodgings in that arena in Chinatown, because it goes to work on the Wizards every season. From the Big Three to Mike Miller, Josh Howard, Brendon Hayward, Etan Thomas, John Wall and the current list of injured guys.
What is it with the Wizards always being hurt? Whoever can figure this one out needs to immediately go to the Verizon Center and help. Is there an exterminator for Injury Bugs? Repellents of some sort spray? Wristbands, headbands, something to keep that bug away? I have often wondered how good this team could have been over the years if the injury bug hadn't struck so hard. I believe it's a question worth asking, don't you?
The Georgetown Hoyas, Maryland Terps and George Mason Patriots out, too.
With the injury to senior guard and leader Chris Wright's non-shooting hand, the Hoyas have experienced a rapid decline in play. In the first round of the Big East tournament the Hoyas lost to UConn, jeopardizing their seeding for the NCAA tournament. Can Wright make it back in time to help his team? If he doesn't make it back I don't see the Hoyas being in the big dance for long.
As for the Terps and Gary Williams, they are certainly being counted out. Maryland basically must win the ACC tournament to get into the NCAA tourney. They need to make it to the semifinals, in my opinion, to make the NIT.
George Mason lost, and that is the only reason it is on the out list. They will be on the in list shortly, when they get selected to play in the NCAA tournament. But their loss to VCU in the CAA tourney lands them on this list. It's very difficult to make it to the dance being a team in the CAA, but it looks as though the conference will be represented well, with three teams, Mason, ODU and VCU. Coach James Larranaga has done wonders with this program through the years and this season is no different. He and his team have earned their chance so let's see what happens.
Tiki Barber makes the out list. Earlier this week he filed his papers to come out of retirement and he says he wants to play again. Tiki was a teammate of mine for one season. He's a smart, well rounded and respected man. I hate to see this happening.
It's no secret what has taken place in his personal life. His divorce from his wife seems to have derailed his entire professional career. What's even more interesting is the NFL has served as a grounds for redemption for individuals who have messed up in life. It appears that Tiki needs the money. But knowing him, more importantly he needs the platform to try and rebuild his image. I hope it works out for him.
It's possible he's talked with coaches or team officials that showed interest in his services and that's why he has chosen to do this. But in my opinion it's hard enough to compete from year to year. Tiki has been out of the game four seasons. I can't see it happening. He might play some preseason games but making a final roster at this point seems unrealistic, if you ask me.
These are my most recent OUTS. Stay tuned for my next set of Quick Hits INS and OUTS!