Good news about Darius Songaila, who appeared to tweak that ankle when he made a layup in the fourth quarter last night, came down funny and caught his foot on the basket support: he's good to go for tomorrow night. That was a big bucket by the way. He stole it from wade, kind of ugly-dribbled the other way and flipped in a Jamison-like shot over Wade, who grabbed the rim on his way down. Put the Wiz up nine.
Anyway, I got back not long ago from Miami and wanted to tell you about a conversation I had at the airport with a hard-core Miami sports fan (I didn't bring up the Dolphins until the very end of the conversation just in case he was crazy - I can't get taken out by some crazy Dolphin fan. Have a game to cover). He was not happy with his team. I heard the following sentence, in some variation, at least 25 times in a 40 minute discussion: "We have not one &%$#@ shooter! Not one guy who can make an open three to spread the floor for D-Wade and help Shaq! I mean, Luke Jackson. What is that? Dude was in the D-League last week and now he's getting crunch time minutes against a team we've owned? - Shake of the head - "We're in trouble."
It was odd for me to hear that team booed on its home court. The only time I've been in that arena was when they either beat the Wizards or were in the NBA Finals. Very strange experience. For me, it would be like going into Lambeau and hearing those fans boo the Packers. (That could happen by the way if a little team that wears purple gets in, wins a wild card game and earns a date at the L for a second-round or NFC championship game. Adrian Peterson, Adrian Peterson, Adrian Peterson......).
Just thought I'd share that story about Miami fan. Just another reminder that no matter how a given sports fan feels about his or her teams, someone's got it worse.
Sacramento is playing tonight at Philly and is still gunning for its first road win (0-9). That speaks to a fragile mentality. The kind of team that folds when things get tight and a flight to the next city is in the near future. No Mike Bibby and no Kevin Martin will do that to a team. I'm a huge Martin fan by the way. He's maybe the most unorthodox scorer not named Antawn Jamison in the league. OK, Juan Carlos has some of that as well. This is one the Wiz should get if they play like they have been lately.
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