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While Michael Lee is on vacation, here is some Wiz-related reading material:

DC Landing Strip interviews Nick Young about hair, women and music.

Yesterday, Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog explained why Mike Miller chose to live in Northeast Washington. He also effectively summarized the excellent story Mike Jones wrote about Gilbert Arenas for the Washington Times.

And finally, Ridiculous Upside reports that the Wizards' D-League team, the Dakota Wizards , is holding open tryouts in Washington Oct. 10-11.

By Alexa Steele  |  September 17, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
 
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Posted by: Goelez | September 17, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I love Gilbert but sometimes he just talks way to much. Always saying dumb stuff. Quit contradicting yourself Gil. I kinda liked his self-imposed silence.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | September 17, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure I can envision Gil being a vocal leader for this team. The best I think he is in this regard is an example of how to work hard and maximize your skill level.

Posted by: cannontl | September 17, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

It sounds to me like nothing has changed....Gil is still all about me...NY doesn't sound like he even cares about basketball...AJ doesn't mention anything about stepping up and playing "D" this year...Cheap Abe won't foot the medical bill for Gil's rehab...yes, it will be better than the 19 wins of last year, but I don't see this team with the current players (even if they are healthy) making it past the 2nd round of the playoffs?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 17, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

How about the real morning buzz? The article on ESPN where Gilbert is blasting the Wizards for not holding him back on his rehab.

Posted by: restonhoops | September 17, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert doesn't know how to lead verbally. He'll end up condradicting himself or putting his foot in his mouth and thus turning off the rest of the team. It's best he shut up and lead by example. And yeah Nick Young is a clown. I see Foye and Mike James playing ahead of him anyways.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | September 17, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

After not following the advice of the Wizards medical and training staff after the original injury, its ironic that Arenas would throw the Wizards under the bus after he finished rehabbing under Tim Grover in Chicago. Apparently, Grover had made the offer to Agent Zero the prior two summers and he decided to continue rehabbing under the guidance of the Wizards' crack medical staff.

Arenas needs to learn when not to speak, because he's generally contradicting something he said a couple of years earlier. Is he a leader? No, that role would be reserved for Jamison and Butler who serve as both role models for the younger players and are vocal on the court & in the locker room.

At no point has Gil demonstrated he's a team leader and now he's critical of his former coach Eddie Jordan who gave him carte blance to shoot as much as he wanted? If it weren't for the prior coach, I wonder if Agent Zero would have ever become an All-Star. It's put up or shut up time for Agent Zero this year. It's time to be a leader whether he's selected as a team captain or not.

Posted by: wizfan89 | September 17, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

never mind. it's the same article... Is Gilbert finally going to back up the talk this year. I guess the being a point guard thing is out the window. How about instead of 45 and 4 he goes for 22 and 12?

Posted by: restonhoops | September 17, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh Gilbert bashers, please!
He is the most compelling and interesting athlete this town has, by a mile.
Let him be unique, relish and enjoy it.
He is not The President, he is just an amazing, dynamic and mildly controversial bball player.
We are lucky to have him.

Posted by: mricklen | September 17, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

i wish they'd have interviewed ny about basketball, but all the questions were asked by someones 16 yr old sister. seriously the first q is "what everyone wants to know...what kinda haircut" that interview was bs. i can't wait til they lace'em up so NY can shut the haters up. so the kid acts his age in his free time, big deal. could he take a lesson in professionalism from CB or AJ absolutely, but Gilby's more respected and liked by young players, and (barring injuries) his career is what they hope that theirs adds up to.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 17, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

'but Gilby's more respected and liked by young players, and (barring injuries) his career is what they hope that theirs adds up to.'

i agree 110%, but that's also why I think NY will never work out for us (hope i'm wrong).

He wants to have the green light like Gil does, but he never will (with us anyway). Until he accepts that...

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

F.Y.I a insider said this article was done during the lakers orl series when gilby was in orl rumor is he hasnt and wont speak again to the media and thats why mike held the article this whole time becuz he was the last to speak with gilby and wanted to release it befor trainin camp....a teammate says gilby is a diff dude..he doesnt talk anymore to anyone..he just works and leave...so we will see what he says at media if he does talk...

Posted by: MrNoOne | September 17, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Oh Gilbert bashers, please!
He is the most compelling and interesting athlete this town has, by a mile.
Let him be unique, relish and enjoy it.
He is not The President, he is just an amazing, dynamic and mildly controversial bball player.
We are lucky to have him."

Alex Ovechkin is the most compelling and interesting athlete in this town.

The Wizards are not lucky to have Gilbert, they are saddled with him. The current team, with a healthy Gilbert, have little chance of winning a championship. Isn't that the bottom line?

Posted by: gvelt123 | September 17, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Uh, what exactly have the Caps won with Ovechkin? oh yeah, nothing.

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How cares whether an athlete is "compelling and interesting"? The only thing that matters is whether he wins games.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards are not lucky to have Gilbert, they are saddled with him. The current team, with a healthy Gilbert, have little chance of winning a championship. Isn't that the bottom line?Posted by: gvelt123"

Um, no. The fact that the Wiz probably won't win a championship doesn't lessen Arenas' value as an asset. It just means the team still isn't strong enough. You could have said the same thing about Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce before they got together in Boston. And if you don't think they were assets, you're reporting to a different mother ship than the rest of us.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you minus the assumption that NY can't work out here without the green light. if NY doesn't start (highly likely) what will the bench look like? cuz i don't see much reason for him not to be one of the main options off the bench. i think that would be the role he'd play on any other team if we moved him (with the exception of a couple cellar dwellars). NY hasn't shown himself to be a starter yet, so his role should be one of the 1st scorers off the bench. i think we can maximize his talents that way.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 17, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

How cares whether an athlete is "compelling and interesting"? The only thing that matters is whether he wins games.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:02 PM
games or championships?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 17, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

i too can see NY as instant O off the bench...but i think the competition is gonna be summin fierce for PT at guard, so unless he takes to whatever coaching Flip gives him, he could find himself buried with a quickness.

on the other hand, kid exudes too much offensive talent to not get minutes...guess we'll see

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"games or championships?"

Can't win the second without winning the first.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It's not going to be enough for Young to be able to just score points. Plenty of guys on the roster can do that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

What does her gender have to do with anything? She's a pro athlete and pro athletes get into it with officials all the time. The fact that she's a woman is irrelevant.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

As of today the first 8 players are a very talented bunch. The rest of the team has the potential to be very good. How far the Wizzies go will not be determined by Gilbert but the improvement of the bench. Will it be another year of goof offs? Hopefully a few of these guys will have a coming out party and grow up as ball players. If that happens then the sky's the limit.

Posted by: VBFan | September 17, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. Espn.com just ran with the 'I'm' Mike Jones story.

The ESPN take seemed to show Gilbert as a lot more jaded. Something that Mr. Jones was able to keep at bay for at least a day or two.

Either way it pisses me off. The dude was given a huge contract and felt he had to live up to it. Now I understand he feels that the Wizards let him down, but he can't blame their efforts or their logic.

Gilbert never has been able to see the forest for the trees. And he continues to prove that, when it comes to his off the court persona, he's just a little boy that needs to be handled with kid gloves.

Back then they didn't want me...Now I'm hot...

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | September 17, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

if young can score by running off screens and going to the rim he'll find time, if he plays one-on-one and tries to fadeaway the other squad to death he'll enjoy the kiss cam and burrito dash

Posted by: bford1kb | September 17, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Alex Ovechkin is the most compelling and interesting athlete in this town.
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Not quite. Although he may very well be the best.

Posted by: crs-one | September 17, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ovie takes more shots than anyone else in the NHL, is great fun to watch, scores in droves, and his team doesnt go anywhere in the postseason.

Is "Ovechkin" russian for "Arenas"?

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

ovechkin's won two mvp's, arenas doesn't quite match up, plus ovie is as aggressive and as hard a hitter as any scoring forward

Posted by: bford1kb | September 17, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"the team is in charge of it's players if they thought he shouldn't be doing what he was doing they needed to shut him down and point to breach of contract if he injured himself doing his own thing, athletes are athlete's not medical personnel

Posted by: bford1kb | September 17, 2009 4:57 PM "

Oh wait, was this the same franchise that was walking on eggshells for fear of Gilby throwing a hissy fit if he didn't get his way?

Yes, it is.

Be reminded that Gilby held this franchise hostage when he threatened to leave for lesser money, so any rules that he said Les BouleS should have imposed on him, well, he should blame himself.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 17, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Ovechkin?! Watching hockey is about as exciting as watching golf. Everyone knows basketball and football are the only real sports out there...

Posted by: MeviousMan | September 17, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

From D.C. Sports Bog http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/09/gilbert_arenas_says_hes_now_a.html

So just for fun, let's go back to some dialog that Gilbert posted on his own blog, between him and the team doctor, concerning one of his comebacks.

Doctor: "Yeah, well, you know, let's give this thing another week or so and you know, we'll check you back then?"

Gilbert: "Huh? Another week?! I was planning on playing today. My mind, my mental, is ready for right now!"

Doctor: "I don't think we should rush into this."

Gilbert: "Trust me, I'm mentally ready right now."

Doctor: "I don't think you're ready. We need to test it one more week."

Gilbert: "What's one more week going to do? I don't grow facial hair in a week! Nothing happens in a week. My knee isn't going to get that much stronger in a week. A week!"

Doctor: "There's going to be six games in nine days, I don't want that pounding to hurt you."

Gilbert: "Come on, this is not what I want to hear right now."

Can't believe the team rushed him back on the court like that

Posted by: VBFan | September 17, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

http://dimemag.com/2009/09/the-wizards-could-win-the-championship-this-year/#more-19765

enjoy wiz fans...article about how we could win the championship!

Posted by: jasonma1 | September 17, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Gender would be irrelevant if both sexes caused as much drama on the playing field. Unfortunately, men by a large ratio are the drama queens.

Very rarely would one see a woman act a fool on a playing field by verbally and physically threatening a game official...except in the case of Serena Williams.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 17, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

...I think what Serena did is actually good for women's pro sports. That idiot umpire was an absolute fool for making that call, particularly at that point in the match. I am sure that clueless umpire will never find herself in that position in major match again. Serena is one of the finest female or male athletes of all time and my level of respect for her has not been diminished one bit by this recent event. I'll even go as far to say that if more women took that same fire and determination into their approach to pro sports, we would see women's sports grow tremendously in popularity around the world.

Posted by: oddjob2 | September 17, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Serena is such a great role model and example that she and her handlers apologized for it afterwards.

Usually when you do good things, you generally have no reason to apologize for acting a fool.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 17, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Where's Mike Lee when you need him to ask EG and/or Abe their impressions on the fantastic interview where Gilby threw them and the franchise that pays him max money under the bus?

Please rehire Ivan Carter.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 17, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

So when Serena blows up she is a fool, but when a man does "he just wants to win so badly!!"

serena is fricking AWESOME. greatest female athlete on the planet today, period. if you know anything about tennis, you know how fricking ludicrous that call was...which doesnt excuse her of course, but her actions dont diminish her either.

she cursed at an official, big effing deal

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"So when Serena blows up she is a fool, but when a man does "he just wants to win so badly!!"

Yeah, if only nobody called McEnroe a moron when he blew up...but they did.

"serena is fricking AWESOME. greatest female athlete on the planet today, period. if you know anything about tennis, you know how fricking ludicrous that call was...which doesnt excuse her of course, but her actions dont diminish her either.

she cursed at an official, big effing deal

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 9:48 PM "

It doesn't change the fact that she was being dominated by Clijsters and was going to lose anyway.

Maybe if she wasn't so chunky, she'd be even better.

Cursing...no big deal...threatening to hurt a judge...different story.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 17, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

And, again, what difference does it make that she's a woman? How does that make what she did any worse or more noteworthy than if a man had done it?

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

AS TO:

How cares whether an athlete is "compelling and interesting"? The only thing that matters is whether he wins games.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 17, 2009 4:02 PM

That's kind of naive, no offense. It's entertainment, a show, a community presence. Yes, winning is the goal and it's what they're paid to do, but "compelling and interesting" are important, because these are major figures in the community. It's really about a lot more than just winning games.

And Serena is not chunky at all in a negative way. She's curvy, voluptuous, and fine, but not chunky.

Posted by: Urnesto | September 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Because men do it often, and women don't. So when a woman acts a fool, it is note worthy.

Even still, it is rare for an athlete to physically threaten a judge.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 18, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"And Serena is not chunky at all in a negative way. She's curvy, voluptuous, and fine, but not chunky.

Posted by: Urnesto | September 18, 2009 3:57 PM "

So, are you saying that carrying around this extra pork by an athlete doesn't adversely affect her game...a game that relies on quickness, stamina, and endurance? She's good, but could be better if she didn't carry around so much pork.

http://grrlplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/serena-williams-10-1.jpg

http://www.datzhott.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/serena-williams-weekend-040609.jpg

http://www.bet.com/Assets/BET/Published/image/jpeg/2297e7cd-5356-d696-a8c0-b8a942738d59-News_FB_BTWB_SerenaWilliams.jpg

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 18, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ovie takes more shots than anyone else in the NHL, is great fun to watch, scores in droves, and his team doesnt go anywhere in the postseason.

Is "Ovechkin" russian for "Arenas"?

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2009 5:08 PM
______

Ding dong. Show's how much you know about hockey. Ovie is considered one of the 2/3 best players in the game, which makes him light years better than Arenas. Ovie is on the LeBron Kobe level. And, the Capitals are proven contenders and will contend again this year and probably most years he is here. I would be shocked if Ovie does not get a championship during his career whereas with the Wiz, I would be shocked if they did win a championship with Arenas.

GA is a liar and was called out on PTI. Wilbon specifically said he has talked to people recently that said GA was told not to do things and he did them anyway. What are they supposed to do? Follow him around. I hope he is back and explosive, but his act is wearing thin. It's hard to see someone so childish leading a team to a championship. I hope I'm wrong.

Serena,

She said to the ump, "I am going to shove this ball down your throat." And, it was reported, that persons court side overheard her threaten the ump's life as well. She should have been suspended. Whether the call was right or wrong is irrelevant. Anyway, as good as she is, she has always been a lot less classy than her sister. She even dissed the number one player recently bc she was not number one. Well Serena, play more than 4 tournaments a year and you might get the ranking you want!

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 19, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"GA is a liar and was called out on PTI. Wilbon specifically said he has talked to people recently that said GA was told not to do things and he did them anyway. What are they supposed to do? Follow him around. I hope he is back and explosive, but his act is wearing thin. It's hard to see someone so childish leading a team to a championship. I hope I'm wrong.

Serena,

She said to the ump, "I am going to shove this ball down your throat." And, it was reported, that persons court side overheard her threaten the ump's life as well. She should have been suspended. Whether the call was right or wrong is irrelevant. Anyway, as good as she is, she has always been a lot less classy than her sister. She even dissed the number one player recently bc she was not number one. Well Serena, play more than 4 tournaments a year and you might get the ranking you want!

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 19, 2009 10:20 AM "

I called it when I saw it when he frist started with Les BouleS...Gilby is a fraud.

He's a great scorer, and people here like to jump on bandwagons, but unless you just want to see a guy score in droves based on the sheer volume of shots taken (yes, Gilby shoots in the low .400's career and mid .300's from 3) and don't care about team, then knock yourself out.

With regard to Serena, she took it a step further and used profanity ("f'n throat") during her threat and also waived a racket at a judge's face showing no respect at all.

Serena could have easily protested the call to the umpire, but instead, decided to act a fool and get ghetto in a way that goes totally against what tennis stands for which is grace and sportsmanship. She needs to learn some manners from her sister Venus and realize how bad of a example she has set for all the kiddies out there who look up to her, especially in the ghetto.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 19, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Listen DC Mann. That shot of Serena on BET.Com in that red bikini is unbelivable. Are you crazy! Thats just pure girl "power".

Posted by: TheGodFather | September 19, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Listen DC Mann. That shot of Serena on BET.Com in that red bikini is unbelivable. Are you crazy! Thats just pure girl "power".

Posted by: TheGodFather | September 19, 2009 12:07 PM "

It's good for bareback hoggin', but not so good if you need to play on a 110F court during the 3rd set in the sunshine.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 19, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"That's kind of naive, no offense. It's entertainment, a show, a community presence. Yes, winning is the goal and it's what they're paid to do, but "compelling and interesting" are important, because these are major figures in the community. It's really about a lot more than just winning games."

That's a bunch of crap, offense not really my concern.

It's only about a lot more than winning games to teams that don't win a lot and need something to fill the void caused by losing. The ultimate goal, the one to which good, relevant teams strive at all levels of the organization is to win. The how of it is irrelevant.

During the late 80's/early 90's the Portland Trailblazers and Phoenix Suns were both high-scoring exciting, entertaining teams, while the Detroit Pistons played some of the ugliest basketball around. During this decade, the Sacramento Kings (w/ Webber/Divac), Nowitzki's Dallas Mavs and Phoenix Suns (D'Antoni/Nash/Stoudemire) were all wildly entertaining and loads of fun to watch, while the Pistons (again) and San Antonio Spurs were slow, methodical and fairly dull on the court. All of those entertaining teams have no titles, while the slow, dull, ugly ones have about 6 or 7 between them. Which teams' players, owners, fans do you think have the greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment?

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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