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Wizards sign Alonzo Gee

The Wizards signed Alonzo Gee to a 10-day contract this afternoon. Gee a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 21 points and 6.6 rebounds this season NBA Developmental League's Austin Toros. He will wear No. 24 and be available when the Wizards play the Boston Celtics tonight - on ESPN?!? (Sorry, I'm still baffled that the folks at ESPN wouldn't immediately bump that game off the broadcast schedule the minute Josh Howard tore his ACL).

Gee, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, takes the roster spot vacated by Mike Harris, whose 10-day contract was not renewed after it expired on Friday. Harris appeared in three games, and scored four points - one field goal and two free throws - in just over eight minutes. Gee is supposed to be really athletic and he finished runner-up in the D-League slam dunk contest. His 180-degree reverse double-clutch was pretty nice.


Also, NBA.com's John Schuhmann has an article on Antawn Jamison's adjustment with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since his 0-for-12 opener, Jamison is averaging 18.9 points and 8.0 rebounds, but Schuhmann also provides a shocking nugget about how the Cavaliers defense has improved since Jamison arrived. Who would've guessed that?

You should also check out Stephen A. Smith's column on former Georgetown star Allen Iverson. His life appears to be shambles, with him parting with the Philadelphia 76ers and his wife, Tawanna, filing for divorce last week. Smith writes this cryptic passage about the need for the people who care about Iverson to intervene or risk writing his epitaph: "Just listening to Gary Moore, Iverson's business manager and the person he trusts most, they may be doing so very soon."

By Michael Lee  |  March 7, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

How many short Forwards do the Wizards need? They've got about six of them already. I thought they need a good center even more.

Posted by: rickgonz | March 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yea, probably lots of under-sized athletic guys like this in the D League (e.g., Nick Young). His redeeming value would be if he's a slasher, take-it-the-rim type who can draw fouls. With Nick in a mental funk, Foye getting yanked, and MM extremely hesitant, we need more aggressive offensive players. I hope Livingston gets some minutes tonight. I see a long-term role for him with this team. Rondo is going to eat Boykins up, if there's that match-up.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So this must have been Ernie's brilliant plan...try out every player in the D League with the hope of finding a player who can play?

Ernie, try drafting a player when you have the 5th pick in the draft that's usually is more successful?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Allen Iverson's life appears to be shambles, with him parting with the Philadelphia 76ers and his wife, Tawanna, filing for divorce last week. Smith writes this cryptic passage about the need for the people who care about Iverson to intervene or risk writing his epitaph: "Just listening to Gary Moore, Iverson's business manager and the person he trusts most, they may be doing so very soon."

Gil must have read the AI book on How to fail in life and the NBA with more talent than most people dream of?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78, won't you write a short bio about yourself so we all can see what a perfect human being is suppose to look like.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that the Wizards are trying to find a gem among the D Leaguers. It will be interesting to see if Alonzo Gee fits the new Wizards mold.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

EG has absolutely nothing to lose giving these guys a try-out at this stage of this season.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@zx,

Nice jab! Made me laugh.

Ummm, have to agree. Why the hell is this game on ESPN? Unless Blatche scores another 36 against a team loaded with bigs, this could easily be a 25+ point loss.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 7, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

zxhoya

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=active&ei=hQ2US6KDNIaKNI6bxMwB&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&ved=0CBQQBSgA&q=nba+humanitarian+of+the+year&spell=1&fp=86f43777e436a6c1

Try looking at some of these Humanitarian of the Year winners.

I understand that some americans don't look up to and respect people who do their jobs and live a good life.

I take it you watch Jerry Spinger and read the tabloids and idealize losers in life.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

A D-League organization full of D-League players.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | March 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78, won't you write a short bio about yourself so we all can see what a perfect human being is suppose to look like.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

BF78 is one of the few people on here that has been right about this organization.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | March 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

How many short Forwards do the Wizards need? They've got about six of them already. I thought they need a good center even more.

Posted by: rickgonz | March 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


As long as Ernie Grunfeld is calling the shots re: personnel moves, then the Wizards will always have an abundance of G/F tweeners.

That's his way. It's been his way since he's gotten here. I don't think he realizes other positions exist on the floor.

Posted by: p1funk | March 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

BF78 is eternally bitter about everything. Oviously Abe stole Irene from him years ago and he can't let it go.
......and exactly what has he been right about?

Posted by: zxhoya | March 7, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

On a positive note, the ESPN feed is always in higher resolution than the Comcast Sports Network. And we get to hear an unbiased review of the Wizards from the ESPN analysts.

Maybe the ESPN crew will be able to explain why Nick Young isn't playing!

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nick's confidence is totally shot at this point and he's useless if he's not confident. He's also a player that doesn't do well when he doesn't get minutes, catch 22.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I just bought courtside seats for the game - I'll provide some positive encourage N. Young to see if it helps...

Posted by: drkubsik | March 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

[Alonzo] Gee -- Wiz.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

A poor man's Ronnie Brewer?

From Draft Express

D-League Showcase: Day Three
January 7, 2010
Alonzo Gee was one of the players we were most intrigued with coming to Boise this week, and he did little to dispel that notion. Showing elite athleticism with a very well-built body, Gee made countless impact plays in his two games he played, mainly on dribble drives started from the mid-range area, where he took advantage of his long strides and explosive first step to get to the rim.

Gee still isn't the greatest in terms of advanced ball-handling, but he has done a good job figuring out the best ways to utilize his athleticism, relying on subtle changes of direction in combination with his very good body control. At the basket, Gee is capable of finishing over defenders and is extremely aggressive, never shying from contact.

Gee's jump shot is still a work in progress, but it appears to be improved from what we saw at Portsmouth eight months ago, as he looked smooth hitting some mid-range jumpers here, even pulling up on occasion. He lacks range on his shot in a major way, though, which is probably one of the biggest things holding him back from getting called up at this point, as he’s made just 2-7 attempts from beyond the arc on the season, and wasn’t a very prolific long-range shooter in college either.

On the defensive end, Gee has great physical tools and show flashes of effective defense, doing a good job hustling off the ball, but he's a bit inconsistent here, and his man-to-man stance leaves something to be desired. For him to find a spot in the league and stick, this is probably the biggest area he will need to work on, as it is definitely where most of his untapped potential lies.

If Gee continues the great play he's shown for the first 15 games of the D-League season, it wouldn't be surprising to see him called up by season's end. He’s been one of the first names mentioned in conversations we’ve had with NBA scouts this weeks.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 7, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Gee:
Can't dribble or shoot particularly well and relies on his athleticism to score. Not a good combination on a 6-5 guy.

Posted by: gimmedat | March 7, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Durant mentioned playing in DC during his interview with Magic!

Unfortunately it was in the context of "People are surprised I don't want to go to LA, Chicago, Boston, or DC."

Posted by: divi3 | March 7, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Gee,

Sounds a bit interesting to me Djnnou.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Really, it would've taken the Josh Howard injury BEFORE you'd have bumped this game off ESPN?

I probably woulda bumped it the second I heard Gil suspended and the team most likely will disband via trades...so, over a month ago at least.

Gimme more Durant!

Posted by: cworkman1 | March 8, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Gee Wiz!

Posted by: audacitea | March 9, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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