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Predraft workouts to continue on Monday

The Wizards have announced that five players will work out for the team on Monday morning in advance of Thursday's NBA draft. Washington holds the No. 1 pick, likely to be John Wall, plus the 30th and 35th picks.

Here are the players scheduled for Monday's workout:

- Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State, 7-1, 251 pounds. Averaged 2.1 blocks per game in 76 games over three seasons at Florida State.

- Devan Downey, G, South Carolina, 5-9, 175 pounds. Scored 30+ points in a game six times as a senior at South Carolina, including a 30-point effort in a win over then No. 1 Kentucky on Jan. 26.

- A.J. Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt, 6-11, 250 pounds. Averaged 13 or more points and 6 or more rebounds in all three seasons at Vanderbilt.

- Magnum Rolle, F/C, Louisiana Tech, 6-11, 225 pounds. A former transfer student from LSU, Rolle averaged a career-best 13.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.1 bpg for Louisiana Tech last season.

- Samardo Samuels, F, Louisville, 6-9, 260 pouns. An early-entry candidate for the NBA Draft, averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds during his sophomore season at Louisville.

By Alexa Steele  |  June 18, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

Several bigs coming in to work out, good!
I wonder what happened with Pittman, the 6'9" 300 lb. guy from Texas.

Posted by: rickgonz | June 18, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Pondexterrrrrr!!!

Posted by: Bullzards80 | June 18, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

This will be Rolle's second workout with the Wizards.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 18, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

These are the tier 5 players (going 20-40) in Chad Ford's Analyzing the Draft Tiers.


Solomon Alabi, James Anderson, Craig Brackins, Jordan Crawford, Devin Ebanks, Keith Gallon, Darington Hobson, Damion James, Armon Johnson, Dominique Jones, Gani Lawal, Dexter Pittman, Tibor Pleiss, Quincy Pondexter, Stanley Robinson, Larry Sanders, Kevin Seraphin, Lance Stephenson, Jarvis Varnado, Hassan Whiteside, Elliot Williams

Note: This is what I would call the first-round bubble group and where the consensus really started to break down. A few teams had Alabi, James and Whiteside in Tier 4, but not quite enough for them to make the cut. Whiteside was an interesting case because he got one Tier 2 and one Tier 3 vote as well. In other words, teams are all over the place on him. Johnson, Lawal, Pittman, Pleiss and Varnado were borderline picks here. Every one of these players dropped out of the top 30 on at least one team's draft board.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 18, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Pondexter all the way baby!

Posted by: Bullzards80 | June 18, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I would pick Rautins or Devendorf over Vasquez any day.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 18, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"Dexter Pittman, Tibor Pleiss, Quincy Pondexter, Stanley Robinson, Larry Sanders, Kevin Seraphin, Lance Stephenson, Jarvis Varnado, Hassan Whiteside, Elliot Williams"

OK, you got me with Tibor Pleiss. Turns out he's your basic European 7-footer with good hands and a decent jumper, whose current flaw is that he's way too weak to establish position in the post. Rumor has him going to OKC in the first, entirely on upside.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 19, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

As for the workout group: Magnum Rolle still looks like the free agent he seemed to be at the first workout. Not as skinny as he once was (a blogger described his frame as 'twiglike'), he's still going to be 25 in February. Alabi is a big, athletic center with no offensive game (we need another of those?)who could eventually make some team a decent Sam Dalembert. AJ Ogilvy had a nice run of games at Vanderbilt but disappeared when it counted the most.

Samardo Samuels is the offensive talent in this group. But these guys IMO are all backups.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 19, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jiji1 | June 19, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

you know what samson 151 i asked you about rolle before and you fed me this same line.but i told you i liked him than and the fact they are bringing him in again say's something about him. he has never worked out with the right people to raise his game to the next levle and now he does. and a bloger said he is twig like when KG first came two the nba they said the same thing about him how that work out.

Posted by: dakel76 | June 19, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

"you know what samson 151 i asked you about rolle before and you fed me this same line.but i told you i liked him than and the fact they are bringing him in again say's something about him. he has never worked out with the right people to raise his game to the next levle and now he does. and a bloger said he is twig like when KG first came two the nba they said the same thing about him how that work out. Posted by: dakel76 '

LOL I think Magnum has a fan...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 19, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

As for Samuels, apparently nobody was more surprised than the Louisville staff when he decided to stay in the draft. But he's 21 and maybe felt the clock ticking. He's very much an inside scorer although at 6'8" most scouts feel he'll have some difficulty getting shot off. Bigger worry is his subpar rebounding -- he just doesn't work at it.

About Devan Downey, he's another player that might wind up as a free agent and in the D-League. Basically a scorer more than a bal-handler. Relies on quickness and is a good shooter but not from the arc.

He's about 5'9" so his hope would be an off-the-bench scoring role on some team...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 19, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

a bloger said [Rolle] is twig like when KG first came two the nba they said the same thing about him how that work out.

Posted by: dakel76 | June 19, 2010 2:04 AM


The major difference being KG was a teenager when he was a twig. Rolle turns 25 this season (which is old, old, old for a guy coming off a college campus). It's highly unlikely that his body will change anytime soon. No Thanks.

Posted by: bobabuie | June 19, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'd think Alibi would be gone by 30. But he could be a target if the Wizards manage to grab a pick in the18-25 range. He falls all the way to 30 and the Wizards got a major gift.

I'd love to see Booker still there at 35. the Wiz don't seem to have a track record of picking undersized lunch bucket boardmen. Well at least not since Wes Unseld, "Truck" Robinson and Greg Ballard. Maybe it's time to have one of those guys on the roster again.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I think the guy that folks like to make fun of was our last lunch bucket boardmen fella.

Some folks poked fun at him and his game but he added the type of lunch bucket play and charisma I think you are talking about.

His name would be Ledell Eckels.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Looks like they are going "big."

Very nice.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: djnnnou | June 19, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, Manute died today.

"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/19/AR2010061902214.html?hpid=topnews"

I met him once, kind of odd actually. When I was a kid I was working in a bank in Greenbelt and I see this looongggg Mercedes pull up and it looked like someone was driving from the back seat. Anyway, it was Manute and he came to my window. Very nice man, I know he had to be thinking "Why is this kid looking at me so strangely?" Lol!

Anyway, I don't know how many banks he actually had accounts with but I can say everything they say is true about the accounts going back to his native country. At least with that bank. It seemed like dozens from our records, for insurance reason I am sure. Of course that was before he went broke.

You can't think of the Bullets in the '80s without remebering this guy. I'm really sad to hear about this.

God be with you Manute!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 19, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

rest in peace big fella. their is a place for you in heaven.

Posted by: dakel76 | June 19, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

One less good man walks the earth. Sad day. RIP Manute.

Posted by: mugsybol | June 19, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Manute Bol: A decent on court player, a pioneering African NBAer, a gentle man & gentleman and far and away the greatest Wizard or Bullet ever in terms of making a difference and improving people's lives. Rest in peace, we will miss you.

Posted by: SammyT1 | June 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 19, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, I think the guy that folks like to make fun of was our last lunch bucket boardmen fella.

Some folks poked fun at him and his game but he added the type of lunch bucket play and charisma I think you are talking about.

His name would be Ledell Eckels.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse "

How many rings did "lunch bucket" win?

Hint: You don't need to use your fingers to count.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 19, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me if anyone already mentioned the news about Manute Bol (I just found out). I scrolled down on the Wiz site and saw no mention of it. Bol did some great things for us and his home back in Africa. Rest in peace, Bol! You're made us proud :)

Posted by: demonj21 | June 19, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Rest In Peace, Manute Bol is a nice collection of links on Metafilter.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 20, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Tyreke Evans is getting some criticism in Sacramento for overdribbling and dominating the ball (sound familiar to Wiz fans?) Also, Chris Webber on trade between two of his former teams, the Kings and the Sixers:

"I bet [Sam Dalembert will] be the fastest big man on that team, certainly the most athletic. But he's not a post player. The only things he can do is rebound, run and beat everybody down the floor. And you can throw alley-oops to him for dunks."

I understand Spencer Hawes annoyed Westphal by insisting on more high-post passing.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 20, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about Manute, I remember going to the old Capital Center years ago to pickup tickets during the day. They were trying to teach Manute to drive on the parking lot. They actually did have a car that they had taken the front seat out of.

Favorite Manute offensive move was the set shot that Nellie tuaght him. He actually would hit a few of those from three point range where Nellie would have him staked out. Ole' Nellie's always has been a master at taking guys like Manute and coming up with interesting ways to sqeeze production out of them.

Childress wouldn't be a bad fit with the Wizards,but,unless he goes for a lot less money then he asked for the last time he was a FA, I don't see the Wiz being a player.

If the price was right and the Wiz would go that route it could make some sense draft big and to sign a FA at the three. Josh Howard is another option there, but I can't see that the Wiz are going to p/u his option at 11m per year.

Spencer Hawes is a classic case of a young big that came out too soon. The kid had some talent, but has been a disappointment for the Kings.

Dalembert isn't a bad player, just never lived up to that contract that he got.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 20, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Picking up Childress wouldn't be bad for the right price, but I don't know if he adds any thing significantly better then Thornton. It is always good (I think) to have a variety of long, athletic, swing-type guys in the 6'7" - 6'9" range, and he does have a rep as a good defender though, so it will all come down to price.

The Wiz are obviously going to have to fill out the roster with some 'veterans', so the question remains what type they will go after, and what the max dollar amount they're willing to pay out will be. I wouldn't expect them to be handing out longer deals to anyone unless it's someone they really like.

If this were strictly the EG show, I would expect them to keep Foye, resign Miller and Singelton and try to resign Howard at a lower price and after not picking up his option. And maybe try to make some sort of semi-splashy trade or signing. But under new ownership, I really have no clue what way the next two weeks are going to go.

Posted by: ts35 | June 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Excellent story on John Wall and his anger issues stemming from the loss of his father. I'm rooting for this guy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/19/AR2010061902948.html

Posted by: bobabuie | June 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Barkley said something the effect once that if everybody made half the positive impact Manute did the world would be a perfect place. RIP big fella!

Quick montage of Manute raining 3s and blocking multiple shots on the same possession.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSfBRAIT4eg

Posted by: divi3 | June 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Barkley said something the effect once that if everybody made half the positive impact Manute did the world would be a perfect place.

Posted by: divi3 | June 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse "

Thanks Wilbon...

And Barkley also told the cop, when pulled for running a stop sign, that the reason he was in a rush was b/c he was going to get some more head from the best ho that had ever done it to him. BTW, he also received a DUI charge.

Lesson: RIP Manute, but don't try to sensationalize it by associating his death with Barkley.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 20, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If this were strictly the EG show, I would expect them to keep Foye, resign Miller and Singelton and try to resign Howard at a lower price and after not picking up his option. And maybe try to make some sort of semi-splashy trade or signing. But under new ownership, I really have no clue what way the next two weeks are going to go.

Posted by: ts35 | June 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If you are right about ernie then the Wizard fans sure are lucky Ted is the owner and not Abe or we would be looking at another 26 win season next year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 20, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see ALABI on the board when the Wiz pick thirtieth, but I suspect it's just wishful thinking.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 20, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Advice to John Wall:

I read the article today about your troubled past and how you're struggling to move past that while channeling your anger and the love for your father into basketball.

Try not to get caught up in the hype about the fake meaning of tattoos, bling, etc.

Use Gilby as a case study, and do the exact opposite of what he did here. That will get you far.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Lesson: RIP Manute, but don't try to sensationalize it by associating his death with Barkley.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 20, 2010 8:03 PM

The real lesson is that you can't help yourself from being a dbag.

Posted by: divi3 | June 20, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

"The real lesson is that you can't help yourself from being a dbag.

Posted by: divi3 | June 20, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse "

You would know...speaking from experience.

Quoting Charles Barkley in his attempt to make a profound statement....laughable.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 20, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Use Gilby as a case study, and do the exact opposite of what he did here. That will get you far.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

except the part about working your a$$ off to become a superstar,making multiple all star teams, carrying the team on your back at times, singlehandedly winning games, and being so about basketball that you hurt yourself (well you can leave that on out)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

except the part about working your a$$ off to become a superstar,making multiple all star teams, carrying the team on your back at times, singlehandedly winning games, and being so about basketball that you hurt yourself (well you can leave that on out)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. I mean looking at it objectively. A guy that deals with pain caused by his mother not being there by trying to joke it away...and a guy that deals with losing his father by being violent and hitting someone in the head with a baseball bat.

If you had to pick one all things being equal from the beginning...most would have picked Gil.

I love how people make it seem like Gil is 2Pac or something.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU

Mt brother (or sister) from another! long time, no see. Hopefully the addtion of Wall a coupla other picks and some FAs will have this team in shape to be competitive so you and me can a gree on some stuff.

But yeah, the hysteria over Gil is crazy. In other sports news NHL hockey player and Finals MVP, Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane still hasn't been punished by the league or the police for his role in hospitalizing a NYC cabdriver, after he and his brother beat the cabbie down over a 20 cent fare differential.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU

Mt brother (or sister) from another! long time, no see. Hopefully the addtion of Wall a coupla other picks and some FAs will have this team in shape to be competitive so you and me can a gree on some stuff.

But yeah, the hysteria over Gil is crazy. In other sports news NHL hockey player and Finals MVP, Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane still hasn't been punished by the league or the police for his role in hospitalizing a NYC cabdriver, after he and his brother beat the cabbie down over a 20 cent fare differential.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah man...I been working like a Jamaican out here...I'm back now though. Nothing is changed I see. DC Man still hates Gil..BF78 still hates Abe.

Yeah you probably won't hear anything about that. Everybody needs someone to be the bad guy...it just happened to be Gil this time. He brought it on himself...but he didn't bring all of that.

Hopefully next season brings Durant or Melo back...I think Gil is going to have a great season...doing what he does. SCORE and not have to worry about balancing running a team with it.

Nobody even mentioned J.C. having a gun though...funny how that worked out.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU
I'd be happy with Rudy Gay this year, course Melo and Durant are prized bulls, but I think gay can be coached into maximizing his potential, especially with Wall running the show. I'd expect the offense to be a lil more uptempo, which suits Rudy well. Also, with Wall running the O, and gil being the "designated shooter" at the 2; Rudy will have the ball in his hands less and less in ISO situations. That should cut back his TOs and stale possesions. I'd like to have a guy like KD or Melo who can get it done on their own, but that might be too many chefs in the kitchen. Gay is more likely to alter his game for the team concept where as bringing in a Melo or Durant would almost certainly mean altering whatever we start bulding this summer to focus on those guys.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Yeah man...I been working like a Jamaican out here
Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

you holdin????????????????????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Nobody even mentioned J.C. having a gun though...funny how that worked out.

Posted by: SDMDTSU

Jesus was packin? I guess that will be in the revised version of the Bible conservatives are working on....

Pretty sure the part about Critter also having a gun has been addressed, legally, publicly and in the blogosphere. When people were talking last week about Ted 'embracing' Gil and how Ted is all about forgiveness, I did ask if that meant that Ted would 'embrace' Crit as well. The overwhelming response was that no one cares, presumably because Crit brings nothing to the table as a basketball player.

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz's drafted a lunch bucket in Jahidi White in 98.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

An interesting read for those who were question Doc Rivers' contributions a s a coach during the Finals:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/ian_thomsen/06/17/countdown.lakers.celtics/index.html

"Gay is more likely to alter his game for the team concept where as bringing in a Melo or Durant would almost certainly mean altering whatever we start bulding this summer to focus on those guys."

I wouldn't lose any sleep over ti because Neither Anthony nor Durant will be wearing a Wiz uniform anytime in the foreseeable future.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"The Wiz's drafted a lunch bucket in Jahidi White in 98."

Jahidi wasn't a lunch bucket so much as an all you can eat buffet.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure the part about Critter also having a gun has been addressed, legally, publicly and in the blogosphere. When people were talking last week about Ted 'embracing' Gil and how Ted is all about forgiveness, I did ask if that meant that Ted would 'embrace' Crit as well. The overwhelming response was that no one cares, presumably because Crit brings nothing to the table as a basketball player.

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Critt was basically never addressed. Some people don't even know he turned in the gun that "never existed" come on. You can't be serious.

Gil was embraced because he will be back. Critt is a free agent and clearly will not.

On Gay...I dunno. I'm not for giving him a 80+ million dollar contract. I think he would be a nice complimentary piece though.

Durant i doubt leaves...Melo maybe if he doesnt re-sign. Denver is going nowhere fast. And getting older. Doubt it but stranger things have happened.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Anthony is going to re-sign in Denver for the same reason that every big money player who has the choice between signing an extension next season or waiting until after he season to become an unrestricted FA will re-sign: Money.

The current CBA expires after next season, and the new one (which will likely only be hammered out following a lockout) will likely result in less money for player contracts in the form of lower max value amounts and shorter max length. Any player who passes up the opportunity to sign a multi-year extension next season will not only be leaving potentially tens of millions of dollars on the table, but they'll also be risking going into an almost certain lockout with no contract, leaving them financially unprotected if they should somehow get injured during the lockout. No player (or agent) with any sense is going to risk that. The only way Durant, Anthony, or any other players at that level doesn't sign an extension is if (A) their current team doesn't offer one or (B) their current team tries to obviously lowball them to save money.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Critt was basically never addressed. Some people don't even know he turned in the gun that "never existed" come on. You can't be serious.
Posted by: SDMDTSU

Not true, we definitely talked about it on these boards. It just seems like we never did because it was a long time ago. And because Crit didn't mess around and got his deal / sentence done early. Before Gil's. And since then, no one has cared because a) people were much more interested in Gil's sentence and b) no one expects Critter to be back.

I know I traded posts with a couple of different people about whether Crit's NBA career is done, or if he might be able to find his way back by playing in the D-League or overseas for a few years.

It would actually be a sort of interesting parallel piece to the way John Wall found a path because of his talent, and how Gil is getting (another) second chance because of his talent and his contract. As in, how quickly Crit will probably disappear because of one incident, and because he doesn't have the talent of others who have committed more egregious mistakes.

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

On Gay...I dunno. I'm not for giving him a 80+ million dollar contract. I think he would be a nice complimentary piece though.

Durant i doubt leaves...Melo maybe if he doesnt re-sign. Denver is going nowhere fast. And getting older. Doubt it but stranger things have happened.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

i don't know if Gay will command a 80 mil contract. I hope he doesn't, but if he does i'm not sure he'll get any offers from teams in a better situation than his memphis squad. Not saying that the wiz are better than MEM either, just saying that of the crap teams out there who would be interested in Rudy's services may not be shaping up right now as well as the wiz seem to be. there are a lot of questions, but we could pitch it to him like he's the answer or at least one of em. i really like adding Rudy because he doesn't need the ball much. His game isn't based on his ability to pound the ball into a makable shot. He needs coaching to break some bad habits, but I'm certain we've got the right coach for that if nothing else.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I thought Hot Plate Williams was lunchbucket.

Posted by: C-way | June 21, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Not true, we definitely talked about it on these boards. It just seems like we never did because it was a long time ago. And because Crit didn't mess around and got his deal / sentence done early. Before Gil's. And since then, no one has cared because a) people were much more interested in Gil's sentence and b) no one expects Critter to be back.

I know I traded posts with a couple of different people about whether Crit's NBA career is done, or if he might be able to find his way back by playing in the D-League or overseas for a few years.

It would actually be a sort of interesting parallel piece to the way John Wall found a path because of his talent, and how Gil is getting (another) second chance because of his talent and his contract. As in, how quickly Crit will probably disappear because of one incident, and because he doesn't have the talent of others who have committed more egregious mistakes.

These boards. I'm talking about in general. It was just Gilbert Arenas. He brought guns into a locker room with....someone who had ALREADY had a gun in the locker room. They're equally culpable...but it's just Arenas...Arenas. Not even Wizards players...just Arenas. That's all water under the bridge anyway.

Just ready to get the season started.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | June 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

These boards. I'm talking about in general. It was just Gilbert Arenas. He brought guns into a locker room with....someone who had ALREADY had a gun in the locker room. They're equally culpable...but it's just Arenas...Arenas. Not even Wizards players...just Arenas. That's all water under the bridge anyway.

Just ready to get the season started.

Posted by: SDMDTSU

He didn't just bring guns into a locker room. He brought 4 guns into a locker room, laid them out in a teammate's locker and stuck a postie on there that said "Pick One." I know he was kidding, but he took it to a level that he shouldn't have.

As for focusing more on Arenas than Crit.....um, one was an All-Star, up-and-coming Superstar with a $110+ Million dollar contract, who also took pains to put himself in the limelight, and the other was a 10th or 11th or 12th guy on the bench. Arenas got more attention because people actually knew who he was and because any potential legal issues with him affected the team and the league much more than the issues that faced Crit.

Arenas has the talent and also craved the spotlight, so he has to take the down side of being more in the spotlight when things go wrong, even if both are equally culpable. The flip side of it is that Arenas gets an automatic second chance, whereas Crit's NBA dream may well be over. Arenas still gets his remaining $80 Mill, Crit's likely not going to see anything like his $1M salary again.

I mean honestly, what do you want to say about Crit that hasn't already been said?

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Trail Blazers scouts: In video they trust as they plan for draft via TrueHoop. The best piece I've read on what a video coordinator does.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 21, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Trail Blazers scouts: In video they trust as they plan for draft via TrueHoop. The best piece I've read on what a video coordinator does.

Posted by: djnnnou

Pretty cool look behind the scenes, but still using VHS in '05??? Daaaaaamn.

I wonder how I get that job? =)

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"except the part about working your a$$ off to become a superstar,making multiple all star teams, carrying the team on your back at times, singlehandedly winning games, and being so about basketball that you hurt yourself (well you can leave that on out)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse "

It was a means to an end...kinda like the titanic.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 21, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

"I would love to see ALABI on the board when the Wiz pick thirtieth, but I suspect it's just wishful thinking.Posted by: glawrence007"

I suspect you're right. He's got all the size and athleticism you want, but he's not much of a rebounder, and that's what I would think the Wiz are looking for.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Allegedly Larry Brown is looking at a whole bunch of players and Charlotte is trying to get back in the draft in a big way...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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