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NBATV to televise Midnight Madness

Fans unable to make it to George Mason's Patriot Center at midnight on Sept. 28, don't fret. There is still an opportunity to watch the NBA's first-ever Midnight Madness festivities, as the Wizards kick off training camp in style by using a little NCAA tradition to generate hype for a team with several players not far removed from college.

NBATV will have a live telecast of No. 1 overall pick John Wall's first practice, including player introductions, interviews with Wizards players and the team scrimmages. The 24-hour network will also broadcast the opening day of practice for the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

Coach Flip Saunders came up with the idea of starting practice at 12:01 a.m. as a way of allowing his young team, which features three rookies, a chance to get over the early jitters and ease into the transition of the first training session. The Wizards' marketing department got on board soon thereafter and now the event will also feature a pep rally on Sept. 27, hosted by WPGC radio personality and Wizards DJ Big Tigger at President's Park on the George Mason campus, beginning at 10 p.m.

Doors for the practice tip-off open at 11 p.m. and there will also be live performances from Mambo Sauce and the GMU marching band. The first 500 fans will receive a free donut and coffee coupon from Dunkin Donuts, while the first 300 will receive free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. The team will also giveaway T-shirts and offer special ticket offers to regular season Wizards games. Three people who stay through the end of practice will also have a chance to win $500.

By Michael Lee  | September 22, 2010; 9:13 PM ET
 
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Another Wiz Pickup Game Vid

http://www.nba.com/wizards/video/2010/09/22/KevinSeraphingoestoBestBuyFINALW-1420911/index.html


If this isnt it then just look at that 2nd vid on the page where it says pickup game. Gil is obviously sitting out anytime there is a camera around because he was there. NY's body looks great. Again, I love the Hinrich trade but if NY proves to be better than him then I dont want any politics. Let him be the 3rd guard. Everyone seems to be in great shape & getting along well

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 22, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

maybe he just got there..maybe he was next.. u can only play 5 on 5 last time i checked..so lets stop the nick picking...do we really care to see him play pickup games...

Posted by: MrNoOne | September 22, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Again, I love the Hinrich trade but if NY proves to be better than him then I dont want any politics. Let him be the 3rd guard.

Nick Young doesn't have a good enough handle to be the 3rd guard. Not with a rookie PG.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 22, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I think Kevin Seraphin is going to have success in the low post. His 7-3 wingspan is going to be big advantage down low.

Posted by: spades72 | September 23, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse


I hope I'm wrong, but the more physical centers in the league will simply abuse McGee like a rag doll when the games matter.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 23, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this year, but next year, McGee will the one abusing the rest of the league.

This year is about gelling; figuring out who amongst Yi, Arenas, Howard, etc can recover and have a future; and getting Wall a low pressure intro into being an NBA Star.

Last night I put The Wiz winning every superlative and then said I was dreaming. They won't win all of them, but they will win at least one superlative and be in the running for the others.

Play hard, play smart, get it together, and make it competitive.

Posted by: Blurred | September 23, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

I am glad they are televising it and love the idea of hyping up the players and the fans. Thought about going but I live in Maryland and it is too far for a work night :-( This way I get a chance to feel a part of the festivities. Call me a diehard and crazy fan, but, I think the Wiz are going to surprise some people. Glad we are under the radar right now.

Posted by: ivyleague | September 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

"I love the Hinrich trade but if NY proves to be better than him then I dont want any politics."

That ship sailed the moment they made the trade. KHs minutes are set in stone and NY will be scrapping for time at 3.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr.NoOne, there have been a few vids already and he's always on the sideline. I know people who be there and when the cameras come on, Gil doesnt play. You act like Gil wouldnt do something like that. Im not saying anything negative about it. I would be the same way. He just wants everyone to be surprised by how good he thinks he looks

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

divi3, thats how I think it will go and I wont be upset at that at all if Kirk plays well but if he doesnt then you have to give NY a legitimate shot. Remember, this will be a fast break team now and NY could look a ton better on the wing with Wall or Gil pushing the rock

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

djnnnou, I totally disagree about the handles thing. Its not like he has to play the point. Wall or Gil will always be on the court with him. Wall is young but he's still a true PG. Him & NY havve more than enough handles for a backcourt

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Talk about talent that teases -- Nick Young has to be second only to McGee. Maybe he can find some minutes at forward.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse


Gil loves to be dramatic. When the cameras come on, he sits because he doesn't want anybody to see him until "it's time". That's totally consistent with his drama queen personality. Anybody who was expecting a total change in Gil is dreaming.

Posted by: harrybalz | September 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

NY could be the best player in practice everyday and he wont have any shot of playing 2, the decision was made in the offseason. He'll have to earn minutes at 3 to see the floor much unless there is an injury.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

As a Marylander, I too am grateful this will be televised. Especially with MNF being GB @ Chi. Tuesday's going to be rough enough.

As for the Wiz this season. I'm finally taking the old wait and see position. I don't have expectations of playoffs.
There are just so many young players and so much roster turnover.

My focus will be on:

Flip: Good or bad for JWall.
Gil: Gil back to his All Star level or something different.
Ernie's draft: Does someone other that JWall become a solid contributor.

Posted by: bozomoeman | September 23, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse


Whoever figured that the Wizs will be the worst team ever, must have some inside info that Gilbert is being dumped for a bag of chips, as his haters would like.

Funny.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 22, 2010 6:58 PM

I think that "worst ever" prediction was based on being stuck with Gil for the whole year. The Wiz will have to just deal with it/him.

Posted by: harrybalz | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse


"I love the Hinrich trade but if NY proves to be better than him then I dont want any politics."

That ship sailed the moment they made the trade. KHs minutes are set in stone and NY will be scrapping for time at 3.


Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 8:26 AM

If Nick gets time at the 3, he better light up the scoreboard or he can just go ahead and buy a color TV for the doghouse he'll be in. Nick is undersized for the position, doesn't seem particularly alert and doesn't rebound well for a SG, much less a SF.

If we're already undersized at the 2 (Gil, Hinrich), can we afford to go small at SF too? I say no.

Posted by: and_1 | September 23, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If Young would get his act together and play up to his physical abilities, the Wiz could at times have a lineup on the court that looks like this:

PG-Wall 6-4
SG- Young 6-6
SF-Blatche 6-11
PF-Yi 7-0
C-McGee 7-1

No more small ball.

Posted by: and_1 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Man stop building in excuses for Nick.

If he plays hard and at a high level ON BOTH SIDES of the court and gets the mental part of the game down. He will play. Being the same Nick isn't going to cut it. on those 2/9 nights, he has to show something else besides being the 5th player on the court. He has to show SOME growth. He's basically the same player 4 years after he was drafted. He has to put it together.

No coach says. "Wow, that guy is playing really well. Let me sit him down so I can put my favorite in."

And if anything Kirk has a good chance to get minutes because he brings something nobody else in the backcourt brings. Consistent solid defense. Period.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

No franchise picks up $18mill salary then watches the guy ride the pine that season. NY could beat out KH (and Gil) every single day in practice and he wont get the PT. He had has chances last year and didnt convince Flip or EG, the decision was made. Which is fine really, I'm just saying dont pretend there is an open competition with the best players coming out on top. Wall/Gil/KH are guaranteed minutes no matter what.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

All four of them are going to play. If Nick wants minutes. Nick needs to play well. $18 is nothing in NBA money. He could do whatever he wants to do in practice and I could care less until he does it consistently in games.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

How does a guy get a chance to do it in games if you dont care what he does in practice? There is $30mill and a #1 pick in the backcourt, only so many minutes to go around.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

If Nick dominates in practice and gets in the game and runs around clueless...he can go back to the bench. 48 minutes per game...no reason Nick can't get 20+ minutes per game...depending on his play.

Nick has had plenty of chances.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 23, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

djnnnou, I totally disagree about the handles thing. Its not like he has to play the point. Wall or Gil will always be on the court with him. Wall is young but he's still a true PG. Him & NY havve more than enough handles for a backcourt

Posted by: dlts2041

And when Wall gets trapped in the backcourt, Young will have to bring the ball up. He will either turn the ball over or go into iso mode, and the Wizards won't be able to run offensive sets. It's not just the handle, Young makes poor decisions with the ball. Other teams know that and would apply more pressure on Wall to get the ball out of his hands. The Wizards have made an effort to make Wall's rookie year as successful as possible by adding Hinrich, and pursuing perimeter scorers. So Young won't be the third guard, and it won't be because of some conspiracy.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

You're talking like there's a chance NY could be the starter if he plays well enough, or that KH could start over Gil, or that Arenas could be named PG ahead of Wall. There is no possibility for any of that.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

divi, if you are talking to me in that last post, I dont think that at all. I was just responding to djnnnou saying that NY cant be the 3rd guard because of his handles. I was just saying that whenever he's on the court, there will always be Wall or Gil in the game so he doesnt need anymore handles. His handles are on point with most PG's in the league anyways

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You're talking like there's a chance NY could be the starter if he plays well enough, or that KH could start over Gil, or that Arenas could be named PG ahead of Wall. There is no possibility for any of that.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I said there will be minutes if he plays well. Starting or not. Blatche played well and what happened last year? Moved him into the starting lineup and shift AJ to SF. If Nick plays well when he's in he'll stay in. Starting really doesn't matter.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 23, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"divi3, thats how I think it will go and I wont be upset at that at all if Kirk plays well but if he doesnt then you have to give NY a legitimate shot. Remember, this will be a fast break team now and NY could look a ton better on the wing with Wall or Gil pushing the rock

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 8:48 AM

Nick Young has 3 years worth of "legitimate shots" and little to show for it. The myth that all he needs is a chance still persists, I see.

"His handles are on point with most PG's in the league anyways."

That is just flat out untrue.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

No franchise picks up $18mill salary then watches the guy ride the pine that season. NY could beat out KH (and Gil) every single day in practice and he wont get the PT.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 10:34 AM


You make it seem like Hinrich was sort after. The Wizards were willing to spend $3 million for a 1st round pick which they got in the trade, plus an additional $3 million in cash. They basically gave up nothing in the deal. What they wanted most was Seraphin and that's who they got with the 17th pick.

The way I see it, Wall, Arenas and Blatche are definite starters and everything else is up for gabs.


Posted by: spades72 | September 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

No franchise picks up $18mill salary then watches the guy ride the pine that season. NY could beat out KH (and Gil) every single day in practice and he wont get the PT.

Posted by: divi3 | September 23, 2010 10:34 AM


You make it seem like Hinrich was sort after. The Wizards were willing to spend $3 million for a 1st round pick which they got in the trade, plus an additional $3 million in cash. They basically gave up nothing in the deal. What they wanted most was Seraphin and that's who they got with the 17th pick.

The way I see it, Wall, Arenas and Blatche are definite starters and everything else is up for gabs.


Posted by: spades72 | September 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Kalo, that was an error. I didnt mean on point with most PG's. I meant with most SG's

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 23, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

THANKS a lot you guys, if you're not talked about you're not thought about, KEEP NICK ON YOUR MINE. WHAT EVER HE'S DOING HE STAYS ON YOUR MINE.

Posted by: maejude | September 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY YEARS DID BLATCHE GET, MY BAG HE'S NOT NICK

Posted by: maejude | September 23, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

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