Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 3:32 am.
LAS VEGAS – The John Wall era officially kicked off Sunday afternoon at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft had a team-high 24 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Golden State Warriors 84-79.
Wall struggled at times, committing eight turnovers, but had an impressive debut in 33 minutes of action considering he was battling a groin injury last week.
“I was a little nervous and I ran before the game,’’ Wall said after the game. “There was a lot of excitement and I tried to go too fast.’’
I don’t want to make too much out of one game, but Wall seemed so much faster than the other guys on the floor – - maybe too fast for his own good, which could be one of the reasons for the turnovers.
The star of the afternoon though was Reggie Williams of Golden State. The former two-time NCAA scoring leader led all players with 34 points. In 24 games last season for the Warriors, Williams averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Wall’s next game is on Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 5:18 am.
Well, so much for LeBron James playing with John Wall.
The Washington Wizards beat the odds Tuesday night and landed the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery.
The Philadelphia 76ers won the second pick followed by the New Jersey Nets, who were the favorites after finishing with the league’s worst record.
The University of Kentucky point guard is expected to be the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
With Gilbert Arenas (sans guns) currently at the point, the Wizards can either shop the troubled star to other teams or move him to the shooting guard – - a more natural spot for the scorer.
If the Wizards pass on Wall, they would likely go with Ohio State’s Evan Turner, who was arguably the best player in college basketball last season.
Here’s a rundown of the lottery order:
3. New Jersey
6. Golden State
8. LA Clippers
11. New Orleans
* — From New York via Phoenix
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will learn his fate on Friday for bringing four unloaded guns into the team locker room.
Prosecutors are pushing for Arenas to serve at least three months in jail for one felony count of violating the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws.
Just to compare, the maximum term for Arenas’ crime is five years. The sentencing guidelines for someone with his record call for 6-24 months, although those guidelines also allow for probation.
Teammate Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation.
The final decision will be decided by Judge Robert E. Morin.
It has been a rough week for Arenas as he learned about the death of his mother, who he didn’t have a relationship with.
Now he faces the possibility of spending his summer behind bars, which could result in the Wizards voiding his contract.
Do you think Arenas should get jail time for his actions?
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:26 am.
You continue to find new ways to surprise me each and every week.
Arenas, the suspended Washington Wizards guard, gave an interview with Esquire magazine in which he says he has “messed up” the legacy of recently decease owner Abe Pollin.
“I have a painting of him in my garage. I just walk by it with my head down,” Arenas told Esquire. “I called Mrs. Pollin and said, ‘If Abe was still with us, I would’ve had to talk to him, so I’m gonna give you the same respect. I want to say sorry to you. I deserve to be punished. I’ll do everything it takes to get back your husband’s respect.”
But wait, there’s more.
Arenas also admits he had as many as 500 firearms in his home.
Some dudes collect cars, well, Gilbert collects guns.
Lots of them.
All but four of the guns went to storage when Arenas had children, but even four is excessive for anyone not in the state of Texas.
Agent Six (R.I.P. Agent Zero), keep being you, sir.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm.
Gilbert Arenas has started the campaign to clean up his image by writing a story in the Washington Post that explains he will rebuild his relationship with the youth in Washington D.C.
“I understand the importance of teaching nonviolence to kids in today’s world,” Arenas wrote. “Guns and violence are serious problems, not joking matters — a lesson that’s been brought home to me over the past few weeks. I thought about this when I pleaded guilty as charged in court and when I accepted my NBA suspension without challenge.
Is there nothing more cliche than an athlete getting in trouble and trying to make things right by going after the youth?
We saw this with Michael Vick and now with Arenas, who is clearly trying to save the rest of his $111 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
It would be refreshing for athletes to help the youth before landing that felony on their record.
The damage has already been done, Gilbert.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm.
Gilbert Arenas is one step closer from possibly never playing in the NBA again.
The Wizards guard pleaded guilty on Friday to carrying a pistol without a license, a felony conviction.
This was part of a plea bargin that hoped to keep Arenas out of jail. He won’t know until he’s sentenced on March 26.
Prosecutors are seeking between six months and two years behind bars for Arenas but the judge makes the final call.
If you’re Judge Robert E. Morin, why wouldn’t you make an example out of Arenas the same way prosecutors nailed ex-New York Giants star Plaxico Burruss?
A guilty plea will likely keep Arenas out of the NBA for the rest of the season while the Wizards will look to void the rest of his $111 million contract.
The next uniform Arenas could be putting on is a jumpsuit instead of one sporting his name on the back.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm.
Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA without pay for allegedly pulling a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton at the Verizon Center.
NBA commissioner David Stern released the following statement:
The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.
Maybe pretending to shoot your teammates before Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia wasn’t a good idea, Gilbert.
Or the nightly Twitter rants (please feel free to Tweet though) that make absolutely no sense.
Or calling Stern a “mean dude.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if Arenas has played his last game as a member of the Washington Wizards.
P.S. – Happy Birthday, #0.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 12:04 am.
DeShawn Stevenson is out for presidents to represent him.
To the point where he has a dead president tattooed on his neck.
Yes, that’s Abraham Lincoln on the throat of the Washington Wizards guard with two “5’s” flanked to the left and right.
If you’re going to get a President inked on your neck, wouldn’t you go with Obama?
I know he’s not on money and what not … but Lincoln?
That’s not all the ink Stevenson got in the off season.
On his cheek is a backwards P, similar to the logo of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a crack on the left side of his forehead.
He needs a tat of the letter D — for dummy.
Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm.
Say it ain’t so, Agent Zero.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will have a third operation on his injured knee and is expected to be out until December. Read the rest of this entry »