The NBA will meet with the NBA Player’s Association today in an attempt to save the 2011-12 preseason. Otherwise, tomorrow, October 1st, may result in its cancellation. Can the Washington Wizards’ season be saved?
When Wizards owner Ted Leonsis isn’t berating President Barack Obama, and his company, Monumental Sports, isn’t creating a hodge-podge website in the styling of Facebook’s all-at-once and all-in-your-face, he, and every other owner in the league, is busy co-signing cookie-cutter apology letters (change the string “Wizards” to “Lakers,” for example, and you have the letter Los Angeles fans received). However, the time to apologize is almost over.
If the lockout continues into Saturday, you can cross out the NBA preseason. After that, the season isn’t far behind–if the NBA doesn’t threaten to cancel the entire season outright. Many players have signed overseas, most recently Kobe Bryant, while players like Dwyane Wade can make more money off-court, through sponsors like Gatorade, than on-court. The risk of a rival player-based league forming doesn’t seem terrible given the low turn-out during Impact Basketball’s Las Vegas stint. However, that’s why Las Vegas doesn’t have a pro team. Fans, nationally, certainly have interest in exhibition style play.
By tonight we should know whether or not there will be an NBA preseason, and maybe even whether there’ll be a season at all. After that, likely more of the same. Waiting, a meeting, more waiting. Stay tuned.
Crittenton released on bond
Former Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton was released Tuesday on a $230,000 bond, thanks in part to Crittenton’s former Georgia Tech coach, Paul Hewitt, who spoke on Crittenton’s behalf. Hewitt now serves as coach of George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.
Crittenton became wanted by the FBI in August for the drive-by shooting of 22-year-old Julian Jones, who was shot at from a black SUV said to be rented in Crittenton’s name just hours prior to the incident. Jones, a mother of four, died as a result of the gunfire.
Singleton works jumper, strengthens game
Entering the 2011 draft, Chris Singleton, a junior out of Florida State, was criticized for his poor shot selection and efficiency. While critics disliked his offensive game, Singleton was noted for his defense, something Washington desperately needed at the wing–and in general. But while the Wizards need a lock-down small forward to control such weapons as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, they also need to score. Luckily, Singleton wants to prove critics wrong. Singleton’s swagger will be important for the rebuilding Wizards franchise, as Washington has finished in the bottom ten for points per game over the last three seasons, which, believe it or not, is worse than their points allowed record over the same stretch.
Over the last three years, the Wizards have failed to accomplish a 30-win season. They need a little help everywhere. Their worst drought, as a franchise, began in 1991, as the Washington Bullets failed to accomplish a 30-win season over a four-year stretch. A three-year stretch followed post-name change in 1998. However, Michael Jordan joined the team in 2001, and the Wizards prevented a franchise-worst tie.
Wall leads Wizards in NBA 2K12
According to a leak, John Wall, who posted an overall score of 82 in the upcoming edition of NBA 2K12 (assuming there’s an NBA season this year), leads all Wizards. Next up is Rashard Lewis at 74 overall. Check out Bullets Forever for the full list.
Video game stats are superficial at best, and even a poor player, based on in-game ratings, can play big, because, quite frankly, it’s a video game. However, a grade is a grade. Last year, JaVale McGee Tweeted about his low dunk score in NBA 2K11, which attracted quite a bit of media attention. Also getting the media’s attention? All of the game freezes and bugs associated with 2K Sports games. Unfortunately, 2K is the only console-based basketball franchise in competition, because in terms of stability, they don’t even deserve the bench.