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Tilting at Windmills

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February 11, 2006
By: Amy Sullivan

BASKETBLOGGING: WEEKEND EDITION....There are truly few things that can make me as happy as a good basketball game. Last night we saw the Wizards beat the Cavaliers 101-89 in a less-competitive-than-expected match-up. It was my first time watching LeBron James and although I'm not disputing that he's incredibly talented, he was awfully human last night. LeBron shot a respectable 18 points but was 6 for 23 on the night and bricked half his shots. His shot was definitely off all night, but he was also contained by the much-maligned Wizards defense, which actually stopped him from driving the lane most of the game.

On the other hand, our belatedly-appointed All-Star Gilbert Arenas had an excellent night, coming just two rebounds short of a triple-double. He was joined by a hot Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, who saved the night by answering a couple of key three-points by Cleveland late in the game. That scoring trio is definitely starting to gel, and although I'm still annoyed that it took Eddie Jordan so long to get Butler into the starting line-up, I'd rather have them taking off in the second half of the season than the first. With this win over the Cavs and previous victories against the Spurs, Pistons, Phoenix, and others, the Wizards have racked up wins against every contender except Miami.

Final note from the game: Gilbert Arenas may be the only NBA player who wears low-tops. Yep, that's right--he runs around the court in regular Adidas low-top sneakers. Go figure.

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I'm still annoyed that it took Eddie Jordon so long to get Butler into the starting line-up

No doubt it irritates him that you can't spell his name properly.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim on February 11, 2006 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Amy,

Do appreciate B-Ball threads - However, could you also post an explanation about "The Dems have a leadership problem" round robin with Lou Dobbs this past week?

Posted by: thethirdPaul on February 11, 2006 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Amy Sullivan wrote:

With this win over the Cavs and previous victories against the Spurs, Pistons, Phoenix, and others, the Wizards have racked up wins against every contender except Miami.

Yet, for some strange reason, they are seventh in the Eastern Conference, barely over 500...WIZARDS IN THE FINALS, BAY-BEE!

Not.

The Pistons, on the other hand...

Posted by: grape_crush on February 11, 2006 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

What sort of explanation?

Posted by: amy on February 11, 2006 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

Eddie Jordon

Amy, did you spend much time on the USENET basketball forums in the past?

I ask because that mis-spelling of 'Jordan' was a staple among those who didn't like Michael Jordan when he was playing. The mis-spelling drove the MJ fans nuts, without fail.

Posted by: stranger on February 11, 2006 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

oh boy, more amateur comments about midlevel unimportant nba play. that's what i love about this blog.

Posted by: Jones on February 11, 2006 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Amy, you are not old enough to have seen a good basketball game in the NBA. We haven't had one of those since the 80's...

Posted by: Eric H on February 11, 2006 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Halfway around the world, the most highly trained athletes are engaging in their quadrennial competition to win a gold medal. They are unpaid, yet they risk life and limb in dangerous events like ski jumping and giant slalom. Some events, like cross country skiing, are so strenuous that only a handful of people in the world can compete at this level.

Meanwhile, a bunch of overpaid showboating wannabe-gangsters threw a ball through a hoop.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on February 11, 2006 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

Hmm... I see charlie's never played competitive basketball, or probably competitive sports. If you can compete in anything at a professional level, you're a damn marvel, I don't care what sport it is, or what you think of the stereotype of the players in the league.

Anyways, Amy, about Gilbert Arenas, I've always wondered how tall he actually is. He's listed at like 6-1, 6-2, I think, but on TV he looks tiny. I wouldn't put him much above 5-10. Can you clear this up for me?

Posted by: matt w. on February 11, 2006 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

Quick, Matt, what's the stereotype of Olympic ski jumpers? Biathlon competitors? Bobsled and luge?

The amateur athletes of the Olympics are in it for the sport. Most Winter Olympic sports have no professional leagues. But the NBA is in the entertainment business, just like Pro Wrestling and Roller Derby.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on February 11, 2006 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Yawn.

Posted by: Doofus on February 11, 2006 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

But the NBA is in the entertainment business

There's a reason they're 'only in it for the sport.' Who's gonna pay to see a Bobsled League or a Figure Skating League?

And skiing and snowboarding have no entertainment connection at all, right?

Posted by: stranger on February 11, 2006 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Good to see comments at a liberal blog stereotyping black professional athletes as wannabe gangsters. I'm feeling the love.

I read that Gil sleeps four hours a night and is sometimes at the MCI center practicing starting at 5 in the morning. It was absolutely classic that a guy who has played with a chip on his shoulder for his whole career because he fell to the 2nd round just got snubbed again, for the all star game (sub or not). One more piece of motivation.

Posted by: Austin on February 11, 2006 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

When did I ever refer to black athletes? There are plenty of caucasian wannabe-gangsters in the NBA, it's pretty much a job requirement, regardless of race.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on February 11, 2006 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

Meanwhile in DC, fans of actual basketball look forward to seeing George Washington, Georgetown, George Mason, and Maryland in the NCAA Tournament.

Posted by: artpepper on February 11, 2006 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

geez, it sure has gotten reactionary round these parts of late.

Thanks Amy for giving the Wiz some much deserved love. Hopefuly our "wannabe gangstas" can ride this momentum deep into the playoffs.

Posted by: WillieStyle on February 11, 2006 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

The term BasketBlogging was, I believe, first coined by the .

Can a brotha get a hat tip?

Posted by: Birkel on February 11, 2006 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

Meanwhile in DC, fans of actual basketball look forward to seeing George Washington, Georgetown, George Mason, and Maryland in the NCAA Tournament.
Posted by: artpepper on February 11, 2006 at 5:57 PM

And don't forget those Maryland women, coming off a thrilling overtime win over previously unbeaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Hope Amy makes it over to Comcast to see this young, talented team play.

Posted by: Vincent on February 11, 2006 at 11:35 PM | PERMALINK

High-tops supposedly offer significant ankle support, which I've never found to be the case. In the case of a really severe sprain, they may turn a mild "rolled" ankle into a much more painful and longer-rehabbing high ankle sprain. Moreover, what we consider high-tops aren't true high-tops that lace above the ankle but "mid-tops, which only go up to (wait for it) mid-ankle. Over the last 30-odd years, basketball shoes have gravitated towards mid-tops. Besides, most players who need serious ankle support either tape their ankles or use a molded plastic support like Active Ankle, which render hightops useless extra weight. Props to Arenas for keeping it real.

Other greats who went low:
*Before he gained 100 pounds and the nickname Orca, high-flying Shawn Kemp would occasionally wear low-tops, Adidas I believe.
*Before the Phoenix trade, Charles Barkley's Air Spectrum shoes were true low-tops. His later shoes with Nike never went much higher.
*Clyde Frazier used to wear blue and orange lowtop suede Pumas (identical to the kind which the Beastie Boys popularized among hipsters about 10 years back), which I would kill to buy today, as did at least a few other stars of the 70s (Dan Issel springs to mind, and possibly Bill Bradley).

Posted by: Adam M on February 12, 2006 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Charlie...people don't like the Olympics because they are lame. Sorry, but it's true.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on February 13, 2006 at 12:18 AM | PERMALINK

You still have time to jump on the Suns bandwagon.

Posted by: Hostile on February 13, 2006 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

There's nothing remotely respectable about LeBron scoring 18 - sheesh - do you know anything about basketball? That's close to HALF his average.

6-for-23 means he was sick, injured, or hungover. The Wiz defense would get p3ned by a Lebron-possessed-of-all-faculties.

Sheesh.

http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Scoring.jsp

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