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wall ushers in a new day for wizards

(AP photo) “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day … and I’m feeling good.” – Michael Buble If you woke up Friday morning with that song in your head, it’s safe to assume you were tuned in to the NBA Draft last night as the Washington Wizards took their first step in the right direction by selecting Kentucky point guard John Wall with the top pick. Unlike Kwame Brown, the team’s last number-one overall selection, Wall can actually play. […]

a decade of mediocrity

(photo by Jared Wickerham) Losing seasons have been the norm for D.C. sports fans, as the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards and Nationals have won just 1,165 out of a possible 2,673 games in recent history. Thankfully, the influx of young talent with franchise players such as Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg and John Wall means that brighter days are ahead for our nation’s capital. Or at least that’s the story we’re telling with our weekly column over at SB Nation DC. Click […]

wizards finally win at something

(courtesy photo) There is a god. Sure, other places have enjoyed a Basketball Jesus or Jesus Shuttlesworth, but the closest the Washington Bullets/Wizards have ever gotten to immortality was some bum named God Shammgod. After years (and years and years) of slipping on the proverbial banana peel, the downtrodden Wizards have finally stumbled their way into a small sliver of good luck. Call it the Ted Leonsis Factor. Everything that guy touches turns to gold. Yes, this team was 26-56 […]

new-look wizards worth watching

(photo by Ned Dishman) It’s so simple it really shouldn’t even have to be said – the point of sports is to win. Forget about overbearing parents who don’t keep score and want every kid to get a gold star. Those people suck at life. The reason people play sports is to win. If we’re talking about team sports, then the goal is to win championships. And one thing we can all agree on is that the Washington Wizards – […]

dark days ahead for wizards

(photo by Ned Dishman) “We weren’t winning as many games as we wanted to win, and I thought it was time to go in a different direction.” – Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld. The trade deadline has come and gone and the Wizards team we are now left with is radically different from the team we’ve gotten used to over the last couple years. If Gilbert Arenas somehow manages to ever play another game in D.C., he’ll no doubt […]

what we’re reading

(courtesy photo) The new-look Washington Wizards will take the court tonight at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it looks like one of the new guys might not see action. Word is that forward Drew Gooden, the guy who has been on eight teams in eight seasons, would like to negotiate a buy-out of his contract so he could go to a team that might win something. Speaking of the big trade: the Dallas Mavericks were 17-2 against the Oklahoma […]

what would auerbach do?

(photo by Brian Murphy) Years ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was fortunate enough to have lunch with Red Auerbach, the legendary architect and mastermind behind the Boston Celtics. During this occasion, Leonsis took the opportunity to ask Auerbach for his advice on how to handle star players. This seemed like a wise decision, considering his lunch buddy earned a combined 16 NBA championships as a coach, general manager and team president of the Celtics. Leonsis must have figured he […]