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Former Loyola F Etherly receiving Draft attention

Posted on 09 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Etherly Named Alternate For Portsmouth Invitational

 

BALTIMORE – Just two weeks after concluding his collegiate career at Loyola University Maryland, forward Erik Etherly has been selected as an alternate at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

 

Known as The “PIT”, the event is the only postseason camp that is open to college seniors only. It is used by NBA and European scouts as a proving ground for future professional players.

 

As an alternate, Etherly will attend The PIT but is not yet guaranteed a spot on a team.
Etherly was a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team member, earning the honors in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 as Loyola won a combined 47 games and advanced to the postseason in consecutive season for the first time in the program’s Division I history.

 

This season, Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game in 30 contests, helping the Greyhounds to a 23-12 record and berth in the CollegeInsider.com  Postseason Tournament.

 

He earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row, the first Loyola player to do so.

 

Etherly earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications in December 2012 and then scored his 1,000th career point weeks later in a January game at Fairfield. Over the final seven games of the regular-season, he had five games with 22 or more points, including three in a row with 23-plus.

 

The native of Alexandria, Va., finished his three years at Loyola – he transferred to the Baltimore school in 2009 after playing his freshman season at Northeastern University – with 1,245 points, 669 rebounds, 140 assists, 121 steals and 114 blocked shots.

 

Loyola won 62 games in the three years he was on the court, and Etherly leaves the school as the No. 20 scorer in program history. He also finished 10th in both rebounds and steals and fourth in blocked shots.

 

This 2013 PIT will take place April 10-13 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Northern Trust Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Pacific Palisades, CA), Champions Tour ACE Group Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from Naples, FL on Golf Channel), ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Yarralumla, AUS on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Clemson @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN3.com), Maryland @ Virginia (Sunday 5pm from Charlottesville, VA live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour SAP Open (Saturday 4pm & 11:30pm Sunday 6pm from San Jose live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Gavin Rees (Saturday 10:30pm from Atlantic City live on HBO)

10. Mumford & Sons (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Patriot Center); Big Head Todd & The Monsters (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Crack The Sky (Sunday 4:30pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Tim Reynolds & TR3 (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Brian McKnight (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Center Stage); Little Big Town (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Anthony Hamilton (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Soul Asylum (Tuesday 8pm State Theatre); Pentatonix (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); the virginmarys “King of Conflict” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Can’t think of a bigger no-brainer than Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” having won Album of the Year at the Grammys. In fact it was such a no-brainer I was certain it would be messed up…

The name Tim Reynolds doesn’t jump out at you? Maybe this will help.

I honestly dig Little Big Town a lot. But nothing they’ve done has ever topped their debut…

The virginmarys were the last really cool band I heard in 2012. I will need this record.

9. Royal Comedy Tour feat. Sommore, D.L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce & Mark Curry (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Seth Myers (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University Owings Mills Gym); Mike Epps (Friday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Nick Offerman (Friday 8pm & 10:30pm Warner Theatre); Larry The Cable Guy (Saturday 5pm & 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); A Good Day to Die Hard” out in theaters (Thursday); Skyfall“, “The Sessions” and “The Man With The Iron Fists” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s Valentine’s Day plans (Thursday)

As you know, my Valentine’s Day plans don’t change much from year to year, even if I’m now celebrating as a soon-to-be married man. I put on a little D’Angelo, grab some massage oil and then head DIRECTLY to this…

It’s called “romance”, kids. Get in on it.

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Grunfeld Taking a Wiz on D.C.

Posted on 19 December 2012 by Brett Dickinson

Ernie GrunfeldAfter watching and following the Wizards for the past several years, only one thing comes to mind. To quote the great Vince Lombardi, “what the hell is going on out here?” No team can be more infuriating in this massive media market, than the basketball team in D.C. It all starts and finishes with one man, who has torpedoed the franchise from a consistent playoff team to the garbage that witnessed at the Verizon Center in China Town.

Luckily for Ernie Grunfeld, Michael Jordan took over another flailing franchise, or talks across the NBA would consider the Wizards one of the worst teams in the history of the game. Yet, Grunfeld returned to D.C. for another season of empty seats and an even emptier effort on the court. Now may be it is the beloved owner, Ted Leonsis’, fault for trying to instill the same ideals that have made the Capitals so relevant and successful in the NHL for such a long stretch.

This is the NBA, where building through the draft, as noble as it sounds, does not work for 90% of the teams and championships are won through free agency and buying superstars. And in a top 5 market, with a team that has a deep pocketed owner and the luxury of a fan base extending from Virginia to Maryland, spending money shouldn’t be a problem. But even if the youth movement was the goal for this team, Grunfeld completely threw that philosophy out the window with his ineptitude. He has done a halfway decent job selecting role players but it if weren’t for the luxury of picking in the top 3, two out of three seasons, this roster would have no one to build upon. John Wall can become a star but is hindered by the team around him. Bradley Beal was the best pick for this team, but what if the Bobcats took him instead, one pick before? Which role player would be riding the bench for the Wizards right now? The point is, Grunfeld has never had a good draft and only selected Wall and Beal because they were handed to him.

You can’t build through the draft with a GM that cannot draft talent.

Let’s start from the beginning to realize where and why the D.C. demise has come about. Gilbert Arenas really screwed things up, not just for his gun toting locker room antics, but his balky knees and massive contract he stole from Mr. Leonsis’ pockets. Arenas gave little for his contract and was soon on his way out of the Capital, once John Wall was drafted. But that also coincided with Grunfeld convincing everyone in the organization that the young core of Nick Young, Andray Blatche and Javal McGee would develop into a formidable starting roster.

To build a team around the dumbest three players is not only idiotic in itself but egotistical and irresponsible. Basically, Grunfeld fed Wizards fans hot dog water and presenting it as French Wine. Now they have all been moved, and even though the moves removed three cancers from a locker room, the return makes no sense, what so ever.

They received absolutely nothing for Nick Young to the Clippers or Blatche to the Nets; literally. But the big mistake was reprising McGee for Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza’s massive contracts, depleting the most valuable chip the team had; cap room.

James HardenFinally, and the last straw for a General Manager that makes a living of destroying a team and basketball fan base, was the move, or lack thereof, this offseason. Yahoo Sports reported that Grunfeld turned down an offer which included, No. 3 draft pick, Bradley Beal and last year’s top pick, Chris Singleton from the now Rockets star, James Harden. Now Beal could become a star but is more likely to be Alan Houston instead of Ray Allen (which many have compared him to). But we know what Singleton is (a decent defensive player off the bench) and we now know what James Harden is; a legit star that is carrying a Houston Rockets team to the playoffs. Not to mention he, along with his sweet man beard, is marketable and could rebuild an excitement at the Verizon Center. Harden is probably the third best shooting guard in the league (behind Kobe and Dwayne Wade) but was not worth two unproven Grunfeld draft picks.

Here at WNST Nestor started the initiative to “Free the Birds” from the Peter Angelos reigns. Well I’ll be the first here to say it is time to “Free the Wizards” from the ineptitude that is Ernie Grunfeld’s tenure. This story will continue with a look towards the future coming soon.

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Bovada gives Birds 25/1 odds to win 2013 World Series

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win the 2013 World Series

Detroit Tigers                                         6/1

New York Yankees                                7/1

San Francisco Giants                             10/1

Texas Rangers                                      12/1

Washington Nationals                            12/1

Los Angeles Angels                               12/1

Philadelphia Phillies                               14/1

St. Louis Cardinals                                 14/1

Cincinnati Reds                                     14/1

Atlanta Braves                                       14/1

Los Angeles Dodgers                             18/1

Tampa Bay Rays                                   20/1

Boston Red Sox                                    22/1

Arizona Diamondbacks                           25/1

Baltimore Orioles                                   25/1

Milwaukee Brewers                                25/1

Oakland Athletics                                  25/1

Chicago White Sox                                28/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                                  30/1

Toronto Blue Jays                                  35/1

Seattle Mariners                                    40/1

Miami Marlins                                        40/1

New York Mets                                      40/1

San Diego Padres                                  60/1

Minnesota Twins                                    66/1

Chicago Cubs                                        75/1

Cleveland Indians                                   75/1

Colorado Rockies                                   75/1

Kansas City Royals                               75/1

Houston Astros                                      150/1

 

 

 

NBA Odds

 

“The huge trade with James Harden going to Houston no doubt will improve the Rockets but maybe not to the extent some people expect and in turn their win total jumped up by 3 from 30.5 to 33.5 , while the Thunder were less impacted dropping slightly from 59.5 to 58.5. Our Championship odds have not changed too much over the course of the last few weeks but some trendy teams seem to be the Nuggets whom we lowered from 66-1 to 33-1 and the 76ers have taken quite a bit forcing us to move them down from 50-1 to 33-1.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

2012-2013 Regular Season – Total Points Per Game – James Harden (HOU)

Over/Under                                21.5

 

2012-2013 Regular Season – Total Points Per Game – Kevin Martin (OKC)

Over/Under                                14.5

 

2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Wins – Houston Rockets        

Over/Under                                33.5

 

2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma City Thunder

Over/Under                                58.5

 

***First odds for all of these are the current odds, any changes are to the right of the current ones. This is for the Championship and Conference odds. Teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds, and teams in black are unchanged. The Divisional odds are new. 

 

Odds to win 2013 NBA Championship

                                                Current                        On 10/9/12

Miami Heat                                9/4                                11/5

Los Angeles Lakers                   11/4                              5/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/2                               

San Antonio Spurs                     12/1                              18/1

Boston Celtics                           14/1                              18/1

Chicago Bulls                            18/1                              14/1

Los Angeles Clippers                 25/1                             

Brooklyn Nets                            28/1                              30/1

Indiana Pacers                           30/1                              35/1

Denver Nuggets                         33/1                              66/1

Philadelphia 76ers                      33/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     35/1                 

New York Knicks                       35/1

Dallas Mavericks                        40/1                              33/1

Atlanta Hawks                           75/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             100/1                            75/1

Utah Jazz                                  100/1

Portland Trailblazers                   125/1                            100/1

Golden State Warriors                150/1                            125/1

Houston Rockets                       150/1                            75/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       150/1                            125/1

Orlando Magic                           150/1                           

Cleveland Cavaliers                    200/1

New Orleans Hornets                 200/1                            150/1

Phoenix Suns                            200/1                            150/1

Detroit Pistons                           250/1                            200/1

Sacramento Kings                     250/1                            200/1

Toronto Raptors                         250/1                            200/1

Washington Wizards                  250/1                            200/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      500/1


Odds to win the 2012 – 2013 NBA Eastern Conference

Current                        On 10/9/12

Miami Heat                                4/7                                5/8

Boston Celtics                           7/1                                8/1

Chicago Bulls                            15/2                              11/2

Brooklyn Nets                            12/1

Indiana Pacers                           14/1

New York Knicks                       16/1                              14/1

Philadelphia 76ers                      16/1                              18/1

Atlanta Hawks                           35/1                             

Milwaukee Bucks                       66/1                              60/1

Orlando Magic                           75/1                              60/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                    100/1                           

Detroit Pistons                           125/1                            100/1

Toronto Raptors                         125/1                            100/1

Washington Wizards                  125/1                            100/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      200/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NBA Western Conference

Current                        On 10/9/12

Los Angeles Lakers                   13/10                           

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/5

San Antonio Spurs                     6/1                                17/2

Los Angeles Clippers                 11/1                              12/1

Denver Nuggets                         15/1                              33/1

Dallas Mavericks                        18/1                              16/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     18/1                              16/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             45/1                              40/1

Utah Jazz                                  45/1                             

Portland Trailblazers                   66/1                              60/1

Golden State Warriors                66/1                              60/1

Houston Rockets                       75/1                              40/1

New Orleans Hornets                 100/1                           

Phoenix Sun                              100/1                            75/1

Sacramento Kings                     100/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Atlantic Division 

Boston Celtics                           11/10

Brooklyn Nets                            17/4

New York Knicks                       7/2

Philadelphia 76ers                      7/2

Toronto Raptors                         50/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Central Division  

Chicago Bulls                            10/11

Indiana Pacers                           10/11

Milwaukee Bucks                       22/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                    50/1

Detroit Pistons                           50/1 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Southeast Division          

Miami Heat                                1/25

Atlanta Hawks                           10/1

Orlando Magic                           50/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Charlotte Bobcats                      150/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/9

Denver Nuggets                         6/1

Minnesota Timberwolves             30/1

Utah Jazz                                  30/1

Portland Trailblazers                   40/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers                   2/7

Los Angeles Clippers                 3/1

Golden State Warriors                30/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1

Sacramento Kings                     75/1

 

Odds to Win the 2012 – 2013 Southwest Division         

San Antonio Spurs                     4/7

Memphis Grizzlies                     3/1

Dallas Mavericks                        7/2

Houston Rockets                       25/1

New Orleans Hornets                 50/1

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Olympic Hoops Age Limit Not As Stupid As It Sounds

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Olympic Hoops Age Limit Not As Stupid As It Sounds

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

In his near 3 decades as NBA Commissioner David Stern has at times been misguided, conspiratory, overbearing, greedy and contemptuous but rarely has the commissioner been stupid. Still, as Kobe Bryant surmised as much in assessing Stern’s desire to limit NBA participation in the Olympics to those 23-years old or younger, many seem to agree that the commissioner’s idea is stupid.

The United States never took kindly to losing in the international game, and in 1992 set out to prove their dominance on the world stage despite the fact that said dominance was already universally acknowledged. The result was the Dream Team and the 20 years of basketball history that has followed. The US while no less dominant is no longer the lone source of NBA talent, and the NBA has benefited immensely from the influx of global superstars to their ranks.

 

It’s probably safe to say now though that the Dream Team era has run its course and the excitement of seeing the NBA’s best on the Olympic stage has dampened. The NBA’s global reach is constantly growing as foreign-born players in the league’s ranks continue to compel new eyes to the game. It’s probably safe to assume that the risk/reward equation that the NBA once embraced in an effort to gain international exposure is now upside down and as a result the league is rethinking their growth philosophy.

 

One other thing has changed since the 1992 Dream Team. When the Dream Team was conceived, the NBA and the Olympics were both the broadcast property of NBC. Surely the NBA had a lot less issue with offering up their talent (essentially donating it) to the crown jewel sports property of their own broadcast partner than they do now, as the NBA has moved to ABC and recently agreed to stay there through 2016. Safe money suggests that ABC can’t be altogether happy about paying premium dollars to broadcast NBA games then watching the best talent compete for free while making money for rival NBC in the Olympics.

 

Now that the NBA has reached global status, it’s time to take another step forward. If you’re looking for a model to follow in growing a game worldwide look no further than FIFA and the world’s soccer scene for an ideal path to follow.

 

International soccer teams don’t send their best to the Olympics. They send very good players, but the best are reserved for World Cups and the like where FIFA stands to make the lion’s share of the money. Make no mistake; putting an age limit on Olympic participation is only step one for the NBA. The logical step two would be to create their own international tournament, own it, and pocket the money rather than providing talent to NBC and the Olympics. That’s not stupid.

 

Also, if the NBA limited its players, from all countries, from participating in the Olympics after age 23 it would only further stack the Olympic deck in favor of the US which still enjoys a seemingly endless supply of young talent, while other countries with less NBA players to begin with would lose most of their top end talent to the age limit.

 

From a competitive standpoint, the US would likely continue to shine while the rest of the world takes big steps back. From a US interest standpoint, it might be fun to see younger, more excitable, more anonymous players showing and proving on the international stage instead of the same collection of talent we see year after year at the All-Star game. There are some (myself included) who would much rather watch the rookie/sophomore game than the actual All-Star game on the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

 

Here’s my 12 man, 23 and under roster for the US this year. Not bad.

 

Notable Players Left Out for Injuries

 

Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin

 

The Bigs

 

Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe, Anthony Davis

 

Swing Forwards

 

Kevin Durant, Evan Turner, Gordon Hayward

 

Guards

 

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jrue Holliday, Brandon Jennings

 

Notable Players Left Out

 

Tyler Zellar, Derrick Favors, Kenneth Faried, Al Farouq-Aminu, Kawai Leonard, Terrence Jones, Derrick Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilcrest, Thomas Robinson, Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker, John Wall, Jeremy Lin, Brandon Knight, Eric Gordon, Paul George, Josh Selby

 

 

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Has the Media Changed the Landscape of Free Agency in Modern Sports?

Posted on 05 July 2012 by andrewtomlinson

If you are a hockey fan, then you have probably been following the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise story for the last week. What has been fascinating is despite the two players not being superstars, when they signed it seemed as if the teams who did not get them had lost out on this generation’s version of Wayne Gretzky.

While both players are extremely good, could the shear amount of discussion and media “buzz” about the two have created a perceived value higher than what it truly is?

Hockey isn’t the only league where we have seen solid players become perceived superstars through the buzz of media. Steve Nash is a very good basketball player, but I highly doubt he is going to put the Los Angeles Lakers over the top. No one would know that if they checked Twitter though, with people saying he makes the Lakers practically unstoppable. Now people would still be fantanical when it comes to moves like the one for Nash, but I highly doubt it would reach the levels we are currently at in the days before Twitter, Facebook and instant access to radio.

Any owners and general managers who says they do not pay attention to “the noise” on social media sites and large news networks is straight up lying. It is hard not to listen to the noise, since it is everywhere, but at the same time they truly would not be very good at their jobs if they did not gauge what their fans’, their true customer, demands and wishes were. Too often though, it seems the people creating the buzz about players seem to condem the owners and general managers who don’t listen to them.

It is fascinating to me to see pundits and members of the media eliminate NHL teams from the playoffs and crown others Stanley Cup Champions just because of a few signings. You would think after what we saw with Nnamdi Asomugha last year and how many crowned the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champions with his addition, sports media personalities would learn from their mistakes. Yet, it seems every year a big free agent signing can cause analysts to go bonkers over some guy they themselves talked up.

Take a look at Prince Fielder and his signing with the Detroit Tigers for instance. People started calling him the best younger hitter in baseball and a better free agent target than Albert Pujols. Sure, he may have out hit Pujols early on this season, but look at where the Tigers are in the standings, below .500, and the Angels, in position to have one of the Wild Card spots. Sure, Mike Trout might have something to do with it, but the underlying theme is the big singing of Fielder isn’t making the Tigers a World Series lock like many predicted in January and it isn’t because Fielder has played poorly. Instead, it is because one player can only have a limited impact.

Much is the same with Parise and Suter, while talked up on Twitter, they aren’t going to guarantee Minnesota a Cup. Now is the interesting part of free agency where we truly test this media affecting free agency theory. With the media darlings off the board, who do they talk up next? Is it former Capitals left-wing Alexander Semin, or could it be someone like Shane Doan? Regardless, it will be interesting to see who gets the most buzz over the Internet, airwaves and through the “noise makers.” If the hot name is signed to a huge deal, even if he probably doesn’t deserve the money spent on him, it will be hard for anyone to say media isn’t influencing the way team’s spend their money.

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Joe Johnson vs the Nets

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What Joe Johnson to the Nets Means For The Wiz

Posted on 02 July 2012 by Jesse Jones

Joe Johnson vs the Nets

Joe Johnson has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade superstar shooting guard Joe Johnson to the now Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams and former Wizard DeShawn Stevenson, along with a future first round pick.

My initial reaction: The Nets are serious about getting better now. But, we all knew that since they’ve been in contention for Dwight Howard for the past year.

Let’s break down what the trade meant for both teams.

The Nets get Johnson to go along with Gerald Wallace. If Deron Williams decides to stay, the Nets will have three All-Stars in their starting lineup, and quite frankly, that’s it. They now have no cap space left to trade for Dwight Howard, as all three players have max contracts. Brook Lopez is a free agent so there is no guarantee that he’ll be back next season. Even if Lopez comes back, the Nets now have no depth, especially in the front court.

Having three All-Stars is certainly a nice thing, but depth is so key in the NBA, in fact any professional sport.

The Hawks and new general manager Danny Ferry got rid of Joe Johnson’s huge contract, and appear to be in rebuilding mode with the team also trading Marvin Williams. Why they are rebuilding, I have absolutely no idea since they’ve made the playoffs the past five years, but it’s clear they are.

In return for a superstar, Atlanta now has expiring contracts of bench players and not one starter, except Stevenson because of his defense. The future first round draft pick is certainly a plus, but for right now, it seems the Hawks want to undergo a face lift.

So what does this mean for the Washington Wizards?

The Wiz Kids, who have a promising team this season, have an even better chance now to make the playoffs. The Hawks will have trouble keeping up with Miami and Orlando (if Howard stays). With a veteran front court, a young, speedy back court, and a coach that the team wants to play for in Randy Whitman, the Wiz should be good enough to finish second or third in the Southeast Division, depending on of course what happens with Howard in Orlando. They are certainly better than the Bobcats and Hawks now, but they are far away from competing with Miami for first.

With the Hawks transitioning from a playoff team to a rebuilding team, look for the Wizards to be in contention to make the playoffs, finishing anywhere from sixth to eighth place.

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Time for Professional Athletes to Grow Up, Starting with Dwight Howard

Posted on 01 July 2012 by andrewtomlinson

News leaked out yesterday that the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard requested another trade to the Brooklyn Nets and then filed a grievance with the players association claiming he was duped into taking his player option, yet again showing many professional athletes need to understand they cannot always have it their way.

In the real world, when you sign a contract you honor it or risk breaching it. There is really no way around it. A person with a regular job never has the ability to turn to their boss and say “I don’t want to be here, trade me to our direct  competitor.”

Why then, should it be just be normal for athletes to be able to do it?

Howard needs to learn there are consequences to his actions and when the going gets tough he just cant decide to turn and run. Part of being an athlete is commitment to excellence, but also to your contract. Players demand trades all the time, but it is always a sore sport, for me at least, as it is selfish.

We often hear how professional athletes area only worried about themselves and don’t care about anybody else. There are the few exceptions, like Curtis Granderson and Terrelle Suggs, but in large part a lot of pro players seem to back up their biggest critics. Especially in the NBA, where players are often looked at as money grubbing divas. Howard, despite everything he might try to do now, will always be the guy who whined his way out of a bad situation and that should be unacceptable.

It is no secret the Magic are not a good team. Yet, Howard only has one year left on his contract and it is not like he is anywhere near retiring. He is in the prime of his career and is still productive. If he really wanted to go to the Nets, the world would have much more respect for him if he just signed the contract he thought he deserved after next season when his tenure is finished in Orlando.

Almost everyone has worked a job they don’t like in their lives. Working a bad job is part of being a member of the professional community. Whether it is food service, retail, business or something else, most red blooded Americans have suffered through a painful few years to help them get where they want to be in life. Athletes shouldn’t get a free pass on having to suffer through tough situations just because they are talented. Talent is great, but it does not excuse someone from being a decent person and employee.

Howard needs to take a good look in the mirror and figure out whether he wants to be an upstanding person and better teammate, or someone who wants to be remembered as a quitter. Essentially, demanding a trade out of Orlando, is nothing more than quitting on your teammates and fans. Quitters never win and it is a mentality that seems to follow them everywhere. It is weird to say, but Howard should take a lesson from Lebron James’ book. James didn’t love his situation in Cleveland, but honored his contract finished his tenure and went to Miami and won a championship.

It is weird to say, but James is more honorable as a person than Howard is right now and made a more mature decision. That should strike a chord with Howard and make him change his tune and grow up.

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Locals Barton, English selected in NBA Draft

Posted on 28 June 2012 by WNST Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers selected guard Will Barton out of Memphis (Lake Clifton) with the 40th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

The Conference USA player of the year last season as a sophomore, the 6-foot-6 Barton averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds.

The Blazers also took point guard Damian Lillard out of Weber State with the sixth pick and 7-foot-1 center Meyers Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th overall selection Thursday.

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Twitter Power Rankings

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Twitter Power Rankings

Posted on 28 June 2012 by ryanhiken

If you aren’t on twitter, you aren’t shit.  Just kidding, well, actually I’m not.  If you are a big sports fan and you like to be in the loop there are certain people you just have to follow on twitter.  This is the twitter power rankings, Volume 1.

1. Darren Rovell or @darrenrovell

Mr. Rovell is currently employed by CNBC and has a show called Sports Biz.  Rovell tweets about the business aspect of sports.  He tweets about every sport, all types of athletes and their potential to earn by marketing themselves.  He is the master of fun and random facts.  For example, earlier today Rovell tweeted that Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of the New Orleans Hornets tonight will be making 62,735$ per game in his rookie season.  Then he followed that tweet up by saying that Davis is going to purchase a white on white Bentley, which will cost him roughly 15% of his rookie salary.  Rovell is the first to report which athlete has just signed a new endorsement deal.  ESPN recently reached agreement with Rovell to lure him away from CNBC and join the world wide leader in sports.  If you don’t know who he is now, you will soon.  If you are on twitter, Rovell is a must follow.

2. Todd Fuhrman @ToddFuhrman

Fuhrman is pictured on the left

Fuhrman is bookmaker at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Fuhrman is insightful and has an interesting perspective as a bookmaker.  Fuhrman works at one of the largest and most respected sports books in the country.  Fuhrman tweets about what it takes to successfully win as a gamble and what it is like to be the house at a sports book.  Fuhrman’s insight allows you to look at sports from a different angle.  His knowledge of all types of sports and his interesting factoids are endless.  Fuhrman is also very interactive with fans and gamblers.  He answers questions and is very friendly.  Todd Fuhrman is very underrated, he currently has a little over 14,000 followers, but you should definitely add to that.

3. Chad Johnson @ochocinco

Chad Johnson, Chad Ochocinco, or whatever it is you want to call him is hilarious on twitter.  He interacts with fans, hes uncensored, honest and very funny.  Its just Chad being Chad.

4. Adam Schefter @Adam Schefter

If you like football, you already know who he is and you are probably already following him.  He is ESPN’s top football reporter, he works on NFL Live and NFL Sunday Countdown.  He is the first on twitter to report all football news.

5. Bill Simmons @sportsguy33

Bill Simmons used to write for ESPN.com and now he writes for his own website Grantland.com.  He is very funny and has interesting and insightful tweets about the NBA, MLB and the NFL.  He is very pro Boston and also makes lots of pop culture references.  If you like sports and you like to laugh this is your guy.

 

 

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