Archive for July, 2010

30
Jul
10

Washington OK To Practice, Foxworth Tears ACL

By Jesse Jones

Just as one cornerback gets the clear to practice, another goes down for the Baltimore Ravens.

Fabian Washington, who had a season-ending ACL tear last year, came into camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.  Yesterday, he was taken off and is now ready for practice.  But there’s always a catch isn’t there.

And now for the terrible news.  Starting corner Domonique Foxworth tore his ACL Thursday in an orientation practice.  He is out for the year.  Newly signed veteran Walt Harris will need to step up in Foxworth’s place while Lardarius Webb is still recovering from his ACL injury last season and GM Ozzie Newsome finds another veteran to sign.

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29
Jul
10

Wizards Decide To Keep Howard

josh howard

By Jesse Jones

There was a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Washington Wizards would keep small forward Josh Howard to a one-year contract.  They decided to keep him.

The move makes sense, as Howard is a proven player in the league and can definitely help the Wizards, but he comes with some questions.  Howard is coming off of a knee injury that can potentially keep him out for the beginning of the season, despite talk that he is ahead of schedule and will be back by October.  Howard does not have the cleanest slate either.

But Howard’s game cannot be put aside.  He has averaged 15.3 points and 6 rebounds throughout his career, including three games with the Wizards last season.  He is also 78% from the free throw line in his career.

By keeping Howard, the Wizards starting line up should look something like this:

  1. John Wall
  2. Gilbert Arenas
  3. Josh Howard/Al Thornton
  4. Andray Blatche
  5. JaVale McGee

Kirk Heinrich, Trevor Booker, and Nick Young are not bad bench players either.

Overall, keeping Josh Howard is a big plus for the city of Washington.

29
Jul
10

Possible Cause Of Kindle Fall

By Jesse Jones

Sergio Kindle, who will miss all of training camp and cannot travel for atleast three weeks due to a fractured skull, has been in contact with former Texas coach Mack Brown.  And Brown believes he knows what caused Kindle to fall down two flights of stairs.

Brown said that narcolepsy might have been the cause for the fall.  Narcolepsy can be defined as a chronic sleep disorder, or dyssomnia, characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness. Narcoleptics usually experience disturbed nocturnal sleep and an abnormal daytime sleep pattern, which is often confused with insomnia.

Before the draft, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun made it known that Kindle takes medication for narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Disorder.

26
Jul
10

Sergio Kindle Hospitalized

By Jesse Jones

Sergio Kindle, the first-overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s draft, has been hospitalized in Texas after falling down two flights of stairs.

Kindle had swelling inside of his skull after the accident, which was the reason for being hospitalized.  Kindle is doing well though, and it is believed that he will make a full recovery.  The timetable for his return is still unknown.

Because of the injury, Kindle is missing the first day of training camp, today, as all rookies are reporting early.  He remains unsigned.

The rest of the team reports July 30.

21
Jul
10

Rock Reggae Revival

The Dirty Heads

By Ben Linton

Way back in the ’70s, a man named Robert Nesta Marley  brought the reggae scene to a whole other level with his rocksteady grooves and sweet, simple melodies. He made the whole world “get together and feel alright.” His impact on future musicians would be immense, as many would fuse their own styles with the skanking rhythms heard on Marley’s songs.

In the ’80s, artists like The Police and The Clash flirted with reggae fusion, but this genre didn’t real start to take shape until the ’90s when artists like Sublime, 311, UB40, and No Doubt all had a very present reggae element in their music.

Now that movement is being resurrected by a bunch of new artists. Bands like Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, The Expendables, Passafire, and Rebelution have helped keep the torch lit for this genre. You can now add the Dirty Heads to that list, as they may become the most popular band of all. With only one album to their names, the Heads have made Billboard history, by becoming the first independent label artists to have a number one song at alternative radio stations for 11 weeks in a row.

Any Port in a Storm (Deluxe Edition)

“Lay Me Down” featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome, is the hit that has topped the charts and brought The Dirty Heads to heights never imagined for the Southern California band. The song is number one on both alternative and rock charts in the United States, the first time in history a band from an independent label has done so.

The Dirty Heads have already reached a level that other reggae/rock bands have not with only just one album to their credit, showing how much potential this group has. DH has multiple styles that make them very unique, their debut album Any Port in a Storm has many rock, reggae, ska, hip hop, and dancehall components that show the band’s talent to blend all these genre smoothly into one sweet sound. The band’s core sound lies in rapper/singer Jared Watson and guitarist/singer Dustin Bushnell. Songs like “Neighborhood” and “Hip Hop Misfits” are more edgy hip-hop songs, where Jared Watson reminds one of the Beastie Boys and Eminem. On songs like “Believe” and “Driftin’,” Bushnell takes over and shines with his bluesy guitar licks and catchy chorus melodies.

Believe


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The whole rock/reggae scene seems to be on the rise lately, and The Dirty Heads may just be the band to pave the way. The band has already had huge success, and the best is yet to come for these guys. Check this band out if you are lacking a good summer soundtrack.

19
Jul
10

Wall Is Most Outstanding Player

By Jesse Jones

John Wall has been named the Las Vegas’ Most Outstanding Player. Wall led all players with 23.5 points and 7.8 assists in the four games he played in. He had two double-doubles, and scored a huge 18 points in the third quarter against the Hornets that gave the Wizards a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. His leadership was felt immediately, and his quickness and athleticism stunned the crowds.

Congrats John Wall. Keep the hype coming.

19
Jul
10

Wizards Split Last Two Of Summer League

By Jesse Jones

Friday night the Washington Wizards were looking to improve to 4-0 in the NBA Summer League against the New Orleans Hornets.  And what a wild game it was.  After being down 13 at the half, John Wall had an insane quarter, scoring 18 of his 31 points (Game Changer!) to help bring the Wiz back into the game.  The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, and it came down to the final shot.  With 2.2 seconds left, Craig Brackens hit a three to put the Hornets up 89-88.  But then, Lester Hudson hit the game-winning bucket that gave the Wizards the 90-89 win.  Wall finished the game with 31 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  JaVale McGee finished with 29 points and 8 rebounds.  Check out the last seconds of the game:

The following afternoon the Wizards were trying to keep all the momentum from the buzzer-beater win, and go for a perfect 5-0 record against the New York Knicks. However, the team would have to do it without John Wall and JaVale McGee, the two best players so far for the team. The game was a thriller, and had to go into overtime. In the end, the Knicks won the game 109-107 behind Leo Lyons’ 21 points. The Wizards had very solid performances from multiple people. Cartier Martin scored 24 points, Lester Hudson scored 19 points and had 9 assists, Kevin Palmer had 21 points, and Trevor Booker had 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Overall, the Washington Wizards 2010 NBA Summer League campaign was a huge success.  The team finished with a record of 4-1, saw great things from John Wall and JaVale McGee, and saw very good things from players competing for roster spots, such as Cartier Martin.

The excitement around the team is growing, and there is definitely much promise in the young talent.  Now the hard part will come, as Flip Saunders determines who to keep, and who to cut.




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