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13
Oct
10

Arenas Fakes Injury For Young, Gets Fined

By Jesse Jones

In the first preseason game in Washington for the Washington Wizards, it was reported that Gilbert Arenas would not play because of a knee injury.  In his place, Nick Young started against the Atlanta Hawks.

However, Wednesday, Arenas told the media that he does not have a knee injury, but instead he faked the injury so that Young could start.  “I told [Young] I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we’re going three guards,” Arenas said.  “So I told him I’ll go and fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me so you can start.”

Young took full advantage of this opportunity, as he scored 24 points on 10-14 shooting, including 4-7 from three, and 2 steals.  Along with 19 points and 7 assists from John Wall, the Wizards would win the game 107-92.

The move ultimately came with consequences for Arenas.  Head coach Flip Saunders has fined him an undisclosed amount.  Arenas still expects to play Thursday, in what would be his first game back in action in D.C.

Although Arenas lied and was fined, I don’t see this as anything major.  Arenas put the team first, which people have always wanted him to do, and by doing this, allowed Nick Young to show what he can do and after his performance last night, Young’s confidence has had to have risen.

And let’s not forget, this is a preseason game, it doesn’t mean much.

30
Sep
10

Move Backfires on Ravens

By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens cut Trevor Pryce yesterday to make room for Ken Hamlin this week, and it was widely believed by the organization that they would bring him back by Tuesday after talking to his agent.

Well, so much for that.  Pryce signed with who else but the New York Jets today, following his former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

The news was broken by Terrell Suggs on his Twitter account (@untouchablejay4) saying, “kinda sad 2day. my boy trevor pryce signed wit the JETS!!!!! happy for him but would rather he be on my team!!!!!”

Well Baltimore…how does this make you feel?

29
Sep
10

New Look Gilbert

By Jesse Jones

Don’t expect the fun-loving, always playing around personality from Gilbert Arenas this year.  Expect a new look, new number, and new personality from Arenas.

On media day, the Arenas showed up with a beard, switched his jersey to number 9, and had the facial expression that lacked the comical personality most of us have become used to.  When asked why he had no smile throughout the session, Arenas said that he only wants to smile on the court.

Apparently not everybody believed this response, so when he was asked whether he was happy or not, Arenas responded, “I’m very happy.  In the past, I used to show happiness on the outside. There’s no need to do that anymore. Now I can just play the game the right way and play with my passion, and that’s really the focus.”

Head coach Flip Saunders said that Arenas is more focused and serious now, and that showed as he was the first one to pass Saunder’s conditioning test.

Arenas’ media session was cut short, so to find out what his beard was all about, reporters turned to Nick Young.  Young said the beard is a bet between the two, and his part of the bet is to grow an afro.

Yes, the Wizards are in a rebuilding mode, and with the new superstars on the Heat, and the Magic still being a championship contender, don’t expect anything great this season from the team.  But there is a lot of optimism surrounding the team this year, and the playoffs are a reachable goal.  Gilbert Arenas seems to know this, and is changing the way he approaches the game.

29
Sep
10

Ravens Release Pryce

By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens have released veteran defensive end Trevor Pryce.  Pryce has been with the team since 2006, but has seen his role diminish this season after losing his starting spot during last season to Dwan Edwards.

This move meant that Baltimore could make room for another player, and they did just that by bringing back recently released safety Ken Hamlin.

Coach John Harbaugh said that Pryce will definitely be back, and he could even be back next week.  His locker was not cleaned out.

It’s hard to fathom why the team released a defensive end and signed a safety when they are heading to Pittsburgh this weekend, a team that is run first and has Charlie Batch playing quarterback.  Cory Redding is also out with a concussion, which adds another element as to why the move happened this week.  However, Terrence Cody believes this will finally be the weekend he makes his NFL debut, and Paul Kruger, the second-year defensive end/linebacker who had the game-winning interception in overtime last year against the Steelers, is looking for his first action of the season too.  Look for these two young players to perform at a high level this weekend.

24
Sep
10

Arenas Not To Talk About Guns, Wizards Get New Unis

By Jesse Jones

Gilbert Arenas met with NBA Commissioner David Stern Tuesday to discuss Arenas’ standings with the league and his future.

Stern told Arenas he is in good standings after all the heavy prices he has had to pay, and that he is excited that Arenas is back.  But that was not the only thing Stern had to say.  Stern told Arenas not to mention anything about his gun scandal last season to the media.  “I said, ‘You know what Gilbert, I just want to tell you, I’m delighted to have you back, you’ve paid a heavy price, but you’re in good standing and, as far as I’m concerned, you should be talking only about the future and not about the past. And if anyone asks you why, you can say the commissioner told you,’ “ Stern told Arenas.

You can’t blame him for not wanting the past brought up can you?

In other news, the Washington Wizards will be changing their colors, and possibly their logo.  The team is under the new ownership of Ted Leonsis, who also owns the Captials.  So it should not be a surprise that the team is switching it’s colors back to the red, white and blue of the Bullets days.  The change will take place in the 2011-2012 season.  A name change has not been reported yet, even though there has been widespread calling to go back to the Bullets or get away from the Wizards, but a change in colors and uniforms is one step closer.

24
Sep
10

Ravens, Kindle Reach Agreement

By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens will be without their first pick from this year’s draft, Sergio Kindle, the entire season after fracturing his skull before training camp.  However, this did not stop the team from signing Kindle to a one-year deal that is worth $320,000, the standard rookie salary, Thursday.

Kindle has been placed on the Reserve Non-Football Injury list and will have to sit out the whole season.  He is still optimistic he will be able to play next season, but since it is a brain injury, only time will tell.

Kindle flew into Baltimore Friday to sign his contract and address the media.

23
Aug
10

Webb Off PUP

By Jesse Jones

Just as training camp ends, the Baltimore Ravens received good news when they learned that cornerback Lardarius Webb was taken off of the Physically Unable To Perform list.

Webb has been practicing with the team now, but mostly doing individual drills.  According to BaltimoreRavens.com writer Mike Duffy, Webb does not seem hesitant to do any cuts or backpedaling.

Coach John Harbaugh has not said whether or not Webb will be back for any of the two remaining games this preseason, but the fact that he Webb is off the PUP is a good sign, and could mean that he’ll be ready to play in the season opener September 13.

Reed Happy With Progress Of Hip

In Saturday night’s win, Ray Lewis was asked about Ed Reed’s status.  He said that he was not exactly sure, but said that Reed is happy with his progress.

These are two more stepping stones to the Ravens’ secondary getting healthy, as corner Fabian Washington is already back in action, starting in the Ravens win over the Washington Redskins last Saturday.




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