All Wizards Games to be Carried by CSN

This afternoon Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and the Washington Wizards announced that CSN would carry all of the team’s 82 regular-season games (72 on CSN and 10 on CSN Plus) and three preseason contests.

CSN went on to announce that its game day broadcast crew would remain intact with the return of play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz, analyst Phil Chenier and sideline reporter Chris Miller.  This will mark the 15th season that Buckhantz and Chenier have worked together.  Ron Thompson will also return to provide analysis on Wizards Postgame Live which will be hosted by Chris Miller.

We will see how many of the 85 games will actually be broadcast due to the continuing NBA lockout.

Wizards Rookies Attend NBA Orientation

John Wall and Trevor Booker are in Tarrytown, NY to participate in NBA’s Rookie photo shoot.  The players will move to New York City as  part of the NBA’s orientation week for incoming first-year players.  It is unclear if Hamady N’Diaye or Kevin Seraphin participated in Tuesday’s photo shoot, but Kevin Seraphin had hoped to have his work visa in time to participate in the NBA Rookie Transition program.

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The Rookie Transition program is typically a six-day seminar which began in 1986.  The objective of the program is to help the new NBA players make a seamless transition into the league.  The NBA and NBAPA jointly administered program typically covers a wide range of topics including:
Professional and Life Skills

  • Computer Training
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Professionalism/Networking

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What will we be able to take from Yi Jianlian’s performance in the FIBA World Championship?

Many Wizards fans are paying special attention to the performance of Yi Jianlian leading up to the FIBA World Championship.  The goal is to get a sense of how his game has improved and how that might translate into helping the Washington Wizards this season.  In the vein, a few in the press and blogosphere, have already begun to analyze his early performances in the tune-up games.

When analyzing Yi’s performance it is important to balance his on-court performance with a couple of key facts that impact each game:
New role: Alpha male versus role player
The 2010 Chinese National team is without its most famous player, Yao Ming, who retired from international play.  As a result, Yi is being asked to step up from a role player and take on the leadership role with his team.  Much to his credit, Yi has taken on the burden and responsibility for leading his team.  However, it is important to point out that this is a role that he has never held at this level of play.

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Unofficial Wizards 2010 Summer League Roster

Slowly a few teams are beginning to publish their 2010 Summer League rosters.  As I am writing this, the Wizards are not yet one of those teams.  However, unofficially, the roster seems to be taking shape.

Please note that the majority of this list was compiled by Scott Schroeder @ Ridiculous Upside.  As this is an unofficial list it is subject to change.  [Updated on 7/7/10 based on reporting by the Post’s Gene Wang]

PG – John Wall, Jerome Randle, Sun Yue, Cedric Jackson Abdulai Jalloh

SG – Cartier Martin, Eric Hayes, Jon Scheyer (via @draftexpress) Lester Hudson

SF – Raymar Morgan, Kyle Spain, Kevin Palmer, J.P. Prince

PF – Trevor Booker, James “Boo” Jackson, Michael Sweetney

C – JaVale McGee, Hamady N’Diaye, Aaron Pettway

According to the Post’s Michael Lee, the Wizards Summer League squad will be without PF Kevin Seraphin who continues to recover from a knee injury.

As it stands this team has a nice mix with JaVale McGee getting some work during the summer; a couple of 2009/10 Wizards trying to earn a spot on the team (Cedric Jackson and Cartier martin), newly drafted Wizards (Wall, Booker and N’Diaye), DLeaguers looking for a shot (Michael Sweetney and Boo Jackson) and finally undrafted free agents.

Clearly, I like everyone else is looking forward to our first chance of seeing John Wall, Trevor Booker and Hamady N’Diaye play for the Wiz – even if it is only the Summer League.  So setting that aside, I am probably most intrigued by Sun Yue.  Since my days growing up idolizing Magic Johnson, I have been fascinated by big Point Guards.  And while the only thing that I will claim that Sun Yue has in common with the greatest Point Guard ever (IMHO), is his height 6’9”.  Nevertheless I am intrigued.  In 2007, he was drafted in the second round by the Lakers but was left overseas until 2008.

During an interview, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the following about Yue:

“I spoke to Kobe last week, because Team USA played against China and Kobe said that he knew who the guy was. He said he was competitive and feisty and he did not back down. I know that he’s athletic enough. I like his size, I like his skill level. I think he’s a ball handling guard at 6’8″. Those are all positives, but he hasn’t played at this level and I think he’ll show well, but the NBA is a different game. He’ll face challenges he hasn’t faced before, but I don’t think he’ll back down. I think he’ll embrace the challenge and at the end of the day if the guy is good enough after 28 days of training camp (and pre-season), we’ll know it and he’ll make the team. It’s not something that will be ferreted out in a week or 2, maybe some guys will know in a week if they’re good enough, but if you’re with the team for 28 days, we’ll know and he’ll know too (if he’s good enough).”

Ultimately, the Lakers waived him in 2009.  When the Lakers waived him, Mitch Kupchak said that given the talent currently on his team, he did not feel that Yue would get any playing time.  He was picked up very briefly by the Knicks in 2009.  Sun Yue has played for his national team, and in both the ABA and NBDL.

Yue strikes me as a perfectly intriguing player, one that a team should provide with an opportunity during the Summer League.  It is not very often that you can take a peek at a 6’9” 212 lbs true PG, who can also potentially play SG or SF.  However, Yue’s overall athletic ability, strength and outside shooting touch were his main drawbacks when he first tried to break into the league – all very substantial concerns.  This is the perfect place to attempt to get a feel for how hard he has been working on those deficiencies.  If he has, then this could be his opportunity to earn an invitation to the Wizards (or some other team’s) training camp.

When looking at the undrafted free agents, I am probably most intrigued by the competition that will likely develop between Maryland’s Eric Hayes and Duke’s Jon Scheyer.  In many respects they are identical players and while the Wizards will need players who can hit open threes, I don’t think that either will ultimately make the team.  It will be interesting to see them both battle to earn an invitation to training camp this fall.