Trevor Ariza throws away inbound pass with 6.1 seconds remaining (GIF)

Trevor-Ariza-bad-passThe Washington Wizards had the type of epic meltdown on Sunday night that typically costs a team its season. At one point, it looked like the Wizards were on their way to evening things up with the Indiana Pacers as they opened up a 19-point lead. Instead, the wheels fell off and Indiana now has a commanding 3-1 series lead.

After blowing a 19-point second half lead, the Wizards still had a chance to send the game to overtime. They were trailing by three but had the ball beyond half court with 6.1 seconds remaining. However, Trevor Ariza threw a lousy inbound pass that deflected off Bradley Beal’s hand and was tracked down by Paul George.

It was a very fitting end to the night, as the Wizards really didn’t deserve to win and George went off for 39 points. He also tied a Pacers franchise playoff record with seven made 3-pointers.

John Wall also passed up a wide open 3-pointer with less than a minute left and Washington trailing by three.

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James Harden rubs his beard on Trevor Ariza (Video)

Trevor Ariza James HardenNow this is just plain weird. After the Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards on a last-second layup by James Harden Wednesday night, Harden appeared to wipe his beard on Ariza’s chest.

Was Harden doing that in a disrespectful manner? Was that his answer to Ariza talking some trash after the game? That’s my guess. Harden sort of flopped on Ariza to draw a foul with four seconds left and then made a free throw to pull the Rockets within one. That game-changing call meant Harden could drive to the rim for a two instead of heaving a three for the win.

Whatever the motivation, yuck. I’m sure that beard’s full of cobwebs, bread crumbs and bits of candy, not to mention all the sweat from just playing a full game. Nice James, real nice.

H/T Michael Lee

Trevor Ariza Throws an Elbow at DeMar DeRozan in Frustration

While most sports fans were busy focusing on week 14 of the NFL season, there were a few NBA games going on. In one, the Cavs beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City and LeBron James went into the stands to grab a french fry from a fan. In the earliest game on the schedule, the Raptors spanked the Rockets in Toronto. The game was pretty much a blowout from the start and Trevor Ariza’s putrid shooting performances didn’t help matters. Ariza went 0-9 from the field and 1-2 at the line, giving him one point in the game midway through the third. At that point, Ariza’s frustration got the best of him. Check out his reaction as he throws an elbow at DeMar DeRozan:

Let me see if I can add things up here: you’re frustrated that you’re having a cold shooting game, and then a rookie pokes the ball away from you and steals it so your natural reaction is to throw an elbow? Why is that, is it DeMar DeRozan’s fault that Trevor Ariza and the Rockets were stinking? Ariza should know better than to behave like this. Maybe a one game suspension will remind him of the type of sportsmanship the NBA expects of its players.

$28 Million Doesn’t Show Trevor Ariza that Lakers Appreciate Him

I really don’t understand what the appeal is with being an agent. Sure, you get a percentage of a multi-million dollar contract, but you also come out looking like the jerk. Take baseball’s version of the devil, or Scott Boras if you will. The guy wanted to use Jorge Posada’s contract as a baseline for Jason Varitek’s new deal, and that for a catcher who barely hit a C minus GPA. Well Trevor Ariza’s agent’s comments regarding the Lakers’ negotiations with the free agent were quite humorous:

In particular, Ariza and his agent weren’t thrilled by the Lakers’ annual offer of $5.6 million over an unspecified number of years. Ariza, 24, was hoping for $7 million to $8 million a year.

“All we’re looking for is little appreciation for what Trevor has done,” Lee said Wednesday. “I don’t think they believe Trevor is serious about leaving, and that’s too bad. I didn’t think we’d be in this situation. I am disappointed and surprised by what I thought would be some feelings for the people who have given you everything they’ve got.”

Don’t even get me started on a team that ends up paying 7 or 8 million a year for a guy who’s nice defensively and at-best a fourth option on offense because he just developed an outside shot. Yes Ariza was a valuable piece in the Lakers winning the championship but 7 or 8 million? That’s a little much, wouldn’t you say? Given the climate of contracts, I’d say the mid-level exception is more than a fair offer showing plenty of appreciation. And last I checked, a good starting point was for the player to average more points per game than money he’s requesting in salary per year … just saying.