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Kevin Durant thinking about going to Wizards?

Kevin DurantKevin Durant is a long way from home with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The reigning NBA MVP grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., where he was a kid rooting for the Washington Bullets and Wizards.

Has Durant ever considered playing for his hometown team?

After a training session with USA Basketball on Tuesday, Durant gushed about LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland to try to help the Cavaliers win their first championship.

“He thought about the city where he comes from, about Northeast Ohio and how he can affect so many of the kids just being there playing basketball. I love that,” Durant said. “So many guys get criticized for making the decision that’s best for them, instead of what’s best for everybody else. He’s a guy that did that. You gotta respect that. I applauded him, I texted him and told him congratulations on the decision and told him I was happy for him. As a fan of the game, it’s going to be pretty cool to see him back in Cleveland.”

While Durant said he is completely committed to the Thunder and reminded reporters that he has two years remaining on his contract, he stopped short of ruling out a return to D.C.

“Look, we going to put it out on tape,” Durant said. “It’s been talked about. Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City, [and] I love it here. Who knows what will happen? I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now, so I can’t answer that question.”

The major difference between LeBron and Durant is that LeBron won two championships before returning to Cleveland. If Durant still doesn’t have a ring when his contract with the Thunder is up in two years, he’ll probably sign with the team that gives him the best chance to win a title.

The unofficial Wizards Gone Fishin’ picture is splendid

Wizards Gone Fishin'

Thursday’s NBA playoff games were televised by ESPN, which sadly meant there was no “Gone Fishin’” photo for the Washington Wizards upon their elimination from the postseason. Thankfully my man @nick_pants stepped up and delivered the gem seen above.

Keep in mind that this is just an unofficial Wizards Gone Fishin’ picture and that the actual one will be revealed by TNT on their next NBA telecast, but that doesn’t mean we can’t gush over this splendid work of art.

Look at John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Nene, and Bradley Beal enjoying themselves aboard the Easy Rider. Each of them clutching a couple of fish with some real Wizards in the background. Solid work.

By the way, my man @Nick_Pants is just killing the Photoshop game. If you’re on Twitter and looking for someone fun to follow, make sure you add him if you’re not already. The guy is just a Photoshop wiz.

Drew Gooden, Jordan Hill ejected during Lakers-Wizards fight (Video)

Drew-Gooden-Nick-Young-fightA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards briefly turned ugly on Friday night, and the end result was several technical fouls and two player ejections.

Wizards forward Drew Gooden and Lakers guard Nick Young got tangled up while fighting for a rebound with roughly two minutes remaining in the game, and Gooden yanked Young’s arm and looked like he was trying to tear it off. Gooden lost his balance and fell to the floor, and Young went over to confront him.

Young gave Gooden a mild shove before Wizards big man Marcin Gortat came over to prevent the situation from escalating. Lakers forward Jordan Hill took exception to Gortat’s involvement, so he shoved Gortat and put him in a bear hug.

“(Gooden) ended up falling,” Young explained after the game, via the Washington Post. “I ended up getting my adrenaline going and it was over after that. I felt like that was uncalled for right there.”

Gooden and Hill were both assessed Flagrant 2 fouls and ejected from the game. Young also picked up a technical but wasn’t tossed. The Wizards went on to win 117-107, as a sad Lakers season got even sadder.

John Wall in favor of Wizards becoming Bullets again

washington-bullets-logoFrom 1963 to 1997, the team we now know as the Washington Wizards had a different nickname. They were the Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, and finally the Washington Bullets before adopting their current name.

Over the past few years, fans have suggested the franchise go back to being the Bullets numerous times. At one point, team owner Ted Leonsis was reportedly open to the idea. But, given the decision to do away with the name was centered around its association with violence, it’s hard to see such a change happening.

Connotation aside, the Washington Bullets logo was a fairly popular one and has a fan in point guard John Wall. When speaking with Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the All-Star mentioned his fondness for the old logo compared to the current one.

Never say never, but it’s unlikely we’ll be referring to Washington’s basketball team as the Bullets for anything more than throwback purposes anytime soon.

Wizards mock Miami Heat fans with ‘Bandwagon Cam’

Wizards-Heat-bandwagon-cam

Is there anything more embarrassing than looking up at the arena video board and realizing you have been selected for the “Kiss Cam?” President Obama would probably tell you that it doesn’t get more awkward than that, but I bet the Miami Heat fans who were featured on the “Bandwagon Cam” on Wednesday night would disagree.

As Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog discovered, the Washington Wizards mocked fans who were wearing Heat gear by showing them on the “Bandwagon Cam” during the team’s surprising 114-97 victory over LeBron James and company.

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Nene says young Wizards need to get their heads out of their butts

Nene WizardsThe Washington Wizards fell to 2-6 on the season after dropping a game in San Antonio 92-79 on Wednesday night. Nene was especially frustrated after the loss, not just because his Wizards were blown out in the fourth quarter, but because of the difference he saw between the teams’ approaches.

The veteran big man doesn’t think the Spurs have more talent than the Wizards, but he believes they play the game the right way — with a team mentality, rather than as a bunch of individuals who want stats.

“They kicked our butts in the most classy way — playing the right way,” Nene vented after the loss, via the Washington Post. “It’s crazy, that’s what makes me mad. Our young guys think they’re so smart. But if I was young, I would watch video of that game for one week to see if I could learn something, because the way they play is how you’re supposed to play.

“They not talented as us,” he continued. “They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of this.”

The Wizards haven’t won in San Antonio since 1999, so a win wasn’t exactly expected. But when you see a team beat you that badly and in that manner, it opens your eyes.

As for Nene’s assertion that the Wizards have more talent than the Spurs, I disagree with that. But all teams could stand to benefit from approaching the game similar to the way the Spurs do.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman rips reporter who compares team to circus

randy-wittmanWith a record of 26-44 and only 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Washington Wizards have secured themselves a sub-.500 record for the sixth straight season. There has been some improvement since the team’s last playoff appearance in 2008, but the Wizards drafted John Wall with the first overall pick in 2010 and have yet to take the next step.

That doesn’t mean you can go around comparing head coach Randy Wittman’s team to a circus. In fact, WUSA’s Kevin Jones learned on Monday that doing so will earn you more than an earful from the second-year coach. After referencing how the circus was in Washington D.C. over the weekend, Jones asked if Wittman is relieved that the Wizards — who have won seven of their last 10 — are “no longer a circus.”

“You didn’t seriously just ask me that question, about the (expletive) circus being in town?” Wittman asked furiously, via CSNWashington.com’s J. Michael. “Are you (expletive) me? You called this organization a circus at one time. So I’m not going to answer that question.

“I’m part of the damn circus. It’s not a circus around here. … I don’t want to hear that no more. That’s disrespectful.”

Jones later tried to explain his motivation for asking the question, insisting that he was just joking with Wittman at a bad time.

As this NFL coach can tell you, many people do not respond well when their teams are compared to the circus. Jones was trying to have a little fun with Wittman and compliment the team for turning things around to close out the year, but the joke clearly didn’t land. Now he knows for next time.

Thanks to DC Sports Bog for sharing the story