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John Wall should stick to basketball.

The Nationals won their seventh game in a row as they took down the Orioles (eight today). John Wall threw out the first pitch and my goodness, it was awful. Possibly one of the worst throws I have ever seen.

Here was the exchange between MASN announcers F.P. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter:

“That was a bounce pass. That was fine,” Santangelo said.

That was horrible,” Carpenter countered.

Yep, sure was.

Also of note: The Nationals are in sole possession of third place in the NL East. Don’t think I’ve ever said that before.

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JaVale McGee to go beserker in dunk contest.

While the NBA dunk contest has certainly lost its luster over the past decade, it’s always fun to see who will be in it and then watch the highlights because I’m definitely not actually going to tune in.

This year, that may change. The Wizards JaVale McGee will be one of four contestants along with the Clippers Blake Griffin, the Bucks Brandon Jennings, and the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. That lineup sounds downright appetizing. Yes, appetizing.

McGee is a rising young star on the Wizards roster and despite not making Team USA over the Summer, he is also one of the rising stars on the national scene. He is one of the better shot blockers in the league and his dunks are similarly powerful to that of dunk contest opponent Griffin. With his size and athleticism, there is no doubt McGee will be able to bring home the dunk crown to DC for the first time ever.

Also of note: Chris Webber will be McGee’s coach. That should be fun.

After the jump, some of McGee’s best dunks, and maybe a few questionable ones.

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Can you teach me how to dougie, John Wall?

Proving his ankle is not a problem, John Wall put away his signature dance in lieu of hitting the dougie. Oh yeah, he also scored 29 points, pitched in 13 assists and got nine steals in the Wizards 116-115 overtime win vs the Sixers. Welcome to DC, young man!

I be like Wall, hey, can you teach me how to douge?

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Basketball is basketball and Arenas deserves to stay in Washington.

The Washington Wizards are a new team with only a few pre-scandal players still on the roster. John Wall is now the leader of this team, JaVale McGee is a rising star and Ted Leonsis is now the owner of the franchise. That’s what we should focus on, right?

Nope. Gilbert Arenas is, and it’s not for the reasons when he was the star of this franchise.

He came to media day sporting a scruffy beard, a subdued demeanor and not a hint of a smile. It’s obvious that Agent 0 is a changed man. He no longer wears his trademark “0,” shedding the nickname he embraced from his rags to riches days.

He’s number 9 now and still deserves your attention.

“I lost all feeling a long time ago,” Arenas told reporters. “Basketball is basketball.” He couldn’t be more right. It’s no longer what takes place off the court, it’s what he does on it. That’s what truly needs to matter now.

Arenas was crucified by the DC media and fans for the incidents that ignited a firestorm last season, but now he is back and Wizards fans may be forced to embrace him.

And you should too because people deserve second chances, especially when they’ve paid the price for their mistakes.

I was one of the people that tore apart Arenas for the decisions he made, but he served his time and understands the consequences of his actions. He spent time in prison and a halfway house, something a large majority of the population cannot even fathom. The drama is gone and this is a new organization but Arenas is still here. So what’s the problem? There is none.

Redemption is the key word in this instance and Wizards fans need to give him a shot at it.

Arenas is under contract until 2014, though many expect him out the door before then. Even Arenas has said he expects it.

“Teach John [Wall]the ins and outs of the game and then eventually go on and move on, and I’m on my way,” Arenas said after the Wizards preseason win against Dallas.

I don’t expect that to happen largely because of the three major story lines I mentioned at the top of this post.

Wall is taking over the point guard position this season, forcing Arenas to shooting guard, a spot critics have said he’s too small for. While he won’t be as effective moving out of the way, he can still contribute like the elite player he was before the injuries and suspension.

He won’t just be mentoring Wall, but the rest of the team, including McGee. You could argue that no one in the league has seen more and gone through as many ups and downs as Arenas. In any situation, Arenas can mentor and he doesn’t necessarily have to do it in front of the media so we won’t be able to evaluate the impact he will have on the team.

Leonsis is an owner who can and has embraced Arenas. I’ve said time and time again Leonsis is the best owner in sports and I don’t doubt his ability to help the once-troubled star.

Forget the psychoanalysis of Arenas and think about the statistics. Forget the character criticisms and think about the benefits he can have on a young team. His teammates like him and now all that matters is what he does on the court. Let’s embrace Arenas again and stop crucifying a player that has paid his price.

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Leonsis: “I’m gonna re-do everything.”

The fan experience at Verizon Center will drastically change under Leonsis.

Since Ted Leonsis took over as owner of the Wizards and the Verizon Center, DC sports fans have been clamoring for change. Known as a man of the fans, Leonsis has already spoken up about change not only on the court, but also within the Verizon Center as well.

It’s obvious that Leonsis wants to put championship banners in the rafters of the Phone Booth, after making the decision to take down the Mystics attendance banners, but he also wants changes to the way DC sports fans take in the game in the Chinatown arena.

The king of transcribing radio shows, Dan Steinberg is the provider of all quotes within this post.

Leonsis promised hundreds of changes saying, “I’m gonna re-do everything.”

That includes the overall experience of how fans will take in Wizards games. That means turning down the music and chant starters. Thank you.

Another idea brought to the table is dimming the lights not on the court to make the atmosphere more like the legendary Madison Square Garden. I have not witnessed a game in person at MSG, but from others who have, it makes the court feel more like a stage with the spectators more like audience members at a play.

One of our personal favorites is the cup-holders proposed at urinals in the mens bathrooms. Apparently many fans have complained about the lack of a place to put their beers (not sodas apparently) while taking a break from the action on the court. Clearly, Leonsis has his priorities straight. No, seriously, that wasn’t sarcastic at all. It sounds like a fantastic idea.

“So they go to the bathroom and they put their beer [cups] in their mouth,” he said. “Isn’t that great? See that image in your mind’s eye. We’ve literally been putting little ledges over the urinals so that people can put their cups, right? We know that sounds [funny], the ketchup sounds funny, building a little cup holder over the urinals, but we’re gonna do hundreds of those kind of things, so the experience is great and it improves and fans know we listen to them.”

Is this change we can believe in, or another dirty Washington scam?

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JaVale McGee is slamtastic.

Nothing more needs to be said if you watch this video of JaVale McGee absolutely annihilating a defender in the a summer league game against the Hornets.

The five games have shown the building blocks are there with John Wall and McGee, among others, playing incredibly well.

McGee was named to the All-Tournament team while Wall was named MVP.

So will we finally have something to look forward to next season?

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“Welcome to DC, John Wall” video is all kinds of awkward.

Just to put this out on the table, the John Wall dance is one of the dumbest things dances I’ve ever seen. No one looks cool doing it, not even Mr. Wall himself. With that being said, I’m glad John Wall was drafted by the Wizards and so are a lot of other people. I guess that’s why they put the above video together.

This video, though, is all kinds of awkwardness. You’ve got a bunch of random people and area athletes doing the dance on video, which usually adds up to exactly what we got in this video: weirdness.

Which is why I posted the video and took screen grabs throughout it. .gif’s would obviously be able to show the awkwardness better, but this is what I’ve got, so no complaining. Special appearances from Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Donovan McNabb, Adam Dunn, Ted Leonsis and Alex Ovechkin!

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