Never fear, I’m back to regular posting.
It was a busy week for the Washington Wizards. Midnight Madness officially kicked off the 2010-2011 season, Ted Leonsis was fined $100,000 in record time, and the first preseason game of the year is just a few days away.
Midnight Madness was all the news on Tuesday. NBA TV even broadcasted the event for the national audience to see. Here were my observations:
- The Wizards looked extremely sloppy. Considering it was the first practice of the season (and an informal one at that), I’m not ready to throw up any caution flags though. The scrimmages were more to get the fans excited, not to actually work on anything to improve the team.
- That still doesn’t excuse Kevin Seraphin’s performance. I counted at least two clear-cut airballs on close jumpers. His form is beyond ugly. No one who airballs more than once in a scrimmage deserves much hype. I really, really hope the Wizards stash Seraphin on their bench or send him to the D-League. I think he’s the least game-ready player on the roster.
- Gilbert Arenas looked fantastic. His game was silky-smooth and effective. I want to stay on the side of caution though. It seems like for the past three or so years, Wizards fans have been raving about how Arenas looks so much better entering the season. I want to see it before I believe it this time around.
As for Ted Leonsis’s $100,000 fine for speaking out about a possible change to the salary cap setup, I wouldn’t put too much stock into it. Leonsis will not be another Mark Cuban–he has a proven track record in the NHL.
And the biggest news yet? Washington opens up the preseason October 5 against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Should be a great early test for the young Wiz against an established Western Conference contender.