Last week the Spurs dropped a hell of a teaser on their official website. Rather than pimping the kind of softball interviews or rosy recaps that usually populate online team hubs, San Antonio put together an incredible instructional video series, with Matt Bonner starring as a video mentor. The preview in itself was promising, but the actual three-part video, which dropped today, is even better than anyone could have dreamed. There is absolutely nothing else for me to add, other than the fact that this video (remember, soak in all three segments) is required viewing for all denizens of this corner of the internet, and that Matt Bonner — in no small part due to the efforts of The Basketball Jones crew — is quickly climbing the ranks of the NBA funnymen.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.