We are slaves to our technology — when it goes bad we feel like we’re back in the middle ages.
Or in the case of the Verizon center in Washington Tuesday night, the 1970s NBA.
The arena’s main scoreboard was malfunctioning, as were the 24-second clocks over the basket at both ends. And the buzzer.
So they brought out some old school on-the-floor 24-second clocks for baseline, and they brought in a scoreboard for the ground in front of the scorer’s table with time and score (see photo). Officials used an air horn to buzz guys in and out of the game. Mike Prada of Bullets Forever was tweeting about it.
On the television broadcast you don’t notice too many differences — the bug on the corner of the screen still has the constant score and time. And in the arena there are scoreboards along the sides that certainly were not around in the 1970s.
Still there is a bit of a throwback feel to the arena for this game. Too bad it wasn’t retro uniform night.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
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.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
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.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.