Posts Tagged ‘Martell Webster’

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

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NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re all glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

Down Goes Gortat

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’ve been on the basketball court, you’ve been there: There’s a switch on defense, and you end up defending someone you probably shouldn’t be defending. In this case you have two options: 1) You back down and basically concede defeat, letting your guy score. 2) You buckle down and go all-in on defense, even with getting embarrassed as a likely result.

So it speaks well to Washington center Marcin Gortat‘s guts that he was willing to try and stick with Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha when the two ended up paired on the wing during their game on Sunday night. And to be fair, it looks like Gortat’s teammate Martell Webster trying to play help defense may have had a part in this, when his feet tangle with Gortat’s.

Either way, down goes Gortat…


(via SBNation)

The Washington Wizards Love Cereal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Washington Wizards are one of the League’s most intriguing teams, a mixture of promising young talent and veteran leadership. And when a team is in a situation like this, it usually generates more questions than answers: Will the young guys live up to their potential? Will the role players be able to provide the intangibles a Playoff team needs?

But perhaps the most pressing question that the Wizards have answered thus far is this: What are we eating for breakfast? Because from the looks of things, where breakfast is involved, the Washington Wizards really love cereal.

The Washington Post‘s great Dan Steinberg put in some work around the Wizards locker room investigating the links between cereal and the Wizards after noticing circumstantial evidence on social media, from Martell Webster‘s love for Cap’n Crunch…

…to Chris Singleton‘s frequent rhetorical cereal-related queries…

As it turns out, Trevor Booker is probably the most prolific cereal consumer on the Wizards, eating “up to 21 bowls a week.” And because Steinberg knew we’d all be curious about this, he drilled deep for details on favorite brands…

“Top 5: Frosted Flakes No. 1, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles and then Honey Nut Cheerios on the health side,” Singleton said.

“I like Honeycomb, I like Froot Loops,” Ariza said. “Froot Loops is the bomb. I like Fruity Pebbles. Let me think. Cap’n Crunch, the Crunch Berries. Crunch Berries are unbelievable, except they tear up the roof of my mouth.”

“Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats — those are my top three,” Booker said. “I just go in my pantry and just go down the line, see which one I’ve got a taste for.”

We are all the Washington Wizards.

(via DC Sports Blog)

Horry Scale: Crawford Sinks Blazers

by Jeff Case


We were getting a little worried around here, what with it being almost a full month since the Kings’ James Johnson delivered the last entry to the 2012-13 Horry Scale. Thank goodness (unless, of course, you’re a Portland fan) for Washington’s Jordan Crawford and his heroics in the Rose Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the Wizards — what with their 8-30 record entering Monday night — they haven’t had the best of seasons so far. Point guard phenom John Wall missed 32 of those games recovering from knee surgery, big man Nene has been in and out of the lineup with ailments and, with all that in mind, Washington not surprisingly started the season 0-12. (The team Washington beat for its first win? Portland.)

One of the few bright spots for the Wizards has been Crawford, who is the team’s leading scorer. It hasn’t been all awful for Washington lately — entering Monday night’s game, the Wizards were 3-2 in the five games since Wall’s return and notched a win at the always-tough Pepsi Center in Denver.

Portland has seen better days. The Blazers were in the midst of a five-game swoon entering Monday. Nicolas Batum recorded his first career triple-double, but that was of little consolation in a nail-biting loss to the Wizards. How did Portland lose this one? Blazers fans, pick the moment. Was it Damian Lillard‘s dunk over Nene that pulled the score to 91-90 with 2:21 left? Was it Wes Matthews‘ game-tying 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left that tied it at 95? Or was it Crawford’s game-winner that crushed any hopes of victory? We’ll get into all of this soon.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does Crawford’s shot Monday night stack up? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Martell Webster Has A Merkle’s Boner Moment

by Micah Hart

Martell Webster, you’re going to be kicking yourself for this one for awhile:

Everyone makes mistakes, so I don’t want to be too hard on Martell, but this little faux pas is particularly grating to basketball fans, because we like to think the players should be aware of the time and score at all times. Scoring two when you need three is infuriating (I’m still angry at Texas player Darren Kelly for making the same mistake against Arizona in a college game in 1999), just like when you give up an unexpected onside kick in football because your blockers turn their backs before the ball is kicked. Like the boys scouts, athletes should always be prepared.

Obviously Webster didn’t mean to do it, and he showed the requisite contrition over the flub on Twitter this morning. But one has to wonder if this mistake could end up costing the Timberwolves in the long run*.

Minnesota came into last night’s game trailing Denver by one game for the 8th spot in the Western Conference, and had they won would be tied today. Instead they are two games back, and as we all know, every game has added importance in this shortened season. Obviously, his mistake didn’t specifically cost them the win. There is no guarantee he or any of his teammates would have made the game-tying three, or that they’d win in overtime even if they had. But it was a wasted opportunity, and if the Timberwolves end up missing the postseason by a game they may remember this one. Or at least Martell will.

*If you are not a baseball fan, you may not get the reference to Merkle’s Boner in the headline. Fred Merkle was a rookie with the New York Giants in the National League back in 1908, and in a game against the Cubs forgot to run to second base on what was should have been the game-winning hit. Instead he was tagged out, the game ended in a tie, and ended up being replayed after the season when the Cubs and Giants finished the same record and tied for first. Had Merkle simply touched second, the Giants would have won the pennant. Instead the Cubs won the replay and went on to win the World Series, which isn’t a big deal because they do that all the time. Kidding!

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