[Disclaimer: The author admits that this article may contain something ranging from slight bias to blind homerism. However, Only facts were used in this article. All-Stats from NBA.com] Summertime is never ending as an NBA basketball fan: a time spent scouring the Internet for clips of our favorite players doing absolutely anything. Summer League crossover highlights? Sign me up. Russell Westbrook at a Taylor Swift concert? Send me the link! Houses for sale in the DC area within Kevin Durant’s budget? Of course! And inevitably, the summer turns into endless, pointless, hyperbolic debates: Meek ...Read More »
“Pace and space.” “Positionless basketball.” “Small ball.” “Playmaking four.” Modern NBA buzz words. Watch any NBA broadcast, listen to any NBA analysis, watch Around the Horn, PTI, or Sportscenter, listen to Zach Lowe or Doug Collins or The Red Line Podcast: Find yourself any conversation about NBA basketball, and you will find it littered with these buzz words. And you will find that the conversation will inevitably center around two major questions: Why should (insert your favorite team) play small more often? Who are the key players who make going small possible? For example, let’s recall ...Read More »
It is finally here. Hoop District's finest contingents gathered together to offer you audio blessings and sound bite serenity with the premiere episode of our podcast, The Red Line. Why The Red Line? A number of reasons. For one, our team had initially settled on "The District" as the name of the podcast and had even began promoting it as such until we realized that Hog's Haven, SB Nation's Redskins site, had already been running a podcast using that name. Two sports podcasts that had strictly a local audience sharing the same name? No bueno. So, whatever. You win SB Nation. Ok, so WHY THE RED ...Read More »
As the league continues to advance through its annual heat wave of free agency, the Washington Wizards have partaken in a good portion of the summertime activities with the one-year signings of Gary Neal, Jared Dudley, and most recently Alan Anderson. Still missing in action is that highly coveted stretch big that would replace the obsolete parts that have become Nene, however, there is no question that the glaring void in the wing factory has been populated. If John Wall ever had an issue with having a wingman on the basketball court (or perhaps at the club as well), he has certainly become e ...Read More »
Jewel: (n) [joo-uh l] A cut and polished precious stone; gem. A fashioned ornament for personal adornment, especially of a precious metal set with gems. A precious possession. A person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable. A durable bearing used in fine timepieces and other delicate instruments, made of natural or synthetic precious stone or other very hard material. An ornamental boss of glass, sometimes cut with facets, in stained-glass work. Something resembling a jewel in appearance, ornamental effect, or the like, as a star. Whoever gets me is getting a jewel.” – Kelly O ...Read More »
Here is your official Hoop District welcome to Washington, D.C., Kelly Oubre Jr. Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld introduced the 19-year old as a Wizard on Friday afternoon and Oubre, who is what I like to call the product of a classic Grunfeldian move, spent a few minutes discussing his role as the newest member of the squad. What’s a Grunfeldian move, you ask? Well, an example of one would be when for weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, you and many other fans and members of the media are scouting players that you feel would fill a glaring need. In the Wizards' case this time around ...Read More »
I enjoy reading the various mock drafts in the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft. For Wizards fans they provide high level, wide-ranging analysis, highlights, interviews, statistics and more on a net group of players that could end up playing their next games at the Verizon Center in 2015-16. Regardless of who Adam Silver calls up on stage at # 19 or earlier barring an unforeseen trade from Emperor Ernie, the players and those selected before them have been interviewed, measured, analyzed, tested and compared to each other by every NBA expert and team fan base. If you follow the message boards ...Read More »
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