December 14, 2012 All I Want for Christmas: The Wizards Edition
With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to start spreading some seasonal cheer and nobody in the NBA needs the love more than our Washington Wizards. Currently sitting at 3-16, the Wiz started the season with a franchise worst 12 game losing streak before finally knocking off the Blazers, Heatles, and Hornets in their last 7 games. With games against the struggling Lakers tonight and a rematch in South Beach Saturday, than 4 games in 5 nights before Christmas, the Wiz have a chance to build some positive momentum going into 2013.
The team has been hit with all sorts of adversity already in the young year, but I’ve been impressed with their effort level and fight. Sure, we haven’t won many games, but we aren’t rolling over for anyone either. We’ve missed Nene for over a month, still haven’t seen our franchise player, John Wall, lace it up this year and have lost spark-plug AJ Price, the overpaid Trevor Ariza, and hard-nosed Trevor Booker for different lengths of time, but Randy’s bunch continues to fight night in and night out. The reality is the Wizards don’t have the talent to sustain these types of extended injuries to our best players and stay in the playoff hunt as fans all hoped going into the year.
The season may be disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the whole team lands on Santa’s naughty list. We at the DC Dime have collected a list, and checked it twice, and are happy to publish the holiday wishes from our favorite team. All we want for Christmas is some wins, guys, but we hope all your season’s wishes can come true too.
Jordan Crawford: All I want for Christmas is some 4th quarter help. As much as I like having the green light to do my thing, it’s getting frustrating doing it all myself. Santa, when are all the guys getting back?
Bradley Beal: All I want for Christmas is a healthy Point Guard that can help make my life easier on offense. I’m a shooter and scorer, and a certain pass first guard that hasn’t played with me yet this season would be the ultimate holiday gift.
Jan Vesely: All I want for Christmas is to develop a semblance of an offensive game. I know I can make an impact for the team on the defensive end, but my offensive offense has kept me firmly on the bench.
Kevin Seraphin: All I want for Christmas is the starting nod. Sure, I’m not a tough defender/rebounder, but I am the team’s only player creating offense in the paint. I’m a bit inconsistent, but I’m also only 23! Santa, I just want coach to let me play through it and learn, I’m a big part of this team’s future.
AJ Price: All I want for Christmas is to get back into the lineup. I’ve been able to showcase what I can do for the first time in my career here in Washington. With Wall coming back my minutes will definitely decrease. I want to continue to show my worth to help this team win. Hope the hand heals fast, Santa.
Chris Singleton: All I want for Christmas is a little recognition. I’ve been one of the team’s most consistent performers all year, but I feel like our fans barely know my name. Hell, Sam Presti wanted me as part of the Harden trade, that makes me a somebody right? A loud cheer is all I need to make my holidays complete.
Nene: All I want for Christmas is for this pesky foot problem to go away. It’s been two years, it’s really getting old.
Trevor Ariza: All I want for Christmas is to get cut a little slack, Santa. It’s not my fault I’m overpaid and incapable of performing up to my contract. I’ve quickly become a fan-favorite to hate, don’t they realize I can hear their groans when I run an isolation and force a bad jumper. I’m trying hard guys, when I get back into the lineup I’ll show you.
John Wall: All I want for Christmas is my two healthy knees, my two healthy knees, my two healthy knees. All I want for Christmas is my two healthy knees for this to be a Merry Christmas. (And John that’s all we want too)