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Wall Will Wear Washington Wizards Wardrobe

There are too many letters on that jersey, but they have got the 'W' and the 'A', so it is halfway done

All that talk about John Wall heading to the Nets, how he will become Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s first draft selection and how they together could influence LeBron James to head to New Jersey? Fugetabouit. The Nets couldn’t get any home-court advantage from the folks who draw the Ping-Pong balls. They received the draft’s third selection during the NBA draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J. on Tuesday.

Instead it was the Washington Wizards, who had the fifth-best probability of claiming the No. 1 pick, who were the surprise recipients of that top spot and instantly, you have to look at the Wizards’ roster and wonder how much better Wall will make it.

How much better? Certainly a playoff contender, especially in that Eastern Conference, where a .500 record can put you in the running. Hell, Washington may finish in the top five or six. Look, if the Wizards get Gilbert Arenas back and can team him up with Wall, that’s a very solid duo right there. But the Wizards also have Al Thronton and Andray Blatche on the interior under contract. Blatche could be a tremendous player if he fully commits himself to playing and performing like a professional.

That’s a damn good base. They’ll need to make decisions on good players such as Mike Miller, Josh Howard, Shaun Livingston and Randy Foye. Plus, they have enough cap space to comfortably sign a big-name free agent this summer.

If everyone stays healthy, if Wall lives up to the billing and if Arenas comes back to being the player we know he can be, the Washington Wizards will definitely make the playoffs in 2011.

Still, Prokhorov had the best moment of the night in my opinion with his response to the question of how he will go about recruiting LeBron James to New Jersey. He basically said he will stay within the rules that the NBA allows because he doesn’t have enough money to pay those league fines.

But … uhh ………

He’s worth more than $13 billion.

I think can find some pocket change for those $10,000 penalties.

And really, Paul Allen is just as rich as Prokhorov and you don’t see the Portland Trail Blazers competing for the titles every season. I think the whole aspect of how Prokhorov is such a free-spender with who likes parties, guns and women is helping us get a little too carried away with him. Prokhorov talks big, but let’s see if he can really put a winner on the floor.

Wizards owner Irene Pollin, wife of the late Abe Pollin, gives us the classically funny shocked old lady reaction as she finds out that her team won the rights to the first pick in the NBA draft

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