It’s been an eventful few days for basketball players formerly known as Terps. First, Terrell Stoglin, who led the ACC in scoring three years ago but is now playing in Lebanon, got the worst of this ugly brawl (watch at the 35-second mark):
Two of our old friends, ex-Wizard/human meme Nick Young and ex-Terp/Ukrainian machine Alex Len, mixed it up last night. Len leveled NY on a dunk attempt, you see, and then NY lost his damn mind.
Click through for more video and GIFs, but know that Nick is actually averaging 20.9 points/game, which is what happens when you’re a volume shooter on the Kobe-less Lakers. Alex is averaging 1.6, which is what happens when you should still be back in College Park, really.
Last week we linked up Grantland’s interview with Alex Len. Now an exchange contained therein is making the rounds. Here it is:
Bill Simmons: “So, like the last month of the season you were playing hurt?”
Alex Len: “Yeah.”
Simmons: “And you knew it? Did you tell anybody?”
Len: “Yeah, I told my trainers, but we treated it like a regular, like, ankle sprain. We did a lot of treatment. Icing, stuff like that, steam. But we decided to do MRI after the season. After the season, we found out I had a problem in there.”
Jalen Rose: “Bill, when you’re in college they don’t want you to get it [the MRI] during the season. It benefits them for you to finish the season.”
Simmons: “I don’t love that idea. The MRI should have happened before.”
Alex Len lays in game-winner to beat No. 14 NC State. [Testudo Times]
Maryland’s first win over a ranked team in three years. [USAT Sports]
A lot of people took issue with Terps fans storming the court. [Bog]
Nine great Michael Morse memories as he departs Washington. [Bog]
Really liked this fellow’s take on the Rafael Soriano deal. [Nats Baseball]
Showalter and Duquette both get extended through 2018. [O's Insider]
Adam Jones just keeps improving, if you didn’t notice. [Steve Melewski]
Wizards lose by one in Sacramento as Bradly Beal scores 26. [WaPo]
Ovechkin will be a torchbearer for the 2014 Olympics. [Puck Daddy]
Interview with Brooks Laich about his lockout days in Switzerland. [RMNB]
Thoughts on the Eagles’ new head coach, Chip Kelly. [Real Redskins]
Raheem Morris is interviewing to become Cleveland’s DC. [The Insider]
I’ve been excited about the 2012-13 version of Alex Len since he outclassed Kentucky’s bigs in the season opener, and I knew (via Draft Express and NBADraft.net) he’s shaping up to be a Lottery pick, but look at what Chad Ford wrote in today’s ESPN.com chat:
Where is Alex Len’s stock right now? Has to be climbing towards that top 7-10 range no?
Been No. 5 on our Big Board since the first week of the season. Still has an outside chance at the No. 1 pick. He’s 7-1, skilled and strong. Those guys don’t come along very often. Will be watching him very closely. There is a lot to like there.
That’s pretty impressive, especially when you consider Maryland hasn’t had a guy go in the top half of the Lottery since Stevie Franchise in ’99. Lensanity!
That said, if my team drafted him that high I’d be disappointed. Len strikes me as kind of stiff, at least by pro standards. His NBADraft.net player comparison is Kosta Koufos, after all. So you know the Wiz’ll end up taking him.