The Wizards are a sliver above .500, and optimism is running wilder than G-Wiz at a Pratfalls and Missteps convention.
Trevor Ariza, for example, was on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday, and he started talking about Bradley Beal.
“Bradley Beal, I just feel like he can score any time he touches the ball,” Ariza told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. “He works hard on his game, he works on his body — you know, he has little problems with his lower body or whatever, but he works hard on that. He’s always in the gym, always trying to get better. I look at Brad, I think he can easily get 20,000 points in this league. Without a doubt. He’s gonna be a very good scorer in this league.”
A grand total of nine active NBA players have surpassed 20,000 points: Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, LeBron James and Antawn Jamison.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
The Post’s Jonathan Newton captured Troy Brouwer just after getting hit in the face with a puck.
READ OF THE DAY
The Post’s Roman Stubbs on local high schools aggressively recruiting local middle school stars:
These 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds are pursued by high school coaches and courted by alumni in a process that is beginning to resemble the competition among top college programs for the best high school athletes.
There are scouting combines where players perform in front of prospective coaches. Several national Web sites are devoted to ranking them according to their ability, with some rating players as early as fourth grade. One site, Youth1.com, currently ranks 101 middle schoolers from 36 states.
“It’s bigger than ever,” said Bob Milloy, the longtime football coach at Good Counsel in Olney. “We’re getting highlight tapes every day from parents and coaches. It’s just the college [scene], just four years earlier.”
ANOTHER OVI MAGAZINE COVER
Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko land on the cover of Washington Life.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host the Spurs at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Virginia hosts Boston College at 7 on ESPN2. George Mason hosts Dayton at 7 on MASN. Virginia Tech is at Florida State at 9 on CSN+. All radio and TV listings are here.