Continuing to count down the best moments of the 2010-11 season.
2. Gilbert Arenas is traded
It was a more than seven-year relationship with entertaining highs and extreme lows, but Gilbert Arenas’s departure from Washington was inevitable when he returned from a season-ending gun incident. Although he had made three all-star appearances and led the franchise to one of just two playoff series victories in the past 32 years, Arenas never was the same after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee on April 4, 2007. By the time the Wizards dealt him to Orlando for Rashard Lewis on Dec. 18, Arenas carried too much baggage and a tarnished legacy. He didn’t want to be a part of rebuild, and he desired and received a change of scenery as he was reunited with mentor and friend, Otis Smith, of the Magic. The move ensured that No. 1 overall pick John Wall would lead the franchise and closed the chapter on a Big Three era that produced a few 40-win seasons and plenty of excitement, but also a good amount of disappointment.
1. John Wall teaches D.C. how to Dougie
John Wall had already played two NBA games, but the No. 1 overall pick didn’t announce his official arrival to the league until the Wizards hosted the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center on Nov. 2. At the urging of assistant Sam Cassell and security head Jackie Miles, Wall dropped, dipped, snapped and flailed his way into the team huddle and helped teach his admirers how to do the popular dance, “The Dougie.” He followed up his exciting introduction with an electrifying performance in which he scored 29 points, handed out 13 assists, had 9 steals as the Wizards defeated the 76ers, 116-115, overtime. The dance represented a new era for the Wizards as the team possessed a young star who wasn’t afraid of the spotlight or the pressure that came with it. Andray Blatche warned Wall that he had to get a win after coming out in such dramatic fashion, “You can’t Dougie out and then you lose.” Wall got out to a record-breaking start before injuries pushed his rookie season somewhat off course. He bounced back to have a stellar rookie season in which he averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds and won Eastern Conference rookie of the month four times. But he couldn’t shake the Dougie the rest of the year. He got into a dance-off with R&B star Chris Brown and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale even asked Wall to do the dance at the Rookie Challenge. Of course, he obliged.