Wizards Party Bus Rolls On
Well, this is possibly the fastest moving story I've ever covered in my life. Gotta be quick here. A little while ago, the Wizardsmobile rolls up to its first Prize Patrol stop, somewhere near Bolling Air Force base, bearing Christmas gifts. One of those clowns-pouring-out-of-the-car sequences ensues, with Caron Butler, Eddie Jordan, Brendan Haywood, Michael Ruffin, various dancers, G Wiz, Abe Pollin, 347 PR staffers, photographers, Roger Mason, Santa Claus, James Lang, videographers, Jarvis Hayes and Antawn Jamison emerging. There was much tumult. There were many TV crews. It was one Ramos short of a major party.
Everyone piled upstairs into a third-floor apartment. There were probably 30 of us in there. All the little kids were transfixed by Santa Claus. I was worried that some of the big men would get hurt.
"It's confined, so they won't fall," Eddie reassured me. "They're going to hold each other up, like teammates should."
Antawn Jamison was the point man for this operation, and so he held kids and made funny faces and hugged people and handed out tons of gifts and started sweating a lot.
"That man's sweating already," Jarvis Hayes pointed out.
"Who?" Eddie asked.
"Tawn," Jarvis said.
"Well, that's as much work as he did today at practice," Eddie said.
One of the gifts was an Adidas basketball. I know Adidas doesn't make the NBA balls, but still, I had to ask whether it was real leather.
"No, they're giving away the fiber ones," said Santa, who it turns out is a real ham.
One of the TV people wanted to ask Jamison about the new old NBA balls, but he was caught up in the moment and left the room.
"He can't score anyway," said Santa, who was rapidly stealing the show.
And really, it was quite a moment, chaotic as anything and filled with smiling people and all that. The TV people wanted Kisha Bailey, the honoree, to say this was the most magical moment of her life or something like that. She declined. They asked what Christmas would have been like without the Wizards.
"It still would be nice," she said, which was awesome. "But I'm very thankful for the gifts I received today."
Then there was more stuff that I don't have time to write, and then we all left with a police escort, even though I was behind it and not really part of it, but I tried to latch on so I could make it through the stoplights, and I did many illegal things, and we wound up at the second house, after which I lost the Wizardmobile, but now I'm at the fourth house waiting for them to come and I hear the sirens now. Exciting. But Channel 4 has beaten me here.
"Hey Dan Man," the Channel 4 SportsMachine person just said to me as I blogged from my car.
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