Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  26 responses

Hilton Armstrong Wants to Start in Washington

Newcomer Armstrong (who put up all of 1.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg last season) tells the Washington Examiner that he wants to be the Wizards’ starting center: “A breakout season for the 25-year-old, 6-foot-11 Armstrong after spending his first four NBA seasons as a token reserve center averaging just 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds would also be fun. He is nursing a slight left hand injury — he writes with the right — with three knuckles and his index finger taped up but said he’ll be ready for camp. ‘Every season I started, I was in New Orleans, and I had to play backup behind Tyson [Chandler] and whoever else was there,’ said Armstrong. ‘But this year, I’m just coming in and playing hard, and right now, I feel like it’s an open spot for the starting spot. I’m just going to play as hard as I can to get the spot … I’m still going to play as hard as I can to help the team out, get some wins and try to get to the playoffs.’ After nearly playing his way onto the USA Basketball team, JaVale McGee may have something to say about who should be considered the starter, but Armstrong’s attitude could also represent some of the larger uncertainty over the Wizards lineup.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    JaVale McGee?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Hilton Armstrong had better hit the gym then, hell he better be in it right now. JaVale McGee is going to be the starter. Sorry, Hilton.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    this deserves a big LOL, major stiff wants to start…McGee at least has upside

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Yi starts ahead of Blatche later into the season.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I don’t know why guys like this even get drafted so high. He was on that UCONN team that disappointed every year because of inconsistency.

  • Ali

    Who wants to start? Big body and don’t know how to use it, damn shame!

  • Robb

    JaVale McGee’s gonna be the starter. Keep working Hilton.

  • basketblogger

    i rather see paris hilton start for the wizards

  • Darius

    McGee has shown 2 much potential so now he will be the starter

  • http://google J-RO

    Well at least he’s showing the right attitude.

  • ab40

    who’s your editor?” I’m just going to play as hard as I can to get the spot, but even I don’t” that’s not a sentence now is it? Washington is gonna be a mess. Flip is gonna get fired before the all star break

  • unrel

    in other news.. EVERY nba pro wants to be a starter.. idiot..

  • Celtics fan

    Hilton you went to UNCONN and where lucky enough to be one of a handful of big men in the draft that year. YOU SUCK!

  • The Philosopher

    “But this year, I’m just coming in and playing hard”…
    Well, at least he saying that he is going to do something that it seems like he hasn’t been doing for his entire career, including college.
    I remember talking to Boone about how Armstrong is an enigma.
    Boone didn’t want to throw Armstrong under the bus but, he knew what time it was.

  • JTaylor21

    I want a unicorn for my birth day but that will never happen. It doesn’t hurt to dream but to be delusional is bad for your health, hilton.

  • underdog

    I like the attitude, now let me see the deeds.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Doron Sheffer.
    Shout out to Nadav Henefeld.

  • Holy Karron

    McGee is a baller my kind he play like Tyson hes all over the place madd hyper and he has booms

  • Big E

    Sit yo ass down Hilton.

  • Clay

    Hilton Armstrong? ROTFL, yo his 2k rating is like 11 overal

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Most Improved Player next year?

  • Love4Humanity

    He must not have watched John played with Javale during the summer league. He’ll be 3rd string behind Javale and Blatche unless they move Blatche to the four.

  • http://Slamonline.com NBA kid

    McGee and Blatche will obviously start. People seem to forget that Blatche put up somewhere near 20 and 9 after Jamison was traded and McGee has shown that he’s ready to contribute. Hilton should focus on beating out Yi for the first big off the bench.

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  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Teddy is crazy. Blatche is for real. Javale too, he can really protect the rim and run all day

  • dsleepy

    ^agree with total scrotal