Nene, Harper have me think­ing

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Once again, it’s time to check off some items on my “TIDU List” — Things I Don’t Un­der­stand:

How you can avoid skep­ti­cism re­gard­ing the Wiz­ards’ trade for Nene.

The Den­ver Nuggets signed cen­ter Nene to a five-year, $67 mil­lion deal three months ago. He’s been in­jured for most of this sea­son. Now, af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing buyer’s re­morse, the Nuggets are trad­ing him for Javale Mcgee.

The fear is that Den­ver knows some­thing about Nene that the Wiz­ards don’t.

Why Ge­orge­town is such a pop­u­lar pick to be up­set by Bel­mont.

Yes, the Hoyas have ex­ited the NCAA tour­na­ment early re­cently. Yes, they’re 3-3 in their last six games this sea­son, while high-scor­ing Bel­mont is red-hot. But No. 3s are 92-16 all-time against No. 14s.

Up­sets will oc­cur some­where, but the Hoyas are too deep and ath­letic this year.

How Or­lando can sur­vive an­other sea­son of Dwight Howard drama.

He waf­fled for 24 hours be­fore de­cid­ing to stay for next sea­son. But the cir­cus will re­main in town un­til there’s a long-term deal. The Magic still risk los­ing him for noth­ing un­less they trade him.

If he loves Or­lando like he says, he doesn’t know how to show it.

Why the New York Knicks are strug­gling with so much tal­ent.

“Lin­san­ity” seems like an­cient his­tory at this point, way back when Mike D’an­toni was the coach. Now, Carmelo An­thony is pouting, Jeremy Lin is re­gress­ing, and in­terim coach Mike Wood­son is in charge.

But the U.S. Olympic team has more star power and makes it work; the Knicks have no ex­cuse.

How the Cap­i­tals could go so far to­ward the op­po­site ex­treme.

The Caps re­ally have taken the com­men­tary to heart. All they heard the past two sum­mers was that their reg­u­lar-sea­son suc­cess was mean­ing­less. They learned that we scoff at point ti­tles and No.1 seeds.

If they squeak into the play­offs and ad­vance to the Stan­ley Cup fi­nals, all is for­given.

Why any­one would be­grudge Calvin John­son’s con­tract from the Detroit Lions.

Not even a free agent, “Me­ga­tron” signed for a whopping $132 mil­lion, the big­gest con­tract in NFL his­tory. The All-pro wide re­ceiver gets $60 mil­lion guar­an­teed, an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the NFL’S tran­si­tion to a pass-happy league.

Ma­mas, if your boys can’t be quar­ter­backs, let them grow up to be wide­outs.

How Shaka Smart can re­sist mak­ing the leap this time around.

He stayed put af­ter lead­ing VCU to the Final Four last sea­son. But big­time schools will con­tinue to pur­sue him. Smart re­port­edly is in­ter­ested in the va­cancy at Illi­nois, which could be a very good job.

At least that eight-year ex­ten­sion he signed last year worked for one sea­son.

Why John Cali­pari would leave Ken­tucky and re­turn to the NBA.

His has been men­tioned as a pos­si­ble can­di­date to coach the Wiz­ards or the Knicks. Cali­pari’s 72-112 record with the New Jer­sey Nets might give him pause, though re­unit­ing with John Wall might be tempt­ing.

Cali­pari could al­ways re­turn to col­lege, but he won’t find a setup bet­ter than Ken­tucky.

How any­one can pass judg­ment yet on the price for Robert Grif­fin III.

To­day’s mi­crowave cul­ture de­mands quick takes. Con­se­quently, we’ve been bom­barded with opin­ions on the Red­skins yield­ing three first-round picks for the No. 2 over­all. No ques­tion, that’s a bun­dle.

But it’s a steal if (pre­sum­ably) RG3 leads Washington to a cou­ple of Su­per Bowls.

Why Bryce Harper should be on the Na­tion­als’ Open­ing Day ros­ter.

His spring-train­ing num­bers are mean­ing­less, un­like an ex­tra 365 days be­fore he could be­come a free agent. Start­ing him in the ma­jors would be short­sighted joy at a long-term cost.

Sorry, but three weeks of Harper at age 19 aren’t worth risk­ing a full sea­son at age 25.

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