SNYDER: Nene, Harper have me thinking

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper bats against the New York Yankees during a spring training game in Viera, Fla., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper bats against the New York Yankees during a spring training game in Viera, Fla., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

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.

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