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Abe, George Washington, Eddie Jordan, Ernie Grunfeld

1) I was late for the preseason media sessions with Eddie Jordan and Ernie Grunfeld because I saw impersonators of Abe, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe and someone else (maybe Andy Warhol) outside the Portrait Gallery. I thought there was a chance Abe and GW would bust out in one of those mascot races, so I kept an eye on them, temporarily losing my Wizards focus. Up close, they didn't look all that much like Abe or GW, although they were wearing a lot of makeup.

2) The actual Wizards lede, the Official Wizards Press Corps agrees, is this: Eddie Jordan says his goal is to go to the Eastern Conference finals. That's what you will read in tomorrow's paper. That's the headline. That's the story the AP reporter was dictating to his editors just moments ago. (Ernie Grunfeld says his goal is to improve. My goal is to become closer with Awvee Storey and the Wizznuttz.)

4) Wizards insider on Caron Butler's offseason conditioning: "Awesome. Physically awesome."

5) Eddie Jordan on Rutgers's entrance into the top 25: "Got to get Howard on your schedule."

6) When Ernie Grunfeld says "Bernard King," it sounds for all the world like "Burn-out King." Seriously, the first time he said the name, I was trying to figure out who's the "Burn-out King." Kwame Brown, I guess.

7) Eddie Jordan on conversations with Gilbert Arenas: "You can only absorb so much, man. I'll be driving on the left side of the road going home if I listen too much."

8) Ernie Grunfeld on the Redskins: "I don't pay much attention to football."

9) Not Wizards, but I'm wondering which NFL player the Washington Post will next to compare to the Messiah?

10) The E's on their actual basketball team: they have more toughness, more versatility, Jarvis Hayes is ready to go, DeShawn Stevenson will do anything they ask, Oleksiy Pecherov preferred to stay in Europe instead of going to some obscure U.S. D-League city, Caron Butler is a potential all-star, Arenas is elite, they don't care that much about opening the season at Cleveland, Etan Thomas and Haywood will be fighting each other for playing time, and they're very happy and excited. Swell.

11) Ernie Grunfeld on the Redskins, cont.: "I don't think we're competing with the Redskins. You know, I've been in different markets. You know, in Milwaukee you didn't compete with the Packers. You know, in New York you didn't compete with the Giants. It's a different animal. It's a different thing. We have our own fan base, we have our own fans that are very interested in us. This is a great basketball town; people really know the game here and we have our own group of friends. We're not going to chip in [to the Redskins' market]. We're not trying to chip in to anything."

12) The Official Wizards Press Corps is irritated that their seats are rumored to be on the move, off courtside and further up the arena. "Will you please blog about that," Post beat writer Ivan Carter demanded. "How am I going to hear Brendan crying when he comes off the court after he grabs three rebounds in 30 minutes?"

13) Ernie Grunfeld on me: "I don't recognize you without your hat." (Plus, the Wizards have prepared a season media credential for me featuring my Olympics photo, in which I'm wearing a Washington Post winter hat. That will earn me nothing but respect in the locker room.)

14) Ernie Grunfeld on the team's once-abused fan base: "I think the fans are very excited about this team and these players. I think they're starting to trust the team, whereas my first few years here you could see that the fans maybe sometimes [thought], you know, 'What's going to go wrong?' Or 'What may happen?' I think now they're starting to trust this team and they're starting to develop a real connection with it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2006; 12:35 PM ET
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Thanks for the Wizards update. I've been thirsting for some information, especially considering the state of the Redskins at the moment.

I hope Etan and Brendan fight as hard for rebounds and loose balls as they do with each other for playing time. I have high hopes for this team.

Posted by: Colin | September 26, 2006 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, you're already close to us! We're snuggling a paper effigy of you, and you're very warm and moist (for paper). We look forward to pressing your flesh in person!!! xoxo,

Posted by: WizzNutzz | September 26, 2006 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Great blog man. Go Wizards. And what about Blatche? No Blatche updates? Was his summer performance a sign of real minutes to come?

Posted by: Joshua | September 26, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Polin? Lincoln? or Vigoda?

Posted by: Kim | September 26, 2006 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sloppy work, apologies.

Abe Lincoln. Although I'd love to see Abe Pollin wearing makeup and posed with Marilyn Monroe.

There was high praise for Blatche from both Eddie Jordan and Ernie Grunfeld. But both said Blatche needs to show them something during training camp. Also, Ernie referred to that whole gunshot thing as Blatche's "accident," as if he dropped a cookie jar on his foot or something.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | September 26, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"The Official Wizards Press Corps is irritated that their seats are rumored to be on the move, off courtside and further up the arena. "Will you please blog about that," Post beat writer Ivan Carter demanded."

Will Ivan get a partial refund on his season ticket plan then? That's how they do it with all the other paying customers...

Posted by: name_that_rash | September 26, 2006 8:17 PM | Report abuse


How dare you steal our Wiz. beat?ha!

They'll let just about anybody in there theze dayz-ha again!

Posted by: Wise Girls D.C.- | September 27, 2006 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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