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Jarvis Hayes Hates Us

(By Gary Malerba -- Associated Press)

Last month, you might remember, Gilbert Arenas said an unkind thing about Jarvis Hayes, and Jarvis suggested that being in Detroit's a lot better than being in D.C. Well, Jarvis seems to be winning this particular battle, taking more subtle shots at the Wiz along the way. And, believe it or not, these Jarvis Hayes shots are on-target.

First off, recall that Gilbert said Nick Young is a better offensive option than Jarvis Hayes right this minute. Stats please:

Jarvis: 23.3 minutes per game, 44 percent shooting, 9.7 ppg
Nick: 7 minutes per game, 25 percent shooting, 2.7 ppg

Maybe Nick's a better offensive option than Jarvis next year, or next month, or next week, but it doesn't look like he is right this minute. But with the Pistons 3-0 and the Wiz 0-3, Jarvis just so seems so gosh darned happy to be rid of us. Like in this Q&A:

QUESTION: What's the best thing about being on the Pistons?

ANSWER: "Shoot, what's not the best thing? From the team, the fans, just everything involved with the team and one goal, which is winning a championship."

Or in this story about his role as one of the Pistons' "go-to scorers" (??!?!?!??!), via True Hoop:

"We just recognize the mismatch," Hayes said. "There were plenty of times in D.C. where I had the mismatch, and we just didn't exploit [it]. Just didn't. It feels really good. And it's not only me. If Amir (Johnson) was in the game, and Tyronn Lue was guarding him, we would have gone to Amir. It's just the culture of being a team."

I'm sensing some implication that maybe the Wizards do not have the culture of being a team. Which would be sad.

And via Detroit Bad Boys, here's Joe Dumars talking about Jarvis:

"He fits who we are and how we play and how we go about our business. He's made a smooth transition as well with these guys. He just looks like he fits....Things just didn't unfold for him in Washington as I'm sure as he would have liked. But it never stopped us from liking him. You look at a guy and if it doesn't work out somewhere else, you look and say, 'He might fit here, though'. "

Well, I wonder what it'll feel like to regret the loss of a somewhat underwhelming player to Detroit, where that player suddenly becomes the opposite of underwhelming (whelming)? That ought to be fun to discover.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2007; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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