Wiz Dealing With 0-3
Brendan Haywood has chosen to deal with the struggles via the aphorism.
"0-3 is bad," he said at one point today," but 0-4 is worse."
"0-3 in the NBA isn't the end of the world," he said at another point. "You don't think it's the Titanic, you don't think everything's sinking, not just yet."
Caron Butler chose the Joe-Gibbs-we're-all-in-this-together schtick.
"All around, from upstairs, downstairs, training staff, everybody, we've got to get this thing rolling," he said.
Upstairs, like, Ernie?
"Ernie's got a certain energy and a presence about himself," Caron said. "When you see him, you just know what it is. He always watches practice. You see coach when he comes in, looks like he hasn't been sleeping at all, just watching film. Everyone's on their job, everyone's on top of their game. But we're the guys that have to get it done when we go on the court."
If I could speak for him, Caron merely meant that the entire organization needs to get this thing turned around. Ernie's into practice, Eddie isn't sleeping,
players are dressing in furs, everyone's extra intense. It was a meaningless nugget from the book of standard losing-streak cliches. But someone later quizzed Eddie Jordan about the "upstairs" thing, phrasing it like this: "Caron spoke of a sense of urgency from upstairs all the way down, how do you curb that and just try to get these guys to focus on...."
"I don't understand what he means about that, a sense of urgency from upstairs all the way down," Jordan said. "He has to explain that to me, I don't understand that."
Now, I should make it clear that Jordan hadn't heard the exact quote, and if he had, I can't imagine he would have been confused. Like I said, it was pure boilerplate. But still, his response just seemed to indicate a certain on-edge-ness.
"He said Ernie was in here, you could tell when he's in here that he's hoping this thing can get turned around quickly," Comcast SportsyNet's Chris Miller said.
"Well, that's Caron's ideas," Jordan said. "We lost three games and again, it's probably seemed to be a red flag when you're 0-3 as opposed to 6-3. We're just trying to get on track and trying to play as well as possible on both ends of the floor. The numbers are down offensively, but I think our defensive mindset's in the right place. We're not number one in defense, but we're getting better."
There was a final question about the Wiz being last in the NBA in assists.
"I don't look at numbers," Jordan said. "If you've been around me long enough, I'm not a stat man."
And Caron had some words about the rookies and Blatche.
"They're gonna be the bulk of our scoring coming off the bench, so if we get them flowing we'll be all right," he said. "Iin time they're definitely going to be out there, because there's gonna come a point in time at which you don't want to burn us out so you're gonna have to use them. They've got to mature on the fly. That's what this league is about. Once you make that leap you've got to be prepared for the challenge, and I think they are, and at the end of December, mid-January, theyr'e going to have to be prepared to take on a bigger role."
Frankly, I think we'd all prefer if we didn't have to wait until mid-January for Blatche et al to take on a bigger role, but we'll see.
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