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Morning Look: Hero Basketball on F Street



(Author's note: I'm doing another chat at 11 a.m. Submit your questions here. Possible discussion topics: my first-ever trip to Spring Training, Gary vs. The World, VCU's rise to the top spot in the A11, Mike Wise's video on too much Caps coverage, Luciano Emilio's hair extensions, esoteric Super Bowl bets and the tariffs on Roquefort.)

The scene you see above? It felt familiar somehow. Let's see: eyes blank, voice low, tone somber, soul spurting pain and bile out of a gaping metaphorical gash? Oh yeah, that's kinda what Eddie Jordan looked like a few months ago. At the time, Jordan's Wiz had lost seven of their past eight games. Ed Tapscott's Wiz made it six out of the last seven on Monday night. I fear for the rest of this week.

His comments? Well, after he called it the worst effort he's seen in his tenure, he was pretty cheery, all in all.


"Um," he said early on, followed by a pause of between eight and nine seconds, during which time you had to consider the possibility that he would resign on the spot or possibly dissolve into a pool of liquid agony. "Just wasn't any hustle. Wasn't any life. That was just a very, VERY poor effort. Nothing else I can try and describe it. As most of you know, I try to take positives out of everything that we do. It will be very hard to find any out of this one. Um. It will be very hard to find any positives."

Man, does that guy know how to party or what! Dude was making Sartre look like the Wiggles. And on top of all that, the Clippers kept pace in the L column by losing to Miami, one day after the Thunder somehow were tripped up by a Kings team that had lost eight straight.

The Wiz and Clippers still lead the race to Griffinstan, with the Thunder lurking a game back. The Wiz are only 4-23 against teams that are .500 or better, but five of their next seven games come against sub-.500 teams. Scary. A Wiz ping-pong victory could mean three savior-type Number 1 picks in this town at once: Ovechkin, Strasburg and Griffin.

So c'mon Ed, cheer us up?

"We're going to review the ENTIRE game in our film session tomorrow and try to explain to EVERYbody on the team what's a smart play and what isn't a smart play, what solid basketball is and what I say--with great derision--what Hero Basketball is," Tapscott said. "Hero Basketball is essentially selfish basketball. I'M gonna do it, and I'M gonna have MYSELF on YOUR cameras. And we fell prey to some of that tonight, and with devastating effects.

"So we're gonna go through each and every possession, offensively and defensively, and we're gonna describe and characterize each one, so that there is ABSOLUTE clarity about what it is we will do and what it is we won't. And I thought some of those lessons had been learned. But obviously we took steps back tonight."

You're 10-38, and you're taking steps back? I'd look like that, too.


By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Wizards  
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Comments

Does anyone really care about the Wizards? They suck, have always sucked and will always suck. Give the Caps the arena and just go away!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 3, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I'd feel worse if it weren't an absolute fact that losing is the best possible option right now.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 3, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I've been out away for a while, but is there any word on Gilbert's return? Is he coming back? Is the team tanking the season completely?

I wonder if Blake Griffin has any interest in the Caps?

Posted by: Mustachio | February 3, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

They didn't bring in a guy who hadn't been a head coach in 20 years to win games.

Posted by: tha_prophet | February 3, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon, that's the most idiotic statement I've ever heard. When they're winning, they sell out. Remember when the Caps were the worst in the league? Verizon was a ghost town, so it's all the same. Having said that, the loss last night was the worst I've ever seen. Allowing offensive rebounds on foul shots. Throwing the ball out of bounds on inbound passes. Not hustling back when the one Grizzly missed his layup and another Grizzly was there to rebound and slam it home. pathetic. Wiz have definitely thrown in the towel.

Posted by: ewoldtk | February 3, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

No Avery Johnson sightings at Ben's Chili Bowl with JT Jr. yet?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | February 3, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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