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Wizards lose another blogger

Silence. (By Darron Cummings - AP)

I'm just guessing here, but I'll betcha the Wizards could be the first team in NBA history with two starters who have staged high-profile blogging retirements. Brendan Haywood joined Gilbert Arenas over the weekend in hanging up his laptop; his justification had to do with the team's on-court struggles:

I've had a great time blogging, interacting with the fans and letting yal know my points of view on different dicey topics but with the way this season has gone -at this point, I don't want anything written about me that's not basketball related. When you're winning and you're on top, you can really speak your mind and put your thoughts out there. When you're losing and trying to stay afloat, you've got to know when it's time to be seen and not heard.

That's a fine reason for hanging it up, although you have to wonder if that means he'll start again if the wins return. That's called being a fair-weather blogger. If the Wizards aren't going well, there are plenty of other things to write about. Vinny Cerrato radio transcriptions, for example.

But Haywood also said that people were misinterpreting his words, and that fans were calling the Wizards' front-office to complain about his recent item about Tiger Woods.

It was hard because a lot of times when you make comments, people really blow them out of proportion and interpret them in a lot of different ways than you originally meant them. Gilbert Arenas told me that it would be like that when I first started blogging but I guess I had to see for myself. I was amazed at how people cold really misinterpret my words!

This is indeed the reason Gilbert has most often given for giving up the blogging game; here's what he said last April:

See, I have fun with it, but for some reason it get twisted a lot, and that's the reason I stopped blogging. It's like, I'm getting killed by own words. So people are killing my character. Like, you can kill me just for not playing for the last two years. I understand that. I'm disappointed I'm not playing. But me as my "Gilbert Arenas," you're killing me for that person, and I'm not that person.

That's much the same as what he told the AP; that people were using his words out of context and turning them into something more serious than how they were intended:

"I started looking at it as, before, it was fun, and everybody has fun reading it. And then it's like everything I said, everybody started using it as firepower, instead of saying it's just entertainment. You know, people started using it, trying to take bits and pieces instead of enjoying the blog. So once I started seeing that, I just started visualizing, eventually, this is going to be the double-[edged] sword thing. It made me and it's going to kill me, so I might as well stop."

And stop he did, a bit more than a year before Haywood joined him on the sidelines. But that's in the past. The key point now is that Caron Butler started his blog in October, and hasn't posted since Nov. 5. Once he declares his blog dead and gone, all that we'll need to do is get Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller to start and stop blogging, and we could have an entire starting five who've given up on blogging. It could be historic.

(In other news, Forbes says the Wizards are the NBA's 19th-most valuable franchise, although they've dropped in value by 11 percent since 2008, one of the league's biggest declines.)

(And at least Devin Thomas is still interested in the various social media. Here's what he posted on Twitter Monday afternoon:

LADIES=Im a Non-Restricted Free Agent Now, signing w a Girl thats ready to win a 'chip'! Do u have Cap to handle this high profile player?

Hard to read that one the wrong way.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Sorta telling when ZERO comments have been posted on this blog more than 24 hours after this item was posted.

I never call for people to be fired, but after last night I don't see how this team can keep Earl Boykins on the roster. Talk about a meltdown. That was a must win game and we battled back in final 3 minutes cutting lead from 8 to 2 and he blows it by dribbling it off his leg?

Seriously, dribbling off your leg with 4 seconds left is much, much worse than missing a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left. Gilbert deserves plenty of blame for all the FTs he's missed in recent games, but Boykins deserves to be cut for that choke-artistry last night.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 15, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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