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Brendan Haywood compares Dallas to D.C.

In the past week, we've heard from both Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison about the ending in D.C. and their new destinations. That leaves DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood. And, I guess, Oleksiy Pecherov and Mike James, but we'll save them for another day.

Haywood was on ESPN 980's Sports Fix on Tuesday, ostensibly to break down the NBA playoffs, but the first questions were about what it was like to go from D.C. to Dallas.

"Basketball life was great in Dallas," Haywood said. "It was a great group of guys, everybody was on one accord, we were working toward one goal. Things were just done right from the top all the way down to the bottom, and you couldn't have asked for a better situation."

Kevin Sheehan asked if it were obvious that things were being handled more professionally there.

"Um, yeah, it was very obvious," Haywood said. "It was very obvious. They had established the way things were done around there, and you were forced to basically adhere to a certain standard. We came from D.C., and that wasn't always enforced. In Dallas, it was something totally different, and we liked it. Just look at the structure, how things were done, the no-nonsense attitude and just how everybody got along and the family atmosphere. There was no agendas. That was something totally different for us."

Of course, the lack of agendas earned Dallas approximately as many playoff series wins as the agenda-ridden Wizards achieved over the last five season, but I get his point. When asked how to fix the Wizards going forward, Haywood accurately said the first thing that needs to be decided is the future of Gilbert Arenas. So he was asked what he would do with Gilert.

"See, it's different, because I like him as a person," Haywood said. "Gilbert's a friend of mine, so I would be biased. From a business aspect I would have to look at it, do the fans want him back? Has he offended a lot of people? I don't know. For me, I'd want him back, because he's a friend of mine, but from a business aspect I'm not sure how I'd look at it."

Haywood is a free agent, and he said he has no idea where he'll wind up, but at least he still has certain feelings left from his time in D.C. Like, when he was asked about LeBron.

"When his back's against the wall he plays great. He's the best player in our league right now," Haywood said. "And it hurts me to say that, especially with the three times they beat us in D.C., but he is. And I think he's gonna carry them on his shoulders tonight and he's gonna have a great game."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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Comments

Was it really necessary for him to take shots at the organization like that? He could of answered the question better. Considering he was her for like 8 years I thought he would of been more classy, I guess not. Kick while were down why don't you B-Wood.

Posted by: imfromdc88 | May 11, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

i don't care what he says about our management, he's probably right. in comparison to Dallas who has real veteran leadership and an ingrained style of play, the wizards have been "lost" over the last two seasons. i don't think he means back that even back in 05-07 we were dysfunctional. just that we were dysfunctional when he was traded. i hope we bring him back. i think the dumbest move by Ernie this offseason was to ship away our franchises 7 foot center who we've developed from day one into a good starting center.

Posted by: destewar | May 11, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

He should be thankful for his time in DC, a professionally run organization wouldnt have given him 8yrs to "develop" into a backup center

Posted by: divi3 | May 11, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It's the NBA, does anyone really care.

Posted by: AsstGM | May 11, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

a defensive captain, and producing 7/reb 10/pts per game doesn't him make a backup center. there are plenty of teams he could be starting for right now, and he'll find one this offseason. he's started 469 out of 607 games he's played in. 467 out of 545 if you don't include his rookie year. true that it took him about 7 years to develop. but i do think E Jordon stunted his development by giving Etan Thomas more minutes than he deserved. once we committed to Brendan he had a career year in 07-08.

Posted by: destewar | May 11, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

a defensive captain, and producing 7/reb 10/pts per game doesn't him make a backup center. there are plenty of teams he could be starting for right now, and he'll find one this offseason. he's started 469 out of 607 games he's played in. 467 out of 545 if you don't include his rookie year. true that it took him about 7 years to develop. but i do think E Jordon stunted his development by giving Etan Thomas more minutes than he deserved. once we committed to Brendan he had a career year in 07-08.

Posted by: destewar

EJ and Etan are not the reasons BTH played soft for 6 years. If anything, having to battle Etan for playing time (literally) may have helped Brendan develop into the serviceable center he is now.

Posted by: ts35 | May 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

TS35, i think that's debateable, his worst seasons numerically were the ones where he shared more time with EThomas. maybe it did make harder though. but if he's servicable, and he was putting numbers this past season comparable to 07-08, why get rid of him too? even serviceable centers are hard to come by. does Grunfield really think McGee can step up? i hope Grunfield is right on that one.

Posted by: destewar | May 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

divi3 was on point. I wonder how long he will be in Dallas.

Posted by: Theone9 | May 11, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Things were just done right from the top all the way down to the bottom, and you couldn't have asked for a better situation."

Kevin Sheehan asked if it were obvious that things were being handled more professionally there.

"Um, yeah, it was very obvious," Haywood said. "It was very obvious. They had established the way things were done around there, and you were forced to basically adhere to a certain standard. We came from D.C., and that wasn't always enforced.

Hey imfromdc88! it's still a free country, he has a right to say what he thinks but not according to you.
So.. anyone else want to comment on the Wiz sports culture under E Grunfeld? Didnt Arenas even say he did not want to come back with Grunfeld there? ...... .... Yes he did! GRUNFELD OUT!!!

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | May 11, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"He should be thankful for his time in DC, a professionally run organization wouldnt have given him 8yrs to "develop" into a backup center"

Exactly. His whinging, pouting, and half-effort would have gotten him shown the door years ago on a team with better options.

"a defensive captain, and producing 7/reb 10/pts per game doesn't him make a backup center."

Haywood wasn't a "captain" of anything. Sure he could have started for a number of teams. But in a league where the likes of Jerron Collins and Erick Dampier are starters, that doesn't really mean much.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 12, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"He should be thankful for his time in DC, a professionally run organization wouldnt have given him 8yrs to "develop" into a backup center"

Posted by: divi3 | May 11, 2010 3:28 PM

Butchasee, I believe a professionally run organization would have had a positive effect on Brendan Haywood.

After all he came from a professionally run organization in Dem Dar Tarheels and knew how one ought to be run.

Those of you that believe a professionally run org' would have sent Haywood's game to the crapper aren't really drawing a proper conclusion.

But, in either case, it's just your opinion isn't it, as well as mine, to say that he would have been a lot better and he would have been of course developed differently by an organization that knew what they were doing.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 12, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

He should be thankful for his time in DC, a professionally run organization wouldnt have given him 8yrs to "develop" into a backup center"

Exactly. His whinging, pouting, and half-effort would have gotten him shown the door years ago on a team with better options.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 12, 2010 11:31 AM

Exactly. His whining, poutin, and half-effort would not have been allowed from day one in a professional org'.

The Wizards had a better option. They had the option to demand the very best from all of their players. They had the option to be more disciplined as an organiztion.

You can't let any player come in and whine and moap around for 8 yrs. The organizational culture has been questionable over the years, but, however, that is about to change now.

I would not be surprised if Haywood resigned here.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like his last game at Carolina...the first thing the guy says in his final game presser is that his time at Carolina had been hectic and he had three coaches during his tenure...basically all the reasons he didn't mature fully while at UNC. This is typical Brenda Haywood since at least '98,

Posted by: maggiedog | May 12, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like his last game at Carolina...the first thing the guy says in his final game presser is that his time at Carolina had been hectic and he had three coaches during his tenure...basically all the reasons he didn't mature fully while at UNC. This is typical Brenda Haywood since at least '98,

Posted by: maggiedog | May 12, 2010 12:43 PM

This point I can accept, but the only real reason Brenda' got traded as you would rather refer to him is because he played good enough to demand a FA salary that the Wizards were not willing to pay.

That being said, if Brenda' as you want to call him, was such an underachiever, but the FA market called for a salary that befitted his underachieving play that the Wizards did not want to pay, then what does that say about the Wizards?

If there are other teams out there that are willing to pay what a underachieving Brenda' is worth to be their Center, starter or backup, but the Wizards won't, that might say more about this franchise and how they have valued putting together a winning team than it does for Brenda.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 12, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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