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."
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