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Wizards + Draft Lottery = Disaster

Tom Gugliotta is second from the left, wearing a lucky suit and carrying a rabbit's foot.

Tuesday night is the NBA draft lottery. The Wizards have the fifth-best odds of winning, checking in at 10.3 percent. But in your heart, you already know that misery approaches. And it smells like New Jersey.

Like a lot of you, I remember sitting in front of my television a year ago, when the Wizards had the second-best chance in the lottery. For reasons unknown, I had convinced myself that maybe this was the year. As it turned out, I'd have been better off betting on a major federal firearms investigation descending on the Wizards' locker room. Heck, I'd have been as well off betting that space aliens would stage an armed takeover of the west bleachers at Verizon Center, demanding all the arena's nachos, half the arena's cheez product and several dozen unwashed James Singleton jerseys with which to build an unholy portal leading straight to the site of Landover Mall.

I've seen New Orleans levees with better luck than this franchise. I've seen Enron accountants hit the right numbers more often than this franchise. I've seen naked unconscious vomiting beer pong players find more success with ping-pong balls than this franchise. And so on.

I mentioned some of the sad stats earlier in the season -- in 12 of their 13 previous trips to the lottery, the Wizards/Bullets have either failed to move up or have actually moved down in the draft order. But that doesn't do justice to the misery.

The franchise has sent John Nash, Irene Pollin, Tom Gugliotta, Chris Webber, Susan O'Malley, Rod Higgins, Juan Dixon, Ernie Grunfeld and Flip Saunders to the NBA set in New Jersey, and it's never worked. They've had their mascot walk all the way to Secaucus in a PR stunt. They've brought the horseshoe of the Kentucky Derby winner.
One employee wore a lucky suit on lottery day. Two carried rabbit's feet. A fourth said he wore lucky underwear. A fifth carried a lucky penny. A sixth carried a lucky coin. A seventh wore a dragon's claw and something called "a ying-yang," The Post reported.

Susan O'Malley once led a cheer of "Lucky!" among team employees. (Really.) She also once packed three duffel bags full of lucky charms to bring to the lottery site, including a speeding ticket and a pen. That year, a Brooks Robinson home run bat wasn't allowed on board her plane, while four horseshoes from the Preakness winner never arrived.

And none of it's worked.

You have to back and read the clips. Better take some Immodium first. And for the love of Calbert Cheaney, don't bother watching on Tuesday.

1989, quoting David Aldridge: "Revolution 9" was a hit for the Beatles. Draft pick No. 9 was not what the Washington Bullets were looking for. But their grab bag of good luck charms notwithstanding, that's what they got in today's National Basketball Association draft lottery.

"I'm disappointed," said club owner Abe Pollin. "But I was prepared because our chances were only one in three. The odds weren't that great....We'll just have to do it the hard way. There are times when you can pick ninth or even in the second round and you can get a player that can be a great player. And that's what we're hoping we'll do."

And Ken Denlinger:

Maybe if the Bullets had shaved Danny Ferry's head, as lots of fans suggested, their luck in the NBA lottery would have been better. It still might have held if Sunday Silence's shoes had arrived, as hoped, or if an airline official had not considered a baseball treasure nothing more than a fancy billy club.

Whatever, the Bullets' good fortune started to sour when their designated picker in Sunday's lottery, Susan O'Malley, was told she could not carry Brooks Robinson's bat onto the plane for her flight here.

1991, quoting David Aldridge: There was no luck in the suit Washington Bullets General Manager John Nash was wearing. Three years ago, when he was with Philadelphia, he had it on and wound up with the third pick for the 76ers. But today, the suit brought no upward mobility for Washington, which received the eighth pick in the NBA lottery, just as the percentages predicted.

"Obviously you go in hoping for one, two or three," Bullets President Susan O'Malley said. "But I have great confidence in John Nash and Wes Unseld and I know they'll do a great job with what we've got. It's not like I walk away from this thinking 'Oh, no.' I walk away thinking 'Hey, that's okay.' "

1992, quoting David Aldridge: There was no magic in the ping-pong balls for the Washington Bullets at today's NBA draft lottery. The horrors of their 25-57 season will not yield them Shaquille O'Neal, but the sixth pick, which should bring a good player in a deep draft, likely in the shooting guard-small forward area....

The Bullets' natural position was fifth. But Charlotte's leap pushed them down one spot, crushing any good luck remaining in the horseshoe of Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, which was in the left coat pocket of General Manager John Nash.

"There obviously is some disappointment when you wind up six, instead of two or three," Nash said. "But we could have been seven or eight."

1993, quoting David Aldridge: Whatever offenses the Washington Bullets have committed in lives present or past continue to be unforgiven. The Bullets came into today's National Basketball Association Lottery figuring that if the odds held, they'd be drafting third. If they got an unexpected bad break, they'd go four or five. Only with the worst luck, never-before-seen bad luck, could the Bullets pick sixth in next month's draft.

Hello, bad luck. You know the road to Landover, don't you?

"You take this for what it's worth and go back to the drawing board," Bullets General Manager John Nash said. "I've always felt there are at least six good players, possibly seven. We'll get one of them."

And quoting Kornheiser:

Bad luck isn't called Buzzard's Luck anymore, it's been changed to "Bullets' Luck." If the Bullets were a cruise, they'd be the Lusitania. The Bullets' idea of buying waterfront property is Love Canal. If it wasn't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all.

1994, quoting Ken Denlinger: The Washington Bullets' best worst-case scenario played out in the National Basketball Association draft lottery today. They wanted at least the fifth pick -- and that's exactly what this 10th annual process produced.

"I think at five we can get a quality player, although we'll keep our options open," Nash said. "We'll be offered all-star players, but they'll have age or other reasons to cause us concerns."

And Kornheiser:

"Good job," Nash said, shaking hands with Gugliotta and Cheaney after the nationally televised ceremony. "At least we didn't lose any ground." So this is what it's come to after all these years of heartache in the lottery: satisfaction at simply not being skunked. Smiling wanly, Nash said, "That was my fear -- slipping to seven or eight."

1995, quoting Richard Justice: As if all the losses and all the injuries weren't enough, the Washington Bullets remain among the unluckiest of NBA teams. Today, the league's second-worst record got them only the fourth pick in the June 28 college draft.

"A bit disappointed," Coach Jim Lynam said. "Given the process, you come here with some expectation of getting the top pick or at least holding your spot. To fall back is disappointing."

"We knew there were more than five talented players in this draft and we couldn't pick lower than five," Nash said. "It's some consolation to be fourth. You like to have the ability to have others react to what you're doing. We have to react to others. I can't tell you what the top three teams are going to do. As strange as it sounds, we might get the same player with the fourth pick that we'd get with the second pick."

And Kornheiser:

Had Les Boulez finally only held serve with the No. 2 pick, they wouldn't be in this mess. But this is Les Boulez, remember? Luck is the only four-letter word they don't hear.

Every year, they're in the lottery, and every year someone else gets to yell "Bingo!" "I'm all tingly to be here again," Bullets President Susan O'Malley said sarcastically. "I feel a little like Susan Lucci."

1999, quoting Steve Wyche: Once again, the NBA lottery did not do the Washington Wizards any favors. The bouncing balls determined this evening that the Wizards will pick seventh at the NBA draft June 30 at MCI Center.

Washington had hoped to select no lower than sixth, its pre-draft position based on having the sixth-worst record (18-32) in the league this season. But the bouncing balls that determine the draft order moved the Wizards back a slot, the fourth time in five lottery finishes in the 1990s that Washington has lost ground.

"There is nothing drastic [about the drop] and I don't think it increases or decreases anything you want to do, including selecting a good player," Wizards General Manager Wes Unseld said. "We're going to get a player that we need."

And Wilbon:

There are no more than six players in the upcoming draft who, from where we sit now, appear capable of immediately helping an NBA team. Your Washington Wizards will be picking No. 7. So what else is new?

2000, quoting Steve Wyche: Michael Jordan, as president of basketball operations for the Wizards, saw his new team maintain normal lottery fortunes. Washington, slotted sixth entering the lottery, dropped a spot in the blind draw, leaving the Chicago Bulls with the seventh overall pick.

"We still got bad luck in the house," Jordan said. "It's unfortunate that we didn't get what we were hoping for, but in all honesty we had to plan as if we didn't have it. That's not going to change the way we're going to pursue to get this organization back to where we have to get it. It would have been great to have that wild card in regards to creativity in the offseason."

2002, quoting Todd Jacobson: The Washington Wizards failed to move up from the 11th spot when the Ping-Pong balls finally settled at halftime of Game 1 of the Boston Celtics-New Jersey Nets Eastern Conference finals.

"We pretty much thought that's where we were going to be," Unseld said. "With seven balls in the hopper, we have sort of been working and looking at that position."

2003, quoting Rachel Nichols: The Wizards, meantime, stayed stuck at No. 10, much to the chagrin of Juan Dixon, who represented the team along with professional scout Wes Unseld Jr.

"I really thought we might get a lottery pick," Dixon said. "But I think we're still going to get a really good player, someone who will help our team over the hump and into the playoffs."

2004, quoting Steve Wyche: The Washington Wizards entered Wednesday's NBA draft lottery hoping its third-worst league record would pay off. As fate would have it, things broke just as poorly as they did during the regular season. Instead of landing a top-three pick for the June 24 draft, Washington fell to the No. 5 spot.

"Everybody wants the number one pick but traditionally one team moves up," Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld said. "We'll get the best player available at number five or the pick could be an asset for us."

And Wilbon:

You didn't actually expect good luck, did you? There's no good karma for a franchise that has missed the playoffs 15 of the past 16 seasons, that couldn't maximize the presence of Michael Jordan, that couldn't get it right when it did have the No. 1 overall pick. So the Wizards went back to doing what they've done so many times in the past: dropping in the lottery.

Their reward for another absolutely lousy season is having the fifth pick in a draft one player deep. They are as cursed as the Red Sox and Cubs, just over a shorter period of time. When the Clippers -- the sorry, no-account, bad-news, luckless Clippers! -- knock you out of one of the top three picks, it's time to call an exorcist. The Wizards dropped behind the Clippers and an expansion team in Charlotte in last night's draft lottery. There can't be a more forlorn team in professional sports.

2009, quoting Michael Lee: A worst-case scenario season yielded a worse-case scenario result for the Washington Wizards at the NBA draft lottery, as the team that could choose no lower than fifth landed the No. 5 pick in the June draft. Hoping for a potential franchise building block to add to a team that already boasts three all-stars, the Wizards were jumped by three teams despite having the second-best odds to win the top overall pick.

"We feel comfortable with the fifth pick, but we are going to explore our options to see what can make us the best possible team next year," Grunfeld said. "But we feel, if we have all of our pieces out there, it would be hard for any young player to come in and break into the lineup -- even if it was the first pick."

"The positive is, the four teams that are in front of us are in the Western Conference, we're number one in the East," Saunders said. "We're going to have an opportunity to have potentially the best talent to come into the Eastern Conference."

And Wilbon:

A night that began with the promise of Blake Griffin ended the moment the Grizzlies moved from the sixth spot into the top three. You could have clicked over to "American Idol" right then and there. Sure enough, the Wizards came away with the worst-possible result in the NBA draft lottery: fifth.

That leaves 2001, when the Wizards actually won the draft lottery. And then took Kwame Brown with the first overall pick. Which is probably worse than just losing the damn thing.

"I'm ready to explode," Abe Pollin said then. "Calls have been coming in from my brother and friends. We all had our fingers crossed. I think it's a sign. With Doug Collins as our new coach, and the number one draft choice, maybe it's a sign that finally our luck has turned around and we're going to do well, be competitive for our fans."

So that's the history. Embrace it. Feel its cold sweat pour over your body. Drink in its stench. And turn off your television.


The Wizards finally win the lottery. Whoooo!

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 17, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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"in 12 of their 13 previous trips to the lottery, the Wizards/Bullets have either failed to move up or have actually moved down in the draft order."

Moving up to draft Kwame should also count as a negative. So, 13 for 13!

Posted by: ThisGuy | May 17, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Seriously? That "something called a ying-yang" is a popular symbol in Chinese philosophy, signifying complementary opposites that combine with each other for form balance.

I guess when you were in Beijing for the Olympics, you were too busy spending time watching foreigners eat maggots on a stick to actually learn about basic Chinese culture.

Posted by: jwpastuszek | May 17, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

We're worse than being the Clippers of the East, at least they get #1 overall picks.

Posted by: DaveLopan | May 17, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

In what world was Revolution 9 a hit? Oh, and jwpastuszek, the joke might be because it's actually yin and yang.

Posted by: hankbr | May 17, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

There is equal probablity of only two outcomes tomorrow:

1) We will not move up but rather move down to lowest lottery spot, decide no quality player will live up to expectation, and then summarily trade the pick with this years champion for a ham sandwich


2) We will win the lottery and first overall pick and with it pick the latest combined incarnation Kwame Brown and John "hotplate" Williams.

Posted by: gatsu | May 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz WILL move down.

Especially with the cursed Pollin's name still tied to the franchise.

Just say "NO!" to Irene Pollin at the lottery!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, what a depressing summary! Perfect for a rainy day...

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | May 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I think what jwpastuszek meant to say was:

"Seriously? That 'something called a ying-yang' is the single lamest tattoo any poseur ever gets. It's on the ankle or arm of every loser in the world.

I guess when you were at Dave & Buster's, you were too busy spending time playing skeeball to actually learn about basic loser culture."

Posted by: Urnesto | May 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Also, fyi, John "Hot Plate" Williams was a #14 pick. It's not bad luck that he didn't work out. Less than half of the #14's work out.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? Is a "ying-yang" anything like a yin-yang symbol?

Because I know what yin and yang are, and I'll bet Agent Steinz does, too. I'll even use them in a sentence: "Ah, Smithers, you've always been the sober yin to my raging yang." - C. Montgomery Burns

A "ying-yang", though? Beats the hell outta me.

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Stern needs to stop playing and stop loading up or balls.

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | May 17, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

If eigth is the worst the Wizards can pick, then #8 it is.

Posted by: anw821 | May 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a conspiracy nut, but I always thought the draft lottery was fixed. I've felt that way since the expansion Magic won the lottery in '92 and '93.

And the only time the Wizards moved up? When Jordan was the head exec.

It's all circumstantial, and I'm aware that I'm an idiot. But they do hold this thing behind closed doors, right?

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 17, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually, when you consider it, winning one out of 13 is probably pretty good, considering that the Bullzards usually come in at 9, 10, or 11, from which it is very hard to win.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | May 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm no conspiracy theorist either but have long believed the NBA and David Stern to be just corrupt enough and just arrogant enough and just morally bankrupt enough to rig their own lottery. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence over the years to suggest something isn't right...and yes, for years they held the actual lottery behind closed doors--which didn't exactly help with the suspicions.

Personally I think they should do away with the lottery--teams already attempt to throw games towards the end of the year anyway (as the Wizards did in their season finale). No other sport seems to need a lottery as a deterrent, so why the NBA? NFL and MLB have plenty of can't miss stars waiting with the first overall pick, yet their commissioners don't feel a need to institute a lottery to prevent teams from intentionally tanking.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 17, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

If it were possible the Wiz would be drafting last, behind the NBA Champs. What's that old country music theme; "if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all". That's the Wiz's legacy that Ted L. has to work to change.

Posted by: norfolkoms | May 17, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Actually, when you consider it, winning one out of 13 is probably pretty good, considering that the Bullzards usually come in at 9, 10, or 11, from which it is very hard to win.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | May 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to go way out on a limb here, but I'm guessing you didn't do too well in math classes growing up? Just a hunch.

Moving up to one of the top 3 spots one time in 13 years is extremely, extremely unlikely--even if they've been 9, 10, or 11th several times. It would be interesting to see the exact odds of only moving up once in 13 years taking into effect the individual odds each year, but no doubt they are incredibly slim.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 17, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

From the files of insane predictions with no chance of coming true, I will go out on a limb and say that not only will the Wizards move up this year, but they will be the only team outside of the three worst teams (best odds) that ends up in the top three.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 17, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"If it were possible the Wiz would be drafting last, behind the NBA Champs."

Funny thing is that they WILL be drafting LAST, behind the NBA Champs because they have Cleveland's pick.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? All of that happened? No, no, no- that never happened. Of course, I'm in denial. What did you expect?

"That leaves 2001, when the Wizards actually won the draft lottery. And then took Kwame Brown with the first overall pick. Which is probably worse than just losing the damn thing."

Sorry, I had to laugh at that one because it's very true.

Posted by: RedCherokee | May 17, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"'Revolution 9' was a hit for the Beatles"
David Aldridge (whoever he is) has no clue. Revolution #9 is 9 minutes of weird sounds and random spoken voices, probably the one beatles song that is farthest from being a hit.
Revolution 1 (or just Revolution) was the hit that was used in the Nike commercial, because we all know that true revolution and social changes come from paying $100 for shoes that cost $1 to make in a sweatshop.

Posted by: junkiwonteverread | May 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Not only was Revolution #9 a smash hit for the Beatles, it also became a popular dance tune at weddings, birthday parties and bar mitzvahs right through the early 1970s.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Id love to see who the bullets / wizards took with all those first round picks. I guess I could look it up but it would be nice in this article. They fell in the draft and took......

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 17, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

i looked it up:

draft history

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 17, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz WILL move down.

Especially with the cursed Pollin's name still tied to the franchise.

Just say "NO!" to Irene Pollin at the lottery!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz

To EVERYONE hatin' on Mrs Pollin going to the lottery....let it go.

Abe Pollin is dead. The team is being sold to Leonsis. The woman is a widow. And it's just a bleepin' basketball team. Stop pretending they've somehow ruined your lives or that some ping-pong balls will make it all better. Show some respect.

Posted by: ts35 | May 17, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I think with the Bullets curse leaving, some of the hating Wizards nitwits also should die too.

Good luck to the rest of us Bullets fans tomorrow night.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 18, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Over the years Les Boulez (before the lottery often drafted poorly with whatever pick they had. there has to be more than one reason for not coming close to winning another championship in over 30 years. the buck stops with the owner!
First time in the lottery with a new owner..will it help?
CHANGE THE NAME BACK TO THE BULLETS! These guys have been anything but wizards!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | May 18, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Very few (if any) teams have a winning record in moving up, the odds are at most one team per year is going to move up. The Timberwolves, for example, are 0 for 13, a worse record than the Bullzards.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | May 18, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I always believed the NBA draft has been fixed. Maybe Stern will feel sorry for us and give us the first pick. The better question is will the Wizards blow it or traded it. Abe liked his aged veterans as oppose to young talent now that he has passed away what will be the plan.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | May 18, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I think this is the year we move up to the 3rd spot. We won't finish in the top 2 but we will move up.

Posted by: jeremybozz | May 18, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

DC is a cursed sports town, period. I think Old Man Cook struck a deal w/ the devil in return for those three Lombardi Trophies.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | May 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz and (insert any word) are a disaster!!

Posted by: bundy44 | May 18, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we should stop complaining about the Wiz's "luck" with the lottery and call out the team for drafting horribly. Last year, drafting at number 5, they not only traded Rubio away, but they passed on Steph Curry, Brandon Jennings, Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, Omri Casspi, and Roddy Beaubois for what was essentially Mike Miller and Randy Foye. Are you kidding me?

What about drafting McGee over Hickson, Ibaka, Hibbert, and Courtney Lee? Or how about Pecherov over Rondo?

A lot of teams have had worse picks than the Wiz over the last few years (see San Antonio) but have had much better talent. How does SA end up with Dejuan Blair and George Hill that late in the draft? I'd take either of those guys over anybody the Wiz have on their roster.

Even if the Wiz get a top 3 pick, they'd probably choke and draft Demarcus Cousins or Cole Aldrich. The Wiz have shown no scouting ability and no ability to develop talent. THAT is why they remain one of the worst organizations in the NBA.

Posted by: wu_chang1999 | May 18, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

IF Lebron leaves CLE for NYC you can guarantee that CLE will get the number 1 pick soon after when a big player is coming out.

Also, its easy to look after a draft and say the Wizards could have picked certain players but didn't. A lot of those players had issues and no one was waisting first round picks on them. thats why the dropped. A lot of guys you pick them in the first round and they flop but as second rounders they have a chip on their shoulder and they over achieve.

The Wizards issue is player development. They wouldn't know what to do with a good young player if they had one.

Posted by: HanMy | May 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"To EVERYONE hatin' on Mrs Pollin going to the lottery....let it go."

Coming from a non-Wizards fan.

I'm not saying I wish death on anyone, Good Lord. I'm saying the Pollin name is cursed when it comes to DC sports.

As a fan on both the Bullets/Wiz and Caps I have endured many heart wrenching moments over the years and I have suffered as the Pollins gave blind trust to individuals who were not meant to run these franchises.

The Pollins need to go away and give someone else a chance. As you said it's time to move on and I can't wait for Ted to take over and point this ship in the right direction.

I'm just waiting for the "curse" to be lifted.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Nice column, Mr. Buzzkill.

Posted by: SoCal | May 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse


You're losing it. I have zero doubt in my mind that every single executive in the NBA without exception would draft McGee over Courtney Lee. McGee might be the 2nd most athletic big man in the league after DHoward. You try to attack EG but then raise Courtney Lee, because you maybe heard Barkley say one year ago when Lee still played for the Magic that he plays ok defense for a rookie. You lost all credibility. Yes, at a low pick, EG drafted an incredibly athletic 7 footer who is 19 and growing over an undersized two-guard with no outside shot who is 21. How horrible.

Also, Hibbert is a less athletic Muresean; Hickson may be the most overrated player in the NBA simply because he was a trade asset on LeBron's team. Ibaka is fine but more people would still today take McGee because of potential.

To be fair, Pecherov over Rondo was a bad draft by EG, obviously. Rondo sank (like Blair) and EG should have scooped him up.

Also, you're upset because EG made the Foye/Miller trade instead of drafting Caspri?? Do you even watch basketball? Yes, he drafted contributors over a marginal prospect who will be in Europe in 3 years.

You can't be so boring. Just because "The Sports Guy" mentions someone doesn't mean that makes him instantly good. Go back to carrying Courtney Lee's jock.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 18, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse


What a strange post. I don't think there's much hating going on at all considering that Pollin was a bad owner for 40 years. Why are you even on here sending three-page posts if it's just basketball? I mean, you couldn't have been more hypocritical if that was your goal. You shouldn't hate just for the sake of hating. That's weird.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 18, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"What about drafting McGee over Hickson, Ibaka, Hibbert, and Courtney Lee?"

For starters, how can anybody criticize the Wiz for drafting McGee and then turn around and sing the praises of Ibaka??

Secondly, it never fails that when people try to go back in time and judge a draft, they always screw-up the order guys were picked.

Hickson was picked by Cleveland with the pick directly before the Wiz and Hibbert was long gone before the Wiz picked McGee.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 18, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"i looked it up:
draft history"

Hmmm I did not know the Bullets drafted Jamie Dixon the Pittsburgh coach.

Ugh when the draft used to be 7 rounds. ewwwwwwwwww

Speaking of ewww we drafted Rod Thorn with the second overall pick? And nabbed Larry Brown with the 55 overall pick in the same draft?

Posted by: dcinmd1 | May 18, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Clippers are the Wizards of the west

Posted by: heathdog1119 | May 18, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

My prediction: David Stern realized when the judge gave Gilbert no jail time that he had overreacted to Gilbert's finger-pistols jesture and that he should not have suspended Gilbert for the entire season, while allowing Delonte West--whose crime was far, far worse--continue to play. To not only make amends, but as a farewell gift to Abe Pollin and a welcome aboard gesture to Ted Leonsis, Stern decides to have Wizards move up in tonight's draft. Not necessarily the first overall pick, but one of the top 3.

Deep down Mr. Stern, you know you owe us. This is the only way to make things right.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 18, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The curse is broken! John Wall baby!

Posted by: zimmasterslim | May 18, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

#1 Pick. Nice call, genius.

Posted by: ebreenjr | May 18, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice!!!! Num 1 Pick!!!

Love the article...needed that to switch the luck!!

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | May 18, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

talk about irony.

Posted by: mja712 | May 18, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

My prediction: David Stern realized when the judge gave Gilbert no jail time that he had overreacted to Gilbert's finger-pistols jesture and that he should not have suspended Gilbert for the entire season, while allowing Delonte West--whose crime was far, far worse--continue to play. To not only make amends, but as a farewell gift to Abe Pollin and a welcome aboard gesture to Ted Leonsis, Stern decides to have Wizards move up in tonight's draft. Not necessarily the first overall pick, but one of the top 3.

Deep down Mr. Stern, you know you owe us. This is the only way to make things right.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 18, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse


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