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Gilbert, a Father

Gilbert Arenas was excused from practice today so he could be in Oakland for the birth of his baby boy, Alijah Amani Arenas. Arenas said he is going to fly back to D.C. on Saturday and should arrive at Verizon Center around 5 p.m., though he was a little concerned about the weather that has hit the area. I'll keep you all posted on Agent Zero's status for tomorrow night's game -- a must win by the way.

Antawn Jamison was also excused from practice for "personal reasons", but I'm told it's nothing serious and he will be in the starting lineup tomorrow night.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 16, 2007; 2:52 PM ET
 
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Congrats Gilby. I hope this big step helps him grow up a little. Great player, but needs to act his age.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 16, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

act his age? have you seen most of the 25 yr olds around?? ;-)


his kid's initials are triple A.. ;-p

Posted by: hmmmmm | March 16, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping they would go with Weber! Congradulations Gil! Hope You make it for Sat. night, we need this one!

Posted by: GM | March 16, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Problem is he acts like he's 15, not 25.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 16, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Yay!

"Problem is he acts like he's 15, not 25."

You mean he acts like you do, right?

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 16, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

If he acted like me, he wouldn't be a clown, like you.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 16, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I've been gone for about 2 weeks, but I can see that some things never change :/

Posted by: Gack | March 16, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Gacks Back! 88'er started this one out with a halfway nice tribute to Arenas, just couldn't bring himself to leave it at that.
I thought drinks out with the fellas on St. Paddy's Day was going to put him in a better frame of mind.
But I'm still in shock Gilbert is a great player! It's a step! Backslid a little, but man you took a step there!

Posted by: GM | March 16, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

GM, what world are you from? I told you that YOU need to go have a drink and stop obsessing over me. You must be his PR rep, b/c you make it sound like in your eyes, he's perfect in every sense.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 16, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Who is this guy? You sound like some bitter wanna be are you even a Wizard fan, or are you one of those people that wears your Arenas jersey when he gets player of the week. I am so tired of you fake fans with your negative comments, I want to hear the Verizon center make some noise and get ready for the playoffs, lets go 6th man stop belly acheing and do your part.

Posted by: Dwilson | March 17, 2007 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Great,
Happy for Gil, I just hope he makes it on time for tonight (and he scores 82 points if you know what I'm saying).

Posted by: Mehdi | March 17, 2007 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Who the heck are you? Shut up already!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 17, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

What's with all the press this time! I remember Gil never mention that he was expecting the first child. No one knew until he did that article in the Washington Post back in October. This is suppose to be by the same (BABY MAMA), who he said he's not with.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Wizards won so impressively w/out Caron (I know its only New Orleans). How did Blatche play tonight?

Posted by: George Templeton | March 17, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"How did Blatche play tonight?"

Started and played VERY well, had 10 and 7 if I remember correctly. Looks like Jordan listened to me after all. ;)

That guys is going to average 20 and 10 one day. He can run the floor and had crazy long arms. I've genuinelly loved watching him develope right before our eyes. Crazy to think someone nearly took his life a year and a half ago. What a shame that would have been.

When Jamison gets going so does Gilbert. I really think they try and best each other out there. They did it again tonight, looks like they are playing "horse" to me. :)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 17, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I think Ray must be Irish and won a lottery to coach the on Wiz St. Paddy's Day! Long, Long line-ups. Haywood, Blatch, and Jamison controled the boards and got tempo going. Booth, Songalia, and a little Etan and very little Ruffin kept it going from the bench and we out rebounded the league's leading rebounding team by 11. Control the boards and control tempo.
What a game from Gilbert! He really is focusing in like a laser. St. Patrick's Day and we're in first place. It's been awhile. Team looks like they're really rounding into shape with some great bench play again tonight and Stevenson is really coming up big to help out on offense.
Look for the Wiz to come out and be really ready to play against Portland. The home game against Portland was by far the worst game they played all year. I think they'll come out with a maxium effort to get off to a positive start to the week on the road.
Eddie deserves a pat on the back and rethinking Jarvis starting and going with Blatch, they'll still be lineups that Blatch will struggle against. But we've got some great bench flexibilty right now, and the rookie really made the most of the start. Great move for his confidence! Ray, I don't think EG will let this kid or Stevenson go anywhere.
Well Lisa, as I said once before I'm only 1/2 a Geriatic man. When you get to 50, you don't need sombody rushing you to 100! I disagree with you, 25 not 19, still lives with mom, but you can't that bitter by 19. I'm guessing same age as Gilbert, that's why the million dollar birthday party got in his crawl so bad.

Posted by: GM | March 17, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

"Great move for his confidence!"

Should never have deactivated him to begin with. I thought that was a horrible move. I had to chuckle when I saw they were starting Blatche tonight though. :)

Makes me wonder if EG put something into Jordan's ear.

Stevenson is going to want to bank after this season, I'm not sure the Wiz are going to want to do that and keep Hayes also. He shown he can make his shots when given the chance and play solid defense. Remember Polin said he would NOT go over the luxury tax. I think whomever they sign they will let the other walk and my fear is they will sign Hayes.

Blatche will be around for a while I think, but I also think someone is going to make a push for that kid. He's not so much a secret anymore. He kinda makes you "drool" because he shows flashes of the natural ability to play basketball at a high level. Something Kwame Brown only wishes he had. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 17, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Great game tonight by the Wiz! Really needed it as it appears the Heat are never going to lose again....nor are the Cavs.

GM, I still think 19 (the 88 in the name and he acts like it) - lives with parents -especially since he has not denied it. Also thinking not athletic - perhaps sex starved which would kind of explain the awful sexual comments.

Posted by: Lisa | March 17, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

EJ is making me f'ing dizzy! One day he is shortening his rotation and the next he plays all 12 players, starts Blatche, and the team looks great. This team needs input from everyone on most nights. The Wiz are inconsistent bc his coaching is so inconsistent. It's really annoying.

I guarantee Stevenson stays here for between 12 - 17 million. He loves this team and Arenas and him are best buds. Hayes is gone and I don't care. Blatche needs to be locked up to a longer term deal soon. Ray, I agree that he will be a 20/10 guy in about 3 yrs. I almost guarantee it.

Posted by: Rob P | March 17, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone for all the info. Maybe an impressive victory like this could encourage Jordan to stick with this lineup/rotation while Caron is recuperating.

Posted by: George Templeton | March 17, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I missed this one, it would have been a much need hoops tonic after the Terps' choke job today.

From the recaps it seems like pretty much the complete opposite of what you'd expect from the typical Wiz game plan as of late... winning without Caron, Hibachi is on, the whole bench is contributing, EJ starts Bulletproof over Arvis, we actually outrebounded somebody...

Posted by: Gack | March 17, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT DIRECT TV. Have you seen the commercial where they scoff at taking floor seats at the Lakers game against the Wizards. How can they air that in the DC market. I think they forgot Gil dropped 60 on them. I will never consider direct TV again!

Posted by: Michael Nakamoto | March 18, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Wizards Truths:

1. Antawn is just as important, if not more important, than anyone else on this team. He is clearly the leader who the other guys look up to. When the zero was running the show without the other two, Les Boules couldn't win jack, and looked gawdawful. Then the excuses started rolling out, and the apologists dug in. Fools!

2. As I said before, this team must share the ball in order to win. Team ended up over their season average in assists. Some idiot here said that the only way they could win is for Agent Gilby to focus solely on shooting and a helter skelter style, not passing. Senility hitting home early, whether your 50 or 100.

This the same idiot who swore Les Boules never moved up in the draft lottery, although Les Boules luckily got more ping pong balls in 2001 to get Kwame. Could it be Parkinsons?

3. A funny thing happened during the game. Agent Gilby had zero turnovers, but in one play, he got double teamed and tried to split the D, but ended up turning over the ball. Both analysts commented that it was a bad move and he tried to do too much, as Agent Gilby should have passed. Passing is smart basketball. Passing results in assists. Team ball wins games, not helter skelter pipe dreams.

4. As much as Gilby hates Defense, Defense wins games. They ended up with 7 more DefRebs, and 11 more total, to go along with 9 steals. Once again, Gilby proven wrong. Yeah Zero, better play some D and like it too. The c$nt on this blog plays D and likes it too.

4. Let's not get too too high though. Some dumb c$nts on this blog like to go ga ga whenever and wherever. Agent gilby can't go wrong in her eyes, but for sure, the Hornets are a suckee suckee team, as the c$nt would know. They're a .439 team. Les Boules should have and did win this game easy.

5. EJ will continue to be unpredictable with who gets how much PT. Boothe got in, but so did Ruffin, who got a bit more PT than Etan. AB, who was moved off the roster, came back strong. Enough to convince EJ? Maybe not.

6. Antawn had the J going, but I didn't see much interior scoring. If Les Boules want to do something in the playoffs, being a jump shooting team with no interior threats is a concern.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I see Clewiston88 (DC Man88) is still here calling other posters "idiots," etc. Why doesn't the Post ban him from this blog when he constantly issues such crude personal attacks?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 1:58 AM | Report abuse

No way EG signs Jarvis at the expense of Stevenson. We should give Stevenson $14-$17Mil over 3-4 years. We should also try to lock up Blatche for 3-5 years at a sensible amount.

As for Jarvis, he should be let go and replaced with a rookie/draft pick. We plays too soft for someone 6'8 and 225. He cannot drive to the bucket and jam anymore. He is a spot up shooter, except he is not accurate. If we cannot find a backup for Caron, Jarvis comes back at the league minimum. He simply is not very valuable. Songalia has been on this team for about 22 games and has played 3 games better than Jarvis has ever played.

Has EJ lost his mind? He's considering possibly starting Ruffin, WTF? Ruffin is disaster on offense and his defense is not that great that it makes up for it. He has bad hands. Whenever he gets fouled and has to shot free throws, it is the same as a TO. Hopefully tonight showed him to slide AJ over to the SF, start Blatche and give Songalia extra run.

EJ is a decent coach, probably a better assistant than head coach. His rotations and roster decisions are head scratchers at times.

Posted by: Chad | March 18, 2007 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Who the heck am I? I should shut up shouldn't I?

I want to be coach, so I can become a bigger...oh what's that phrase from the 80's I'm still using...."fudgepacker"! That's it!

Now where's my rogaine.

For below my equator, Cause apparently I got nothing up top: brains or hair.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 3:36 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz are a team I enjoy following from afar- the first round playoff in '06 was fabulous..at least for us Cavs fans..
But the reality - the Wiz are so terrible defensively, allow lots of points and allow 47% shooting....the guy with the biggest heart is Butler and he is hurt at the exact wrong time of the season. Agent zero is a compiler, not a winner, at least at this point in his career...lots of recognition for a 41-42% shooter..

Posted by: DC in C - Town | March 18, 2007 8:36 AM | Report abuse

"EJ is a decent coach, probably a better assistant than head coach. His rotations and roster decisions are head scratchers at times."

Lol, glad it hasn't been just me. ;)

Actually I don't think he's a good head coach at all but I won't get into that. I'm sure everyone on here is aware of my feelings on the subject. :)

Jordan likes Hayes for whatever reason, he will probably be here next year unfortunately. Just depends at how much. I'm hoping someone will take a chance and try and sign him for more money then the Wiz want to give him.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 18, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

How do you go from deactivating Blatche to starting him in the course of a couple of days? Sure, the Butler injury played a part. But Butler was injured before the Indiana game, and Blatche was told he would be inactive for the rest of the regular season. And, Butler being sidelined should logically mean that Blatche would just be activated and come off the bench. Someone had to say something to Jordan and the coaching staff to account for such a dramatic shift to starter. Ray suggested it could have been Grunfeld. Could be, but I tend to think it more likely came from the players. Ivan, can you find out why the shift? It could require some digging, because Jordan's not going to offer up any fully true answers, but something clearly happened to prompt this change.
(And after that performance, how can you consider starting Ruffin ahead of Blatche?)

Posted by: Henry | March 18, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Henry, what's your source for your statement that: "Blatche was told he would be inactive for the rest of the regular season." I don't recall seeing that anywhere. If it's true then obviously making him a starter is a puzzling turnaround. But not only haven't I heard it before, but it would be illogical to tell any player that kind of thing.

Posted by: Mitch | March 18, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Henry,

Eddie was interviewed after the game and he explained his decision to start Blatche. I can't remember exactly what he said but it was related to matchups and also having a veteran player on the floor to help out a less experienced one (Jamison & Blatche).

Posted by: Lisa | March 18, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Could be, but I tend to think it more likely came from the players."

Phil Chenier mentioned last night on TV that several players, including Jamison and Gil, went to Blatche after he was declared "inactive" for Indiana to be ready to play because they were going to need him.

You might be right Henry, and I certainly thought about that as Phil said that. I'm just thinking as coach Jordan answers to EG, and EG has been hyping up Blatche all year. He's clearly an EG favorite.

Maybe Ivan would know more.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 18, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Ray, I've got to wonder if EG didn't have something to do with that lineup switch myself. If he did, it was done in a smart professional way, he let Eddie change his mind. Blatch's play and it's effect on game tempo should etch that lineup in stone til Caron gets back. You can't control tempo until you control the boards. That lineup and the combos off the bench really controled the boards which let the Wiz push tempo and get out of the half court game.
Like the Suns and to a lessor extent Dallas, we are fried if teams can force us into walk it up basketball. Songalia getting healthy is hugh. What a smart player, caused alot of turnovers and disrupted their offense with those little deflections. And for the second game in a row the guy is perfect from the field.
I think Stevenson has found himself a home here. Based on his foray into free agency last year, I think he'll resign here for a reasonable extension. One more peice of the pie at a relatively cap friendly contract. With the expiring contracts that EG has accumulated the possibility of a deal with a team seeking cap releif looms this off season. Jarvis could be part of a deal like that as a sign and trade that may work out for everyone.
With Blatch, and Pechy coming over, and a healthy Songalia, we may see more small forward in Jamison's future and Caron may get some minutes at shooting gaurd to allow us to go big when needed. And that seems to be where Jarvis has his most productive minutes so the makes him the odd man out. I'm sure EG has the wheels turning in his mind, like I said before this team is a work in progress. We've got a really smart GM that know's how to build.
I think next year, he will be looking hard at what we have with these two young bigs. If in two to three years one of them breaks through to be a 20/10 guy we will be really good, if they would both pan out this team would have a great future.
Well so I'm an idiot, we're in first place and driving for the playoffs and the grand "stratergery" is to be tank the season, hope to qaulify for the lottery and move up to get Oden. By the way the kid hasn't even declared yet. After the way he looked yesterday I wouldn't pin my rebuilding plans on him quite yet, unless you're looking forward to a LONG project.
Durant is the much more NBA ready player right now. But as a defender he sure isn't even as good as Jamison, can't see the beginning of an upside there to go tanking a season for. Mark my words on this one, there will be players picked at 18 to 25 that will be Allstars before guys picked at the top of this draft.
For the second time he said, We WON by getting to move up and pick Kwame? REALLY, that was winning? EG was an absolute genius to trade the biggest bust of a number one pick ever and get an Allstar. I think of the top 8 picks in that draft Gasol is the only one with his original team and he's on the block.
And that draft was so highly regarded that Jerry Krause traded Elton Brand(the Allstar and team USA Elton Brand) so he could have an extra top 3 pick and end up with 2 out of three amoung Kwame, Chandler and Curry. We all see how that worked out for the Bulls. Other than being able to rob the Knicks they got nothing. Chandler has developed into a very overpaid one dimensional player and Curry is developing a lowpost offense but is not a dominate center, he plays poor defense and is a lack rebounder. So NEVER count your NBA allstars BEFORE they've been drafted! We won, and moved up and got Kwame! good greif!
Sorry about this long post, but I can't leave without answering Lisa. I'm still thinking 25, the high school and young college kids I employ think Homophobics are SO... 90's as they say. The sexual remarks do smack of someone in there that's stuck in his teens, but you just can't get that plain mean in 19 years.
I didn't know it til my one son went to college, but today in Business Majors they require all kinds of classes to train you the how to know what your employees are thinking so that you relate to them better. I'm old school, if they're mean and stupid you fire their ass! So I'd wager he's run into a few old school guys like me and hit the bricks a few times by now, that explains his hatred of us old farts.
The sexual comments and c$nt with the dollar sign tells me he's never had it without paying for it. And the posters that come on here start posting and then vanish when someone notices indicate a pretty sick puppy. Or Puppies.
Since the Post let's him continue to insult other posters here, I'm wondering if he's not connected there somehow. And Gilbert gets under his skin because they're the same age Gilbert had a million dollar birthday party, and he had nobody to lite his candle. The thing's probably never been lit, unless it's self igniting!

Posted by: GM | March 18, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

On the issue of WaPo and blog abuse, let me just say I've emailed them several times, and they do not care. Haven't gotten a single response, ever.

Your only real option is to just ignore it, guys.

Posted by: Gack | March 18, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah....HE mentioned one play where Gil should have passed the ball. Since Gil had 11 (count em) assists last night and played a pretty darn great game, it's sad that someone still has to single out ONE play.

Posted by: Lisa | March 18, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

For those that were complaining about that DirecTV commercial that disses the Wizards...

I caught it last week when I was in 'Zona. Just saw it again, and they've changed it. Now, they only identify it as a Lakers home game. Apparently someone heard that DC was offended. Heh.

Posted by: FightinOtter | March 18, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Blatche, Booth and Songaila. Getting better every game. They rebound, they pass, they shoot, they steal. Booth and Songaila in particular know how to play team ball. We're going to win against the likes of Miami and Cavs with "big ball".

Posted by: rickgonz | March 18, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Free agent wise, looks like it'll come down to DS and Jarvis, and they'll probably pick DS unless he asks for max dollars. If they let Jarvis walk without compensation, it'll be egg on the franchise's face, once again. That was the transition offseason where MJ was axed and the scouting team was in the toilet because Dishonest Abe was cheap.

Unseld ended up picking Jarvis, and many players after him have shown more potential. They include Pietras, David West, Kapono, Mo Williams, Kyle Korver, and especially Barbosa and Josh Howard. Unseld rode off into the sunset after that, to get hip replacement surgery and tend to his garden. Oh well, you win some, and you lose some. In Les Boules' case, you potentially lose two for nothing (Jared and Jarvis).

Oh yeah, Gilby had 11 assists, which reinforced my point that this team wins with team ball, not helter skelter individual ball like the old alzheimer's dude suggested. Thanks! He who thinks helter skelter ball will take you far should be taken out back and put out of his misery.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan has seen the light, tallball beats smallball any day.

Posted by: GM | March 18, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

88'er, when did you climb out from under your rock?

Posted by: GM | March 18, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you seen Gil's Adidas commercial? I love it...

Posted by: Lisa | March 18, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The only one here that is dishonest is ME!

I need to steal for rogaine.
My brain is cold from having no hair.T
Thus explains my anger & MORONIC COMMENTS.
BTW, ONLY A CRACKER LIKE ME WOULD COME UP WITH A MONIKER GILBY. Since I use the term that I stole from TK, "les boules" (& I don't have the decency to even plagiarize correctly), I should have gone with the french pronunciation of Gilbert.

DEFINTELY, WHITE TRASH ORIGINALITY THERE.
Clewiston88

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"I think Stevenson has found himself a home here."

I love the guy, but the NBA is also a business. I hope he stays but I don't think he will, or better yet the Wiz will be able to afford him.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 18, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yep, we all got you 88'er the Wizard's win last night proves that you're right. So please tell us more about the secrets of the game!
Maybe you and the boys can educate us all and we can see the light and the error of our ways. You the man!
Gilbert Arenas had 30 points and 11 assists because the Wiz controled the boards, pushed tempo, and got out of the 1/2 court game. That's winning basketball, has been since the great Celtics teams, the Showtime Lakers and today's Suns or Mavericks.
You create offense off of the defensive boards, get out and push tempo and have a great point guard that can create in the open floor.
So Gil has a great night, the Wiz have a big win and it reinforces your point. Yep, we got you you the man!

Posted by: GM | March 18, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Like I said if Les Boules (that's my misspelled french ppl!) played like hoosiers, they be like the old Bullets: Jeff Malone & Jeff Ruland.

Boy how I luve mediocre, uninspired brand of Basketball.

Just like mt life!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Ray, I agree the league is a business, I just think after Stevenson's foray in to free agency last season and the lack of cap money this year he'll be inclined to want to sign an extension that gives him security and allows him to stay with a contender.

Posted by: GM | March 18, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious!

This blog has turned into a self help group for those losers whom I've tortured. Now, they commiserate by making up strange stories about me just to make themselves feel better. I guess that must be step #1. Whatever works for you people! Onward and forward to the Blazers game!

Les Boules Rock!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 18, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets hear it for the Magic who crunched the Heat in Miami. I wish the Wizards could do that.

Posted by: George Templeton | March 18, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ivan just said in a Post story that EJ is going to start Ruffin while Caron is injured. Let's see, Blatche is deactivated, then he starts and plays well, now he's benched for RUFFIN!!
ARGHHH!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Finally some attention. Everyone else has ignored me. Except myself.
Yes...I your help friend. But @ least I get to have a conversation with - me! I love it. Some attention. Cause without me, I'd be hanging from the ceiling by now.

Step 1 or 2 or 3 or 12. Just to be recognized. YAY! I do feel better.

Les Boules Rock! (Spoken like a pure white bred).

G'Nite bff DC Man88. (ooohhh is that how the aussie say it?!)

Clewinston88 - g'nite DC Man88.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"88'er, when did you climb out from under your rock?"

'bout the same time Mrs. GM crawled from under Lefty's two rocks from back in the barn while you were watchin' practice. Yeah, sweet sweet practice!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Gee, 88'er bringing up 12 step programs now. The only people that I've ever met that referenced 12 step programs were attendees. Did you make the step on your own, because that's great anybody can recover. Or was it court mandated? If it was, hope some of the brothers and sisters there can help you out and see that you need to take that first step.
Someday you'll see your anger comes from your addiction. That's good hate the drugs, hate the bottle! There still hope!
Wow, I'm sorry I thought you were just an angry screwup, I didn't mean mess with somebody that was in a program and trying to turn his life around. Good luck to you man, the brothers and sisters will be there for you.
This basketball thing, go to the library, check out "The History of the NBA", good reading. Might help you a little to understand the historical prospective of the game and help you with your facts a little. Stay strong, man.

Posted by: GM | March 19, 2007 7:11 AM | Report abuse

"On the issue of WaPo and blog abuse, let me just say I've emailed them several times, and they do not care. Haven't gotten a single response, ever.

Your only real option is to just ignore it, guys.

Posted by: Gack | March 18, 2007 11:33 AM"


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!

Get a life Gack!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Don't be angry, GM, just let it go. I know you can't though. You can't leave me alone, but that's fine. Tell the Missus I said hi. I know she didn't do too much talkin' in that barn though.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 7:27 AM | Report abuse

To the unsigned poster regarding Ruffin, I read Ivan's article - he did not say that Eddie was going to start Ruffin - he said he MAY start Ruffin. Appears Eddie is going to make game by game decisions on a starter.

Posted by: Lisa | March 19, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Mandated, that's ok you may pick up something that will help you later in life. About the barn, haven't owned one in 20 yrs. Didn't know my wife when I was at Maryland.
Heh, but if that's what you need to keep your dirty little fingers occupied, go right ahead. You've got your fantasies, the rest of us here got real lives to get back to.

Posted by: GM | March 19, 2007 8:03 AM | Report abuse

C'mon GM, you're obsessed.

Now, if you can make stuff up about me, then why can't I make stuff up about you? Don't be a hypocrite.

I've never held a gripe or been upset about what you made up about me, but you mentioned not long ago that you're still bothered about the missus comments. Get over it!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Sat courtside Saturday night. Man Chris Paul talks a lot of trash.

Posted by: gvp | March 19, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I decided to stay home cause I wanted to watch the Terps(oh well, maybe next year). Chenier and Buchantz were commenting about the trash talking on TV.
Looked like a running dialog going on. Just another day in the park.

Posted by: GM | March 19, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Someone asked where the idea of Blatche being inactive for the rest of the season (before Butler's injury, that is) came from - it was in one of Ivan Carter's articles, in Sunday's paper, Ivan mentioned that after being inactive last Wednesday against the Pacers, Blatche would likely have remained inactive for the rest of the season if not for Butler's injury clearing an active spot in the lineup. (Ivan mentioned it again in the Wiz article in today's paper, which was pretty Blatche-focused overall.)

You can see the Sunday article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/17/AR2007031701230.html

For today's article, just go to the front of the WP.com Sports section, I think. :-)

Posted by: Josh | March 19, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If I were EJ, I wouldn't start Blatche either. Reason is the second team needs scoring, and right now, there's no one up front who can do what Blatche does. First team already has AJ, Zero, and DS who look for their shot. It makes sense to put in a defensive guy at the 3 while Caron is out.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

As a longtime Wiz fan, I really enjoy this blog. Many of the regular posters are insightful, entertaining, and clearly very knowledgable about basketball.

As someone who doesn't have a dog in anybody's fight, though, I would like to say that DCMan88's crude commentary, and all the responses to it, really ruin this blog for the average joe.

I come here to read about basketball, not to read about some social retard with an attitude problem. Please, people, quit giving this kid the run he so desparately craves. Just ignore the twerp--it's obvious all he wants is attention.

...and that's all I'll ever have to say about that.

Posted by: smorg | March 19, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I second smorg's suggestion.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 07:27 "

It's BUWAHHHHAHHAAAA...dumb arse. Learn to use a lingo esp. for some1 who is on the net as much as you without the life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"I second smorg's suggestion.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:21 PM"

Just like Seconded your Mom's buffet last night. Take it b!tch & that goes for your mom too.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks - long time D.C. dweller. Just not impressed w/Wiz win Sat night. New Orleans Hornets not a tough team to beat. What do they have one maybe two descent players & no defense? The Wiz have what? 3, 4 or 5 strong players? one man out? So do the Mavs & every other team east & west.

Understandable you're excited with "any" win but you fans need to expect more from your team & you'll get it. If not, you'll get just what you got...everybody on their knees prayin they get a win.

The NBA world was expecting more from Jordan & the Wiz - they just aren't delivering. Lets hope for round 1 maybe 2 at best. If that's what you happy -
congrats.

Posted by: cakes | March 19, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, these Les Boules fans are apologists when they lose, and bandwagoners when they win. Needless to say, they've been apologizing these last few years.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

LES BOULES (DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT S OR Z)!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Josh, I was the one who asked the question about Blatche, and I appreciate your response.

It does seem to show that the organization is in a bit of a confused state, that one guy a guy is a strong candidate for prolonged deactivation and the next day he's starting. If he's good enough to start, why isn't he good enough to be in the rotation?

Posted by: Mitch | March 19, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Some of you folks have short memories. The Wiz went from perennial basement-dwellers to a perennial playoff team virtually overnight just two short seasons ago. And just a few short weeks ago, they went into the All-Star break with the 2nd best record in the East. Indeed, they are still virtually tied for 1st place in their division today.

SO I don't think any Wiz fans need to be apologizing. I don't expect the Wizards to win the NBA championship this year--they're a couple of pieces away from that--but I am enoying the hell out of this season (watching the Wiz coaching staff get to go to Vegas was awesome!), and fully expect the Wizards to regain pre-break form and do some real damage in the playoffs. And for a long-suffering Wizards fan, that's saying something!

Posted by: smorg | March 19, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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