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Haywood Is Benched

As expected, Coach Eddie Jordan benched center Brendan Haywood in favor of Etan Thomas for today's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Thomas, who turned 29 on Sunday, hadn't started since spraining his ankle against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 9. The Wizards had gone 22-9 with the starting lineup of Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Gilbert Arenas, but Jordan decided to make the change after several lethargic performances from Haywood.
In the past four games, Haywood has scored three points with 12 rebounds, no steals and no blocked shots. He had played a combined 24 minutes the past two games. Thomas played the entire first quarter, grabbing four rebounds with no points. Haywood didn't play in the first half. The Wizards led 57-51 at the break.

By Michael Lee  |  April 1, 2007; 4:52 PM ET
 
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...and Caron broke is right hand. Can he Greg Oden it for the rest of the season, or is done? Sigh.

Posted by: Tuna | April 1, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Umm... did I just hear Caron broke his hand?! Say it aint so!!!!

Thank god they benched Brenda though. My man C-Booth coming through with a big game!

Posted by: ineedpoon | April 1, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

3:05 left into the 4th qtr. CALVIN BOOTH plays 9:32 minutes, 11rbs, 7pts, 1blk shot, 3 assists. This is the type of effort you want to see from your starting centers every game.

Posted by: pdxspace | April 1, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, let us know when you get an update on Caron's hand. Can't believe our season may have just ended and I didn't even get to see it happen. Like Tuna said, there's alway next year. Sigh.

Posted by: Adam Anderson | April 1, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

980 says done for the year.

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | April 1, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I want to cry. If I have to watch Jarvis Hayes start for the rest of the season I'm going to punch a baby.

Posted by: ineedpoon | April 1, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

What a tough break if Caron is done for the year. He brings a toughness to this team that they normally lack when he's not in there.
Good to see(well listen) the team tough out a win on the road. With Miami's loss it puts us back in first place. It's been a LONG time since we've been there in April. Booth, Songalia, Hayes and Daniels all gave strong efforts off the bench. Sounded like Etan, Songalia, and Booth really hit the boards hard.
I hope Brendan has an "tude" adjustment and is ready to come back and play hard off the bench and that Eddie is ready to use him in the rotation if the effort is there. We will need everybody for the playoffs.
If Blatch can come back strong the kid is really going to be a key to our Post Season if they have to go without "The Juice". I really hate to see Caron go down, a broken shooting hand can't be good this late in the year. What a shame!

Posted by: GM | April 1, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Haywood was rooting for the Bucks.

Caron broke his right hand...have a great summer guys, I'll check back in next season b/c this one is DONE!

Posted by: pfunk | April 1, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, we are so unlucky. This could and most likely will be a huge blow for the team..Jarvis, AD, Blatche, Songalia this is your chance to shine.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 1, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Even if Caron hadn't broken his hand, I don't think this team could past the first round. It's terrible for Caron, though, because he was playing pretty well this season.

Posted by: Colin | April 1, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Michael is there any word on when Blatche might be back? He, Songaila, Booth and AD should get Caron's minutes. Even though he had a good game today, no more Arvis!

Posted by: George Templeton | April 1, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before, I'll say it again......"stick a fork in these turkeys....they're done."

No way they can make any sort of impact in the playoffs without Caron. There is no toughness without tough juice. You can play all the helter skelter b-ball you want and jack up all the 3 point bombs you want without a conscience, but without toughness and tough D in the playoffs, you're not going anywhere. It's too bad and too sad that Les BouleS can't tank the rest of these games and make it to the lottery.

People, don't get too excited about the Bucks game. They were without both Bogut and Michael Redd against this 25-47 team, and to a lesser extent, Villanueva and our friend Bobby Simmons. They're supposed to beat these sorry, lottery bound teams who are probably tanking games.

If our center chumps can't do anything, Les BouleS should consider calling back Party John Ramos. It's pitiful ain't it?

Once again, you win with your stars, and you lose with your stars. If people are crying because of the lack of production from scrubs like Haywood and Jarvis, then you're not seeing the forest for the trees.

Oh, and with Haywood being benched for this game, you might as well make him inactive for the rest of the season. He's done with his career in DC.

If you Gilby loves listen closely, you might hear some wheezing. It's the sound of dogs choking.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 1, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"

Wow, we are so unlucky. This could and most likely will be a huge blow for the team..Jarvis, AD, Blatche, Songalia this is your chance to shine.

Posted by: | April 1, 2007 06:33 PM "

Sounds like some sort of "CURSE," eh? Curse of Les BouleS?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 1, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Wait DCMan I thought the Wizards were supposed to lose because of all the people missing for the Bucks. I thought it was Gilbert's fault for everything wrong with this franchise. Stop reveling in the Wizards misery as you so often seem to do.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 1, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"STICK A FORK IN THESE TURKEYS....THEY'RE DONE"
On a night when Caron breaks his hand, no comment what so ever about what a tough break, just gloating.
"IF YOU GILBY LOVERS LISTEN REAL CLOSELY, YOU MIGHT HEAR THE SOUND OF WHEEZING.IT'S THE SOUND OF DOGS CHOKING."
Complains all season about Gilbert not involving his teammates, and somehow can blame him for a WIN when he hands out 9 assists.
Class, real class! I won't say anything else because boy, did you say it all about yourself! The Wizards, their fans or anyone that loves or enjoys the NBA game shouldn't care for second what you think!

Posted by: GM | April 1, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Haywood is the next John Amechi of the NBA, total wuss, Im suprised it took this long to bench the freakin womanly man

Posted by: Anonymous | April 1, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Eddie had no choice but to bench Brenda. She isn't contributing at all. Our BIGS are killing us. They just need to play D and rebound. Etan needs to prove that he can be the man or should be done with this team also. Kills me to think about going to the playoffs with Caron. Chance for Jarvis to get a decent contract. How many air ball 3's will he have for the rest of the season. The over/under is 10. 1 per game.

Posted by: Bullets Fever 78 | April 1, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

George,

No, I said that people shouldn't get too giddy over this win, as Les Bucks were missing many key people and could be tanking their last few games. You've been a Wiz fan for so long, so you know that if nothing else, Les BouleS are guaranteed to break your heart.

"People, don't get too excited about the Bucks game. They were without both Bogut and Michael Redd against this 25-47 team, and to a lesser extent, Villanueva and our friend Bobby Simmons. They're supposed to beat these sorry, lottery bound teams who are probably tanking games."

George, as I've said before, you win with your stars, and lose with your stars. Here's some recent excerpts from my postings:

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D.C.: Gilbert, who placed himself on a pedestal, is essentially the face of this franchise. All wins and losses point to him, whether he's anointed the leader or not. If the Cavs lose, do they blame LeBron or Eric Snow? If the Lakers lose, do they blame Turiaf or Kobe? If the Rockets lose, do they blame Juwan or TMac? If Gilbert is going to put himself out there and have his "coming out party," then he'd better be ready to take his lashes too.

Michael Lee: That's right, D.C.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/03/23/DI2007032300683.htm

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Les BouleS really needed the Toronto game. They had EVERYONE BACK. Toronto was without both Bargnani and Calderon. I wouldn't have any ammo to "gloat" if people didn't shout me down and call me a "hater" even when I just tried being a voice of reason.

""I was trying to get that contact and make the layup but he got there in time to block it," said Arenas, who was 3 of 11 from three-point range and missed all four of his shots in overtime.""

GM, how did you feel going home two nights ago after watching the Toronto game at Verizon with your season tickets? Tough ride home eh?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 1, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Please...stop with that stupid "curse le boulez". I'm so sick of that stupid phrase by Kornheiser.

The curse was originally regarding how the Bullets were so bad and could never make the playoffs due to all their stars coming down with injuries.

Wiz are a playoff team now...last I checked, this will be the 3rd year they are playoff bound.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 1, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree that this team will probably go no where without Caron. The only good news is that may get Eddie Jordan fired. Say what you want about Haywood, but the Wizards are 22-9 with him as the starting center. Of course he's not going to put up numbers if Jordan is only playing him 12 minutes a game. And he defends the rim, something Etan and Booth can't do. Haywood is not the problem, perimeter defense is. Jordan can't coach defense, and his use of Ruffin is but one example that he can't coach period. Why does the DC media treat him like he's Red Auerbach?

Posted by: Buck Worthy | April 1, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to congratulate Ivan for doing his part in getting Haywood benched. Well done Ivan -- now the likes of Brian Skinner can dominate the Wizard's inside (8pts 4 rebs in 1st 7 minutes against Etan. Luckily he picked up his 2nd foul with the Bucks leading 27-17) EJ is a Genius!!!

Let's see you put your powers to something that would actually benefit the team, like getting Antawn Jamsion to play defense or getting Eddie Jordan fired.

Posted by: Charlie32 | April 1, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"The curse was originally regarding how the Bullets were so bad and could never make the playoffs due to all their stars coming down with injuries.

Wiz are a playoff team now...last I checked, this will be the 3rd year they are playoff bound."

Les BouleS actually made the playoffs back when CWebb and Juwan were here, along with Muresan, CWhitt, Big Ben, Darvin Ham, Dogbert Cheaney, Rod, Brent Price, Jimmy Mac, Tracy Murray, etc., I believe. Recall we lost to MJ's Bulls, and after that series, MJ declared Les BouleS were the team of the future. Right after that, CWebb was traded due to him being pulled over with weed for Mitch Richmond.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 1, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

You're right. Stick the fork in. These guys are playing the Bucks without Mike Redd & two other key players. so what. They finally got a win against a bunch of no name european bench warmers and rookies.
Oh, wow, Peterson played. Yes, they had one guy. What a sad - boring charity game. If you just want to say they got a win..ok you got it. Can they get out of the first round?

Posted by: arthur | April 2, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

"I agree that this team will probably go no where without Caron. The only good news is that may get Eddie Jordan fired. Say what you want about Haywood, but the Wizards are 22-9 with him as the starting center. Of course he's not going to put up numbers if Jordan is only playing him 12 minutes a game. And he defends the rim, something Etan and Booth can't do. Haywood is not the problem, perimeter defense is. Jordan can't coach defense, and his use of Ruffin is but one example that he can't coach period. Why does the DC media treat him like he's Red Auerbach?"

Posted by: Buck Worthy | April 1, 2007 10:17 PM

Yo Buck Worthy. Nice to meet you man. I thought I was the only one seeing this too. What most people are failing to see is if you pull up the games where Haywood was getting at least 30 minutes or more, the numbers would speak for themselves. He is a player who gets better as the game goes on. Please pull up his history on some games where he got 30 minutes or more.

You are so right about the primier defense. Eddie's defense calls for Haywood to step out and "show" to disrupt the point guard on the opposing team, and then double back down to the block and "check" the other "5". All this while the ball is being "swung around", putting the defense at a disadvantage, and then making the floor unbalanced.

This stuff about Haywood not showing effort lately is hogwash to me. I have seen Haywood play at great levels starting games only to be yanked at the 4:00 minute mark in the first quarter and then never to return until 2:00 in the 2nd quarter. Then get yanked in the 3rd quarter around the 6:00 minute mark and never get back into the game (even if the dude had a double/double going).

He might had had 10 points, 4 to 5 boards, and 2 blocks; but guess what EJ was still going to "yank" him every game(other then when we play Miami, Houston, Cleveland or Orlando). Folks have to understand and look at how Brendon has been mentally handcuffed and abused of a duration of years by EJ's distrubution of minutes to him. I had just mentioned to my co-worker before all of this happened how "timid" Haywood was starting to look the last 5 games, because of Eddie's lack of confidence in him.

That timid look was coming from not feeling appreciated by EJ. If EJ treated Haywood like he treats Jarvis Hayes you would be seeing big production out of Haywood, because there is still some "upside" to Brendon's game.

Now, I am not aggreeing with how Brendon has been acting. That is not cool, and Brendon needs to look into the mirror and see he is making himself look even worse to the people who do not know his plight.

It is true, we all can see what he is doing when he is on the bench. If people just see him acting like he acts on the bench, and do not know the "whole" story of him and EJ's history the past three years; you most likely will be bashing Haywood too.

Again, you can not teach "length". This dude is a legit 7 footer with servicable skills that are not being used right here by EJ. I like Haywood as a player, and as much as I would have liked to see him get a "fair shot" at minutes at the "5" with the Wiz, it is not going to happen here. Whatever team he ends up going too that gives him fair minutes, you will finally see what he is really able to do.


Posted by: mikie | April 2, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

So what if you can't teach length? So what? Can you teach team morale? Can you teach not smiling when your team just lost an important game in an improbable fashion?

Please don't blame this on Eddie. Etan has been warming the bench for a long time now and he lost his job to injury. But do you seem him crying or disrespecting the coach? No he comes in and does his best with the minutes he's given. Caron Butler did that in his first year. Ruffin does it and Calvin Booth does the same. What makes Haywood special? It's not like the dude is a phenomenal center. Even his supporters admit he is "serviceable". Since when did NBA coaches coddle serviceable players?

Posted by: Bart | April 2, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Re. Haywood "defends the rim, something Etan and Booth can't do." While I've had no problem giving Haywood his due over the past few months because I thought he played pretty well on offense at times, I can't say he defends the rim better than Etan or Booth. In fact, based on the many games I've seen, that's one of his biggest problems. Granted the team has a pathetic perimeter defense, but he's too often out of position and out of control to contribute on defense around the rim.

Posted by: dzl | April 2, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

My biggest problem with Haywood is on the offensive side. He makes way too many negative plays on offense for a guy who rarely has plays run for him. Those weak fadeaway jumpers in the lane (usually with single coverage by a smaller defender) and those silly dribble drives that invariably result in a charge, travel, or dribbling the ball off his own foot are killers. Then there's his seemingly complete inability to go up fast and strong with an off. rebound for a quick putback. All of the Wiz's Cs are limited, but I give credit to Thomas and Booth for knowing their roles and playing within themselves. Brendan's inflated opinion of what he can do too often gets the team into trouble and costs them points. And given thier slim margin to begin with, that can't happen.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

As for Booth and Thomas not defending the rim...

Thomas and Haywood average the same number of blocks per game, despite the fact that Haywood averages more minutes. And Booth's blocks per minute are higher than Haywood's.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Kalorama - Booth and Thomas are probably gets those blocks off of second stringers, not the 1st stringers when Haywood is playing, so that counts a little towards that stat.

Yes, Thomas and Booth try to "play within themselves", but that is because you can clearly see they are very limited in their offensive skills. Thomas has the one "drop step" left hand shot that he shoots from the right hash in the paint (which everyone knows is coming, and Booth has the nice little mid-range jumper. That is it. Booth and Thomas are "4"s trying to be "5's" and there is real the problem is.

At least you can see Haywood's game getting better in the paint, with legitimate "big man" post moves. Everyone keeps saying he shoots "fades" all of the time. He is shooting a turnaround jumper, but he tends to lean back a little when he shoots it making it look like a fade (his posture and technique on the release need to be tweeked.

I am going to close on this note. EJ did Juan Dixon and Steve Blake the same way as far as the minutes were concerned. I was fustrated watching how he used them, better yet not use them, as I am with Haywood.

What are Blake and Dixon doing now, where they pretty much know what their minutes are going to be every game, vs. will I play today at all or am I getting 30 plus minutes?

The same thing is going to happen with Haywood. He is going to get traded somewhere that he will get a "real" chance and watch him do well, just have Blake and Dixon have. If everyone bashing Haywood is cool with Etan starting at the "5" instead of coming off of the bench to play the "4" where he belongs, more power to everyone.

This is not a Kwame situation, where Kwame did not want to work to get better and could care less if he played or not. Haywood is always "working" trying to get better. Everytime I go out to the games I see him out there working on more post moves and his free throws.

As I said before, Haywoods actions and how he is handling this is totally wrong, but trust me after watching Haywood and EJ's history the last three years, I see why Haywood is upset. He just is not handling it right, so I would hope some of the folks cut the dude some slack. I believe the guy just wants to be treated fairly like everyone else, which by his minutes distribution he never has been in my opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

With 10 games left in the regular season its put up or shut up time for the Wizards and if this team wants to make some noise in the playoffs it needs more than pouting after 3 points, 12 boards, no steals and no blocks in four games from their starting center.

I don't know if its indicative of the times or if its just a knee-jerk reaction but it seems like every squad has some malcontent sitting at the end of the bench pouting and whining about playing time and disrupting the harmony and cohesiveness of the team as a whole. For the Wizards it is without question Mr. Haywood.

Maybe he should try blocking out with his bottom lip since he loves poking it out so much...he may even grab a rebound or two.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If EJ wanted to make a statement, he should have deactivated BTH. Riding the pine does't mean anything.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"Booth and Thomas are probably gets those blocks off of second stringers, not the 1st stringers when Haywood is playing"

When both have been healthy, Jordan has basically split the C minutes between them (more recently mixing Ruffin and Songaila in). Neither of them is playing 35 mpg, so neither of them is playing all the prime minutes against the other teams top guys. The distribution is pretty random. Thomas plays a good amount of his minutes against the other team's starters. And it doesn't matter who they're playing against, as long as they get the job done.

"Yes, Thomas and Booth try to "play within themselves", but that is because you can clearly see they are very limited in their offensive skills."

And everyone (except, apparently, Haywood) can see that Haywood is just as limited. But, unlike those guys, he refuses to play within those limitations, thus frequently costing the team points and posessions by taking bad shots he has no chance of making or turning the ball over by trying to put it on the floor.

"Everyone keeps saying he shoots "fades" all of the time. He is shooting a turnaround jumper, but he tends to lean back a little when he shoots it making it look like a fade..."

Leaning back while shooting a jumper is exactly what a fadeaway is. As Phil Chenier makes a point of saying whenever he uncorks that weak junk .. it's always better when your big man goes toward the basket.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Leaning back while shooting a jumper is exactly what a fadeaway is. As Phil Chenier makes a point of saying whenever he uncorks that weak junk .. it's always better when your big man goes toward the basket.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 02:43 PM "

Isn't the fadeaway what Pat Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, and to a lesser extent, David Robinson, made a living on? That baseline fadeaway is basically Rasheed's bread and butter right now.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing wrong with a big man shooting jumpers if he has the ability to make them consistently (which all of those players did; that's part of why they are or will be in the HoF). Haywood doesn't have that ability. Thus it's a terrible shot for him to take. It's better for Haywood to go toward the basket because that's the way he's most likey to get a high percentage shot.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Surely BTH is no HoF player like any of those 3, nor is he a offensive minded guy like Rasheed. Given that, nobody will ever develop any sort of shot if they are never given the chance to take them. BTH gets few touches, and he's a "glory" guy, where he knows the only glory he will get is if he puts up points on the board.

Guy is desperate to get his offensive game going, and in this offense, he's the fifth option on the floor. Can't keep the defense honest if you never pass to your big man.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Can't keep the defense honest if your big man makes a habit of shortarming weak jumpshots from 10 feet over guys giving up inches and pounds to him, kicking the ball off his own foot trying to dribble drive, or hunkering down and pump-faking himself into exhaustion when he grabs an offensive rebound 6 inches from the rim (as opposed to going right back up with it, strong).

"Developing" new moves is what practice and the offseason is for, not the 4th quarter of a close game. If he wants to "develop" some stuff, maybe he and Etan can get together and work on some one-on-one moves after the team's practices.

Oh, wait a minute...

Nevermind.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Surely you know that taking a shot in a real game is different from taking one during practice. Even still, not even the best shooters out there can muster above 50% nomatter how much they practice.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Haywood to go.

Hopefully Etan will be also and they can give someone else a try.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | April 2, 2007 7:39 PM | Report abuse

" Even still, not even the best shooters out there can muster above 50% nomatter how much they practice."

And, given that Haywood is nowhere near one of the best shooters, perhaps he should lay off the turnaround fadeaways over shorter defenders and concentrate on finishing strong around the rim, where his chances of getting above 50% would improve dramatically.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree Brendan should finish strong. Unfortunately, his hands must be small because I've never seen him palm the ball. I mean, even Ewing's hands were small, but he was able to palm the ball. BTH has almost never dunked the ball with one hand. Because of this, his two hand effort makes him contort his body, so he may feel more comfortable shooting a fallaway. In any regard, I can tolerate his fallaway which he may take once or twice a game, but the multiple bad shots that Gilby takes is worse.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This is not a comment, it's just an emotional wiz fan expressing his thoughts about a season that "almost" became...to wiz fans. Choose your own word (noun, adjective, verb, adverb, pronoun...etc you get the point) to finish the sentence that will put this season in perspective because i'm going with DAGGER!!! (like the way Buckhantz pronounce when Gil hits a big shot. Where is Buckhantz when you need him, the master pronounciator. Is 'pronounciator' even a word...lol) for all the big shots Gil have made and also the dagger that "Curse O' Les Boulez" keeps putting through the hearts of wiz fans. I seriously thought that the decision by Gil to apply his trade in d.c. thanks heads or tails i forgot which side came to our favor; was going to eradicate the mighty "Curse O' Les Boulez" if it had not already. Like the rest of wiz fans i guess I was enjoying the cool-aide too much because the venom from "Curse O' Les Boulez" latest thrust of dagger blindsided us all. Just when we were not looking, "Curse O' Les Boulez" comes out blazing with vengeance. I guess wiznation, for thinking Agent Zero put a stop to its might the last three years. "Curse O' Les Boulez" started its comeback in Detriot's game starting with a collision between 'Twain and DeShawn. Since that day this team has not been the same the way it was constructed to be at least this season. I honestly believe that this version of wiz team was operating on its ppf curve before 'Twain's injury(production possibility frontier) considering the type of players it is comprised of. We all know this team is not comprised of defensive-minded players who are going to stop other teams from shooting higher percentage night in and night out, but the team was playing with a style and execution that suites the players and everybody was contributing. The team was utilizing all of its assets efficiently at that point(Songalia was still recovering off course). The first game against the Suns will be in my memory as one of the best regular season game i have ever seen and witnessed any version of Boulez/Wiz team played. They played with determinationa, perseverance and the pure competitive spirit from all of the players night. It was the best basketball i have seen since his "Airness" retired in Bulls uniform. However, i'm also going to have to remember this season as the year that "almost" became something thanks to "Curse O' Les Boulez". Seriously is any team that much better than our wiz in the east with healthy Gil, 'Twain and Caron playing? Exactly, me neither. Anyway i just wish this had happened maybe half-way through the season so we could be in the Greg Oden sweepstakes. Then Ernie can probably trade "Brenda" Haywood for Scott Pollard, he probably has a better shot at actually blocking somebody's shot. And who knows, his idea of reverse psychology on drugs might help kids in the district afterall.

Posted by: steve | April 8, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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