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Update from practice


Sitting here working up an entry from Verizon Center where the Wizards just finished practicing. Obviously the Wiz have a few adjustments to make if they want to make this series interesting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Eddie Jordan did say he wanted more out of center Etan Thomas (1 of 4 shooting, two points, five rebounds and three turnovers in 21 minutes yesterday) and said he would consider giving more action to Brendan Haywood, who only played five first half minutes yesterday.

Clearly, 7-foot-3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his way with the shorter Thomas, Darius Songaila and Michael Ruffin during that key stretch of the fourth and we all remember that Haywood at gave Ilgauskas problems in last year's series.
"There could be a change, I don't know yet. I'm hoping Etan can start out of really well and that we can go with a normal rotation. Brendan has been big off the bench. Now, what he does with that is up to him."

Other issues left over from Game 1:
-The Cavs held a 21-1 edge in fastbreak points. No way the Wiz can win a game or two in this series if they don't get some easy buckets. Those points are going to have to come from the defense forcing turnovers but, as with so many other things about this team right now, Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler were their two best players in terms of turning steals into fastbreaks.

-Though Caron Butler was expected to get his cast off today and has made noise about coming back as soon as Game 3, Jordan said he doesn't expect that to happen. Is he coming back before the second round: "To me, no, not to me," Jordan said.

-Eddie's also dimissed the over-hyped notion that Larry Hughes somehow "knows" the Wiz offense. Of course he knows. Every team in the league knows. That's why teams have scouts at every game. But knowing it and stopping it is different when Gilbert and Caron are in the offense. When it's Antonio Daniels and Roger Mason, not the same.

"Yeah he knows just like we know what they do. When they call a play out (assistant coach) Wes Unseld Jr. stands up and relays the message to our guys. He says: 'It's going to be a flex cut. It's going to be a pick-and-roll, so it's the same thing. It's just that a whole lot is being made of it because Larry used to play with us and he scored 27 points."

By Ivan Carter  |  April 23, 2007; 12:21 PM ET
 
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Thank you, Ivan, for finally putting at least that conspiracy theory to rest.

Posted by: Rob | April 23, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Their play yesterday was inspiring for 3 quarter till they ran out of gas.

I still can not believe the foul they called when Lebron twisted his ankle. Everything is fine and dandy until the ref see Lebron on the floor in pain and then blows his whistle. UGh bad call.

Posted by: dc | April 23, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys..it is the playoffs. Don't get that "bad call syndrome"

They have to learn to play competitively for 48 minutes calls or no calls.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm not one to usually go after one of your fellow Wash Post writers (one who I think is usually quite good, also), but what is with Mike Wise going to all lengths to dismiss the wiz this weekend? We all know the wiz have close to no shot in this series, but I mean come on...can we tone down the fatalism a little? Reading his past two articles it's like, why bother watching? I mean this is still an NBA team right?

I don't think people should write things just to make the home crowd happy, but at the same time his journalistic integrity wouldn't be threatened by, you know, not going to town on a team that's had some bad luck and shown some real spirit in the face of adversity.

Eh, maybe I'm just tired of reading the same stuff everywhere.

Posted by: Ian | April 23, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Ian.

Wise is a decent writer who actually has a brain and ok politics.

But he thinks he's a better writer than he actually is, and has such a smug know-it-all attitude that he is often unbearable.

Just my two cents.

Posted by: the cheat | April 23, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I agree. Wise acts like he's been here a long time and is entitled to talk his smack. Also, he was quoted as saying "I'm in the tank for Gilby, and I love him to death," so you can't expect an objective view from him. He often gets silenced when he's subbing on FCP, and talks too slowly.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 23, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

My take on the Wise columns is that he's making an effort to get this team fired up. I think Eddie needs to have story time with the fellas? Better yet, he could have Etan use his poetic abilities and read Wise's articles out loud before they head off to Cleveland on Wednesday. If that doesn't fire 'em up, what will?

I'm tired of all the excuses, the bad ref calls, the poor EJ rotations. The Wiz need throw all that stuff out the window and play with all their heart on Wednesday night.

Posted by: CJ Baltimore | April 23, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Your first point that Haywood was more formidable against Ilgauskas last year only serves as more support why Eddie Jordan should be relieved of his duties. He is routinely outcoached by Wizard opponents, and players leave here frustrated with the unpredicatable rotations and undefined roles. Eddie does not seem to be on the same page with Ernie Grundfeld when it comes to personnel decisions.

Posted by: Tramell | April 23, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, do you think GS can take out Dallas? Cause if they do, that leaves the door wide open. And would that be considered one of the biggest upsets in sports?

Posted by: C.Bell | April 23, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

i just read the wise piece and was going to post about about it but noticed yall had said it already. what's his problem? he's not even funny or clever like wilbon or kornheiser. and why aren't they assigned to cover the wiz in the playoffs?

Posted by: ct fan | April 23, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

That foul when LeBron came down says almost everything about NBA playoffs. It's all about star power. If you are regular player better not let a star land on your foot.

Still the wizards lost that game in the 4th quarter because they simply don't have anyone that can take over the game. Apart from Jamison, who is trying to kill himself, who else can you depend on to make shots for the Wizards? Hayes, as good as he played yesterday, isn't dependable. Plus, would it have killed him to run down the clock before that shot at the end of the 2nd quarter?

Posted by: Bart | April 23, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, anybody who needs a refresher in why Brenda is on the bench needs to look in the archive.

Clearly this is not an EJ issue. Brenda does this to himself, his behavior threatens to pull apart the team, and any coach knows that they can't let a player like that dictate the situation. Brenda is lucky he is still suiting up. I wish he hadn't pulled that junk, I wish he would show up more consistently, and I wish we could count on him. But clearly we can't, end of story.

You want to replace EJ, OK that is fine, you opinion. Noted. Just don't include Brenda in that equation, year after year he lets this town, and his teammates down. I don't care if he is 8ft tall, he has a me first, selfish attitude.

And his stats just aren't that great. He has great moments, and I will gladly say, he has played much better at times this season. To knock his play I'd say, his stats fade greatly the longer you leave him in. Like he goes to sleep or something, and for as big as he is you don't often get the presence you would expect in the paint from him.

Posted by: greg | April 23, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

That call was utter crap.

I don't think it lost us the game, but it was followed by 2 more really sketchy calls that really drained any momentum from the Wizards.

I think the NBA better be reviewing that call in particular. I don't think there is a conspiracy, but I do think that conspicuously bad calls like that do tend to favor big names, and the league should do a better job of reigning in refs who can't call an even game.

Posted by: greg | April 23, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ditto for what others are saying about Wise. He's even more of a downer than Michael Lee.

Even though it was a loss, there are a lot of positives to take out of game 1. Jamison came up big, and AD was solid as usual. Except for that clock-management mistake that he made at the end of the second quarter, Hayes had a pretty good game. He managed to keep LBJ from getting to the rim with his usual ease, and scored 18 pts as well. Unfortunately, Stevenson really struggled at both ends. (What's up with him, Ivan? This is supposed to be the series where he earns a big contract.)

Posted by: Patrick | April 23, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

That call Labron got had nothing to do with the outcome of the game, but it was one of the worst calls I have ever seen -- Labron steps on one guy's foot, kicks another guy while he's falling over backwards, and five seconds after the play's over... Tweet! Foul, Wizards. And the ref was in a perfect position to see the whole thing.

Where's Joey Crawford when you need him?

Posted by: burke | April 23, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"To knock his play I'd say, his stats fade greatly the longer you leave him in. Like he goes to sleep or something, and for as big as he is you don't often get the presence you would expect in the paint from him". Greg

Greg - That is totally untrue. An AAU coach friend of mine got into the same debate. He is not as hard on Haywood as some of these other posters, but he also thought Haywood was not getting enough rebounds for the time he was in there.

So, I kept telling him Haywood was a slow starter and as the game got going and he was allowed to "stay in the game" without being yanked he got stronger.

So we decided to "pull" Haywood's stat line when he played 27 to 34 minutes a game. As you already know we could only find about 6 to 7 games because Eddie yanks him all of the time.

Low and behold, this coach friend of mine was surprised by Haywood's line. He had average rebounds and decent points. He just never gets a chance to prove anything because Eddie won't let him play.

Again, all you dudes keep talking about the dude's character. All the man wants to do is play ball. At least the dude is passion about wanting to play. How can you fault that.

How come all of you Haywood bashers always talk about how he divide's the team, but never mention the two fights he had with Etan were "started" by Etan?

First Etan gets mad at something Haywood's "agent" says about him and then goes and throw's a punch at Haywood. Second, he and Haywood are practicing and Etan thinks Haywood is throwing elbows and then starts another fight. Isn't that "character issues" that should be looked at also?

Most of you guys are using that one article Ivan wrote about Haywood on the bench as the basis for all of Haywood behavior and how he should be viewed. Give it a rest. I guarantee you many other basketball players that you know and love probably did the same thing, but it just did not get caught in the news and aired.

So all I am saying is judge that man on what he is doing on the basketball court, when he gets fair minutes, vs. using that weak "character and Ivan's past story" on why he should not be allowed to play.


Posted by: mikie | April 23, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's my post from yesterday:

Larry Hughes sucks ass. If that was him instead of Lebron twisting that ankle, his career would be over. And speaking of that play, was that not the most blatant attempt at protecting superstars? How many times have players come down on others feet and twist an ankle and the ref calls a foul? Zero (no pun intended). And not only did he call a foul, he called it only after realizing that it was Lebron and he was in serious pain. I taped the game for my dad and replayed it several times. He clearly doesn't blow the whistle until after he looks down and notices that its Lebron! I know the NBA doesn't stop the game for injuries and if you go back to that moment, the Wiz was down by 4 and had possesion and a 5 on 4 advantage. But since he called a bogus foul on Etan, he stopped play, (Cleveland called a timeout which gave his Majesty an extra 5 minutes) put Lebron at the foul line, and gave the cavs 2 free points! Then they proceeded to go on an 11-2 run following Lebron's injury. Game over, man (well, they still was in it but some dumb ass coach who shall remain nameless decided to guard a 7'3 center with Michael Ruffin instead of BTH. But i'll gripe about that in my next post). Ivan or Mike, you guys have done an excellent job keeping us informed and getting our questions anwswered. So is it possible to get an explanation out of the League on that call? I mean if Etan purposely stuck his foot out there, why isn't it called a flagrant 1?


I'm glad i'm not the only one who noticed that crap!!! Seriously, this is a major issue that David Stern needs to look into.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 23, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"I just thought that the guys that were playing were playing hard and playing smart, so I'm playing those guys," Jordan said. "I don't care if they're 5-2."

Ivan, thanks, this quote is absolute classic.

It's the mindset of Fast Eddie, a coach who was a guard and has a team made in his image of perimeter oriented smallball. It's his strength as far as what he knows. I'm sure all his life he's viewed himself as a good baller, despite lacking size, so to him size doesn't matter.

Contrast that with a coach who was a big man, like John Thompson for example. His mindset is different in that he values and appreciates bigs, so his teams were built on the foundations of low post players and defense.

Posted by: Darnell | April 23, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more with the comments posted by C. Bell! Granted, you can't blame losses on the officials, BUT, the officials, especially where Cleveland and lebronze are concerned, certainly seem to go out of their way to keep Cleveland in the game. The call against Etan when lebronze landed on his foot was ridiculous and had the desired effect. Took the momentum away from the Wizards and changed the tenor of the game. Same thing happened in the 4/6 game at the Verizon Center. Five questionable calls in a row went a long way toward helping Cleveland regroup. Charging calls/blocking calls. When lebronze is involved, on offense, charging called on the Wizards; on defense, blocking called on the Wizards. Is it too much to ask to have the games just called f-a-i-r-l-y, sparing us all the preferential lebronze treatment. If David Stern wants to silence all the conspiracy theorists, maybe he could take a look at the film from recent cleveland/Wizards games. Maybe our coach could abandon his laid back demeanor just a little and intimate these things in the media; seems to work for Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.

And, please, please. Can someone ask Comcast's Steve Buckhantz to stop referring to lebronze as "King James?" It's enough to make you sick.

Posted by: Fief | April 23, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

First, read Darnell's on point post at 3:31 p.m. if you haven't already.

Second, on the Haywood/Thomas issue, forget about all the history, the arguments, who has played well recently, etc. This is the playoffs, and a coach of a team hit hard by injuries has to figure out how to get the most out of the guys he does have. Jordan has done so with Jamison, getting him the ball in the post more than usual. He has done so with Daniels, slowing the pace down and letting Antonio direct the action.

Jordan needs to get the most he can out of his centers, so why on earth wouldn't he go to Haywood and Thomas and say: "Brendan, you've killed Ilgauskas in the past. We need you to shut him down. Can you do that? As long as you shut him down, whenever Ilgauskas is on the floor, you're on the floor guarding him. And Etan, I need you to shut down Varejao. Cleveland's entire bench is built on two things -- Donyell Marshall's three pointers, and Varejao's running around and grabbing offensive rebounds. You've got the speed to stick to him. Whenever Varejao's on the floor, you're on the floor shutting him down on D and posterizing him on O. If you two guys do that, we've got a chance in this series."

You don't think both guys wouldn't be fired up, accepting of their roles, and ready to play after that?

Posted by: Henry | April 23, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

It's driving me nuts that Eddie Jordan can be that much of a handicap. Is it a surprise to anyone here that we went smallball in the 4th and the Cavs countered by going big and feeding the post? And that it cost us the game?

Frankly, I'm not that well versed in the politics of journalism, but why aren't people asking Eddie Jordan some tougher, but obvious questions.

That we have to wait for EJ to not use BTH, a noted Z killer, against K when Z was killing the Wiz......does it get any worse?

Enough of the BTH hating....there are plenty of soft, whiny, primadonnas in the NBA and I'm sure tht if Gilbert wasn't so likeable that he'd be universally hated for being selfish as well.

Fact is, he's a statistically effective 7 footer, and "you can't teach size". Jordan's comment about not caring if they are "5'2''" is absurd, because if size didn't matter and heart, hustle and a good floor game were all it took to play in the NBA then I'd be playing myself.

Posted by: JJ | April 23, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Again with "when Haywood plays XX mpg" chant. Ye Gods.

Look, numbers are not gospel. They do not tell the whole truth. Here's a brief listing of what you can't tell by looking only at Haywood's stat line:

1) Who was the opponent?
2) Who was he competing against, head-to-head when he was most and least productive?
3) Did he get most of his numbers during garbage time when the game was out of reach?
4) During the minutes he played during the real meat of the game, when it was still undecided, what did he do?

The answers to all of these questions (and many more I don't have time or energy to list) go a long way to determining what, if any, relevance those oh so revered per 27-34 mpg stats have. Without them, they're just numbers.

As for the whole, slow starter thing: a guy who's guaranteed to get long minutes and lots of shots can afford to start slow and work his way into rhythm. For a guy whose primary role is (or at least would be if he just accepted it) rebounding, defense, and physical hustle, there's no excuse for starting slow. So if for the first 15 minutes on the court he doesn't grab a rebound, block a shot, or put a body on anybody, Jordan should be okay with it because Brendan's just working his way into the game?

Don't think that's how it works.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to hear that about Wise cuz he & Gil are tight. Gilbert keeps Mike Wise in his fav 5 on his T-Mobile. Wise mentioned it in one of his latest articles. They do text message one another. Surprised he would write anything bad about Gil's team.

Posted by: WizFan1 | April 23, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Great post Henry. At this point, if Eddie really wants to give this team even a slim chance of winning this thing, he needs to do just what you said. It would be a great confidence booster for both of them. Brendan can shut down Igauskas and has done so before so why not play him. As I said before, sometimes I just don't understand his player rotations and substitutions at times. I am not a coach or anything but........ Anyway, maybe Ivan or Michael will show EJ your post and he may take your advice. At this point, what could it hurt?

Posted by: wizfan | April 23, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Henry nice post. I've thought similar things. Eddie has a rep as a player's coach, but then I read stuff about players saying he never talks to them, or they don't know where they stand with him. Seems he relies alot on negative motivation (not playing), so I wonder how much positive talking up he does with his players. Haywood often seems to me he just wants some appreciation, some "we need you big fella, dominate that lane like I know you can" type of stuff.

I know these guys are professionals and wealthy and all... but some guys just respond better to that type of thing, and don't respond well to the negative. That's part of a coach's job is to know how to motivate and manage, and utilize player's strengths. The best coaches seem to be those guys that create a very positive "we can beat the world" atmosphere, and have hands on approach. Eddie seems detached from his team alot, which seems strange given his rep as a players's coach.

Posted by: Darnell | April 23, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Wizfan, but if Jordan is taking coaching tips from random posters on blogs, we are REALLY screwed.

Posted by: Henry | April 23, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Brendan has been a source of discussion for a long time. It is so obvious to everyone - media, coaches as well that there are problems btwn he & the coach.
Discussions have been that he has "small hands" poor ball handling skills, lazy, pigeoned toed,argumentative etc., But Eubie Brown, NBA Analyst and former NBA coach stated one night, he liked Brendan H. - Felt Wiz staff were not (handling)training nor playing him properly. Stated - If BH got to a team that understood a "Big" they'd see better production.

What apprently has happened to this guy - There has never been a point where he could respond to any of this criticism therefore it continues and grows creating the image of an inept waste of a player when he may not be. EJ doesn't play him.

No matter what people say nor stats - there is no accurate picture of BH. We're all "witnesses" "spectators"


Posted by: Matt | April 23, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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I am shocked to hear that about Wise cuz he & Gil are tight. Gilbert keeps Mike Wise in his fav 5 on his T-Mobile. Wise mentioned it in one of his latest articles. They do text message one another. Surprised he would write anything bad about Gil's team.

Posted by: WizFan1 | April 23, 2007 04:25 PM "

Wise felt like he was wanted because Gilby took him to Barry Farms before the season started by driving him there in his Ferrari. Wise felt like he belonged, just like he grew up there.

I lost all respect for him when he got on WTEM about 1 month ago and said he was in the tank for Gilby, and can't say anything bad about him. Because Gilby let Wise into his world, Wise feels like he owes it to Gilby and can't be objective.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 23, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Take the Wise "hate" elsewhere folks...this is not a platform for your ignorance or the intentions of this blog...

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

yikes you guys havent seen much NBA ball if you think that call was the worst or even more stupidly cost the Wiz the game.. you need to relax and clear your head...Gilly Zero gets those calls also..early in the season Wade dove into Cavs players for a quarter, fouls called each time...LeBron the next night is driving in the whole time and no calls -coach Brown was told.."he's initiating the contact" thus no foul....most nights NBA refs have too much to watch..by the way, we make the same complaints about Brown that you make about Eddie..at least your O has some movement to it..

Posted by: DC in Cleveland | April 23, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

EJ not coaching well is such a shocker!!!
No H'wood on the Il'man when he was making Ruffin and Songalia look like kids? They must have created a mismatch on the offensive end that we could tak advantage of - uh, no!
And I am no big admirer of H'wood.

Also, no Hayes when we were struggling to score in the second half? Can't believe I am saying this, but he actually had his shot going this game and did a decent job on LeBron. He sat way too long!!!

Even with Arenas and Caron, the Wiz need more athleticism and more foot speed to reach higher levels. Watching all these first round playoff games has made it even more obvious to me! Better defense will follow!

Posted by: Rob P | April 23, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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Take the Wise "hate" elsewhere folks...this is not a platform for your ignorance or the intentions of this blog...

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 08:18 PM "

Idiot. What ignorance are you talking about besides your own? Wise just wrote an article today condemning Les BouleS. Why should he be the only one who can render judgment, especially since his objectivity is called into question with regard to Gilbert Arenas, whom he admitted he was "in the tank for?" Absurd.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 23, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL Henry

I know, I know, but hey, whatever it takes to win because right now to me, it is not looking very good. But, I still believe both Haywood and Blatche should see more minutes. At this point in the season, it should be nothing personal but all business. In other words, parties should put personal feelings aside and let's do this thing. That is if they want a shot at winning.

Posted by: wizfan | April 23, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

DCMan88-

The amount of time you spend on this blog proving your ignorance is actually amusing...thanks Man!!!

Ever heard of a columnist before?that's what they do for a living render judgements,give opinions etc...

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Bwahahahahaha!!!

The amount of time I spend on this blog..... does it concern you that much? Does it take food out of your family's mouths? If it bothers you so much that you have to comment on it, then you are the biggest ignoramus for not having the willpower to ignore my posts!

Ever heard of a blogger before? That's what bloggers do, they make inputs on blogs! Shocking concept, eh?

Speaking of your definition of columnist, columnists lose all credibility when they openly admit that they can't form an OBJECTIVE opinion about someone because THEY ARE IN THE TANK FOR THAT PERSON! What does a columnist have if they don't have their credibility? They become what you and your words are, an exercise in absurdity.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 23, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Inputs on blogs fine, slander and being nasty is another road that perhaps you could travel elsewhere... Making a comment about someone's family is really low and classless...

I know 100% that Michael&Ivan would agree...

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

What kind of brilliant posts have you made on this blog? Or, are you hiding behind a different name like the other cowards on this blog so that one cannot point out your ignorance or lack of objectivity?

To prove how absurd your existence is, what did I say that was a "comment about someone's family" that warrants being labeled "really low and classless?" None whatsoever, Mr. Absurdity.

What Ivan and Michael would agree on is that your initial comments towards me were unnecessary and unwarranted, unless you are the keeper of this blog, which you are not. As the old saying goes, MYFB, especially when none of it was directed personally at you to begin with. Absurd.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 23, 2007 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Initial comments were made towards many folks in this blog, not you...

Using idiot, MYFB, cowards, food outta of family's mouth when people are starving in this world is just offensive and inappropriate...

Again,Michael and Ivan do not care for your input in this blog unless it is clean material, do yourself a favor and clean it up a bit before your comments are removed from this site...which can be done by The Post.

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Blah blah....

Stick to the blog topic and stop being an idiot, a coward, and MYFB, or somebody might take the food out of your family's mouths.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

PS. Since you're talking about input on this blog, do yourself a favor and stop wasting your time critiquing others until you can come up with some profound posts yourself Mr. Absurdity.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 24, 2007 7:18 AM | Report abuse

To: WaPo Reader

Take the Wise "hate" elsewhere folks...this is not a platform for your ignorance or the intentions of this blog...

Posted by: WaPo Reader- | April 23, 2007 08:18 PM

Nor is it a platform for you to ascribe derogatory & slanderous labels as "hateful" or "ignorant?"

If somebody doesn't like a column, so what!
The Washington Post also has an editorial page - try writing your slanderous comments there.

As I recall in the "Full Rules"
your slanderous & derogatory labels & name calling are not warranted nor necessary therefore a request to have you blocked from this blog is required. If you would like to engage in the discussion about the Washington Wizards & basketball-fine. If not, please take your leave or you will have to refrain from the derogatory labels because they do not apply here.

Posted by: WizFan1 | April 24, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Haywood 07 = Kwame Brown v. 2.0

They both are soft as hell.

Posted by: dc | April 24, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed at all you so-called experts, who repeatedly bash Brendan, the Wizard would not have been the best team in the east without his play in the early part of the season. In fact that last game against Indiana Would Not have been won, without his play. I wish this blog only allowed people who knew basketball to post on it, Brendan will be another solid big man, that will leave this team and go play somewhere else and have decent numbers, look at the games he playe heavy minutes he was close to ave. a double double. Look at the Wizards record since he got benched, look at there record when they play small ball in the 4th quarter and some of you so called fans of the game would be shocked. You people do not know basketball, why don't you go watch Desperate Housewives or something and leave this blog for the individuals who truly understand the game.

Posted by: 1truewizfan | April 25, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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