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Blatche Saga Near Conclusion

Since Ivan is on a well-deserved vacation, somebody has to give you an update on the Wizards World. So, even though I am a frustrated, sleep-deprived NBA reporter out here in Las Vegas, I thought I should let you know that Andray Blatche appeared in D.C. Superior Court and agreed to attend a one-day seminar for guys who seek out the, uh, comforts of prostitutes.

Since he is a first time offender, he will basically have to take the one-day class - also known as a "John School" - where he will learn about the laws and consequences of soliciting prostitutes and get some graphic information about the health risks (i.e. STDs). The solicitation charge will be wiped off his record when he attends the class on Nov. 3 - the day of the Wizards' home debut against Orlando.

Neither Blatche nor his attorney spoke during the 10-minute appearance in court this morning. He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 8. Then, he can finally begin to move on from that night earlier this month when he got caught in a prostitution sting. "Andray is taking the necessary steps to resolve this situation and put it behind him," Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement on Friday.

Poor Blatche. This guy goes from hearing 50 Cent jokes his rookie year after he got shot, and now he will be hearing about hookers for the rest of his career.

He'd better hope he gets better - and fast - because I can only imagine what it will be like when he is on the road. I'm sure folks at Verizon Center will ride him pretty hard - I know, poor choice of words - if he botches a rebound or layup next season. He has his money, so his only job now is start showing the Wizards that he's worth the investment.

You really hope Blatche learned his lesson after all of this. I also hope that the unfortunate death of former Rockets/Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin really sends home a message to Blatche.Griffin never was able to fulfill his potential in the NBA because he dealt with demons/alcohol issues much deeper and they don't really compare with Blatche's problems.

Blatche is a good kid with tremendous upside but has had more than his share of off-court incidents in his short career. He has to figure out that this life is not promised - and he has to find other outlets for a good time besides the club and pretty ladies on the corner.

Also, the NBA suspended James Posey for one game today after Posey pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge. He's going to serve his suspension against the Wizards in the season opener.

By Michael Lee  |  August 31, 2007; 1:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

AB will be fine. He's got 15 million reasons.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 31, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@DC Man88
Have you been taking lessons from TO's former PR person?

Posted by: Bart | August 31, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the spare midnight oil, Michael!

I have no idea what to expect of this team ... I can only wait and see.

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | August 31, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Predictions:

Gilbert Arenas will put an inflatable doll in his locker/hotel room.

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | August 31, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that assistant coach Thibodeau has now accepted a job with the Celtics. This is the same guy that quit here only after a few days earlier this summer right?

Posted by: Allen | August 31, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Blatche will get the benefit of the doubt for one more season. Nice kid, got caught doin' stupid kid stuff. But if he doesn't start turning potential into results he'll quickly become the next Kwame.

Posted by: Prazak | August 31, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Since Blatche and his buddy supposedly were going to agree to have the girl do them both his 50 cent nickname could be updated to 50/50.
Besides STD's there's also getting rolled her pimp to look out for!

Posted by: GM | August 31, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Michael. Your coverage of the NBA (and Wizards) is appreciated.

There's a few reasons why comments on blogs and boards tend to run negative, but don't take it to heart. I think the overwhelming majority of Wizards fans appreciate the excellent WashPo coverage and are optimistic about the Wizards, but there will always be a vocal minority that will never be satisfied.

Posted by: Lex | August 31, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this sentence from the WaPo article on the website tells me that Blatche still has no clue, and leads one to surmise that he may never acquire one:

"During today's hearing, the judge reprimanded Blatche for not checking in with the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency each week -- as required in the conditions of his release when he was arrested."

Posted by: Perplexicon | August 31, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Michael!

The Wizard's site has pictures of pickup games at Verizon. Very interesting... Caron looks trim, and Gil looks in great shape. Other players include Pesh, DMac, Stevenson, James Lang, Mason, Brian Chase, Awvee Storey, among others.

Pretty cool stuff, and for just pickup games get some good competition going with Pesh at center vs Lang, Stevenson vs Mason, McGurie vs Blatche, etc.

Man I can't wait for training camp!!

Posted by: Darnell | August 31, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Wizard website has a short Q&A with Caron Butler. After he said his prevoiusly injured hand was feeling good, he was asked what parts of his game he was trying to improve on this off-season. He said his shooting and his range. Does this mean he will be more of a three point threat this season?

He also said he is working on ball handling and conditioning so he will be in tip top shape for training camp. Here is the link:

http://www.nba.com/wizards/news/butlerQA_070830.html

Posted by: Tim | August 31, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Since he is a first time offender, he will basically have to take the one-day class - also known as a "John School"...."

That's too funny.

Andray "Little John" Blatche ;)

Thanks Mike!

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | August 31, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Or better yet they can call him "Dolla Bill" now.

Lol!

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | August 31, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Man I was looking over the Blazers site, and wow did they stockpile a ton of young talent in a hurry! Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, Brandon Roy, Channing Frye, Josh McRoberts, Jarrett Jack, and Rudy Fernandez.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Time will tell whether AB really learns and gets it together. He seems to be more of a faux pas than a cancerous trouble-maker. He's bad comic relief but does not hurt team chemistry because he still is well-liked. His mates (esp. Gil) will be giving it to him, they won't let him live it down too quickly. The whole situation is embarrasing more than anything else.

Posted by: low | August 31, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"His mates (esp. Gil) will be giving it to him, they won't let him live it down too quickly. The whole situation is embarrasing more than anything else."

I wonder if any of the guys chide Gilby for arrest in Miami or him dodging his fatherly duties a few years ago and Les BouleS helping him dodge the authorities.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 31, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if any of the guys chide Gilby for arrest in Miami or him dodging his fatherly duties a few years ago and Les BouleS helping him dodge the authorities."

Posted by: DC Boy88 | August 31, 2007 10:25 PM

That you, DC Boy88? Or do you prefer to go by your other name, Clewiston88? Course, they call you ClueLessOne on ESPN's Wizards board.

Still putting out the hate against Gil, i see. Hell hath no fury like a DC Boy88 scorned, eh?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 10:40 PM | Report abuse

What up retard?!?!

Retard in da houssssseeee!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 31, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if any of the guys chide Gilby for arrest in Miami or him dodging his fatherly duties a few years ago and Les BouleS helping him dodge the authorities."
Posted by: DC Boy88 | August 31, 2007 10:25 PM

That you, DC Boy88? Or do you prefer to go by your other name, Clewiston88? Course, they call you ClueLessOne on ESPN's Wizards board.

Still putting out the hate against Gil, i see. Hell hath no fury like a DC Boy88 scorned, eh?

This is sad, but funny, too. Gil rejects you, and now you have dedicated the rest of your life to bashing him to try to get even.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

You are so retarded, you have been blessed by me with the perfect name.

What up Retard?!?!?!

I hope you were at least smart enough to copy and paste your same comments, but then again, probably not since you're retarded!

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 31, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

That took the imagination of a genius to think up, DC Boy88.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess your standards are low Retard, just like your father's.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 31, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Michael, how common is this type of behavior on the Wizards?

Posted by: ct fan | August 31, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

To all those who read this blog:

Let's just appreciate the hard work that goes into this blog. I've been reading it for awhile now but I've never posted a comment. This is starting to irk me out though - this DC Man88 guy obviously makes comments for the sole purpose of annoying anyone who reads this blog, I honestly believe he doesn't even follow this Wizard's team. Whatever his reasons, I dont know. But try not to reply to his comments, it just demeans this whole blog and makes it unbearable when it shouldnt have to be.

Great job Michael and Ivan!

Posted by: David | September 1, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I've been reading this blog for awhile, and I see how a lot of bloggers have been jumping on DC Man88's case just because he makes a comment about Gilbert. The bloggers need to keep in mind that this is an open blog, and people can put forth any comment or opinion about players and the team, within reason. It's pretty obvious that people jump on this guy's case just at the mere mention of Gilbert, nevermind the validity of the point.

For example, someone remarked that Gilbert would be on Blatche's case about his recent arrest. Then DC Man88 remarked that Gilbert was fair game because of his own personal situation with the law. Nothing wrong with being fair, but then someone jumped on DC Man88. There's no need to incite people and go off like that. Let's just all keep it clean, and people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: Robert | September 1, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Poor Blatche? Come Michael, the knucklehead better get himself together soon unless he wants to end like Vick.

Is the team set? or are they still planning to improve in the middle?

Posted by: Jed | September 1, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Just don't engage DCMan88 on the Gilbert issue. But on other issues, DCMan88 has some interesting points.

Posted by: George Templeton | September 1, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"Just don't engage DCMan88 on the Gilbert issue. But on other issues, DCMan88 has some interesting points."

Lol, you tell him George. :)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | September 1, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

As far as Tom Thibodeau leaving the Wiz and apparently recently signing with Boston, newguy wonders what the reason was for him leaving us. Some of you may recall in one of Ivan's posts earlier this summer that he felt (no real sources) that he left because he did not like the vibe between EG and the coaching staff.

Thibodeau by the way was offered a two year contract with the Wiz, whereas the rest of EJ's staff only got one year extensions and at the last minute before summer league play. Does anyone else think it is kind of strange that EJ's staff did not get extended as long as EJ or is this standard practice? Also, EJ I believe only really got a two year extension last year after having one year to go on his then current contract. (I should probably go back and check this fact, but I am sure someone will probably correct me if I am wrong.)

What I am kind of leading up to is this, this is a real critical year for EJ and the Wizards (I know the in-the-know posters already realize this). If EJ has a reasonably healthy team and does not get past the first round of the playoffs, I believe EG may move to replace him and get his own coach in there.

Also, how all this plays out (the Wiz success or lack of it, how Gilbert feels about the coaching and organization) will no doubt affect the Arenas situation. If and when Gil opts out of his contract after next season, he could decide to go somewhere else, even though the Wizards have the ability to offer him the best deal. It is hard to be sure what he will do. Also, he has been an EJ supporter in the past, but were there some schisms here this year?

Next year at this time we may be blogging on a whole different team arrangement.

BTW, does anybody notice some subtlety in the Nick Young draft pick? The obvious is that we got a potentially very good player who should have gone several places higher in the draft, and should at least contribute as much as Jarvis did last year to start with. However, is EG also trying to cover himself by developing a young guard in case Gil does decide to leave next year or did it just work out that way? In any event EG has to be the best GM's we have had in a long while.

Posted by: Tim | September 1, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Just a comment - from reading his blogs, Gilbert seems to be a father that not only supports his kids, but provides hand on care for them. I notice that he mentions his daughter and son all the time and will be a great father...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Robert, just how long have you been reading this blog?? Not very long, obviously if you are defending DC88. It's not that we defend Gilbert....he is the one CONSTANTLY making derogatory remarks about Gilbert when the conversation has not been about him AT ALL. He finds things to bring up to put him down. After awhile, it really gets old.

Not to mention if we disagree with him, he calls us horrible names (fudgepacker, c*nt, moron...need I go on?). So, maybe occasionally he makes a good observation...but the majority of the time is spent dissing Gilbert, Abe Pollin, and the Wiz in general. He should be banned from the blog as he obviously does not have a decent bone in his body.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I second the motion.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't like 50/50 or Dolla bill.

How about $80.50? The way we get both the shooting and the prostitute in.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

He should be banned from the blog as he obviously does not have a decent bone in his body.

Posted by: | September 1, 2007 01:40 PM

I agree. Ban DC Man88 (aka DC Boy88, Clewiston88, ClueLessOne).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

(CNN)?Senator Larry Craig is hiring some big guns from the legal world, including Michael Vick's lawyer, to represent him in his upcoming legal proceedings.Craig said he has retained Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, to handle most of his legal affairs. He said he has retained Stan Brand, who represented Major League Baseball in connection with the congressional investigation into Major League Baseball?s steroid policies, to handle issues pertaining to an investigation by the Senate Ethics committee.....

Life is stranger than fiction!

I know this isn't Wizards news, but my GAWD!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2007 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Even a broken clock is right twice a day! Some people on this blog post alot more often then that, but are lucky to stumble accross a good basketball point once a month.
Enjoyed the pictures of the workouts at Verizon, interested in the number of guys that are showing up and the Tapscott seems to be monitoring things and even taking notes. Also found Butler's interview interesting, he sounds hungery and looks good.
Looks like Arenas is getting good elevation again, doesn't seem to be hurting from his injury from these pictures and reports that I've heard of him playing pick-up games.
Sounds like these guys are hungry and ready to get back at it. Last year in summer league Blatche looked bigger than Pecherov, boy has that kid filled out in a year. Grunfeld said at the beginning of the summer that he now regarded him as a center, looks like he is growing into the role.
I look for a very spirited battle for playing time up front, Etan and Haywood better come to camp ready to ball or they could both be looking at more pine time. Wonder how Songalia is doing with his national team? Between him, Blatche, and Pecherov they could be the keys to improvement this year.

Posted by: GM | September 2, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the Retard should be banned b/c she would then slit her wrists b/c what else would she do besides live her life for Gilby?

Being lucky with a good point is much better than having a totally flawed or biased perception like some of the people here....especially when you have no idea how to separate thoughts with spaced paragraphs but instead jumble together BS in one long writing. You know who you Gilby-loving trolls are!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

GM - good post.

Even though the Wiz didn't go out and make a big splash this offseason
with any big free agent signings; I still think they could be better this year.

A lot depends on the bench.

Last year, everyone saw that our bench just couldn't score. AD is good
at running the offense, but didn't really score consistently - especially early
in the year. Blatch got sporatic minutes, and as such was sporatic in his
play. Brendan and Etan are just better if they don't touch the ball on
offense. Same for Ruffin. Songaila was injured in the first half of
the year. So... that left Jarvis Hayes as your bench scorer.

Once Eddie Jordan saw what he had, his substitution patterns really got
weird. He used Jarvis at 2, 3 and 4.. depending on who he was taking
out. He had to leave at least 1 or 2 of the big 3 in the game all the time.
He had to rely on Jarvis, AD, Stevenson and/or our centers to score.
Jarvis got lots of minutes - and didn't produce. They lost too many games
last year in the 2nd half because the bench couldn't protect a lead.

This year should be different. It remains to be seen whether it will be
better. We all know what Songaila brings.. Not spectacular, but steady
scoring from the 4 off the bench, and adequate D (especially compared
to AJ). AD should be AD. Good at running the offense, low turnovers.
The key, I think, is Blatche. This is his 3rd year. He needs to step up
and earn playing time.

Last year, it was reported that he didn't earn his playing time in practice.

Notice I didn't even mention Pecherov, Young, or McGuire. I don't think
it's prudent for a potential playoff team to rely on rookies to help them.
So I look for all three of them to get the kind of minutes Blatche did
last year - sporatic - but Pecherov could surprise me.

Posted by: Rook | September 2, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Now I see why Ivan took a break. There's no point really to regurgitate for the millionth time the sensationalized glory during the 1st half of last season, or to make silly projections about the team based on summer ball or how high someone is jumping.

Or, to talk about dudes showing up at the gym b/c these ballers have nothing else better to do because of all the free time to kill during the offseason after they've taken all their vacations, paid their child support bills, or finish filming their commercials...mistaking hunger for boredom with a single sound bite. Bulking up? Yeah, that surely helped Kwame with his game.

Rah rah....Let's hope Les season with Les BouleS comes quick b/c otherwise these pontificators will continue the preseason hype for the next 2 months.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And shockingly DC88 has NOTHING better to do than post about other people having nothing better to do.

How comical.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Rook, Alot of posters were critical of Jordan last season with the playing time that he gave Blatche. In retrospect after some of the info that Ivan shared and the fact that Blatche didn't get a restricted FA offer, it's clear that Jordan was trying to get it accross to the kid that he needed to work like a Pro.
Playing Ruffin and Booth ahead of Blatch had to be making the point that Jordan wanted consistant effort and preperation in order to gain a spot in the rotation. I think that Taylor has been in the same boat with Jordan, listening to Eddie's post game comments on the way home after the games it was interesting how often he refered to practice play when talking about why Taylor had played or not played.
That's why it's important that these young guys have all been working hard this off season, their work ethic is what will earn the playing time with this coach. Last year's team had alot of problems because of a shallow bench, Hayes became the primary reserve at too many positions and his shot never came back to him.
It wouldn't shock me if with a more defined role Hayes will end up being a solid reserve for Detroit. But it really was time for him to move on once Young was picked since the rookie is going to need minutes to adjust to the pro game.
I'd agree Young won't get alot of prime time play this year. MacGuire and Pecherov could both carve their way into the rotation, though I think Eddie will have to pick his spots for Pecherov early on. Some guys will just be to much for a kid that green to handle until he's played awhile.
MacGuire's versitilty and defense could earn him a spot in Eddie's rotations. I'd look for Jordan to deploy him in much the same way he used Ruffin last year getting a little time at all three frontline positions from time to time depending on the situation.
I'd agree the season can't get here fast enough for me. Getting old reading the same old same old as some one trolls for somebody to fight with.

Posted by: GM | September 2, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

DC Man88, I sometimes wonder where you get your ideas from.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree Rook, you gotta like the potential for our bench much more than last year's with Hayes and Ruffin filling major roles. As you said Daniels was solid at point, but then Hayes was often used everywhere from sg to pf, with Ruffin usually in as the "smallball" center.

We are better off this year if only because of Songaila being available from the start. Darius gives us a skilled big man off the bench at pf (instead of Hayes), as well as a smallball option at center (instead of Ruffin). And we have two other bigs with skills to work into this mix with Blatche and Pecherov. Blatche, who was basically a rookie after missing most of the previous training camp and season after coming to the team straight out of high school, should be improved and more consistant after his first full season, plus another offseason and training camp to prepare. Blatche adds excellent athleticism and size off the bench, and I think he will fill the smallball center role, give us alot more in that role than we got from Ruffin, and could push Etan for pt at the 5. Pesh is a rookie, but one who has played a couple seasons of professional ball in Europe, plus two NBA summer leagues. Also he is a smart player who can pass and shoot, adds size, and should be able to contribute off the bench this season.

We are largely relying on a couple rooks to replace Jarvis at SF and SG with McGuire and Young. Young adds some speed off the bench, which is something we didn't have last year. He should add scoring, and more of an offensive option opposed to Daniels or Stevenson, or Hayes. Yes he's a rookie, but one with good college experience. He will be up and down throughout the season, but off the bench any thing he is able to give us to add to the high scoring of our big 3 will basically be gravy. Plus I wouldn't say Jarvis was exactly consistant in that role last season. McGuire gives us the size to defend the 3 that Hayes gave us, but brings more atheticism and playmaking ability. He's a guy who can come in at sf and help on the boards and defensively, while not putting up and missing a bunch of shots like Hayes, essentially providing a Jeffries type of role off the bench.

Posted by: Darnell | September 2, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope some of you are right about Pech above. He reportedly added at least 10 pounds of muscle since the draft last year, but it seemed to me he got pushed around a good bit in summer league play this year.

He may not yet be the banger or down low presence we would like him to be. Time will tell.

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"And shockingly DC88 has NOTHING better to do than post about other people having nothing better to do.

How comical.

Posted by: | September 2, 2007 02:08 PM "


And not shockingly Retard, you have NOTHING better to do than post about someone whom you said everyone should ignore and who has nothing better to do.

How comical, and SAD!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"DC Man88, I sometimes wonder where you get your ideas from.

Posted by: | September 2, 2007 02:33 PM "


Stop spending your time wondering about me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"I'd agree the season can't get here fast enough for me. Getting old reading the same old same old as some one trolls for somebody to fight with."

I totally agree with your self description. A lot of the same old, same old regurgitation. Old farts are set in their ways, so that's my guess...

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Tim, Not sure that Pecherov's game is that of a low post banger, he's really similar to Songalia in many ways. Offensively he's going to be more effective in the high post facing the hoop.
In Vegas he played though a groin injury and they shut him down a game early even though he looked better after a slow start. The big question is defense and rebounding, offensively he has the kind of game skills that you look for in the Princeton.
That's where Eddie will have to be a little careful with the kid's minutes until he gets his feet on the ground in this league. There are guys that will be just too quick, strong, and explosive for the kid to match up with until he gets a clue how to match it with a little guile.
You can't coach size, but a guy can learn to handle quicker players defensively once they figure out that a whole lot more contact is allowed in the lane in the NBA than in other leagues in Europe. Agianst Shaq he'll just have to learn that just like everybody else he's got six fouls to give.
Five posts today and not a one contained anything except a cut and paste attack on another poster and not one thing about basketball. 88'er you're 0 for September in Basketball Posts, notice I've never cut and pasted any of your submissions, never found anything you've had to say worth repeating.
It's been a few days, isn't it about time for you to remind us all that you used to exchange E-Mail with Arenas? By the way, heard from Gil lately, or has he like everyone here pretty much figured you out?
Could be time for you to make like a fisherman that keeps pulling in an empty hook and go troll some where else! Not anyone here amused by you unless you conjure up the boys again, and you can tell them the secerts of the game!
I think the only time you even bordered on being entertaining were the times when you started to argue with yourself. You my young friend, are about as funny as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest! Just keep flailing away, you might hit something besides your own ass sometime!
I know people, I shouldn't respond to him, but it's a holiday just couldn't help myself.

Posted by: GM | September 2, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough, GM. I wasn't sure how others were perceiving him.

Now if we can only get BH to be a banger.

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The high road isn't always as fun as getting down and dirty huh GM? I never truly felt like a Wizards Insider until DC Man88 cyber-taunted me. Now? I'm a Wizards Insider for life baby!

I agree in principle with what everyone is saying in this thread except for one thing. DMac is NOT Jared Jeffries. He will be more than just a defender/rebounder because his offensive game is too diverse. I think McGuire will surprise many people with his ability to score and truthfully, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up with a higher scoring average than Pesh and Young. We'll see.

Quiet as it's kept, we have a solid squad. The key is getting our rookies plus Blatche up to speed during the regular season without jeopardizing our seeding. We have the potential to be as deep as the Bulls but more offensively explosive. Needless to say, EJ has all of the pieces to get to the playoffs. What he does when (if?) he gets there will determine whether he stays or goes...

Posted by: Essex | September 2, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Pesh is no banger, but should be able to contribute simply with his size and ability to shoot can be hard to match up with. He is the best shooter off the bench as far as front court players. Songaila even is more of a low post scorer, but Pesh has legit 3 pt range. Even if just comes in and stands at the 3 on the offensive end (like Jamison) his size makes him hard to defend, and he will knock down some shots. On the defensive end he should be able to help on the boards simply cause he's 7ft.

Posted by: Darnell | September 2, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Darnell - Yeah he's 7ft, but so is Brendan. Rebounding is all about positioning, and desire.

What little I saw of Pech in Summer League told me he seems to have the desire, but his positioning is lacking. He got pushed out of position a lot. Also, he needs to work on his hand strength. He lost a lot of rebounds when he fumbled them while being bumped.

Posted by: Rook | September 2, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"The high road isn't always as fun as getting down and dirty huh GM? I never truly felt like a Wizards Insider until DC Man88 cyber-taunted me. Now? I'm a Wizards Insider for life baby!"


Essex, did I taunt you or point out the obvious? I mean, you've been harping on that "this is not a Wizards handle" gripe for awhile now, which I have ignored, but I think you need to email Michael if you have an issue with NBA vs. Les BouleS handles.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

GM, sorry I ruined your holiday. Not as bad though, as how Lefty Driesell felt after he recovered from his beer goggles the next day after realizing the dirty dirty business with your wife in the barn.

All jokes aside, which are so fun...GM's posts are nothing but a regurgitation of the obvious. The "one good point once in awhile" that you credited me with unfortunately are much further in between for you.

All your gibberish masked as Les BouleS on the court strategy couldn't be more obvious than Lefty's intentions with your wife in the barn. "you can't coach size but..." I mean, if someone came into your hardware store and wanted a broom, your reply would be "huh?!?!" You're about as creative and as knowledgeable as a crash test dummy, and that's me trying to say it nicely.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 2, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Michael & Ivan, can we please get the DC88 pariah banned from the blog?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

DCMan, I don't know how you can feel good about going on to a Wizards blog and posting garbage like that about someone's loved one. It's really sad. I'm sure you'll paste that into a reply and tell me how sad I am for responding. But it's hard for decent people not to respond to crap like that. I know you're only 19, and god know we all did stupid sh*t at 19 (just ask 50/50 Blatche). But hopefully someday soon you'll develop a bigger sense of the world and stop pouring so much negativity out.

Posted by: Prazak | September 2, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Prazak, you're 19 also, so I'm sure you do silly things too. I think you're new here, so you don't know the history behind any of these statements. If GM doesn't want to go that route, then he should mind his business and not take not-so-subtle jabs at me.

He knows the game, if he leaves me alone, I leave him alone. Same goes with everything else. Stick to writing about Les BouleS and their players, and not jump on anyone's case for what they write about these two areas, and everything will be fine. If people can't follow those two basic rules, then it's their problem. It can't be easier than that.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 3, 2007 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Actually you have a point DC Man88.

I think everyone is antzy for NBA basketball to start and in the interim put their energies into fruitless exercises.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Amen to that.

And to all the Gilby lovers out there, as I said before, if he comes out the gates, focuses on doing the best he can do, get his teammates involved, play D, keep his mouth shut, and not do any excessive self promotion, then I have no "ammo" to go on.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 3, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"And to all the Gilby lovers out there, as I said before, if he comes out the gates, focuses on doing the best he can do, get his teammates involved, play D, keep his mouth shut, and not do any excessive self promotion, then I have no "ammo" to go on.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 3, 2007 08:59 AM"

Oh if ONLY that were true....we all know it isn't. You have spent the offseason hunting down things to knock Gil for. Hell, he could have spent the offseason in India feeding starving children and you would have said that (1) he was feeding them the wrong food and (2) He should have been in DC working on his game.

Not surprised to learn that you are only 19....still a TEENAGER....and most likely still living at home. What is really sad is that a teenager is so full of hate.

Truly sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert is a typical selfish NBA player. He will never be as good as any of his peers who are the true superstars in this league!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert is a typical selfish NBA player. He will never be as good as any of his peers who are the true superstars in this league!"

Such as?

Posted by: kalorama | September 3, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"Oh if ONLY that were true....we all know it isn't. You have spent the offseason hunting down things to knock Gil for. Hell, he could have spent the offseason in India feeding starving children and you would have said that (1) he was feeding them the wrong food and (2) He should have been in DC working on his game.

Not surprised to learn that you are only 19....still a TEENAGER....and most likely still living at home. What is really sad is that a teenager is so full of hate.

Truly sad.

Posted by: | September 3, 2007 02:49 PM "

If anyone on this blog needed any further evidence that a Retard on this blog can't stick to talking about Les BouleS and it's players, but instead, chooses to focus on personal attacks, then here it is.

I don't know what is up with this person. She is always on my case. I think it's gotta be a Gilbly groupie, Gilby's babies' momma, or Gilby's biological mom that didn't bother. If it's his mom, she needs to save her energy, walk to his home in Great Falls, and beg him to let her back into his life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 3, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

You have spent the offseason hunting down things to knock Gil for. Hell, he could have spent the offseason in India feeding starving children and you would have said that (1) he was feeding them the wrong food and (2) He should have been in DC working on his game.

Not surprised to learn that you are only 19....still a TEENAGER....and most likely still living at home. What is really sad is that a teenager is so full of hate.

Truly sad.

Posted by: | September 3, 2007 02:49 PM "

If anyone on this blog needed any further evidence that a Retard on this blog can't stick to talking about Les BouleS and it's players, but instead, chooses to focus on personal attacks, then here it is.

I don't know what is up with this person. She is always on my case. I think it's gotta be a Gilbly groupie, Gilby's babies' momma, or Gilby's biological mom that didn't bother. If it's his mom, she needs to save her energy, walk to his home in Great Falls, and beg him to let her back into his life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 3, 2007 08:42 PM

FYI, DC Boy88:

There are about five or six anonymous people here criticizing you. So, stop referring to five people as if he were one person. MANY PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING YOU

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

"FYI, DC Boy88:

There are about five or six anonymous people here criticizing you. So, stop referring to five people as if he were one person. MANY PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING YOU

Posted by: | September 3, 2007 11:31 PM "

Again, all you losers who are here criticizing me are wasting your time because I will continue to do what I do, and that's provide an analysis of Les BouleS and their players. You can take that to the bank.

It's funny how whether it's only one of you, or many of you, all of you losers are anonymous. Irregardless, you are all Gilby groupies and Gilby wh#res. Your wasted effort with these personal attacks proves again that you losers can't focus on talking about Les BouleS, but instead, prefer to focus on personal attacks which have nothing to do with this blog.

Keep making up stuff about me. Doesn't matter, b/c none of it will keep me from doing what I do. The more you attack me personally, the more I know I'm getting to you. Have a lovely day!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 4, 2007 7:47 AM | Report abuse

"The more you attack me personally, the more I know I'm getting to you. Have a lovely day!"

This should be enough to let people know to ignore the negative comments. If you disagree with DC Man88, just ignore him and move on. More than half of the posts here are about him. Why? My question is to the anon who says that Gil is a typical selfish player and will never be as good as any of the other superstars. What superstars are you talking about ? Seems to me that selfishness and confidence are two of the keys to becoming a NBA superstar. Which great player in NBA history was NOT super-confident and selfish ? Bird, Magic, Jordan? ...probably 3 of the biggest egos in the sports history.

Posted by: mark | September 4, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"This should be enough to let people know to ignore the negative comments. If you disagree with DC Man88, just ignore him and move on. More than half of the posts here are about him. Why?

Posted by: mark | September 4, 2007 11:01 AM "


Mark, I think you missed the entire point. The point I made was a general basketball related statement saying that if Gilby does all the right things, then nobody here should worry about then any negative from me. This goes beyond Gilby to all the players on Les BouleS really. Then, some anonymous person chose to attack me personally.

So, if this anonymous person is irked by my BASKETBALL RELATED POST, then instead of blasting me personally, they should just go kick themselves in their head. People here get too attached to these basketball stars as if any and every critique of them is like slapping their momma in the face. If they want to take a critique about their favorite superstar as a slap in their momma's face, that's not my problem.

Stick to basketball, not personal attacks!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 4, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Stick to basketball, not personal attacks!

Good advice. You should give some thought to following it yourself (both in regards to other posters and Gilbert Arenas).

Posted by: kalorama | September 4, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Good advice. You should give some thought to following it yourself (both in regards to other posters and Gilbert Arenas).

Posted by: kalorama | September 4, 2007 04:08 PM "

Sure Kalorama, and while you're at it, tell Ivan to stop reporting about the player's private lives like how he did in the past with AB and the prostitute and how he got shot. Also, how the court wanted to serve Gilby a warrant including how Les BouleS helped him elude it or how Gilby got arrested in Miami. Yeah, and tell Mike Wise to stop reporting on how he followed Gilby to Barry Farms and Gilby's situation with his mother.

Also, tell people to stop referring to AB as "Bulletproof" and to stop calling BTH "Brenda." I'm sure there's more, so feel free to add to the list so we can all be politically correct and to protect the private lives of these public ATHALETES who want privacy, but then appear on camera to sell you shoes, cars (EASTERN MOTORS!!! YOUR JOB'S YOUR CREDIT!!!),. and soft drinks. Sounds like a SOLID plan in how to stick to talking about the game of basketball only.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 4, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Irregardless, you are all Gilby groupies and Gilby wh#res. Your wasted effort with these personal attacks proves again that you losers can't focus on talking about Les BouleS, but instead, prefer to focus on personal attacks which have nothing to do with this blog.

Keep making up stuff about me. Doesn't matter, b/c none of it will keep me from doing what I do. The more you attack me personally, the more I know I'm getting to you. Have a lovely day!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 4, 2007 07:47 AM

Here's more proof that dcBOY88 is actually the Wizards- and Gil-hating Clewiston88 from the ESPN Wizards board. Clewiston88, aka ClueLessOne, also misused the word "regardless" by attempting to use the non-word "irregardless."

Both dcBOY88 and Clewiston88 also insult other posters by calling them "old," etc.

They both have "88" in their screen names.

They both hate Gil.

They both hate the Wizards.

They both criticize the team's defense.

They both insist that they will continue to criticize Gil and the Wizards no matter how many people ask him to stop or ask that they be banned.

There is no question that dcBOY88 and Clewiston88 are the same person. How miserable an existence that must be, all pimply faced, weak, and full of hate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's dcBOY88's and Clewiston88's website showing his sorry photo:

http://www.rivals.com/rfFan.asp?User=238612&Post=

No wonder he's so full of hate, with a mug like that!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Dear DC man,

I don't think you should stop posting your comments about the wizards here. (neither I suspect does GM). I think you make some good points, in an overly antagonistic manner.

When people disagree with you you call them out as Gilby WH#res or Gilby Fanboys etc etc. OK we get it you think Gilby is overrated. Simple enough point, and perhaps he is. But that doesn't mean that everyone who likes his is on his jock. :)

I like Gilby enough, he is entertaining as all get out, is a bona fide all-star, seems to be a pretty good person and has made basketball here interesting / fun to watch. So what? He probably is over hyped, I mean the whole darn NBA is built on hype.

When you boil it down, I agree with you that building a winning franchise is about chemistry. It's about creating and environment where the players realize that they need each other to win... which is why I like Antawn so much. His D has some obvious flaws and I wont pretend that there aren't better players out there, but what Antawn has done in a leadership capacity has made it possible for GA to continue to be the class clown. The only big ? in the chem category to me really has to be Brendan. If the season goes well, I think he will keep in line mostly, but if they have and early struggles I could see him really hurting this teams moral. I want to like him, he is big and has potential, however, he has some bad tendencies... and I worry about some of the young guys seeing him as a role model.

Also, I agree that coach E appears to be at least somewhat on the hot seat. But I'm not an EJ hater either. I think he brought some much needed stability to the bench at a crucial time. The wizards seemed ready to implode in the post M.Jordan era. Maybe it will be his time to go soon, but I think a lot of fans will be and have been thankful for the improvement that this team made while he has been here.

This whole argument that you must be getting to everyone because they reply back is circular. (they get to you cause you reply back too) OK, that is endless and therefore pointless. I'm writing back because I think you made some interesting points. Maybe it is redundant, but after all this is a wizards message board... I think we can tolerate a certain amount of repetition among pals.

Posted by: DCgreg77 | September 6, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

DCgreg77,

You make some good points and observations. I don't though, call people those names just b/c they disagree with me. When they disagree with me and then take it up a notch and call me names, then I return the favor.

As you can see in the anonymous posts above, some people here like to take it outside of just talking about basketball. I don't care, b/c it's not my problem.

PS. Ain't the name "Gilby" catchy?

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 6, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

No ... the name "Gilby" doesn't seem catchy to me. I've seen two people use it to refer to Gilbert ... you and someone replying to your post. Agent Zero ... now that's catchy ... but it all depends on the person.

Posted by: luv the wiz | September 6, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The "Agent Zero" moniker should have been retired after he had his "coming out party." When you throw yourself a party to signify to yourself and to tell others that you've arrived, you can't really keep riding that "I'm an unloved, unwanted underdog" angle any more. It's a contradiction, but then again, Gilby is a living contradiction.

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