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Richmond Day 2

There is nothing new to report about the status of center Etan Thomas, who was not cleared to come to camp after a routine physical revealed a cardiac irregularity. As I wrote today, the situation is potentially career threatening but we really won't know more until the results of more tests come in. Over the years, we've learned that heart issues can go either way.

Two years ago, Hawks center Jason Collier died suddenly on the eve of camp with what was described as a previously undiagnosed enlarged heart and also two years ago, Wolves guard Fred Hoiberg was forced to retire after he required a pace maker. However, Ronnie Turiaf and Eddy Curry have been able to resume their careers after experiencing heart issues so, we'll see what happens. The important thing, obviously, is that Etan is able to live a healthy life. He's a husband, a father and a good all-around guy.

As for camp, I didn't get into too much basketball yesterday because I was working on the news or the day but I did closely observe last night's practice and jotted down a few things that may be of interest. (Today's practice runs from 11-2 and I'll update when it's done).

-In my story today, I noted that Coach Eddie Jordan said that without Etan, his center depth chart reads like this: 1. Brendan Haywood. 2. Andray Blatche. 3 Tony Massenburg. All three have worked at that spot so far but it was interesting that when the squad broke up for a schort scrimmage at the end of practice last night, the teams were split like this: Team Black: Gilbert, DeShawn, Caron, Antawn and Brendan. (Reserves were Antonio Daniels, Roger Mason and Oleksiy Pecherov). Team White: Donell Taylor, Nick Young, Mike Hall, Blatche (at PF) and Darius Songaila(at center). During the course of the scrimmage, Darius and Pecherov squared off at center while Andray played alot at PF against Antawn.

- The white team won by the way, 11-4. Arenas looked good but pretty much stayed under control and moved the basketball. When he did make a burst to the basket, he usually drew the defense and dished off. Caron Butler, who is in terrific shape and appears to be right back to where he was before the hand injury ended his season, swished a three-pointer from the top of the key on a nice pass from Arenas. That was interesting because Caron said he spent the summer working on his jumper so he can expand his range a little bit to the three-point line. To me, it appears that he's making a more concerted effort to get his legs into his shot.'

- Pecherov is interesting. He has a really smooth looking release on his shot and, just as I observed in summer league, he's a pretty natural rebounder. The ball tends to find him, know what I mean? He had a nice rebound and putback for one score.

-Nick Young is freaky athletic but his head was obviously swimming on the first day as is the case with all rookies. At one point during the scrimmage, he received the ball on the wing and drove hard baseline but was cut off by a rotating big man (much to the happiness of assistant coach Randy Ayers who was talking defense all day) and then tried to force his way to the basket only to travel. Eddie Jordan: "That's a walk Nick. You have two guys on you. Darius was open. Move the ball!"

-Blatche was impressive. One one possession, he set a high screen for former Purdue PG Willie Deane, slipped it and dove to the rim. Deane's pass was in traffic but Blatche plucked it out of the air and laid it in with ease. Later, he made the play of the scrimmage while defending Jamison one-on-one near the top of the key. Jamison received the ball at the three-point line and with Andray running at him to close out, made a head fake before driving to his left. Andray recovered by breaking down and shuffling his feet and slapped the ball away on one side of Jamison's body without fouling before retrieving it on the other. He then dribbled the other way on a fast break. He finished the break by drawing the defender (don't remember who) and dropping a no-look pass to Songaila for a layup.

-Dominic McGuire looked pretty good in the morning session, particularly in the one-on-one and two-on-two defensive drills but sat out of the evening session with a migraine headache. He should be good to go today. I see him playing at the small forward spot.

I'll check back with more later on.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 3, 2007; 10:56 AM ET
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That's great news about Blatche. Keep us updated on the center rotation. Great job, Ivan.

Posted by: Sam | October 3, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, that's some great coverage by Ivan. He and JLa are probably the best young reporters at the Post. Not afraid to touch on issues b/c they are not lapdogs to some of the sports stars like some of the older reporters there.

No diss on Michael Lee, who does a great job also, but people here are more interested in local sports and not the entire league just yet.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ivan!
I'd love to know who on the White squad contributed the most in their shocking victory over the Black squad. The early Vegas line on the Black vs. White scrimmage would have definitely gone the other way. Also, how many "Daggers" did Buckantz rattle off during the duel?

Posted by: In the A | October 3, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice coverage Ivan. For those of us that would love to be there in Richmond but can't be, your details of camp are just what we need. Please keep up the great work and keep sending us updates.

We're all praying for Etan to pull through but if he doesn't get cleared to play before opening day, what are the Wizards options for replacing his roster spot?

Posted by: Juan DC | October 3, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, is Ernie working the phones trying to get us a big man? I mean, Tony Massenburg? Come on...

Posted by: C.Bell | October 3, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What are the Wiz's options if Etam can't return.
Will his $$$ count?
Any potential moves for a trade for some big man help?

Posted by: SlamDunk | October 3, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Wizards are starting off well. I'm looking forward to next week when they play the Cavs to see what kind of rotation Eddie has coming off the bench. I'm not surprised Pecherov was the center for the second team, esp when he basically played that position in summer league. Pecherov is a big guy, looks to me 7ft and can rebound really well,needs to improve on foot movement, but He can be a contributor if Etan is not able to play this season, or for his entire career.

Posted by: Robert C. | October 3, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the report on the rooks Ivan! Good info!

Posted by: Darnell | October 3, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

mason jr is going to tear it up this season

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Great job Ivan! I see that Dave Johnson is blogging live on the Wizards site...he is walking step by step through each practice. Great stuff Check it out:


Posted by: Mike | October 3, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

maybe its the .5 alcohol in this kombucha but im overly excited about my WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: i | October 3, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'LL REPLACE ETAN IF HE'S NOT CLEARED!!!!!!!!!!!! but im 5'5

Posted by: i | October 3, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates Ivan. I'm curious how AB has been handling himself lately -- have his teammates been really giving him the business? One would hope that he would realize the best way to stop being harrassed for his off-court mistake would be to raise his game on the court.

Sounds like he's doing that so far, but I'd love more details...

Posted by: DGack | October 3, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey i, you'd be perfect for Eddie when he goes "smallball" !!

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Damn I can't wait for the season to start. Thanks for the updates Ivan.

Posted by: CurtisLee | October 3, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

From the Wizards blog and in this Wizards Insider: Eddie Jordan can't seriously be considering Tony Massenburg at 6'9" a backup center can he? And Darius Songaila at 6'9" is no backup center either. Either one would only work if the Wiz had a 7 ft forward on the court at the same time: either Blatche or Pecherov. ohoh back to small ball?

Posted by: rgz | October 3, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse


That's exactly what I wondered. If he can't be medically cleared to play, would his salary come off the books? That would allow the Wiz to really go after a good defender...

On another topic, here's ESPN basketball analyst John Hollinger's summation of the Wiz, going into the season:

"The Wizards are talking about taking a step up and challenging the East's elite; I look at them and wonder if they aren't going in the opposite direction. Take a look at their three best players and tell me which of them are going to take a step up from last year: Arenas, who depends entirely on his quickness but is coming off knee surgery? Butler, who comes off a career year at 27? Or Jamison, who is 31 and has seen his numbers slowly declining the past couple years?

I'll go with "none of the above," and for that reason Washington's secondary players are going to need to step up in a major way. But here we have the same problem -- Daniels is a 32-year-old penetrator and nobody would be shocked if he hit the wall this year; while Haywood and Jordan have a prickly relationship that seemed to get even worse last season. The dynamic between Haywood and Thomas bears watching as well -- they fought multiple times last year, and it's rather shocking that one or the other wasn't traded this summer...

Realistically, if Washington is going to improve it will come from two things: The kids and the defense. Pecherov and Young are unknown quantities, while Blatche is another X factor. If one of them emerges as a major contributor then it's much easier to see Washington keeping up in the East.

That's especially true if the team plays any defense, but to date they've offered no evidence that they plan to do so. One wonders if this will put Jordan on the hot seat at any point, or indeed if it already has; Washington's lackadaisical approach to this end of the floor is costing it dearly.

But although there are many reasons the Wizards could be better, I tend to put more faith in the reasons they could be worse. I think this prediction is going to shock some people, but I see Washington in decline for at least a year or two until the youngsters are ready to step up, and if so I think the all-fun-and-no-defense approach of the past two years will be evaluated much more harshly.

Prediction: 33-49, 5th in Southeast, 13th in Eastern Conference"

I disagree with some of what he wrote, but he also makes some good points. I think his prediction is way off base, though, because it seems to me the Wiz had two primary weaknesses last year: defense and a horrible bench.

One of those, the bench, IMO has been substantially upgraded. Defense, we'll have to see about. But they were in first place last January. If they can play even a little better defense, and I believe they can, they could hit 50 wins.

Posted by: Keithinator | October 3, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Great stuff Ivan. Keep it coming!

With regard to the salary cap implications if Etan were to be sidelined for the season, I believe that the Wiz would be granted some sort of exemption that would allow them to sign another player, but i don't think that Etan would come off the books entirely.

Posted by: M.E.G. | October 3, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Blatche at center? Wasn't he deemed too weak to play PF just last year? Did someone introduce him to BALCO? What's the thinking on EJ's part? I like AB a lot but not at the 5. He needs to be the first off the bench at the 4 spot along with McGuire at the 3.

Posted by: mark | October 3, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Hope Etan gets better in his health. Just wonder if Etan has to end his NBA career, what happens to Wiz's salary cap space?

Posted by: Sagaliba | October 3, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Arenas and Butler look great, how come their team lost to the reserves 11-4?

Posted by: Sagaliba | October 3, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Kwame was arrested. article on the sports front page. Wow, I guess he did "bring back the beast," out in LA.

Posted by: BT | October 3, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Ivan reported that the reserves won 11-4, Dave Johnson's Wiz blog says that the starters won ???? I guess one of them will make a correction. I'm guessing it will be Ivan.

Posted by: Wizzy | October 3, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Good post, Ivan.

Dave Johnson's blogs live from practive on the Wizards' website indicate that they are apparently focusing more on defense this year.

Also, Johnson mentioned that the Wiz worked on the PnR defense in the second practice yesterday. He was asked by one blogger if the Wizards were practicing other ways to defend this than using the "hedge" or bringing the center out as they usually do.

Dave Johnson said this was a good question and that he would answer the question later in his blog today but so far has not.

Ivan, are the Wizards practicing other ways of defending the PnR than their usual approach?

BTW, my sympathies go out to Etan. Hope it turns out after more testing not to be too serious and he can resume his career.

Posted by: Tim | October 3, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually a short answer was posted by Johnson to the PnR question:

" answer to your question last night about PnR..indeed what you discussed we did practice..but more than just the center was involved intrying to disrupt the ball handler"

Posted by: Tim | October 3, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"I disagree with some of what he wrote, but he also makes some good points."

Keith don't listen to those guys on ESPN, they are horrible. Ric Bucher(sp?) swears the Lakers are going to win the whole thing every year because they are his favorite team.

ESPN has some of the WORST sports journalism out there. I never listen to those guys.

Saying that if Blatche is now #2 on the center depth chart this could be his big year to shine with the absense of Etan.

Funny how these things always seem to work themselves out, isn't it? Guy gets hurt, new guy comes in and plays well(you know what I mean).

Thanks Ivan.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | October 3, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

While I appreciate everyone trying to put the best spin on this Etan situation by saying Blatche will do fine at center, the cold truth is:

2006 Wizards real centers: Haywood, Thomas, and Booth

2007 Wizards centers (possibly): Haywood

Haywood fans, buckle up -- he might be averaging 42 minutes a game. Get well soon, Etan!

Posted by: Sean | October 3, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

And I echo Ray's comments about ESPN. John Hollinger is a joke, and not because he dissed the Wizards. Because he is wrong more than he is right. If he picked the Wizards to win the East, then I'd be worried.

He says:
"Take a look at their three best players and tell me which of them are going to take a step up from last year: Arenas, who depends entirely on his quickness but is coming off knee surgery? Butler, who comes off a career year at 27? Or Jamison, who is 31 and has seen his numbers slowly declining the past couple years?"

Let's analyze. Not much argument from me on Jamison. Arenas, however, has improved dramatically every season. Hollinger, without any actual information on Arenas' health, determines that Arenas will not improve this season because of his knee. Great analysis, stat boy. And Butler, who has improved every season of his career except his second season, will not improve this season because he is 27. Brilliant! At least he didn't say Haywood is going to regress because he's a Sagittarius.

Posted by: Sean | October 3, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hollinger's article is based on completely flawed logic. The Wizards were the best team in the East last year, until they started getting injured. Even with NO bench support, the well documented troubles at center, poor defense, and without Darius Songaila; they were in 1st place in the East.

So.........what...... Hollinger expects that a healthy Arenas, Butler and Jamison; along with an improved bench (removing Jarvis and Ruffin is a major improvement); and a healthy Songaila at the beginning of the season means that they are WORSE than they were at the start of last year? Worse by a LOT? 33 Wins and 5th in the Southeast? What is that guy smoking?

Boy, I hope Arenas, Butler, Haywood and the rest of the boys read that article.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

By the way Keithinator , Etan has a guaranteed contract, as do all NBA players, so he will collect his full salary. BUT, if he is forced to retire, or cannot play this year because of his heart condition, the Wizards would get some cap relief. They could invoke the Injured Player Exemption and get 1/2 of Etan's salary, or 1/2 the League Average salary, (whichever is lower) to sign another player. Since Etan makes way over the League Average, the Wiz would get about $2.6M to spend on ONE player to replace him.

Like I said in an earlier post, not many good centers out there for half the League Average; especially this late. So let's hope Etan is cleared to play this season.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Ray, Sean and Rook above on the quality of Hollinger's article. Many of the posters on this board could write a better analysis of the Wizards this year for ESPN.

Posted by: Tim | October 3, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the multiple posts guys, but the more I think about that Hollinger article, the more it irks me.

"which of them are going to take a step up from last year" - Why would any of the big three have to "step up"? They were leading the East last year! With an improved bench, I would think that the big-3 could actually take a "step back", and play fewer minutes, score fewer points, and save more energy for the Playoffs.

"Arenas, ....coming off knee surgery." SO? Is he implying that Arenas can't come back from a relatively moderate knee injury? Does that mean that he is tanking the Boston Celtics because both Allen and Pierce were injured last year? (how could they possibly be as effective, after missing all those games last year?)Does that mean that he has Miami finishing last in the East because both Shaq and Wade are hurt?

"Jamison, who is 31 and has seen his numbers slowly declining the past couple years" - Anyone with a brain can see that Jamison can still bring it. Look at the playoffs last year. His numbers declined because he was the 2nd, and now the 3rd option in the offense; NOT because he's lost the ability to shoot the 3-pointer, or throw up a floater in the lane. His numbers declined because he plays a team game. The only "numbers" that matter to Jamison are WINS. He proved that when he took the 6th man role at Dallas, and has proved it time and again here in Washington with his unselfish play. He could probably still score 50 if he wanted to.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

From the Wizards blog and in this Wizards Insider: Eddie Jordan can't seriously be considering Tony Massenburg at 6'9" a backup center can he? And Darius Songaila at 6'9" is no backup center either. Either one would only work if the Wiz had a 7 ft forward on the court at the same time: either Blatche or Pecherov. ohoh back to small ball?

The coach has to go with the players the GM brought him...whatelse is he to do. Trade Haywood? Sign Duncan? Last I checked Ernie signed Tony. Heh, it may work out for the best. I have no idea where the Wizards going to end up. It depends on a lot of factors. I do know that I am looking forward to seeing Pesh, Darius, Nick, DMac, and Blachte along with the starters!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

If Etan has to retire, how does that affect the wiz cap situation? We def need Etan, and I hope he is healthy, as he seems like a good guy, but if he can't play maybe we can get some cap relief...Just a thought.

Posted by: dt | October 3, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Great coverage Ivan! Keep up the good work.

Happy to hear that Blatche is stepping up but I also hope that Thomas gets well soon since heart problems are nothing to play with.

Posted by: sports fan | October 3, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

GM, Ray? Predictions for the year?

Here are mine - constructive criticism and discussion are welcomed.

Detroit 50 32
Didn't add or subtract, unless you count adding Jarvis Hayes. I count that as subtraction by addition. Detroit is still the team to beat, although they're getting older. They play the best defense in the Eastern Conference so they should be in almost every game. The rest of the Conference improved, so they should lose a couple more games this year.

Cleveland 49 33
I'm not sure how Cleveland keeps doing it every year. Larry Hughes has not been the player they expected. Every time I see Zydrunas Ilgauskas he looks slower and slower. Recent bad news about Eric Snow (Left knee tear) doesn't help; although they did pick up Devin Brown. Perhaps their Finals loss will motivate the rest of the team, and King James can get some consistant scoring help. But an injury to James, and this team isn't even mediocre. Tiebreaker to Cleveland, because they always seem to find a way to travel, um... I mean... defeat Washington head-to-head.

Washington 49 33
A better team simply because they're healthy. Led the Eastern conference last year, until injuries hit. Darius Songaila healthy from the beginning of the season will also help. Washington's bench last year was astonishingly bad. Although the players added to this year's bench (Young, McGuire, Pecherov) are all young, they can't be any worse than last year's bench. Blatche needs to step up this year. Barring injury, Washington should be near the top of the Conference, and poised to make some noise in the playoffs. If they play even a little defense, they could be contenders for the Eastern Conference Title.

Toronto 47 35
Toronto is poised to be considered an elite team in the east.

Chicago 46 36
Second best defense in the Conference, in my opinion. They really didn't do anything in the off-season to improve via Free Agency, but they had a good draft. They will still have trouble scoring the ball.

Orlando 45 37
The addition of Rashard Lewis makes them a better team in the short term; but not elite. The addition of Rashard Lewis' contract cripples the Magic for the next several years. Forget them signing any new free agents. So they better hope that they can fill in the vital role players through the draft. I also think that the loss of Grant Hill will hurt.

Boston 44 38
I'm not one of those people that jumped on the Boston band wagon just because they went out and got Allen and Garnett. Which of those three is going to play second (or third) fiddle for the good of the team? And how long will it be before they mesh? The mish-mash of "who's that?", "I thought he retired", and "Is he still in the league" players they have on the bench - well, they will be improved over last year and in the playoff hunt; but I don't expect Boston to be an elite team.

New Jersey 41 41
I think New Jersey peaked last year. They lost Mikki Moore (to Sacramento) and Eddie House (to Boston) to Free Agency, and replaced them with Jamaal Magloire (from Portland) and Malik Allen (from Chicago) - not an improvement in my opinion.

Charlotte 41 41
This is a team that retained much of their core from last year, and added a proven scorer in Jason Richardson. I think the extra year playing together, along with the addition of Richardson should mean an improvement of 8-10 games over last year. Contending for a playoff spot...

Indiana 40 42
How motivated is Jermaine O'Neal. How will the trade rumors (O'Neal to the Lakers) affect the team? I don't see how they improved...but if O'Neal stays motivated, they could make up some ground over last year's finish.

Atlanta 35 47
They had a very good draft, adding to a core group of good young players. They will make steady improvement this year but still fall short. Look for Al Horford, #3 pick in this year's draft, to get some love in the Rookie of the year race.

Miami 38 44
With Dwayne Wade out until at least Mid-November, along with some new (old) faces, I think it's gonna be at least mid-December before the Heat learn how to play together. By that time, I think they'll be too far gone. The wild card here is Penny Hardaway. If he can contribute in a big way, they may finish better.

Philadelphia 25 57
They got a lot younger with 4 draft picks expected to make the team. No improvement through trades or free agency, although they did pick up Calvin Booth...! Don't look for them to contend for several years.

Milwaukee 24 58
I think that Yi Jianlian will be a good player - some day. They signed Desmond Mason, but they also signed Samaki Walker and Michael Ruffin - nuff said. Bottom dweller.

New York 22 60
Although they picked up Zach Randolph, I really belive the Knicks will be worse this year than last. How you going to feed two post players (Randolph and Curry)? I love David Lee's game, but where will he play now? I think the whole Isiah Thomas issue will linger through the first half of the season, unless he's fired now. Either way, the distraction will be too much, even for players used to the spotlight in New York. I think New York will implode.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Rook, I think you're on the money there, except I think Miami will win a few more than 38 games even with DWade out for a long stretch. Shaq is a proud man who still wants to prove himself, and he's been working on extending his longevity this off season -- dropping a few pounds and even getting into yoga (which Kareem credits with helping him play at peak into his 40s).

Lots of people were dumping on Calvin Booth on this board. Sure could use a veteran professional big man right now, huh guys?

Where's James Lang? The staff was kind of high on him at last year's camp.

Posted by: Prazak | October 3, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Hollinger is biased, I just think he's seeing the glass half-empty with the Wiz. He's expecting every worst-case scenario to come true, and none of the best-case. Sure, if all the Big Three are down from last year, and the bench isn't any better, and the defense continues to stink, and Haywood and Etan kill each other in a simultaneous drive-by, they could end up with 33 wins.

On the other hand, when previewing the Cavs, he said something to the effect that their backcourt can't get any worse, so it's got to get better. He didn't apply the same logic to the Wiz' bench or defense. Just one example of that kind of analysis.

I sure hope they do more than pay lip service to defense this year, though, because they'll never be an elite team until they at least get average on defense. They don't need to be the Spurs; with their offense, a middle-of-the-pack defense will get them far.

Posted by: Keithinator | October 3, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

why does everyone start thier comments by sucking up to Ivan. Ivan should run for mayor of the dildo's who blog on this site.

Posted by: jojo | October 3, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

There is one problem with your rankings rook, you have the Wizards taking a leap forward because of health and (I assume) continuity, but you are not factoring that in for the Bulls. There young players (Sefolosha, Ty Thomas, Gordon etc.) are only getting better and I think that goes for both ends of the floor.
Detroit's loss to Cleveland was the beginning of the end for them, that team is breaking apart under the rule of Flip Saunders.
As for the Cavs, they will not have the planets align for them to get to the finals again. As long as Mike Brown continues to run a system ill-suited for LeBron, they won't be good enough.

The road to the Eastern Conference championship will go through Chicago.

Posted by: George Templeton | October 4, 2007 2:00 AM | Report abuse

George, I agree with you 100% on everything you said. The Bulls could be scary. Imagine if they had kept Chandler? Shudder...

Posted by: Keithinator | October 4, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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