Gilbert out for tonight

Gilbert Arenas will miss his second straight game, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan just said a few moments ago. Arenas also did not play in Saturday night's home win over Portland. His status for tomorrow's game at Charlotte may be up in the air as well judging by Eddie's comments.

When asked about Gilbert's status, Eddie said: "We'll probably target Friday as something possible." The Wiz host Golden State on Friday night and open a road trip at Memphis on Saturday night.

By Ivan Carter |  November 20, 2007; 6:17 PM ET
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lets hope this isn't serious and just a precaution

Posted by: the truth | November 20, 2007 6:27 PM

Can't say I disagree, I like the way they are handling his injury cause I know if it was up to Gilbert he'd be out there.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | November 20, 2007 6:28 PM

Not good. As I've said many times, Gilby needs to take several weeks off and rest up. Forget the dumb game time decisions. You don't see DWade hurrying back.

I'm surprised there hasn't been any backlash with Gilby's activities this past summer, namely running with that goofy parachute and biking all around town without a helmet.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 20, 2007 6:44 PM

Not good

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2007 6:48 PM

EJ's early season forty minutes per game for GA coming off knee surgery more inexplicable than ever.
EJ should rest Antawn's pins more as well, long season for an old timer, with Blatche picking up the slack & DMac needing play time.
Looking for AD to repeat double double from previous game, distribute the ball and opportunity to get NY on the floor again.
Interesting to see whether the Wiz can rise to the moment against the Sixers.

Posted by: Bat Guanno | November 20, 2007 6:49 PM

Let's not worry.....just yet.

Posted by: truthaboutit.net | November 20, 2007 7:09 PM

blatche is sounding like he's having a great quarter so far...

has haywood played?

Posted by: hmmmm | November 20, 2007 7:32 PM

Yes, BTH has played. Unfortunately he picked up two real quick fouls in the first. And that is why Blatche is in (and doing a nice job).

Posted by: George Templeton | November 20, 2007 7:45 PM

Andray has 13! He's killin them

Posted by: Kev | November 20, 2007 7:46 PM

What a tremendous end to the first half. They were buzzing like crazy there. And isn't it great to see Andray Blatche playing this well. Five in a row is within the Wizards grasp!

Posted by: George Templeton | November 20, 2007 8:07 PM

Andray Blatche 4 President!!!

Posted by: oh baby! | November 20, 2007 8:09 PM

As some have mentioned on this board Nick Young can make getting his shot and scoring look easy.

Also, nice to see Blatche and Stevenson having good games.

Posted by: Tim | November 20, 2007 8:09 PM

thank gawd i can listen online to this
(and it's pretty synced up to the espn gamecast)

Posted by: hmmmmm | November 20, 2007 8:10 PM

Budokan with two bytes'-worth at the break.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2007 8:15 PM

Blatche is just a beast today. I don't think he's missed a shot yet (and he had a 3-pointer). More and more we keep seeing what EG saw in this dude 3 years ago.

Posted by: Bart | November 20, 2007 8:35 PM

VC is probably 1/3rd full. They need to sell cheaper tickets. Whole upper level should be $10 seats.

Posted by: Kev | November 20, 2007 8:36 PM

These fella's are hot........

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 20, 2007 8:37 PM

Wiz on a 34-9 run and my college is on a 43-9 run. I'm pleased

Posted by: Kev | November 20, 2007 8:38 PM

I wonder if EJ is going to give DMac a "little run"...??? We are up 34 points, right...???? I wonder what gives....????

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 20, 2007 8:44 PM

Lets hope Caron and Antawn play no more than 5 combined minutes in the fourth. Can't believe they are slapping around the 76ers like this. Whatever has changed their mentality, hallelujah for it. What do you think Stevenson had for breakfast? Keep having it, whatever it is.

Posted by: George Templeton | November 20, 2007 8:50 PM

Looks like Stevenson has some confidence in his jumper again.

Daniels got hurt on a moving pick.... How come NBA referees never call that?
He's back in again, so I guess it's not too serious.

Nice to see Nick Young getting some early playing time with the first team. He'll have his ups and downs, but the more he plays (especially with some of the regulars), the better he will get. Best play by Young was his defense and block in the 2nd quarter.

Posted by: Rook | November 20, 2007 8:57 PM

Wow...I only saw first half and my jaw was dropping during that 2nd quarter run. And we didn't let up. We look like we have obtained that attitude that I have been looking for. Don't let all those 3's fool you. There was fantastic ball movement, cutting without the ball and passing to the open man that got them the lead. It was a thing of beauty. Let Gilbert rest for a few more days. We don't need him right now. Let him get 100%.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 20, 2007 9:20 PM

And oh yeah...I definitely don't want to forget the defensive intensity. That's where it starts.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 20, 2007 9:23 PM

I wonder if EJ is going to give DMac a "little run"...??? We are up 34 points, right...???? I wonder what gives....????

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 20, 2007 08:44 PM

Eddie has a personal grudge against Dominic McGuire, he would produce if he got minutes.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | November 20, 2007 9:42 PM

Holy bench scoring, what a great night for the whole team.

I was really hoping that the wiz would hold them below 100 points tonight... more for stat reasons than anything else... midway through the 4th i knew that they wouldn't cause the wiz were winning by too much. No reason to clamp down. Great game, I was at the Portland game, and I think the ball movement has been really crisp.

I hope we keep it up when GA gets back.

DS looked really good, now after this one game I expect everyone to change their minds about him. After all, we are fickle aren't we! :-)

The bench looks like it is coming around, I don't expect this every night, but I think by the end of the season we will be looking at a much better bench than last year.

Andray, shoots around 93% -- even the sports night folks are giddy.

Posted by: greg | November 20, 2007 9:46 PM

Great to see Blatche developing right before our eyes. Scary how much upside this guy has.

Glad to see the rookies get some time. We all talk about how fluid Young is on offense but when he puts his mind to it he could be a great defender. Still makes rookie mistakes, but good lateral movement, quick feet, and long arms. And D-Mac threw a couple beautiful passes and had a couple monster blocks. Lots of young talent on display!

Posted by: Prazak | November 20, 2007 9:46 PM

And just yesterday you all were saying that DS is no good and Nick Young a wasted pick....Eddie Jordan a horrible coach and Grunfield a bad GM...and that we made a mistake regarding JCN.

Yeah right....you know it alls.....

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2007 9:47 PM

I heard EJ has a personal grudge against D-Mac.

Apparently he thinks D-Mac might have been responsible for his missing "Free" Chucky Atkins Bobble Head... i heard that from someone in D-Mac's crew.

i did.

Posted by: greg | November 20, 2007 9:50 PM

All square, all contributing. Now let's see what happens in Charlotte, which will be a real test with or without Gilbert.

Magificent effort by Andray.

Posted by: khrabb | November 20, 2007 9:52 PM

OK, was the 0-5 start an aberration, or is this team crazy streaky?

Posted by: reispace | November 20, 2007 9:58 PM

Eddie has a personal grudge against Dominic McGuire, he would produce if he got minutes.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | November 20, 2007 09:42 PM

Funny! and appropriate. Good game all around.

Posted by: Skeef | November 20, 2007 10:00 PM

Six in dbl figures, 26 (!) from Andray and shooting 12 of 13, and an easy victory without the team's best player or significant contributions from Tough Juice. I am not sure there are too many negatives in this one.

Posted by: George Templeton | November 20, 2007 10:09 PM

Bravo !

Posted by: Janitor | November 20, 2007 10:19 PM

Wow, we looked pretty good. Even if our starters are a little dinged up, the extra run for our young guys is going to pay off later in the season. I guess I don't mind if we have mixed success in the first 20 games, at this rate. I agree Gil should rest for as long as it takes to get him back full speed.

Posted by: DC | November 20, 2007 10:33 PM

Another excellent effort by the Wiz! No offense to Gilbert but you have to appreciate the improved ball movement these last two games. Daniels was outstanding once again. Funny, no Gil and Butler had only siz points and yet nothing seemed wrong. Unfortunate that Haywood twisted an ankle, really hope this is not serious. We have no help at the 5 should he miss some time. EJ would probably start Darius and continue to bring Blatche off the bench.

Congrats to Blatche on his coming out party. It will be interesting to see if there is a drop off from Andray as teams become more aware of him. Can't really identify any glaring weaknesses other than he is not a physical player. Someone like Boozer would likely put a hurt on him. Of course he hurts most everybody...

Tomorrow should be a much better barometer.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 20, 2007 10:43 PM

OK, was the 0-5 start an aberration, or is this team crazy streaky?

Posted by: reispace | November 20, 2007 09:58 PM

The Wizards are playing great ball right now, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Look at the competition.

The good thing is that they are sharing the ball, playing pretty good defense, and beating the teams they SHOULD beat.

They have 3 winnable games coming up, but a tough road trip at the end of November.

Let's see how well they do next week at Dallas and San Antonio - that should be a good litmus test.

Posted by: Rook | November 20, 2007 10:47 PM

A 5 game winning streak is always a good thing, but it's not like the opposition was a murderer's row, so a little perspective would be well-advised before heaping on the praise.

Still, this kind of winning streak does have advantages regardless of the comp. Most significantly it's building the team's confidence and helping chemestry. The trick now will be for them to not get too confident. If they start believing too much in their own hype they could be setting themselves up for a rude surprise when they come up against a real quality opponent.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2007 11:19 PM

That last one was me, BTW.

Posted by: kalorama | November 20, 2007 11:20 PM

The team looked awfully sharp. But it was definitely one of those nights where everything was working. D-Steve was going very smoothly but there were also some moments where he just tossed it in and you knew it was going in.

I'm as SOOOOOO happy to see Andre doing well. He had a semi-endearing interview with the Comcast folks afterwards and he actually said a couple of substantive comments (along with the usual platitudes).

EJ has to be breathing a little easier tonite. Agreed that TX road trip will be a test.... But is it a failure if they lose both Dallas and SA? I can't see how losses aren't expected.

Posted by: duk | November 20, 2007 11:31 PM

Look at the competition, yeah. But look at the Wiz, playing without their star. To me, that pretty much evens things out. And they still massacred Philly. Ball movement was what I noticed more than anything. Constantly moving w/out the ball, cutting, finding the open man, passing up open shots when they found someone with a better open shot.

Blatche was awesome. I've thought this for a long time, but didn't dare say it. Now I will: he has as much potential as Garnett.

Now before everyone starts piling on, I am not saying he'll be KG. But on raw skill level, he's right there with him. What makes Garnett great are his skills, combined with his incredible intensity and ferocity, and his hard-working attitude. Right now, Blatche hasn't developed those intangibles, but the raw talent is there. If he continues to develop, and works as hard at D as Garnett does, he could become an elite player.

Watch Blatche's footwork around the basket; it's really good. He has a very nice stroke for a big guy (witness his three to close out the first half; no hesitation on the shot, and great form). He can run and pass, and has outstanding agility. He's a complete package physically. We'll see if he builds on this. Focus, Andray, focus.

Daniels was great. I love Gil, but there is simply more passing when AD's running the show. That doesn't mean I think he's better, or more valuable, than Gil. And those who think so need to go back and watch the playoff flameout last season to see how much Arenas means to this team. But AD just gets guys involved, and is a very tough defender. Good to see he's still got it; I have a feeling we'll need him a lot this year.

I mentioned yesterday that I thought Stevenson would find his groove again; just didn't think it would be so soon. Let's hope his confidence is back up again.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:08 AM

Exactly. Beating the teams we should beat. For now, you can't ask anything more than that.

Now all we need is for Brendan to take a game off, get healthy ... for Arenas to cool his happy feet a couple more games so everyone else can develop - and maybe, next time we meet Boston, we can at least challenge them ...

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | November 21, 2007 12:09 AM

Look at the competition, yeah. But look at the Wiz, playing without their star. To me, that pretty much evens things out. And they still massacred Philly. Ball movement was what I noticed more than anything. Constantly moving w/out the ball, cutting, finding the open man, passing up open shots when they found someone with a better open shot.

Blatche was awesome. I've thought this for a long time, but didn't dare say it. Now I will: he has as much potential as Garnett.

Now before everyone starts piling on, I am not saying he'll be KG. But on raw skill level, he's right there with him. What makes Garnett great are his skills, combined with his incredible intensity and ferocity, and his hard-working attitude. Right now, Blatche hasn't developed those intangibles, but the raw talent is there. If he continues to develop, and works as hard at D as Garnett does, he could become an elite player.

Watch Blatche's footwork around the basket; it's really good. He has a very nice stroke for a big guy (witness his three to close out the first half; no hesitation on the shot, and great form). He can run and pass, and has outstanding agility. He's a complete package physically. We'll see if he builds on this. Focus, Andray, focus.

Daniels was great. I love Gil, but there is simply more passing when AD's running the show. That doesn't mean I think he's better, or more valuable, than Gil. And those who think so need to go back and watch the playoff flameout last season to see how much Arenas means to this team. But AD just gets guys involved, and is a very tough defender. Good to see he's still got it; I have a feeling we'll need him a lot this year.

I mentioned yesterday that I thought Stevenson would find his groove again; just didn't think it would be so soon. Let's hope his confidence is back up again.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:09 AM

Look at the competition, yeah. But look at the Wiz, playing without their star. To me, that pretty much evens things out. And they still massacred Philly. Ball movement was what I noticed more than anything. Constantly moving w/out the ball, cutting, finding the open man, passing up open shots when they found someone with a better open shot.

Blatche was awesome. I've thought this for a long time, but didn't dare say it. Now I will: he has as much potential as Garnett.

Now before everyone starts piling on, I am not saying he'll be KG. But on raw skill level, he's right there with him. What makes Garnett great are his skills, combined with his incredible intensity and ferocity, and his hard-working attitude. Right now, Blatche hasn't developed those intangibles, but the raw talent is there. If he continues to develop, and works as hard at D as Garnett does, he could become an elite player.

Watch Blatche's footwork around the basket; it's really good. He has a very nice stroke for a big guy (witness his three to close out the first half; no hesitation on the shot, and great form). He can run and pass, and has outstanding agility. He's a complete package physically. We'll see if he builds on this. Focus, Andray, focus.

Daniels was great. I love Gil, but there is simply more passing when AD's running the show. That doesn't mean I think he's better, or more valuable, than Gil. And those who think so need to go back and watch the playoff flameout last season to see how much Arenas means to this team. But AD just gets guys involved, and is a very tough defender. Good to see he's still got it; I have a feeling we'll need him a lot this year.

I mentioned yesterday that I thought Stevenson would find his groove again; just didn't think it would be so soon. Let's hope his confidence is back up again.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:10 AM

Wow, sorry about the triple post! System wouldn't post my comments, so I resent them. Then it suddenly found them, apparently.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:15 AM

you just love to read yourself.

Posted by: greg | November 21, 2007 12:24 AM

Les BouleS looked good tonight. The players looked loose, the ball was moving, and they were having fun.

It's incredible to see how these past two games, without Gilby, the team has had the most high scoring and lopsided victories, with great defense. Nobody was standing around looking to see if Gilby was going to take a shot or pass.

I'm sure EG was watching, and noting that even w/o Gilby, this team can do some nice things. It'll factor in come time to discuss "max contracts" with the Gilbymeister.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:27 AM

greg,

Exactly! Everything I say is so important, that it's worth reading three times. I leave no doubt as to how I feel about something, do I?

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:28 AM

i enjoyed reading the 'nator's comments. as long as the wiz keep on winning, I'll read mutliple post any day.

Posted by: duk | November 21, 2007 12:51 AM

Gil is nothing but a drain on the team. His ego is bigger than his ability. Without him, there is teamwork. With him, there is the Arenas show... one man can not a team make, and it's already been proven in All Star games and playoffs that he's not a premiere player. I say let him go next year, and get a couple of "difference" makers. He may be a nice guy, but I want a "nice" team that can actually go past the first round. I hope he is out for a month, and he gets a reality check....he's only part of the show...not THE show.

Posted by: Krak | November 21, 2007 1:51 AM

Anybody criticizing Arenas is a goddamn moron because he's the reason there is interest in the team right now. The key is for him to come in and mesh with the good team vibes they have going. He still scored 27 last week during a win; just because the team is playing well without him doesn't mean they won't play well with him. What every Wiz fan should want right now is to get healthy, stay respectable, and turn it on in February and afterword. Its a long season, we get excited or depressed too easily this early.

Posted by: Andy | November 21, 2007 2:38 AM

Blatche may turn out to be EG's enduring legacy. Forget about comparisons to Garnett. Try this on for size: if Pech turns out to be half as good as Blatche...

Posted by: reispace | November 21, 2007 7:25 AM

Krak......You must be on crack if you think Arenas is not good for this team. You're talking about a 3-time all star, which we have not had here in years. So what if he has a little personality. Thanks Andy for giving a good analysis of the situation. We've played well against some mediocre teams without Gil, but a healthy Gil in Jan, Feb will make us an even stronger team and contender come playoff time.

Posted by: Garry | November 21, 2007 7:45 AM

Thank you Andy. For some reason, this post seems to be against Gil and this is supposed to be Wiz Fan post! Go figure! They seem to have forgotten the game the other night where he had 30 pionts and 7 or more assists, plus steals and a couple of rebounds. And the other players got theirs too! Any true fan knows that we need Gil. Give it a day or two, they will be hollering trade Jamison or Haywood or Stevenson. Or they will talk about how we wasted our pick on Young or that we should have went after JCN. Blah,blah, blah. No pleasing this bunch.

Great game last night Wizards! Hope they can pull it off again tonight. This game is certainly going to be tougher. But, if they play the way they have been playing, I think we can get this one too! Can't wait for the game Friday because I will be in the house! Go Wizards! Get better Gil. There are plenty of us out here that wish you well man! Shake off the Haters!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 7:49 AM

Good show overall by the Wizards. EJ has finally figured out how to call a game now and more playing time for AB is nothing but a good thing.

As for Gilbert, folks can not lull themselves into thinking we are better without Gilbert. These are sub .500 teams we are playing right now.

In order to beat the above .500 teams we will need someone of Gil's skills to take us over the hump. I think it is a good thing he is sitting it out and resting his knee at this time. Trust me, if Gilbert was still playing we would not have seen any of NY.

EJ clearly is not comfortable playing rookies (i.e. DMac and NY), even when he knows they have something to bring to the table. I guess that comes from that old school way of thinking. With Gilbert sitting now, it forces EJ's hand to give the young boy some run.

**** Note to JuanDixonforMVP - EJ has no personal grudges towards DMAC or NY. It is simply them being rookies and EJ not trusting them is the reason DMAC gets so many DNP's. As for Haywood, brother that was personal...

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 7:54 AM

LOL. Krak, you gotta be kidding. We need Gil in order to do anything this year. Games like this where everyone is hot are an aberration just like games where everyone misses open shots won't come often. If we'd made more of these shots during the first few games, the assists would be up and we'd be talking about how we 'shared the ball'. The diff between 0-5 and 5-0 is making shots. The graph that they showed on Comcast that showed our scoring going up every game for the last 10 games tells us everything we need to know about this team. Make shots, score over 100 and we'll probably win regardless of what the other team does. In high scoring games, we're hard to keep up with because we have good depth and good athletes.
It's hard to criticize anything after these last few games but I wonder if we'd have a better record if we'd practiced a little offense this summer inaddition to D. The difference between seedings in the playoffs usually comes down to a couple games. I still predict 55 wins if we stay healthy.
Final thoughts: NY is still not ready to start but shows a lot of promise. McGuire is an awesome shotblocker and good passer. I still don't see the rebounding that I expected from him, though. I wonder if it's a strength issue. He's not that heavy.

Posted by: mark | November 21, 2007 7:59 AM

Ivan or anybody. Can anyone tell me what happened to the Wizard's postgame show? They use to do one like they do after each Redskins game, but now they go straight to the studio.

What happened to Dave Branch? I know Consor is on the radio now, but I thought they brought in Ronnie Thompson (who I think is pretty good) to take Consor's spot?

It is almost like Comcast is not showing the Wiz any love anymore after games. Right after the games they start talking other sports and it could only be around 9:20 p.m.

Then Comcast repeats all of the same stuff from 9:20 on their 10:00 Sportsnite show. Where is Dave Branch's "the Wizards are ballinnnnnnnnnnn" saying after the game gone? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 8:06 AM

Nice Game by all, but what a breakout game by Blatche! I really like his footwork around the rim and that he played inside out. He really establiished himself on the boards and then started to pop out for some open looks.

And he got the ball in the open court and found the point gaurd, none of this I'm the next Magic Johnson, watch me dribble behind my back stuff!

Hope Haywood's injury isn't going to keep him down, we really need the big guy to keep it up on the boards. I wouldn't attribute the ball movement just to Gil being out, it started up in the Atlanta game at the beginning of the streak.

Confidence on a basketball court is a really funny thing, I was beginning to wonder if Stevenson looked a step slow. The guy hits a couple of shots and he's bouncing around the court like the EverReady Bunny.

Nice to see MacGuire get a couple of games that he got in and got his feet wet in the NBA. The kid's got some hops and good court vision. Couple of real nice assists, maybe he's the next...

I'm getting worried, I know I promised 88'er he still had 30 some more games to come on here after a Wizard's loss and rag on the team and really stick it to Gil and the Pollins afterward. But it's been a week and a half, I'm really afraid he might start to Krak-up on us.

Don't worry 88'er if Haywood's down, and Gil doesn't play, tonight could be your night. I'm sure you've got some really good stuff to roll out since you've been working on new material for the last week and a half. So get ready to go for it.

But then again, they way we're playing we just might go on the road and steal this one anyway. It's got to be doing wonders for this team's confidence to win without Gil, Caron or Jamison having a huge night and with Haywood going down too.

I'm assuming that the decision was made to not risk playing Gil on the first night of a back to back where there was a flight in between. Sounds like they could be thinking about skipping this back to back all together. Makes me wonder if he may play friday at home and then wait til next week to play again.

But all of this really makes me question the approach at the start of the season. And how Gil's minutes weren't managed at all.

The comments by Stevenson and Young after their breakout games were interesting. Both guys mentioned how Gil had been after them to go out and have confidence in themselves and to just play their game. Maybe he is a leader and just doesn't know it yet...

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 8:39 AM

I thought I was the only one that missed the post-game shows.

I hope they can return in some capacity.

Posted by: JoeMoc | November 21, 2007 8:48 AM

From the Post:

"After averaging 23.7 points as a Bullet and helping the team become an annual contender, a contract dispute led to Monroe's departure."

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

What a shame. How sweet it would have been to have the Pearl here for his whole career, and when we won the championship. It's a disgrace one of the best and most beloved players in our franchise's history played most of his career for New York.

Posted by: Darnell | November 21, 2007 8:59 AM

Bullets Fever #1,

Last season the postgame shows were great....with Consor, Branch, and Tapscott. At the beginning of this season Chris Miller from Comcast and Ronny Thompson were doing pre-game and postgame analysis. During that time, we LOST every GAME! Ever since they stopped the Miller/Thompson thing we have started winning so I'm cool with it being discontinued.

Posted by: Lisa | November 21, 2007 9:02 AM

The comments by Stevenson and Young after their breakout games were interesting. Both guys mentioned how Gil had been after them to go out and have confidence in themselves and to just play their game. Maybe he is a leader and just doesn't know it yet...


Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 08:39 AM

GM - I agree with you. My take on this is Gilbert is being a silent leader. I think he could have played last week and last night, but he decided to sit the game out to give NY and DS minutes.

He knew if he was out of the game EJ's hand would be forced to give the both of them more minutes. Gil and everybody else knew EJ was not going to give NY any run. No matter how much NY was tearing it up in practice, it just was not going to happen. Just ask AB, who could have been giving us what he giving us now; last year.

As for DS, Gilbert knew the only way DS would get out of his "little funk" is to be on the court and still shooting until his "j" fell. EJ (like most of us) had lost trust and confidence in DS's game.

Now what has happened as a result of Gil sitting out and thus "giving his minutes" to DS? DS was able to keep shooting, because he could not be yanked, until something finally fell. Now it looks like DS has his confidence back and NY has now been given the chance to develop his confidence because of Gil's actions of not playing.

That sounds like a "win, win" situation to me. Also, AD was not playing that well either; so now he has regained some confidence also by getting Gilbert's minutes. I think Gilbert knows just about everything he is doing. The dude is very calculated in everything he does and I would not be surprised if he drew this up to help his teammates.

One important factor in being an effective leader means knowing how to instill confidence in the people you lead. It looks like he is doing that in a behind the scenes type of way.......... If this is true, he deserves some props for it.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 9:38 AM

"GM - I agree with you. My take on this is Gilbert is being a silent leader. I think he could have played last week and last night, but he decided to sit the game out to give NY and DS minutes.

He knew if he was out of the game EJ's hand would be forced to give the both of them more minutes. Gil and everybody else knew EJ was not going to give NY any run. No matter how much NY was tearing it up in practice, it just was not going to happen. Just ask AB, who could have been giving us what he giving us now; last year.

As for DS, Gilbert knew the only way DS would get out of his "little funk" is to be on the court and still shooting until his "j" fell. EJ (like most of us) had lost trust and confidence in DS's game.

Now what has happened as a result of Gil sitting out and thus "giving his minutes" to DS? DS was able to keep shooting, because he could not be yanked, until something finally fell. Now it looks like DS has his confidence back and NY has now been given the chance to develop his confidence because of Gil's actions of not playing.

That sounds like a "win, win" situation to me. Also, AD was not playing that well either; so now he has regained some confidence also by getting Gilbert's minutes. I think Gilbert knows just about everything he is doing. The dude is very calculated in everything he does and I would not be surprised if he drew this up to help his teammates.

One important factor in being an effective leader means knowing how to instill confidence in the people you lead. It looks like he is doing that in a behind the scenes type of way.......... If this is true, he deserves some props for it.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 09:38 AM "


WTF? So the conspiracy now is that Gilby is giving up his minutes to allow DS and NY some more PT? That does not make any sense at all. If Gilby is so generous, then why doesn't he just go to another team so that others can have even more run?

EJ said that Gilby will dictate how much time he will play on the court, so Gilby supposedly excusing himself for other teammates benefit does not make sense at all.

Also, DS had a good game last night, but so did LaBradford Smith back in the day against MJ. Let's see some consistency first.

BTW, Gilby does not do anything behind the scenes. He's more out there than Paris Hilton or Britney Spears.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 9:46 AM

"I'm getting worried, I know I promised 88'er he still had 30 some more games to come on here after a Wizard's loss and rag on the team and really stick it to Gil and the Pollins afterward. But it's been a week and a half, I'm really afraid he might start to Krak-up on us.

Don't worry 88'er if Haywood's down, and Gil doesn't play, tonight could be your night. I'm sure you've got some really good stuff to roll out since you've been working on new material for the last week and a half. So get ready to go for it.

But then again, they way we're playing we just might go on the road and steal this one anyway. It's got to be doing wonders for this team's confidence to win without Gil, Caron or Jamison having a huge night and with Haywood going down too.


Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 08:39 AM "

I guess GM totally missed my response and point which was that Les BouleS losing (as part of their 30) was not acceptable if they lose to really sorry teams, but understandable if they lost to teams like San Antonio or Phoenix. The point is, not all losses are created equal, so get off your fixation with "30" losses.

Gilby needs to manage his own minutes. He should know when he needs some rest. Take a page out of Portis' book.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 9:55 AM

"Anybody criticizing Arenas is a goddamn moron because he's the reason there is interest in the team right now. The key is for him to come in and mesh with the good team vibes they have going. He still scored 27 last week during a win; just because the team is playing well without him doesn't mean they won't play well with him. What every Wiz fan should want right now is to get healthy, stay respectable, and turn it on in February and afterword. Its a long season, we get excited or depressed too easily this early.

Posted by: Andy | November 21, 2007 02:38 AM "

Interest? Yeah, that's why the nosebleeds last night were empty, and 1/2 of the second level.

What benefit does it provide to the fans that there is "interest?" The only benefit is to the ownership and players who reap $$$ from this.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 10:01 AM

Gil's interesting enough for you to comment on him again and again.

Posted by: David N. | November 21, 2007 10:31 AM

Yo DC. I am a "glass half full" instead of "glass half empty" type of guy. I have been ticked off lately with some of Gil's "talking" while they were losing games just like you.

However, it looks to me he has toned down his act and he might be finally starting to get the whole leader and being a good point guard thing.

Am I "reaching" on my observation? Yea, I could be. But regardless to say I think Gil has been watching and learning from AD while he has been sitting out. He probably could have played last night, but he decided to see if the crew could get it done again without him.

Now through all these blogs, I clearly already know your stance on brother Gil. I am not trying to go there because it would be to exhausting and I have my hands full dealing with the Haywood issue on this board.

We can agree to disagree. Now Gil does have his hang-ups, and they can be quite disruptive at times. However, I have been a Bullets/Wizards fan since the 80's and I remember Thunder and Lighting (Gus Williams & David Roundtree), the Beef Brothers (Ruland and Mahorn), Mugsy Boges and Manute Bol, John "hotplate" Williams, Tom Gugulino, trading 3 number 1 picks and Googs for CWebb, botching the draft salary slots by lowballing Juwan Howard on his first contract and then paying for it later, Wes Unseld and his screwups as GM, trading CWebb for Mitch Richmond (young for old and tall for short), trading Rasheed Wallace for Rod Strickland, the Michael Jordan Show, and the Michael Jordan firing.

Which brings me to 4 years ago, the signing of a unknown up and coming 2nd round pick with a wealth of untapped potential. His name, Gilbert Arenas. Once he got here things changed for the good. So yea, I am going to root for the guy more than I would anybody else.

Yep, I am probably going to make excuses for the guy too. But I am not one to forget how terrible it was here for 20 something years before the dude got here, and brother I am not trying to go back to that. So yea, I guess I can say that I see the Gilbert glass half full instead of half empty.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 10:46 AM

I've been a fan just as long as you have. Whether half full or half empty, it's time for them to shut up and put up. Les BouleS have to prove to the fans they deserve our support.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 10:50 AM

"

Gil's interesting enough for you to comment on him again and again.

Posted by: David N. | November 21, 2007 10:31 AM "

You missed the point. The point was "how does Gilby creating interest benefit the fans?" Gilby creating interest helps his bank account and ownerships bank account. That's it. Don't be fooled so easily.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 10:52 AM

DC Man ..........Hate on me hater, now or later, cause I'm going to be me, it's my destiny. You can't stand to see Gil succeed. Not a day goes by that were you don't bring in something negative about Gil. I feel sorry for you. You need to see yourself as others do. To be honest, you have a "few" posts where you said something that was relevant, but most of the time you spend on this post is spwewing hate on Gil. But guess what, he is laughing all the way to the bank and could probably care less about you or any other haters on this post. YOU GO GIL! Get some rest and come back with the Hibachi warmed up and serve it up like you do so well.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:01 AM

Tonight's game is key. Charlotte actually has the 5th best record in the East, while the Wizards have the 6th best. (Wow, the East stinks!).

Charlotte really doesn't have any quality wins. They beat Milwaukee, Miami twice, Indiana, Seattle and Portland. They got killed by Philly and Phoenix, and lost to Houston and Atlanta.

Then again, the Wizards don't have quality wins either.

Posted by: Sean | November 21, 2007 11:01 AM

The fans here in the District and surrounding area, love Gil and there "ain't" a damn thing you can do about it. These negative posts of yours does not change how we fans feel about Gil. I bet DC Man wishes he had Gil's bank. That is why he is so upset with him. Don't hate, congratulate! Peace!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:04 AM

I love Gil, but to think he would sit out a game to boost other players' PT and confidence is just, well, it's absurd. Not even Jamison is that selfless...

Posted by: reispace | November 21, 2007 11:09 AM

"The fans here in the District and surrounding area, love Gil and there "ain't" a damn thing you can do about it. These negative posts of yours does not change how we fans feel about Gil. I bet DC Man wishes he had Gil's bank. That is why he is so upset with him. Don't hate, congratulate! Peace!

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 11:04 AM "

What's up with this ghetto slang..."hate?"

More power to you to love Gilby all you want, but I'm here to correct Gilby ignorance and inaccuracies that you Gilby lovers love to pass on.

Chao!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 11:13 AM

A W is a W, quality or not. We'll take it.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:14 AM

The reason the Wizards should be praised is that so often the last few years this team has found a way to lose to clearly inferior teams (either inferior by talent or injury) and that is not happening now. The Wizards now are doing what championship teams are supposed to do, beating bad teams and beating them decisively.
Now I am not saying that they are a championship team, but they are starting to get the kind of attitude that will take them to the next level. Now it is just a matter of getting Gilbert to fold back in and keep playing this same style.

Posted by: George Templeton | November 21, 2007 11:17 AM

If the arena was not full last night, it had nothing to do with lack of fans...rather it is Thanksgiving, idiot, and people are out of town.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:19 AM

88'er, just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May the spirit of the Holiday bring you some happiness!

To everyone on the site take care, and have a good Holiday, travel safe, and enjoy the time with your families.

88'er it appears that Gil and the team doctor's are managing his minutes now in an attempt to get him right. If he's at the stage where the knee is sound but he's getting excess fluid in the joint they have to cut back on his activity for awhile.

No one can predict exactly how long that process will take, it varies from person to person. And it really doesn't have anything to do with his rehab so far, it will flare-up and accumulate fluid right after the overuse not weeks or months later. So this had nothing to do with as you say, "dunking over whinos".

It was more likely jumping from 18 min. a game in preseason and taking games off, to playing 43 min. a game and playing in a back to back to start the season.

But most likely in the end he'll be ok, he just suffered a setback in his recovery, most people do.

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 11:21 AM

BTW, Gilby does not do anything behind the scenes. He's more out there than Paris Hilton or Britney Spears.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 09:46 AM

For someone who doesn't like the Arenas show at all but spends an inordinate amount of time giving him more attention, what's with the sweet "Gilby" nickname? What's next, baby-boo, honeypie, snookums, dearBert?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:22 AM

Ghetto? Which ghetto are you talking about DC88er?
Main Entry: hate
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): hat·ed; hat·ing
Date: before 12th century
transitive verb
1 : to feel extreme enmity toward
2 : to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful
intransitive verb
: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility
-- hat·er noun
-- hate one's guts : to hate someone with great intensity

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:30 AM

...used in a sentence...

I HATE the way some people criticize in order to mask their man-crush.

Posted by: mark | November 21, 2007 11:36 AM

happy Thanksgiving , all. Go Wiz !

BTW, I remember the old days of Ennis Whatley, Steve Colter, Brent Price, Ricky Sobers, etc. We should all be thankful we have a great player who can get our team some national exposure.

Posted by: mark | November 21, 2007 11:39 AM

No one needs you to correct the ignorance of anyone DC Man88. As a matter of fact, the only ignorant posts I read are yours. You can say what you want about Gil, he is STILL laughing all the way to the bank. I am pretty sure all of the schools in the area doesn't feel the "hate" for Gil that you do. GO WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To everyone else, Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:59 AM

I want to chime in with the "Happy Thanksgiving" crowd. To my fellow Wiz' fanatics, have a great one. Make sure you eat so much turkey that you fall asleep on the barcalounger in the middle of the Lions' game.

Keep the faith, GM, mark, kalorama, BF#1, Rook, Anon, DC Man (who, I note, has been much less personal of late, and more on point), Ray (where are ya, brother?), charlesjones, strangelove, pradamaster, prazak (and all the other Hay-ters out there), Darnell, Lisa and everyone else I missed. And, of course, to Ivan and Mike. Have a blessed holiday!


Keith

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:04 PM

I'd agree with reispace, can't see that Gil's sitting down was done to just get other guys some playing time.


But it does appear that has become the great unintended side effect. Sometimes in life and sports a set back is an opportunity. Young, Blatche, Stevenson, and MacGuire have all made the most of the opportunity that Arenas's sitting out two games gave them. And apparently from his teammates comments Gil's been there supporting his teammates while he rests the knee.

When Young went off the other night Gil looked as happy as Young did. Eddie Jordan is also starting to look more relaxed and his body language and interaction with players on the bench has done a complete 180 from last year.

Sometimes leadership is about admitting that you can't do everything yourself and not try and take the team on your back all the time. These guys all know there will be times they still need to ride on Gil's back but they need him healthy to do it.

But it will do Gil and the team good to know that sometimes others can carry the load. And while they are, some are starting to bloom as players.

I'm loving what I'm seeing from Blatche right now, the kid's just starting to break out. This is one of the really fun things in sports, when you follow a team and see a young guy bloom and grow. As they suffer their growing pains a fan almost can feel their ups and downs.

That's why so many Wiz fans love Gil so much, he's "our guy", he went from being an ok pro player to an allstar here. We went from watching our team win 20-30 games to the playoffs with Gil and these guys.

So we pretty much know who they are and root for them while we still critize them when we think they need to be better. There's alot of us on here that have been calling for a better team defensive effort for years.

So 88'er the only thing you've exposed here is yourself. Read some other posts, maybe even read your own once in awhile BEFORE you hit the send button. And give the Gilby hate a rest for awhile and try and enjoy the games.

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 12:27 PM

Keithinator and everyone elso have a good one.......

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 21, 2007 12:29 PM

Whatever GM...give the Gilby love fest a rest. He's not even playing now, and all this slobbering love from you. Imagine if he was playing, then you'd be even more overbearing than you already are. Celebrate the other players. Gilby has had little influence on their success, specifically these last 2 blowouts, without him.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:34 PM

"No one needs you to correct the ignorance of anyone DC Man88. As a matter of fact, the only ignorant posts I read are yours. You can say what you want about Gil, he is STILL laughing all the way to the bank. I am pretty sure all of the schools in the area doesn't feel the "hate" for Gil that you do. GO WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To everyone else, Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 11:59 AM "

Why are you taking such glee at Gilby laughing to the bank? Are you laughing to the bank along with him? NOT.

Stop focusing your hostility towards me, and focus on debating the facts and the events, not pull out of your @ss BS like "Gilby bowed out of the game just to give the other players more PT."

You Gilby lovers are really stretching what you perceive as reality.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:36 PM

DC Man/Woman88, everyone else IS trying to celebrate the other players. You are the only one who keeps bringing up Gilbert. Why don't you follow your own advice and focus on the good play of the other players??!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 12:37 PM

"...used in a sentence...

I HATE the way some people criticize in order to mask their man-crush.

Posted by: mark | November 21, 2007 11:36 AM "

I guess you have the same man crush on me. I love the way you dream up your own reality. Carry on with your fantasy that Gilby sat out the game to give his teammates more PT. Maybe next time, you'll say he's toned down his clown attitude so he won't steal the mascot, GWiz's job.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:39 PM

Sometimes in life and sports a set back is an opportunity.

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 12:27 PM

GM - you can include Haywood in that comment as well. With Etan suffering his "set back", Haywood has made the most of his opportunity and put together an impressive start to the season.....

I'm still reserving judgement, but this is the longest stretch where he has played well, and brought energy every game, since he got here.

Posted by: Rook | November 21, 2007 12:39 PM

"Ghetto? Which ghetto are you talking about DC88er?
Main Entry: hate
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): hat·ed; hat·ing
Date: before 12th century
transitive verb
1 : to feel extreme enmity toward
2 : to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful
intransitive verb
: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility
-- hat·er noun
-- hate one's guts : to hate someone with great intensity

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 11:30 AM "

Hey English professor. Using the ghetto word hate without an object is being ghetto.

Ghetto Version: Stop hatin'

Proper English Version: Stop hating Gilby's perceived quirky approach to life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:42 PM

Hey, DC Idiot! Go back and read the posts! You're the one who started with another of your Gilby Hatefests!
Looks like everybody else here told you where to stuff your bird!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 12:42 PM

"Gilby" nickname? What's next, baby-boo, honeypie, snookums, dearBert?

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 11:22 AM "

Gilby is a great name. It directly parallels his attempt to come across as a quirky clown.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:44 PM

DC Man (who, I note, has been much less personal of late, and more on point),

Posted by: Keithinator | November 21, 2007 12:04 PM
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not pull out of your @ss BS like

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:36 PM
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oops, you spoke too soon Keith.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 12:45 PM

"If the arena was not full last night, it had nothing to do with lack of fans...rather it is Thanksgiving, idiot, and people are out of town.

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 11:19 AM "

Really? I thought thanksgiving was tomorrow?

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:45 PM

"88'er, just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May the spirit of the Holiday bring you some happiness!

To everyone on the site take care, and have a good Holiday, travel safe, and enjoy the time with your families.

88'er it appears that Gil and the team doctor's are managing his minutes now in an attempt to get him right. If he's at the stage where the knee is sound but he's getting excess fluid in the joint they have to cut back on his activity for awhile.

No one can predict exactly how long that process will take, it varies from person to person. And it really doesn't have anything to do with his rehab so far, it will flare-up and accumulate fluid right after the overuse not weeks or months later. So this had nothing to do with as you say, "dunking over whinos".

It was more likely jumping from 18 min. a game in preseason and taking games off, to playing 43 min. a game and playing in a back to back to start the season.

But most likely in the end he'll be ok, he just suffered a setback in his recovery, most people do.

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 11:21 AM "

You have to wonder if Gilby's much ballyhooed sprints with the dumb parachute and his biking around town worsened the condition of his knee.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:47 PM

Doctor 88 giving his medical opinions now.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 12:48 PM

"DC Man/Woman88, everyone else IS trying to celebrate the other players. You are the only one who keeps bringing up Gilbert. Why don't you follow your own advice and focus on the good play of the other players??!!

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 12:37 PM "

Not really. It was the funny statement by Markie Mark about how Gilby bowed out of the game to give his teammates more PT. I mean, when you have people pulling out any and every reason just to prop up Gilby, you know that it's way beyond ludicrous.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:50 PM

Proper English Version: Stop hating Gilby's perceived quirky approach to life.


Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:42 PM


How about just: Stop Hating Gilby...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 12:51 PM

Having watched virtually every game for decades, I'll accept the lack of quality wins and the failure to take down murderers' rows; I'll accept it any time. It's the expected stuff that's always been a problem for this team.

Posted by: Bill Carr | November 21, 2007 12:55 PM

"How about just: Stop Hating Gilby...

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 12:51 PM "

It's not hate. That's a poor choice of a word commonly used as ghetto slang.

Hate is personal. I have nothing personal against Gilby. Gilby though, as a professional athlete has duped the fans.

I just see him as a hypocritical clown that hasn't done enough to warrant the superstar status that he embraces and self acknowledges. If he's a superstar, then what are Nash, Kobe, Dwade, Shaq, Duncan, Lebron, etc.?

Gilby is nowhere near their level.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:58 PM

Thanksgiving is tomorrow...Holidays always bring out the worst in some people...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 1:03 PM

Hey English professor. Using the ghetto word hate without an object is being ghetto.

Ghetto Version: Stop hatin'

Proper English Version: Stop hating Gilby's perceived quirky approach to life.


Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 12:42 PM

From the guy who can't even spell Ciao

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 1:05 PM

"From the guy who can't even spell Ciao

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 01:05 PM "

Is "Ciao" English?

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 1:07 PM

Bullets Fever said about Gil: "He knew if he was out of the game EJ's hand would be forced to give the both of them more minutes. Gil and everybody else knew EJ was not going to give NY any run. No matter how much NY was tearing it up in practice, it just was not going to happen. Just ask AB, who could have been giving us what he giving us now; last year."

Gimme a break. Does your whole world revolve around EJ conspiracies. Paaa-leez! I know you are not a youngster, but you do sound childish here.

If I'm not mistaken, NY played in the first 5 games, averaging about 9 minutes. Remember, that's during the 0-5 run. Then EJ tightened the rotation to 8. He has played in 8 of the 10 games the wiz have played (only two of those 8 games, Orlando and Minnesota did he play less than 7 minutes). So it seems like he was getting a little bit of run.

This revisionist history is killing me.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 21, 2007 1:11 PM

"I have nothing personal against Gilby."

Apparently you have about $7,000 good reasons to hate Gil for missing the three free throws that you never go more then a week without bring up.

And before you get vulgar at GM, we've all read the story. It's your reaction to it that makes everyone know GM didn't make it up.

So everyone knows you have an agenda and see everything through "broke" glasses!
Give it a rest.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 1:11 PM

""I have nothing personal against Gilby."

Apparently you have about $7,000 good reasons to hate Gil for missing the three free throws that you never go more then a week without bring up.

And before you get vulgar at GM, we've all read the story. It's your reaction to it that makes everyone know GM didn't make it up.

So everyone knows you have an agenda and see everything through "broke" glasses!
Give it a rest.

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 01:11 PM "

Puhhleaze...you can get your jollies from this story made up by GM, but it still has absolutely nothing to do with Gilby and him being a clown.

Twist it all you want, but Gilby choked on the free throw line and cost the team.

So, give it a rest, and focus on your boy hero Gilby and the drama queen diva that he is.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 1:15 PM

That's why so many Wiz fans love Gil so much, he's "our guy", he went from being an ok pro player to an allstar here. We went from watching our team win 20-30 games to the playoffs with Gil and these guys.

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 12:27 PM

Couldn't have said it better, GM. Which is why the whole Gil-for-Kobe trade talk bothered me. It's so much more satisfying to watch a team develop as EG pulls the pieces together, than to experience a rent-an-allstar championship like Ainge is attempting. IMHO, of course.

Agree or not, everyone have a great Thanksgiving.

Posted by: reispace | November 21, 2007 1:17 PM

reispace, while I'm in favor of making a deal if it improves the team, I'm not sure that Kobe would be any happier here than LA.

In fact I don't think he'd EVER come to what he preceives as a less then third rate media town. I would only think that he'd except a trade to NY and Chicago if he's got to leave LA La land.

And I don't think his media people that keep trying to repair the broken image (Still no McDonald's commercials)would want him paired with Isiah Thomas. Don't imagine the two of them standing together on the sidelines would create a picture that corporate America would love. I could really see that they would create a combined reminder of what they'd both like forgotten.

I just don't think the Pollins would ever consider dumping Jamison(it would almost take his salary) and Arenas for Kobe. Even though it could be reasoned that it could improve the team, I just can't see the Pollins ever approving that move. And I'd tend to agree with them.

I like watching what Grunfeld is building here with this group. And remember we haven't gotten to see Pecherov yet. He won't be a finished product this year, but I see real potential there.

We could be looking at a pretty impressive young frontline around here in the next few years.

88'er, I tried to wish you a Happy Thanks giving and be nice. But boy, are you some kind of testy today. As my Grandmother used to say, "You're touchier than a turkey waiting to see if he gets invited to the dinner table".

Posted by: GM | November 21, 2007 2:13 PM

"Twist it all you want, but Gilby choked on the free throw line and cost the team."

They apparently recovered from their loss much faster then you did DC Idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 21, 2007 2:24 PM

Hey, I've got a shout-out to DCMan88, just to set the record straight: Are you a Wizards fan, or not? For all the time you spend here, I have to assume "Yes." But even if you're not, that's cool, you liven up the place. I just want to know where you stand on this. Do you want to see our Washington team do well?

Posted by: dc | November 21, 2007 2:54 PM

It is true that the defense has picked up, the ball movement has picked up and the shot selection has improved. Unfortunately Gilbert on the bench has coincided with these things. We are not sure these improvements would have occurred if he had been there but I have a feeling that they would not.

Now to say these things does not make me a Gilbert hater. But I hope and I think that he is watching carefully, resting his knee and learning how to best set up his teammates. Maybe he will see that he doesn't need to take threes all the time. I hope Jamison learns the same. Pass the ball to the cutters and watch what happens! Gil should use his midrange game and dish to these guys. Trust his teammates. He should save some of his energy to play defense more intensely. This phase could be the key to Gilbert's development. Is he our best player? Of course. Do we want to see him thrive and become a superstar? absolutely.

I have been calling for DMac to play more and still think he has great potential. But I understand completely Jordan's dillemma. Someone has got to sit. And Young and Blatche are clearly blowing up and deserve the PT they are getting. I thought DS was about to have his minutes reduced soon for Young but not now after last night.

We have a lot of raw talent. Pech is still in the wings. We know that the way injuries can occur you can never have too much talent. I just hope D-Mac stays positive.

It would be great to keep this streak going tonight. I don't expect a blow out. They just need to gut out a solid win on the road and keep this thing going in the right direction. As I keep saying...The attitude of a winner is what I am looking for from them this year. We have the talent. Good teams find a way to win games against the Bobcats on the road on the second half of a back to back. How good a team are we? Let's all just stay tuned and enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Say a prayer and be safe.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 21, 2007 4:57 PM

"Hey, I've got a shout-out to DCMan88, just to set the record straight: Are you a Wizards fan, or not? For all the time you spend here, I have to assume "Yes." But even if you're not, that's cool, you liven up the place. I just want to know where you stand on this. Do you want to see our Washington team do well?

Posted by: dc | November 21, 2007 02:54 PM "

I lubb my Les BouleS, but I'm not a fan with blinders on who gives unconditional love to the team. You got to earn my love, and don't BS me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 5:34 PM

"

"Twist it all you want, but Gilby choked on the free throw line and cost the team."

They apparently recovered from their loss much faster then you did DC Idiot.

Posted by: | November 21, 2007 02:24 PM "

Really? Recovered? Did Les BouleS win the NBA championship last year? Did they win the eastern conference championship? Let me know...

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 21, 2007 5:36 PM

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