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Haywood looks good to go

The word is that Brendan Haywood went through shootaround this morning without a problem and should be fine to start tonight against Golden State. The Wiz have won six in a row and another win would give them the team's longest win streak since 2004-2005 when they also won seven.

I'll check back later from the arena. Hope you all had a good turkey day. I did even though the football pretty much stunk. We wound up watching classic Dr. J games on NBA TV. Good stuff.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 23, 2007; 3:40 PM ET
 
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Great news about Brendan.

Posted by: Tom | November 23, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Great news. Blatche now represents points off of the bench and hopefully he stays out of foul trouble. The Wiz need some scoring punch off of the bench in frontcourt to join Songalia's output. It will also be great when Pecherov returns so he can get minutes in the front court and allow Butler to get some minutes at the 2 (assuming Blatche plays some minutes at the three off of the bench).

Posted by: VJ | November 23, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Good to here, we need Haywood tonight. Ivan, any update on Pecherov and when he'll be ready to go again?

Posted by: GM | November 23, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, how could you say that about Thanksgiving football? Who wouldn't enjoy watching Phil Simms wax poetic about America's team trouncing the Jets? Exciting stuff.

Posted by: satch | November 23, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Good news. I'm expecting the Wood Man to have a big game tonight.

Posted by: Mitch | November 23, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Right now the Wiz need to keep winning the games like tonight's if they are to stay alive.

Posted by: GM | November 23, 2007 02:26 PM

GS is not as bad as their record, but, yeah, the Wiz could win 3 of 5 left in Nov. Just looking at their schedule, Dec has a bunch of 'winnable' games. They have a shot at .500 in Jan. Feb is brutal. March they close out with 7 of 8 on the road. Yeah, they better get their wins now.

Posted by: reispace | November 23, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"Dr. J." & "Good Stuff."?

Nice Pun.

Posted by: Shotgun | November 23, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It'd be nice if they went with a lineup of Antonio Daniels at the 1, Butler at the 2, Jamison at the 3, Blatche at the 4 and Haywood at the 5.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

. . . slurp, . . . slurp, oooh, glugglugGilbeeeee!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I would say the lineup above might be better for the end of games, if Haywood and Blatche aren't foul trouble.

Posted by: Tim | November 23, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Has EJ been telling them to harvest their nuts?

Posted by: thebigc_1982 | November 23, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Great to hear Brendan is back, I hope he brings good energy tonight.

Warriors have a lot of dangerous scorers and Baron Davis plays a lot bigger than he is. Have to be careful about getting into a track meet with this team. This is actually a case where I would rather play more half court sets and try to wear them down on the boards.

I think Caron matches up pretty well with Jackson if they both end up playing some two. Imagine this could happen early with Stevenson struggling so badly. Harrington vs. Blatche could be an interesting contrast.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 23, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Exciting start to the game. Only listening on the radio but can feel the energy. Incredible defensive focus, Blatche and Haywood protecting the rim.

If this continues, we will soon have to ask...are the Wizards a better team without Arenas?

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 23, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Good Game!

Posted by: al | November 24, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

hsd

Posted by: ddh | November 24, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Wiz vs Memphis on CSN+. If you have the Dish Network and get Comcast Mid Atlantic, the game will be on channel 451 tonight. This stuff is harder to find than a needle in a haystack.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 24, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | November 24, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

GS Game from yesterday. Could not post for some reason.

EJ was calling a pretty good game until he decided to take NY out at the 3 min mark for DS. We were left with no perimeter scoring. I did not understand that switch.

Also, it looks like the haywood saga might be starting again. I noticed it a couple of games ago. AB was balling hard, so I understand not taking him out, and Haywood was not playing that great. He got took out at about the 4:00 minute mark in the 3rd and did not get back in until 38 seconds left in the game.

But the question I have is what happened to TALLBALL with Haywood and AB? That way Haywood could still get some minutes and AB would stay in there. You noticed EJ has started to sneak the smallball lineup back into the mix with Songalia at the 5 and AJ at the 4.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 24, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

So DCidiot, that Baron Davis is not that bad a player is he? He doesn't make much of a difference on the floor at all since he hasn't done anything yet right? Just like Barkley, Malone, Ewing, Garnett, and Nowitzki never did either huh?

Posted by: Takin' a Wiz | November 24, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Alright, we're screwed. Can't beat Golden State or Memphis, going on a brutal road trip. Wouldn't be surprised to see the Wizards at 7-11 pretty soon. Would've been nice not to have lost those first five games.

Posted by: Ben | November 24, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

JCN looks fantastic. Grunfeld did indeed make a loser mistake.

I already understand its the NBA's way of infiltrating immigrants to the US for $$ but as far as players go...keeping Stevenson and Mason vs. Juan C. Navarro?

Good game tonite for Jamison - How before an injury?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 24, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I am a frequent reader seldom poster, but tonight I need to vent about Roger Mason for a minute. Its not his fault that he is not good, but come on - didn't we decide that we didn't need Jarvis Hayes this past offseason.

JCN is better than every single wizards guard now that gil is injured. Awesome

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | November 24, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

We supposedly preferred DeBrickashawn over Navarro because of defense. LOL. After giving up 120+ points the last two games, mostly by leaving perimeter shooters wide open, one has to ask, how bad our defense would have been with Navarro instead? And would Navarro's ability to hit shots would have offset the loss of Stevenson's so-called defensive prowess?

Posted by: Dat2U | November 24, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

What happen to TALLBALL...???? Smallball is slowly creeping back in the game plan. Looks like EJ is starting to fall back into his old habits (i.e. smallball and jerking Haywood's minutes) again.

As for the JCN thing. You can not blame EG on that one. Gilbert put the full court press on the club to resign his boy DS, plain and simple. After EG was forced to do the signing, he had no more money left to sign JCN.

The train of thought was the Wiz brass did not think they could get pass with JCN, NY, and Mason as there shooting guards. They thought they needed someone who could play defense (DS....?????).

This way of thinking looks like it has backfired on them. You could clearly see JCN was extra jacked up to show Ernie and the Wiz what they passed on. Boy did he do it and some......

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 24, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

WTF happened to the RealGm boards???

Wouldn't you know that JCN was going to come out and have his NBA career high vs the Wiz. #@!* Our defense is horrific again. We suck, that is the truth - only Philly & ATL are worse.

Posted by: Wizzed | November 24, 2007 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Someone remind me why Ernie overpaid for Stevenson, who adds absolutely nothing, while trading Navarro for nothing, who can shoot lights out. Gee could the Wizards use a shooter right now?

Posted by: "Honest" Abe Pollin | November 24, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Just read Gilbert's "Blog" Gil's obwn statements re his injury rehab, children and "girlfriend" leaving.

Interesting..considering he told employees at VC he married her..moved she and kids in w/him. One is an infant..the other maybe 3 or less. Neither of the age intersted in drawing on walls.

As one of them he told this fabrication to regularly & more..I think Mr. Arenas has a pension towards the untruth to make himself look good and or to manufacture stuff for publicity. Yes - his game speaks for itself. He's a very good player while on the court. But after reading some of the things he writes that is opposite of his mouth - one has to wonder.

We all thought of him like a"hero"

Now, I think he's a marketing pro period..uses every situation to his benefit.

This team is very good and will do fine without him

Posted by: VC Usher | November 24, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Careful on the JCN praises guys! There are some regulars here that have watched that guy a million times and swear that Roger Mason is better than JCN....and that's the truth.
I've mentioned it before and I will tell it again. JCN pick is the one that we should have kept.

Posted by: Dave | November 24, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I will never forgive you for resigning DeBrick Stevenson! Did you not watch the playoffs last year????

Posted by: Ernie you suck! | November 24, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The joke is Memphis didn't pay JCN that much. Did any of you catch his actual salary. We've needed firepower off the bench for a couple years(an EG weakness) and he falls in our lap. Pollin was just too cheap, pinching pennies and squeezing nickels until the buffalo screams. His cheapness has done irreparable damage to the Bullets/Wizards over many different years. For those of you saying we'd go over the luxury tax and lose 3 million, how much of that would we get back by getting in the play-offs and going a couple rounds.

Posted by: Wind Rider | November 25, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

And. Roger Mason is so nervous in games he can't put the ball in the ocean from the beach. Think you'll be able to find any two games this year that he'll total 28 or more in?

Posted by: Wind Rider | November 25, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The Luxury tax wouldn't be an issue if we didn't sign DeBrick. Simple as that.

We could have signed Navarro & a cheap stopgap in Devin Brown (who's just as good as Stevenson) for the price we paid DeBrick & Roger Mason.

We keep saying re-signing DeBrick was tied to keeping Gilbert happy, but does anyone really think Gilbert's future in Washington was solely tied to Stevenson's future here? That just makes no sense to me.

EG erred big time on DeBrick. Even if we didn't keep Navarro, the lux tax implications of the DS signing freezed out all opportunity to add even a minimum salaried player during a time in which we have only 10 guys suited up to play.

I wouldn't necessarily blame Abe for not going over the luc tax b/c alot of owners wouldn't. I blame EG for poor salary cap management.

Posted by: Dat2U | November 25, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree in part, still think we should go over tax. I'd take Boykins now. We certainly missed a good chance to upgrade at 2 guard this year. A failure by Ernie. Shame our news guys won't write about it.

Posted by: Wind Rider | November 25, 2007 12:53 AM | Report abuse

congrats dave JCN had a good game. I do remember saying he was gonna have some. But I still wouldn't have done it different Even if we could've. The reason he had a good game is because our defense sucks. He should've had a good game.
Our guys suck under on helpside, Still play matador, and can't properly pop and go on doubles. There is talent to play defense but just no desire(not all but most). And Eddie just will not put blatche and haywood together. We have been a really good team when we go big. but Small Balls Eddie won't do it.

Posted by: the truth | November 25, 2007 1:48 AM | Report abuse

One is an infant..the other maybe 3 or less. Neither of the age intersted in drawing on walls.

OT but: You must not have kids...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Can we know stop with the nonsense talk about how the team is "better off without Arenas?"

Noticed that Jordan has been going more with Blatche at C down the stretch. We all know how well Haywood took getting benched in favor of Thomas. If the trend of going with Blatche continues, Haywood's reaction will be a true test of whether he's really turned over a new leaf attitude-wise.

Navarro looked pretty good ... as an undersized SG. Didn't see much in the way of the PG skills his lobbyists kept touting. And, for the umpteenth time, he wasn't going to sign here. He was using the Wiz as leverage to make his way onto another team. And using his performance in this game as a gauge for what he could have done on the Wiz is wishful thinking. He wouldn't have been a starter on the Wiz, nor would he have a role on the offense where he'd be able to put up 15 shots a game.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 3:18 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again, instead of building on our strengths, EJ tries to match the other team. Against fast shooting teams, he likes going small ball which has never worked Mr. Jordan - NEVER.
Put Haywood and Blatche together on the court for some scary moments for the opposing team! Clog the middle!

Posted by: rgz | November 25, 2007 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I think it is clear the Wizards will win some games with Arenas out. However, whether they will be around .500 or still in contention for a playoff berth in March remains to be seen.

I would give it about 20-25 more games to see what we really have with this team.

One area that would help is if the Wizards would go back to playing at least some defense as they were during the winning streak. The last two nights it looks like no defense was really played.

Posted by: Tim | November 25, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

The reason we lost the last 2 games is because we got outshot on 3's. ...no to mention we continue to give up open ones to opponents. Seems like we need GA 'jacking up 3's ' as a lot of complainers here put it. Basic math tells us that 34% from 3 distance is better than 50% from 2 distance. While AD is a better passer and facilitator, he doesn't shoot a lot of 3 point shots and we need that. Cutting down BTH's minutes makes no sense, either. Just because AB is playing well doesn't mean that BTH should be on the bench. They aren't mutually exclusive. EJ, play them together.
I mentioned this before but am I the only one that notices that whenever Songaila is in the game, the other team makes a run?

Posted by: mark | November 25, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

As far as Deshawn verses Navarro, too many people base their posts on only one game, whether it's personnel decisions or how the season is going to go.

Anyway as has been pointed out by some on this board, Navarro did not really want to be here and seemed to time his availability to the Wizards at the worst possible time.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I think with the Wizards front line depth right now, it would be hard to play BH and AB at the same time early in the games or for long stretches. If they both then get into foul trouble what do you do. You don't really have another center.

I posted earlier that this might be good in the last quarter of games if both aren't in foul trouble. I could see this tandem certainly being effective defensively and AB is a scoring threat also.

Posted by: Tim | November 25, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Deshawn Stevenson is now a liability for this team and Eddie Jordan need to be stopped before it is too late!!!

I wish Ivan could find out from JCN himself if he never really wanted to be here...like some of you said!!!

Posted by: Fenty | November 25, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

False choice fallacy: involves a situation in which two alternative statements are held to be the only possible options, when in reality there exists one or more other options which have not been considered.

The two things the juan carlos fans here want to believe:

1. We could have signed juan carlos. Abe was too cheap.

2. We signed Deshawn because we thought he was better than Juan.


The reality which we dealt with:

Juan carlos wanted to play with Pau, he didn't want to play here. He had many chances, and we drafted him because we wanted him. But after years of attempting we realized it was better to get something from his draft than to leave it completely behind.

I have no problem with people who would like to have seen JCN on our team, I'm one of them. He would have been great right after Hughes left... but I'm not going to fool myself into believing that we really had a shot at him. He and his agent manipulated the situation in order to get what JCN really wanted. Out of washington.

I also have no problem with people buying Memphis jerseys and rooting for their favorite player. He looked really good last night... you should have a good time this season being a Grizzly fan.

Posted by: greg | November 25, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Also, I have a bit of a theory about why we haven't seen too much AB and BH in the lineup together. Right now those are our two real bigs...

I was watching a game recently and Andray came out of the game after about 8 minutes, he was breathing really hard, and a trainer spent some time with him. I think he has improved immensely, but he still lacks some conditioning. (remember he is actually the youngest guy on the team) So I think right now, with Pech out and no Etan, EJ may feel like he needs to rotate BH and AB while bringing in Darius for some spot coverage at center. I don't think you can say Darius is taking a ton of minutes at the 5.

Just a thought.

Posted by: greg | November 25, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Fourth game in five days on the road - come on now, ease up. And JCN? Followed a long-standing tradition of having a career night against the team that traded him away. If EG had known for sure that Gil would be out for 3+ months, he might have considered JCN instead of DS. But with Gil starting, DS makes more sense. Plus, as Kalorama has made clear, JCN had no intention of coming here. EG's only option was trading him for something - anything - or letting him rot in Spain.

I do have to wonder what's going on with Haywood's minutes. Blatche is a force, and once he learns to play with more control (fewer fouls), he'll be a monster. Unfortunately, he's not there yet - he'll foul out or get totally winded with just 30 minutes of PT, much less 40. But in two more months - once Pech is back and contributing? EJ will have to fundamentally change his rotation and start Blatche AND Haywood, which means benching DS and moving Caron to his spot. Someone explain to me again why that won't work?

Posted by: reispace | November 25, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Big game for Navarro but he was definitely looking to play his best against the team that drafted and traded him. Plus, we essentially traded Navarro and picked up NY for offensive output.

NY has some big time potential and the Wiz did make the better choice...especially with Gil out now for 3 months.

Posted by: Wizzz | November 25, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

JCN is never going to come out and publicly say: "i never wanted to be in Washington"

That would be a publicity 'black-eye' and he / his agent are too smart for that.

You need to be smart too, and look at how they dealt with us over (not just one summer) the years. They were very consistent, JCN was not available until this year (after the draft) when we had already established our primary line-up and began negotiations. I won't get into the nitty gritty, but he advertised a substantial amount as his requirement, then comes way off of that (finally) to play in Memphis with his buddy. (security blanket).

We had open negotiations with him for years, and he never offered to come in at any price, let alone a substantial break from his asking amount. Further the one year he finally gets the Barca buyout is the year, memphis is dieing to keep Pau happy / in town, and a year in which Washington is limited financially. His asking amount is coincidentally high enough for us to have difficulty signing key young players like Andray Blatche.

So say we somehow magically landed that white whale, are we really in a better situation right now? We seem to be scoring alright without gil. And we aren't over the cap, which even some non-owner types think is a good thing. Look if we have a chance at a-list NBA all-star player and we ned to go over I say maybe we take a shot at it, but I don't think you go over for role players... unless you are the knicks. you want the knicks?

Posted by: greg | November 25, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Many, many of us called for the signing of Juan Carlos, simply cuz it helps to have a shooting guard who can shoot. An international star, an MVP over there--who needs him?

Anyway, the Wiz are determined to be respectable at a below luxury tax level. This mean that if Eddie and Gil prefer DeBrick over JCN, you sign DeBrick.

It means you keep Gil for the max or close to it, even though he may not be the max player that some of the top teams have.

It means you sign old respectable guards like Antonio Daniels, even though he will be in his mid-thirties soon, instead of getting the younger guys with upside. (What was wrong with Rip Hamilton?)

And it means re-signing Antawn too, even though he is not worth $16 milion a year long term. Jamieson will soon enter his post-prime years, but Gil and Eddie want him, so you need to sign him, for respectability.

This is so frustrating cuz we all prefer to have a respectable team over a bottom dweller. Ernie keeps his great job this way. But it is different than building for the chamionship.

Posted by: EdDC | November 25, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This team needs a small backup point that can run with the smaller guards in the league. The wiz fought hard to cut it to 5 last night and then lowery blows by mason like he was nailed to the floor. In truth though mason had zero chance of even staying in front of him. That was coaching I would of doubled there or put dm in the game for one stop.

Posted by: bulletsfan | November 25, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

That's what I say, Bulletsfan. We need a small quick guy...any small quick guy just for matchup purposes. Even D Taylor would be good enough (and I think he's below average).
Is there any chance we could trade Songaila for something...anything?

Posted by: mark | November 25, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"So DCidiot, that Baron Davis is not that bad a player is he? He doesn't make much of a difference on the floor at all since he hasn't done anything yet right? Just like Barkley, Malone, Ewing, Garnett, and Nowitzki never did either huh?

Posted by: Takin' a Wiz | November 24, 2007 09:31 PM "

Why are losers here provoking me? Baron Davis is a heckuva player, much more mature and more solid than Gilby. Given all that, are you going gaga over one heckuva game this season over Les BouleS?

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"

Just read Gilbert's "Blog" Gil's obwn statements re his injury rehab, children and "girlfriend" leaving.

Interesting..considering he told employees at VC he married her..moved she and kids in w/him. One is an infant..the other maybe 3 or less. Neither of the age intersted in drawing on walls.

As one of them he told this fabrication to regularly & more..I think Mr. Arenas has a pension towards the untruth to make himself look good and or to manufacture stuff for publicity. Yes - his game speaks for itself. He's a very good player while on the court. But after reading some of the things he writes that is opposite of his mouth - one has to wonder.

We all thought of him like a"hero"

Now, I think he's a marketing pro period..uses every situation to his benefit.

This team is very good and will do fine without him

Posted by: VC Usher | November 24, 2007 11:19 PM "

Well, no surprise there.

Gilby, when he brought his "girl" into his house, never said he married her. He just said he brought her into his house so that he could be closer to his kids.

I'm not going to judge Gilby on his personal life, but it was reported not long ago that he was dating some person who isn't his baby's momma, and they were seen up in b'more.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It was clear to me a long time ago that signing DS to an extension was a bad idea, as he did nothing during last year's playoffs. What Les BouleS need is firepower off the bench at the 1 and 2, and Les BouleS have neither, either as starts or off the bench.

Nick Young is a good scorer, but if you're a playoff team, do you want to rely on a rookie? I see Nick as more of a 2-3 anyway, and AD, as many assists that he can rack up, can't really score, and is not a starting guard.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone need any further evidence that this is not a team that does everything possible to win? Les BouleS ownership is content with just putting a product, any kind of product, on the court and instead, want ot focus on stupid things like "singles night out."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/23/AR2007112301789.html

""But I understand Mr. Pollin's standpoint," Jordan said. "We want to stay within a certain budget for the Washington Wizards. We're not going to be like four or five or six other teams that can do anything it takes to win. Those are decisions we made within the organization. It doesn't bother me. There are times when you say, 'How come we can't get this guy?' But then you say, 'These are the parameters the organization has set.' ""

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Here's a guy, a PG from a big college program, that could help Les BouleS out. Many may poo poo this idea, but he's got skills, and can shoot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_mcnamara

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Last spring I thought that it would be a good idea to make a run at Gasol because in my mind Navarro was determined to get on the same team with him. In effect by trading for Gasol while we owned Navarro's rights it would end up being a two for one deal.

It's pretty clear to any that have followed the Navarro thing for years, he was never coming to the NBA until he dictated where he was going. This just never really was a Stevenson vs. Navarro choice. Go back and look at the timing of what happened this summer and how it all went down.

But also look at the dance he's done with us since he was drafted, he used us to get a big longterm deal in Europe. And then he worked us this summer until he manuvered himself to Memphis. He asked us for 3 yr. at 3m because he had to have qaurenteed money to buy his way out of his contract with his Euro team.

But he ended up settling for a $500,000.00 1 yr deal so Memphis could fit him under the cap. How did he pay off his buyout? If he didn't, why was there a buyout for one team and not another? That's against the NBA collective bargaining agreement.

Robin stated on here months ago that she felt that the Comissioner's office had a role in brokering this whole thing. I completely agree with her, if not why did it take a month for the trade to be finalized? While they waited for the league office and the players union to approve his contract and signoff on the deal and whatever arrangement was made with Barcelona and the Serbian Gangsters that own that team?

Grunfeld basically had two choices, play hardball and Navarro goes back to Europe for who knows how long before a "window" opened to negotiate again. Or trade him to the team that he wanted to go to. Pat Riley offered a second round pick for Navarro, the Wiz got a conditional first rounder. This was a case of Wiz take what you get and keep your mouth's shut.

Kind of like the J. Howard deal many years ago when Miami broke the rules to sign him. To keep everybody out of court, Stern brokered a deal where we matched the contract that Miami had broke the rules to offer, so Juwan ended up with no damages.

But why did that cost Washington a first round draft pick? Wiz fans sometimes we just have to keep our mouths shut and not ask too many questions.

That's really the end of that story, if we want a guy that is almost the exact duplicate of Navarro, Jaun Dixon is sitting at the end of the Raptor's bench making almost exactly what Navarro asked for here(3m). Maybe we should go get Jaun and that would solve all of our problems.

I really thought alot more of Navarro before I saw him actually play in the NBA. The guy can really shoot the lights out, no doubt about that. But last night was just another sign of what is one of my little grips with Eddie.

When I've watched other teams play Memphis they take their little gaurds and they post them up, and they abuse the hell out of them and force their little shooters to the bench. They've got Navarro at the two with Lowry at point last night, wouldn't that be a fine time to put Butler at the two and post up their guards?

Eddie coached five games where he forced the other team's hand with matchups that favored us. He found out Arenas is gone for the year and the last two nights he coached like a man looking over his shoulder.

This sure isn't a better team without a three time allstar and third team All NBA gaurd. Can't think of any team that wouldn't be hurting without their best player who's also their leading scorer.

Golden State and Memphis will both be hard to beat when they are hitting their threes with the style that they play. But what other teams are doing is dictating matchups and forcing their shooters to the bench.

When are we going to learn to force a guy like Navarro off the floor by abusing the mismatch? You can't hit threes from the bench, if a guy is in foul trouble or is getting scored over at will a coach will have to pull him.

At least if he's playing for any team besides the Wiz.

Posted by: GM | November 25, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Having not seen much of Navarro previously, I was pretty impressed by his performance. However I am somewhat surprised that he is, and has been, so effective at the start of this NBA season. He is small, slow, without vertical and does not appear to have great basketball intelligence. He can shoot the basketball but I am surprised at the way he is a able to lope to the basket and get his shot off. Confounding but good for my personal NBA fantasies. Also surprised the Wizards did not post him up at all but I know AD does not have a post game and doubt Mason does either. Gil would have eaten him up down there.

Other than the defensive shortcomings, I am pretty pleased with how this group is performing together. If you look at the box scores for the last two games there is not a lot that jumps out as glaring problems. Caron and Jamison have been beasts, 18-22 are you kidding me? Assists are up, rebounding is solid, shooting percentage good, some foul shooting issues. I love Daniels at the point, he played 36 min last night and had...zero turnovers. He also had 11 dimes and was 2-3 from 3 point range. The drop off is when Mason or Stevenson play at the point.

Blatche is still feeling his way and needs to pick his defensive moments eventually. It is fun to watch him go after everything right now. Nick Young is starting to carve out his role and looking more comfortable. I think Pech will be a big shot in the arm in a couple of weeks.

This team is going to be adjusting to the loss of Gil for a while but I think they are going to be just fine.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 25, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

DC Man 88 not to poo poo on the McNamarra idea. But teams would use the same tactic against him as everyone but Jordan has figured out to attack Navarro.

But for all of the guys on here railing that we didn't sign Navarro, McNamarra might honestly be as good given the right role. If Navarro hadn't have been a star in Europe and has the connection to Gasol that he does, would he have been anymore then a guy trying to catch on in the NBA like McNamarra?

Gerry sure is a gutsy little guy that can shoot, he's sure worth more of a look than Ming Ming. And I'm just not sure that Mason will be able to fill the backup point role over time.

With Arenas down and the Wiz have lost his scoring at the point. That is really forcing Young into the lineup at the two
to take up some of the scoring void. If Mason can't carry the load at backup point he becomes only the third shooting guard when Eddie should also be using Butler there which would make him the 4th option.

Somebody has to be found to be backup point. I wouldn't poo poo anybody that can play it because I'm not convinced that we've got a player on the roster that can carry the role long term.

I've noticed that Eddie has even paired Stevenson and Young together a couple of times and they've kind of shared the point duties. Which doesn't show alot of confidence in Mason as a backup point.

Posted by: GM | November 25, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz can stay competitive if they go back to the good defensive stuff they were doing, which includes playing CB at the 2 to stop people like Navarro as others have said. There were also some times during the endgame in Memphis that screamed out for quick defensive and offensive substitions. Blatche remained glued to the pine, and we were caught smallballing against a team that wanted us to do just that.

Above all, management really does need to bite the bullet (oops) and get another point guard who can give Daniels a rest before he breaks down ... some one who can go about 15 -20 minutes a game hit the three, penetrate and pass.

So who is worth a look? We have heard calls for Steve Francis, Earl Boykins, Damon Stoudemire, Gerry McNamara... and over in Europe there are a range of people whos contracts could presumably be bought out including the remarkable "neo-Russian", C J Holden, who led his newly-adopted national team to a European title this summer, but also Scoonie Penn, Louis Bullock, Dajauan Wagner, Ed Cota, Travis Best. I am not the one to judge, but I do think that among these men there is one player who can make enough of a difference to justify some luxury tax expense.

Posted by: khrabb | November 25, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Gilbeeeee!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, it looks like EJ is starting to feel himself again. When he was losing he was willing to try things that he did not like to do, like TALLBALL (AB and Haywood and CB at the 2 spot). The last two games where has TALLBALL been????

No surprise we lost both of those games. Grant it, GS and the Grizz shot lights out with 3's. As I mentioned on an earlier post, I have noticed EJ has started jerking with Haywood's minutes again.

This is the same thing he did last year and did it over the duration of two to three months. What Haywood did this time I do not know? I know AB is playing his butt off and yes he should stay in there. This is not Etan, so again I have no problems with AB getting more of those minutes.

However, why is it so hard to bring Haywood in "ALONG WITH AB".....??? Am I missing something here or what??? EJ always said he could not bring Haywood in with Etan, so you telling me he can not bring Haywood in with AB...???

Lastly, EG is not at fault here for the DS signing. Gilbert held him hostage to sign DS, his boy, or else (can somebody say opt out at the end of the year)..!!! As somebody mentioned earlier, we could have signed a lot cheaper upgrade at the 2 and still have enough to sign JCN.....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 25, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I was at the GS game on Friday. Whatever you can say about the lack of defense, it was a very exciting game and great atmosphere at Verizon.

Now, here's my question to the tacticians out there: To me, it seemed like the Wizards kept on allowing Jackson and other three point shooters to float unattended on the perimeter while cheating in inside. This was not like the Memphis game where it seemed like Memphis players kept on tossing it back and forth and forcing overrotation commitments from the Wiz.

Is the philosophy here that the Wizards are daring teams to knock down the threes? Is the GS loss more a product of extraordinary 3 pt shooting from GS or more a product of Wizards muddle headed defensive schemes? (I assume it's some of both). Do teams typically allow guys to float along the corners when there is a lot of concern of interior slashers? (Baron D in this case)

It was getting mighty frustrating as it seemed like every third possession, Stephen Jackson had an open look at a 3.

Posted by: duk | November 25, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dallas and San Antonio play two very big guys up front. What are the chances that EJ plays Haywood and Blatche together, and moves CB to the front court?

Posted by: Izman | November 25, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I really dont agree that signing DS to a contract extension was all bad. I mean sometimes having an NBA team is about combinations. That being said the combination of DS and Gil was pretty good. Know we have to look at the combination of DS and AD, which is not thatgood. But I guess I understand Eddie because alot of professional players have these huge egos(Bredan,DS,Gil,and maybe Antawn). That being said and being a coach also details being a manager of those egos. I dont think you could go up to AJ and say next year I want you to come off the bench. He will never resign then.Or Bredan we are going to start the poet, then bredan does not play hard. As well as DS and say "we are going to bench you because we need scoring in the starting line up" then we maybe down to one less player(image that DS playing worst). DS believes he and Gil are on the same level (just look at that youtube shooting bet,that Gil and DS had with each other when DS lost and was very upset)he believes he is on a certain level. And playing with Gil he is. A good player to play along Gil.
But know Gil is gone and I think he should sit out this year. I love DC and all our sports teams(MIS,CAPS,UNITED,SKINS AND ETC). We must put in prospective of what we are as a basketball team. That is, a jump shooting finesse team that cant defend.We have no real post presence or even somone who can drive to the basket and score and definitely we dont have any one to stop anyone who can do those things.
I think we need a few more pieces and I dont agree with anyone who beleive we are a play off team at this point because we are not. We will stuggle the rest of the way. Know that being said if we are not in the playoff picture by the beginnig of the year. I will play the hell out the rookies and prepare them for next year. While doing that we will lose alot of games. But what the hell we will get: a high draft pic., a healthy Gil,ready made Pesh,Nick Yougin and DNasty with a high #1.Maybe even Derrick Rose out the deal along with the players we have.That just leave a post presence center or power forward needed to really be a strong contender for years to come. I would write off this year if things are looking better real soon. Peace

Posted by: d square | November 25, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Yo Ivan, when are you going to do a new post?? Is your computer still down or what? Anyway, will you be asking Eddie why he has decided not to run TALLBALL anymore, and why is Haywood's minutes starting to drop???

I don't want to hear the company line answer that AB is playing good at that spot and he needs more run. That's fine, we can all see that. Which would lead you to ask him why can't Haywood and AB play together (i.e. TALLBALL).

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 25, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

khrabb,

If Gerry McNamara, Scoonie Penn, Louis Bullock, Dajauan Wagner, or Ed Cota were good enough to play in the NBA, they'd still be playing there. It's not like they're kids fresh out of college looking for a first opportunity. Every one of them has had a shot (or more than one in some cases) and didn't measure up.

That being said, unless they get very lucky or extremely creative, that level of wannabes, has-beens or never-weres are pretty much what the Wiz have to choose from for a short-term solution at PG. But it has to be a short-term solution, because they aren't going to (or should they) invest in another long-term contract for a guy who's only going to play 12-15 mpg (if that) then end up riding the pine in 3 months when Arenas returns.

The most likely avenue is some D-league youngster that no one's ever heard of who comes up hungry to make an impression and surprises people.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I was at the GS game on Friday. Whatever you can say about the lack of defense, it was a very exciting game and great atmosphere at Verizon.

Now, here's my question to the tacticians out there: To me, it seemed like the Wizards kept on allowing Jackson and other three point shooters to float unattended on the perimeter while cheating in inside. This was not like the Memphis game where it seemed like Memphis players kept on tossing it back and forth and forcing overrotation commitments from the Wiz.

Is the philosophy here that the Wizards are daring teams to knock down the threes? Is the GS loss more a product of extraordinary 3 pt shooting from GS or more a product of Wizards muddle headed defensive schemes? (I assume it's some of both). Do teams typically allow guys to float along the corners when there is a lot of concern of interior slashers? (Baron D in this case)

It was getting mighty frustrating as it seemed like every third possession, Stephen Jackson had an open look at a 3.

Posted by: duk | November 25, 2007 02:41 PM

Great point...Wiz's perimeter 3 point defense is sometimes non-existence. They seem to dare GS to shoot the 3's even though they were making them all night. It's hard to win a ball game when your opponent dropped 19 3's on you.

Posted by: Wizzz | November 25, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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khrabb,

If Gerry McNamara, Scoonie Penn, Louis Bullock, Dajauan Wagner, or Ed Cota were good enough to play in the NBA, they'd still be playing there. It's not like they're kids fresh out of college looking for a first opportunity. Every one of them has had a shot (or more than one in some cases) and didn't measure up.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 05:04 PM "

I guess people like kalorama said the same thing about Gilby when he was drafted. Not good enough.

Given all that, whatever out there has got to be better than sorry DS. Every chance DS gets, it shows that EG made the wrong decision in keeping DS and not signing JCN. I'd take a great shooter over a wannabe defensive ace anytime.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Against Golden State, Donnie Nelson is the NBA king of mismatches,he always creates some really interesting problems with some of the league's quirkest lineups. He's a master at forcing another coach to play his game, and he changes up from game to game to make his team hard to prepare for.

Many times he's got two guys that are basiclly point guards on the floor at the same time. They run that high pick and roll with Baron Davis over and over. So it's hard for the other three guys not cheat toward the lane to try and help or Baron goes to the hoop at will off the pick and roll.

If their guys are hot it's pick your poison. If they aren't hitting the three they're very beatable.

Memphis is trying to bring the Suns look to their team. Again, they spread the floor, their guys like to stand on the perimeter even more. They've got alot of little slashers at gaurd. Once one gets a step then they're looking to dump the ball back out to the three line all the time.

Many times the Wiz could cover up the first or second guy, it's useally the third pass that creates the wide open look.

When those shooters are guys that are good defenders like Jackson at Golden State it's hard to deal with at the other end. When they're guys like Navarro, NBA teams have always punished a team by abusing those guys in the paint at the other end of the floor.

That's one of the weaknesses of running the true Princeton, offensively by nature it's not looking for the one on one mismatch. Sometimes when the Wiz run a play they're ignoring that there is a weak defender on the floor that needs to be taken advantage of.

Guys like Blatche, McGuire, Young, and I hope Pecherov will be long enough and quick enough to recover and close with their long arms against these kinds of teams. But it really helps to have a really strong on the ball defender to make it harder for a team to get the whole thing started.

And Stevenson, Mason, and to some extent Daniels just don't have the quicks to match up with teams that are playing this style. That's the only thing that I think Chase could bring to this team, a little quick on the ball defender that can stay in front of the little guys that have always bedeviled this team.
If we can't get some better on the ball defense, Lord help us when we see the Suns.

Posted by: GM | November 25, 2007 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"DC Man 88 not to poo poo on the McNamarra idea. But teams would use the same tactic against him as everyone but Jordan has figured out to attack Navarro.

But for all of the guys on here railing that we didn't sign Navarro, McNamarra might honestly be as good given the right role. If Navarro hadn't have been a star in Europe and has the connection to Gasol that he does, would he have been anymore then a guy trying to catch on in the NBA like McNamarra?

Posted by: GM | November 25, 2007 12:49 PM "

The good thing about GMac is that not only can he shoot, but he's a legitimate point guard. He's not a short shooting guard trying to pretend to be a point guard. Also, I liken him to a Brent Price, somebody who can do a bit of everything, and GMac does have a nasty streak.

GMac can at least hit a 3, unlike AD or DS or Mason. Also, people like GMac can do something in this league also, even if you say teams can easily develop a solution to shut them down. If you have a dude like Gilby or Nick who can get their own shot off, and will draw double teams, then you have someone like GMac who can make them pay. I'm sure every defense out there could easily lock down a Steve Kerr or John Paxson, but they managed to have nice careers anyway.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

When OPEC comes back, look for Haywood's minutes to dip even more. Looks like my boy Haywood is getting setup for another "meltdown" test from the master of mind games, EJ himself. Don't get suckered into falling for it BTH.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 25, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I still like the talent on the Wiz, looking forward to Pecherov rejoining the team and hope EJ entertains the idea of Caron at shooting guard AD at point Blatche and Jamison at forward with Haywood at center.
DMac should be plugged in whenever possible to complement Songalia.
A backup at point guard is what is missing. Anyone know what happened to Dashaun Wood, highly rated but small point guard in 07 draft? I don't see him listed on an NBA team.
Here is some ink about him in during the predraft showcase tournaments.
April 9, 2007
While this might not have been quite as impressive a game as his previous two outings, Wood played extremely well once again, helping his team win the PIT championship, while locking up tournament MVP honors for himself. He did a terrific job running his team's offense, scored some timely baskets, and really showed outstanding leadership skills in the clutch by taking them on his back and shouldering plenty of responsibility.

In terms of his playmaking, Wood did an excellent job running the show. His team was by far the most unselfish here, recording 31 assists out of 43 made baskets, and Wood was really the catalyst behind that with the example he set for how things should be run. He was extremely patient throughout, letting everything come to him rather than forcing the issue, and making his teammates look very good by constantly creating easy shots for them. He did it with a combination of terrific ball-handling skills and hesitation moves, keeping his defender on his heels constantly with his excellent perimeter shooting ability and outstanding quickness to get into the lane almost whenever he pleased at this level.

Wood's passing ability was on full display, whether with a series of drive and dish plays, some terrific lobs into the post, and a couple of perfectly timed bullet passes in transition for easy baskets. Wood clearly had the best awareness of what's happening around him of any of the point guards here, and it's become incredibly obvious that he was not able to fully show just how talented a playmaker he is in college because of the huge scoring burden that was put on his shoulders at Wright State.

This has obviously made him a much more versatile player, though, as instead of just being a phenomenal point guard or a fantastic scoring combo, he can do both very well. If left open for even a second, Wood shows no hesitation knocking down jump-shots with 3-point range. He can also get to the basket and finish amongst the trees in a variety of ways off the glass (runners, floaters, pull-ups, etc), although he clearly needs to improve his left hand. His toughness is exemplified in the fact that he averaged over 5 rebounds per game despite being a skinny 5-11.

Posted by: Myshkin | November 25, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way I like the GMac suggestion, DC. I have always liked his game. What the heck is the difference between him and JJ Redick anyway? Nothing, but a guaranteed contract. GMac can ball and play both backcourt spots.

Lets bring him in. Oopps I forgot....!!! We have organizational cash flow problems because we are run by a Mom and Pop store setup. Nothing against Uncle Abe, because he seems like a great guy. But he needs to hand the team over to Teddy "L" ASAP.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 25, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

BF#1,

Like I said before, it will cost Abe a ticket for a coach flight, and one night's accommodations at the no-tell Motel 69 off NY Ave. just to get GMac here for a tryout.

Abe can at least pretend to not be a cheapskate by bringing in a few guys, but he'd rather come straight out and prove to us he's a cheapstake by saying he's not going over the lux tax limit. Great. Where do I sign up for season tickets?

GMac's got good pedigree. He played in a pro-style system at Syracuse, ran with the likes of Carmelo and Hakim Warrick, started every game his freshman year, and is a great shooter. If you look at what he's done during his college career (I know, doesn't translate to the pros), he's done more than a lot of players out there, including Juan Dixon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_mcnamara

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't have all the answers for the Wiz's problems (though it certainly looks like we will never consistently play defense for EJ), I do know that Songaila is a VERY bad defender. Someone else mentioned it already, whenever he is in the game the other team makes a run. He is a disappointment.

Posted by: Andy | November 25, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

G-g-gilbeee!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

GILBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get the spelling right!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"

I don't have all the answers for the Wiz's problems (though it certainly looks like we will never consistently play defense for EJ), I do know that Songaila is a VERY bad defender. Someone else mentioned it already, whenever he is in the game the other team makes a run. He is a disappointment.

Posted by: Andy | November 25, 2007 07:22 PM "

DSong wouldn't be the first on that list of Les BouleS disappointments.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I really think the Wizards need to stay committed to defense. I really thought that EG was ultimately behind their early committment to defense, but maybe not if they are so quick to go back to their old ways and EJ is not correcting it.

Posted by: Tim | November 25, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

One inbalance in the six point loss to the Warriors was in free throws, the warriors had 29 free throw points (29-33)the Wiz 14 (14-18). That's a 15 point deficit in free throws.

Posted by: myshkin | November 25, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"One inbalance in the six point loss to the Warriors was in free throws, the warriors had 29 free throw points (29-33)the Wiz 14 (14-18). That's a 15 point deficit in free throws.

Posted by: myshkin | November 25, 2007 09:13 PM "

That's b/c you're missing 10-12 FT's per game with Gilby out of the lineup, and replaced by less aggressive offensive players.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"I guess people like kalorama said the same thing about Gilby when he was drafted. Not good enough."

As usual, you're talking out of someplace other than your mouth. Arenas has nothing to do with any of those others because, unlike them, Arenas wasn't ushered out of the NBA at the end of his first training camp or the end of his first contract.

Seriously, don't go attempting to draft me into your irrational hate war against Arenas. That's your own battle to fight.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"As usual, you're talking out of someplace other than your mouth. Arenas has nothing to do with any of those others because, unlike them, Arenas wasn't ushered out of the NBA at the end of his first training camp or the end of his first contract.

Seriously, don't go attempting to draft me into your irrational hate war against Arenas. That's your own battle to fight.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 09:59 PM "

Please, get off your throne and don't forget to flush. Hopefully along with that, you'll flush away your idiotic statements such as Les BouleS not being undermanned along with the rest of the pointless darts you like to throw here and there as you nitpick your way through meaningless details.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"GMac's got good pedigree. ...he's done more than a lot of players out there, including Juan Dixon."

Things Juan Dixon's done that McNamara hasn't:

(A) Got drafted by an NBA team
(B) Got signed to a contract by an NBA team
(C) Played and scored in a regular season NBA game
(D) Played and scored in an NBA playoff game
(E) Got signed to a second NBA contract

"What the heck is the difference between him and JJ Redick anyway?"

Not much, given that neither one of them has scored a point in an NBA game this season. Reddick is a bust of a lottery pick who will be out of the league when his deal is up. Saying McNamara looks good compared to him isn't saying much. Grunfeld should be canned if he even considers paying the luxury tax to sign McNamara.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Meaningless detail like the fact that every team in the NBA passed on drafting McNamara ... twice?

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

odds and ends:
It is good to see posters finally talking about the need for a point guard and getting off of the Juan Dixon bandwagon. Lowry abused Daniels and Mason last night.

Caron has proven to me over the last few games that he may be an answer at the 2. His range is much improved over last year. He has a need for more defensive quickness but with his toughness and smarts may be able to get away with it. When Pech gets back I would love to see that move regularly.

I agree that Blatche needs to play both the 4 and 5. But he needs to get in condition and it looks like EJ realizes it. Tired players get lazy feet and easily into foul trouble.

I share the concern that EJ seems to be getting back to his unsuccessful small ball tactics. Songalia is a defensive liability whether at the 4 or the 5. He is good at screening and hitting jumpers and so of course he gets time from EJ.

I would like to see a little more usage of MacGuire. He is raw and needs to develop. He has made both mistakes and great plays in his short stints so far this season. We can clearly see the priorities of EJ when we look at how he allows Young time to play while sitting DMac. EJ's downfall will always be that his default is to coach and substitute based upon offensive strategy. He will do that despite defensive mismatches. We will just have to live with it I guess. One thing that we all have to admit...EJ has the guys playing hard. They almost pulled that game out against Memphis. I have been pretty tough on EJ but truth is truth.

I was hoping we'd win those 2 games before the Texas trip. Another losing streak is upon us. I hope we don't get embarrassed down there. Maybe in Texas our point guard deficiency will become so evident that Abe will give Ernie some freedom to do something. I hope he doesn't mess around till Daniels wears himself out. He is great point for 30 minutes. Get Chase or some D-League guard who can defend and handle in here asap.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 25, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Here's a guy, a PG from a big college program, that could help Les BouleS out. Many may poo poo this idea, but he's got skills, and can shoot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_mcnamara

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:58 AM

Naturally, DC Racist 88 recommends a white guy. Remember his comment about DSong being smart because "he's white"?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"Get Chase or some D-League guard who can defend and handle in here asap."

I agree in theory, but every team that needs a backup PG has the same idea. It's a situation where demand exceeds supply. Their odds of finding a difference maker are damned slim. They're basically in space filler mode. And, as many deficiencies as young, Stevenson, or Mason may have at the PG spot, there's a pretty fair chance that "the first guy off the street" approach isn't likely to yield anyone capable of better results.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"

"GMac's got good pedigree. ...he's done more than a lot of players out there, including Juan Dixon."

Things Juan Dixon's done that McNamara hasn't:

(A) Got drafted by an NBA team
(B) Got signed to a contract by an NBA team
(C) Played and scored in a regular season NBA game
(D) Played and scored in an NBA playoff game
(E) Got signed to a second NBA contract

"What the heck is the difference between him and JJ Redick anyway?"

Not much, given that neither one of them has scored a point in an NBA game this season. Reddick is a bust of a lottery pick who will be out of the league when his deal is up. Saying McNamara looks good compared to him isn't saying much. Grunfeld should be canned if he even considers paying the luxury tax to sign McNamara.

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 10:11 PM "

Duh, I guess you missed the intention of that quote which was to compare college careers.

Grunfeld won't be canned if he signed GMac to a contract b/c he'd have to get it approved by ownership first.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"Meaningless detail like the fact that every team in the NBA passed on drafting McNamara ... twice?

Posted by: kalorama | November 25, 2007 10:15 PM "

I guess in your book, getting drafted means a certain long and lasting NBA career for every player?

Most players who get drafted at the end of the second round prefer not to get drafted anyway so they can pick the team that might be best suited for their skills and need.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

"Naturally, DC Racist 88 recommends a white guy. Remember his comment about DSong being smart because "he's white"?

Posted by: | November 25, 2007 10:26 PM "

Yeah, GMac is probably smart also. He did get a college degree, unlike most of the players on Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

"Caron has proven to me over the last few games that he may be an answer at the 2. His range is much improved over last year. He has a need for more defensive quickness but with his toughness and smarts may be able to get away with it. When Pech gets back I would love to see that move regularly.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 25, 2007 10:21 PM "

The most impressive thing about the improvement in Caron's game is that it came with "Zero" fanfare during the summer. The only time we started hearing things was when Ivan commented that CButt looked like he slimmed down and looked more toned during training camp.

CBut never had that kind of range before, but he's consistently hitting 3's and taking the ball to the hole. You have to cheer for a guy like CBut b/c he doesn't come with a lot of drama, and does the things nobody wants to do. CBut has really elevated his game, and leaves little doubt that he's the MVP on this team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

""Naturally, DC Racist 88 recommends a white guy. Remember his comment about DSong being smart because "he's white"?

Posted by: | November 25, 2007 10:26 PM ""

Also, GMac won this award during his college career, which is a good indicator that he won't be arrested for wh#remongering, avoiding being served a warrant, arrested, holding personal grudges against pro and college coaches, and all that fun stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Hilton_Player_of_the_Year_Award

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 25, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

G-g-g-ilbeeeee!!!!!! slurp. slurp.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Kalorama, you are right in that NONE of the players I mentioned will be a panacea. CJ Holden may be the possible exception in that nobody really gave him a chance and he appears to have matured into something fairly special "back in the (former) USSR"

Oh and it should not matter what color McNamara is, all we would want is for him to be the second coming of Kid Brother Price... who was nothing special until 1993-94!

Posted by: khrabb | November 26, 2007 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Those slurp/glug glug comments to the idiot never get old ! Kills me every time I read it. Anyway...The first couple times DS got the ball, he aggressively posted up JCN and could have scored on him all night. We should have stuck with that til they took him out. JCN is not special. There are probably more than a few of us on this blog that can consistently hit an open shot if no one is guarding us. Roger Mason is a great player if you allow him to just spot up and shoot.
I agree with duk in that I have no clue why we are so worried about slashers that we leave guys wide open on the perimeter. Wasn't BTH blocking shots at a good pace earlier this year? Why not rely on your bigs to defend the paint? Though it migh not be, it seems like the same old issue of EJ not trusting BTH. This can't be a defensive lapse every game. The defense must be designed this way. Unless we plan to shoot way more 3's than the opponent, we need to switch up. (EJ, starting AB with BTH is worth trying. I know you're worried about foul trouble and not having a C if they both get fouls but what we're doing aint working)
Also, we lost the last game because of the free throw disparity. The GA haters here never take into account the effect of GA's drives to the hoop. It creates foul trouble for the other teams and racks up points for us. AJ's game is all about avoiding fouls and not drawing contact. Caron is a jump shooter. No one on our team is committed to attacking the basket (besides the C). This team is similar to older Wiz teams that always lost games because of that huge foul disparity.
Everyone clamoring for a pass first PG can finally see what they are getting. AD is passing the ball well and we are getting lots of team assists. The end result is the same because we can't stop anyone. We have to outscore guys to win. This team is deluding itself if it thinks that it can 'turn it on' defensively and stop anyone. We have to outscore people to win. It's no coincidence that when our scoring went up, we went on a winning streak. It's not like our D improved...we were just scoring more than the opponents.

Posted by: mark | November 26, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised the Gilby lover Mark enjoys the sounds he makes of slurping.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"We have to outscore guys to win.

Posted by: mark | November 26, 2007 07:48 AM "

EUREKA!!!!

This is the darn neared smartest thing ever coming from mark!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"It's probably a little bit of [that], probably a little bit of being undermanned and having tired legs at the end," Jordan said of the Wizards, who are dressing just 10 players because of injuries. "We had tired legs at the end, but we fought hard and came back. We put ourselves in position, but at the end they just made shots. We just couldn't contain drives."

Washington Times

This is what Eddie had to say about all of the "open looks" GS and the Grizz had in the past two games.

Can somebody say Mom and Pop Store operation? 9 to 10 men dressed, so how do they run any real practices and then play prolonged minutes in the backcourt without a REAL backup point guard? Mason, NY, and DS are not point guards. We need a REAL backup point guard in here ASAP. Teddy "L" where are you?

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It's a joke BF#1. I can't see how Les BouleS ownership expect fans to be diehard and loyal when you put out a half-@ssed operation like this.

At least spend some money to bring in players to evaluate them. These losses will cost Les BouleS come playoff time when people revisit the "we coulda/shoulda won that game" BS.

"""But I understand Mr. Pollin's standpoint," Jordan said. "We want to stay within a certain budget for the Washington Wizards. We're not going to be like four or five or six other teams that can do anything it takes to win. Those are decisions we made within the organization. It doesn't bother me. There are times when you say, 'How come we can't get this guy?' But then you say, 'These are the parameters the organization has set.' """

EJ, as sad as it is, almost sounds like Terry Robiskie back when Robiskie said he'll sit at any desk Mr. Snyder wants, and stand in any corner Mr. Snyder wants.

At least corporate sponsors have nicer digs now in their skyboxes and everyone can enjoy the new HD jumbotron, courtesy of 50 mil from DC via fan ticket surcharges.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Ivan, what's the latest scoop about what the Wiz are going to do for a backup PG?

Not having one will continue to cost them games.

Posted by: JCN's little | November 26, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Overall, when you are doing a good job of protecting the paint, trying to stop guys from getting into the paint, it's going to be a little bit difficult because you're trying to get back out on shooters who are already cocked and ready," said forward Caron Butler, who finished with 27 points Saturday at Memphis.

Washington Times

Why are the Wiz trying so hard to keep people out of the paint when they have Haywood manning the center spot. Oops,my bad again, Haywood is not out there because EJ has him on the bench again so we are protecting the deficiences of Songalia playing the 5 in the return of smallball.

Would the Wiz have to concentrate so hard on "protecting the paint" if we had AB and Haywood playing TALLBALL in there (i.e. note to Eddie) TOGETHER...??? Maybe then the backcourt guys can stop cheating and droping down low in the paint to cover for Songalia playing the 5 and AJ being in there with him playing the 4 (i.e. smallball), thus leaving their men free for wide open 3 point jumpers .

AD has to conserve his energy now to play the whole game, so he is unable to play lockdown perimeter defense. Why is he playing so many minutes you ask, because we do not have a REAL BACKUP POINT GUARD because of funding issues, so they (i.e. Uncle Abe) says....!!!!!

Lastly, I noticed whenever AB or Songalia comes into the game EJ has them run all the way to the top of the key to double down on the ball, which then makes the court unbalanced on the "D" end for us and then leads to the other team swinging the ball around until someone is left with an open jumper.

Why are our "5's" playing out so high in our defensive sets, instead of staying in the paint and playing their man???

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Good question, BF#1. The Songaila substitution coincides with the other team making a run. It makes no sense. I think Darius is a solid player who would do well as an 8th man on a good team but he's too limited to be consistent useful on this team. We have enough big men who are below average defensively. I googled Darius Songaila to get a scouting report and this is what came up...

http://www.basketballforum.com/sacramento-kings/183542-darius-songaila-scouting-report.html

Everyone pretty much says the same thing...below average defender/rebounder, solid shooter, passer. If we had a great defender/rebounder on both sides of him (SF and C) he might be adequate. Otherwise, he's not a good fit.

Anon, keep posting the glug/slurp comments to the Racist Idiot. I'll keep laughing. It obviously has some seeds of truth because it bothered him/her.

Posted by: mark | November 26, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88. THE GUY IS AN IDIOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88. THE GUY IS AN IDIOT.

Posted by: | November 26, 2007 11:18 AM "

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

HALLELUJAHHHHH!!!!

Apparently, YOU can't do it.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

DC Man,

Now you've added "Hallelujah!" to your "Bwahahaha" drivel. Every regular on here knows that you cheered Gil's injury, and to now make it another of your witty catchphrases just further demonstrates your moral bankruptcy. I'm sure you're laughing about Sean Taylor right now, too.

Scum. Why do you come here? More importantly, why does anyone on this board engage you in conversation? You're desperate for attention. Since you can't get any in real life, you egg on folks here in your pathetic attempt to feel like a big man in cyberspace. In reality, you're about as entertaining as head lice.

Go sit in a tall tree during a thunderstorm.

P.S. can't wait to read your sensationally pithy response!

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Haywood looks good to go
The word is that Brendan Haywood went through shootaround this morning without a problem and should be fine to start tonight against Golden State. The Wiz have won six in a row and another win would give them the team's longest win streak since 2004-2005 when they also won seven.

I'll check back later from the arena. Hope you all had a good turkey day. I did even though the football pretty much stunk. We wound up watching classic Dr. J games on NBA TV. Good stuff.

By Ivan Carter | November 23, 2007; 3:40 PM ET

Yo Ivan. Are we going to get any new posts before the week is out....???? Thanks....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree in theory, but every team that needs a backup PG has the same idea. It's a situation where demand exceeds supply. Their odds of finding a difference maker are damned slim. They're basically in space filler mode. And, as many deficiencies as young, Stevenson, or Mason may have at the PG spot, there's a pretty fair chance that "the first guy off the street" approach isn't likely to yield anyone capable of better results.

Posted by: kalorama
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I don't think anybody is expecting a savior when they are talking about a D-league PG. But if a D-league PG will not put us into the luxury tax, then it is better to have than not to have. Sign him a 10-day contract. If it works out, keep him, if not, find another one!

To expect anything more, then you definitely will need to go over the luxury tax, and even that won't guarantee that you can find the help you need.

Posted by: Sagaliba | November 26, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Yo Ivan. Are we going to get any new posts before the week is out....???? Thanks....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 12:48 PM

NO

Posted by: walkin the dog | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

wait for it.....wait for it....

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sign him a 10-day contract. If it works out, keep him, if not, find another one!

Posted by: Sagaliba | November 26, 2007 12:48 PM


The CBA says that teams can only sign players to 10-day contracts after January 5th (or the first business day after).

Look for the Wizards to bring in some players then.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that last comment was mine.

Posted by: Rook | November 26, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Most players who get drafted at the end of the second round prefer not to get drafted anyway so they can pick the team that might be best suited for their skills and need.

So the fact that McNamara has never played a single nanosecond for any NBA team isn't because he doesn't have NBA quality talent and no team wants anything to do with him? It's because he just hasn't found "the team that might be best suited for his skills and need"?

Hilarious.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

So what's wrong with Darius Songaila's legs that he can't jump?

Posted by: rgz | November 26, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Duh, I guess you missed the intention of that quote which was to compare college careers."

I guess you missed the intention of my response, which was that college careers don't mean anything in the NBA.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Lets bring him in. Oopps I forgot....!!! We have organizational cash flow problems because we are run by a Mom and Pop store setup. Nothing against Uncle Abe, because he seems like a great guy. But he needs to hand the team over to Teddy "L" ASAP.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 25, 2007 06:39 PM

The same Teddy "L" who cut the Caps payroll so much that they've missed the playoffs 5 years running and currently have the worst record in the NHL?? Yeah, he'll fix things!

Posted by: who's cheap? | November 26, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

At what point do the Wiz stop catering to BTH's ego and let AB start?

Do you think BTH will be more easygoing now that he is losing minutes to a big man who is legitimately better than he?

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | November 26, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

How Haywood reacts to splitting time with Blatche is a legit concern, ATLwizFAN, given his past behavior. But so far he's kept his head on straight. As long as that's the case, I think the team is better served by bringing Blatche off the bench. A bench role means he can come in with less pressure and provide a jolt of energy for the second unit.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Both Haywood and Blatche have shown that they are excellent help defenders; blocking and altering shots on penetration (they are ranked 8 and 9 in the league in blocked shots) - so I don't understand the defensive strategy in the last two games.

Golden State's best chance of winning against the Wizards was to hit a bunch of outside jump shots. They were certainly not going to overpower the Wizards inside.

The same with Memphis. I've watched just about all the Grizzlies games this year, and with the exception of Gasol (who is very good, but really a face-the-basket type of center), they don't have another strong inside player. Gay is a good perimeter player/slasher, Miller is a nice outside player, Navarro can hit a wide-open jump shot (that's about all he can do)... But nobody I would consider a real beast, offensively, on the inside.

So why didn't the Wiz just play the shooters, and live with the penetration? As someone else pointed out earlier, 34% shooting from the 3-point line is BETTER than 50% from 2.

Seems like Eddie Jordan and his staff apply the exact opposite defensive strategy that they need. Packing in the lane against teams like GS, Memphis, and Orlando - allowing shooters like Navarro, Jackson and Turkoglu to hit wide open 3's- when they should be covering shooters and allowing mistakes to be covered by their bigs.

Posted by: Rook | November 26, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88. THE GUY IS AN IDIOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

In the game where BTH got hurt, we were blowing the other team out. In the end, I kept thinking, please take out AB before he gets hurt. But there was no one to sub in for him (Songalia was already in the game). On the bench was: AJ, Caron, DS (who had a great game), AD, and Brendan (hurt). There was literally no one to sub in for Blatche.

You have to abandon Tall Ball for long stretches because because AJ is your only good alternative to BTH.

And just maybe BTH is not fully recovered from the ankle sprain. He's not playing the same.

But maybe EJ should play him for 40+ plus minutes ... worked for Gil. Didn't it.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

... meant to say ... AB is the only good alternative to BTH.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Changing the subject for an breaking news story:

Redskins' Taylor in Critical Condition After Shooting

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot at his Florida home early Monday morning and hospitalized in critical condition, police and relatives said.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

How Haywood reacts to splitting time with Blatche is a legit concern, ATLwizFAN, given his past behavior. But so far he's kept his head on straight. As long as that's the case, I think the team is better served by bringing Blatche off the bench.

Here's the problem, kal. Haywood is now, yet again, seeing his minutes slowly reduced. Last 4 games: 24, 16, 21, 22. Why? Because of ineffectiveness? No. He's having a terrific year. It's because Eddie can't coach, and doesn't see Haywood's value.

For you, it's always "Haywood should act like a pro, no matter what." Well, how many pros would continue to take it well when they get phased out, even when they're playing well? He's not pouting; he's putting forth max effort on the floor and producing when he's out there. Yet Eddie continues to bench him.

But Haywood should continue to take it all in stride, no matter what Eddie does. It's unbelievable, really: Haywood's having his best year ever, which, amazingly, was coinciding with his most minutes ever. But now Eddie's falling into the pattern of previous years, cutting Haywood out, even though he's been proven effective. Jordan apparently doesn't trust the evidence of Hawyood's stats, or the W/L percentage when Brendan gets significant minutes. Nothing apparently gets through to him.

I'm disgusted.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's the problem, kal. Haywood is now, yet again, seeing his minutes slowly reduced. Last 4 games: 24, 16, 21, 22. Why? Because of ineffectiveness? No. He's having a terrific year. It's because Eddie can't coach, and doesn't see Haywood's value.

Sorry, but I don't buy that.

Haywood's minutes are being reduced because Blatche has earned the right to get increased minutes and, with Etan out and no other viable Cs on the active roster, it makes the most sense to give him those minutes at backup C.

People screamed bloody murder against Jordan most of last season for (A) cutting Haywood's minutes in favor of a guy they said wasn't as good (B) playing the starters too many minutes and (C) not playing and "developing" Blatche. Yet, now that he's addressed all of those issues, people are still pissed off.

There's no law that says Haywood is entitled to 30+ mpg. The reason Jordan benched him last season was because, too often, he came out at the beginning of the game and played without much focus or energy. So far this season, that hasn't been an issue. Playing him 20-25 mpg is not a problem as long as, for that 20-25 mpg, he brings it full force. So far he has. As long as he continues to do so and as long as Blatche continues to perform impressively in his time, splitting the minutes at C down the middle is a good strategy. It gets results from both players without wearing either one down.

Now, if "Bad Brendan" returns and he goes back to pouting, complaining, and half-stepping, then something will need to be done. But there's no sense worrying about a problem you don't actually have yet.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The same Teddy "L" who cut the Caps payroll so much that they've missed the playoffs 5 years running and currently have the worst record in the NHL?? Yeah, he'll fix things!

Posted by: who's cheap? | November 26, 2007 01:13 PM

Who's Cheap. This is the deal. Ted does not and never wanted the Capitals. Abe, being the slick businessman he is, knew he was losing money with the Capitals because this is not a hockey town.

So to insure he was able to unload the Capitals, he threw in the prospect of owning the Wizards too. Which by the way Abe is able to make money off of, unlike the Capitals. Ted knew this, so he knew in order to get the Wizards he would have to take on the Capitals.

The one thing Ted did not count on was Abe still holding on to the Wizards up to this day. Remember, it was Ted Lenious who brought Michael Jorden here, not Abe Pollen. Why do you think he was so embarassed when Abe fired him and Jordan made that remark to him at the table before Abe fired him. I think Jordan said something like "you knew about this" and Ted could not say anything.

Ted's heart is clearly into the Wizards. Why is he at most of the Wizard games all of the time? The reason he cut the Capitals payroll is because he did not know he was going to still have them on his hands after about 6 to 7 years. He is loosing to much money on them.

I bet you he thought he would have them no more than 3 years, but now he sees Abe pulled a fast one on him; so he had no choice but to cut their payroll because hockey does not make any money here in DC.

I guarantee you if Ted is able to get his hands on the Wizards watch the drastic changes you will see when it comes to spending. He will not mind spending money on the Wizards because he can still turn a profit with basketball vs. hockey here in DC.

Then you will see him sell the Capitals, if he is able. He is losing money on them every year. The man is not cheap, he wants to put out money; but it has to be on the right product and the Capitals are not it. The Wizards are.......

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Keithinator, here's the problem with your numbers on BTH. The 7 games prior to the last 4 that you mentioned, Haywood averaged almost 31 mpg. Now let's deal with the last 4.

24 minutes in a blowout of Portland where all the starters sat out most of the 4th quarter.

16 minutes against Philadelphia ( he got hurt and had to be taken out of the game ).

21 against GS, first game back from injury.

22 against Memphis ... he's playing OK, not great, but OK ... I wonder if he's 100%.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

BF#1 - Ted knew what he was getting into. Abe said from the very beginning that he planned to keep the Wiz. He wanted to see them win another championship. He has always maintained that.

I guess Ted didn't figure on 2 things happening:

1 - How long its taking for the Wiz to win another championship.

2 - How long Abe would live.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ted didn't figure on 2 things happening:

1 - How long its taking for the Wiz to win another championship.

2 - How long Abe would live.

That's:

(A) Cold
(B) True
(C) Pretty funny

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Haywood's minutes are being reduced because Blatche has earned the right to get increased minutes and, with Etan out and no other viable Cs on the active roster, it makes the most sense to give him those minutes at backup C.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 02:11 PM

Kalorama - As I posted earlier, I and others on this blog who argue Haywood's case already know this is a different situation from last year. We were upset last year because we felt Haywood was better than Etan plain and simple. EJ seemed to see things different on that point.

Fast forward to this year, there is no doubt AB is better than Haywood overall and if Haywood's minutes are going to be taken and reduced and given to AB I am not mad at that.

However, what I am mad at is why can't EJ at the 5 minute marks of the 2nd and 4th quarter play AB and Haywood together????? This is not Haywood and Etan together, this is AB and Haywood together.

That way Haywood is still getting his minutes, AB is in and we have our best defensive team on the floor. You slide CB back to the 2 spot and there you go. Why doesn't EJ play TALLBALL anymore after it's success?

This is why we always ask is there something personal going on with EJ and his feelings for Haywood. The dude could not be playing any better than what he has been playing, but yet you can see the mind games starting again by Eddie. I know I will get the coach's/management/media breakdown from you, so let me hear it.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ted didn't figure on 2 things happening:

1 - How long its taking for the Wiz to win another championship.

2 - How long Abe would live.

That's:

(A) Cold
(B) True
(C) Pretty funny

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 02:22 PM

I pick B......

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ted didn't figure on 2 things happening:

1 - How long its taking for the Wiz to win another championship.

2 - How long Abe would live.

That's:

(A) Cold
(B) True
(C) Pretty funny

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 02:22 PM

I pick B

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"I know I will get the coach's/management/media breakdown from you, so let me hear it."

Yeah, that's pretty funny coming from one of the people who makes a habit of presuming he knows how to coach and manage an NBA team better than the guys who're actually paid to coach and manage one.

Posted by: jakorama | November 26, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards should have signed either Aaron Miles or Brian Chase from the Summer League team. They let both get away and probably could have gotten either for the 1 year minimum. Oh well..... The defense seems to be geared toward protecting the middle and allowing the 3-point shoters to shoot and hopefully not make a great %. However as a coach, your scouting has to prepare you to do different things for different teams. Take away thier stregnths. Eddie is not doing that. The scouting report on both GS and Memphis is they shoot the 3-ball well. Same with Toronto and others. If you play them the same, the results will be the same. Andray and Brendan should be playing more together particularly in the 2nd half of games if they're not in foul trouble. You must play NY more and Deshawn less. D-Mac more and Mason less. Songalia works well with the right personel on the floor. Eddie make the adjustments!!!

Posted by: Garry | November 26, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't read a whole lot into Haywood's minutes the last two games. He was playing on a sprained ankle and both teams do alot of stuff to pull your center away from the hoop on defense.

Somebody said earlier that why play your center away from the hoop, just stay in the lane with his man. Really watch these teams play, Golden State never has a big man in the blocks and Memphis seldom does.

With Haywood's ankle he was probably better not to be chasing guys around the floor trying to stop the high pick and roll. With Blatche's footspeed he's really a better alternative in the lineup against teams that play that style anyway.

Posted by: GM | November 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Rook's comments at 1:20 pm are exactly what I was wondering. Don't cheat inside, cover the outside with the quicker/shorter guys and live with what the post guys can do on the slashers.

Posted by: duk | November 26, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I know I will get the coach's/management/media breakdown from you, so let me hear it."

Yeah, that's pretty funny coming from one of the people who makes a habit of presuming he knows how to coach and manage an NBA team better than the guys who're actually paid to coach and manage one.

Posted by: jakorama | November 26, 2007 02:34 PM

Yea that is pretty funny, huh??? The things I suggest is coaching 101. Things I learned when I played. If that is presuming I know how to coach better then EJ, well then so be it because he is the one who played in the NBA not me. So yea, I have to give that man his due respect, which I try to do most of the time.

I don't have a problem with the General Manager (EG), however I have a problem with the owner who is still running the organization like a Motel 8 instead of a Hilton.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Somebody said earlier that why play your center away from the hoop, just stay in the lane with his man. Really watch these teams play, Golden State never has a big man in the blocks and Memphis seldom does."

Exactly. As I pointed out the last time this topic came up, the rules have changed since the heyday of Mutombo and Mourning, when shotblockers could just camp out in the lane waiting for guards to be herded towards them.

As for taking away the three point line ... easier said than done. This team has never been good at that, going back to the very beginning of the current regime. Given Blatche's tendency to pick up quick and often cheap fouls, encouraging guys to drive the lane where they can run into him probably isn't the best strategy. He'll block a couple shots, sure. But he's just as likely to pick up some quick fouls that the team's depleted frontcourt can't really afford.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So why didn't the Wiz just play the shooters, and live with the penetration? As someone else pointed out earlier, 34% shooting from the 3-point line is BETTER than 50% from 2.

Seems like Eddie Jordan and his staff apply the exact opposite defensive strategy that they need. Packing in the lane against teams like GS, Memphis, and Orlando - allowing shooters like Navarro, Jackson and Turkoglu to hit wide open 3's- when they should be covering shooters and allowing mistakes to be covered by their bigs.

Rook, those are my feelings 100%. Eddie's worried about dribble penetration? That's not killing the team near as much as 3-pointers. What are the chances Eddie figures this out? I'd say about a million to one.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Andray and Brendan should be playing more together particularly in the 2nd half of games if they're not in foul trouble. You must play NY more and Deshawn less. D-Mac more and Mason less. Songalia works well with the right personel on the floor. Eddie make the adjustments!!!

Posted by: Garry | November 26, 2007 02:37 PM

Could not have said it any better myself Garry..........

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

In preseason, NY looked like an average rookie at best and DMac looked like a monster ... that is against the other team's rookies and FAs. Neither of them looked too hot in preseason against the Vets of other teams. Some folks called NY a bust ( by the way, way to early to do that to a rookie ).

Now the season has started, and NY looks like the steal most had said he would be. Its DMac that seems to need a lot of work. He gets about 9 minutes a game, and other than a block here or there, he really hasn't contributed much. I do think he will be a very good player, but he's a long ways from it ( farther than NY it would seem ). Stop remembering what he did in preseason against nobodies, and pay attention to what he does against the real competion. I think you will see he needs time. So don't expect monster minutes from him right now, he doesn't take advantage of the minutes he's getting. NY does!!!

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This team has never been good at that, going back to the very beginning of the current regime.

So it means they can't learn? They can't try it, and see what happens? Every team in the league has the book on the Wiz; it's "They'll leave you alone all night at the three point line. Don't worry that much about penetration. Just camp out on the line, and you'll have open looks all game long."

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"So it means they can't learn? They can't try it, and see what happens?"

They've been trying it or years with no tangible results. Some teams simply aren't well suited to do certain things.

The problem with the Wizards is that their perimeter guys aren't quick enough laterally to stay in front of drivers long enough to contain their first step or make them change direction. As a result, when they try to run out and force shooters off the line, the dribbler blows by them on the first step and gets into the lane before a big man can rotate into position, often resulting in a layup, a foul, a free throw or (in many cases) all three. We saw this with startling regularity in the beginning days of this core. At some point Jordan probably figured out that with the personnel he has, he'd have to pick his poison. He's apparently decide he'd rather die by three pointers than by easy layups. Like it or not, that is a viable coaching decision.

People have got their knickers in a twist over the opponents' three point shooting in the last couple of games, but how often are teams going to be as hot as they were? Not very.

Obviously, they need to do a better job of pressuring the passer and getting out and challenging the shooter, getting a hand in his face. But encouraging teams with quick guards like Davis, Ellis, Stoudemaire, and Conley to drive it to the hole is a questionable (at best) strategy. Over the long haul of the season, the odds favor teams hitting a lower percentage of three pointers than layups or foul shots.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

THE KEITHAVIBRATOR STRIKES AGAIN!!!!


"More importantly, why does anyone on this board engage you in conversation? You're desperate for attention. Since you can't get any in real life, you egg on folks here in your pathetic attempt to feel like a big man in cyberspace. In reality, you're about as entertaining as head lice.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 12:37 PM "

Obviously you have sh#t for brains, nevermind the diarrhea in your mouth that you drank.

Why don't you ask yourself that question before you type something directed at me? Obviously you've rubbed yourself the wrong way after you read my comments. If you have a problem with it, go stick your head between two elevator doors.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

HALLELUJAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"So the fact that McNamara has never played a single nanosecond for any NBA team isn't because he doesn't have NBA quality talent and no team wants anything to do with him? It's because he just hasn't found "the team that might be best suited for his skills and need"?

Hilarious.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 01:06 PM "

Yeah, and every player that's every been drafted in the first round has turned out to be a fabulous player.

Hilarious!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"I guess you missed the intention of my response, which was that college careers don't mean anything in the NBA.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 01:12 PM "

Duh, I already said that dummy.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the Wizards is that their perimeter guys aren't quick enough laterally to stay in front of drivers long enough to contain their first step or make them change direction.

That may or may not be true. Gil certainly is (when healthy, of course), and DeShawn is, too. Young looks to be capable of it, although he has a lot to learn on defense.

The problem is that they're running out there because they sag off so much. I've lost count of the number of times I see 5 Wizards hanging around the lane (I TiVo all the games to watch stuff like this -- yes, I'm disturbed that way), just waiting for a shot so they can get back on offense.

If they'd stay NEAR their man on the perimeter, they'd be in better position to back off if it's someone who likes to drive, or only take a step or two to get a hand in the face of the shooter. That way, they wouldn't be running full-out just to get to the shooter, and wouldn't be as vulnerable to drives around them, since they'd be more in control.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 26, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"The same Teddy "L" who cut the Caps payroll so much that they've missed the playoffs 5 years running and currently have the worst record in the NHL?? Yeah, he'll fix things!

Posted by: who's cheap? | November 26, 2007 01:13 PM "

I hope this idiot is not implying that it's better to have a cheapskate owner rather than an owner who spends when his management team offers professional advice on the direction of the team. That would be asinine.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

JCN >>>>> DeBrick Stevenson.

Ernie you messed up.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

We need from the Wizards tonight:
- tall ball
- balanced attack; get doubles from Haywood, Blatche, Young, Daniels and Songaila aside from Butler and Jamison
- attack the basket!, and when Jamison or Butler are open for a three, make sure Haywood or Blatche are near the basket!

Posted by: rgz | November 26, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

and when Jamison or Butler are open for a three, make sure Haywood or Blatche are near the basket!

Now that would be a first!

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 26, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind Curse of Les BouleS, it's Curse of Les DC, namely Les BouleS, Les Skins, Les Nationals, Les Caps, and Les DC United. All suck.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

favorite verb?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

slurp . . .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

2 cents4wiz,
I only half agree with your analysis of the rookies. Yes Young produced. But it was only after a few games of EJ being forced to give him prime time minutes. Because of our depth at the 3 and 4 DMac mostly gets garbage time and occasionally a few early minutes. He gets less time to get into the flow of things. If EJ rewarded good defense like he rewards good scoring the tables may be turned.

Also folks let's not think that the defensive problems of dribble penetration and hitting open threes are not related. The penetration forces rotations, they dish it out and the ball gets swung to the open man around the arc. The problem is not just one or the other, It is both. We have the speed and skills to play D. I think it is heart. We did it when the season began and now we are slipping up. I'd rather see the 3's go up than layups like last year. But we need continue improving on ball defense and when there is a breakdown rotate faster.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 26, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"Also folks let's not think that the defensive problems of dribble penetration and hitting open threes are not related. The penetration forces rotations, they dish it out and the ball gets swung to the open man around the arc. The problem is not just one or the other, It is both. We have the speed and skills to play D. I think it is heart. We did it when the season began and now we are slipping up. I'd rather see the 3's go up than layups like last year. But we need continue improving on ball defense and when there is a breakdown rotate faster.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 26, 2007 07:37 PM "

Correct assessment. This team lacks toughness except for CBut and DSong. DMac has it also, but is a bench warmer.

When's the last time anyone saw Gilby hammer someone or hack the heck out of someone to send a message? Never. He's too busy running back hoping for a breakaway layup. Jamison gets beaten so badly that he looks like his feet are in concrete. AD just doesn't have the build or athleticism to play tough D.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL !! re: slurp.

It never gets old. We all know who that's intended for.

Posted by: mark | November 26, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"It never gets old. We all know who that's intended for.

Posted by: mark | November 26, 2007 08:02 PM "

Moronic Mark,

Just like my accurate predictions and evaluations of Gilby the diva. It never gets old because it always proves true.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

HALLELUJAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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