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Daniels update

Guard Antonio Daniels, who did not play at New York on Tuesday night due to soreness in his right knee and did not practice yesterday, participated in shootaround today and that usually is a sign that a player is good to go. He's officially listed as a game-time decision so we won't know for sure until right before the game but my gut feeling is that he'll play.

That's good news because this team is clearly more efficient with Daniels running the point. That's not a knock on Roger Mason Jr. or DeShawn Stevenson, who have played well, just a word on how well the team has played with AD in there.

Another interesting thing to watch tonight will be the play of the bench. The Knicks had a big edge the other night in scoring (29-16) and energy. Granted, David Lee, Nate Robinson and Renaldo Balkman played big minutes comparted to their Wiz counterparts but Eddie Jordan clearly wasn't happy with what he saw because he called his bench out after the game.

One guy who did bring it was Oleksiy Pecherov, who is coming along nicely considering that he was out of action for so long with that ankle problem. I can guaranteed that the Knicks will mark him at that three-point line when he's in there so that should allow the Wiz to spread the floor by taking a NY big man away from the hoop.

As for Kwame getting booed like that last night, it reminded me of a funny Brendan Haywood quote for two years ago right before Kwame made his first appearance as a Laker at the VC. "Man, they're going to boo that man like the second coming of Juwon Howard." Wiz fans may not make much noise during the typical game (during thefirst half of the Boston game, it was borderline pathetic in there) but they sure do hold a grudge. Howard STILL gets booed.

A quick word: I wanted to give some props to Ed Hill's Sports and Media class at Howard University. I spoke with the class this morning and was hit with some really good questions by the students. Haven't been on a college campus in awhile and enjoyed the experience.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 18, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Stevenson and Mason Jr. just aren't point guards. They've both played well when asked to play their natural position, which is the 2.

Posted by: MDBaller1 | January 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

2nd just doesn't get it.

Posted by: 2cents | January 18, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I still loathe Juwan. When you sign that enormous contract, enormous responsibility comes with it. If you can't fill it, don't sign it.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

be honest, the only reason that Knicks have any W is because they have a good bench (I will trade David Lee for anyone on Wiz bench, exclude Etan.)

Posted by: fire starter | January 18, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

BTH talking about getting boo'ed...funny...He should watch a game at my house everytime he misses a pass.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 18, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'd feel like booing Kwame too, if my team traded away Caron Butler for him. But the fans in LA are stupid for riding one of their own guys. Booing him is only going to make him play worse. Besides, he doesn't really hurt the Lakers on offense, because basically all they use him for is to set picks. At the other end, he's a actually a decent one-on-one defender. It's not as if Andrew Bynum was another Dwight Howard, anyway--there's not that much of a talent dropoff when Kwame is in there. And Chris Miln really is a nonentity, so they don't really have another option, unless they play Turiaf at center.

Posted by: John Brisker | January 18, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Kwame is the poster boy for going to college. Unfortunately the NBA changed their rules after he was drafted. Had he gone to a few years of college (I think he was going to Florida) instead of declaring for the draft, he MIGHT have become a player. But on the other hand, having closely observed him for years, he doesn;t seem to have any basketball instincts. When Ruffin was here I used to comment that if Michael Ruffin, with his desire, heart and basketball instincts ( all severley missing from Kwame), had Kwame's body and physical raw skills, what an inside force he would have been.
Ernie's trade for Caron was made even better by his foresight in signing Caron to a long term deal before he played a game for the Wizards.

Posted by: arnie | January 18, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jordan and Doug Collins are largely responsible for what happened to Kwame. They drafted him no. 1 when he was still a baby and then destroyed his psyche as a player. Who knows how good he might have become with a few years of college coaching.

Posted by: browneri | January 18, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. Is this newsworthy enough to create a blog over?

They boo'd Kobe in the past also, which is even more ridiculous.

Somewhere, sometime, somehow, Doug Collins and MJ will pay for how they destroyed this dude.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 11:44 AM

And somewhere, sometime, somehow, DCWoman88 will pay for obsessively wanting to $uck on Gil's schlong but getting denied.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

EG was pretty perceptive in trading Kwame for CB and then signing him to a reasonable long term deal.

Posted by: Tim | January 18, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

There were a lot of positives around Juwan Howard when he signed his large contract: he had just been an all star; he was the only NBA player who had left college early and still graduated on time; he put the Wiz on his back the previous year and almost got them in the playoffs when Webber was injured.

He looked like an up and comer. Probably in his own mind and others he seemed like one of the top players in the NBA or at least he seemed like he was getting there.

Of course, if you really believe you are just going to be a journeyman player, would you turn down a $100M contract if it was offered?

Abe Pollin and the Wizard organization at the time were mostly responsible for what happened. If Abe Pollin had not low balled Juwan on his rookie contract which ended up allowing him to become a free agent after two years at a time when looked better than he really was, it would not have happened.

Juwan Howard to me was and presumably still is a classy professional who probably got (is getting) the most out of his ability, which just happened to worth far less than his second NBA contract.

I am not one the ones that boo Juwan when he comes to Verizon if I am there.

Posted by: Tim | January 18, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually, DS is a guard. He doesnt really have a handle and he is a streaky shooter. What he is, is tough and pretty good perimeter defender.

Posted by: JSchon | January 18, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"And Chris Miln really is a nonentity, so they don't really have another option, unless they play Turiaf at center."

Actually Chris Mihm is hurt. If he was healthy he'd bee in the rotation, possibly ahead of Brown.

Posted by: kalorama | January 18, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Juwan was in a no win situation after Les BouleS were given a mulligan by Stern. People in this town felt betrayed because he signed the contract with Miami.

If Dishonest Abe had done the right thing from the beginning, as he promised, and given him the contract offer that they ended up giving him anyway, without publicly saying that they were going to defy and readjust the market, then we wouldn't have had all this drama.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"And somewhere, sometime, somehow, DCWoman88 will pay for obsessively wanting to $uck on Gil's schlong but getting denied.

Posted by: | January 18, 2008 04:01 PM "

Yea, I'm the one obsessed, but you're the one who keeps referring to Gilby's privates. I guess your mom talks in her sleep.

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