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Sunday funday....

The Wizards play a little later on today and I'm getting ready to head over to the arena to check out the Minnesota-Phoenix game but here are a few quick hitters related to the Wizards and summer league in general.

-Portland rookie G Jerryd Bayless is hands down the best player out here. Last night, in a win over the Suns, Bayless looked like Allen Iverson as he sliced and diced his way to the hoop and found spots to get his shot off all over the floor. He took over late and finished with 36 points. The kid averaged 29.8 ppg for the week it and often looked easy. The key to his game is his quick first step and then his strength. He can bounce off of contact, maintain body control and still create a good shot attempt. I see that carrying over to the real games. You either have that or you don't.

-My othger favorite players from the week have been: F Anthony Randolph of Golden State (so long, so smooth, so left-handed), F Kevin Love of Minny (guy knows how to play. great passer, natural rebounder and knows how to get his stuff off. Will he be able to do that against the really long guys in this league?) and C Marreese Speights of Philly (Tough, smooth with either hand and a solid post game).

-Dominic McGuire has turned in a terrific week for the Wizards as has Andray Blatche. The most impressive thing about D-Mac is his much-improved mid-range game. He really worked on it this summer and it's showing. He's really busting it on defense as well. If he can continue developing, maybe he can be that backup 3 to Caron Butler this team needs.

-Former GW highlight reel man Pops Mensah-Bonsu has done some good things for Minnesota and could have a chance to stick there or someplace else. I always like me some Pops.

-Former Terp D.J. Strawberry had his hands full with Bayless lasl night (everyone has out here) but played a nice floor game for the Suns and the word is that Steve Kerr and company feel that he's a lock to make the team and possibly serve as Steve Nash's backup. I like his game. Explosive but always under control. It was interesting to see how Suns assistant Dan Majerle constantly chatted with him throughout the game. He's very receptive to instruction and takes control of the team when a play is called.

-Interesting to see Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan watch last night's Wiz game together. I hadn't seen them do that in the past though it's possible they have and I didn't notice.

By Ivan Carter  |  July 20, 2008; 2:43 PM ET
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Larry Bird may regret trading Bayless for many years to come.

Posted by: Jeremy Bauserman | July 20, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

how is veeremenko playing, can he take over for songalia in two years?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Larry Bird may regret trading Bayless for many years to come.

Posted by: Jeremy Bauserman | July 20, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Disciplined execution of plays (by the Young Three with support from Brown and the new center) equals a win and, more importantly, a notch on the confidence belt for these young guys.

After four games, they know should know what is expected and how to execute it. No horsing around, no excuses. Otherwise, the improvement for the Wiz this coming year will have to come from somewhere else (like a trade).

Will Ernie and Eddie be on the same page this season? The Wiz need more than a little tweak here or there to move up. What are the planned improvements, other than hoping for no injuries? Will be the Big 3 play 40 minutes a game? If so, forget about the "no injuries" prayer. It's time to have Mike Lee asking these guys some tough questions and dispensing with their happy talk.

Posted by: Izman | July 20, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah that was a bad trade.

I thought it was cool to see them together talking during the game. They showed them briefly on tv.

Ivan man you haven't said anything about this dude Forbes! He keeps starting and getting lots of run. What about this guy? He appears a lock for a training camp invite they way they're playing him. The announcers keep talking about how good he is, but I haven't seen anything.

This game isn't televised. I don't know why.

Posted by: Darnell | July 20, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bayless looks like the early favorite for R.O.Y. Can you imagine that team with him, Brandon Roy, Aldridge and Oden? Might be the next dynasty.

Ivan, it looks like playing all those games is catching up to them. A ton of sloppy turnovers.

Posted by: C.Bell | July 20, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Are the Wiz on TV tonight? If so what time and channel?

Posted by: DeMj | July 20, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You have to catch the game on the internet,

Posted by: Charlie | July 20, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 20, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"Hot off the Redskin presses:

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 20, 2008 7:59 PM"

That is OLD news...happened HOURS ago...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Just gotta question for you ivan or anybody out here who knows the answer. Why wouldn't we offer a second or EVEN first round pick for Marcus Camby? He would have been a perfect fit.

Posted by: cp | July 20, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Nick Canner-Medley has also had some games where he's looked good for the Lakers. He's still a long shot, but it sounds like he might get a camp invite.

Strawberry was I guy I thought would have made a good Wizard last year. Nice to see him having a good Summer League, was a guy that got asked to change position in College and it's ended up benefiting him as a pro.

The Two bright spots of summer league that will have an impact on this year's Wizards. McGuire continues to make the transition to small forward. He's been solid for the most part, he still looks to pass when he got the shot too often. But he needs to develop confidence in his game, that seems to be coming more all the time.

Blatche seems so much more steady and mature overall. Just the fact that as a 4th year Pro with a multi year deal and he was willing to come to summer league is a step in the right direction. The kid also realizes what this is for and has defered to others quite often on offense.

He really ought to be working those boards more, I still go back to my basic thing. Power Forwards need to rebound and defend the paint first. Every thing else is gravy. But overall The Wiz should be happy with Blatche this summer. I'll say that and tonight he'll step off a curb trying to hail a "lady" and get run over by a bus.

Young's week is a week that he'd like to forget. He's just out of sinc. I don't know if he's trying to do to much, or what the problem is, but he's looked bad every game. And it's not just his shot, he looked more lost then he did as a rookie last summer.

Not super impressed with Brown, but he's destined to be a third point so I'm not sure how important he'll be this year.

As Ivan reported today, teams are running out of money for FA signings. Guys like Barnes are still hanging out there for now. McGuire's play will allow Grunfeld to wait a bit.

Thomas's condition could also make Grunfeld wait. If Thomas is healthy and looks ready to go the Wiz are ok at center, if he's not a veteran big could be an option.

Sorry to hear about Daniels from the Redskins. But Taylor is a great pickup, he's not the run defender Daniels is, but he'll really amp up the pass rush from the D line.

Posted by: GM | July 20, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Yet again the Skins overpaid. This is Vinnie's specialty. If they had had a decent GM in the first place, they would have had a good young DE backup in place and wouldnt have had to scramble...but that's just not Danny style.

Posted by: oddjob | July 20, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear EJ and EG having conversation, hopefully productive conversation. The perception that Eddie Jordan has no control over certain players or a player lies at the feet of Ernie Grunfeld if this team percieves that the coach has no "power" then chaos will be the rule of the day.It is imperative Grunfeld gives Jordan the support he deserves and even more important that the players know it. There are certain bloggers who feel Eddie Jordan is lacking as a coach I couldn't disagree more given the injuries and some suspect personel moves by the GM he has performed above the bar,hopefully this will translate into a great season.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | July 20, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

EJ is a worm.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Even with the youngsters coming along, the Wiz still need another veteran shooter, plain and simple. Ernie knows and he will get it done. He's just trying to move DSong first if he can, so EJ has one less bonehead move to make during the game.

Posted by: oddjob | July 20, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"That is OLD news...happened HOURS ago...

Posted by: | July 20, 2008 8:20 PM "


Old news is Gilby still calling himself "Agent Zero" after two paydays of 65 mil and 110 mil each.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 20, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Douche Bag88 still obsessing over his Gil man crush...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Douche Bag88 still obsessing over his Gil man crush...

Posted by: | July 20, 2008 10:24 PM "

Get over your obsession with me and debate why Gilby still calls himself "Agent Zero" even though his coming out party was like 1.5 years ago, and has had 2 big paydays.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 20, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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