Wizards Get Some Scrimmaging in

A few injury notes:

-Antawn Jamison did some shooting before practice and shot free throws during it but was held out of contact work for the third straight day with that strained right hip flexor.

-Rookie F Taj McCullough has been out the last two days with a sprained right ankle.

-Dominic McGuire left practice early today and did not scrimmage with a groin strain.

-Antonio Daniels went down after bumping knees during the scrimmaging but threw an ice pack on it and said he would be fine.


Near the end of the practice, which lasted a little over two hours, Eddie Jordan split the fellas up into two teams for some good up-and-down scrimmaging. The black team consisted of Brendan Haywood, Darius Songaila, Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler with Juan Dixon and Linton Johnson stepping in as reserves.

The whites consisted of Andray Blatche, Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov, Nick Young and Dee Brown with JaVale McGee and Derr Johnson stepping in as reserves. (Jamison and McGuire sat out).
The blacks won so the whites had to run some line drills afterward.

A few highlights from the action:

-Caron Butler had a nice steal against Pecherov at midcourt and passed ahead to Juan Dixon, who converted the FB layup. On the next possession, Brendan Haywood did an excellent job of moving his feet and closing out on Blatche. Haywood made the steal. and the play led to a Stevenson jump shot.

-Dee Brown, who was not purported to have a great jumper coming out of Illinois, has been shooting it well according to Eddie Jordan and he showed that today by knocking down a 16-foot pull up J and later a long three pointer from the corner. He also showed some impressive end-to-end burst on one play when he grabbed the inbounds pass following a make by the black team before pushing all the way to the other end where he missed a tough layup. Still, the speed is impressive. He can really push it.

-Etan Thomas showed some nice quickness and anticipation when he shuffled out, poked the ball away from Darius Songaila near midcourt. Thomas grabbed the loose ball and passed ahead to a streaking Young, who threw down an impressive one-handed dunk.

-Stevenson hit a three and then gave his first hand wave in front of the face.

-Haywood capped the black team's win by making a 13-foot jumper from the top of the key.


After the scrimmage, I noticed Tony Massenburg working with JaVale McGee on post positioning and moves. I'll say this for the kid: he's raw but man is he athletic. During one drill - a four-on-four drill that emphasized defensive close-outs on the perimeter - Haywood pushed out on McGee, who caught a pass on the wing and then dribbled smoothly to his left. He blew by Haywood and threw down a pretty reverse dunk.
Massenburg on the kid: "He's coming along well. He's athletic. Freaky."

- Eddie Jordan on McGee: "He's competing. The thing I like is that he doesn't back down."

-In talking about his guard rotation, Jordan pretty much ruled out playing Butler at shooting guard.

More later.....


By Ivan Carter |  September 29, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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Thanks for the updates Ivan. I am a Wizards info junkette!

Posted by: WizFANatic | September 29, 2008 2:45 PM

Ivan, if DMac and Blatche pick up more minutes, where does that leave Darius?

Posted by: C.Bell | September 29, 2008 2:58 PM

I sure hope the young forwards (Blatche & DMac) impress, so that Thomas & Songalia are relegated to spot-up duty. It'll be better to have vets waiting in the wings, since their game preparation will always be there. However, with the young guys, you (unfortunately) have to keep them focused, and playing them will certainly do that, but it looks like they will be earning the PT as the season progresses...

Posted by: CN | September 29, 2008 3:20 PM

McGuire's progress will have zero impact on Songaila and Thomas, as McGuire plays SF, a position neither of the others plays.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 3:41 PM

Thanks Ivan. Good to hear Butler is sticking to forward.

I wouldn't mind one of those "slice of life" posts, Ivan. You know, like where you are eating, where the players are staying, what you and the players do during downtime, etc.

Posted by: Patrick | September 29, 2008 3:54 PM

"McGuire's progress will have zero impact on Songaila and Thomas, as McGuire plays SF, a position neither of the others plays.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 3:41 PM"


That's not correct. If McGuire can't be an effective backup, then Jordan may play Jamison at SF for a few minutes here and there. That will open some minutes for Songalia at PF.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM

Ivan, Has Abe Pollin been able to visit yet? If not, do you know if he will be coming to training camp?
Is our free spirit Nick Young playing any defense?

Posted by: Joe C | September 29, 2008 4:46 PM

"If McGuire can't be an effective backup, then Jordan may play Jamison at SF for a few minutes here and there.

That whole "Jamison at SF" thing is everybody's not-so-secret heartfelt dream, but the reality is that Jamison very rarely plays at SF, esp. if Butler is healthy. That's been true in the past and there's no reason to think it'll change this season.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 5:14 PM

"That whole "Jamison at SF" thing is everybody's not-so-secret heartfelt dream, but the reality is that Jamison very rarely plays at SF, esp. if Butler is healthy. That's been true in the past and there's no reason to think it'll change this season.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 5:14 PM"

As you can see in this link (http://www.82games.com/0708/07WAS9C.HTM), last season Jamison played 23% of the team's minutes at SF. On target as usual, Kalorama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 6:26 PM

"-Haywood capped the black team's win by making a 13-foot jumper from the top of the key."

Ivan, I love you man. But a 13-footer is two feet inside the foul line. Top of the key is about a 20 footer.

Posted by: Ben | September 29, 2008 7:46 PM

Nice to here the Wiz have an extra "big man coach" in camp to give some personal instruction to the young bigs. With so many young big guys in camp having some extra help on hand can't hurt.

I wonder if the Wiz do decide to send McGee out to D League if Massenburg could go along as a personal coach. Massenburg is a guy who took care of his body and stayed in the league for a number of years with marginal NBA level talent. McGee could learn a lot from a guy like Massenburg.

Posted by: GM | September 29, 2008 8:13 PM

Don't know where you learned your math, but anything that happens less than 1/4 of the time pretty easily falls under the heading of "rarely." To say nothing of the fact that the topic was Jamison playing at the SF backing up Butler. So supposedly pointing out that Jamison played a minor amount of his minutes at SF in a season when Butler missed 25 games is pretty much irrelevant to the issue at hand.

Full of hot air and BS as usual, nameless, ball-less sack who's too cowardly to back up what he says by signing a name (even a made up fake one) to his ignorant blather.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 8:39 PM

Don't know where you learned your math, but anything that happens less than 1/4 of the time pretty easily falls under the heading of "rarely."

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com'n....... that's the most ridiculous thing i heard all day....and today is the day the repubs said they voted against the bailout because the mean dems hurt their feelings....jeez.......

Posted by: stevie | September 29, 2008 10:35 PM

Don't know where you learned your math, but anything that happens less than 1/4 of the time pretty easily falls under the heading of "rarely." To say nothing of the fact that the topic was Jamison playing at the SF backing up Butler. So supposedly pointing out that Jamison played a minor amount of his minutes at SF in a season when Butler missed 25 games is pretty much irrelevant to the issue at hand.

Full of hot air and BS as usual, nameless, ball-less sack who's too cowardly to back up what he says by signing a name (even a made up fake one) to his ignorant blather.

Posted by: kalorama | September 29, 2008 8:39 PM

Exactly how many minutes did you think a backup small forward who also plays as the starting power forward is supposed to get before you say he can also function as a small forward? 1/4 of a game is 12 minutes, that's about right for a guy backing up one of the best players on the team. Nobody's saying move him there permanently.

"Very rarely" is quite strong. They're only talking about spot minutes anyway.

Posted by: Pradamaster | September 29, 2008 11:12 PM

And, as I pointed out, he was referencing a season in which Butler missed almost 1/3 of the games. Thus most of the SF minutes Jamison played (assuming that his numbers are even accurate) didn't come as Butler's "backup," they came with Jamison covering some the minutes Butler would have been playing if he hadn't gotten hurt. With a healthy Butler playing his regular minutes (which, again, was the actual topic) Jamison gets little meaningful run at SF.

Posted by: kalorama | September 30, 2008 12:55 AM

To break it down ... he claimed that Jamison played 23% of the teams SF minutes last season. 23% of 48 is 11. McGuire averaged just under 10 mpg, the vast majority at SF. Those aren't backup minutes to Butler, because in the 58 games he played, Butler averaged 41 mpg. The math says that's 63 mpg, total. (And that's not even counting the spot minutes logged at SF by Stevenson, Young, Mason, or Blatche.) So, unless the Wizards played a helluva lot of OT games, most of those were minutes when Butler was out. If/when he plays his normal allotment of minutes, there won't be more than 10 backup SF minutes available. And Jamison will be nowhere near the top of the list of the guys Jordan slots in behind him.

Posted by: kalorama | September 30, 2008 1:39 AM

"The math says that's 63 mpg, total. "

62 actually (I hate this apple keyboard.)

Posted by: kalorama | September 30, 2008 1:46 AM

Nice spin move.

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Posted by: DCMan 88 | September 30, 2008 11:31 AM

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Posted by: DCMan 88 | September 30, 2008 11:31 AM

Good one (you did post less than 1/4)! LOL!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 11:52 AM

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