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JaVale McGee Busts Out In Wizards Win

After JaVale McGee threw down yet another monster dunk - this one to complete a fast break in the fourth quarter of Washington's 89-80 win over the Grizzlies tonight - I looked over at the Wiz bench where the veterans were hooting and hollering.

Caron Butler looked over at me, kind of raised his eyebrows and gave me a look that said: "Are you seeing this? Kid ain't bad is he?" No, he isn't.

Now, I'm not going to over do it and starting making the kid sound like the second coming of Wilt but, he is off to a good start.

Tonight, McGee helped the Wiz even their preseason record at 1-1 by coming off the bench to score 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds and three blocks. He outplayed Grizzlies rookie center Marc Gasol (the younger brother of Pau) who you may remember, was not a bad player on that Spanish National team in the Olympics.

At three different points, a member of the Memphis media rolled up to me and asked some version of the question: "Who is that guy?" A scout who was here from another team commented to me: "He's raw but I can see why they like him."

The most impressive things about McGee so far, in order, 1) He's not the least bit intimidated. Maybe that will change against the Dwight Howards and Amare Stoudemires of the world but so far, the kid is just coming out to play. No woofing and fake tough guy stuff, just ball.

2) As I've written several times, he's very, very, very athletic. On one play tonight, Dee Brown - the quickest guy on the floor - and McGee trapped a Memphis guard at the top of the key and said guard (can't remember who, might have been Kyle Lowry), lost the ball). By the time Brown scooped it up and started to dribble the other way, McGee was long striding past him and he then capped the play with an alley-oop dunk. He also had a couple of nasty one-handers and a reverse dunk. Last night, he had a play where he bent down in a defensive stance, waved his long arms in front of him and stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki. He took off the other way on a break.

3) His shot is smooth for a 7-footer. He's going to make those 10-15 footers on a consistent basis because he has good, sound stroke and he shoots it way over his head where nobody is going to block it.

Again, it's early and McGee obviously has learning to do and some growing pains to work through but there is no question that he's off to a good start.

Eddie Jordan on tonight's game: "The effort was there, that is number one. The effort was there, the defensive energy was there and the commitment to trust what we were doing was there. Those were the three things we talked about: energy, effort and being trustworthy."

Jordan on McGee: "We want him to run the offense, not necessarily look for his scoring opportunities and tonight, he did both. He ran the offense first and then looked at some scoring opportunities. But he got out in the open floor number one. That's what he can do. If he can run and score in the open floor with Dee pushing and our other guys filling the lane, that's good. That's what he can do. But he also sticks his nose in there. For a guy that's athletic and a little light in the pants, he sticks his nose in there and that shows that he's willing to do the things he has to do to make us successful."

-The game turned when Jordan went to a second quarter lineup that included McGee, Taj McCullough, Linton Johnson, DerMarr and Dee Brown. (Dominic McGuire was also in there for some and did a solid job of defending Rudy Gay when he was on him.)

"That team got the full court pressure going, got some deflections, some steals, got some stops, some steals and just was really athletic and making plays for each other," Jordan said. "Good passing, good angles and good spacing."

-I also had a chance to chat with Antonio Daniels at length about the Brendan Haywood situation. As I've written before, Haywood's is similar to the one Daniels had on his left wrist last season.

"It was different for me because it was my off hand. If it had been my strong had, I could not have played with it. I actually had some opinions on whether to get the surgery myself. It's a very touchy situation because you could choose to have the surgery and be out four to six months and then come back and it's even worse than it was before. It's a situation where, as it was described to me, where the surgery doesn't guarantee that you'll come back better than what you were. The important thing is that Brendan's career is okay."

Daniels did not know whether he had see some of the same hand specialists Haywood did. He did say that he did not see any in New York, which is where Haywood was today.



By Ivan Carter  |  October 8, 2008; 11:01 PM ET
 
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Javal Mcgee is now our startin center even though its just only a pre-season game

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

everyone settle down. the kid has played in 2 games. plus he's 20 and EJ doesn't like rookies.

i'm afraid les Boulez r cursed until they get that earl the pearl Knicks jersey out from under the VC

Posted by: prescrunk | October 8, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

It's only preseason (and the Wiz will play only .500 ball in the first half of the season anyway), so why not play McGee, McGuire and Blatche for 30-35 minutes a game? Everybody learns by making mistakes, and these guys could use a few lessons from the Detroit front court in the next game.

Even with EJ telling the Times that McGee isn't NBA-ready, at least he can ease ET and DSong back into the swing of things and minimize the chances of more injuries.

I'd rather see the Wiz talk about developing the young talent than about how good they would be without injuries.

Posted by: Izman | October 9, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I rail on about this every year and I'll do it again.....There's no need to put McGee on a 3 or 4 year plan. Give the kid some consistent minutes and he should be able to help us out even this year. Kwame was a head case. Not everyone is like Kwame. We kept Rasheed and Ben Wallace on the bench too long and didn't reap the benefits. This kid is taller and has more athletic talent than both but is not as skilled basketball wise perhaps.
PLAY HIM !

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

I check it out pretty good. You have Dirk Nowitzki listed as a Grizzlies but everywhere I look he is still a Maverick? Did I miss the story of a trade?

Posted by: Little Big Guy | October 9, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Pech Watch: Pech was 0-6 last night. D'OH !

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

As I said when we drafted JaVale, i'm excited about the pick and his potential, looks like EG knows what he's doing.

As far as Pech goes, what's the hurry in wanting to get rid of this KID? Let's let him develope and try to reach his potential and he might pan out.
JaVale is a sick athlete.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 9, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Now that McGee has chummed the waters everyone is biting. I said before this breakout he should start in front of Etan or Blatche at center.

EJ will fight it every step of the way, God forbid anyone contributes to the team without sitting on the pine for a few years. Smell that EJ?....coffee in on.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 9, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Dr. Strangelove

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

To all the BH haters now is the time to see if your boy Etan can really play and if he can at least equal what Brendan done the last season. I know EJ's excited.

Posted by: Roy | October 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

To all the BH haters now is the time to see if your boy Etan can really play and if he can at least equal what Brendan done the last season. I know EJ's excited.

Posted by: Roy | October 9, 2008 9:27 AM

WE ALL KNOW ETAN CAN PLY OR ELSE HE WOULD NOT BE IN THE LEAGUE. (HE HAS 15PTS,14REB,6 BLOCK AGAINT DWIGHT 2 SEASONS AGO)

Posted by: ak47 | October 9, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I know he can play. The question is can Etan accomplish what BH did the previous year?

Posted by: Roy | October 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

McGee is nowhere near ready to be an NBA starter yet.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Mark PLAY HIM!(McGee) let him back up Etan, lets cut this "BS" about McGee not being ready he needs seasoning while that may be true with Brendan being out of the lineup until who knows when we need to let youngin play, OJT, what do we have to lose? this is where EJ needs to forget about the grooming process and throw him into the deep end of the pool and let him swim!!.

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | October 9, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

If Etan had a drink from the Hoopla magic water bottle, and he can hit Free Throws at 80%, he will be as good as Haywood. All that activity on the boards has always gotten him to the stripe.

In limited action, Javale and AB will contribute 12 fouls a game and each be done by mid 4th Q. That leaves Etan 30 Min to clean the boards and get hacked.

Posted by: Cballer | October 9, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I agree that McGee should not start BUT he should be given at least 5-8 minutes of PT. This will do a great thing for his confidence. One thing I can say is that he has more potential than Opech.

Posted by: Dave | October 9, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

True about AB and the rookie getting fouls. The only way to learn is to get in the games, though. Practice is good but game action is much better.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree in principle, Dave. McGee should be given some regular (or at least semi-regular) token minutes to get his feet wet. As for what it'll do to his confidence ... that depends on how he performs. If he gets dominated by the other teams' 2nd and 3rd string bigs, I doubt that'll help his ego much, but we won't know until he tries. Under the circumstances, I agree it's a risk worth taking, at least in the beginning. If it becomes painfully evident that he's simply not ready, then Eddie should sit him.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

pech is reportedly in the gym working on his game all the time. He will reportedly bang down low and has a nose for rebounds. It is reported that in rhythm, he has a sweet stroke.

Since landing in the NBA he has had to overcome injuries that have kept him from the possibility of finding any steady place in a rotation where it is fair to judge a statistic to compare him to the other bigs. Why do you all pick a player each preseason and doom our future to their failure as players? Last year it was Haywood, the weak girly player with deficiencies that would keep us out of the playoffs whose improved play has led to the debate we share today.

Posted by: yankeevicar | October 9, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"The only way to learn is to get in the games, though. Practice is good but game action is much better."

Simply and unequivocally untrue. The whole point of practice is to learn and improve. Games are for putting into action what's learned in practice. If a guy doesn't learn what adjustments and improvements to make in practice (or the offseason) he's not going to magically get better during actual game pressure.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I believe you're wrong. I've read too many quotes where players say that while they can learn some things in practice, there's nothing that you learn in practice that adequately prepares you for games. Game speed and practice speed and intensity are completely different.
The pressure is higher, as well. There's no way to simulate game pressure in a practice. Game time is the best way to get a guy ready and is the fastest track to improvement.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Rather than 'the only' way, I meant the 'fastest way'. Kinda like jumping in the deep end. sink or swim.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

AI doesn't like practice and look at him. Even Clinton Portis takes it half speed in practice :)

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Simply and unequivocally untrue. The whole point of practice is to learn and improve.

I would disagree, to a point. Lots of guys who can do it in practice can't do it in games. Yes, practice is about learning and improving. But doing it in games is what ultimately matters. Actual games are a whole 'nother universe from practice, because of the pressure. Some guys can handle it, some can't. You can't find that out in practice.

Posted by: Keithinator | October 9, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not about speed or pressure. It's about skill and knowledge development. Things like how to get proper position under the board for rebounds, or the the right way to defend a bigger man in the post, or the proper way to release a jumpshot or shoot free throws. Those are the things players learn in practice. Those are learned skills that have to be practiced to the point that they become second nature. If a raw player (like McGee) doesn't understand those things through practice, he's not just going to intuit them in real games, where there's no time to think, only to react.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Lots of guys who can do it in practice can't do it in games. "

Which in no way invalidates my point. I never said practice guaranteed game performance. But if a guy can't do it in practice, there's no way he'll be able to do it in a real game. Getting it down in practice is step one, and it's not a step that can be skipped over or skimped on.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It sucks to lose Haywood for most of the season, especially when he's coming off a breakthrough year. But remember that back before Etan had the heart problem, he actually beat out BTH for the starting job. Etan doesn't have BTH's length and is a more limited player, but he's extremely aggressive under the boards at both ends, is a decent shot-blocker and has a reliable jump hook with either hand from 8-10 feet. As long as he stays healthy, he's perfectly capable of giving the Wiz a strong 30 minutes every night. That leaves 18 minutes to split between Blatche, McGee and possibly Pecherov at the 5.

I know McGee is raw and untested, and that he struggled in summer league (as a lot of big men do, initially--look at Greg Oden last year.) But if you check out his highlight video from college, you can see the enormous potential he has. I think it'll be a while before he's got an all-around game, but I could envision him having an impact with his shot-blocking and offensive rebounding more quickly.

Pecherov is more of a question mark. We didn't really get a fair look at him last year because he obviously was still hobbled even after he came back from the injury. He's got to stop drifting out to the three point line, and start looking for turnaround jump shots from 8-15 feet, where he's money. He's also got to get a lot more aggressive--I hope that posterization that Nocioni gave him last year motivated him. Hopefully we'll see the player that he was in Europe two years ago.

Posted by: John Brisker | October 9, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I see kalorama is spinning again, "getting it down in practice is step one, and it's not a step that can be skipped over or skimped on." Nobody is suggesting skipping step one. However, having step one without the step two is an "incomplete learning process!" Thus, "the only way to learn is to get in the games" is a correct statement. Practice is good, but cannot replace the game action!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone didn't read today's article, read a snippet here:

"According to a source familiar with the situation, Jamison was told that he could miss as long as two months with that type of injury, but the two-time all-star typically bounces back quickly from injury. He vowed to be in the lineup for the Oct. 29 regular season opener against the New Jersey Nets at Verizon Center."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/08/AR2008100803927.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 9, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I like Etan but have doubts about his ability to stay healthy as a full-timer. He just seems to break down with extended minutes.

Posted by: Andrew | October 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

dcMAN88=DUKE/DUCHESS OF DOOM

Posts nothing but negativity.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

In 3-5 years Mcghee and Blatche are going to be one of the best big man Duo's in the game!!!!


Please cut either Pecherov or Dixon and keep Demarr Johnson. Demarr Johnson would help this team a lot more than either of those guys no doubt.

Posted by: steve | October 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"dcMAN88=DUKE/DUCHESS OF DOOM

Posts nothing but negativity.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 1:15 PM "

Talk to Ivan. He's the one who reported about AJ's possible 2 month recovery period.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I think someone jinxed it by saying this team has too many 7-footers. Now we lost the only 7-footer in the staring lineup. If Eddie plays Etan as starter we are going to have a height-challenged starting lineup.

Even though Jamison's injury does not appear to be serious, given the past performance of Wizards medical staffs, who knows what it may turn into! Ivan on today's paper said Jamison was told that he could miss as long as two months with that type of injury. So Jamison's predication of being ready for opener may just be wishful thinking. I hope I am not jinxing it now.

Posted by: Sagalioba | October 9, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how many folks seem to think Etan will be adequate as a starter with Haywood out. Does nobody remember Etan starting before? I don't get the, "He's a steady vet" argument...he steadily sucked. Has he ever scored 20 points in a game? He must be one hell of a poet because EJ seems to swoon when the guy walks in the room.

I know he will be the starter, just surprised at how content everyone is with known mediocrity. It is all part of the illusion that this team is going to scrap to stay competitive until the waters part and Arenas returns to take us up the mountain. Are you kidding? C'mon, seriously?

This team stayed stagnant through the entire off-season and lost pieces it had from last year. Oh, I forgot Juan is back...the 6'2" Michael Jordan. Yet more kool aid.

Ivan wrote about how McGee did not give an inch in camp, has a good work ethic and is relatively mature (unlike NY), he has now looked impressive in both pre-season games. Heaven forbid we should actually let the kid have an opportunity to help the team, instead we will go with our known commodity, struggle to even achieve mediocrity and wax on about if and when everyone is healthy. Ugggg.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 9, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"We like the way Etan is playing," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "His veteran experience, his veteran savvy, his aggressiveness, the way he plays. We need that force. We've always said Etan brings that force."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/08/AR2008100803927.html


anyone else thing we're fixin 2 get pwn3d?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Please cut either Pecherov or Dixon and keep Demarr Johnson. Demarr Johnson would help this team a lot more than either of those guys no doubt.

Posted by: steve | October 9, 2008 1:26 PM

I agree that we should keep Demarr and I think we will and I believe it will be at Dixon's expense. Demarr offers so much more versatility than Dixon.

I believe AJ is fine and could play before the season starts but they will stay on the safe side and sit him until the season opener.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ivan wrote about how McGee did not give an inch in camp, has a good work ethic and is relatively mature (unlike NY), he has now looked impressive in both pre-season games. Heaven forbid we should actually let the kid have an opportunity to help the team, instead we will go with our known commodity, struggle to even achieve mediocrity and wax on about if and when everyone is healthy. Ugggg.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 9, 2008 1:47 PM

Etan doesn't have to score 20pts a game to be effective and what other option do we have than to be content @ Etan starting, BTH is not walking through that door. Just because he's starting doesn't mean that JaVale wont get Qaulity PT.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I remember Etan starting, I said it then and now... He's nothing more than a backup. He regularly gets abused by opposing centers because he doesn't have the size. I'd sit there and watch him swing his elbows wildly after gathering one of his 5 rebounds per game and wonder what the hell he was thinking. Effort is great but if you're lacking size at that position there's not much you can do about it. Nowhere to hide down low.
JBrisker, I would suggest that Etan beat out Haywood because of EJ's affinity for Etan, not performance. Etan looks the part of the fierce competitor while BTH looks lazy on the court. I think EJ confused effort with results. In all fairness, Etan has had some really good stretches. The end of the season before Milwaukee made that offer to him, he was a beast.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Just because he's starting doesn't mean that JaVale wont get Qaulity PT.
Posted by: zxhoya | October 9, 2008 2:07 PM

yes it does. he's a rookie playing for EJ.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Kal, I get what you're saying but I think a lot of us have been frustrated in the past because we see other teams play their young guys and get results while we wait for years.
I'm not so sure that Tyson Chandler has much on McGee besides game time experience. They're both rail thin. Ppl were saying that Chandler really improved over the last year. I think it's actually just that he's in a better position to succeed. He had to learn how not to foul. I remember him getting into foul trouble a lot and now that the refs know his game and he knows how a game is called, he's able to avoid constant foul trouble. I'm just trying to shorten the learning curve.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Chris Paul helps....

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

mcgee has played two games and people are talking about him like he's D.Howard. rotfl.

ya know, i used to hate dc man88 (i even used to call him dc fag88) and Kalorama but then i realized that I was part of the mediocre problem. we have a mediocre squad when we're not hurt and a mediocre squad when we're hurt.

thanks to EG for spending my season ticket $$ wisely.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Etan has had some really good stretches.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 2:09 PM

lmao. its gonna be a looong season lets just put it that way.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

If Michael Jordan only practiced b-ball for the first 25-30 years of his life and then finally played his first game, he would stink in that game.

His real career started when he hit the game winner in the NCAA finals, and his confidence built from there.

The pro game is 85% mental. You can't get the confidence and consistent execution to be a top NBA player by just practicing.

Personally, I think EJ's attitude towards these young guys makes it harder for them to succeed. Each one is different emotionally and physically, and each one needs a separate development plan.

Think about it, each one is at least a $5M investment on average. That warrants a plan to develop them, including game time minutes, particularly in preseason.

Posted by: Izman | October 9, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

yup, prescrunk. long season if Etan starts. I forgot to mention that 90% of Etan's stretches were mediocre. my bad.

Posted by: mark | October 9, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

mcgee has played two games and people are talking about him like he's D.Howard. rotfl.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 2:21 PM

Who has said that? I don't see this in any of the posts. Just painfully clear Etan is not D. Howard and will never be...We don't yet know what McGee can be but it seems clear he has more potential at center than Etan, Blatche is a forward occasionally forced to play the position.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

i thought a contusion is a bruise of some sort? So - since when does a knee buckle as a result of a contusion? There was no contact on the play, right?

does that make any sense?

Posted by: stevie | October 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If they don't cut Dixon, i think that will tell us a lot about how much the bullets think they can rely on young........

Posted by: stevie | October 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think we will need to go center-by-committee at this point. I'm not sure we have a clear cut starter with Etan still working his way back health-wise. And I hope he has been getting in some work with Hopla to improve his free throw shooting. I remember him being a liability at the line. You can bang and be a force but you do the team no benefits if you can't em' down at the charity stripe.

While there probably will be matchups that will be favorable to Etan's skill-set, who's to say there won't be matchups that won't favor the skill-sets of Blatche or McGee on some nights? Aside from Dwight Howard, there are no really tall centers in the East who are dominating in the post. Is Eddie Curry scaring anyone? Sam Dalembert? I can't even name the starting Center on most Eastern conf teams. Big Z in Cleveland's game is predicated around perimeter shooting and the East as a whole has more firepower coming from the 4 position with R Wallace, K Garnett, E Brand

Posted by: G$ | October 9, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Brendan just learned how to ba a professional lasty year so let's not get carried away with his injury. Thomas and McGee have that inner fire that any successful big man needs in this league. They both can shoot with either hand and it looks like they like to mix it up too. Brenda is soft most nights, misses countless layups and disappears after the first quarter offensively.

Posted by: el freako | October 9, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Think about it, each one is at least a $5M investment on average. That warrants a plan to develop them, including game time minutes, particularly in preseason.

Posted by: Izman | October 9, 2008 2:48 PM

EG better start getting on Jordan's case to maximize those investments.

And if EJ wants some proven veteran effort, he can ask EG to trade Pech with Chicago Bulls for tada! - Michael Ruffin. or Pech to the Timberwolves for tada! - Calvin Booth. Oops they're both injured, so no dice thank goodness! ;-}

Posted by: rgz | October 9, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"I see kalorama is spinning again, "getting it down in practice is step one, and it's not a step that can be skipped over or skimped on." Nobody is suggesting skipping step one. However, having step one without the step two is an "incomplete learning process!" Thus, "the only way to learn is to get in the games" is a correct statement. Practice is good, but cannot replace the game action!"

Bullsh*t on every line. And, as usual, I don't actually engage in discussion with anyone too chickensh*t to actually take ownership off what they have to say.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I tend to think now that in the preseason and early part of the season, they should let the young guys "run amuck" on the floor. The only requirement being heart and effort. For as long as EG allows that, they should be ok, and we (at least I) will still love the Wiz.

If the second team consistently outperformed the starters in training camp, why oh why shouldn't they perform better in games? Flame on!

Posted by: rgz | October 9, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"ya know, i used to hate dc man88 (i even used to call him dc fag88) and Kalorama but then i realized that I was part of the mediocre problem."

Welcome to the party. The rest of us realized that long ago.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

For those too dense to actually grasp simple English (you know who yo are) no one ever said anything about "practice replacing game action." The point is and remains:

Playing a guy regular game minutes only results in improvement if he puts the work in in practice to understand what it is he needs to do on the floor and uses games to figure out how to do it in real time. McGee hasn't had time (or enough practice) to figure out much of anything, so throwing him out there for extended minutes or starting him (as some suggests) is simply putting him in a position to show all the stuff he doesn't know yet. Bring him along slowly and let him figure things out and then he'll be better able to make proper use of his time on the floor.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

being a hater feels good

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

For those too dense to actually grasp simple English (you know who yo are) no one ever said anything about only being able to obtain experience through games.

But practice, without game experience is just that: P R A C T I C E

Game experience allows a player to put into actual execution that which he has learned in practice. Learned skills that have been practiced are useless unless they are APPLIED in an actual game.

There is much evidence to support the fact that players develop at a faster rate when they are allowed to play in a game environment (AFTER PRACTICING) - as opposed to sitting on the bench.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I am not worried. I got a feeling tough juice is going to be even more improved and carry us through the first half.

Posted by: Tough Juice | October 10, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Tough Juice is going to have to score 25+ per night at the rate we keep losing players to injury. Blatche will need to have a breakout year also.....and the 2nd year players (Young, McGuire & Pecherov) will have to have some consistency at both ends.

Posted by: G$ | October 10, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Here kalorama is trying to educate people on English again:

On one hand, he called the post that says "practice is good, but cannot replace the game action" as "bullsh*t on every line;" and then he turned around and claimed, "no one ever said anything about "practice replacing game action."

Well kalorama, maybe you didn't say "practice replacing game action," but you did call "practice cannot replace game action" as "bullsh*t." Do you have English problem, or are you banking on people would not bother to check what he said before?

Posted by: LOL | October 10, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Practice?!?! You talking to me about PRACTICE???? C'MON NOW!" - infamous ballhogger

"Defense?!?! You talking to me about DEFENSE???? C'MON NOW!" - another infamous ballhogger

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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