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Ready or Not, Wiz Season Is Here

The Wizards wrapped up their final preseason practice today here at Verizon Center with some competitive scrimagging. As we saw in training camp, the teams were evenly matched as the white team, mostly made up of youngsters, lost by only a point to the black team, composed of vets.

What this means for the regular season is anyone's guess because the seven-game preseason schedule (the Wiz went 2-5 with three blowout losses) seemed to raise as many questions as it answered. Coach Eddie Jordan will be among the curious obsevers tomorrow night against the Nets.

"We have to find that out," Jordan said. "It was sort of a strange preseason. We won at Memphis and won at San Antonio. ...Other than those games, we just haven't played very well, so I don't know what to expect. But we are going with the veterans so, I want the veteran and professional guys out there. Those guys are going to be in the rotation."

That raises interesting questions about how much Jordan and his team can count on the team's young players like Dee Brown, Andray Blatche, Oleksiy Pecherov, Dominic McGuire, Nick Young and rookie JaVale McGee.

Just in case the youngsters need added motivation, keep in mind that Jordan can ddress only 12 players per night, meaning that one player will have to sit. (Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood count as members of the 15-man roster).

My guess is that the player will be either Pecherov or Brown but Jordan can use the inactive list as motivation for any player he feels is not bringing it in practices, shootarounds and games.


By Ivan Carter  |  October 28, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
 
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I hope Eddie doesn't run our vets into the ground. I am really hoping Andray can be used to spell Antawn this year and JaVale can be used to spell Etan. I really really do not want to see SMALLBALL.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting that McGee is the other inactive. What a shock. Eddie deciding to keep the rook in street clothes, no matter how much promise he showed.

Posted by: keithward64 | October 28, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

^ That is just bad reporting. That came out yesterday and I am willing to bet that it is just a guess. As far as I know, Eddie has not released who is going to be inactive.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope that JVM is not the odd man out at this point. The Nets are a perfect opponent for him to get some PT, aren't they starting a first year player (Lopez) at Center?

Posted by: khrabb | October 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I can speak for Les BouleS by giving a resounding "NOT!"

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Pesh has to be the 3rd inactive; he does not bring anything to the table that is not already available. Front-court reserve (Blatche, Songalia) that shoots the trey (Jamison), we don't need his services just yet. In the preseason, I think it's safe to say he deserves to be on the inactive list, compared to the other guys. Also, if it comes down to a numbers game, he should be the odd man out...

McGee should be active, as he's the only true center on the team, despite being a rookie. Brown should also be active, as our backcourt is thin with only Stevenson, Daniels, & Dixon. Brown is also good insurance in case the Nets deploy a full court press...

Posted by: -CN- | October 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that if the opponent is starting a rookie at C, it make more sense for the Wizards to go at him with an vet who can take advantage of his inexperience.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

EDIT:

Seems to me that if the opponent is starting a rookie at C, it makes more sense for the Wizards to go at him with a vet who can take advantage of his inexperience.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Seems to me that if the opponent is starting a rookie at C, it makes more sense for the Wizards to go at him with a vet who can take advantage of his inexperience."

And who is that......Etan? He doesnt have any offensive skills that he can take advantage of anyone with. He may be able to muscle him around on defense, but that is just a maybe.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

How is JaTravel a true center? He's got the size, but his "game" lends you to believe he wants to be a 3.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A 3? You can't sit there and say he doesn't have a nice touch around the basket, especially on turn around jumpers. I would agree that out of everyone on our roster next to Etan, JaVale is the closest to true center. His offensive game is already way ahead of Etan's.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Seems to me that if the opponent is starting a rookie at C, it makes more sense for the Wizards to go at him with a vet who can take advantage of his inexperience."

And who is that......Etan? He doesnt have any offensive skills that he can take advantage of anyone with. He may be able to muscle him around on defense, but that is just a maybe.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 3:40 PM

LooseCannon1 - I second that motion. And who is that vet.....Etan??????????????? You have to be kidding me.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

How is JaTravel a true center? He's got the size, but his "game" lends you to believe he wants to be a 3.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 3:46 PM

DC - Can somebody say Rasheed Wallace. I was here the first year Rasheed Wallace was here with Webber and Howard. He too showed the same type game in his first year as you are seeing with McGee.

Now, is Etan a center? I would say no. Is Songilia a center? I would say no. Is McGee a center? I would say no right now with his game as you described, but if I had to pick between these three to man my "5" spot I would pick McGee "hands down".

He has something Etan and Song. do not have, "length". Once again you can not teach that. It is what it is.......

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 28, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting that McGee is the other inactive. What a shock. Eddie deciding to keep the rook in street clothes, no matter how much promise he showed.

Posted by: keithward64 | October 28, 2008 2:53 PM

If this is true, it will only prove more of what I was saying about EJ and how he works negatively with young players. If he makes McGee inactive when the Nets are starting a rookie center, that might make it real hard for me to watch these guys tomorrow.

However, one side of me can see this happening. If Haywood was still playing, then yes I can see McGee being inactive because there would be no way McGee would get any minutes over Haywood and Etan.

But to have Haywood out of the lineup for up to 6 months and to say you have a "short" power forward playing your "5" spot and another smaller power forward (Song.) backing him up and you can not have a legit 7 footer at least dress out; means man are the Wiz going to be in trouble in the paint.

I truly hope this report is wrong. Because if it is not, EJ could take the chance of messing up McGee's head even worse.......

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Now, is Etan a center? I would say no."

And you would be incorrect, as C is the only position he's ever played in the NBA and college. Is he a very good C? Not really, but he's a center nonetheless.

"He may be able to muscle him around on defense, but that is just a maybe."

Which, at this point, is one thing more than McGee can be counted on to do against anyone.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I certainly think McGee should get some minutes, but starting him and/or counting on him to carry the main load in the first game of his rookie season is a seriously wrongheaded notion.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"I truly hope this report is wrong. Because if it is not, EJ could take the chance of messing up McGee's head even worse......."

Because studies have shown that mid-first round rookies who don't play in the first game of their NBA careers are ruined for life. Just look at Tayshaun Prince.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Who said anything about starting McGee? It would be ridiculous to have him inactive. Suppose zero offense Etan goes down with an injury. Then what? I guess you put Blatche in there, but if EJ is pissed at him then it comes down to Pech and Songaila. Raise your hand if you would rather have Songaila/Pech playing over McGee.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"It would be ridiculous to have him inactive. Suppose zero offense Etan goes down with an injury. Then what?"

Then he goes to the next big man in the rotation for the remainder of the game, waits to hear the prognosis for Etan after the game, and if it looks like Etan will be out for a while, he activates McGee and puts Etan on the inactive list.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Or you could keep McGee active and put in the best substitution available at that position. Just a thought, smart ass.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It's funny..............earlier in the preseason, people including EJ were salivating at how big, talented, and long the big men were on this team.

Now, it's being debated who's the least mediocre player to put at the 5. And, it's up in the air who's coming off the bench first as the entire 2nd team is mediocre also.

Sounds like EG did a great job firming up the roster this offseason with his savvy moves while ensuring that Les BouleS can and will improve on last season.

LMAO!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

It's funny..............earlier in the preseason, people including EJ were salivating at how big, talented, and long the big men were on this team.

Now, it's being debated who's the least mediocre player to put at the 5. And, it's up in the air who's coming off the bench first as the entire 2nd team is mediocre also.

Sounds like EG did a great job firming up the roster this offseason with his savvy moves while ensuring that Les BouleS can and will improve on last season.

LMAO!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

i know right...

lets just trade squads with the Dakota Wiz

Posted by: prescrunk | October 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Or, you could put him on the inactive list and still put in the best substitution available at that position. Just a thought, genius.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You can "deem" any active player, including Dee Brown, "the center" if he participates in the center jump at the beginning of the game. No one on the active roster can be mistaken for Shaq or Wilt or any other well known center. I'd agree that "the poet" can't play any of the other positions as well as center.
If Eddie truly refuses to play JVM, send him to Dakota. Otherwise, send OP and hope he can learn the US game. It makes little sense to have these guys splitting the 5 minutes available for training.

Posted by: lrmc623 | October 28, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Wiz are 10 games under .500 by Christmas, Abe should retire and let the next owner fire EJ and bring in somebody who can develop the young players.

The relentless commitment to aging, mediocre players is mindboggling. And wearing out the 3 all-stars before the playoffs makes no sense either.

I'm still looking for a valid reason that Blatche only play 3 minutes in the last game. Even low draft players like T. Prince can shine with a good coach.

Jeez. What next?

Posted by: Izman | October 28, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Or, you could put him on the inactive list and still put in the best substitution available at that position. Just a thought, genius.--------

Which would be? I want to hear the answer. Is it Pech? Songaila? We all know Dray is in the doghouse. So since you know everything, who is this player you are talking about?

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Would that be the same "doghouse" from which he played every game last season (starting 15), was the first or second guy off the bench, and averaged 20 min/game? That must be a nice doghouse.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

It might be the doghouse where Eddie Jordan has been calling out Drays lack of focus and effort throughout the media. And then following that up by playing him 3 minutes in a pre season game. Maybe that doghouse.

----oh and way to answer the question, thanks

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | October 28, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, because how much time a player gets in a preseason game is a flawless indicator of how the coach will use him in the regular season, right? Given how much Jordan hates him, Blatche'll be lucky to ever take off his warmups. Hey, maybe they'll put him on the inactive list. I mean, why not, since he's so deep in the "doghouse."

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

AS most of you know i've defended EJ to the enth degree but making JaVale an inactive is just plain stupid,Pechorev needs to play the "empty suit role" or is Eddie getting his marching orders from EG,this move is idiotic and doesn't make sense or is Eddie figuring JaVale is like he was when he came into the league a "half ass" player!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 28, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

This team is going into the season with Etan Thomas, Blatche, Pecherov, Songaila and Jamison as their inside/interior players (using the term loosely for Jamison who, as we know, likes to hang around the perimeter).

That's an expansion club.

Dwight Howard will have these guys for a snack.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 28, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

For the reord:

That ESPN "report" is from 2 days before their first game, well before a decision would have been made about who gets de-activated. Teams don't have to make a decision on the inactive list until the day of the game. Whoever "wrote" that was just guessing, as there's been no official word given yet.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

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