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Falk Blames Pollin

Agent David Falk hasn't walked into Verizon Center since Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired his client, Michael Jordan, in April 2003. Falk is still upset with Pollin, whom Falk claims promised Jordan that he would be retained as general manager after Jordan scratched his last itch to play in the NBA.

Pollin famously handed Jordan a $10-million thank you check in their final meeting, but Jordan walked out and drove away, never looking back. "He'd promised he'd give Michael the job back when Michael agreed to play and made him $100 million," Falk said in a telephone interview, explaining why he hasn't attended any professional basketball games in Washington the past five seasons.

So, after the Wizards fired their second Jordan in less than six years on Monday, Falk called to voice his frustration about the man he blames for the Wizards' woeful 1-10 start this season. You'd be right if your guess is it wasn't Eddie Jordan ... or Ernie Grunfeld. Falk said he likes and respects both Eddie Jordan and Grunfeld, but added that Pollin is to blame for signing Gilbert Arenas to a $111 million last summer and not having the patience to understand that the team was going to struggle.

"It's not Eddie's fault and it's not Ernie's fault. The owner decided, when he decided to pay a guy that kind of money when he knows he's going to be out the first three or four months of the season. Why blame it on the general manager or the coach?" Falk said. "This is what's wrong with Wizards basketball. The buck stops at the top, it doesn't stop at the bottom. This is the owner's responsibility. He made the decision to sign Arenas. When you make the decision, you know the team is going to get off to a rocky start. You're missing your leading scorer, and in theory, based on the way they've paid him, he's their franchise player, right? What team expects to win when their franchise goes down?"

Falk then compared the situation of playing without Arenas and Brendan Haywood to what then-Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley dealt with last season with injuries to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. The Heat went 15-67.

"Did [Heat Owner] Mickey [Arison] decide to fire Pat [Riley] because he had a [bad] record because Dwyane got hurt?" Falk asked. "Was it Pat Riley's fault? Didn't they win a championship two years before? Did he all of a sudden forget how to coach?"

Falk has a history with Pollin that pre-dates the Michael Jordan debacle. He also represented Juwan Howard when Howard signed his $100 million deal with the Wizards in 1996. He believes the Howard situation could've been resolved much differently if Pollin had shielded Howard from the criticism and taken the blame for giving him the nine-figure salary when Howard simply wanted a six-year, $24-million deal two years earlier.

"It's why they haven't won in 30 years. A lot of coaches have come and gone, a lot of players have come and gone, a lot of general managers have come and gone. The one constant is the owner. These are the kinds of decisions -- you blame Eddie Jordan? Eddie Jordan is not a doctor. He didn't make the decision to sign Gilbert. There is not a coach in the league that can have success without 40 percent of his starting lineup. You can't blame the coach for that. That's absurd."

By Michael Lee  |  November 25, 2008; 10:22 AM ET
 
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Yeah but Pollin does not decide subbing patterns in crucial situations.

IE: Songaila

Posted by: BurgwithaU | November 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy, I'm sure Abe is ready to get out of his wheelchair now.

The only thing Falk forgot to mention was Abe's (along with Gilby) insistence on resigning a 32 year old PF who plays like a SF minus defense to 4 years, 50 mil.

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"On a larger scale, Jordan wants to win now. Like any coach who signed a two-year extension with a team option for the third year last summer, the continuity line gets old.

"But I understand Mr. Pollin's standpoint," Jordan said. "We want to stay within a certain budget for the Washington Wizards. We're not going to be like four or five or six other teams that can do anything it takes to win. Those are decisions we made within the organization. It doesn't bother me. There are times when you say, 'How come we can't get this guy?' But then you say, 'These are the parameters the organization has set.' ""

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/16/AR2007021602210.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

say wat u want my blame for all of this is ernie. gave eddie all this bum players and expected him to win wit these players.

Posted by: xpoc2 | November 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I am sure Abe has his share of blame for this franchise's failures. But to blame him for Juwan Howard taking a $100 million check is absurd. Did he have to take it? Didn't Gilbert leave money on the table?

EJ is not solely at fault but since you can't fire the players, the GM or the owner, that leaves the coach. That's how it is in professional sports. Any agent that doesn't know that is a moron.

Posted by: tundey | November 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Gilbert leave money on the table?

Posted by: tundey | November 25, 2008 10:36 AM

No, moron. Since when is signing a $111 million deal leaving money on the table?? The $12 million less he took would have been agent commission.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I ask you here who puts the blame on Mr. Pollin. If you want to win you can't always be mister nice guy. I think it's time Ted Leonsis gets the keys to the car and is allowed to run this team. Look at what he's done with the Caps. He next in line with the Wiz. I would never want anything and to happen to Mr. Pollin. He done a great job reviving Chinatown/Gallery Place. He deserves the credit there, but he plays favorites and keeps people to long because he's to loyal. I never thought that would be a bad attribute but...

Posted by: Berndaddy | November 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

More news to report on the Kaman front:

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The Clippers would like to move forward with a full complement of players. They'd also like to explore tinkering with their roster, which would feature an abundance of starting-caliber big men in Randolph, Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby. One source said the Clippers are talking to the Charlotte Bobcats about a package that would send Kaman to Charlotte for Jason Richardson. However, another Clippers source said, "Kaman's not out there."

J.A. Adande is a columnist for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Arenas was representing himself, so had he signed the 6 yr $126M (+/-), he would have received the full amount himself (less taxes, of course). No agent fees went to anybody in this deal...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/01/AR2008060102067.html

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

he plays favorites and keeps people to long because he's to loyal.

Posted by: Berndaddy | November 25, 2008 10:47 AM

Like he kept Rip? Ben Wallace? Sheed? Devin Harris? Mitch Richmond? Chucky Atkins? Jared Jeffries?

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

can't dispute much of Faulk's comments BUT the one factor not discussed is whether or not EJ was the right coach to take this team to the next level... Personally, I believe in the talent on this team...Realistically, we need four things before we are a legitimate championship contender:
1) Healthy players
2) a bonafide starting caliber shooting guard
3) a scoring veteran to come off of the bench and
4) a coach who can get this team to play a championship style of basketball (Princeton O is pretty, but you can't win in today's NBA with that offense)...

I support the dismissal of Eddie if they can find a way to fix #4 (NOTE: BTW, I don't think Eddie T. is the answer). It would be a tragic mistake if Abe/EG made the move because of a 1-10 start considering the injury situation...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | November 25, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

^^^^^^
No, others in the organization like Wes Unseld, Susan O'Malley, Hoops and apparently Antawn Jamison...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

CL,
Tapscott is obviously not the answer, given: 1) Hasn't coached at the NBA level and 2) Hasn't coached (period) since 1990.

Forget the arguments that Del Negro, Curry, guy in Miami, etc. have never head-coached a team, they are younger guys who just completed their playing careers within the last few years. That is the new route of the NBA coaching scene, finding the hot & new young coach to lead the team. This smells of the Leonard Hamilton signing, a temporary fix to a bigger problem...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Arenas was representing himself, so had he signed the 6 yr $126M (+/-), he would have received the full amount himself (less taxes, of course). No agent fees went to anybody in this deal...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:01 AM

the extra $15M (+/-) would have gone to an agent if he had one (less taxes, of course). Les Boules' PR dept and Gilby's blog ghostwriter spun it like he was the most thoughtful and generous recipient of a max contract ever...
"leaving money on the table" LMAO

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

please refrain from comparing brendan haywood to shaq at least until he stars in kazaam 2.

Posted by: mini_dagger | November 25, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You continue to try to support your position that EJ shouldn't have been fired. If you can't deal with reality, try coming up with the criteria to judge a a coach, and then grade EJ.

How about:

1) w-l record
2) playoff record
3) getting the most out of the talent on the team
4) developing the young players
5) team execution of offensive and defensive sets (x and o strategy and execution)
6) player adjustments to the situation at hand (e.g., rotation management)
7) team chemistry (pulling together as a team)
8) etc.

Well Ivan and Mike, what's your criteria and what's EJ's grade on each criteria?

Posted by: Izman | November 25, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Still don't understand the argument of the extra $15M going to an agent "if he had one." The point is, he did not have an agent. If he did, then said representation would have received 10% (+/-) of the $111M. The $126M deal was not contingent on Arenas having an agent or not, therefore, had he signed that deal, he would have received the full $126M.

I am not making the argument that he left $$ on the table. I'm simply refuting your claim that the $$ would have gone to an agent.

On another note, I know (or at least hope) Tapscott will not be the coach on July 1, 2009. It is definitely a tedious process to hire a coach and there would be more options at the end of the season. Also, wouldn't make sense, from a PR standpoint, to have, say an Avery Johnson or Flip Saunders, already hired when Jordan was fired...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

No, others in the organization like Wes Unseld, Susan O'Malley, Hoops and apparently Antawn Jamison...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:05 AM

yeah because they are all still here. lmfao.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Interesting article/posting by Mike Lee, I must say.

I wonder if Falk contacted Mike to vent, or Mike contacted Falk to get his 2 cents worth.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse


Arenas was representing himself, so had he signed the 6 yr $126M (+/-), he would have received the full amount himself (less taxes, of course). No agent fees went to anybody in this deal...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:01 AM

the extra $15M (+/-) would have gone to an agent if he had one (less taxes, of course). Les Boules' PR dept and Gilby's blog ghostwriter spun it like he was the most thoughtful and generous recipient of a max contract ever...
"leaving money on the table" LMAO

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:10 AM

No it wouldn't because he didn't have an agent.

If he signed for $126m he would have kept it all because he didn't have an agent. So, in fact he did give up $15m of his own potential income.

Let's wait until Gil comes back before we decide on his value to this team. I personally can't see into the future . . . can you?

Posted by: ljack666 | November 25, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

If he did, then said representation would have received 10% (+/-) of the $111M.

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:16 AM


Said representation would have received $12.6M (+/-) of the $126M. So I guess you're right -- Gilby would have left the old man with an extra $2.4M -- excuse me.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I personally can't see into the future . . . can you?

Posted by: ljack666 | November 25, 2008 11:23 AM


We can see into the past, and yesterday Grundlefeld gave the head coaching job to Ed rotfl Tabscott

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It would be a tragic mistake if Abe/EG made the move because of a 1-10 start considering the injury situation...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | November 25, 2008 11:03 AM
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um... it's pretty clear that that is exactly why they made the move.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | November 25, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Falk is still talking about Howard and clearly has a problem with Abe. Even if he has a point, it's tainted by his past relationship and should be taken with a ton of salt. If you let Falk tell it, Jordan should still be running the team. Falk needs to STHU and go back to counting his money.

Signing Gil was a move we had to make and it's the right move if the doctors are correct and he is able to come back to full strength. If we'd let Gil alk, the same people who are bashing us for signing him would be reminiscing about Juwan and how we don't retain talent. There's no pleasing some people.

Posted by: original_mark | November 25, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

100% agree with falk....the man has been great for the community but has been a horrible owner for the wiz. (i.e. wes unseld: coach/gm) Hopefully when pollin passes on the team will go to leonsis.

Posted by: theredskin | November 25, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Can't win on the agent issue, so I'll move on...

Very interesting take (particularly the handling of Arenas in the fateful Bobcats game where he got Tonya Harding'ed) from Michael Lee's response to the chat question:
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Washington, D.C.: What single -decision- (not injury or something outside of the team's control) do you think Eddie wishes he had back today?

Michael Lee: He probably wishes that he had started Gilbert Arenas against Charlotte in that game in April 2007. He probably wishes that he had fined the guy $50,000 for being late and moved on.
As for a basketball decision, Eddie wishes he had chosen a different lineup in the fourth quarter against Milwaukee earlier this season. If the Wizards win that game, the entire tone of the season is different. They definitely have at least two or more wins because they'd have the confidence that they can finish games. Right now, these guys go into the fourth quarter expecting to blow it.

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

um... it's pretty clear that that is exactly why they made the move.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | November 25, 2008 11:29 AM

oh really? um... and Ed Tabscott is gonna turn this team around? lmao he doesn't even have a wikipedia page

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

t would be a tragic mistake if Abe/EG made the move because of a 1-10 start considering the injury situation...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | November 25, 2008 11:03 AM

Grundlefeld was trying to get rid of EJ for some time. Problem was, they kept making the playoffs.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Here's something somewhat interesting:

EJ gets booted.

O'Koren gets booted.

Wes Unseld Jr. stays. No need to wonder why.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yeah but Pollin does not decide subbing patterns in crucial situations.

IE: Songaila

Posted by: BurgwithaU | November 25, 2008 10:32 AM

BurgwithaU - Agree with you 110%. Every excuse everyone is using on why Eddie should not have gotten fired is weak. First of all Gilbert is not DWade, as much as he thinks he is.

Don't get me wrong, Gil is a very nice ball player but he is not at Wade's or LaBron's level yet. So for Falk to use that Wade example is not totally true.

Did Pat Riley have 2 all stars on his team left over after Wade was hurt? It kills me on how people conducting this blog and all the EJ supporters posting on this blog keep missing the main fact. What are AJ and CB, chopped liver....????

When Labron went down last year and they went on that losing streak, did Mike Brown still have two all stars left on his team to work with? No.....

Eddie still had AJ and CB on this team, bottom line. Does he have a point guard, heck no. Does he have a center. Not really but McGee held his own and still has a crazy upside to his game the more he played (if Eddie would have ever put him in). With that said, should they be 1 and 10 right now?

What got Eddie fired was his inablility to find a defensive set to match the ablities of the players he had on the roster. Straight man to man is what he should have been playing, period. The folks he had playing major minutes are all slow of foot so they were incapable of playing a sucessfull rotating defense. Did he change it or want too, no.

Eddie got fired because he did not want to develop the young guys and give them consistent minutes. Often if your name was not Gilbert or AJ, you never knew how long you would be playing or if all.

What will that do to a 1st or 2nd year player's mindset? And you wonder why they look lost out there or after one mistake they are looking over at the bench when they hear the horn because they think they are coming out.

Eddie got fired because he always was adjusting to the other teams lineup's vs. making them adjust to his. Case in point the NY Game.

Lastly before everyone starts getting all over Abe for signing Gil to that type of contract, lets just see if Gil can come back and get most of his game back. If he ends up like Penny, then find you have an agruement, but if he comes back to 95% of himself leave it alone and enjoy the show.

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 25, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey, that Mario Chalmers kid is doing pretty well.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281124014

BTW, don't say JaTravel is better or worse. That's not the debate. JaTravel is a good pickup, but if EG picks such as OPech, Vermeenko, Peter John, and AB worked out, then we might not even be talking about JaTravel and his needed output right now.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Said representation would have received $12.6M (+/-) of the $126M. So I guess you're right -- Gilby would have left the old man with an extra $2.4M -- excuse me.


Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 11:26 AM


HUH?
Why is the argument even about an agent that Gil didn't have? He took 111 instead of 126. End of story. Gil left money on the table and it WAS magnanimous (or stupid)of him. There's no other way to spin it.

As for whether he deserved it or not, veteran players are paid based on past performance and what management HOPES they do in the future. Did he earn the money? Of course he did or it would not have been offered. Everyone's worth is exactly what someone is willing to pay. Same as AJ. In their cases, it was also a PR move.
After years of ineptitude both on and off the court, the Wiz got to the playoffs for 4 straight years. NBA history has shown that most champions are teams that have gotten to the playoffs and lost in previous years with the same cast for the most part. I guess the assumption was that we were close but just needed to stay healthy. If the team had passed on both, there would have been a riot at the phone booth.

Posted by: original_mark | November 25, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

88, You're talking about 2nd round picks for the most part. I think Eg has done a decent job. The team was built for offense and around a guard and that may have been a mistake but it's still to early to judge. All EJ had to do to keep his job was play the young guys and attribute losses to inexperience. I think folks can bear losing a bit more if we see promise. There was no promise with DSongaila, Etan and Deshawn playing prominent roles.

We still don't know what Ab and OP can do. It's one of the stated reason for Ej getting fired.

Posted by: original_mark | November 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Falk is clearly not a disinterested party here but....

Setting aside his motivations (assuming they're not good) and looking at what he says, it's hard to argue against him.

Abe Pollin is a good man. A real good one. His contributions to the community have been documented and he earns my thanks.

But he has been poorly served by the people he's selected to run the Wizards. They have done a mediocre-to-poor job.

However, the Wizards aren't alone. Unlike the NFL and MLB, the NBA has been basically dominated by the same small group of teams over the past 2/3 decades. And outside of that group, the majority of clubs have been treading water going nowhere.

For whatever reason, it appears to be harder to break through in the NBA than the other sports. And the Wizards are in that hardluck group.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 25, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

We still don't know what Ab and OP can do. It's one of the stated reason for Ej getting fired.

Posted by: original_mark | November 25, 2008 11:47 AM

Yet another unverified claim by Delusional Mark...

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

There was no promise with Deshawn playing prominent roles.

Posted by: delusional_mark | November 25, 2008 11:47 AM

DS is a 36% career 3 point shooter. Two seasons ago he averaged 40%. He has led the team in apg (5.8) the past two weeks, and averages less than 1 TO per game. He has started 260 consecutive games under 3 coaches.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 25, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, DCM has a point though. Chalmers was a second round pick (Grizz???), but was traded to the Heat for two future 2nd round picks. Sooo, we could have had McGee & Chalmers... DoH!! That is where I think Pollin's frugality hurts the team, it was THE reason why we traded our 2nd rounder (Bill Walker) for cash...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The thing with Stevenson, and a lot of our players, is that he's a jack of all trades, master of none. He's just a 3-point shooter, terrible at the line, does not drive for the easier shot, like he used to. I'll give you the fact that he's the team's 'best on-the-ball defender,' but is that saying much? You have to admit that his antics (talking trash, chicken on a platter, and i can't smell my face) are old.

Another thing about Eddie Jordan's system is that the respective games of Jamison, Butler, Arenas & Stevenson changed to mostly an outside shooting game. If you look up their career stats, they did not attempt many (meaning less than 2/game) before coming into this system, with the POSSIBLE exception of Arenas (I still think he wasn't a chucker at GS). However, these players have set career highs in 3 point attempts while playing for Jordan's system. You obviously live or die by the three, and we've witnessed a lot of deaths...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!WARNING!!!!!

Prepare barf bag before reading further:

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"I'm always going to be thankful to Eddie because he put the ball in my hands when I was an unproven 20-year old and he let me be me," Arenas said. "Not only did he make me an all-star, he made me an all-league player and a global icon. I owe a lot to him. I have no doubt that he's going to be a coach again real soon because he knows basketball and understands players. That's a rare combination."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/24/AR2008112403210_2.html?sid=ST2008112403299&s_pos=

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Falk is irrelevant to the Wizards. I'd rather listen to the unnamed Mike Wilbon quoted NBA players, the ones who said the Wizards have not improved over the last two years.

Posted by: rickgonz | November 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, who would take anything Falk says about thee Wizards at face value. he and Pollin have been feuding for decades. They hate each other.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

How is Michael Jordan doing for the Bobcats?

I hear that he's not even at most of their games even though he's the executive in player personnel/development?

Posted by: tenk | November 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Jamison vowed to rally the team behind Tapscott and work to dig out of the early-season hole."

Bah, ha ha ha ha!!!! Choke..choke...cough...cough...Bah, ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Puhlease, no more promises!!!! Just play some dam defense!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 25, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Amen David Falk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ivan and Michael have been WAY too easy on Abe for years and years now. I wonder if Abe were a conservative republican like Dan Snyder instead of the liberal democrat that he is, would the Post have gone so easy on him all these years?

That's a rhetorical question folks.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Dave Falk. I have never been to the Verizon Center since it was built.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 25, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Mike - Weak post in airing Falk's comments in this forum.

Clearly he is not an objective authority on this issue. MJ made some poor personnel moves and alieniated most on the team with his unrealistic expectations, and Abe had justification in firing. Falk also has some responsibility in Howard's inflated contract...There is a downside in signing such an over inflated contract with unrealistic expectations. But Falk is all about the money where Abe has been very good to the community.

Again...I believe DCMAN or someone else talked about the player rotation being a more of a significant issue in firing with EJ and Ernie not being on the same page on who should be playing. Would like to have seen more about that in your articles vice a has been agent that has sour grapes.

Posted by: FLC-Woodbridge | November 25, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Pollin may have conned MJ out of his money, but I am glade Jordan is not GM of this team! He just isn't that good as GM, questionable draft, Kwame, Morrison, etc.

Comparison to Heats: OK, Wade and Gil, I get that, but since when Haywood is compared to Shaq?! What did Heats have other than Wade and Shaq? Any "legit" NBS starters (borrowing phrase from Ivan (or was that from Michael)?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"NBA" not "NBS"!

Posted by: sagaliba | November 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Falk is dead on!! I said basically the same thing yesterday. Abe Pollin is the poison of the Washington Wizards. As I said, what team could be this bad for so long? The championship they won in the 70's was more by accident than design--they had no clue Bobby Dandridge would be as good as he turned out to be. But cheap Abe Pollin will always keep this team at the mediocre level because being mediocre doesn't cost much and fans will still buy tickets to see the garbage he puts on the floor. And that is all the firing of Eddie Jordan was about--making a change so as to be sure that fans will keep buying tickets. Abe's whole strategy is to get YOU to spend your money, while he tries NOT to spend any money. Wake up people!

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | November 25, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Why is David Falk's opinion at all relevant?

Posted by: disgruntledfan | November 25, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Falk seems a little pathetic to still be whining about Abe. I'm also a little surprised by the Insiders for printing this non-news: it's a bit like Karl Rove calling Tom Brokaw to tell him why he doesn't like Obama's transition team.

And as for the Jordan-Abe fued, lets remember that Jordan's best move as GM was activating himself. I, for one, am far happier with him in Charlotte.

Posted by: mik_smith1 | November 25, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

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