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Friday Update

Interesting scene from the end of practice today: Coach Ed Tapscott put some extra time in rebounding for second-year forward Oleksiy Pecherov, who was inactive last night and has seen only spot duty so far this season.

- Antonio Daniels made his return last night and practiced today, a good sign that his right knee is feeling better. Daniels was on the floor in the second quarter last night when the WIzards outscored Orlando 19-17. He missed his only shot during the quarter but the offense flowed and he was able to stick pretty well to Anthony Johnson. "He said he woke up this morning feeling good," Tapscott said of Daniels. "It's a little different look on the floor when he's in there because he's our most experienced point guard."

-Tapscott said he wanted to experiment a little more with big lineups last night but the early foul trouble experienced by JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche made that difficult. Both players were tagged wtih two first quarter fouls and Blatche, who was so good against Golden State Tuesday night, never got into the flow before fouling out.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 28, 2008; 2:51 PM ET
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I could beat DeShawn, Antonio and Dee to a 3-point shooting contest after Thanksgiving dessert with my belt buckle dangling on the floor.

Posted by: elfreako | November 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe ET should have spent the time stuffing Pecherov with leftover potatoes and rolls. Until OP gets a bigger butt - and stronger trunk - he'll struggle rebounding. He'll just be "butted" out of the lane.

Technique only helps if you have the physical talent.

Get him a butt first.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 28, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe OPech doesn't want his nose broken like other euros who've ventured into the paint.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess it is time to see if OPEC is a bust or not? I think he might be a okay rebounder. We have never seen him in extended minutes in a game. I guess the time might have finally come......

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 28, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Blatche never got into the flow before fouling out Thursday night" Ah what flow would that be Coach? the only flow he knows about is the flow of alcohol into a glass!! Pecherov and rebounding someboby needs to tell the "coach" that those two words are mutually exclusive as far as the "euro shadow" is concerned.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Gee...a late first rounder that did not pan out in a weak draft! horrible and shocking! Pech has nothing to do with where we are now...try Arenas' knee surgeries and Brendan's wrist and AD's knee...good lord...make sense...

At least ET is TRYING to develop!

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 28, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

...a late first rounder that did not pan out in a weak draft! horrible and shocking! Pech has nothing to do with where we are now

Well, if he can't play (he's not even activated for the games), why keep him around?

No one is saying that he's the cause for the Wizards problems. But at a time when they can usey any help inside, he gives them nothing.

Hell, let him go to Europe and play another year. He's not getting better over here.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 28, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much clearer can ETap be if he decides to tell OPech: "get your ukrainian @ss in the paint and don't go anywhere else. if I see your @ss anywhere near the 3 pt line, you will be on the first plane out of here."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

OP needs to go to the D-league to play regularly. The Wiz have plenty of bodies who are placed at the 4 and/or 5 position
(notice I didn't write "play").
The Wiz are loaded with "finesse" centers. It would be funny to watch the poet bring down a rebound and swing it around, if it wasn't that there was no one within 10 feet of him.

Posted by: lrmc623 | November 28, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Pech should play. Why not at this point? Unfortunately Songaila has played well lately. Maybe that will enhance his trade value.

Let's look back to Pech's draft. And I'll give EG props for McGee. Looks like a very promising pick in the mid first round.

I'd rather have Rajon Rondo, who was picked 21st. Josh Boone at least is a big body and can rebound. How 'bout Jordan Farmar. Kyle Lowry. Leon Powe. Craig Smith. Dee Brown (just kidding). All taken after Pech.

Posted by: davedaily2000 | November 28, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If Daniels could truely get healthy it would be a help to the Wizards. But if he's going to slow the pace to a crawl and can't make his patented drives to the hoop, then his veteran experience won't help.

Tapscott's got to figure out if he can rely on Daniels or not, he's spent most of this year looking like he was finished. Daniels waking up saying he feels great the day after a game is a step in the right direction.

If Tapscott wants to experiment with big lineups he'll need Pecherov for depth up front. Pecherov is one of the guys on the roster that Ernie and Eddie seemed split on how to use, or not use. When Ernie held his press conference upon signing Pecherov before last year, he talked about projecting him to be a center that could play some power forward.

On the same day Eddie refered to the guy as a small forward/power forward. So this pick is one that the front office and the former coach hadn't seen eye to eye on. At least Tapscott seems like he wants to take a look at what the kid can offer.

From Grunfeld's past statements it seems that he had viewed Pecherov as a developmental pick. Time will tell if Eddie's coaching had anything to do with the spotty progress of Ernie's two prized young bigs that he had felt he had unearthed with a late first and a second round pick.

Looking back at a draft it's easy to have 20/20 hindsight. Right now it sure appears that many people could be second guessing letting McGee slip to the Wizards. But I'd say we haven't seen enough to make a final judgement on Pecherov yet.

Lets see how he does after Tapscott coaches him up for awhile.

Posted by: flohrtv | November 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

All this verbiage from GM'er about OPech and not one mention of "gym rat." Amazing.

In any regard, you don't draft a first round pick to be a "developmental pick." You draft a first rounder to be a solid contributor off the bench.

There's more question marks on OPech than on a Riddler costume. And, unfortunately, nobody really cares to answer those thus he languishes on the bench.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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