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Thomas Doesn't Practice

Center Etan Thomas, who started the first two games, missed practice today with a sprained left ankle, an injury he suffered during Saturday's loss in Detroit.

Coach Eddie Jordan said Thomas would be evaluated tomorrow before a decision is made about his status for tomorrow night's game against the Bucks. Jordan did not indicate whom he would start if Thomas is unable to go, but rookie JaVale McGee would be a logical choice.

Everybody else practiced. The Bucks could be without PG Luke Ridnour (back spasms) and SG Michael Redd (sprained right ankle). I'll update as fresh information becomes available. The Bucks are 2-2 and coming off a win over the Knicks.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 4, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
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More of that great Wizards luck

Posted by: tuckerdan | November 4, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ivan, since when did logic have anything to do with Eddie's sub-patterns?

Logic would have dictated that McGhee or Blatche would have been put in in the second-half of the Pistons game. You know, the one where Songalia was our center for the last quarter-and-a-half of the game, and managed one (that's ONE!) rebound in 27 minutes. I think we were out-rebounded by 25 in that game...

Posted by: | November 4, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually it may be good luck, in that it will force Eddie to tip his hand and pick a center of the future, which would never be ET.
If he chooses Song, he should be ready to trade AB, OP, or perhaps even JM.

Posted by: lrmc623 | November 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy......ET should be out for another 2-3 months....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If Etan can't suit up, it looks like that will save AB from the inactive list. I am even beginning to think AB might be starting to get a little of the Kwame treatment to a degree (EJ and AJ), which does not bode well for someone who is not that mentally strong (i.e. Kwame).

AB might be feeling the pressure of McGee starting to take the "X- Factor spotlight" from him. JM has the advantage of at least playing two years of college ball, when AB only had high school.

JM also has a strong willed mother who is a student of the game who taught him a lot about the game and you can see the kid is all business.

There are some very knowledgable women out here who know the game. I have watched some WNBA games and the women game announcers they have know the game just as well as men (i.e. Hubie Brown and Doug Collins).

With all of that said, JM also had the benefit of being around his mother's basketball teams when she was playing in the women's pro league, thus learning the game even more from some of the best examples playing the women's game.

AB is working at a disadvantage mentally because EJ is seeing how mature McGee handles situtions. This in turn, might be making EJ intentionally or unintentionally judge AB that much more.

As anyone here who have kids, you can not do the "compare" game and expect one of the kids to not be negatively affected.

If they are not being encouraged to be themselves and being judged as an individual instead of being compared to someone else, you are essentially tearing that kid down instead of building them up.

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry BF, but that's a stretch Reed Richards would be proud of.

McGee wasn't here last season. Or the season before that. But Jordan made a point of calling Blatche on his lack of discipline and focus then, as did the team's vets. It's not like they didn't notice Brown slacking off before McGee arrived.

As for Jordan "judging" him ... of course he's judging him. He's judging his ability to help the Wizards win games and found Blatche lacking. It's part of what he gets paid for.

It's not Jordan's job to encourage Blatche's personal and spiritual growth as a human being. He's not Blatche's father, priest, or shrink. (And Blatche is not a child, making your child psych analogy a bit off the mark.) He's Blatche's boss. His job is to make sure Blatche does his job, by any (reasonable) means necessary. If that means trying to motivate him by refusing to reward him for his lax effort, so be it. And if Blatche gets his feelings hurt in the process, well, welcome to the working world, young man.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kal. If Reed Richards thought it was a "streach", do you think he might think my post was "FANTASTIC"? As in "Mr. Fantastic".......???

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kal. If Reed Richards thought it was a "stretch", do you think he might think my post was "FANTASTIC"? As in "Mr. Fantastic".......???

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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