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Will This Make a Difference?

While we're waiting for an update from the Wizards' news conference ...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2008; 3:07 PM ET
 
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No.

Next question.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 24, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Kal, what do you think the target hiring date for John Thompson is?

Posted by: prescrunk | November 24, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Hard to imagine them not winning more than 1 out every 11 games.

Posted by: spizzle | November 24, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well its all so evident that Ernie Grunfield never really liked Eddie Jordan. I just feel that they {wizards management) gave Eddie a rope and a blindfold and told him to swim home. Its not fair but as we all know life isnt fair, its a business. I think that Gilbert Arenas should go ahead and collect his $300,000 game checks rehab his knee and dont come back till 09-10. And lets just start over. I am very frustrated and sick and tired of losing in Washington, there needs to be some changes around here and soon.

also Ernie Grunfield will hire Jeff Van Gundy, and thats a promise

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | November 24, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

also Ernie Grunfield will hire Jeff Van Gundy, and thats a promise

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | November 24, 2008 3:27 PM

HA! too bad the buck stops with 110 year old Abe who doesn't understand the (non) value of a dollar

Posted by: prescrunk | November 24, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There should be a bubble labeled "Who Cares".

Posted by: VitoD1 | November 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bullets_0000 | November 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

A couple things are clear:
1. this year is over;
2. the team has no cap flexibility; and
3. the team will not be players in the 2010 FA market.

However, they have some contracts that will expire in 2010 (Haywood, Thomas, possibly Pech, Young, etc.). I say between this year and next, we send some of those contracts packing in exchange for draft picks. Since we are not going to be in the market in 2010, we might as well benefit from it in other ways. With expiring contracts at a premium, we might be able to get good value for Thomas and/or Haywood. Let the other teams bid up the FA market, while we take the best talent in the draft.

Posted by: BillBarker1 | November 24, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, when you kick out a popular coach, who by the way has been by far the most successful coach of this sorry franchise over the past 2 decades, players get scared and play harder for awhile. So don't be surprised if they win a decent number of games for the next 2-3 months, but I don't think they have the horses to sustain it. And then the team will settle back into its crummy ways, and will wonder if they shouldn't have given him more time. But in the long run, he's better off counting his money and getting out of here while he's still young enough to find a decent job somewhere else.

Posted by: cgold | November 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Firing Jordan accomplishes nothing. Answer this question: How much has Arenas and his Kobe sized ego helped this team the last two seasons. He serves no purpose. Send him somewhere no matter what it costs. He's a waste. He's like a cancer that slowly kills a person. players must step up to their capabilities. It's not Jordan's fault. He's a good coach who they will face again. Now, if you can get John Thompson, either one of them, then you have something.

Posted by: aliben1 | November 24, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

What do the players have to be "scared" about? Their contracts are guaranteed. They get paid regardless of what they do on the floor.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 24, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Consider this:
There was nothing wrong with Eddie Jordan as a coach. The problem was with the coacching staff. For some reason the Washington Sports Teams seem too cocky and refuse to follow (winning) trends. Almost everyone loves to hear an underdog, come from out of the blue,
to win it all story, but get real. What this franchise (whom I can recall every summer sitting on a store front in N.E. analyzing them wishfully thinking we could get it done with, at best, mediocre "talent". Remember Calbert Chaney?) needs to do is go out and get a head coach this generation can identify with as a winning player. They need a coaching staff this generation can identify with as having skills they are eager to learn. No it is not all E.J.'s fault, blame upper management for the same old circus act they have been performing for years(Remember Big George, Manute, Mugsy). I love the Wizards, I liked the hometown guy as a head coach routine, but I really, really, really want to stop being in the doghouse of franchises. Even with 2-3 All-Stars we still can't garner the respect of anyone outside of the beltway. Like another DC native I ask the burning question: What's going on? Avery Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Sr. turn your phones on vibrate and check your e-mails frequently because if this city is ready to win professionally you should be receiving some kind of correspondence soon...

Posted by: antwantaylor | November 25, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Consider this:
There was nothing wrong with Eddie Jordan as a coach. The problem was with the coaching staff. For some reason the Washington Sports Teams seem too cocky and refuse to follow (winning) trends. Almost everyone loves to hear an underdog, come from out of the blue,
to win it all story, but get real. What this franchise (whom I can recall every summer sitting on a store front in N.E. analyzing them wishfully thinking we could get it done with, at best, mediocre "talent". Remember Calbert Chaney?) needs to do is go out and get a head coach this generation can identify with as a winning player. They need a coaching staff this generation can identify with as having skills they are eager to learn. No it is not all E.J.'s fault, blame upper management for the same old circus act they have been performing for years(Remember Big George, Manute, Mugsy). I love the Wizards, I liked the hometown guy as a head coach routine, but I really, really, really want to stop being in the doghouse of franchises. Even with 2-3 All-Stars we still can't garner the respect of anyone outside of the beltway. Like another DC native I ask the burning question: What's going on? Avery Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Sr. turn your phones on vibrate and check your e-mails frequently because if this city is ready to win professionally you should be receiving some kind of correspondence soon...

Posted by: antwantaylor | November 25, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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