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Bulls 117, Wizards 110

Caron Butler summed this one up best: "Same old, same old. Play hard, give effort but come up short."

This one did feel exactly like so many games so far this season. The Wizards played hard and at times played well but couldn't overcome big lapses that led to Chicago runs. Oh, and bad defense allowed the Bulls to shoot 52.4 percent, make a season-high 11 three-pointers and rack up a season-high 31 assists.

- Bulls Coach Vinny Del Negro: "That was a pretty normal game for us: 31 assists and 52 percent shooting. Why are you laughing?"

-MVP: Former WIzard and human trade rumor Larry Hughes, who made a season-high five threes and scored 24 points with five assists.

-Key Stat: The Wizards are 0-8 in games decided by seven points or less.

-I know folks are wondering why JaVale McGee, who opened the game by swatting away two Derrick Rose shots on the first possession, only clocked 11 minutes. I was wondering the samee thing and asked Coach Ed Tapscott that very question afterward:

Tapscott: "The flow of the game and again (Bulls center Aaron) Gray is not a good matchup for him. They didn't play (Joakim) Noah. That would've been a good matchup. You know, similar style of game, speed guys. Gray is a guy who can get into your body and JaVale is better against those speed guys. Big, wide-body guys give him trouble simply because he's not real big physically and he's still learning the tricks of the trade, how to use his body and hold guys off. And I thought Etan Thomas gave us some good effort and so did Songaila."

Also, Andray Blatche, was effective for stretches at center. He finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 20 high-energy minutes. Still, this team needs to play McGee. He's the future.

-One bright spot was provided by Dominic McGuire, who threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over Andres Nocioni. If you remember, Nocioni did the same to Oleksiy Pehcerov last year here in Chicago and the play became a huge highlight. Pech hasn't heard the end of it since.

"I told Nocioni, that was for Pech," McGuire said.

Said Pecherov, whose locker was right next to McGuire's tonight: "That's my man. Dom got him back for me."

-No practice tomorrow folks but they'll be back at it Monday with the Pistons, Celtics and Sixers coming up.....



By Ivan Carter  |  December 7, 2008; 12:02 AM ET
 
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So how is McGee going to learn against the big, wide-body guys if McGee doesn't get minutes to play against them?

Why is DeShawn Stevenson still starting when he actually hurts the team?

This whole thing is messed up because for some reason, the Wizards think they are still in the playoff hunt, when they obviously should be giving the young guys playing/learning time.

Posted by: tenk | December 7, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

What was the Heat's record last year when Pat Riley finally conceded the season?

Wasn't it around the Wizards' record of 3-15?

Posted by: tenk | December 7, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

there is no doubt the goose is cooked if this lineup continues to have the same rotations/minutes

Posted by: bford1kb | December 7, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Until the Wizards get a "real" coach we are going to lose these type of games, repeatedly. For the life of me I cannot understand why Blatche or McGee did not play in the 4th. Both were having great games!! Chicago even called timeout because they had no answer for Blatche on the blocks who was schooling their bigs. And what the hell is Stevenson doing in the game when he can't shoot, particularly in the 4th. Plus he's getting too many minutes at the expense of Young and Dixon. Butler and Jamison are still playing too many minutes. Tapscott is nothing more than Jordan reincarnated. This is so sickening!!!!

Posted by: garrybrown | December 7, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Here are my game notes:

* All the biotches on this blog who have and keep ragging on LH saw tonight why Les BouleS made it to the second round of the playoffs when he was with Les BouleS, and why they haven't since he left. Larry didn't even start!

* Luol Deng treated MeTawn's "defense" like how Pacman treated De La Hoya's face.

* Les BouleS were getting back into the game in the 3rd quarter until NY was inserted. NY proceeded to throw up jumper after jumper and not play D, until he was yanked for Juan Dixon. Juan Dixon proves again that given the PT, he will scrap and produce.

* AB is finally showing what he can do since EJ and his dog house was dismantled.

* MeShawn is just not starter material, even for the sorry Les BouleS.

* Nevermind DMac's "monster dunk" on Nocioni. The play of the night was how Ben "Air" Gordon blocked the hell out of AD's shot and left him crumpled and embarrassed on the court when he tried to bring that weak layup into the paint.

* DSong has produced since EJ left also.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281206004

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ivan Carter,

I have watched every single Wizards' games, and lately I have noticed a trend. The Wizards can't secured the paint becasue of the lack of a true big men. MCgee is great, but he doesn't have the body to play the wide body center. This really got me thinking,is it possible for Haywood to play with a cast on his hand? As I recalled, Greg Oden played with a bad hand in college, So just wondering if Haywood could? It will be great if he can because his defensive presence is much needed.It will be great if you could ask Haywood this and write an article about it. Thanks!!

Posted by: KB_FROM_DC | December 7, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

That's a load of Bullshoot about McGee. He needs to play, bottom line. JaVale had 4 blocked shots in the first 3 minutes of the game. show me where Etan and Sonfoulya can do the same.

I really can't believe that a team with no hope is not giving its best young player any PT (Young should start too). At this point, McGee is the most exciting thing about watching the team. Please play him starters' minutes.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 7, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Tapscott: "The flow of the game and again (Bulls center Aaron) Gray is not a good match up for him. Gray is a guy who can get into your body and JaVale is better against those speed guys. Big, wide-body guys give him trouble simply because he's not real big physically and he's still learning the tricks of the trade, how to use his body and hold guys off….”

How is JaVale ever going to learn unless he plays? It’s not like if the Wizards won this game they would have a chance to make the playoffs. How about the other side of the match up? Let JaVale run the floor and make the other team try to match the Wizards some time.

Where in the hell did the Wizards find this guy?
Tapscott's year-by-year record in Tenleytown:
1982-83: 20-10
1983-84: 6-22
1984-85: 9-19
1985-86: 10-18
1986-87: 13-14
1987-88: 14-14
1988-89: 17-11
1989-90: 20-9
Total record: 109-117 (.482)

Hire LarryInClintonMD at least he wants to run and gun.

I have been telling everyone ABE is too cheap to go out and hire a real coach.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

"I have been telling everyone ABE is too cheap to go out and hire a real coach.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 2:45 AM "

Don't be surprised if Wes Unfeld Jr. is hired as next season's head coach, since he's calling all the plays now anyway.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised if Wes Unfeld Jr. is hired as next season's head coach, since he's calling all the plays now anyway.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 2:58 AM

He is alreay on the payroll

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

"He is alreay on the payroll

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 3:05 AM "

They'll make him head coach.

ETap is only the keeper of the flame for this season.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

who cares!

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 7, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that Tapscot quote was right from EJ's playback. Inaccurate and based on pre-conceived notions.

AB was gassed late in the 4th quarter. McGee should have played more.

Posted by: Izman | December 7, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Did not get a chance to see this game, but from the comments it sounds like the same old stuff 'SOS' again.

Guys, will somebody please tell me that ETaps ain't no EJ clone.

I can't take no more of that EJ coaching style. You guys been saying free JD, Hell, free the EJ in ETaps.

BulletsFan78, you just might know more about this game than me, your comment about having other teams adjust to us, is one of the main factors in why I keep sayin' Run and Gun.

When assistant coaches do what WU Jr. is doing up front for everybody to see, they become the coach sooner rather than later...i.e....like, right now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 7, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Ivan: I don't recall you criticizing Eddie Jordan's substitution patterns. Ever. Why the change?

Posted by: disgruntledfan | December 7, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards have to be absolutely 100% perfect in everything they do to have a chance to win. It seems there is always a couple of different problems in each game. Last night it was defense, (that's been a problem every game) fast break points, and points off of turnovers. It is getting very frustrating because you can see that they are really trying and playing their hearts out.

On a good note: Andray Blatche is playing unbelievably well.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 7, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I watched this game on the NBA channel and got the Bulls announcers. They made several comments about how McGee and Blatche were matchup problems for the Bulls big guys. How come our coaching staff didn't see the same?

I love our effort out there, I truly believe games will start to go our way. Playoffs are clearly out of the picture though. I agree with Gil: play the young guys, don't worry about losses since losses mean a great draft pick. There's got to be a Kwame 2.0 out there somewhere.

Posted by: NickelsLuvsSkins | December 7, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Quote: "I watched this game on the NBA channel and got the Bulls announcers. They made several comments about how McGee and Blatche were matchup problems for the Bulls big guys."

Totally false. The Bull's announcers were incredulous that McGee didn't play more. Go back and listen to the last five minutes of the game. They said it three times.

Posted by: Izman | December 7, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Now that everybody in the NBA thinks the Wiz will have a high number of lottery balls next year, why don't the Wiz trade their draft pick and some deadwood for somebody like Stuckey of Detroit?

He's still improving, could help now, and would be a good fit for Arenas next year.

Posted by: Izman | December 7, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I watched the game on NBA TV also because it was the only HD broadcast. I hate Stacey King but he and his partner were right on about JaVale not playing being a mystery.

Something is not right about the JaVale situation, he was killing, full of energy and he played 11 minutes? WTF?
ED TAPSCOTT IS WORRIED ABOUT AARON FREAKIN GRAY? It was a great match-up for JaVale, a big, slow and vertically challenge center who didn't even look to shoot was getting out worked by the rookie.

It's the most disappointing thing about the season so far for me, it's the reluctance of the coaching staff to show some balls and play the players who have a better chance at helping this team to be successful.

DeShawn continues to get big minutes despite playing horrible, he held Ben Gordan to 21 points and scored a strong 7 himself, but because he's a vet he gets minutes.

A. Daniels? He's a nice guy but what does he provide at this stage of his career?

I want to see us go BIG! (remember what you said when you took over Ed) Against the Bulls would have been a perfect time to make a team adjust to the 1 advantage we had against them, HEIGHT. JaVale and AB together I think would be an awesome combo with AJ at the 3, CB at 2 and whichever point guard.

It's the same old same old.

Posted by: zxhoya | December 7, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

yea the mcgee thing makes sense. Because D.Howard comes out agains smaller, quicker centers, and A. Stodemire used to sit when he played center and played against bigger centers. By that logic, why doesnt ETap play a quicker defensive gaurd when smaller quicker guards (any gaurd really) are blowing past D. Stevenson. Anyone thing the team may be doing the "t" word. And while D. Song is playin better, i know whole-heartedly believe they are only playing him so much to make him look attractive in a trade. Or at least thats my hope.

Posted by: T-ROB | December 7, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

McGee needs to play. Plain and simple. I don't care what the match ups say. We have won a grand total of 3 games this season trying to match up. McGee is the future of this franchise and he needs to play and learn. They also need to get him a Hall-of-Fame big man coach like Orlando did for Superman and the Lakers did for Bynam. Can you imagine how good this guy could be if he learned from lets say, The Dream?

Posted by: dhbond | December 7, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Good points here for why JM should get a lot more PT. Playing JM & AB together more would have them dominating the inside more against a ton of teams, especially Uptempo.

Pulling JM from the game because the other team has a big center is pure Ignorance. The simple answer is to run JM to the hoop everytime the opposing center scores or tries to score on him. I can think of only 3 5's that would keep up with him...Howard, Garnett and maybe Duncan. He would be scoring layups, dunks, or easy scores 80-90% of the time. The other team would be pulling their center and trying to go small to heep up with him.

And speaking of WU Jr., he reminds me why Fastbreaking should be our main goal.

When the Bullets won their only championship, What was Wes Unseld famous for?

Answer: The two handed pass which he threw halfway down the court so his team could take the scoring advantage first. UPTEMPO!!!

We must go uptempo. I submit that no NBA team has ever won an NBA champoinship without a superior/serious take the ball to the hoop philosophy.

You cannot concentrate and make decisions on the floor about defense first if your offense is wacked. Contrary to popular opinion, Defense wins Champioships only after you have mastered your Offense.

Coaches that continally put Defense ahead of offense do not win Championships...i.e.The Little General.

I know some of you gonna say, Naww LarryInClintonMD, "That Ain't Right".

Tell you what I'll name a team that everybody would agree spewed defense.

The Detroit Bad Boys. They had great Defense, But, Their Offense Was Better. Examine it. I rest my case.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 7, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dhbond,

You think this organization is going to spend money on a big man coach? This is what I mean when I say ABE is cheap. Not only will he not go over the luxury cap he refuses to spend money to go out and get a real coach (with a winning track record) who understands the other team has to adjust to your style and can also develop his players.

Say all you want about Daniel Snyder he over spent to get Spurrier. When that did not work he spent a lot of his money to hire Gibbs. Snyder is not afraid to spend his money and he tries to put a winning team on the field. I think Zorn has done a good job so far.

By hiring Ed as the head coach it shows me that ABE cares more about making money then he does about winning.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

And what does Snyder have to show for all of that money he spent? How much winning have the Redskins done on his watch?

It's how, not how much.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

So I guess the Tapscott honeymoon is over, huh?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

disgruntled fan, re: ivan criticizing substitutions...

i would guess that ivan held his criticism of Jordan more because Jordan had a history of producing. Ivan seems to be a pretty calm, slow to speak, slow to get angry kind of guy, he'd rather sit back and observe and get plenty of evidence before he starts running his mouth. Sure Charles Barkley is more entertaining, but he's a yutz. At least when Ivan criticizes, you know he's put a lot of thought into it.

that's my best interpretations. could be wrong.

Posted by: crs-one | December 7, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

M cGee needs to play. Aron Gray only played 21 minutes, so there had to be somes times that McGee would not be against Gray. And McGee is so quick, agile, with a good shooting touch. Give some experience to NY ( too many off balance shots and not many assists ) He needs to play along with McGee, Blatche, and McGee. Sit down Ad ( when is his contract up ) Play Juan more. ( undesized for defense but hustles, gets a steal or two and his offense is better than DS, Ad, and DB ) (team defense is bad)
He is not a point guard, but the Wizards do not have a true point guard except for Dee Brown, and I do not see that many assists coming from him. I do like his speed and getting theoffense set. AD usually walks up the court.
Juan can shoot and he is showing some passing skills which turn into assists.

Posted by: bailey5 | December 7, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Gray was a match up problem. Are you kidding me? I also watched the timeouts where they showed Unseld Jr drawing up the plays and Tapscott just listening. Well at least we get Boston this week who we beat 3 times last year. Should be no problem handling them again :-).

Ernie ..1 and 10 is just not acceptable...Now 3 and 22...that's much better. If you were Gil and Haywood, would you come back with the Wizards at 3 and 31 and give up a chance at the number one pick? Butler has to go to the backcourt and move adrae in the line-up so we stop playing with a college size line-up.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 7, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's one of things that will drive Abe to make a change. Ivan's article on last night's game was buried on page D9. The team is quickly becoming irrelevant. Less coverage, fewer fans, less money coming in. Falling from the height of Gilbert mania to D9 this quickly should worry Abe's accountants enough to drive him to "do something."

Posted by: jweber1 | December 7, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Check out our starting shooting guard's stats:
http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=808

The other night against the Lakers he was fouled on a three and wnet to the line and missed all 3 free throws..nice.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 7, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Juan get on the floor.

Blatche is playing good. He's finally got it to play in the paint.

I also don't understand Tap's reasoning for not playing McGee. You play to a Gray's strength going at him with Etan or Songaila. Gray would never keep up with McGee's speed and hops. That's a mismatch we should of exploited.

It always kills me to see Hughes against us. I'd love to work some kind of Etan & Stevenson for Hughes deal.

Why did the bring back those horrible gold unis?? They shoulda worn the Zephyrs in Chicago.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I also would not be at all surprised to see Unseld Jr named the next head coach.

It's hard to believe what's happened to this team since the '05 playoffs vs the Bulls.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 7, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I just really don't even like going to Wizard games. I'd rather go see the Terps or Gtown anytime.

The tickets are so expensive. It is so "busy" I'm like in a daze. The loud hip hop MC hype man, the flashing lights, the small seats, the expensive beer, the lame uniforms, the loud music, the lame kiss cam and people running on the court for 2 minutes of show or hype between the action.

The Wizards need to go to some classic style uniforms with Washington on the front, something with red white and blue. They should get away from as the hype up the crowd w/ artificial bs and focus more on the cheerleaders. Maybe have a house marching band w/ drumline. More of a college game atmosphere.

I'll just keep watching the games at my local pub on HD tv w/friends. Cheap beer, good food, no lines.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 7, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that ET, just as with EJ, is responding to what other teams are doing - allowing them to dictate what he does - instead of making them counter what the Wizards do.

Granted, ET doesn't have as many weapons as most other teams. But he's too reactive and not pro-active.

Stick with McGee more. Let him go through some growing pains. At this point, what's the alternative?

The thought that they can muddle through until Arenas gets back has to be tossed aside. They're not making the playoffs.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It's how, not how much.
Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 11:47 AM
In Abe’s case it was not how he spent his money, but why. It was not a good basketball decision (winning games and a championship) to resign AJ and Gilbert.
The reason ABE resigned these two guys was because ABE thought the team could at least make the first round of the playoffs and that makes ABE money.
Give me an owner who wants to win a championship, not just make money. Mark Cuban has not won a championship, but at least he is willing to make moves to try and win one.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If it was a bad basketball decision (which it really wasn't) then criticize him for making bad basketball decisions. But criticizing him for being unwilling to spend after he spends upwards of $160 mill on two players is just silly.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Tapscott: "The flow of the game and again (Bulls center Aaron) Gray is not a good matchup for him. They didn't play (Joakim) Noah. That would've been a good matchup. You know, similar style of game, speed guys"

I found it interesting that they didn't play Noah and that Thomas only played 5 minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I found it interesting that they didn't play Noah and that Thomas only played 5 minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 1:46 PM

I think Noah is butting heads with the coaches and Thomas is a wild child on the court who needs to show discpline.
Blatche covers all those categories for us.

Posted by: zxhoya | December 7, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"The reason ABE resigned these two guys was because ABE thought the team could at least make the first round of the playoffs and that makes ABE money.
Give me an owner who wants to win a championship, not just make money. Mark Cuban has not won a championship, but at least he is willing to make moves to try and win one.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 12:52 PM "

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 | December 7, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

So I guess the Tapscott honeymoon is over, huh?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 11:50 AM

Yep it is over. If Tabscott is going to coach like Jordan we my as well have not had fired him then.

That is the most weak of all weak excuses Tabscott used for not playing McGee. The only way that stupid excuse he used was valid was when McGee was going against Superman and the 1st half of the Lakers game against Bynum.

4 blocks in two minutes? Are you kidding me? Gray was not handling McGee like Superman was. Why is Tabscott "matching up" to the other teams instead of making them "match up" to us? Does this sound like Jordan or what???

What did it take for Juan to finally get a run? Did it take AD to hurt himself before he put in Juan Dixon?

Stevenson has a matchup problem every game but you do not see him getting sat down like Tabscott does McGee......

The only thing good Tabscott has done is give AB consistent minutes at the same mark in the 1st quarter and 3rd quarters. Nothing like knowing when you are going into a game and that you will not get yanked out of the game for one mistake (i.e. Jordan on AB).

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"I just really don't even like going to Wizard games. I'd rather go see the Terps or Gtown anytime.

The tickets are so expensive. It is so "busy" I'm like in a daze. The loud hip hop MC hype man, the flashing lights, the small seats, the expensive beer, the lame uniforms, the loud music, the lame kiss cam and people running on the court for 2 minutes of show or hype between the action.

The Wizards need to go to some classic style uniforms with Washington on the front, something with red white and blue. They should get away from as the hype up the crowd w/ artificial bs and focus more on the cheerleaders. Maybe have a house marching band w/ drumline. More of a college game atmosphere.

I'll just keep watching the games at my local pub on HD tv w/friends. Cheap beer, good food, no lines.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 7, 2008 12:50 PM "

Don't worry, Les BouleS have:

1. advertised that they're having $10 college nights again on Wednesdays, and

2. more family fun nights where for $79, you can get 4 dogs, 4 sodas, and 4 nose bleeds.

Two things that championship caliber teams/franchises always do...dyeah right.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Aaron Gray was a match up problem. Are you kidding me? I also watched the timeouts where they showed Unseld Jr drawing up the plays and Tapscott just listening. Well at least we get Boston this week who we beat 3 times last year. Should be no problem handling them again :-).

Posted by: ptp23 | December 7, 2008 12:14 PM "

Sorry, one of the primary reasons Les BouleS had success against Boston 3 times last season was b/c of BTH, and BTH ain't playing this season.

Boston is a trash talking team with a lot of swagger, and I'd imagine KG will be gunning for Les BouleS, including JaTravel.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88

The Wizards will put AJ on KG and let AJ play his shut down D and hold KG to 30 and 10.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

For as long as I have been a Bullett fan this stretch of inept basketball is hard to stomach from the poor coaching(why would you hire a coach with no experience?)to the crazy substitution patterns to the fact that you have an assisstant(so called) drawing up plays who also has no real game experience, and you fired a coach who was recognized league wide as one of its best. I seriously question the basketball knowledge of some you on this blog who called for EJ's dismissal;now where are we? We fired Jordan; and most people league wide were frankly shocked and are still sratching their collective heads about that move,We have a GM who basically conspired to get Jordan fired with a series of assinine personel moves(well documented) that has set this franhise back for years, an owner who for all intent and purpose has been inflicted with a debilitating illness, who is too sick to run this franchise and should be replaced this team even it gets to the lottery(a sure bet unless a miracle happens)will not get better because there is not a franchise type game changer in this years draft.The solution? hire a real coach by the all star break because its obvious that ETAP is in way over his head and by the way fire Ernie Grunfeld ASAP!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

For once I would like to see our coach put his best out there and make them adjust to us rather than adjusting to them, You mean to tell me that we made a strategic change for Aaron freaking Gray? That alone is enough for Tap to get a good talking to.
Play AB and Mcgee for at least 35 each. Who sits is not my concern, Those two should be playing.

Posted by: original_mark | December 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Did you notice that when Dee Brown got subbed out in the 3rd quarter last night, it was actually Jamison who made the "order" to the bench to sub him out? Coach Taps was upset that Dee got turned around on the Rose fast break earlier in the 3rd, and he made a point of turning to both AD and JD to point out that he got turned on his back shoulder on that play...even though it was still a smart play to take a foul and stop the break as he did.

Then, when Dee made his 1 and only turnover of the game on the pass to the wing that Deng picked off, AJ went right over to the Wiz bench, pointed at AD and JD, and told Coach Taps to "get someone in there". Instantly, Daniels was off the bench and going in.

Who's running the team anyway?

Posted by: kebzach | December 7, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

In Abe’s case it was not how he spent his money, but why. It was not a good basketball decision (winning games and a championship) to resign AJ and Gilbert.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 12:52 PM
If it was a bad basketball decision (which it really wasn't) then criticize him for making bad basketball decisions. But criticizing him for being unwilling to spend after he spends upwards of $160 mill on two players is just silly.
Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 1:38 PM
Do you know anything about basketball? If it was a good basketball decision why are the Wizards 3-15?
ABE did it to keep the fans coming to games, that’s why it was a financial decision not a basketball decision. It’s also a financial decision not to hire a real coach, but I guess you think Ed is the next Phil Jackson?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 7, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"If it was a good basketball decision why are the Wizards 3-15?"

Because two of their starters (including their best player) have been out all season with injury, and because they lack sufficient depth to overcome that.

Any more stupid questions? (That's rhetorical, of course.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 7, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

If AJ is doing the coaching and sending DB to the bench, somebody needs to whip his you know what. When have you ever heard of a Tarheel that don't wanna run the ball.

Kebzach, if this is true, then something is truly foul with the Wizs. Please, AJ can't be that stupid and then ETaps goes along with it.

Kebzach, that is total nonsense, you know what, if your observations are true, and I have no info to doubt it, they might as well bring big Wes back as coach.

LarryInClintonMD

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 8, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

If AJ is doing the coaching and sending DB to the bench, somebody needs to whip his you know what. When have you ever heard of a Tarheel that don't wanna run the ball.

Kebzach, if this is true, then something is truly foul with the Wizs. Please, AJ can't be that stupid and then ETaps goes along with it.

Kebzach, that is total nonsense, you know what, if your observations are true, and I have no info to doubt it, they might as well bring big Wes back as coach.

LarryInClintonMD

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

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Of course I can't guarantee what was said and I didn't try to read lips, but from where I was sitting (25-30 feet behind the Wiz bench in section 120, right alongside the player entrance tunnel, with a clear angle on what happened), AJ most definitely went directly over to the coach after that Deng steal, pointed at both JD and AD (who were sitting in the first 2 player chairs next to the coaching staff), and indicated that he wanted a change. I remember thinking "did he just order a change?" and then I saw Coach Taps shake his head as if to say "I know, I know", like someone would shake their head if they had heard this sort of message from AJ before and they knew what he was going to say even before he got done saying it.

Then the sub was made.

I'm not sure if Ivan Carter saw the exchange or not from his angle, as he was on the other side of the basket from the Wiz bench, just a row or two behind the photo pit at the east end of the UC court. But it was sure interesting.

I also thought that it was odd that the only time that I saw Coach Taps come down to the very end of the bench last night was to talk to AB. He never once said anything to DB, McGee, Nick Young, etc. In fact, none of those guys really even paid attention to team huddles after they got taken out, almost like they knew that their time was up and they wouldn't have to pay attention for a while. Dee in particular was the worst in that regard.

Overall, it was quite the scene just watching the Wiz bench last night, much less the game.

Posted by: kebzach | December 8, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

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