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Coaching Conundrum

The recent spate of NBA coaches being fired -- including the Wizards' Eddie Jordan -- has raised a few eyebrows. Even Time magazine's web site weighed in this week after Reggie Theus was canned by the Sacramento Kings.

A roundtable discussion at asks: What gains can a bad team expect to make by firing a coach?

For example: Ed Tapscott is 3-9 since taking over as head coach.

By Alexa Steele  |  December 18, 2008; 2:16 PM ET
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It makes no difference who the coach is at this point. 74 total points ain't gonna get it done in this league. We need Gil and his 25+ and Bwood's 10/7. With these players our record would be at least 500. No doubt about it. Haywood gives us inside presence because he's wide and gil stretches the floor, the essence of the princeton offense. It makes perfect sense. This season is lost. Face it everyone. I've watched every game this year and have been to one, i think, and we just can't score and stop others from scoring. These problems will be rectified as soon as we get our roster straight.

Posted by: BurgwithaU | December 18, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You gotta know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. The Wiz are holding 2-7 offsuit and the the league just went all in on them. Time to fold...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 18, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse


Nice post. One that makes sense for once. It's injuries, not coaching, or the GM that has made this a lost season.

- Rob P

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 18, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Losing your best scorer and then your best defender, this is the kind of record one would expect. It makes no difference who the coach of the squad littered with young talent and role players who depend on your best players in the lineup.

However, the EJ firing was inevitable and needed; the slow start just gave EG a convenient excuse to clear house and bring someone in that can coach both ends of the court.

Posted by: RedMeat | December 18, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

eddie needed to go, that being said he would be doing a better job than tap

Posted by: bford1kb | December 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Burg also.

If Haywood and Areanas are starting this season, EJ is still coach and they are .500.

This is why I think EG had something else in mind before the season started. Could be wrong but I doubt it. He's not that stupid.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The lack of Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood does not justify the gross errors in providing undeserved minutes to guys like DeShawn Stevenson, Etan Thomas, and Darius Songaila (at the 5), nor does it justify the undeserved "doghouses" that Andray Blatche, Nick Young, and Javale McGee have all found themselves in at some point during the season. Not having Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood just happens to be a convenient excuse.

Posted by: psps23 | December 18, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

isn't everyone bored of arguing over the same issues over and over and over again?

$10 for someone who can think of a new topic to talk about

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Boozer says he will opt out and Paul Millsap can possibly be a UFA this offseason. What does everyone think about those two. I'm just blown we wasted 50 million on Jamison.

yukiwith2us, I send you my email for that $10 lol

Posted by: vwilli1 | December 18, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The season is going so poorly it is making me physically ill. Literally, I get a headache just thinking about about DeShawn's jumper, yet I come back for more and more. Maybe I'll head over to the Nats blog and wait for spring training so I can wait for nine more months of misery there.

At the beginning of the season I didn't think this team could be this bad. I'm longing for the days of Terry Davis and Rod Strickland, Ledell Eckles...

Posted by: MBUSA | December 18, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

only god, shamgod could bring this squad back, where're lovable ike and mark price

Posted by: bford1kb | December 18, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

only god, god shammgod gets this squad back in it, where're ike and mark price when you need em'

Posted by: bford1kb | December 18, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

you know what this team needs, nay DESERVES right now?

some good old michael ruffin...

or calvin booth. either or

get the all time ugly team back together!

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"isn't everyone bored of arguing over the same issues over and over and over again?

$10 for someone who can think of a new topic to talk about

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 3:26 PM"

Post of the year. But then again, complaining about people on blogs arguing about the same issues over and over is like a urinal complaining about always being peed on.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | December 18, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: BulletsFever | December 18, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Post of the year. But then again, complaining about people on blogs arguing about the same issues over and over is like a urinal complaining about always being peed on.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | December 18, 2008 4:23 PM

so true.

the argument marry-go-round goes on turning round and round...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

anybody else notice that Mason worked his way into the Spurs starting lineup?

I like seeing that guy do well.

Posted by: crs-one | December 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The NBA is about the players. Even weak coaches like Mike Brown can win if they have LeBron James. Eddie was set up to fail once Arenas and Haywood were hurt at the beginning of the year...everyone could see a slow start coming and I think he was expecting it. I almost sensed he was relieved to be fired so he could pursue other coaching jobs that would open up.

A healthy Arenas and Haywood mean a slightly above .500 team next year, but don't confuse this team with a contender. Too many poor personnel decisions have been made by EG including the long-term contracts given to the likes of ET, DSS, Songaila, AB, etc. Lots of money was spent on mediocre players on 4-6 year deals. Losing Roger Mason who would have been re-signed if DSS wasn't on the roster also hurts.

I don't think EG has made any good moves since trading Kwame Brown for CB3 over 3 years ago, but he's not held accountable by the owner. A new GM and better medical staff is needed to rebuild this team starting next year.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 18, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Without Roger Mason and to a lesser extent Daniels, this team is ruderless on offense, except when Songaila is at the 5. If Jamison can't go, they must play Songaila at the 5 for significant minutes, and Blatche at the 4.

Without Songaila in the middle, this team is left to scrape up baskets through great individual or two-man play in the half court and run outs. He provides some semblence of a cohesive team attack at the basket.

McGee shows great upside. If Roger Mason were here, I think that there would be much more of a half-court offense for him to fit into and he'd be able to get many more minutes.

Posted by: cohenra | December 18, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Last night at half-time on the espn games, Bill Walton was talking about all the firing of the coaches this year. He said the coaches were just scapegoats for all of the bad decisions made by a lot of the general managers. He used Maurice Cheeks with Elton Brand as an example (didnt give him time to adjust to using him correctly, etc)

Posted by: washwiz | December 18, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It was my thought that Eddie Jordan needed to go, but having done that, Ed Tapscott has been zero percent better than him. I'm dissappointed with E. Grunfeld, there's something missing in leading this franchise. I don't think that Gilbert Arenas is going to be able to turn this around. I think this franchise is due for a makeover, rebuiding, new owner, new philosophy. just some winning ways. What does Abe have to say?

Posted by: zbopjazz | December 20, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Just plain tired of the same losing results. I can appreciate leadership, but I don't want to hear anything more from Antwan Jamison (not that he's said anything lately) at this point leadership needs to come from examples.

Play the draft choices. If we've got to lose, develop the young talent we have!

Posted by: zbopjazz | December 20, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Watching Wiz over past 2 decades seems it still comes down to players:

1) are not particularly athletic
2) injudicious shot selection and
3) never learned to play defense.

Pretty simple.

Posted by: PGHPA16 | December 20, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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