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Crittenton, James at Shootaround

From Ivan Carter at Verizon Center:

Javaris Crittenton and Mike James were at shootaround this morning, but the Wizards won't know if the two will be eligible to play tonight until Antonio Daniels takes his physical for the Hornets. Daniels had 48 hours to report to the team. New Orleans plays at Boston tomorrow.

Stay tuned ...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 11, 2008; 10:51 AM ET
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I hope AD gets his done asap so we can get these guys into the rotation asap! Hopefully by tonight

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 11, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse


The Post needs to stop it with all these advertisements dominating this blog.

Sick of it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 11, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully AD isn't driving to New Orleans. He might fall down.

Posted by: original_mark | December 11, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if AD came back return to sender: damaged goods.

Posted by: elfreako | December 11, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

You guys think Antonio Daniels will pass his physical? The Hornets have bounced trades before for faied physicals -- Steven Hunter two seasons ago.

Re the ads -- lighten up, this is America!

Posted by: SteveC28 | December 11, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

No but in all seriousness folks...I'm not saying AD is clumsy but he's on the floor more often than the DC Madam.

I'm appearing at the VCenter on nights and weekends.

Posted by: original_mark | December 11, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Mark- too funny lol

SteveC- you are correct, ads = revenue for a newspaper that cant sell physical newspapers anymore. News is a medium for delivering ads to its readers...I digress

AD have better been down there last night for his physical today. I would hate to read he took him time and thus causing us delays with our guys

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 11, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call AD clumsy (know you aren't either, OG Mark), since he's always had a high Asst-TO ratio. He's normally knocked down to the floor on drives to the basket, but he doesn't turn the ball over, even this year, said ratio is over 3.5:1, which has been consistent with his career averages, which also has been one of the top ratios in the league...

Obviously, his game has diminished, which now may be more suitable to the Hornets style & personnel...

Posted by: -CN- | December 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Trade Odds and Ends answered the questions about AD's medical condition. Elfeako and SteveC28, you guys are late.

Wizardsextreme, I'm with you, get the exam done already.


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

"Hopefully AD isn't driving to New Orleans. He might fall down. "

Lol, that was good.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 11, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Barring the discovery of some kind of life-threatening problem, there's pretty much zero chance that that Daniels doesn't pass his physical. We know he's healthy enough to play because he's been playing. And the Hornets have nothing to gain by voiding the deal. Both Daniels and James have the same contract that expires at the same time, so there's no money incentive. Daniels is a better fit for their team and a better locker room presence. They don't want Mike James and aren't likely to find a better taker for him in another deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 11, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I was just checking back through the Blogs and a lot of you still go hard on DSteve.

You Gonna Eat Your Words.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 11, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Any words from AD himself...maybe Ivan can contact him on the phone....hopefully not while he's driving.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 11, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Daniels should definitely pass their physical, which shouldn't be thorough, since he hasn't had any serious injuries of late. Unless they are looking to find something wrong (defeat the purpose of trading for him in the first place, though the 2015 2nd rounder they got from Memphis was the real jewel, snicker snicker...), he will pass. Question is, will he take his physical by COB today, so that James & Crittenton will play tonight? I'm thinking the chances are slim...

Posted by: -CN- | December 11, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Re the ads: If you are tired of them, download one of those files for updating your computer's hosts file. Just google "hosts ad block" and you'll get tons of sample hosts file for blocking ads. No software required.

Posted by: tundey | December 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I was just checking back through the Blogs and a lot of you still go hard on DSteve.

You Gonna Eat Your Words.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 11, 2008 12:00 PM

i usually don't take u to task bc ur a heels fan, but this time, ur just wrong. also, the blog signs ur name for you. no need to type larry in clinton md every single time.

Posted by: prescrunk | December 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I was kinda wondering why Larry does that, too.


Posted by: original_mark | December 11, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Unless DS gets a jumpshot implant or transplant, he's not a good fit for this team. This is not to say that he's not a good player. On San Antonio's team, he'd get more open looks from 3 point land and he'd also have a good defensive backstop in Duncan as well as help defenders like Bowen. He'd look a lot better there than he does here. Let's call it the 'Roger Mason' effect.

I liked Roger here and said so last year. I do think that his numbers are inflated because of his teammates there, though. Put a guy who stays at the 3 point line with a team with an offensive low post presence and you're bound to have an improvement.

Posted by: original_mark | December 11, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mason isn't just a guy who stays at the 3-point line. yes, that's a strength of his, but he can and does put it on the floor if he's challenged at the line, and he can also run the point in a backup role.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 11, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I do that for reason. If you have 10 people dressed identical and they all was doing the same thing, which one would you remember?

Might it not be something that he or she did that was different from all the rest. Think about it.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 11, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What was the time frame of the aborted trade for Larry Hughes? He's playing now. Wish they'd made that one, even if Larry was temporarily on IR. We'd have been rid of ET, unless the plan is to hold down one end of the bench.

Posted by: lrmc623 | December 11, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The Zards had two guards who really understood the offensive game and both of them are now gone. Trading the first was a huge misstake. Roger Mason was the smartest guy on this team, and extremely valuable. He was the only guy who actually could make sure that the offense as Edie originally conceived it could run, with the exception of Daniels, who is now also gone. Mason had the added value of being able to spread the defense in ways that Daniels couldn't, which was central to the 5-man passing game that Edie favored.

Ideally, under the style Edie favored, you would have liked to have a pivot player (notice I did not say a "center" or "5", but a pivot player) through whom you ran the offense, who was a decision maker, who could read others and get it to them with advantage.

The last player on the team with those kind of talents is Songailla. He sees the game and makes effective choices that create openings by clearing space, that gives the ball to others at a time and in a manner that they can play with advantage, and that creates worthwhile scoring opportunities for himself (some scoring opportunities effect the defense more than others and therefore are more valuable).

I have to believe that Ernie knows he goofed with Mason (although Mason was never THE answer as the principal fulcrum for an offense), and that he has made the current move with the hope (perhaps more than that) that Critteton can grow into that role.

I personally think that resigning Gilbert, as entertaining as he is to watch, and when he is healthy and on, there is no one in my opinion who is more entertaining, was a misstake. Gibert to me in three-man ball is a wonderful teammate. In five-man ball, he is a nonstarter. I do not think that that will ever change. I do not believe that you can win with a 3-man offense, no matter how "Big" you try to make the THREE.

To sell tickets, Edie promoted the "Big Three," but, in doing so, betrayed his own roots, and certainly the lineage of Pete Carrill that got him the job in the first place. Instead, he hired his own coach from Rutgers, who was enamored with offenses that feature a "star" scorer from before Edie was born. Once Edie went from talking "the Princeton" to "the Big Three" he deserved to be gone.

Interesting, in my opinion, he got a reprieve only because with Gilbert's injury, the team was being run by committee with guys like Roger and Daniels setting the tone and they were back to 5-man offense, Heywood got lots more touches and so could be discerning about when to go at the rim with one, and became the center that I believe he will never be if he is on the court with Gil.

So, I think that this trade was a good one, to be followed by a blockbuster once Gilbert proves himself, in which case he will be gone too.

Posted by: cohenra | December 11, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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