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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers


This isn't going to end well. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


If something bad happens to the Philadelphia 76ers, it must mean that they are about to face the Washington Wizards. Maurice Cheeks was fired on Saturday and the 76ers hosted the Wizards. Then, Elton Brand dislocated his right shoulder against Milwaukee on Wednesday and will be out the next month -- and guess who they get tonight? Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the 76ers are in trouble when they arrive at Verizon Center. They actually came back to beat the Bucks, 93-88, with Brand sidelined.

Philadelphia (11-14) is now 2-0 under new coach Tony DiLeo. It's early, but of the six coaches to replace those who have been fired this season, DiLeo is the only one to win his first two games. He also is the only one with a winning record, period. Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks is 1-12. Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott is 3-9 since replacing Eddie Jordan. Toronto interim coach Jay Triano is 2-6 since replacing Sam Mitchell. Minnesota Coach Kevin McHale is 0-6 since replacing Randy Wittman. And Sacramento's Kenny Natt is 1-1 since replacing Reggie Theus. See, the coaches were the problem all along.

But if DiLeo can win tonight, he'll match Tapscott for most wins by a replacement coach this season. Oh, it's so on tonight.

Here's what else you need to know about the Sixers going into the Wizards' 24th game this season:

1. Once Again, Elton Brand Is Out
The 76ers went 1-1 when Brand sat with a hamstring injury, but now they will be without their $82-million man for the next month, at least. Philadelphia will likely revert to the running style in which they thrived before Brand arrived. Although Brand didn't look too shabby when he dropped 27 on the Wizards last Saturday.

The Sporting News's Sean Deveney blames Brand for Maurice Cheeks' ouster and comes just short of calling the signing a bust, given how his presence has disrupted what made the 76ers successful last season. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford said the injury makes it difficult to assess what this team really is, while Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Rich Hofmann said it's time for Operation Sammy, as in Samuel Dalembert. Whoa, boy.

2. Stefanski Wanted DiLeo to Coach for Awhile
Stefanski's choice of assistant general manager Tony DiLeo was a surprise to many, especially since his last head coaching experience came when he led West Germany in 1979-80. Many of the players on his team probably have never heard of the Berlin Wall. But as Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Smallwood points out, DiLeo is no stranger to the bench having joined the 76ers in 1990-91 and working as an assistant under Fred Carter, Jim Lynum, John Lucas, Doug Moe and Larry Brown. Stefanski had been warming to idea of moving DiLeo to the bench during the 2-8 slide that derailed Cheeks.

3. Maurice Cheeks Stays Classier Than San Diego
Most of the coaches who have been fired this season hid out for a while, but Cheeks actually held a news conference on Tuesday to accept the blame for Philadelphia's sluggish start. Cheeks, the former 76ers point guard whose jersey hangs in the rafters, has always had a reputation for being a class act. Remember when he coached Portland and assisted that little girl who was too nervous to sing the national anthem?

By Michael Lee  |  December 19, 2008; 9:12 AM ET
 
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Comments

Before any of the debates about what a bum various players in the hotseat during a losing season are and for what reason, I would like to thank the reporting in this article about Mo Cheeks and the loyalty he has shown to his former club.

Loyalty can be exercised in many ways. I know simply turning on this page and reading the comments suggests some loyalty to my beloved but cursed team. When it is exercised with a modicum of sportsmanship, stories like Cheek's arrive. Wishing the club well, wishing our players well, debating who needs more minutes, what trades might be beneficial to the team, I love reading that here. It reminds me of drinking from fishbowls in old town with my boys and pretending to be the GM.

When we bash our stars, complain about how much money is spent or cast out our leaders from recent success, it points to people that do not have the right mix of loyalty and sportsmanship. Thank God the game has people like Cheeks representing it and I wish others would follow his lead.

Posted by: yankeevicar | December 19, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Geeze, cry me a river.

Who cares about the 76ers, the Wiz have thier own problems.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 19, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

very honest and true comments yankeevicar

unfortunately, if you're looking for sportsmanship, internet message boards are probably the last place you want to look. that's just the way it is/always going to be...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Geeze, cry me a river.

Who cares about the 76ers, the Wiz have thier own problems.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 19, 2008 9:37 AM

haha case in point. well put Ray

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

EG should consider Mo Cheeks as a possible coach for this team. Maybe he can teach them how to play good D.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Out of all the coaches fired so far this season, our guy Eddie J. still has the best resume...in eight seasons as an HC Mo Cheeks only took his team to the playoff three times. Is that what we would consider success here in DC?

Posted by: MBUSA | December 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

don't worry we're going to work hard and gind a way to lose this one. this should be a much easier than the effort it took to lose to the knicks with 8 guys.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

im with ray...boohoo

lets focus on getting the young guns some burn tonight and maybe win #5!

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 19, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Cheeks is definitely a class act. The moment with him going to the rescue of the little girl singing the National Anthem was a great moment.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"You've seen teams take veteran, big-bodied guys and they went right at him," Tapscott said. "Now, he has to make the next adjustment. He got off to a good start, but we've played a bunch of people twice now -- Detroit we've played three times -- and they do their homework so they see what his strengths are and they look to expose some of his weakness. That happens in this league. We have to help JaVale adjust and counter what they are doing to him."

So this is how you help him, huh? Benching him instead of using his strenghs and letting "these other teams" try to adjust to him.

The only one time you can really say that happened was the Orlando game with Dwight Howard. A little bit of it happened in the Lakers game with Bynum and that was it.

All of the other matchups were not as glaring as those and were not as bad as the Magic and Lakers game. So I do not know what the heck Tabscott is talking about.

Again, if you want use that same logic to bench somebody, why does he not apply it to Stevenson also. Once again, double standard coaching, ala Eddie J'.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ivan - I know we shouldn't get our hopes up, but is there any chance of Arenas returning in time for the X-mas day game against Cleveland?

Posted by: satchmore | December 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

anyone see this? New trophy case from the 78 team, I love me some Big E

http://www.washingtonwizardsblog.com/2008/12/19/game-day-sixers-3/

Posted by: Igetbuckets | December 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

BulletsFever

I said it in the last post and I'll say it again. Right now, McGee's only redeeming characteristics are that he plays above the rim on both ends. Blocked shots and alley oops. Both crowd pleasers, but they only help you win when you put them in context.

He doesn't know team defense, he doesn't know how to clog the lane, and he doesn't know one-on-one defense. He is a HUGE defensive liability, regardless of matchup.

On the other end, he's good for a few highlights, and several fair-to-bad shots, and a putback or two. He doesn't know the offense at all.

In case you forgot, in both detroit games, the Pistons put Sheed to work EVERY TIME McGee was on him. Their first 4-5 posessions in the last game went straight to Sheed. In fact, In every single game where the opponents had a center with some offensive ability, that's the matchup they have tried to exploit. You only mentioned Orlando and LA, which are the two most notable examples, but almost every team has done it.

Unfortunately McGee is our best (and only true) center, regardless of his significant weaknesses. ET s all elbows, DSong can't jump three inches (and is also a huge liability defensively at the 5), and AB's one-on-one D is weak (although his team D is pretty decent and he has a nice offensive game and is good on the offensive glass to compensate).

We miss Haywood a whole lot.

Posted by: jones-y | December 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

We miss Haywood a whole lot.

Posted by: jones-y | December 19, 2008 1:02 PM

Not only do we miss Haywood in games, we miss him coaching JM on the bench, we miss him pushing JM hard in practice, we miss him setting a good example of what it means to be a center in the NBA.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't know team defense, he doesn't know how to clog the lane, and he doesn't know one-on-one defense. He is a HUGE defensive liability, regardless of matchup.

So how is he going to overcome those issues? By PLAYING. By being on the court. That's how you learn. Sitting him on the bench doesn't help him improve. I'm not saying play him 40 minutes, but he should be getting 20-25 per game. That way, he can learn at a pace that's not too quick.

C'mon, it's not like we're a threat to make the playoffs. We're losing with the vets. Why not lose with the kids, and see which ones have game?

This is what drives me nuts about Tapscott (and BTW, BulletsFever, it's TaPscott, not TaBscott) -- he goes with the vets that continue to lose games. If they're not good enough to win, why stay with them? Why not see if the young guys, with hustle and determination, can eke out some W's? If they lose, how exactly is that different than what's happening now?

Posted by: keithward64 | December 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

OK, Javale might have all those faults. Then why isn't Etan Thomas playing? I'm waitin' on Etan.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't know team defense, he doesn't know how to clog the lane, and he doesn't know one-on-one defense. He is a HUGE defensive liability, regardless of matchup.

So how is he going to overcome those issues? By PLAYING. By being on the court. That's how you learn. Sitting him on the bench doesn't help him improve. I'm not saying play him 40 minutes, but he should be getting 20-25 per game. That way, he can learn at a pace that's not too quick.

C'mon, it's not like we're a threat to make the playoffs. We're losing with the vets. Why not lose with the kids, and see which ones have game?

This is what drives me nuts about Tapscott (and BTW, BulletsFever, it's TaPscott, not TaBscott) -- he goes with the vets that continue to lose games. If they're not good enough to win, why stay with them? Why not see if the young guys, with hustle and determination, can eke out some W's? If they lose, how exactly is that different than what's happening now?

Posted by: keithward64 | December 19, 2008 1:25 PM

Kiethward64 - My point exactly.

Jones-y - Again if you want to use that logic about being a liablility, Tapscott should use it on the whole starting 5 then.

AJ- Can not play any defense and is more of a defensive liablility then McGee is at times.

AB - Playing wrong position so I will not grade him. He is playing against legit 5's so it is unfair for me to grade him.

CB - Below average man to man defender. Covers up flaw with grit and playing passing lanes.

Stevenson - Do I even need to tell you???? Can't shoot, average or below average man to man defender, can not drive, can not finish at the rack, can't shoot ft's etc. etc.

Dixon - Not a real point guard, can not setup the offense, man to man defense is average.

Now that same crap Tapscott is using to validate him not playing McGee could also be applied to that starting 5 I just mentioned. But do you see other then Dixon getting yanked out of games and called out when they make "one" mistake....????

Point is, everyone has a major flaw to their game, why is one person (McGee) being signaled out for his flaw? That is all I want to know...........

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, Javale might have all those faults. Then why isn't Etan Thomas playing? I'm waitin' on Etan.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 19, 2008 1:44 PM

PostSubscriber - I think you are the only one on this blog who wants to see Etan get minutes.

Etan's a good dude and I don't have anything against him, but he is not a NBA center. The days of the Brian Grant type of 5 are long and gone.

The days of a bulked up power forward are gone. Etan is a tweener in today's game. He has no handle, no faceup game, only a jump hook with his left hand, slow of foot, and is too short to play against today's agile 5's.

This is why you never see anyone asking why Etan gets any minutes. We had enough of Etan taking Haywood's minutes the year before last because Eddie J' could not separate business and personal.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Cheeks is definitely a class act. The moment with him going to the rescue of the little girl singing the National Anthem was a great moment.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 12:14 PM

Thanks for that tidbit. Personally, I think Cheeks was a Ludacris Moran

Posted by: cj658 | December 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

We had enough of Etan taking Haywood's minutes the year before last because Eddie J' could not separate business and personal.


Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 1:58 PM


Be careful with comments like that about EJ. Kalorama may delete your posts, or ban you from the blog. He is the blog owner and reviews all comments before they are posted. The guy is dangerous.

Posted by: cj658 | December 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I think this is AB's make-or-break season, so we do need to play him more to see if he can develop into something or just a teaser. As for McGee, this is just his rookie season, we can afford to be patient. Granted, you can only learn so much in practice, and sooner or later you will have to be on the court in games to continue development. But I don't think McGee has exhausted learning off-court yet.

As for ET, we know what he is, a backup center at best. And quite frankly, I feel he is a step slower after coming back from heart surgery (don't know it is just timing or what). Right now, on defense, ET is not better than DSong (ET may be able to jump higher, but DSong plays better team defense); and on offense, DSong is clearly better.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

When Jamison and Butler start playing fewer than 35 mpg, THEN the team will be tanking. But it's clear from the looks on their faces that if there is some kind of nefarious master plan to throw games, they aren't in on it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 17, 2008 10:08 PM

I'm still waiting to find out what "look" it is that you are referring to. Here is what Ivan Carter had to say about CB following the Pistons game:

""Caron Butler (season-low five points on one-of-five shooting with six turnovers) was a non-factor and was strangely out of it most of the game. I would've loved to have asked him about it but he rolled out without talking." - Ivan Carter

But according to Kalorama, as long as CB has that "look" on his face, than we are not tanking.

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your response, kind sir. I seriously am dying to know what that "look" is. throw me a bone here. Thanks.

Posted by: cj658 | December 19, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A few observations:

1) McGee has been pulled mostly for "mistakes" on the offensive end, including the last game. Personally, I'd rather see McGee with the ball than DeS, so I don't buy this strategy..

2) McGee is not a defensive liability. He was in Sheed's face for every shot in the first encounter. If everyone on the Wiz were so diligent, we'd be in good shape.

3) McGee could body-up his opponents (like Song), but as a rookie, he would quickly get called for fouls.

4) McGee doesn't commit silly fouls (unlike AB).

5) McGee leaves his man too much to try to block 3 point shots, but that's because somebody lost an assignment.

6) The best way for McGee to improve his D is for him to play with a similar group of players for average of at least 20 minutes a game.

7)Why not JM, AB, DM, MJ and DS to exert some defensive presense when the starters let things get out of control?

8) I have never seen Haywood rated as a top 20 center in the league, and I've seen over 20 ratings over the years.

Posted by: Izman | December 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

") I have never seen Haywood rated as a top 20 center in the league, and I've seen over 20 ratings over the years."


Well put. A lot of "morans" on this blog seem to think that BTH is the reason that we went from a playoff team to a 4-19 team. It's very perplexing.

Posted by: cj658 | December 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Abe has tried almost everything and still no success.

Maybe it's time to move the team to another city and give DC a new franchise.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"I have never seen Haywood rated as a top 20 center in the league, and I've seen over 20 ratings over the years."

You've obviously missed all the ones that he was rated in the top 20s, LOL! (Note, please do not check any ranking this year, he isn't there.)

Too bad, Hollinger has taken down his 2007-2008 player's ranking (I have posted it on this blog before), Haywood was ranked somewhere in the top 10 among centers! (I am sure kalorama would remember this because he went crazy over it!)

Or maybe you can email Hollinger to verify!

Here is Hollinger's PER ranking for 2008-2009: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/rankings?pos=9&start=15

Look, even AB ranked 21 this season! Ask yourself, was Haywood last season better than AB this season? If the answer is yes, then how hard is it to realize that Haywood would have ranked top 20?

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I found it on archive.org. I don't bluff. :)

http://web.archive.org/web/20080115233045re_/sports.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/rankings?pos=9

Scroll down to #6!

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Although BTH doesn't make or break the team's defense, the numbers aren't looking any better defensively for whoever's supposed to be guarding the rim.

2007:

opponents total shooting: 46.1%
2 point shots: 48.9%
2 point shot attempts: 58.2
block PG: 4.77

2008:

opponents total shooting: 48.2%
2 point shots: 51.9%
2 point shot attempts: 59.9
blocks PG: 4.39

So not only are opponents shooting more inside, they're making them at a higher rate. These numbers don't point a finger directly at the centers but it just supports what everyone knows already: the wiz have less of a defensive inside presence this year than they did last.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Those are projections, not a ranking of past performance.

Here's a ranking:

http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10977659

I stand corrected. He made it to #20. He went up after a career year. Read the commentary though.

Posted by: Izman | December 19, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

So, I understand Phoenix wants to dump the aging Steve Nash.

Good thing the Wiz don't need somebody to play the point.

Oh wait, we do.

I've got just the trade: Etan Thomas, DeShawn Stevenson, and our 2013 first round choice.

I guess I'm hoping the Suns REALLY want to get rid of Nash.

Or I guess Gilbert could go. He'd fit right into that go-go Suns offense. Oh, wait, that's gone, too. The Suns now want Oscar Robertson at the point.

How about the Wiz throw in, free of charge, Head Coach Ed Tapscott, his future replacement, and that guy's future replacement from later this season?

How about a 3-way trade, with Nash going to the Suns and D'Antoni to the Wiz? Oh, wait, that doesn't work either, does it?

Never mind.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

How about a 3-way trade, with Nash going to the Suns and D'Antoni to the Wiz? Oh, wait, that doesn't work either, does it?

Never mind.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2008 3:34 PM

Or we could trade Dave Hopla to the Griz for Kwame Brown and then EG can convince the suns to take him for Nash while we kidnap Amare and leave OPec in his place and hope no one realizes...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, Kwame is on the pistons...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"So, I understand Phoenix wants to dump the aging Steve Nash.

Good thing the Wiz don't need somebody to play the point.

Oh wait, we do.

I've got just the trade: Etan Thomas, DeShawn Stevenson, and our 2013 first round choice.

I guess I'm hoping the Suns REALLY want to get rid of Nash.

Or I guess Gilbert could go. He'd fit right into that go-go Suns offense. Oh, wait, that's gone, too. The Suns now want Oscar Robertson at the point.

How about the Wiz throw in, free of charge, Head Coach Ed Tapscott, his future replacement, and that guy's future replacement from later this season?

How about a 3-way trade, with Nash going to the Suns and D'Antoni to the Wiz? Oh, wait, that doesn't work either, does it?

Never mind.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2008 3:34 PM "

Surely the Suns would not give up Nash for MeShawn, ET, and a pick.

But, making a trade for Steve Nash to Les BouleS would probably turn out to be as bad as Les BouleS picking up Mark Price and his plantar fasciitis problem late in his career.

John Nash though, threw 5 mil/5 years at him, but of course, that was too little, even for that time. Then Les BouleS thought they had a steal a couple of years later when he finally donned the red/white/blue, but by then, he was damaged goods.

The rest is history as Les BouleS continue to repeat it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 19, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Izman,

No, even though the heading reads "projection," the players were listed based on the order of "current PER," not "projected PER."

Haywood has "current PER" (i.e., stats collected for the season upto the time of the posting) of 19.17, but has the "projected PER" of only 14.02. (Yao OTOH, has "projected PER" higher than the "current PER".) Obviously, Hollinger has similar opinion towards Haywood as you do. But that does not matter, the question you raised is "Has Haywood ever ranked in top 20," not Hollinger's opinion of him.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I said at the beginning of the season that JM would turn out to be the best in his draft class. At the time I did know that the coaching philosophy would be so bad.

However, I still stand behind my opinion, but it amazes me to no end how many people believe that this guy should not be given major PT in this league right now.

I contend that JM should be given the chance as if he was a can't miss top 5 draft choice. I think that he is that good. Sure he is raw and there is a ton of things he has to learn about the NBA.

But, these are not reasons to not play him on this team. It's not like we he has to backup Shaq, or Howard, or some other established NBA center. Blatch is a power forward for crying out loud and should be playing with JM or BH when he returns.

Let the young guy get in there and learn the NBA game and take his lumps along with the successes and I guarantee you that HE WILL PASS THE TEST.

You heard in from LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

About Rasheed Wallace going directly to the basket against Javale McGee -- I thought that's what you were supposed to do against any kiddie shot-blocker. Get'em in foul trouble five minutes into the first quarter, or at the least psych them out to the point they're afraid even to lift their hands...

Really, what would help McGee most is a season in the D-League and six solid months of lifting weights and sucking down Sustacal by the half-gallon.

The NBA regular season is no place to learn to play basketball. The coach will yank your butt for the smallest mistake, like running to the wrong end of the court, or setting up in the low post with one foot over the baseline... y'know, the little things.

What a big talent this kid is. For one thing, he's probably the only guy in the NBA who's actually the height listed in the program. Every other big man except Yao Ming is actually 6'4" without their custom Reebok-made super-lifts.

Also, he can jump. It may not sound like much but Kevin Love can't do it.

He's still a huge talent, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"But that does not matter, the question you raised is "Has Haywood ever ranked in top 20," not Hollinger's opinion of him."

Since pretty much every opinion Hollinger ever puts forth on basketball players is based on some kind of statistical analysis, they're basically the same question. Hollinger never offers purely observational, non-quantifiable positions on players. With him it's all stats, all of the time.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"However, I still stand behind my opinion, but it amazes me to no end how many people believe that this guy should not be given major PT in this league right now."

Depends on what you mean by "major PT." Between his slight frame, inexperience, and natural rookie mistake-proneness, I wouldn't play him 30 mpg, night in and out. But given that the Wiz are sinking fast, there's no real harm in 15-20 a night. Because while he does and will continue to make lots of mistakes, unlike Blatche he never seems to commit the cardinal sin of not playing hard. That alone should be rewarded.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

As sick as I am of Nash whining about not having fun anymore, I doubt he's getting traded any time soon, unless Sarver and Kerr decide to totally blow the thing up, which I could see happening after this season if the go out in the first round again. But it won't happen during the season.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

For years people have been talking about defense. This team wins games by outscoring people. That's the way it's been for years.

The problem with playing McGee significant minutes is that there are not enough other players who are capable of running a decent half-court offense unless Songaila is on the court at the 5. Without Songaila out there, we are talking at most occasional two-man games (mostly pick and rolls) and individual attacks at the rim.

When Daniels and Butler and Jamison were on the court there was some chance of running last year's offense with McGee also on the court. The kid is a tremendous talent and could fit in.

Without Daniels, and with Mason so sadly already gone, when McGee is on the court the team's offense often degenerates into a chinese fire drill--everybody running in different ways, which is an idiom suited to a different era, as anyone who watched the Olympics would know. So, if you are scattered on offense when YOUR TEAM IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CONTROL, where you gonna be on the defensive end.

The kid is a terrific talent. I think that you have to play him and Blatche as much as possible. Only problem is, Ernie traded away the players integral to being able to run an offense with them on the court.

Defense. This teams needs to be able to score the ball, and then make a defensive stop or two at strategic times. Last year their ability to keep scores down was aided greatly by their ability to occupy clock and get what they wanted and make it at the end. This year things are different, very.

Posted by: cohenra | December 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it actually Nate McMillan who helped that little girl with the National Anthem?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | December 19, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"Etan is a tweener in today's game. He has no handle, no faceup game, only a jump hook with his left hand, slow of foot, and is too short to play against today's agile 5's."

Etan is 6-10, 260, which is big enough to play center. He's a veteran, having played in 338 NBA games. He has sufficient skills to have lasted in the league this long. He can block shots, unlike Songalia. ET is coming off a year of inactivity due to the aortic valve surgery he had. Naturally he needs playing time to get all his skills back. This season is the perfect one to give him playing time to do that, assuming he is healthy enough. I mean, can the team do much worse?


Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 19, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Wasn't it actually Nate McMillan who helped that little girl with the National Anthem?"

No.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I did not see tonights game but I did catch ETaps comments after the game. He indicated that the team had to learn to drive the ball because to many jumpshots were being taken. So from this point forward they would be driving the ball to the hoop until this lesson was learned.

Let me identify myself, this is LARRYINCLINTONMD, when I heard this I nearly fell off my leather coach. No he didn't. All at once, I'm floored, cause what does that mean?

Cut to the Chase, what that means is, to effectively drive to the hoop, to go inside out, to get fouls, and not shoot a ton of jump shots, you mit' jus' hav' ta' be, Runnin' tha' Ball.

Hello, you can't effectively go to hoop i.e. inside, playing slow ball, you have to Uptempo so that you have lanes to go inside and if you don't have the inside advantage you kick it out. Glory be the best of both worlds. Drive/Push the ball to the hoop and if you don't have the basket, kick the ball back out for a shot or to set up half court offense.

My Blog that I complained about that got held essentially explained this philosophy in why the Wizs needed to Run and Gun.

Did Etaps realize that tonight when he made those comments? I Damn sure hope so. Cause if they should start to Run and Gun as the main philosophy to get inside first and then kick if nothing is there, everything is gonna' ta' start ta' look better. Come on ETaps', Let your comments ring true.

Hot Diggity Dog!! LarryInClintonMD!!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 19, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Since pretty much every opinion Hollinger ever puts forth on basketball players is based on some kind of statistical analysis, they're basically the same question. Hollinger never offers purely observational, non-quantifiable positions on players. With him it's all stats, all of the time.

Posted by: kalo_rama
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Absolutely not!

As I said it before, you do not appear to have any basic understanding of statistics. (Have you ever taken anything pass Statistics 101, or not at all?)

The most important thing about statistics is methodology (i.e., how the numbers come about, and not just mysteriously appears).

Hollinger has published on how PER is computed. OTOH, no one knows how his "project PER," is projected. Hollinger himself does not claim it is computed based on solely statistics either. (Since when you become his spokesperson BTW?) Simply because it is something given out by Hollinger does not automatically make it "statistics!" Not by my book, or anyone who has any basic understanding of statistics!

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Even if what you say is true (and in fact, what you say is nothing but poorly worded gobbledy-gook) it's still utterly irrelevant and widely off the mark. I wasn't debating the validity of Hollinger's statistical method, so claiming (incorrectly and without foundation) that I don't understand statistics is simply foolish nonsense.

I was simply pointing out that making a distinction between Hollinger's opinions of players and his statistical ratings of players is a false distinction because anyone even remotely familiar with his work knows full well that all of his judgments of players are based on statistical analysis. And they are. That is an iron-clad fact, and your silly bleating does nothing to change that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 20, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

But hey, I'll make you a deal . . I'll take an advance stats course if you take a remedial English course. How about it?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 20, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

"Hollinger has published on how PER is computed. OTOH, no one knows how his "project PER," is projected. Hollinger himself does not claim it is computed based on solely statistics either."

And with that you prove yourself to be a complete idiot, twice over. First for claiming that "no one knows" how Hollinger makes his projections and then, in the very next sentence, attempting to make a (clearly bogus) claim about how he actually does reach his projections. If "nobody knows" what he does, then how do you know what he doesn't do?

Secondly ... "No one knows" how he computes his projected PER? Really? Sorry, but the only people who don't know that are the ones too stupid to click in the link that says "How Do Projections Work?" at the top of the Web page that you posted a link to!

On that page (that you posted a link to!) Hollinger gives a detailed explanation of his projection process in which he makes it quite clear that the projections are compiled using ... wait for it . . . a statistical comparison to similar players from past years. Hey, there's a stunning idea, huh? Using actual statistics to compute a projected statistical rating. Who knew? Oh wait ... anyone with common sense or everybody who clicked on the link at the top of the Web page you posted a link to.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 20, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

kalo_rama,

A friendly advice to someone who doesn’t deserve it! You need to learn net etiquette before posting on the blog. Do that, and I will teach you Statistics for free!

Go to the page where you claimed Hollinger explained the "projected PER," and read it (yes read it, if you can). Hollinger says the projection was based on players who are the "most similar" in "age, height and stats over the past three seasons." But he did not explain what constitutes "most similar" (in relevance to standard deviation for instance). In other words, the same methodology is unknown, and no way for others to replicate. This, means "no one knows" by Statistics standard. Get it?

No comment on your English skill. Apparently it hinders your ability to learn and understand.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 20, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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