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You Tell Us: Focus on a Skill

Allright Wiz fans,
Pat yourselves on the back. If you're still with us, you're the die-hards. If ever we should see a victory parade down 7th St. NW -- or whereever a Wizards victory parade might be routed -- we're making sure you get spots on the front row.

Until then, you're here, and you know you love to coach the team in your own mind. Don't we all? So tell us, assuming the roster stays pretty much the same from here out, is there much hope for improvement from within? What one skill could the Wizards feasibly improve on over the next several weeks, and who on the roster can bring that skill to the court?

Maybe it's a team effort, like playing better defense around the three-point line, or something you spot when you watch, like a particular player going left or starting the break more quickly off defensive rebounds.

You guys watch the games. What little things do you see? In lieu of major improvement, what kind of baby steps would give you some encouragement?

By Keith McMillan  |  December 17, 2008; 12:39 AM ET
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The obvious answer here would be to improve on defense, and while I think that's important, I think the Wiz will always be subpar on D with this roster. If that's the case, they absolutely have to have their offense flowing to win games -- they have to be able to set the pace. Once Arenas comes back, the tempo will pick up, so why not start establishing a running team now? This team needs to define itself.

This means not trying to always play to the opposing team's size. Tapscott should worry less about matchups -- make the other team adjust. Play the best 7 or 8 players consistently: Butler, Jamison, Blatche, Young, McGee, Dixon, and Songaila, with McGuire/James/Pecherov/Crittenton/Stevenson fighting for minutes (in that order). Thomas doesn't fit with this team. Start each game with the mindset that the tempo and mood of the game will be set by the Wiz. The team needs some confidence. They're almost always down after the first quarter; they need to push their opponents around from the start.

And yes, Songaila should get minutes -- he's not flashy and doesn't get enough rebounds, but he knows the offense extremely well and does the little things that set the tempo; he always makes the rights cuts and sets the right picks, and the offense flows much more efficiently when he's on the court.

Also, Butler should at least be tried at the 2, with Jamison at the 3. They would create matchup problems, and they'd allow for two out of the three of Blatch/McGee/Songaila/Pecherov to be on at once. Butler and Jamison are the best players on the team; they could adapt, and they'd set the tone that everyone needs to be trying to push themselves beyond their comfort zones.

The team should also keep the long-term in mind, developing the following core:

Guards: Arenas and Young (Crittenton/Dixon as backups)

Forwards: Butler and Blatche (Jamison as sixth man, McGuire/Songaila as other backups)

Center: McGee (Haywood/Blatche/McGuire as backups; maybe Pecherov if he can prove himself this season, which he needs some minutes to do)

That's 11-12 players for the roster. Draft picks and veteran pickups should focus on fast guards who can shoot and not turn the ball over, and tough, nasty power forwards. (Can a clause be added to Blatche and McGee's contracts that requires them to bulk up??)

Lastly, someone needs to step up as a vocal, intense leader who plays with some heart and swag, like Kevin Garnett.

Posted by: dcgoblue | December 17, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

if we're talking baby steps, I would go back to a high school basketball mantra: when the shot goes up, get a body on your man and 5 guys crash the boards.

aaaaaand the floodgates are open...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 17, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

(I meant Songaila as a backup center, not McGuire)

Posted by: dcgoblue | December 17, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

The real answer right now is to figure out the best 5 to put on the floor and determine who deserves to see minutes and where, the rotations are by far the worst thing about the squad, they give us no chance to defend the paint, and without interior d, a jump shooting squad cannot win, us, 4-18, please don't throw out the same ragged combos, when aj, song and the deuce are on the floor together i get nauseous , even just aj at 4 and song at 5 guarantees you lose, you'd have to shoot over 50%(which deshawn kills any chance of doing) to be competitive when the other squad gets that many easy buckets and offensive boards, it needs to change

BEST OVERALL
1. James 2.Caron 3.jamison 4.blatche 5.songaila...total joke, McGee with emphasis, javale needs to see 30, we deserve it. james could very easily be swapped with dixon but i'm inclined to put more faith in james to serve as a starter

Best defensive lineup
1. James 2. Caron 3.Mcguire 4.Blatche 5. Mcgee Jamison would be in line for a second 6th man of the year award and his stats would decrease but his effect on the game would remain offensively and his defensive deficiencies would be somewhat mitigated

The major points of emphasis being: deshawn needs less time, anything more than none is too much, even his "I play defense" excuse is burned now that dom has entered the fray,Mcgee, young and dom need more time, and neither darius nor aj can defend anyone, therefore songaila should never play 5 and aj should play the majority of his minutes at the 3, he gets too abused being a pf, cb and aj should be able to get more of a breather during the game, a few less minutes would help. Against the pacers the squad looked dead in the fourth, how does a coach not notice a lineup completely dragging? Blatche playing is the only good thing tap has done, learn form this and play the other young guys, young, mcgee, and dom and we may resemble an NBA squad sometime this season. Seriously the fans who are still in it need to see this, just imagine a lineup with Blatche and mcgee on the floor, Length and Athleticism that no squad can match, and it has yet to happen this season, please see the light, everyone sees aj get blown by all day with no one in the rear to help, mcgee, dom and blatche are the key to us playing any d

Posted by: bford1kb | December 17, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

aside from the rotations, a skill to work on would be hard fouls, in the nba most players will get hit and decide they don't enjoy scoring two the hard way, the others are usually great players or bums who need to work that hard. boxing out comes in a close second, we need rick mahorn or oak to come show these mugs what to do, we need the undetectable foul, yes we only have skinny guys but that's why they don't understand good contact, they've spent too much time avoiding it, they need to embrace it and use it to gain an advantage

Posted by: bford1kb | December 17, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I was glad to hear ETap say that they would be doing alot of boxout drills in practice because I think that is one area that this team really needs to work on. Even their best rebounder (Antawn) does not consistently boxout. Most of his rebounds come from him being savy enough to read which way the shot will come off the rim. They could try some of the very physical drills that Izzo uses at Michigan State.

Rebounding is one area where I was always getting frustrated with EJ. He would react to offensive struggles in games by going small and putting better offensive players in the game. I always thought that when Caron and AJ both go cold, you need to put more rebounders in the game and try to get some easy "bunnies" on second chance points.

Posted by: SportzWiz | December 17, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Some good thinking going on here!

My contribution

1. Decide on who will start at point guard between now and the return of Gilbert, and stick with that decision so that the rest of the players can get accustomed to a consistent playmaking style. Crittenton is too young. Dixon is better suited to being an energy player of the bench. DeShawn needs to get sorted... by default the job should go to Mike James.

2. Get scoring punch at the 2-guard... Either move Butler back there or bite the bullet and start Nick Young. We MUST get offense out of this position to take pressure off the forwards.

3. If the decision is to move Butler to the 2-guard, then start your best frontcourt defender, DMac, in his place. First substitution would be Young for Dmac, with Butler going back to the 3.

4. Start Blatche at center and Jamison at PF. Use McGee extensively and give time to Songaila but NEVER have Jamison and Songaila together on the court as our big men... Jamison and Songaila should only be on the court together if Antawn is playing the 3, Songaila the 4 and Blatche or McGee is the 5.

Other than that:

1. Attack the basket hard.

2. Attack the offensive and defensive boards hard (as the post above said... BOX
OUT... it's the first lesson you learn!)

3. Don't leave half-way decent three point shooters open... Other teams have shut Deshawn down by challenging his long shots, we should do the same.

4. Play like you mean it, but realize that it is a game and if it stops being fun, you are doomed.

Posted by: khrabb | December 17, 2008 5:49 AM | Report abuse

1) Attitude adjustment. Put in rewards for something less than winning such as outrebounding the competition or holding the opposition to less than 43% field goal percentage.

2) improve the backcourt performance. Try James at point and Young at the 2. DeS needs less than 20 minutes a game.

3) make a commitment to developing Blatche, Young and McGee.

4) when the rotation isn't working (e.g., down by 10), go with five players who can put full-court defensive pressure for five minutes (including McGee, Blatche, McG, Butler and a ball handler who can defend - maybe JC).

Baby steps, my man. This team is in the ditch.

Posted by: Izman | December 17, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Others have referenced these, but since they are clearly lacking in talent in certain areas they must make up for in terms of: attitude, grit, scrap, physicality, etc. They need to make teams dred playing them, especially at home. Not that they other teams fear losing, but that they know they're in for a long night:

Hard fouls, picking up point guards at half court, pressing on occasion, team defense (I realize that's a joke now), challenging every shot, etc.

This is a team whose identity is still stuck in the run-and-gun mentality of two-three years ago. So, instead of the psyche of top management being "wait until Gilbert returns" it needs to be "we're starting over" and until we get something new in place we're a lottery team that needs to scrap every night.

Posted by: jweber1 | December 17, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Easy. You don't have to change rotations, fiddle with the coaching, or anything. All this team needs to get better is learn how to rotate on defense properly. It's not a skill thing. It's a brains thing. How many times a game do you see someone double down -- the ball gets passed to the open man -- two wizards look at each other and go "is that my guy or your guy?" While they're making up their minds the opponent is draining a wide open three. That's absolutely inexcusable. How hard is it to know your assignment BEFORE the pass is made, so you can react quickly enough to defend the shot? Not very. That's high school basketball right there. As you leave your man to double down, you have to be aware of the rotations and know where the gap in the defense is. Commit hard to the double, force the offense to react, and then IMMEDIATELY run to the gap. Yes it's hard to do at the NBA level. But these are NBA professionals, veterans with years of experience. No excuses.

Now if I were to tweak the defense a little, I would NEVER assign Antawn the assignment of running out on three point shooters. Whose stupid idea was that? Guards always defend the three point line. ALWAYS. Only an idiot who doesn't understand basketball at all would have an idiot defensive scheme where it is Antawn's assignment to run from underneath the basket out to the three point line. Come on! Don't you know that he doesn't have the foot speed to do this? McGee is the ONLY big on the roster who can do this (and he does it rather well, actually), with Blatche a distant second.

One last point. You can teach offense in the nba by asking nicely. Here's what I want you to do. Do it and you get minutes. That works fine because nba players love playing offense. The same approach doesn't work on defense. NBA players know that there are no statistics tracking defense and therefore there is no financial reward to playing defense. You don't ask players nicely to play defense. Because they won't. Players must be given NO CHOICE but to play defense if they want to get on the court. This point needs to be reinforced AT VERY HIGH VOLUME. You can't be a player's coach and have good defense. That's just the naked truth.

Posted by: ZonkertheBrainless | December 17, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

How about "Defensive Intensity" - Did the Wiz players not attend the Boston game last week?

Posted by: lameotron | December 17, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Here's a relatively simple one for defending the 3. Play Blatche and McGee at the same time. Put those two shot-blockers in the lane, and this avoids the need for a team-wide collapse on any player that drives to the basket. Let the other guys keep an eye on the kickouts while positioning themselves for rebounds. Unless your playing Kobe, Lebron, or Wade, the team-wide collapse isn't necessary with those two guys waiting to affect shots in the lane.

Posted by: psps23 | December 17, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Very good suggestions here about lineups. I like bford1kb's.

It appears that most ppl here are suggesting lineup changes rather than strategic changes.

I'm also on that boat but I would also advocate making a strategic decision to push the tempo. LarryInClinton and I both want to run. A couple years ago the Wiz were being called the 'Suns of the East' and we were winning while scoring lots of points. Problem was that we failed in the playoffs because we had (among lots of other things) Michael Ruffin getting minutes. Once we solidified the C position by using our best guy (BTH) our D improved a little bit the next year.

Obviously we don't have BTH on D or Gil on O now but this team is still comprised of guys who are MUCH better running than in a halfcourt game either because of a lack of size or an advantage in speed.

For all of his defensive deficiencies, AJ is faster than most PF's and better on the break. He also shoots 3's better than probably any pf besides Dirk. Same for CB. He's smaller and faster than most sf's. JM and AB are mobile big men.

Basically, use speed and quickness to our advantage. Another key to this approach is that we HAVE to shoot threes. They lead to longer rebounds and better spacing because teams have to come out and guard it. That makes for better driving lanes for our guys to utilize that quickness. We've seen both JM and Ab bring big men out to the ft line and drive by them. Let's play up that advantage.

One last thing is that I think this team has decent depth. If we run, we still are able to keep the pressure on other teams by bringing in McGuire, NY, DS, etc. off the bench.

Not many teams in this league can keep up with us if we run. Until JM and AB add some beef or BTH comes back, we can't afford to take a half court pounding. If we run, other teams get caught up and also run.

Last note: The Knicks are 11-14. Take a look a their roster and tell me they have more talent than us. NO WAY. I firmly believe that if D'Antoni was here, we'd be over .500 even with Gil and BTH out and dangerous with those two.

Posted by: original_mark | December 17, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Play Blatche, McGee, Butler, James, and Arenas...down the stretch.

Trade Jamison (if possible), trade Etan, trade Songaila...wait for Brendan to return.

Sound like a plan for Spring and getting ready for next year? Well it is...

Don't even know how Crittenton fits...just scoring off the bench, seems he will be counterproductive to Young's growth, and vice versa...

McGuire is limited, and not sure if Pecherov is ever gonna get any significant run so we can see what he's capable of.

Roster has no true PG even with Arenas, and nobody who can stop the ball on D and force shots to be put up.

We have too many - players...guys who can score but give it right back up on D...

Tons of talent assembled here, but none of it seems to match anymore. This team certainly can't be D focused, they oughta just run and shoot like NY this year, and Philly last year.

Tap needs to quit with the focus on D, and cultivate our offensive talent because that's the only thing that is apparent in abundance.

Ernie seemed to have had a plan, but the extortion on Jamison and Arenas parts to get new contracts really jammed him up.

Posted by: cworkman1 | December 17, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow...lot's of good comments. It is apparent that we are all seeing similar things... so at the risk of sounding redundant, here's what I would do:

Starting Lineup (until Gil returns):
1. MJames
2. CButler
3. AJamison
4. ABlatche
5. JMcGee

This line up would play at least 30+ mins. I am tired of us trying to match up with teams...we need to go big and let them match up with us. This lineup helps our defense, back-court production and rebounding.

For the reserves:
Primary PG: JDixon
Primary SG: NYoung
Primary SF: DMcGuire
Primary PF: DSongalia
Primary C: EThomas

I like ETap's (and Pat Riley's) approach of play 10 trust 8 in the regular season... These would be the ten I would go with for now...I would play the other players situationally (e.g. - foul trouble, etc.).

Bottom line is we need to balance the floor better...we have the best scoring front-court in the league and the worst back-court. We have one of the best benches and one of the worst starting lineups in terms of scoring and +/-. It seems to me that the part are there, they are not being used correctly...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | December 17, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely agree--

In terms of strategy, we start running. That's our game when Gil comes back, so we might as well start it now. We have enough bodies to keep fresh legs on the court.

In terms of line-ups, Deshawn has got to see reduced minutes. A quarter of the season is gone and he's still looking for his game. A starting streak or two games of concerted effort aren't enough to keep him in the starting line-up. No way, no how.

I would love to see the line-up of James, Butler, Jamison, Blatche, and McGee--even for a couple of minutes. When Gil comes back that is a line-up that M-O-V-E-S. Most of the time Young comes in for whichever big man gets in foul trouble first and everybody (other than James) moves up a spot. DSong should be the second player off the bench (except some matchups where I imagine he would be better than Young)--he's not flashy, but he plays smart.

I'm looking forward to seeing Crit take the floor, but he needs more time. Keep Pech in uniform and leave Etan in a suit unless we're playing Shaq.

At this point, what do we have to lose?

Posted by: lindaloulubbock | December 17, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

What one skill could the Wizards feasibly improve on over the next several weeks, and who on the roster can bring that skill to the court?

By Keith McMillan | December 17, 2008; 12:39 AM ET

The one skill the Wizards could feasibly improve on is COACHING!!! When I say that, I mean "substitution calling", plain and simple.

That was Eddie J's problem and it is the same for Tabscott. Not using what you have correctly. Double Standard coaching, favoritism, playing stupid defensive sets and poor "minutes played" management.

These are all of the things that got Eddie J fired and Tabscott has turned around and done the same thing (other then giving AB good minutes, which Eddie J' refused to do). You my as well had not fired Eddie J'.

1. Stop playing that stupid "rotating" defense. We do not have the footspeed to play that. Why can't they simply play old school "man to man" without the 5 "showing" way past the top of the key every possession. Let the 5 and 4 stay with their own man.

2. Stop playing Song. at the 5 spot. No more small ball. Activate OPEC (make Etan inactive) and play OPEC at the backup 5 spot. He has more size then AB, Etan and McGee and can rebound. Time to see if he is legit or a bust.

3. Start NY and have Stevenson come off of the bench. Stevenson can get his swagger back playing against 2 stringers.

4. Start Mike James at point along with NY. Have Juan Dixon and Stevenson come in as backups.

5. Dump that plan that AJ or CB has to be on the court at all times. It is not working. Give some of the minutes you have them stealing to DMAC.... They are logging way to many minutes and it is going to cost them by the middle of the season.

6. Last but not least, GIVE MCGEE THE SAME LOVE YOU ARE NOW GIVING AB. REMOVE THE SHORT LEASH FROM AROUND HIS NECK AND LET HIM GET 20 TO 25 MINUTES A GAME....!!!!!

7. Tabscott the one thing I can give Eddie J' credit for is how he handled McGee. Eddie J' gave him confidence like you are doing with AB. For some odd reason, the both of you have your favorites. That has to stop. Treat every man the same.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 17, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Its time for Pecherov to either piss or get off the pot

Posted by: dingersoll1 | December 17, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Go big. Look at the roster -- most of the team's best players are frontcourt players. That still will be true when Arenas comes back. You are always going to perform best when your best players are on the court. So use the rest of the season to learn how to play well with a big lineup.
This team isn't going to the playoffs this year, so use the opportunity to improve for the future -- playing young guys and developing skills and a system for the future.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | December 17, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Starters
Dixon
Butler
Jamison
Blatche
McGee

First off the Bench
Mike James at 1, Nick Young at 2 (Butler to 3), Jamison to 4 (Sub either Blatche of McGee - depending who's more gassed).

Hand out free booze to anyone 21 years older and in attendance.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | December 17, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Pech isn't even ON the pot.

Put Pech on the pot !!!!!!

Posted by: original_mark | December 17, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

the honest truth is we need to improve on both the defensive end and the offensive end. on the defensive end, rebounding is where we need to improve. on the offensive end, we need people to make shots.

so, our best 5 for this purpose is caron, aj, young, dominic, and mcghee. basically dom and mcghee make a difference defensively. dom slows down the other teams number one scorer, mcghee makes every shooter adjust their shot. these two alone can significantly improve our FG% def and our rebounding.

on offense, i think the idea is basically hope young can step up big time. young is no arenas, but we need a perimeter scorer and he is the only one in the lineup who has the potential. stevenson is only really effective as a 4th option, playing next to gil. young can hit an open shot. if he could put up 20 consistently, which i think he can, our offense would click much more.

this does leave the problem of who will bring the ball up and i think not having a real point guard has limited our ability to push the ball. i dont really have a solution to that, but the team doesnt either bc we dont have a real point guard. as soon as crittenden gets ready, he could play some instead of young and make it more of a running team.

Posted by: swade3000 | December 17, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The team has no point guard...I don't know of any "skill" to compensate for this.

I think most folks here recognize and accept the season is toast. Personally, I just want to see consistent minutes for the young players and a team that shows up to compete for the whole game. I don't care if they lose as long as everyone plays to win...need to see sweat, blood and floor burns, yes Blatche included.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 17, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

we're making sure you get spots on the front row.
By Keith McMillan | December 17, 2008; 12:39 AM ET

Hope I'm still living in this area 20 to 30 years from now. Anyways you said focus on a skill. Wiz has the worst defensive field goal % in the league at 48%. Wiz are 29th in the league in 3 pointers made. Teams are avg eight 3's a game against the Wiz. Here's the baby steps, STOP ALLOWING WIDE OPEN 3 POINT SHOTS AND JUMP SHOTS.

Once they pass that course they can move on to stopping guards from penetrating to the paint.

Once they accomplish that they can work on getting defensive rebounds, they continue to allow too many 2nd chance points. This is what the Wiz should be stressing in every practice for the rest of the season. Maybe someone will step up and set a trend that the whole team follows.

If the Wiz does any of these things in tonight's game, we have a shot at beating the Pistons tonight. GO WIZ!!

Posted by: wizfan81 | December 17, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It's not a specific skill, but rather skills that I'd like to see changed. I've been a Wizards fan since 1986, and I think something the Wizards have done a poor job of for at least a decade is developing young big men. You could go down the line, but young bigs go else where to become players not here. I hope the Wizards brass should commit to letting the young bigs play together for long stints. It's been terrible watching Ed Tapscott coach Javale McGee. Players don't learn from being yanked after every little mistake. They just lose confidence. The more Tapscott has micromanaged McGee's game the less confident he's played. Jamison gave up at least four of Jeff Foster's offensive rebounds, but he stayed on the floor after each one. Javale McGee is swinging at every shot he can and yes he gave up some offensive rebounds, but that's something a young player has to learn when to go after the shot and when to box out. Also, you need a power forward that protects his young big and boxes out when he sees him trying to swat a shot which Jamison although a good rebounder doesn't do. So, to anwser your question I say find consistent minutes for McGee and Blatche and let them play together and play through there mistakes. It'll pay dividends later. Neither will be starting when Haywood gets back so why not try to develop some chemistry between the two now. The results may be horrible at times, but we're 4-18 only the true fans are watching now anyways so why not try it.

Also, the offense breaks down a lot when its run through Juan. I would move Caron to the backcourt with Deshawn who seems to end up covering the other teams point gaurd anyway and move McGee back into the Center spot and Jamison to the three.

Posted by: dyoung1 | December 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Kallie, here's your big chance. We're not interested in hearing about how none of these ideas are any good.

Given the current situation, what would you do?

Posted by: Izman | December 17, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

McGee and Blatche should be on the floor unless they're exhausted. Let them play through mistakes. Let them get beat up and punished. If they get shoved around enough and tired enough they'll improve their conditioning and strength. It's not like they're going to keep us out of the playoffs. The vets have already done that.

Posted by: jon_quest | December 17, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Pech isn't even ON the pot.

Put Pech on the pot !!!!!!"

This made me laugh. I'm starting to wonder if he's on pot. I like the guy and I think he's going to make it. I think he needs to hang out more with DSong rather than Jamison though. The area of his game that needs to improve is where DSong excels. He needs to take high percentage shots, rebound, pass and learn to be a bit crafty.

Posted by: jon_quest | December 17, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Blog owner. Please release my Blog.
LarryInClintonMD

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 17, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

How about "focus on the draft" instead?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 17, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like my original answer is not going to be released by the Blog Owner.

I did not, in fact I am sure that I did not say anything that has not been repeated before by me or others.

Short answer: Run and Gun and change the coaching philosophy.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 17, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I will agree with a lot of previous posts in suggesting that the Wiz put more emphasis on the transition game. Mike D'Antoni's philosophy has worked well with a Knick's squad that has limited talent.

The team's lack of rebounding might make that a problem, but that might be an easier area to improve upon than defense. The young guys will prefer to get out and run, so they might buy in more to hitting the boards if it helps to get out on the break rather than the dirty work of playing D.

Gilbert is the key for drastic improvement. Having a reliable third scorer makes the difference in this league.

I go back with this team to the days of Unseld, Monroe and Johnson (I was I kid), so I expect my seat right down front when for the victory parade. I just hope I'm not in a wheel chair when it happens.

Posted by: dcbballfan | December 17, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Blog owner, if you are not releasing my original answer, can you indicate why? Yes, I am a Wiz fan from way back and I would like to know what caused my Blog not to be posted. I would not like to make the same mistake twice, nor would I want to continue blogging and wondering if what I'm writing is gonna make it this time.

Better yet, let the bloggers decide if I crossed the line.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 17, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Larry: Kalorama is the blog owner.

Posted by: cj658 | December 17, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm SHOCKED how many of the comments are in favor of more Blatche. I feel ill watching him only show effort one in five times down the floor. He's a big man who prefers to stand outside the three point line rather than crash the boards. We've resorted to calling him Bloth in honor of his sloth like ways.

With the rotations Tap has been putting out there, especially in crunch time, it would take a lot to convince me he's not trying to lose games.

More Nick Young, more McGee off the bench and please start disciplining Blatch so that he plays defense, doesn't take stupid shots and crashes the board.

Posted by: ChinatownExpress | December 17, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Great discussion. I think that my strategy would be to decide where I would like each player to be playing when the team is at full strength and what is their best natural position. Then start giving them expereince in those spots. Assuming Gil comes back as a 1 here is what i would do:

mcgee at 5
blatche at 4
mcguire at 3
caron at 2
james, crittendon at 1
jamison as 6th man

I would be searching for my back-up point guard in James or Crittenden. When Gil returns I would return Caron and Jamison to the 3 and 4. I would hope to use Young, Dixon, or Stevenson at the 2. I would let blatche and McGee play the 4 and 5 right now and each get 30 minutes for 2 weeks and see what they can do together.

Defensively...where do we begin? I think running would be a great idea but it starts with REBOUNDING ON DEFENSE, which assumes missed shots, which assumes good defensive rotations. Saying "run the ball more" is obvious to most of us but saying it doesn't solve a thing. no rebounder and no true point guard right now make it only a pipedream. That is why James and Crittendom decision is so important right now. Which will be the wise decision maker on the break?

I am still givng Taps some rope. I give him props for not standing still. but he has GOT to stop playing Stevenson.


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Posted by: stanlong23 | December 17, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards harwork is not the question; it's Deshawn(wasted minutes) Stevenson.
Please Ernie G, get rid of him.

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

I have felt all along that EJ should not have been the one let go, instead, the GM should have been cut loose. Agent 0 should have been traded for whatever young talent we could get. Along with AJ. CB should have been the only one of the three kept around. Now Agent 0 won't be ready till Jan or Feb and AJ's age is showing with every game. This team along with management should be reevaluated.

Posted by: williebstrong | December 20, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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