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Can Pecherov Play?

The 7-31 Wizards are officially in play-out-the-string mode with several vets down with injuries so it begs the question: Can Oleksiy Pecherov play? He was drafted with a first-round pick three years ago and we still don't know the answer; and that has to change. Big Pech saw some run at Chicago last week and made some shots. And he clocked one minute in New York the other night, so opportunity may soon arrive, especially now that the team is down another big man.

Point is, Ernie Grunfeld and company had better know exactly what they have in this team's young core by the end of the season. Grunfeld already picked up an option on Pech, so that says something. But, it's time to find out what the guy can do. My belief all along has been that he's the kind of player who carve out a role on the right team. We know he's a three-point shooting threat and he can rebound a little. I've asked scouts about him and they have no real sense of his ability either because he simply hasn't been out there enough.

Perhaps it's time to find out, even if that means carving a few minutes away from Antawn Jamison and Darius Songaila.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 16, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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Pech blows - don't waste minutes on him. Blatche, McGee and McGuire all need frontcourt minutes before Pech.

He is the absolute last player on the roster that should be given minutes at this point. Best case scenario he turns into a 3-pt specialist. He can continue to do that in practice. If he is going to strive to be more than that he needs to go to the D-league and get 30+ minutes a night.

Posted by: Henchlow | January 16, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Priorities for minute distribution:

McGee
Blatche
Young
Crit
Mac
Pech

This ranking is based on an evaluation of past performance and an assessment of growth potential.

Posted by: Izman | January 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATS TO KALORAMA FOR "THE BEST READER COMMENT". see today's Post sports section, page 2.

Posted by: prescrunk | January 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@ Henchlow

I whole-heartedly agree; This team should just write-off Pesh as a loss and a wasted draft pick. The difference between he and McGuire, Young, Crittenton (to a certain extent), & McGee is that they showed flashes during camp, preseason, and limited game play.

Picks don't pan out, whether they're top 5 (Nuggets: Tzkitsovilli (sp), mid-firsts (Reece Gaines), late firsts (Julius Hodges), or second rounders (Rod Grizzard, PJ Ramos). The 15 & 8 Pesh averaged during summer league a couple years back seems like a distant future, so he should get limited playing time b/c even the aforementioned pups with greater potential are getting limited mins...

Posted by: -CN- | January 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Pech blows - don't waste minutes on him.

Look, we simply don't know if he stinks or not. He hasn't played enough for us to know. This really isn't complicated. Until he gets minutes, we don't know if he can get buckets. Everyone who's burying him is basing their opinion on insufficient data.

Can he play? I have no idea. I'm not defending Pech; on the other hand, I'm not burying him either, like so many here that make judgments based off a tiny sample. As Ivan says, they need to find out. Give the boy enough time to see if he deserves an invitation to the Palace of Good Play, or whether he's banished to the outhouse.

Posted by: keithward64 | January 16, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Pech has a lot of upside. He knows how to stroke it and Tapscott needs to let Pech show him. Tapscott has fallen in love with small-ball, and he needs to let the big guys show him how it’s done. I think it is a confidence thing with him, he needs to get that confidence up to a higher level. He just has to make sure once he gets it up, it stays up. The only way that will happen is if Tapscott gives him the time of day to show him the type of man he is. Once Tap sees his ability to put it in the whole consistently, he should be out of the dog-house. It’s as simple as that.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If it turns out Pech can actually play, and Taps had to wait until the team was 7-0239482 to find out, that's gotta be a black mark against the coach.

If you've been playing DSong at the 5 all season when you have a 7 footer on the bench who can score and rebound, you're no better at coaching than the rest of us Monday morning quarterbacks.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 16, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

...his ability to put it in the whole consistently...
Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 11:34 AM

ur an idiot.

CONGRATS TO KALORAMA FOR "THE BEST READER COMMENT". see today's Post sports section, page 2.

Posted by: prescrunk | January 16, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Pech does one thing on the court and he doesn't even do that particularly well. He may be shooting 36% from 3 this season, but that has to be factored in against the fact that all of his minutes are in garbage time on a cellar-dwelling team; last season, when they were in the p[layoff mix and he actually got some meaningful minutes, he was a bricklayer.

That said, there's really no reason not to play him. I mean, how much worse can things get? I wouldn't just throw him out there, but limited, regular minutes? Why not. Give McGee 15-18 mpg in the rotation and give Pech 10-12. See how things go and adjust from there.

(BTW, thanks for the heads up, prescrunk.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Noooo!!!!!! Don't cut Jamison's minutes, because the Earth might stop spinning. Playing Jamison 40 minutes a game is essential for mankind, kind of like entering the Numbers on the computer on "LOST" was essential.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 16, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Unless the Wizards are secretly shopping AJ and CB, is there any logic to playing them heavy minutes? While I won't suggest sitting both of them permanently, after all fans pay to see them, I think playing them over 20 minutes per game can come back to hurt the wizards. Nothing good can come off playing them. Except injuries and unnecessary wear & tear.

Posted by: tundey | January 16, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Presccrunk: Yes, I may be an idiot, but if I am not mistaken, you already posted the fact that”Kalorama’s” post is in today’s sports section. Woopdy Doo! We all read it the first time you posted it. And if you read what post was chosen, it is about AB. Of course Ivan Carter and the editors at the Post would choose to put that in the paper. That will relay the message that that’s how fans generally feel about AB. Not the case. Listen, Ivan Carter is the President & CEO of the new non-for-profit group “We hate Andray Blatche”. Kalorama is the Senior VP of operations. Case in point, Kalorama’s views on Andray Baltche and Eddie Jordan are eerily similar. It is clear as a mid-summer day in Phoenix: EJ held AB down, and treated him like a 7 year old. He preferred the likes of Etan and Michael Ruffin in crunch time. Here is a good point, if AB would have done what Ruffin did during the Raptors game 2 years ago (you ALL remember that debacle), he would have chastised and ran out of town. Ivan Carter probably would have writen a front-page story of how stupid and immature Blatche is, and how he cost us the game, and how he should not be playing. Instead, not one negative thing was written about Ruffin: see the Post's recap of the game:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/30/AR2007033002094.html.

Not only WAPO, but I am willing to bet 90% of the bloggers on here would have jumped down AB’s throat also. That situation is just a microcosm of AB’s time here in DC. Essentially, it was OK for bums like Ruffin and tan to make mistakes, but god forbid Andray does anything even slightly wrong. If AB were to have thrown that ball in the air, he would have stoned and ran out of town.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Well one thing is for (almost) certain. Pech will begin to get consistent minutes. Look at Ivan's track record:

"Critt frustrated about not getting minutes" article -> More minutes for Critt.

"McGee has 4 straight DNPs" article -> More minutes for McGee.

"Time to see what Pech has" article -> More minutes for Pech???

And another interesting development. Its the first time that it has been insinuated in print that the Wiz have officially declared this a lost season and repurposed it for player development. In that scenario, Taps looks like the perfect pick for interim coach.

And don't be surprised if we see a significant reduction in AJ/DSong's (and probably CB's) minutes. I don't think Ivan is guessing, I think he's telling us that its coming.

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Is Tap coming back? Is he trying to win? Come on play the kids for next year this year is gone. Even Agent Zero is a no show. Why not play Pech, Mac, Young and McGee. I love watching the kids.

Posted by: Berndaddy | January 16, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"We just have to be tougher and stronger when we get to overtime, that's all," Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said. "It is a tough loss. We have to suck it up, hold our heads up high, do not sulk, and be men and credit your opponent. It is what it is and it happened. We have to come in [today] and prepare for our games against Milwaukee and Charlotte." - Eddie Jordan following the loss to the Raptors (the Ruffin game).

Come on people, do you really think that would have been EJ’s tone, if per say, that was Andray Blatche who cost the Wiz the game? Heck No. EJ essentially says the loss is because the team needs to be “tougher in OT”. Are you kidding me. Not to mention the Wiz were 3-1 in OT after that loss. Yet EJ says they need to play better in OT? That quote alone shows how pathetic of a coach EJ was, and how he let his personal vendettas get in the way of coaching. Horrible. Ruffin should never be on the floor in the closing minutes of a close game, period. The team lost that game because of a fluke play by a raging idiot. If that were to happen to 90% of the teams in the NBA, they would have lost also. It is backbreaking and demoralizing to the stars of the team when a bum (who shouldn’t even be in the game in crunch time) lost the game for you. Yet EJ wouldn’t point fingers. I bet anyone if that were AB, he would have been pointing all 10 fingers.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You're right on the coaching front, jones-y, but don't forget:

"It's not Eddie Jordan's fault" blog post -> EJ is fired.


Not sure whether Ivan's pieces have any influence, or whether he just states the obvious before the obvious slaps the slow-to-adapt head coach upside the head.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with everyone that thinks Pech is an unknown commodity. He has played enough to show that the only thing he can do with any resemblance to the NBA level is hit the 3.

Against the Celtics scrubs (and their 2nd unit is pretty weak) he had 5 fouls in 10 minutes and let the Celtics finish at the rim at least 8 times. He is absolutely lost on the defensive end. The only boards he gets are the ones that go right to him. As another poster mentioned, the majority of his minutes have come in garbage time against other scrubs. If he were anything, you should have seen flashes by now. He routinely looks like the worst player on the court.

I stand by my assessment and really think the best thing would be for him to play in the D-league. I am not ready to cut the guy, but his growth should not come at the expense of anyone else on the roster IMO.

Posted by: Henchlow | January 16, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

That quote alone shows how pathetic of a coach EJ was...
Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 12:15 PM

quote is a verb

Posted by: prescrunk | January 16, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Any coach (not just EJ) that has 2 all-stars in its line up and have a record of 1-11 should get fired! BTW losing to a NY with only 8 players is inexcusable.

In regards to the never ending EJ-AB saga. To those who are a little bit older here I think you can still remember what happened with Magic and his coach Paul Westphal feud. The coach was trying to change how Magic plays and guess who gets axed.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Any comparison between Magic Johnson and Andray Blatche is the stuff of fantasy. And I seriously doubt his handling of Blatche had anything to do with Jordan getting fired. As you said, a 1-11 record will get any coach fired on its own merits (regardless of why they're 1-11).

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who compares Blatche and Magic as a PLAYER is plain stupid if not retarded. As what I said I was comparing the situation.

Yes, its not the handling of Blatche but I believe its one of the many miscues from him that got him fired.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 16, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

You're right on the coaching front, jones-y, but don't forget:

"It's not Eddie Jordan's fault" blog post -> EJ is fired.

Not sure whether Ivan's pieces have any influence, or whether he just states the obvious before the obvious slaps the slow-to-adapt head coach upside the head.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 16, 2009 12:23 PM

You got me on the EJ post... LOL! However, I do think that, strategically, that's a bit of info that EG holds a little closer to his chest. Therefore its more likely that Ivan is shooting in the dark as to if/when the EJ is gonna get fired.

As to the rest of your message, that's not quite what I'm saying. I'm saying that, as an insider, Ivan has access to this info, and that he is, in essence, reporting it from his sources right before it is implemented (rather than dictating the organization's upcoming direction shift TO anyone in the organization). And best believe its EG who is mailing in the season; Taps is NOT making that call.

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a veteran's league: Jamison, Butler, Etan, Stevenson, and Mike James should all play 48 minutes a night. The young players should not be allowed to play ever and develeop. Signed, Eddie Tapscott, the worst coach in the history of the NBA.

Posted by: mschmall625 | January 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I've said it once and I'll continue to say it(ad nauseum) EJ being fired was a stupid knee jerk reaction by Grunfeld who was looking for a reason, because he had his own agenda(haven't quite figured out what that is in light of their 7-31 record) and cj658 don't flatter yourself with this shallow defense of Andray(the serial skirt chaser)Blatche,stop with EJ persecution of Blatche as it was pointed out in a post yesterday it wasn't to EJ's benefit to keep Blatche on the bench the team needed his skill set it, was the "Club Love's" regular's immaturity that led to Andray's lack of minute's if he showed half the dedication of say a Dwight Howard then we would not be having this discussion, ever!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 16, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Assuming that Kallie is right in that EJ only wanted to bring out the best in AB, then the logical conclusion is that he failed miserably. The facts are that AB's points/min and rebounds/min went up about 15% after EJ was fired and his turnovers and fouls decreased dramatically.

I'm happy that Kallie actually likes EJ; his usual negativity is depressing. Too bad the Post doesn't offer an ignore option.

Posted by: Izman | January 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

kal,

And I seriously doubt his handling of Blatche had anything to do with Jordan getting fired.

We definitely disagree there, but I've stated my position several times before, so I won't rehash...

As you said, a 1-11 record will get any coach fired on its own merits (regardless of why they're 1-11).

Based on the situation, I disagree. Normally, as you say, 1-11 is good enough. But in a scenario where:

1. you are missing both your best offensive player and best defender,

2. your best perimeter defender (and surprise performer last year) is visibly neutralized by injury,

3. 1/3 of your roster is 23 or under, and

4. you've historically started seasons slowly,

you would think that there's be at least one season of 'benefit of the doubt' to be passed out.

EJ was the wiz's most successful coach in the last 20 years. But EJ wasn't EG's 'guy', and clearly there was friction between EJ and EG regarding BTH (as well as other things like the embarassing lack of defense). I don't find it hard to believe that it isn't also extensible to EJ's handling of AB, especially when it so closely mirrors the BTH situation.

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

But there's no comparison between the situations. Magic was a top pick, a franchise cornerstone, a superstar player, and the then-new face of the NBA. Blatche ... is none of those things.

Magic had leverage. Blatche has none.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

There is no "benefit" of the doubt in a business where winning is the measure of success and losing costs the business millions of dollars. Sports is all about winning. Coaches who don't win get fired. Doesn't matter if they deserve it or iff there are extenuating circumstances (there almost always are). That's just how it is. Anyone who expects anything else isn't paying attention.

And, as usual, Izman is an idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"But there's no comparison between the situations."

Yes there is. You said it yourself yesterday, EJ was trying to transform AB to player that he is not.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 16, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Coaches who don't win get fired.

When winning is the expectation (far too many examples to even begin listing them). Clearly it shouldn't have been. And if it was, then it's based on prior overachievement (which is MORE reason for benefit of the doubt).

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

dargreg,

You spend a lot of effort saying how great EJ is/was. Pretend you are his agent. How would you address:

1) his career record
2) his playoff record
3) his player management (e.g.,)
a) playing Arenas 40+ minutes a game after his surgery
b) (and if you say that was a fluke,) starting Etan Thomas after heart surgery and missing a year
c) the dog house routine with Haywood
4) rotation management (e.g., smallball, the ruffin infatuation, JJ at the 2, subbing CB when he got here)

If a GM hires a crony before a more qualified coach, the GM is then on the hook if things don't work out. So even a crony would want answers to the above.

Posted by: Izman | January 16, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

And, as usual, Izman is an idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 1:50 PM


lmao thats gonna be Best Reader Comment next friday. Ivan ftw!

Posted by: prescrunk | January 16, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Look, the rationale is 1. get healthy, 2. develop the youngsters, 3. compete for a championship (or at least a playoff spot) next year and the following year.

There is no reason (besides of course EJ himself) that EJ couldn't have executed that agenda. WITH the added benefit of stability in the coaching staff.

Clearly there was something there. I believe that stability at coach (keeping EJ) gives us the best chance at 3., and the worst chance at 2., and that's (among other things) why he's gone. Translation: his mishandling of AB (in concert with the other factors I mentioned previously) ultimately cost him his job...

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

A real mixed bag on this one with the responses. It seems to me at 7-31 and with EG's history of picking pretty well, Michael Redd in the 2nd round, Andray Blatche and DMac with 2nd rd picks (they are often throwaways and most of us feel these 2 can continue to contribute for many years), etc. don't we owe it to this lost season to evaluate everyone on the bench, especially a 7 footer who can occasionally shoot the 3? What the heck do we have to lose? Everyone else is getting mins now, why not give him 10-20 a game and see what he does? After 20 or 30 games like that, if he's bad, write him off, if not (and he has not played enough for anyone to know anything for sure) try to dump him or plant him on the last seat of the bench!

Another interesting, if depressing thought came to me a few minutes ago. I love the Wiz and like CB and AJ, our two All-Stars, but I cannot figure out how a team with two returing All-Stars can be 7-31? So, for the trivia/stats guys out there, has there ever been a team with a winning % this bad or worse 35 games or more into the season with two or more returning All- Stars from the previous year? Obviously, this excludes injured All-Stars, so just All- Stars who played most or all of those 35 or more games? For you stats guys, that is a .184 winning percentage or worse.

I am not asking this to humiliate my beloved Wiz (they are so bad, they do that on their own), but simply to point out that the All-Stars, irregardless of their scoring and rebounding, are obviously not leading, motivating, or even playing enough D to make their offense count, and helping their young teammates to win more games, especially all of these close games. All-Stars should be able to come through for us much more than CB and AJ. They really need to look in the mirror, when criticizing the "youngins."

Ron

Posted by: faninAlex | January 16, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Given the established friction between Grunfeld and Jordan (something I've noted repeatedly in dicussing this in the past) why would you think Grunfeld would give Jordan any "benefit of the doubt"? If anything, the personal dynamics of the situation pretty much precluded Grunfeld cutting Jordan any slack. The more logical truth is that he'd wanted to move Jordan out and hire his own guy for a while. The 1-11 record gave him full license to do so. Jordan got all of the "benefit of the doubt" he was going to get from Grunfeld when Ernie picked up the option year on his contract prior to the season (no doubt swallowing hard as he did so).

I won't even bother commenting on the idea that Blatche cost him his job anymore. There are only so many ways to say "nonsense."

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

scouts dont have a handle on him. sweet. maybe he'll be good for trade filler.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | January 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I take that back. There iss one more way to say it:

If his handling of Blatche cost him his job, then wouldn't it be more reasonable to think Grunfeld would have fired him after last season, when Blatche was clearly chafing under Jordan's stern (but justified) hand? If his handling of Blatche was a major issue, then Grunfeld wouldn't have picked up the option year and brought him back to begin this season, with Blatche still in place, no major additions to the roster, and having not (by any reports I've seen) made any effort to address the issue with Jordan.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 16, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

IZMAN: Glad to see someone else on here actually has a brain. That's good to know. Like I said above, Ivan Carter is president of the "We love EJ and hate AB" fan club. Kalorama and apparently dregregmag are senior members of his staff.

There is no logical explanation to be able to support a guy who made it to the playoffs 4 years in a row, and lost to the SAME team 3 of those years consecutively. EJ’s team got to the second round 4 years ago, and hasn’t got out of the 1st round since. He had ample opportunity to build something, but he failed. Plain and simple. There are few bloggers on here (who shall remain nameless), who tend to think making the playoffs in the NBA is an accomplishment. 16 out of 32 teams go, it’s really not saying to much if you make it, but can’t get out of round one. Sticking with EJ would have meant years of mediocrity, terrible rotations, and soft coaching in which the players run the show. Kwame was quoted as saying Gil told EJ “not to put him in the game”, and now I believe it. After seeing the way Gil walked all over EJ the past two seasons, it shows who was running the team, and it wasn’t the players. Again, any coach who would have MICHAEL RUFFIN on the front line in the 4th quarter of a close game, does not deserve to be a head coach on any level. Sorry, it’s not even an argument. That was just one of EJ’s pathetic coaching decisions that had the Wizards tuck in the middle of the pack despite having three “all-stars” on the roster. Pretty bad.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"After seeing the way Gil walked all over EJ the past two seasons, it shows who was running the team, and it wasn’t the players."

I clearly meant "and it wasn't the COACH".

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The only knock on Ernie is he does not how to put together the Wizards schedule wisely. He continues to schedule tough non-conference opponents. He should operate like Gary Williams, and schedule a relatively easy schedule for the Wiz, until conference play starts.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Given the established friction between Grunfeld and Jordan (something I've noted repeatedly in dicussing this in the past) why would you think Grunfeld would give Jordan any "benefit of the doubt"? If anything, the personal dynamics of the situation pretty much precluded Grunfeld cutting Jordan any slack. The more logical truth is that he'd wanted to move Jordan out and hire his own guy for a while. The 1-11 record gave him full license to do so. Jordan got all of the "benefit of the doubt" he was going to get from Grunfeld when Ernie picked up the option year on his contract prior to the season (no doubt swallowing hard as he did so).

That's my point: There was more than a disappointing November involved in EJ's firing. Thanks for making my point for me.

I won't even bother commenting on the idea that Blatche cost him his job anymore. There are only so many ways to say "nonsense."

There are also only so many ways to say "opinion." You have yours I have mine. There is no way that either of us can quantitatively or qualitatively claim to be correct.

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Blatche was clearly chafing under Jordan's stern (but justified) hand"


Alright, back to seriousness. Are you serious? Stern hand? HAHAHAHA, man oh man that is THE quote of the year so far. Stern hand? Wow, I literally had to read it 3 times to make sure I was reading it right. I mean I just got back from lunch, but in didn’t have any beers, so I know I am not hallucinating.

Listen my friend, if you think EJ had a stern hand, you must have had a few on your lunch break. He had absolutely no control over his best player. Let me give you all a prime example and show that EJ played favorites, and had no balls. I think you remember the Bucks game last season. Arenas didn't work out with the team before the game, didn't bother to tell EJ he was going to play until a few minutes before tipoff - through a third party, no less - and didn't show up on the bench until midway through the first quarter. If I recall, EG and EJ and Gil himself, defended what looked to be a show of disrespect toward the coaching staff. Yet it would be hard to imagine such behavior being tolerated from, say, Andray or Brendan.

Posted by: cj658 | January 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

pech should get songaila's minutes, i've seen enough of darius to know we are using him incorrectly and he hurts us tremendously when he gets in on the defensive end. Like it has been said the wiz need to know their young personnel inside and out by the time the draft comes, just play them

Posted by: bford1kb | January 16, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Gil had upstaged EJ's authority on several occassion's and that why "karma" has bitten his prima donna behind with those knee surgeries,Yes i was an unabashed EJ fan because after the goofball's we had coaching this team(Gar Heard,Leonard Hamilton,Doug Collins,even Wes Unseld)EJ had this team playing well even without their "superstar" and don't give me that krap of losing to the same team three years in a row in the playoff's(trust me you'll be wishing for playoff's soon enough after this train wreck of a season is over) they(Cleve.) arguably had the best player on the planet (LaTravel)protected by the ref's and Lord High Commisioner(Stern). Yeah he should have been given the benefit of the doubt, after a four year playoff run two of those without Gil, and what pray tell is their record since the one and ten start hmmmm..... let me think, a sterling 6-22 quick!! don't everybody jam the phone lines ordering those playoff tickets, LMAO!!

Posted by: dargregmag | January 16, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Could it simply be that Pech is not good enough to be more than a 12th man?

Posted by: bigskells | January 16, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Right now, Pecherov's appears to be not strong enough to bang inside and not athletic enough to play outside. He's a tweener. In the worst sense of the term.

If they play him (hell, at this point, why not?), how will he be used? This team doesn't need a 7-footer hanging around the 3-point line.

Looking at him physically - forget the skills - he doesn't look to have improved at all over the past three years. Not gotten stronger, or quicker, or more mobile.

All he needs to do is bang inside, get some rebounds and show a little jump hook every now and then. Maybe hit a outside shot once in awhile.

If the Wizards can get 7-9 points and 6-8 rebounds, we can break out the champagne.

I'm sceptical; but at this point, roll the dice.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 16, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Andray(the serial skirt chaser)Blatche....if he showed half the dedication of say a Dwight Howard then we would not be having this discussion, ever!!."

Interesting comparison... Does this mean that Blatche should've tried to act holier-than-thou and than knocked-up a cheerleader and showed he's just as big of a sinner as the rest of us? At least it showed Howard's focus was "on the court", even if it was during timeouts.

We should all hope that Blatche falls for some woman who works as a personal trainer and makes him hit the gym harder.

Posted by: SportzWiz | January 16, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

A note to Sports Wiz; Yes Dwight Howard made a mistake and i'm sure that cheerleader had a choice before engaging in unprotected sex to insist on a condom but she was looking to get paid by using the pregnancy as a way to get to Dwight's money and Howard has taken responsibilty and PLEASE!! you don't want to go there about your boy Dray the one thing we know about Dray is his ability to attract undercover policewomen possing as hooker's, LOL!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | January 16, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Those thinking that skirt chasing and basketball performance are negatively correlated ought to do some research on Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson (both of whome are top 10 all-time players for those of you who are still wearing pampers).

If you are more familiar with Kobe Bryant, that comparison will suffice for the aforementioned correlation.

For the record, the first two players above make AB look like a virgin.

Posted by: Izman | January 16, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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