Heat 93, Wizards 71

This had a familiar feel to it as the Wizards got off to a decent start and even led by seven early in the second quarter before they were steadily ground down by the Heat.

Dwyane Wade nearly had a triple-double and had one eye-popping play in the third quarter but didn't even have to push himself too hard before taking a seat for the entire fourth quarter.

The 71 points were a season-low for the Wizards, who shot 37 percent, made only two-of-13 three-point attempts and had only 14 assists verses 18 turnovers against a very active Miami defense. Miami only shot 39 percent but made 10-of-32 three-pointers and 19-of-22 free throw attempts.

The game turned for good in the third quarter when Miami went on a 20-6 run to end the period. It featured some special stuff from Wade, a lot of sloppy offense by the Wizards, who have only two legitimate scorers right with Mike James in the midst of a six-game slump and Nick Young also struggling.

How bad was it? Consider that the Wiz reserves were outscored 50-14 by the Heat reserves. Bottom line: this Wizards team looks a lot like the Miami team that won only 15 games last season. Some of these young guys have potential but the gap in confidence and NBA ability we're witnessing on a nightly basis is scary.

"We talked at half about playing with discipline and within our design," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "We got a little bit scattered and a little bit random, we tried to make plays that we really don't normally make. Then all of a sudden, they exploited us and then they started hitting threes. Now, we're trading threes for twos and we're not trading many twos and they get on a big run."

By Ivan Carter |  January 28, 2009; 7:03 PM ET
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Is the #1 pick in the draft worth it this year?

Posted by: antoniologan | January 28, 2009 10:54 PM

For the Wizards, Yes. Thabeet, Hansboro, and That Oklahoma guy everyone is raving about, would define the roles of this Team to there proper positions and most importantly; With a half decent coach we want see DSon and Etan as prominent players anymore.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 28, 2009 11:10 PM

Ivan,

I appreciate the position you are in, but please stop talking about the talent discrepancy.

The Heat started Magloire, who is awful, and got significant contributions from guys like Chris Quinn, Joel Anthony, James Jones and someone named Yakhouba Diawara (WHO?). These guys are marginal NBA players at best.

It is a farce that an NBA team had a 6 foot 8 inch player take the games opening tap, and the lack of effort, concentration and focus is appalling.

Tapscotts philosophy seems to be to kiss the a$$es of the captains and let them do whatever they want....force bad shots, commit bad turnovers, play no defense and have bad body language.

Then he has the nerve to say negative things about a young player who has not had the opportunity to play enough to warrant an opinion.

Dwayne Wade sat the whole 4th quarter because the game was not only obviously over, but the game was not even competitive at that point.

Yet Tapscott had his veteran lineup on the floor with

Antawn, who is 32 years old, played 42 minutes in a game that was not competitive in a season that is lost, which is a sure way to get him hurt.

I have never seen an interim coach who NEEDED to be fired but that seems to be the case here. I like Tapscott the person and recognize his intelligence but this is absurd. Two multiple-time NBA all-stars and the team is non-competitive.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 28, 2009 11:20 PM

I don't even know what to say. The minutes distribution gets more and more bazaar. James,Songaila, and Dixon too many;Young, Critt, McGee too few. To think that in November with Etan and Andray healthy, McGee averaged 20 mpg. And now he's getting 17 minutes. There is no method to Tapscott's madness. I know it looks bad to fire two coaches in a season, Ivan, but do Grunfeld and Pollin not realize that the man running the show is a blithering idiot. There are not words to describe how poor of a coach Ed Tapscott is. He's not capable of coaching a church league team.
Tap:
1)When you present is unsalvageable, you play for the future.
2)Play your best players, not necessarily your oldest
It's one thing if we are 9-34 and have a plan. But this team has no direction at all.
Tapscott, COME ON! quit being such a thickheaded pompous ass!

Posted by: emmet1 | January 28, 2009 11:21 PM

"With a half decent coach we want see DSon and Etan as prominent players anymore."

Well that's the thing now isn't it?

Taps sucks and the team reflects his ability, or lack thereof, to coach. Whoever said he was a good coach lied to us all.

Again, Mike James sees big minutes and he's not in the Wiz's long term plans. There's nothing to save here, dude should be buried so deep on the bench that he declines to use his option this summer and WANTS to jump ship.

I honestly don't understand what Taps is trying to prove here.

"Is the #1 pick in the draft worth it this year?"

Yes, but only if Griffin comes out and the Wiz pick #1 overall. This team SERIOUSLY needs a PF that can rebound and score in the worst way.

You get him, then you can trade either Caron or Jamison with a kid like D.Mac and dbe able to dump a contract like Etan's or something. Otherwise I would dump that pick and some players for 2010.

Lot's of "if's" but I don't like Hansboro or Thabeet at all and many people are thinking Hansboro will got late first round and Thabeet is a project.

To me it's Griffin or nobody. The Wiz have enough young talent as it is, they just need to get healthy and get someone who can really coach.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 28, 2009 11:30 PM

Marcus Camby's thoughts on being an all-star from SI.com

"We're [9-30] right now, and when you base it on that, I don't feel I should be in Phoenix" for the Feb. 15 game, Camby said

Caron Butler's thoughts:

"I know that team winning percentage [is important], but if you're going to reward an individual, I should be on that team."


Now which one of these guys cares more about winning, and which would you rather have on your team?

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 28, 2009 11:37 PM

Twigmuffin,

Agree completely. Sad to say it but Carons words and his play suggest he is more worried about getting his numbers than winning.

Thats why the current coaching situation, cater to Caron and Antawn at all costs and give them unlimited minutes regardless of play, is hurting the veterans as much as it is the young players.

Really is hard to believe the coaching is this bad. The Wes years with LaBradford Smith werent this bad, because the team had no promise anyway. This is painful to watch.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 28, 2009 11:54 PM

And while I'm thinking about it, there is no way that AJ and CB should be added to the AllStar team.

Sure, they have played good enough stat wise, but as leaders they have not demanded the right roles and stood up for what is best for this team. They should know that this is not a slow team and that the rotations all year have sucked like a old mans socks.

Say what you want about about Gilbert Arenas, but when the Wizards were kicking butts by outscoring teams and Eddie changed to focus to Defense...At least he had the courage to come out and say he did not agree and that they should continue to do the things that had brought them success.

We have not heard one whimper from either one of these guys, Antwann or Caron, about the bad, incompetent, coaching philosophy, they have been subjected too game after game.

Leaders do more than just play, they also voice there opinions.

I seem to recall that some prominent coaches have seen their tenure come to an end based on some choice opinions from there star players.

Majic and Michael sent coaches packing and I'm sure they are not the only ones.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 28, 2009 11:54 PM

"Now which one of these guys cares more about winning, and which would you rather have on your team?

Posted by: twigmuffin"

Despite Camby's warm-hearted, cliched response, his team still sucks and are just as big losers as the Wiz.

So to answer your question -- neither (or both, depending on which way you fall).

Posted by: psps23 | January 28, 2009 11:54 PM

Everyone it starts at the top. ABE are you watching the same games that the people on here are watching? If you are you should fired ETaps and replace him with someone who knows how to coach. Look at Philly and Minn they both are playing a lot better since they made a coaching change.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 28, 2009 11:58 PM

My problem with Caron is that he's settled. He's lost that chip on his shoulder. When he first came to the Wizards, Caron was fresh off bouncing around the league, and all he heard was that he never lived up to his draft expectations. Then he got here and was simply thought of as a 3rd wheel to Gil and Antawn. Then when Gil got hurt, all Caron heard was that the Wiz wouldn't be able to last without Gil being the primary man.

Finally, after proving all those assumptions wrong, Caron feels satisfied. And that's the worst thing for a player of his mentality.

It's a very good thing that Caron won't be an all-star.

Posted by: psps23 | January 28, 2009 11:59 PM

"I appreciate the position you are in, but please stop talking about the talent discrepancy."

"The Heat started Magloire, who is awful, and got significant contributions from guys like Chris Quinn, Joel Anthony, James Jones and someone named Yakhouba Diawara (WHO?). These guys are marginal NBA players at best."

True. but so are James, Songaila, McGuire, Young, McGee, and Crittendon (the caveat being that the younger of those guys may someday be more than marginal, but they've all got a long way to go). And let's not even talk about Pecherov.

The talent differential isn't about the role players, it's about the stars, and their one star, Wade, controls and impacts a game in ways that the Wizards two stars canit touch. He makes the guys around him better in ways that Jamison and Butler can't. That's the difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 29, 2009 12:00 AM

I don't fault Butler for wanting to be an all-star. Every player in the NBA wants to be an all-star. He's mired in the most miserable year of his professional career and he's desperate for something to happen in this season that he can enjoy and feel good about, and it's pretty obvious it's not going to happen with the Wiz, so he's looking for it elsewhere.

I fail to see how his desire to be an all-star in any way makes him selfish or implies he's not committed to winning. The one has nothing to do with the other.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 29, 2009 12:03 AM

Just watched highlights of the Celtics pushing, I mean fast-breaking the ball up the floor on three occasions to pass the ball to a 3-point shooter. Of course they buried the shots. Fastbreak for a three-pointer. Whoa Nelly!!!

Just playing the Damn Game. It's Basketball. It should be fun. Shake and Bake. Run the Floor. Stop me if you can. Trash Talkin. Let's go Back.

Oh, but I'm sure Tappscott thinks that kind a ball is mistake basketball. He said again tonight that his Team can't run.

Poor Fellow. You know history might one day right that Tappscott was as bad a coach as that President we just had.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 29, 2009 12:05 AM

If the Washington Wizards were a real NBA orginization they would trade veterans Jamison and Songaila for picks/young talent before the deadline and focus on the future.

Sadly they're a CBA team that didn't die with the rest of that league. Abe Pollin has been tied with Donald Sterling for the worst owner in the NBA over the last 20 years. He's been/is so determined to see the team win another championship before he passes he's made a disaster of this franchise. His irrationality and impulsiveness have only worsened with age. I know he was the driving force behind Grunfeld signing those awful contracts to re-up Antawn and Gilbert. He's so dilluded he thinks that's the nucleus of a championship team. I have great respect for Jamison and how hard he plays night in and night out, but an undersized power forward and a "I'll play when I feel like it" diva point is not who you can build a champion around.

Sadly this orginization will continue to stink as long as Abe Pollin owns it. Which sadly now looks like until he passes away.

Posted by: Blue1971 | January 29, 2009 12:06 AM

Jamison and Butler played 40+ minutes again in a blowout. This has to stop. It's absurd.

Posted by: what5 | January 29, 2009 12:09 AM

Ivan,

Instead of harping on the young guys and their "lack of confidence", why don't you look at the minutes played by the vets, their turnovers, and the +/- when they're on the floor. If Butler and Jamison were true all star caliber players, they would have more then 9 wins. Tapscott is trash

Posted by: Oz99 | January 29, 2009 12:20 AM

Tap makes it seem like he's playing guys who can win the game...Well they aren't winning the game and the vets he plays 40 minutes a night are the same vets who have lead us to the record we have now. Butler is a turnover machine and while Jamison is playing hard, he just gives up too much on the defensive end. Yes Tap, play the vets more because playing 40 minutes a night means they have no influecne on our current record....

Posted by: Oz99 | January 29, 2009 12:22 AM

UltimateFootball and the rest,

Maybe you should stick with football bc then you might make more sense. This is a LOST season. We are missing 4 of our best players and a 5th who just two seasons ago EJ wanted to be our starting center. Maybe that was 3 seasons ago now. Anyway, we are also playing completely new PG's from even the beginning of this season. What the hell do you expect? The Heat have a top 5 player in the league and solid role players.

The only point to be made is that AJ and CB (in particular) should have played a few minutes less particularly in the 4th quarter. But, that ain't the end of the world.

With our main guys back, a good draft pick, and some younger guys particularly McGuire and Blatche becoming more legit pros this year, we will turn this around quickly.

McGee is 2/3 yrs away at least. He is still lost on the court.

NY, once his shot leaves him, has nothing else to offer on the court.

Don't like CB's attitude and demeanor on the court these days. I think it is why he disappears more often and commits about 6 sloppy turnovers per. He needs an attitude adjustment and belongs nowhere near the all-star game this year. AJ deserves it more than he does by far!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 29, 2009 12:58 AM

TAPSCOTT YOU ARE A FREAKING IDIOT.

FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP PLAYING SCRUBS LIKE SONGAILA AND MIKE JAMES, AND LET OUR YOUNGER PLAYERS PLAY.

IM SICK OF HIS STUPIDITY AND WATCHING THESE CRAP VETERANS GET TO PLAY NIGHT IN AND NIGHT OUT.

Posted by: insanity999 | January 29, 2009 1:25 AM

Wiz=Worst Team in the NBA
That is the fact of their season.
Time to realize that the WIz will be terrible
for awhile.
Ernie was so stupid over the summer signing
two bums for big contracts.
EG should be tard and feathered and run out of
town!

Posted by: jimmydeanroundsausages | January 29, 2009 1:51 AM

Fire the interim coach!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Oz99 | January 29, 2009 2:14 AM

@rphilli721,

I agree with you on numerous fronts. The health situation has ruined this season and that things will turn around quickly with a return to health and a good draft pick. Adding Arenas, Haywood and the Griffin kid to any roster in the NBA would be a huge, huge deal.

But that does not excuse the disaster that is unfolding on the court. They are not simply losing games, they are not competitive most nights in the NBA. The Thunder have more wins and their 2 best players have the same number of seasons in the NBA than Antawn and Caron have All-star appearances.

So while the Wizards are a bad team, they should not be getting blown out with regularity and they should not be even close to the worst team in the NBA.

It was @psps23 who made perhaps the comment of the year. Butler has lost the chip on his shoulder that made him the player he is, and has now become a guy worried about his stats and all-star appearances.

Antawn and Caron are playing 40+ minutes in a game where Dwayne Wade did not see the court in the 4th quarter. That alone is ridiculous but they are both playing BAD BASKETBALL.

Consistently playing 1-on-3 and firing up long 2point FG attempts is a bad strategy for rec league ball much less the NBA, so its on the captains and the coach.

But Tapscott has made them lazy by ensuring that there is no accountability.

Meanwhile, talented yet inexperienced players with promise are most sitting and watching as they are told that they have to EARN the opportunity to go play bad basketball and that the only way to earn that opportunity is to be older.

It is simply flawed leadership, whether NBA basketball or corporate America. It is bound to breed poor results and bad habits.

Phil Jackson is a great coach because he understands people and how to work them individually and as a team. Tapscott seems to be god awful at both.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 29, 2009 4:57 AM

"TAPSCOTT YOU ARE A FREAKING IDIOT.

FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP PLAYING SCRUBS LIKE SONGAILA AND MIKE JAMES, AND LET OUR YOUNGER PLAYERS PLAY.

IM SICK OF HIS STUPIDITY AND WATCHING THESE CRAP VETERANS GET TO PLAY NIGHT IN AND NIGHT OUT."

-insanity999

As opposed to playing even worse scrubs with our rookies? Have you seen when 3/4 of these guys are on the court at the same time? It's not good and it's also not a situation where it will magically improve their game. In addition, perhaps, the "crap" veterans look like crap bc they are surrounded by these mostly very talented, but raw players who play inconsistently and often like much worse "crap" themselves. At least the veterans are fundamentally sound, can pass, run offense, etc...and keep us in most games. But, again, with all the injuries and new PG's, I don't know what else you want. NEXT YEAR! We make it to the second round I predict and are a very tough out...we'll be back to a 4/5 seed in the east again!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 29, 2009 5:57 AM

Aren't you tired of typing "This had a familiar feel to it..." after every game? Or do you just a macro that inserts it into every game blog?

Posted by: tundey | January 29, 2009 7:55 AM

The Wizards' attitude toward its young players is similar to seniors' desire to haze freshman. More minutes will not help the young players develop in this poisonous environment.

And hopefully the Wiz will get the worst possible pick in the lottery so as to not undermine another promising talent.

Posted by: Izman | January 29, 2009 7:57 AM

I believe that there are pros and cons to all this Tapscott madness. Before I say all this I want it to be known that if Tapscott were to be fired i would have no problem with it at all.

McGee should definitely be getting time and there is no excuse for why he is not getting it. The only possible explanation for this is that Grunfield doesn't want McGee's talent to be showcased so teams won't be asking for him. While I love Crittendon's potential I feel as though Mike James needs to be playing as much as possible so other teams can see that he is still a valuable asset to a playoff contender.

This season needs to be about one thing from now on and that is to build for next year. We need to boost the trade value for as many vets and young players that we are willing to trade as best we can. Thomas, James, Blatche, and possibly Young need to be shipped so we can turn around this team Boston Celtics style.

Posted by: Immahomer | January 29, 2009 8:02 AM

Antawn and Caron are playing 40+ minutes in a game where Dwayne Wade did not see the court in the 4th quarter. That alone is ridiculous but they are both playing BAD BASKETBALL.

Consistently playing 1-on-3 and firing up long 2point FG attempts is a bad strategy for rec league ball much less the NBA, so its on the captains and the coach.

But Tapscott has made them lazy by ensuring that there is no accountability.

Meanwhile, talented yet inexperienced players with promise are most sitting and watching as they are told that they have to EARN the opportunity to go play bad basketball and that the only way to earn that opportunity is to be older.

It is simply flawed leadership, whether NBA basketball or corporate America. It is bound to breed poor results and bad habits.

Phil Jackson is a great coach because he understands people and how to work them individually and as a team. Tapscott seems to be god awful at both.


Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 29, 2009 4:57 AM

UFN - I have been trying to relay this very point for the past month and a half. Excellent post my man. Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott is more stubborn then EJ and who would have ever thought that was possible.

I had been saying a long time ago he is a double standard coach who let the vet's get away with everything, yet one mistake by a younger player they get yanked and banished to the doghouse.

I do not noiced if anyone noticed yesterday but when the camera went to the bench all you saw was NY, Critt, McGuire, JM and OPEC looking dazed and disinterested. Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott has now LOST THIS TEAM, other then CB, AJ and Song.

These three are not mad because they get consistent minutes every game. Eveyone else does not have a clue when they will play or if they will play at all.

I have always supported Ernie G., but he is starting to give me reason to switch sides and start calling for his head if he does not do something about Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott. Either reassign him and give the job to Ayers like he first intended, or MAKE HIM PLAY THE YOUNG PLAYERS MISTAKES OR NOT AND DECREASE CB, AJ AND SONG.'S MINUTES NOW.

Man I will be the first dude to apoligize for calling for EJ's firing. I had no clue you would have somebody who was worst at calling rotations then EJ. Wow......????

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 29, 2009 8:48 AM

STOP BLAMING CARON!! His all star selection is tied to his contract, so is he suppose to be politically correct and say the right thing "no i'm thinking more about winning" well,the GM took care of that when they fired EJ and brought in that HOF Tapscott you people kill me you're like vulture's circling a carcass you weren't happy with EJ now you want to dump on Caron Hell I don't blame him one bit might as well be about the benjamin's since the dumb azz GM ruined the season, i'll say this again for the benefit of those who missed my post the other day veterans KNOW!!!! they know when a coach and a gm have a clue and its clear neither one of them have any idea of what's going on. Caron is fustrated and i don't blame him, so he jacks up jumpers so what, that's going to change the course of this season? PLEASE!!! DON'T MAKE ME LMAO! Back up off of Caron and Antwan without them we wouldn't have made the playoff's the last two years oh yeah i forgot that's not good enough for you purist well you're all are gonna wish for playoffs in the comming years because i don't see us making them anytime soon.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 29, 2009 10:00 AM

“Back up off of Caron and Antwan without them we wouldn't have made the playoff's the last two years oh yeah i forgot that's not good enough for you purist well you're all are gonna wish for playoffs in the comming years because i don't see us making them anytime soon.”

DARGREGMAG:

Forgot that the Wiz went to the 2nd round WITHOUT Caron. Caron is a good player, you know a 2nd or 3rd option. He is not a leader, and is not elite. He is a consistent 19ppg scorer, nothing better, nothing worse. Wizards should be a playoff team next year, if healthy, and if they draft right (as in Thabeet). Couple of moves have to be made, let me break them down for you:

-Dump BTH
-Dump Etan
-Draft Thabeet
-Sign Flip Saunders

You continue to bash Ernie who has a proven track record and has been a GM in the NBA for quite sometime. How about your boy EJ? You talk as if he was going to reverse the 1-10 start. Ernie gave him chances, then he came out and lost to a Knick team that had 7 guys. Unacceptable. Ernie has a plan, you (and others) tend to avt as if he is a rookie GM who is just making moves blindly. Believe me, he has been in the League entirely too long to not have a plan. And please do me a favor and stop referring to Tapscott as our coach. He is the INTERIM head coach, just a warm body. You never hire your future coach in the middle of a season. A head coach needs an offseason to build a team, make moves, and install an offense and defense. That is what the preseason and training camp is for.

Believe me, Ernie has a guy for next year already set, and my bet is it’s Flip. Think about how much Flip would LOVE to stick it to Joe Dumars. What better way than to be coaching in the Eastern Conference, on a team with a lot of weapons? Think about it.

Posted by: cj658 | January 29, 2009 10:12 AM

Important off season for the Wiz coming up, the Wiz should be playoff team if they make the following moves:

-Sign Mike James to long term deal (first and foremost).

-Extend DSong’s contract

-Trade Caron Butler and our first round pick for Jason Kidd (we need a true PG).

-Resign Eddie Jordan

-Make Gilbert Arenas team Captain (he is the highest paid player and the face of the franchise)

-Give Javale 5 more years of “learning” and “developing” by sitting on the bench and watching. He should be ready by 2014.

Posted by: cj658 | January 29, 2009 10:28 AM

Ivan,
"Some of these young guys have potential but the gap in confidence and NBA ability we're witnessing on a nightly basis is scary."
True words.

Why waste time talking about firing the interim coach.
This season is LOST.
There is no coach living that can help this team.
PLAY FOR THE FUTURE.
Maybe he's playing CB & AJ to try to get them All Star bids.

Abe & Ernie can't let their big investments in these 2 be jeopardized by playing them 40+ in games that mean nothing. Maybe the 2nd half of season will be different. Give these remaining games some meaning by playing the youngsters.
What's there to lose???????

Posted by: VBFan | January 29, 2009 10:32 AM

When you shoot a low percentage, get outrebounded, cannot defend the 3, turn it over, and have bad coaching you're going to be the worst team in the league. I think this team would struggle against a college Top 10 team at this point. Ivan, ask these dudes when there's going to be some changes.

Posted by: t-train | January 29, 2009 12:02 PM

NOTE TO CJ658: I don't need you or anyone else "breaking" anything down for me i'm well aware of what's going on with this franchise and just for the record you don't know if EJ would have reversed the team's 1-10 start because he wasn't given the chance the year before, he brought them back from an 0-5 start to win six in a row given the team's injuries why not give him the benefit of the doubt but no EG must have been reading the post on these blogs because he made a serious mistake in firing Jordan but i'm sure we're all warm and fuzzy with 8-26(Tapscott's record)!! and by the way while Caron may not be an elite player to you but i think he is intergal part of this team when everyone is healthy, ask the World Champion Celtics who was the toughest player for the Wiz last season when the Wiz beat them three out of four during the regular season to a man they will tell you it was Caron Butler. Trust me CJ658 i don't post on these blogs just to run my mouth i've been a fan of this team for over 40yrs even before the franchised moved from Baltimore no disrepect to you or anyone else but i've probably forgotten more about the Bullets/Wizards than most people who post on this site even know and that is why i'm so passionate.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 29, 2009 12:59 PM

Best case scenario our roster looks like this to start next season:

C-Haywood
F-Stoudemire via trade
F-Butler
G-McGuire
G-Arenas

Bench

C-McGee
F-Griffin via draft
F-Jamison
G-Young
G-Crittendon

We need to move Thomas, James, Blatche for Amare Stoudemire. This one move makes us a strong contender in the East.

Posted by: Immahomer | January 29, 2009 1:51 PM

what would the point be in playing your second year sg drafted in the 1st round, your rookie c, drafted in the 1st, and a third year point guard who essentially is a draft pick bc he was dealt for a pick, two and half years removed from the 1st round, on a team that currently has a record of 9-36?

Posted by: bford1kb | January 29, 2009 3:26 PM

song - 0.31(135th) blocks and 7.0 rebounds(103rd), per 48 minutes
javale - 3.33 blocks(9th in the nba) and 12.5(30th, best on the squad, even over aj) rebounds, per 48 minutes
It is obvious who affects the game defensively in a positive way, darius provides nothing that a center should, we are grossly misusing him, even though he would need to be playing some center right now anyway. Javale helps hide jamison's defensive flaws, songaila exacerbates them.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 29, 2009 3:38 PM

I know that NBA players receive bonuses for All-Star appearances, and Caron feels quite a bit of pride in being an All-Star the past few years. And his numbers are good. However, give me a break! He is making more $ than anyone on this blog is making already, and his team stinks this year. I would not be lobbying for an All- Star appearance! The coaches are correct. If your team stinks it up, you probably should not be on the All-Star team, with some exceptions. I like Caron a lot, but he is not one of the exceptions this year!

I realize that the coaching is horrific, and it seems like we stuck with Taps for the rest of the way. I understand that teams focus on him and AJ. However, they need to be able to inspire their teammates, share the ball, hustle, play good defense, and set an example for the younger players. Bad mouthing the young players and selfishly campaigning for an All-Star selection is ridiculous! Worry about the team first and your abysmal record!

I don't recall KG, KB, or Dirk campaigning for the All-Star team when their teams were down. Caron don't worry about that. Focus on your team and changing it from being the most disappointing and underachieving team this year in the NBA.

Ron

Posted by: faninAlex | January 29, 2009 4:59 PM

a third year point guard who essentially is a draft pick bc he was dealt for a pick, two and half years removed from the 1st round,

JC was taken in the same draft as NY/DM. He's a second year player. In fact, if NY had been off the boards, we probably would've picked him. EG worked JC out extensively.

It was a stroke of near-genius turning JCN into JC, however.

Posted by: jones-y | January 30, 2009 4:35 PM

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