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Lakers 117, Wizards 97

When the Lakers visited Washington earlier in the season they sleep-walked thorugh the second half and almost got burned. That didn't happen tonight as the Lakers, behind the frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, pounded the Wiz in every way imaginable.

The Lakers never trailed and led by as many as 36. The final score was only respectable because the Wizards had a little push when both teams turned to their reserves. And please folks, don't jump in here talking about how the young fellas played well in the fourth quarter.

Yes, a group that included Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire, JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Oleksiy Pecherov trimmed a 36-point deficit to 20 but the Lakers had their end-of-bench guys in as well and the entire quarter resembled a glorified And-1 run.

-Early on McGuire, did a decent job of defending Kobe Bryant but the Wizards had nothing for Bynum and Gasol. Andray Blatche, Antawn Jamison, McGee and Darius Songaila were simply overwhelmed.

"You saw the movie Butch Cassidy?" interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "They were being chased by that crew and they said: "who are those guys?" because they were so relentless. That's how the Lakers were tonight. They were relentless. They broke us down and beat us up."

By Ivan Carter  |  January 23, 2009; 1:40 AM ET
 
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Well, at least this shows that perimeter defense is no longer our biggest problem...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2009 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Why did they fire E.Jordan...

Posted by: alljump | January 23, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm SORRY but Eddie Tapscott, is taking bad coaching to new heights. I'm going to be the first one and go ahead and call for the firing of Tapscott.

We were probably never going to beat the Lakers but even mediocre coaching would have made it a game. I am so upset right now. Eddie refuses to play McGee in games (except garbage time) despite McGee basically being our best (and only) Center. This season is shot but he won't give the young guys playing time to develop for next year.

I'M SICK OF THE STUPID MIKE JAMES, CARON BUTLER, JAMISON, SONGAILA LINE UP! What makes it worse is that Tapscott kept talking during the game about how we're a 'young team'. What a crock of bS....the young guys never play, he keeps playing veterans despite us needing to develop them.

FOR GOD SAKES ET GROW SOME AND PLAY OUR YOUNG GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE LAKERS MUST HAVE HAD 30 LAYUPS AND DUNKS IN THAT GAME BECAUSE OF HIS STUPID UNDERSIZED LINEUPS. GASOL AND BYNUM ABUSED JAMISON, BLATCHE AND SONGAILA. LET MCGEE PLAY MAJOR MINUTES!!!!

WE NEED TO SEE MUCH MORE OF THE LINEUP HE HAD IN GARBAGE TIME DURING GAMES, BRING DOWN BUTLER, MIKE JAMES AND JAMISON'S MINUTES TO 30 A GAME.

IM NOT GOING TO ONE MORE GAME TILL THEY FIRE TAPSCOTT OR THE SEASON ENDS.

Posted by: insanity999 | January 23, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

It was good to see mcgee play, maybe we should get down 30+ every night, it's ridiculous that jamison, butler and james all played over thirty with none in the fourth, how does nick only get 7 before the 4th, he's not getting any time since scoring an absurd number of points, he should start, dom will bring the same energy off the bench, ny needs to get into the flow of the game, blatche needs to play the four, jamison should be our bench scorer, he would be much more valuable in this role, playing against less top tier pf's and hopefully getting time at the three (more often) 1.crit 2.ny 3.cb 4.ab 5.jm aj and dom both see thirty off the pine, we should just run like crazy with crit

Posted by: bford1kb | January 23, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse

I think most people started calling for Tap's head about 20 games ago.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 23, 2009 2:42 AM | Report abuse

at least the losses would be entertaining

Posted by: bford1kb | January 23, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

I must say I have been reading this blog for a very long time and never really bother posting UNTILL NOW!! I admit I can take losing if it brings change and we see a better team. What I cant take is the half azzzzz way this team is being run and sadly my friends are so upset with this team that unless something changes they will hit the owner where it hurts by not renewing their season tickets and they have the high dollar seats. On a parting note I will say that I was never really a supporter of Jordan as coach but to fire him for personal decisions out of his controll and injuries to key players was pure BS and then they put in ET and man it GOT UGLY!!

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 23, 2009 4:05 AM | Report abuse

The only problem with the argument about EJ is that he was just as clueless as Tap regarding lineups and subs. Remember, he's the guy that started this whole 'Songaila at the 5' thing. He was also an ardent Deshawn supporter. Granted, he was good working with the offense when he had all of the weapons at his disposal but I doubt EJ's record would be any different than Tap's.
Our interior defense was nonexistent last night. We have no shot at beating any team that has an interior offensive game with Ab and AJ in there at C and PF. They simply are not low post defenders. Our only chance is to try McGee and see what happens. Pech is also 7 feet and is worth a try. Can Pech really be any worse defensively? Maybe but let's see what happens. Last time we tried it, he got 4 fouls in about 5 minutes. At this point, why not see what we have.

I'm not gonna talk about how the young guys looked good, either. I WILL mention that the old guys looked horrendous, though.

How about trying an aggressive trapping defense? We have at least 10 athletic dudes on this team. Sub out frequently and give them Nolan Richardson's '40 minutes of hell'. At least try it and mix things up. We are not going to win on talent alone because we don't have enough on the interior.

We don't shoot 3's or rebound well enough to play an uptempo D'Antoni style effectively. We don't have the bangers to play a halfcourt defensive style so we need to mix it up.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

re: Gil...

I ran across a couple of blogs that suggested very strongly to me that Gil is not only healthy yet or near healthy but that he is definitely being held out because the team sux and there's no point in risking reinjury.


First...

http://www.gilbertology.net/2009/01/10/the-will-he-or-wont-he-saga-rages-on/

and then...

http://www.gilbertology.net/2009/01/19/more-injury-update-info/

I get it but still am a little resentful about the way the team led us on to believe that he might be back at Xmas and then Jan.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Tapscott is a moron. After I heard him say he was going to ride Jamison and Butler because he had no choice, I just gave up on the Wiz management. Why in the hell would he risk major injuries to those two when it is obvious to everyone but those knuckle heads that the season is over. Play the young guns and let them get some solid experience, see which ones fit and which ones can be used in a trade. Tapscott is not going to be satisfied until Jamison and Butler are sidelines with injuries. Then he won't have any choice but to play the other players. What an idiot! And Grunfeld is just as bad for firing a coach and hiring a guy who was head of "player developement" and then expect that he can turn this team around. I don't even bother to watch anymore. I love my home team but right now they are like a ship without a rudder and they plain out SUCK!

Posted by: ivyleague | January 23, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

That is...not only NOT healthy or near healthy. The first entry said that there's a couple days of swelling each time he plays 2 on 2. The second entry says that there's no swelling and this is only 10 days later.

His knee is still screwed up after 'a little debris cleanout' and it's just starting to sink in that he may never be close to what he was before. Previously, I believed the bs that we were being fed about him being the same as before after fully healing, etc.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Never fear, guys. I'm sure Tapscott's references to movies from the late 1960's are just the thing to connect with his players and turn this season around.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 23, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Tapscott told Cheryl Miller that the Wizs had to play smart in order to win.

Her brother, Reggie had a field day with that comment. he even offered to sell Taps some land.

I wonder if thats the closest the commentators can come to saying a coach is clueless about what he is doing.

Does anybody think that Grunfield believes that sticking with Taps till the end of the sason is the right way to go?

My answer is, if he does, then his decision to continue to stick with a coach whom is clearly clueless for so long should call into question his competence as a GM...

Unless, its not his decision.

Does anybody know?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

10 things I wonder about for next year. Yes, I have moved on to next year since this season is over. It does not look like the Wizards are thinking about next year.

1. Will Gil be healthy?

2. Is BTH that good of a center? Being this is his last year of his contract do you resign him or let him walk?

3. Number 2 is the reason you play McGee now to see if he can play at all.

4. Is Blatche a PF or a C?

5. Because #2 might happen: do you draft a power forward and move AB to C?

6. Good news, Etan Thomas and Mike James are on the last year of their contracts.

7. Antawn Jamison thinks being an all star means you play every game like it was the all star game. Try to score as many points as you can and do not play any defense.

8. Who are they going to get to coach this mess?

9. If they resign OP the NBA needs to take control of the Wizards the way baseball did with the Nationals.

10. They need a three point shooter.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 23, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

It is way past time, to blow up this team, Young is the way to go, pun intended.
Goodbye, CB, AS, DS, ET, JD, BH, MJ, AJ...it is time to do what Portland has been doing, young and athletic.
Of course this can only be done with a GM and a coaching staff that has a clue.
So Wiz need to start addressing the coaching staff, as I feel that EG has systematically been going younger.
There is a very good young nucleus to build on, trade the vets for youngins and or draft choices.
GA can be the linchpin, only if he is willing.
A lineup of NY, DM, JM, AB AC is the way to go the rest of the year. This will not happen unless tap is read the riot act, or is replaced immediately.

Posted by: maxman2162 | January 23, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I have a hard time understanding how a coach can be in such a good mood that he's making obscure movie references. After losing repeatedly, I want a coach who's closing the locker room to the media and cursing and is in a generally pizzy mood. Not that it would change the outcome of the games at all, but I'm one of the old school guys who doesn't think anything is funny when you have a 9 and 30 something record.

Maybe he's the one who has gotten so used to losing that it doesn't bother him anymore.

I know one thing...If I was a veteran in that locker room, anyone laughing and joking after these losses would be ducking a size 15 Nike.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"What a crock of bS....the young guys never play, he keeps playing veterans despite us needing to develop them."

Lol, sounds like EJ before he got fired doesn't it?

You know, the Wiz need a power foward really badly and last night just showed why. Maybe McGuire will develope into that guy, but as much as I like what Jamison brings to the floor he can't defend worth a hoot.

The bright side is that the Lakers were in the same exact position only a few years ago and Kobe was crying about wanting traded and cracking on Bynum in videos. Now look at thew Lakers.

The difference is the Wiz have no Kobe or Phil Jackson.

Unless the Wiz get a "Phil Jackson" type of coach I think they are going to be in the same position for along time. I don't know if I have enough confidence in management to bring them out of this either.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 23, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78, If you think we stink now, think back to when we didn't have Mike James. He's not the answer but at least he's not getting his pocket picked and he resembles a pg. We'd be stuck on 5 wins without him because Juan and NY would be playing the point.

In response to your #2, I think that BTH's presence has been underrated for years now. Sure we stunk defensively even with him but we are close to the league worst without him. The problem is the coaching. Even with him back there, we were doubling down and leaving shooters wide open.


Looking at 82games.com and comparing the PER ratings at all positions, our problem last year is glaring. This is where we stood last year...

PG - -0.3
SG - -2.1
SF - +0.7
PF - +3.5
C - -0.2

I know Hollinger's PER isn't perfect but based on this, our glaring weakness was at SG while our biggest strength was PF last year.
Caron, for someone having an all star year, was played pretty evenly by other sf's.

Now compare that to this year so far...

PG - -6.7
SG - -3.4
SF - +0.3
PF - +2.4
C - -2.7

The obvious conclusion, based on the PER differences, is that the guard position is killing us. Of course CB has only been at SG for a little while so it's hard to say how the position change has affected us. AJ is holding down his spot so far. He's still the only guy who's consistently doing his job well. Unfortunately, his defense is abysmal and PER doesn't take that into account.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

one solution..and it's been mentioned here a lot.. is to move CB back to sf and start NY at sg. This should shore things up in the backcourt offensively. We'll still stink on defense but at least we'd have the firepower in the game to outscore some teams.

Since we're not working on defense this year or working toward the future, we may as well kick it up a notch and try to outscore some ppl. Keep the fans happy. Uptempo favors JM, AB, CB, AJ and DM.

LarryinClinton, we need to start calling for the team to run again. Run, baby, run.

and FREE PECH.

Posted by: original_mark | January 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

And please folks, don't jump in here talking about how the young fellas played well in the fourth quarter.

Ivan, I hope you're not becoming Tapscott's mouthpiece. So, if the pups played miserably against the Lakers' bench, you'd be saying "See, the youngsters can't even get it done against L.A.'s scrubs."

When they do play good, according to you, it's meaningless. Pretty hard to win, isn't it?

Of course their fourth-quarter play has to be taken in context. So does the whole game. Our starters, our hallowed vets, got absolutely annihilated against the Lakers' starters. Is Taps going to recognize that? That this loss, like all of them, are on the vets he clings to? Will they be kicked out of the Palace of Good Play?

OTOH, the kids did well, albeit against backups -- but that's what they are, too. Makes it pretty even, in my eyes. So will the youngsters get more PT, since they at least held their own? Certainly they played more inspired ball, worked hard and acquitted themselves well.

Will we see more of McGee -- 18 pts., 9 boards, 2 blocks, 2 steals in 23 minutes?

What about Crit -- 10 points, 6 boards, 3 assists in 16 minutes?

Pech -- 5 points, 5 boards (including 4 offensive boards) in 12 minutes?

My point is that when given the chance, no matter the circumstances, they produced. They can't help who they played against. All they can do is play their best when they're in.

Will they do that against starters? Probably not. But they played well when asked. According to Tap's reward system, they should get more PT to see if they can make meaningful contributions in non-blowout games. If they stay on the bench in those games, we know Tapscott is a liar, and that you play based not on your production, but based only on your veteran/non-veteran status.

Posted by: keithward64 | January 23, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Mark - please stop with the free pech crap - have you EVER watched him? Again he was AWFUL last night. He played the entire fourth quarter and I didn't see a single positive defensive play. He is so lost out there it is pathetic.

And props to Taps for grinding the vets so they could "cut" the lead under 30 points to start the 4th quarter. He should have unloaded the bench no later than half way through the 3rd.

Blatche has got to be a 4 going forward, he is just not a 5 except when the matchup overwhelmingly favors him. His post defense is bad bad bad. His positioning is terrible and he is just not a mix it up underneath kind of player. He does seem to do well with recovery blocks which should translate well to helping from the weak side. If the draft pick is a 4, then Jamison has got to be moved IMO. I think BH and McGee will man the 5 spot. Blatche should be playing at least 25+ min each night.

Ernie has got to explore AJs value around the trade deadline. Send him to a contender - that has got to be worth some positive karma around the league.

Posted by: Henchlow | January 23, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Ivan doesn't want to hear it, but the Wiz bench (excluding Songalia) beat the Laker bench.

McGee had 18 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Taps and Ivan have unrealistic expectations, and therefore are looking at the wrong things.

And they are as thick-headed as can be. Does anybody think that last night's starting five had a prayer against the Laker's with two seven footers, one of which had a monster game?

The Wiz quickly need to develop some objectives (other than winning), or else the season will be a total loss.

I would sugggest Mike Lee call three "nba experts" outside of DC to get their unfiltered advice on what they think the Wiz should do for the remainder of the year.

Posted by: Izman | January 23, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I saw most of the game. The only thing I got out of watching last night was the continued assurance that the Zards coaches and tv analyst are either blind or lying to us. How refreshing is it to see objective national sportscasts tell the truth about the team we care about!

Though biting their tongue occasionally Miller and the Czar's insights sounded more like the things I read here from the regulars than the things we hear from broadcast and print reporters who follow the team regularly.

I loved the discussion about whether AJ and CB are all-stars. Every non-wizards broadcast that I hear, whether radio or tv constantly talk about our horrible defense, especially Jamison. But all we hear is that he plays hard, which is not untrue. But playing hard doesn't automatically translate into stopping your man. He clearly played hard and played well on offense after we went down 7-0. But it really didn't matter.

I realize that national guys don't have to relate to the players daily, travel together and all that. So I understand that there is different dynamic. But it sure is refreshing to hear the truth that we can all see expressed so clearly.

McGee is raw. Very, very raw. But obviously has a huge upside. What better time for him to learn than now? They are not handling him right. I know that understanding a person's personality, how they handle failure, etc. is important. They must think he is overly sensitive and will get discouraged or something. But that's why they are charged with keeping his hopes up and teaching him...correcting his mistakes. They are not managing him well. Put him out there, let him fail and learn from his mistakes.

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | January 23, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"The Wiz quickly need to develop some objectives (other than winning), or else the season will be a total loss." Very good point, Izman.

As to Ivan's point about the Wizards' bench playing against the Laker's bench, so their success was meaningless, the following Lakers played against the Wizards bench in the 4th: Bynum, Odom, Radmanovic, Vujacic, Ariza, Mihm, Powell and Yue. The first three are starters or starter quality players; the next two are rotation players; Mihm is not a scrub; the last two are scrubs. The Wiz bench did their best work when those two scrubs were in the game, but they held their own otherwise, except a little bit when Bynum and Odom are in the game.

No one is saying that the Wizards bench should be starting and playing 35 minutes a game, but instead being worked into the rotation on a regular basis. If that bench can hold their own in a lost season against the Lakers' rotation players -- the Lakers are considered one of the deepest teams in the league -- on the road, no less, then what's the problem?? Let them play! Let them play!

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 23, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to be the first one and go ahead and call for the firing of Tapscott.

Posted by: insanity999 | January 23, 2009 2:37 AM

One thing is for sure: you missed being the first one to make that call by about a month.

Posted by: jones-y | January 23, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

despite McGee basically being our best (and only) Center

He's our only healthy true center. But AB is better than him, even playing out of position.

This season is shot but he won't give the young guys playing time to develop for next year.

the young guys never play,

FOR GOD SAKES ET GROW SOME AND PLAY OUR YOUNG GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really? They average 100mpg. That's 40%

THE LAKERS MUST HAVE HAD 30 LAYUPS AND DUNKS IN THAT GAME BECAUSE OF HIS STUPID UNDERSIZED LINEUPS. GASOL AND BYNUM ABUSED JAMISON, BLATCHE AND SONGAILA. LET MCGEE PLAY MAJOR MINUTES!!!!

I missed the game but I understand from Ivan that McGee got outmuscled and posterized by bird-chested Pau Gasol. You were saying?

IM NOT GOING TO ONE MORE GAME TILL ... THE SEASON ENDS.

Um. Okay.

Posted by: jones-y | January 23, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

We have no shot at beating any team that has an interior offensive game with Ab and AJ in there at C and PF. They simply are not low post defenders. Our only chance is to try McGee and see what happens. Pech is also 7 feet and is worth a try.

So your rationale is not to play JM and OP to develop them, but rather try to win games? Really?

Posted by: jones-y | January 23, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

By the way, is there some conclusive evidence somewhere that indicates that the risk of major injury increases with minutes?

People keep repeating it as if its some sort of proven fact that more minutes = more injury risk. An injury can happen at any moment.

Maybe we should limit JM to 2mpg to ensure the doesn't get hurt? LOL!

Posted by: jones-y | January 23, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

No one is saying that the Wizards bench should be starting and playing 35 minutes a game

Oh yes they are...

but instead being worked into the rotation on a regular basis.

That's been happening since the beginning of the season.

Posted by: jones-y | January 23, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"IM NOT GOING TO ONE MORE GAME TILL THEY FIRE TAPSCOTT OR THE SEASON ENDS."

Posted by: insanity999 | January 23, 2009 2:37 AM

And how many games will you go to after the season ends?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

we need to run, the half court does not suit anyone on our team, caron,ab and aj are forcing everything and it is brutal, we spend half the shot clock trying to feed jamison by the 3 pt line, we need to push everything with crit who is a natural in the open floor, just run to the basket until they stop you

Posted by: bford1kb | January 23, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

A dull afternoon so I'll take a shot at bulletsfan78's questions:

1. Will Gil be healthy?
Next season? Who knows? Gil, hopefully, but he's not saying.

2. Is BTH that good of a center?
He was better at the beginning of last season than any time else in his career. A lot of GMs have kicked himself for having passed on him in the first place. But how good is he? Above average defense, below average offense. What's that worth in today's market? Ask the Pistons, the Magic, or the Heat -- they'll be looking at him.

Is Blatche a PF or a C?
You'll think I'm nuts, but against about half the teams in the NBA, he's a small forward. Potentially a Lamar Odom type.

...do you draft a power forward and move AB to C?
If you get a shot at Blake Griffin, you take him. If Ricky Rubio is available, you take him. Everybody else is gambling. Personally, I like James Harden and Brandon Jennings, but will they be great pros? I have no clue.

"Etan Thomas and Mike James are on the last year of their contracts."
You're not being fair. Thomas and James could both be valuable players on a decent team (like, say, the Celtics or Lakers, or the Wiz two seasons ago). They're backups who have been asked to play over their heads.

"Antawn Jamison thinks being an all star means...Try to score as many points as you can and do not play any defense."
In today's NBA, that's exactly what being an All-Star means. Why do you think he got that contract?

"Who are they going to get to coach this mess?"
Maybe instead of hiring a new victim, they should just work out some sort of swap arrangement with Memphis or Okla City or one of those other squads that likes to fire coaches.

"They need a three point shooter."
No offense, but -- duh.

The thing they need most, however, is somebody to run the team on the floor, so they play better together. A PG, sure, or a Point Forward or somebody. But they have to be out there calling plays and making entry passes and making sure people get back on defense.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Next season? Who knows? Gil, hopefully, but he's not saying.

The linchpin in all their plans is Gil's knee. From what I've read, he's currently healthier than he was last year when he made his comeback attempt late in the season. No swelling, etc. And it seems that, that being the case, he has not returned due to the team's abysmal record.

I think that, while we may debate his not returning this season due to factors beside his health (I know if I was AJ or CB, I'd be super-pissed), we should have some degree of confidence that he will at least return and be 80-90% of his former self. Ninety percent of the 2006 superstar is still one heckuva player, and he's returning to a better team than the one he left. A deeper, younger, and more athletic team.

He was better at the beginning of last season than any time else in his career. A lot of GMs have kicked himself for having passed on him in the first place. But how good is he? Above average defense, below average offense. What's that worth in today's market? Ask the Pistons, the Magic, or the Heat -- they'll be looking at him.

Like I said before, there are 16 teams that would take him. I wouldn't include Orland because they have superman, but also because their backup center is having a great season.

You'll think I'm nuts, but against about half the teams in the NBA, he's a small forward. Potentially a Lamar Odom type.

I don't think you're nuts, but there are 2 things stopping AB from being a 3. First, he doesn't have enough handles. Second, his post offense (facing and back to the basket) is more similar to a 4 (and pretty darned good). He's not a power PF by any means, and that's one aspect where being a 3 would help him, but he's still much more suited to being a post player than he is a wing player.

If you get a shot at Blake Griffin, you take him. If Ricky Rubio is available, you take him. Everybody else is gambling. Personally, I like James Harden and Brandon Jennings, but will they be great pros? I have no clue.

I think that, in a year where they're probably not looking to add another rook (they already have 6 players under 23 being developed) the strategy will most likely be to trade the pick (either before or after they make their selection) plus players or expiring contracts before or during or after the draft. Similar to wha they did with Devin Harris, where drafted him and traded him, stackhouse and laettner to Dallas for AJ. So the strategy should most likely be to draft the best player available regardless of position.

Posted by: jones-y | January 24, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

You're not being fair. Thomas and James could both be valuable players on a decent team (like, say, the Celtics or Lakers, or the Wiz two seasons ago). They're backups who have been asked to play over their heads.

Agreed, but their greatest value to a team that is decidedly going in the direction of a young athletic bench is their expiring contracts. Like I said before, MJames will probably stick around until next year's trade deadline, but ET will most likely be moves as soon as his knee permits. He may well have been traded by now or before this year's trade deadline if it weren't for his MCL.

In today's NBA, that's exactly what being an All-Star means.

Its what being an all-star starter means, because they're selected by the fans. The reserves, being coaches' picks, are a bit different, albeit not by much.

Maybe instead of hiring a new victim, they should just work out some sort of swap arrangement with Memphis or Okla City or one of those other squads that likes to fire coaches.

Let's not forget that this will be EG's first head coaching hire in his tenure here. He's made near-exemplary head coaching picks in the past, and I fully expect him to do so again, given the all-around very good job he's done here and everywhere he's gone.

His coaching hires include Jeff Van Gundy and Don Nelson in NY (Riley was hired by his boss the same year EG arrived as GM - so he doesn't count as EG's pick) and Terry Porter in Milwaukee (George Karl was already there when he got there)

The thing they need most, however, is somebody to run the team on the floor, so they play better together. A PG, sure, or a Point Forward or somebody. But they have to be out there calling plays and making entry passes and making sure people get back on defense.

This team is not built for 48 minutes of that style of play. They are built around a scoring PG, who opens the floor up for his teammates by attracting the attention of the defense. That's Gil. When they rest Gil, then they need someone who is a distributor. They had AD, who did admirably in that role, but wasn't sufficient to be a full time starter in Gil's extended absence. They are grooming JCritt to be that style of PG. In addition, Critt can also play alongside Gil, and allow him to move to the 2 guard for 10 minutes a game.

Posted by: jones-y | January 24, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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