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Magic 89, Wizards 80

Just a strange, strange game. The Wizards set a franchise record by scoring only six second quarter points but were still in the game with two minutes to go. After Antawn Jamison nailed a three-pointer to draw them within four, the Magic closed with an 8-4 push that included two Jameer Nelson drives to the basket, two Dwight Howard free throws and two Nelson free throws.

More strangeness:

-Caron Butler went scoreless in the first half on 0-of-5 shooting but then busted out to score 29 second half points on 12-of-19 shooting.

-Darius Songaila, who started over Andray Blatche, couldn't speak after the game because his throat was hurting. That was the product of a Dwight Howard elbow that caught Songaila in the throat and dropped him to the court in the first quarter. The play happened right in front of referee Steve Javie (one of the best in my opinion) but he didn't see it and Howard scored while Songaila crumped in pain.

-The Wiz have been dominated by Howard recently but did a solid job on him tonight. Howard did have 15 points and 16 rebounds but Songaila, Blatche and Etan Thomas made him work and never allowed him to really get rolling. Hedo Turkoglu (22 points) did the heavy lifting but was also lit up by Butler.

The quote of the night goes to Orlando rookie Courtney Lee, who was on the receiving end of some Butler as well. "He was having his mental right and he was just able to elevate and shoot over unoncontested."

By Ivan Carter  |  January 6, 2009; 10:36 PM ET
 
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Comments

Did not watch the game but the few stats that jumped out at me were: AJ 39:01 5-17? While Blatche only played 24:55 and had 7 rebounds why wasn’t he playing more? Does the Wizards organization understand making a shot from behind the three point line counts as three points? You don’t win many games win the opponent make as many 3’s as you take Wizards 3 for 11, Magic 10 for 26?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 6, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Tapscott has completely given up on McGee. I refuse to watch this team any more. Before I turn on my TiVO'ed game, I look at the box score. If McGee doesn't get minutes, and Song and/or Thomas significant run at the 5, I delete the game without watching.

Tapscott needs to get this promising kid minutes, but he won't. He keeps grinding Jamison and Butler into the ground with too many minutes, playing Songaila at C (even the *starting* center now), and would still be giving big minutes to Stevenson if he had his way.

Mike Wise is 100 percent: tank the season, give PT to the youngsters and see what you've got. That's the only thing that will make this horrific season meaningful.

Posted by: keithward64 | January 6, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

". . . while Songaila crumped in pain."

Didn't see the game, but this is an awesome visual. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Marge said to Bart, "I'll krump with you, sweetie pie!" Whereupon Bart reluctantly danced opposite his uncool, blue-haired mother with an anguished expression on his face.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | January 6, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Edit: should have said "Mike Wise is 100 percent right."

Posted by: keithward64 | January 6, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Tapscott spent eight seasons at American, amassing a 109-117 and this is the guy EG hires as the coach? Are you going to tell me there wasn’t another more qualified coach out there? CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 6, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

And another thing that ETaps said was that this team should learn from their mistakes and go forward.

Let me tell you something and some of yawl already know:

The only thing you gonna learn in the NBA from playing slow ball is 'HOW TO LOSE'.

What does ETaps think that shot clock means?

Why does he think the NBA changed the rules of the game to facilitate offense and scoring the ball?

Why does he think that the NBA markets the Stars of the game and that, home cooking for the Stars and Vets of the game are in Play?

In short, if you Ain't Scoring, you Ain't playing the NBA Game.

The NBA, You, or I, don't want to see no Slow Ball. If you ain't scoring, you ain't gonna win nothing in this League.

The NBA changed the defensive rules of the game because of the Detroit Bad Boys. The NBA wants to see exciting Basketball by its Stars, and scoring. The Bad Boys waylayed teams and the NBA said, No, we are not having that in this League.

It appears that ETaps doesn't know his NBA history like George Bush it appears didn't know history either, (bankrupting the Country).

All slow ball gonna do is teach you 'HOW TO LOSE' and the NBA will ensure it.

LarryInClintonMD.

What NBA team won a Championship playing slow ball? None, not even the Detroit Bad Boys.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2009 10:45 PM


ETaps says he wants to CONTROL TEMPO.

Why does he think CONTROLLING TEMPO means you have to play slow?

CONTROLLING TEMPO also could mean you want to UpTemPo the game by pushing the ball as much as possible to facilitate scoring and taking the other team out of their comfort zone.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 6, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Fire Ernie -- switching GMs can mean immediate results. See Phila 76ers last season, and the Raptors immediately after Colangelo arrived.

Get your Fire Ernie t-shirts.

Email your address to erniegone@hotmail.com, and we will mail one out.

Posted by: erniegone | January 6, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Face it Larry ETaps does not know what he is doing out there. EG signed players who refuse to play D and can not shoot the 3 ball, so I agree with you let them run and play the young guys. Rumor has it EG has offered ETaps a contract extension till 2010?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 6, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I only saw the second half, but it was pretty respectable. Butler did a credible impression of Paul Pierce, at least for a while. No wonder Kobe Bryant loves the guy.

Mike Wise didn't say anything that plenty of fans haven't been saying for months. If it was me (and it isn't), the main kids -- McGuire, McGee, and Young -- would have been playing twenty minutes a game all along, mixed in with the vets. Butler and Jamison, on the other hand, would seldom get more than 30 minutes, and virtually never on the road. The idea being to keep them reasonably healthy for a second half run, when Gilbert returned.

But of course, it's looking like Arenas isn't coming back. Maybe Grunfeld and Tapscott have known that all along. You wonder if Gilbert has, too.

It's the lottery, then. One of those players that Wise mentioned -- maybe a PF to eventually replace Jamison, or a point guard, if there is one worth having in this draft.

Doesn't hurt them to suck it up for a game like Cleveland, however. The punters have paid for their tickets, after all. Give'em your best, Wiz.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing to be gained this season by bringing Arenas back and hasn't been for a while. This team has been circling the drain since day 1, it's just a question of how big the flush will be.

Leave Arenas on the shelf. Bring Haywood back only if he's fully healthy but play him lightly. Play the vets just enough to give a legit attempt to be competitive, but give the youngsters as much run as the coach's stomach can handle, given the inevitable mistakes and sloppy play.

I'm not convinced there's anyone available in the draft who will make a difference, but what other option is there? This season is done.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

There is a flawed perception out there that when you make the playoffs that your team must know how to play a half-court grind it out game and be good on defense.

Many coaches buy into this philosophy and thats why they never win championships and in some cases not even make the playoffs.

Let me explain why that perception is flawed.

In order to make the playoffs you must be good at winning most of your games
in the fashion that suits your Team.

Once you get there, then the Teams that advance and eventually wins is the Team that is able to best execute their fashion against the Teams they play.

Because the Playoffs are a much greater intensity than the regular season, everything gets magnified, the play gets slowed down, the scoring drops, and each play is contested fiercely, because everything is on the line. Its a natural phenomenon.

The flaw comes in when coaches try to mimic playoff analogy in their regular season coaching philosophy. That is moronic and impossible. Every championship will be different.

Playoffs can never be mimicked in the regular season. This is an oxymoron.

What you do during the regular season is to coach your players(rookies and vets) to the best of their abilities to be successful and win as many games as possible.

What determines how successful you have been is how you stand up to the playoff pressure in imposing your will on the other Team.

The low scoring, defense, halfcourt offense, is an end result of playoff pressure and not attributal to some coaching philosophy that erroneously mimics what playoff basketball is.

Ed Tapscott and a lot of coaches like him think they already know what it takes to win championships, but what they haven't figured out unlike those coaches who have already won is that its the players that win championships and the great coaches, like Red, Phil, Wooden, and numerous others always devise schemes that allowed their players to excel....not the other way around.

Tapscott continually measures his players on what he thinks they should be doing, instead of making decisions for his players that allows their abilities to grow and get better each and every game.

In order to grow a championship you must feed, nourish, and encourage it. If you do this well the end result takes care of itself.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 7, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Tired of the "cheap abe" bit.

It seems to me that it would be foolish to hire a coach midseason. Go ahead and name who is available. Didn't all or most of the other teams hire from within the organization when they fired their coaches?

And if they did hire someone from outside, wouldn't they have to offer them a contract? Which would mean that if a really great coach was released at the end of this season, we would be out of the bidding.

Am I wrong? Isn't that why nobody hires a coach from the outside when they make an in-season change?

Posted by: crs-one | January 7, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Elegantly and thoughtfully written. And dead wrong on every relevant point.

Yes, teams that play only uptempo run and gun can get to the playoffs. And they can even have limited success in the playoffs. Occasionally (very occasionally) they may even get to the Finals. But they can't win titles. We know this for a fact because they never have.

The best teams can play both styles offensively, half-court and transition, which is one of the reasons why teams that have both a major low post presence (e.g., Duncan, Shaq, Olojuwon, Jabbar) and a dynamic perimeter player (Kobe, Wade, Ginobili, Parker, Drexler, Cassell, Magic, Scott) tend to be esp. successful. But teams that can only operate with the pedal to the metal offensively and flounder in the half-court and on defense never win titles and rarely advance to the Finals.

We also know that when those teams do inevitably lose in the playoffs, it's generally to teams that play solid defense and execute offensively in the half-court.

Sure, every few years someone comes along to try to change the paradigm, but it never works. Nellie, D'Antoni, Adelman (in Portland and Sacramento) . . they all tried it. However, for all of their decades of coaching experience and playoff appearances, they've got only two finals appearances and no rings between them. Meanwhile coaches like Jackson, Popovich, Daly, Brown, and Riley, who've preached precise half-court execution and/or stingy defense have all of the rings for the past 20 years.

It's just that simple, and every player, GM, coach, columnist, commentator will say the same thing.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Exactly right, crs-one.

Of the 6 teams that fired coaches so far this season 9including Washington) how many replaced him with a big-name, expensive outside hire?

That would be none.

Teams that fire their coaches in-season rarely hire a permanent replacement before the following offseason. It would be foolish to do so. There are a number of fairly obvious reasons for this (some you mentioned). But the fairly obvious seems to escape many people.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Interim coach or not, Tapscott is completely clueless, the team is not improving, we have no identity and this is not "building" anything.

I know there are posters who had a beef with EJ and continue to defend Tapscott in their quest to prove that EJ was a bad coach. I have news for you, Tapscott isn't qualified to coach summer league, and I doubt he'd make the playoffs even if Gilbert and Haywood were playing.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 7, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

"He was having his mental right and he was just able to elevate and shoot over unoncontested."
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Wow...just wow.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 7, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

And I want to repeat this again about Eddie Jordan, even though I still feel it was the right to fire him.

The year that EJ won the right to Coach the AllStar team he deserved it. The Wizs had the best record in the East and they were #2 in scoring in the NBA.

Why, because Eddie had achieved his successful niche in the NBA. His blend of the Princeton Offense to the play of his Team allowed the players to be successful and play to and beyond their abilities.

The Wizs took on criticism for being a Jack the Ball up First Team and not being able to play Defense. But, coincidently, they were winning. Funny Huh.

But what the Critics would not say was that what the Wizards was doing was successful.

Eddie Jordan bought into the criticism and sacrifised what was successful for his Team for the sake of Defense.

His emphasis on Defense in the 2nd half of the season ran afoul with Gilbert and the Wizards basically tanked the second half of the season ending with Gilbert's injury and no chance to win in the Playoffs.

What Eddie did not realize was that he had found what was successful for his Team and he did not need to change it. The Wizards Offense was their strength and Teams could not beat them because they could not stop their offense. If teams cannot stop your Offense, then they are not beating you Defensively, as well.

Brendan Haywood got most of the minutes in the beginning of the season because Etan started the season not completely healthy. By AllStar break Etan was getting more and more minutes for the Sake of Defense and their chemistry changed.

Eddie should have stuck with what was successful for his players, his Team, and his coaching, and not listened to the critics and changed his successful coaching philosophy for the Sake of Defense.

That single change doomed his continued success in the NBA. The Princton offense was invented for Teams that are inferior, offensively and defensively, and what Eddie did was mix that philosophy with good NBA players and win.

He had found his success and did not realize it and adhering to the Naysayers doomed him.

He forgot that the Princeton Offense aleady took into account poor Defense. Thats why its called the Princeton OFFENSE.

I say all of this because every championship is different and every team is different. When you have figured what is successful for your Team, you do not change it for anyone. You continue to do the things that made you successful so that you get better at it everyday.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 7, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Kalo_ramo,

I think you are refering to my Blog about playoff champions. I agree with what you are saying, except for your premise about what I said....

Elegantly and thoughtfully written. And dead wrong on every relevant point.

Yes, teams that play only uptempo run and gun can get to the playoffs. And they can even have limited success in the playoffs. Occasionally (very occasionally) they may even get to the Finals. But they can't win titles. We know this for a fact because they never have. ....

Look, no where in my assessent did I say anything about UpTemPo play.

I think UpTemPo play is a good fit for the Wizs but nowhere in my analogy did I indicate that UpTemPo was the road to a championship. Read it again.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 7, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

As I look back Kalo_Rama,

I think you are mixing my blogs together by your response. Those two articles are seperate and adresses differing points.

The one about ETaps, addresses his comments about his Team and the fact they cannot play an UpTemPo game. Did you see the 2nd Q' of the game. That's what I mean by Slow Ball. No NBA champion has ever played like that.

The second one about flawed playoff philosophy goes directly to playoff champions. In this one UpTemPo play is not mentioned and your analogy of playoff champions is correct and solidifies my point.

Kalo_Rama, don't misquote me, I give you way more respect than that.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 7, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

And if they did hire someone from outside, wouldn't they have to offer them a contract? Which would mean that if a really great coach was released at the end of this season, we would be out of the bidding.

Am I wrong? Isn't that why nobody hires a coach from the outside when they make an in-season change?

Posted by: crs-one | January 7, 2009 12:45 AM
Exactly right, crs-one.

Of the 6 teams that fired coaches so far this season 9including Washington) how many replaced him with a big-name, expensive outside hire?
That would be none.

Teams that fire their coaches in-season rarely hire a permanent replacement before the following offseason. It would be foolish to do so. There are a number of fairly obvious reasons for this (some you mentioned). But the fairly obvious seems to escape many people.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2009 12:58 AM


You are both wrong the only difference is…

Sac fired Thues and hired asst coach Kenny Natt

OKC fired Carlesimo and hired asst coach Scott Brooks

Toronto fired Sam Mitchell and hired asst coach Jay Triano

Minn fired Randy Wittman and Kevin McHale hired himself

Phil fired Maurice Cheeks and hired Tony DiLeo who was brought in by Stefanski when he took over the GM spot

The Wizards fire Eddie Jordan and hire Ed Tapscott, who had carried the title of Director of Player Development?

If you are going to be CHEAP like these other teams at least hire an assistant coach.
You can offer a coach a one year contract and over pay him for that year to see how he does before committing to a long term deal? But that would take a financial commitment and a desire to win?

"What's left unsaid is that it's also a league about the guys who pick the players, the general managers." Not only do they make most of the big player decisions on trades and free-agent signings, but they also get a lot more face time with the people who sign the checks, meeting almost daily with the owner. "Coaches have very infrequent contact with the owners, so they only get the perspective of management," says Van Gundy.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 7, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Tired of the "cheap abe" bit.

Posted by: crs-one | January 7, 2009 12:45 AM

crs-one so am I so the next time you see ABE tell him to quit being so cheap and if he can not afford to play with the big boys sell the team to someone who can.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 7, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

There are a lot of things we can point to as reasons for losing this game. One of the most glaring for me is the 3-11 we shot vs the 10-26 they shot from 3 point range.
We'll continue to struggle as long as we put up only 11 per game.

couple of stats to chew on...

We're 29 out of 30 in 3 point fg%.
We're 26 out of 30 in fg%
We're 27 out of 30 in scoring. We only score 93.75 per game.

We're 24th out of 30 in ft%. What happened, Popla?

We're 28 out of 30 in point differential at -6.60.

We're 25th out of 30 in block differential yet we're 6th best in steal differential.
(this says to me that we are gambling too much and not playing solid defense by blocking shots)

Also, we have the 4th worst foul differential in the league. That is, we commit much more than we draw.

Surprisingly, we're 16 out of 30 in assists. We ARE sharing the ball, apparently.

All of this abstract info tells me that a team that used to get by on offense by not turning it over much and by shooting a high ft% is now struggling in those areas.

We aren't shooting 3's well enough, we aren't drawing fouls, we aren't shooting a high enough ft%. Coincidentally, aren't those Gil's 3 best areas?

Cure:
Play the younguns for experience, rest the big 2 more, hope for good health later this year or next.

Posted by: original_mark | January 7, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Putting Caron at the 2 and inserting McGuire naturally to cut our 3 point shooting down dramatically. Whoever is in there at the point HAS to shoot threes and AJ has to continue to put them up to even things out.

Maybe we need to run some iso plays for AB down low and let him find AJ on the wing. We have to find a way to loosen things up inside by lighting it up from outside or vice versa. One problem is that no one really respects AB's inside game yet. He's proven to be effective with his up and under move and short fadeaway once he gets into the lane. Why not try developing an inside out game by feeding AB early just to see what happens? I think ppl will have to start doubling down.
It seems like we've started improving on defense but now our offense is even worse.

Posted by: original_mark | January 7, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"There's nothing to be gained this season by bringing Arenas back and hasn't been for a while. This team has been circling the drain since day 1, it's just a question of how big the flush will be.

Leave Arenas on the shelf. Bring Haywood back only if he's fully healthy but play him lightly. Play the vets just enough to give a legit attempt to be competitive, but give the youngsters as much run as the coach's stomach can handle, given the inevitable mistakes and sloppy play.

I'm not convinced there's anyone available in the draft who will make a difference, but what other option is there? This season is done."

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2009 12:08 AM

Another bone-headed, one sided comment on your behalf. Let I remind you Gil was signed to a 6 year, $111 mill deal. Essentially, with him not returning this year, Gil has turned this into a 5 year, $111 mill deal. That is over 22 million per season. That is obserd. That is just like a CEO of a company being out sick for an extended period, then when he is healthy enough to return, he chooses not to because the economy is bad and his company is struggling. The CEO just decides to wait until the economy shapes up before he returns to work (even though he is healthy enough to return). Gil’s situation is no different, the NBA is a business and Gil is a player in that business. Fact is, if he can play, he needs to play. That is what he si paid to do. A portion of the $ he makes comes from season ticket holders and fans who purchase Wizards memorabilia, they deserve the right to see him play this year, even if they are so-called “meaningless games”. If he gets hurt again, than that will just prove that he was a fraud, frail, gimp to begin with and should have never been signed to long term deal. It will be very interesting to see who the new coach is next year, I’m sure Gil hopes it will be someone as soft as EJ that he just run all over and disrespect the same way.

Posted by: cj658 | January 7, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Edit: Obserd= Absurd. Before Kalorama gets out his pocket dictionary and corrects me.

Posted by: cj658 | January 7, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Some interesting reading re: playoff vs regular season basketball.

Of course, part of the problem is that the regular season is too many games, especially crowded together as they are.

By the time a competitive team gets to the second half, it's a war of attrition. Can we make the post-season while staying healthy enough (a relative term) to actually win a few games once we get there?

But the number of games and playoff series is dictated by revenue, so the chances of it changing (downwards) is, oh, zero. The owners want the cash, and so do the players.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 7, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This team is painful to watch...No minutes for McGee...to many minutes for Songaila and Etan (I Suck) Thomas.

They need to play the young guys or I am going to break out of prison and start slicin some hammies.

Posted by: PrisonBalls00 | January 7, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

". . . while Songaila crumped in pain."

Great description! That's exactly what he did. That was a cheap shot to DSong's neck.


Watching Orlando, they remind me a bit of those championship Houston Rockets teams.

That 2nd Q was pathetic.


Ivan, caught you on John Thompson show the other day! You should go on their more often. Loved the way you slid in the question asking coach if we was available. Cracked me up!

I'm still mad Eddie Jordan got fired. Still got a bad taste in my mouth when I watch this team.


All these close games, and the win vs the Cavs just encourage Tapscott to continue playing the vets and move us farther from the top pick.

On the other hand... it really bugs me when I hear about guys like Blatche or Crittenton complaing about not playing. Hey if you we so interested in PT you woulda gone to college or stayed in college. You weren't interested in playing or developing your game or you wouldn't of skipped college ball. You jumped to NBA because what you care about is gettin paid and being a "star". When you jump to the NBA and skip the college game you aren't ready to play. So you need to sit on the bench and watch and practice until you are ready. That's the price you pay and that's the choice you made. When you look at the guys on this team like Butler, Jamison, Dixon those guys all played at major college programs and are leaders. You go to college so you can play, you can learn the game pressure and situations, you learn to be a teammate and leader, you learn to play the right way. You get playing time and go at guys with the same experience level. These guys that skip school, or play a year or 2 only using it for you to get to NBA, those are guys that just don't get it and most likely never will. So you get to sit on the bench and watch. You didn't have the patience to go to school and learn the game and learn life. You wanted to take the fast track. It was your decision so stop crying about it.

Comcast replaying game 9am to 11.


Posted by: Darnell1 | January 7, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz season may have been circling the drain since day one but they were competitive against Orlando last night and have shown signs of life since the close loss to Cleveland.

To the ETaps detractors, the problem is obviously not the coach, when core players like Haywood and Arenas go down the team is destined for hard times. Despite what we think, ETaps would understandably like to be working next season and the only way that will happen is if the Wiz turn a corner. His strategy is immediate, short term results not midrange player development. Unfortunate because a few more minutes for McGEee and Crit and a few less for CB and AJ probably wouldn't change the W's and L's.

Arenas return can't wait for next year, three years will have been lost before the Wiz really know where that knee is. When he is healthy, the Wiz need to see what they've got, the team theoretically runs around him.

The big questions that need to be answered now are how much does Arenas have and how will he work with the current personnel. If Arenas by some chance returns to top form the Wiz could reasonably sit on the roster they have, if they wait until next year to find out he's a shadow of the player he was three years ago, management is going to look pretty bad.

Posted by: pdarroch | January 7, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

You go to college so you can play, you can learn the game pressure and situations, you learn to be a teammate and leader, you learn to play the right way. You get playing time and go at guys with the same experience level. These guys that skip school, or play a year or 2 only using it for you to get to NBA, those are guys that just don't get it and most likely never will. So you get to sit on the bench and watch. You didn't have the patience to go to school and learn the game and learn life. You wanted to take the fast track. It was your decision so stop crying about it.
Posted by: Darnell1 | January 7, 2009 9:16 AM


This is idiotic at best. The top players in this league all either came directly from high school or spent 2 years or less in college. You come to the league and are drafted because you have the talent to play here. End of story.

Posted by: OwlWiz | January 7, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Yes. Hire one of these know-it-all bloggers as GM and bring back Wes Unseld.
Go buy another pair of $300 shoe on your minimum-wage salary, it will make you feel better.

Posted by: x1232 | January 7, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

That is obserd. That is just like a CEO of a company being out sick for an extended period, then when he is healthy enough to return, he chooses not to because the economy is bad and his company is struggling. The CEO just decides to wait until the economy shapes up before he returns to work (even though he is healthy enough to return). Gil’s situation is no different...
Posted by: cj658 | January 7, 2009 8:52 AM


Speaking of one-sided, boneheaded comments... lmfao. Actually CircleJerk, Gil's situation is quite different, considering he is an ATHLETE, not a hypothetical CEO, who has to fully recuperate from SURGERY before he can play. Also considering Gilbert would probably be on the court right now tryin' to drop 50 ppg if he had been cleared. The only right you have is to NOT buy season tickets or memorabilia. And those of us who chose buy a ticket plan did it so they could see the Washington Wizards and NBA basketball, not an injury-plagued, showboating point guard.You spelled "is" wrong.

larryinclintonmaryland

Posted by: prescrunk | January 7, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You can offer a coach a one year contract and over pay him for that year to see how he does before committing to a long term deal?


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Okay. If a good coach is available, you can offer them a one year contract.

Name one.

Posted by: crs-one | January 7, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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