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A Slap in the Face?

Last night's 113-97 loss to the Grizzlies may have been a new low point for the Wizards this season.

"That was the worst effort I've seen since I've been here," said interim coach Ed Tapscott.

But here's another question: What did you think of O.J. Mayo's buzzer-beating dunk at the end of the game?

Mayo closed the game in somewhat controversial fashion by throwing down a dunk to beat the final buzzer, long after the game had been decided.

Caron Butler called it a sign of disrepect. Antawn Jamison said it didn't bother him.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 3, 2009; 10:21 AM ET
 
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Comments

Who cares?

Wizards suck.

Posted by: RedDMV | February 3, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"Caron Butler called it a sign of disrepect." (sic)

Funny, I would call the Wizard's effort a sign of disrespect to fans of the game.

Posted by: lameotron | February 3, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jamison had it right. If Mayo was a multi-year vet on a good team who did that, then it might be worth getting upset over. But he's a rookie on a very young team that's just snapped a 12-game losing streak. He got caught up in the moment. No big deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I second your post lameotron. If the Wiz played better they wouldn't get disrespected in their own house. Either way the way they played, Mayo's dunk was just an exclamation point on a horrific effort put forth the by the Gizzards.

Posted by: ivyleague | February 3, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

sign of disrepect?

This whole damn franchise, the players, coach, general management is a disgrace, and their lackluster effort and lack of motivation borders on disrespect of the fans. I love Caron, but don't be talkin bout Mayo and start solving your own damn problems before you point the finger at others.

Wiz still suck, it doesn't matter if they tried to run up the score.

Posted by: Marine4Life51 | February 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I say just shut up and play then you won't get hosed at home.

Posted by: ivyleague | February 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Wizards are so offended by Mayo's dunk that they start playing better and actually beat somebody. You never hear the winning team whining about being disrespected by a late dunk or three.

Posted by: TheSecretWeapon | February 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If the Lakers did it, yes. If a rookie on a team that just ended its 12 game losing streak did it, no.

Is anyone keeping track of the number of dumb things Caron Butler is saying this season?

Posted by: disgruntledfan | February 3, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Mayo closed the game in somewhat controversial fashion by throwing down a dunk to beat the final buzzer, long after the game had been decided.
Caron Butler called it a sign of disrepect. Antawn Jamison said it didn't bother him.

Maybe if the Wizzies showed as much energy as OJ it wouldn't matter.

Disgusting reaction by CB & AJ.
Only disgusting thing about this game was the Wizzies performance.

Disrespectful but no one on the team seemed to be bothered by it.

There were two 5 point spurts that took less than 5 seconds apiece.

Stick the fork in them the Wizzies are DONE.


Posted by: VBFan | February 3, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

If CB or anyone else on this team doesn't like it then how about playing better than a team that lost 12 in a row.

Posted by: VBFan | February 3, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Of course it's a sign of disrespect!!! It certainly wasn't a sign of respect. But it's exactly what the Wizards deserve. How can you lose to a team like that; in such fashion; at home?

I guess this is what this franchise has become: being dunked upon by a rookie in the closing minutes of a 20-point to a loser team.

Posted by: tundey | February 3, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"Disgusting reaction by CB & AJ. "

How is this a "disgusting" reaction by Jamison?

Jamison looked at it another way.


"I wasn't bothered by it," Jamison said. "A six- or seven-year vet maybe. But a young fella, he's just trying to add to his scoring total. He's a good young player and a good guy. . . . I have bigger concerns right now."


Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

This year is called a rough patch due to injuries...we have quite a few. Everyone is screaming and all bummed out...who cares, we knew this was going to happen. The writing was all over the walls. Grunfeld does not suck he made us relevant and now everyone wants him gone (FAIRWEATHER FANS A PLENTY ON THIS PAGE)Next year will hopefully be healthier. Thats all we can do. Those players health is beyond anyones' control. Just relax. Damn whiners!!!

Posted by: BurgwithaU | February 3, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I actually missed that play because I was fast-forwarding through the game on my DVR at the time.

These last few games I catch myself fast-forwarding through large chunks of games, mostly the first quarter or third quarter when our "starters" are in because I am most interested to see the young guys play and develop. Call me unpredictable, guess I'll never coach in the NBA.

Posted by: ManuteBogues | February 3, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes it was a sign of disrespect. But, everyone here knows that they want the Wiz to play better and win more games this year in one moment, then want them to have the most ping-pong balls the next. Can you have both? The wizards are stuck trying to save face. Does anybody really think that Caron went from Tough juice in one year to a slacker the next. They want to win, but they are in tank-mode and not admitting it publicly.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody really think that Caron went from Tough juice in one year to a slacker the next. They want to win, but they are in tank-mode and not admitting it publicly.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 3, 2009 12:11 PM

Caron's one of my favorite players, but watching his lack of effort and sloppiness over the past month has me hoping that you are right, because even a bad excuse is better than no excuse.

Posted by: ManuteBogues | February 3, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody really think that Caron went from Tough juice in one year to a slacker the next. They want to win, but they are in tank-mode and not admitting it publicly.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 3, 2009 12:11 PM

If this is so, then we all should expect HEAVY minutes given to McGee, Critt, and Young after the all-star break, right?

By this time all the excuses in the world shouldn't matter, two-thirds of the season would've been played. If it isn't generally known and accepted among the players (whether it be publicly or privately) that this season is beyond FINISHED and it's time to give HUGE minutes to the young guys like the ones mentioned - then you must assume that Tapscott is taking orders from Grunfeld, and under the advisement of Grunfeld isn't giving the young'ins minutes.

Under these circumstances no competent GM would let the season end, and not get a chance to look at the guys that he brought in.

Posted by: RedDMV | February 3, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

If I recall, last year we said next year will be better and the year before we said the same thing. Get the point, this team, as it is presently constructed is still one and done if they make it too the playoffs. At what point do this thing get blown apart?

Posted by: ivyleague | February 3, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Disrespect? Where I come from people who are not feared are disrespected. Funny how no one seems to hesitate when talking about how the Gizards suck. Mo Williams did it on national TV. LeBron James did it on the regular. Charles Barkley did it. Kenny Smith did it. Hell, even Don Nelson dissed them. And what have the Wizards done to counter all these disses? ummm lose at HOME to a team that previously lost 12 STRAIGHT!! Dont disrespect the Wizards, you might get your butt kicked!! Yeah, what a joke!! A NATIONAL JOKE!!!!

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | February 3, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I see it as a sign that we should play our young guys more to get them more experience. Look at how well OJ Mayo and Gasol have developed with starter's minutes. Same with McGuire.

Start Young and McGee and Crit and let them roll...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | February 3, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Let's see, did Mayo disrespect us? Who really cares? I actually don't mind AJ's comment. They have many bigger problems. I doubt if anything will be done to solve those many problems, but his comment was accurate. And CB is just suddenly feeling disrespected? Helloooo! What about having the worst record in the NBA? What about losing to a team with 11 wins and a 12 game losing streak at home? What about campaigning for an All Star selection when your team has the worst record, you are averaging over 3 TOs a game, and you don't begin to play defense? They both should feel ashamed, embarassed, and they should be so pissed off that they do something about it! Over half way into the season, that does not look like it's happenin.'

So yes, it was dissin' the Wiz. That happens when a team sees the Wiz on their schedule..chalk up a victory! So, as long as we stink it up this bad, let's face it, we are the Clippers East, we are worse than many expansion teams, and we are an easy win for just about every team in the NBA.

Vets, coaches, and EG, if you don't like those facts, do something about it! Get mad! Work your tails off! Improve in the many areas of your play that are consistently bad!

Apparently, we don't have anyone in this organization that has a little bit of KB, MJ, Curt Schilling, John Elway, Kurt Warner, or Ben Roethlisberger. No matter what the sport is, winners have a certain mentality when it comes to losing. Apparently, we don't have those kinds of players. So, what's the answer, do we need other types of players, a GM and owner that won't accept losing?

The answer will either be inspiring or depressing, if it's what I suspect it will be.

Ron

Posted by: faninAlex | February 3, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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