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Butler, Dixon Updates

Caron Butler, who has missed the last three games with a left hamstring injury, and Juan Dixon, who left last night's loss to the Clippers with tightness in his achilles tendon, will be evaluated tomorrow and are listed as day-to-day. The Wizards did not practice today.

No real update on Gilbert Arenas. Word is that he's still in the process of making up his mind about if and when he's going to play this season.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 19, 2009; 4:18 PM ET
 
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Hey Ivan,Any update on the coaching search.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"No real update on Gilbert Arenas. Word is that he's still in the process of making up his mind about if and when he's going to play this season."

I believe that might better be described as:
'still in the process of beginning the long road back to the point where he might eventually consider the remote possibility of a return this season."

Posted by: Samson151 | March 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I think if Arenas does decide to play, it would be the Apr. 2 game against Cleveland because it's nationally televised on TNT and their playing against the team that's eliminated them the last 3 years.

Posted by: rxs85 | March 19, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hasheem Thabeet: 20pts, 16rebs, 5 blocks in the opening round of the tourney. Way to go, Hasheem! Keep up the solid play.

I’m calling it now, Oklahoma will lose to Morgan State tonight.

Posted by: cj658 | March 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep serving up opponents like Chattanooga and Thabeet will have stats like Wilt in his NBA rookie year... Just wait until he has to play a competitive team and he will not be like Wilt, he will simply wilt.

Chad Forde at ESPN has him pegged as the next Dasagna Diop... That is about right...

Posted by: khrabb | March 19, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sports talk 980 was reporting yesterday around noon that Arenas had told them he would in fact play 3-4 games before the year ends.

Would the curse hold true if they won those 3-4 games to end their position of being at the bottom of the league standings by the end of the year? I think so.

Let him play the season finale. that's all.

Posted by: superwilks | March 19, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

NOTE on the MIND-NUMBING LOSS article:

Obviously last night, the CLIPPERS weren't worse. LOS BARBAROS were dull, but sufficient to provide a shave with their trim. Despite D.C.'s visit to the barber-shop, the LIZARDS still slithered into second place for 25% of the lottery balls in the draft. It surely was thoughtless to beat SACRAMENTO. What COULD the club be thinking? We're running out of ways to lose on our journey to the top, ARRIBA ABAJO.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 19, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

HASHEEM is ALL WORLD. The WIZARDS future is secure. Have some more MAKERS MARK.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 19, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Please explain why it matter i Gibert plays 5 to 8 minutes in the last 3 or 4 games and tosses a jersey to the crowd. It may matter to the fans that catch it. I guess if I was there and caught it I'd throw it back like the Cubs fans do with opponents home runs.

Posted by: lrmc623 | March 19, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

No Ty Lawson, but CAROLINA crushes Radford, 101 - 58.

Hansbrough scores 22 points and breaks the all-time ACC scoring record held by DUKE'S J. J. Reddick.

Just another lunch box blue collar milestone for Tyler Hansbrough.

He plays ugly, but he gets it done.

Go Heels!!!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 19, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

My Spanish teacher reminded me that I misspelled "BARBEROS" and in my misguided fractured Spanish, said barbarians when in fact the CLIPPERS were anything but last night. They were able to "clip" the LIZARDS however. Sorry linguists, my apologies.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 19, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"Way to go, Hasheem!" - cj658

wow...

can u put it any further down your throat? haha

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 19, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Blake Griffith is a monster. We have to get him. He will push the Wiz to 50 games in his first season with everyone else back.

Posted by: ptp23 | March 19, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Wizards are the laughing stock of the league. On any other team, the coach would be telling the players when and if they were to play. Not on this sorrow excuse of a team. The players tell management if they "feel like suiting up tonight". I would tell Arenas to get his as- out there or his contract is voided.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | March 20, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

"No real update on Gilbert Arenas. Word is that he's still in the process of making up his mind about if and when he's going to play this season."

Les BouleS get crushed by the Clips and Gilby is still trying to decide whether he wants to play again this season?

What kind of F'ing joke is this?

If Gilby is physically able, he should be on the court, and clearly, he's physically able.

If Gilby can play one on one with NY, then he can at least play 5 minutes/game min.

Gilby needs to stop worrying about making grand entrances, and start focusing on his team and trying to get back on the court.

Gilby is a self centered moron...talk about a total waste of $176 mil.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 20, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

"I think if Arenas does decide to play, it would be the Apr. 2 game against Cleveland because it's nationally televised on TNT and their playing against the team that's eliminated them the last 3 years.

Posted by: rxs85 | March 19, 2009 5:20 PM "

If Stern/NBA has any mercy, this game should either be called, or another more interesting game should be put on the airwaves.

Les BouleS debacle, and GU debacle.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 20, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

"Would the curse hold true if they won those 3-4 games to end their position of being at the bottom of the league standings by the end of the year? I think so.

Let him play the season finale. that's all.

Posted by: superwilks | March 19, 2009 7:12 PM "

If the curse holds true, both Gilby and BTH will get injured in their first games back, whether this season or next.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who's an OPech fan needs to shut the heck up.

In a total debacle of a season, this dude can't even get any decent/consistent PT.

This notorious gymrat played all of 1 minute in a meaningless blowout loss to the Clips.

Gymrat my @ss...means squat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 20, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert nor Haywood should come back at this point. For what!!! What you should be crying about is whether we gonna get a good coach.

Without a winner as a coach, nothing else matters.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 20, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

"Blake Griffith is a monster. We have to get him. He will push the Wiz to 50 games in his first season with everyone else back.
Posted by: ptp23 |"

Is the the same guy as Blake Griffin? Because if he isn't, Ernie has to change the name on that contract he keeps under his pillow.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 20, 2009 4:01 AM | Report abuse

88, I'm a Opec fan mainly because I like underdogs and he hasn't even gotten a shot. Surely you're not blaming his lack of pt on him? Even when he produces, he gets benched the next game.

As far as Griffin pushing us to 50 wins goes, he shouldn't have to push far if we get a decent coach. This team without him should win 45 to 50 games as long as we're healthy. Lots of talent, no coaching.

I'm with Chad Ford.

Thabeet = Diop

Also, Hansbrough = Mark Alarie (NBA version)

Posted by: original_mark | March 20, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

To support what dandyhuffman just posted...If Tapscott and the front office want to reinforce player standards, conduct, having a professional attitude, etc., why is it okay for Gilbert to not play this year because, essentially, he doesn't want to? I'm not saying he should play if he's not ready. But unless and until they start to get greater control over this guy, the coaches and management will never be able to instill the discipline (e.g., playing defense) they keeping saying they want. Ivan or Michael has already reported or speculated that the new coach will have to be able to get along with Gilbert, which means letting him continue with his wacky ways regardless of what's best for the team. This franchise is more like a caste system: 1) Gilbert does whatever he wants, 2) the vets are never criticized, and 3) the young player aren't fully committed but are quickly sent to the dog house. You look at how the top talent of San Antonio or Boston take a team-first approach, and you can see why at Gilbert-centric team will never become an elite team.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 20, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Blake Griffin is a good basketball player and would be an excellent pick if we get the first choice. But if you sign him you almost are forced to move Jamison for both development and financial reasons.

The Blake Griffin pick does not address a more dire need (given the plethora of front court players currently on the roster) and that is the need for a point guard who can score as well as distribute and a shooting guard that can drain the three point shot.

The Wizards have to be the worst three point shooting team in the league which is one of the reasons that the lane is always clogged and the team never gets easy baskets at the rim.

For the most part, the Wizards offense boils down to either Caron or Antwan taking difficult one-on-one shots with the clock winding down. In the second half of games, the percentage of these shots decrease significantly and that is ultimately where most of the games are lost (combined with poor defense).

If the annointed one comes back and is 90 % of what he once was, the team will easily win 45-50 games that folks are talking about. But Arenas does not have the maturity, profesionalism or committment
to the team to go lead his team past the second round.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 20, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Arenas will come back for a few games because the Wizards will beg him to do so for the sake of getting more season ticket holders for next season.

Posted by: Fontana1 | March 20, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

dandyhuffman, jweber1, and NewManagement:

A common thread weaving through all your posts - a cancer is pervasive throughout the WIZARDS organization. Allowing great offensive players who wish to be strictly one-dimensional to have excessively top-heavy contracts, and to be fawned over by ownership and management. The cancer is not indivisual players such as ARENAS, or JAMISON. The cancer is ownership. Apologies to MR. POLLIN, a well-intentioned paternalist, but wooly-headed thinking is NOT going to bring an NBA championship to WASHINGTON. Nice guys finish, next to last as of today. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 20, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

In my own humble opinion, you go with the best available talent if you're a top 5 pick. After that teams choose the best fit for the team..

Posted by: Dave381 | March 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"But Arenas does not have the maturity, profesionalism or committment
to the team to go lead his team past the second round."

Allowing great offensive players who wish to be strictly one-dimensional...

I don't agree with either of these statements but I disagree respectfully.

Gil hasn't had the defense behind him to get this team to the next round. He's not the one guarding LeBron or down low rebounding. Those have been the main reasons for this team failing to beat the Cavs and get to the next round. I don't think it's been his man that's killed us. I put the blame on coaching/management.

I also am not sure that Gil wishes to be one dimensional. I think if he had a coach who forced him to play defense (it sure seems like we spend a lot of time talking about Gil's defensive shortcomings while CB and AJ are the main ones getting abused) he would do it. I have no evidence other than what I saw during the Olympic trials when he appeared to be trying to play lockdown D.

As far as AJ goes, I think he's physically limited. I don't think he'd be able to stop anyone even if he gave his best effort. He's a classic tweener. Too small for PF, too slow for SF. He's built to score and should be asked to do just that.

I know this may read like an excuse but it's just my observation.

Posted by: original_mark | March 20, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

glawrence007, I think you're right on the money about management.

Like someone said yesterday, a good coach would have won with this team. Maybe not a lot but certainly more than 20 games.

Posted by: original_mark | March 20, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Why all the bad mouthing on Gil?
I hope he stays out, gets healthy & comes back like he usta to be.
Him coming back just takes PT from those that need it & won't get it with him back.

If he does come back & tweaks the knee then everyone will be saying how dumb it was for him to come back and that EG & ET shudda never let it happen

Posted by: VBFan | March 20, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

You look at how the top talent of San Antonio or Boston take a team-first approach, and you can see why at Gilbert-centric team will never become an elite team.
Posted by: jweber1 | March 20, 2009 9:27 AM

JWEBER1, your premise is correct, but you are surely disengenuos to leave it there.

As also are Ivan and Mike.

Question: Do you think that "Gilbert Centric" is any different than Kolby Centric, or Michael Centric, or Dwayne Centric, or Timme' Centric etc'?

Answer: Clearly, No.

Why? Any good great team always has a leader who controls and leads the Team. Bird, Majic, Russell, Shaq, Oscar, etc. Any coach that would not fit with any of the players named herein would have been shown the door and some were.

Eddie Jordan annoited Gilbert to a point, but he did not give him the full control as he should have. They squabbled.

Annoiting your Team leader/star does not mean the coach or the organization is bowing to him, it means they are giving him the full reigns to take you through battle. The coach and the organization always has the designs and the plans for the battle.

Gilbert gets a bad brush because Eddie had bad design/plan flaws. Good/great leaders will clash with their coaches and the organization if the battle plan is ineffective.

Question: Do you think that if the right competent coach is brought in next season that Gilbert would follow his game plan?

Answer: YES!!!

You see "Gilbert Centric" along with these players have never had A-1 coaching/organizational design/plan to ensure that they could achieve their best.

Like it or not, Gilbert is this Teams Star as of now, and a Good Competent Coach is the only thing that will take Gilbert to another level along with the Team.

My Daddy always tells me, he says:

"Son, a good and great leader will always act out in response to unwise council, but give that same leader wise and good council and you will truly marvel at his accomplishments."

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

original_mark:

I'm not dissing GILBERT. He is what he is, a GREAT offensive player.

ANTAWN has just been accurately described as a "classic 'tweener," a very accurate label in my humble opinion. But why does a great scorer who isn't powerful enough to play a four properly, and whose feet are too slow to be a great three, have the second biggest financial contract on this team behind ARENAS?

WHY, if he's a great first option off the bench is he getting top contract pay? Because AGENT ZERO said he would walk if JAMISON wasn't signed?

Should management be making significantly important decisions such as that one based upon a players personal desires? Who has the power to make that decision, EG?

I say "no," but if the answer's "yes," then the GM has WAY-Y-Y too much control of this team.

To me a decision such as that has to come from the purse-strings, and that's POLLIN. And as I said starting last JUNE, it was a BAD decision for the team and this franchise whomever made it, whether by one individual or as a collective effort....A devastatingly poor decision.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 20, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I've long felt that a team takes the personality of its star, making it natural that the team is "Gilbert-centric". Problem is that Gilbert is a loveable goofball, something I don't think any coach can change. Entertaining, certainly, hard-working, yes, yet I'm not convinced Gilbert is a warrior, willing to go against his natural goofy tendencies to do whatever it takes. Hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: mugsybol | March 20, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I gotcha, glawrence007.

But if you look at the numbers for just this year, we have to agree that AJ put up numbers worthy of that contract. Now for the next few, I doubt he'll do it. There are a lot of guys in this league who only play on one end of the court and get a lot of money. I'd put AJ's numbers up against any of the other top FA signings this past year. I'm not sure whether Gil's threat made any difference to management at all. If so, then you're absolutely right in that the inmates are running the asylum.

IMO, it's too early to label the decision a bad one. If we don't get to 45-50 wins next year, uncle. Barring another rash of injuries and assuming we get a coach who can get them to lay defense and isn't afraid to make lineup changes, I can see this team getting to 48-50 next year. Honestly.

Who wouldn't be afraid of a team with a big 3 who can score at will, a defensive ace (McGuire) and talented bigs (JM and AB) as well as a young streaky scorer (NY) and a young quick ballhandler (Critt)? If we're all healthy we can seriously match our lineup against any in the league.

Trust me, no one wants to see this team healthy in a 7 game series. Not even the Cavs.

Posted by: original_mark | March 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

...and I'm not even considering the possibility of getting a stud in the draft. Replacing AJ with Griffin puts my win estimate up to 50-55 simply because of the defensive improvement.

Posted by: original_mark | March 20, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

You see, without bringing up a religious argument, lets just say I am one to believe in FATE.

Everyday decisions that we make are influenced by all the things and everyone around us.

Gilbert Arenas is nothing more than a product all those influences as we all are.

Those influences are greatly attributal and some are more influenceable than others.

Like, if you play NBA ball, your coach or the organization you play for and earn you livelihood from may greatly influence you and also determine your everyday fate.

Like when Gilbert made that fateful decision to be late one day and Eddie made that fateful decision to not start him in a game and five minutes after he is in the game he gets his knee rolled up on. Could it be fate that he was cold and not warmed up in the game and fatefully not recognizing things at his normal sharpness and did not see that 200 something pound guy fast enough to get his knee out of the way.

And that one fateful day of events has brought all the speculation about Gilberts character and whether he is a true leader and winner.

You see, since then nobody really knows, but I will tell you what.

My bet is on Gilbert and if that knee is good enough for him to perform again, and fate gives us a coach that not only wants to win a champioship but also knows how, Gilbert is the man.

Who is your bet on. Some shooting guard on another Team or some draft pick. Gime me a break. For crying out loud. The hands been dealt. The game is in session. This ain't no book deal. You can't bet 'on the come', you got to bet on what's on the table FRIEND.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Original_Mark

I could not agree with you more. All season long I knew that this Team just reflected the ineffective coaching and the injuries.

Good coaching and health, like I posted before and this Team is no less than 4th in the East next year.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Original_Mark:

Sorry young man. You have more patience than I. As a geezerette and long-standing fan, its win now or I'll have to cheer from the heavenly bleachers.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 20, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

JAMISON is as good at what he does as ARENAS is in his area. What I look at is JAMISON scoring 24 with 11 rebounds yet comes off with a huge minus in the +/- column against the CLIPPERS. What's the good of scoring in bunches, but giving up even more. Of pulling down double figure rebounds, but getting beat by your opponent on the boards almost every game, game after game, season after season.

You've got to play solid defense to win in this league. JAMISON just doesn't. It's a disservice to his game to ask him to. He can't.

This team was built with the idea of outscoring the opposition not defending the opposition. All five members must be hitting on all eight cylinders each and every night to do so. Missing even one starter handicaps the overall game. I believe it is a fallacious strategy.

Missing three (right now, four) is losing to LOS BARBEROS (Barbers - CLIPPERS), and the result is ARRIBA ABAJO (the top of the bottom) which is where this year is headed.

None of the players are responsible for the franchise's developmental and stratigic decisions. And I'm not holding ANY of them accountable. I'm holding OWNERSHIP accountable.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 20, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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