Race to the Bottom (17 Games Left)

The Wizards are still the second-worst team in the league. Tonight they face the Orlando Magic in their second to last chance to avoid becoming the first team in NBA history to winless against its own division.

The rankings:

1. Sacramento, 14-50
2. Wizards, 15-50
3. Clippers, 15-49
4. Memphis, 16-47
5. Oklahoma City, 18-47
6. Minnesota, 19-45

By Alexa Steele |  March 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET
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Did anyone catch the Lakers v. Spurs game in between the classic UConn v. Sry game? If so then a perfect example of how McGuire can compare his game to is Ariza. His numbers are not flashy nor does he take a lot of shots, but when he is open he can hit the shots, I would like McGuire to be the same. Ariza is much more quicker on defense(thats why he has so many steals) but both their games is about the same on defense. It's the offense where McGuire needs to improve.

Say what you want about McGuire and his game, but he needs to work more on his jumpshot, to the point where he can provide 8 pts a game off the bench of 10 plus points as a starter. Both McGuire and Ariza are both the same age and have just about the same skill set or specialty (defense) only Ariza provide more on the offensive side.

As for the Wizards team, the season can't end quick enough..lol I want the pain to end so they can get into the off season and find a new coaching staff and players for this squad.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 9:38 AM

It is time for the JV to play so that we can have a team for next season. Jamsison needs to suck it up, sit on the bench if need be, and watch his boys learn how to play. I am sick of him critizing everyone else's play. At Caron keeps such commments to himself. I would be ready to go up side his head if he were my teammate. Who appointed statute of Venus De Milo the goddess of good play. Lord knows he never saw an offensive player he could not waive to as they went by him. He is into stats and I guarantee you one stat; with the game on the line, he will miss a free throw that makes a differnce. He needs to be quiet and learn on to lead without pandering to the press.

Posted by: h20law2000 | March 13, 2009 9:47 AM

Sacto isn't the team we have to worry about here. The Clippers are on a 6 game losing streak and headed straight for the bottom.

Posted by: lameotron | March 13, 2009 9:47 AM

Dig deeper, Taps. 44, 42, 38, 35 - AJ, CB, MJ, DS (minutes, that is). Lose again.

Build the culture, Taps. Have Young play with a dunce's cap. Play McGee only if he demonstrates a pirouette in a tulle tutu in the pregame warm-ups.

The NBA: where insanity is rife in the Phone Booth.

Posted by: Izman | March 13, 2009 10:05 AM

I agree wit RC about McGuire. Keep in mind Ariza didn't have a jumper at ALL until last season. He was an athlete that started to play defense and then his offense developed. Sound familiar.

I understand why he gets on the court more than Nick Young. Even in training camp he sounded hungry, like he wanted to improve. It's translated from a late 2nd round pick to becoming a starter.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | March 13, 2009 10:28 AM

Hibachi is coming back tonite

Posted by: prescrunk | March 13, 2009 10:29 AM

If gil does come back, we'll still lose by 15+

Posted by: BurgwithaU | March 13, 2009 10:36 AM

*If Tapscott is coaching, this team will lose by 15+...

Posted by: -CN- | March 13, 2009 10:51 AM

Tapscott watched the Syracuse-UConn game last night, and when he fell asleep, dreamed he was the UConn coach and had Caron Butler play all 70 minutes....

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 13, 2009 11:26 AM

I dont' know about anyone else, but the "race to the bottom" feature is kind of annoying. We don't really need a reminder of how bad our favorite team is...and we don't necessarily need more help focusing on the negative...

Posted by: crs-one | March 13, 2009 11:28 AM

we don't necessarily need more help focusing on the negative...

Yeah but Ivan and Michael don't work for the Wizards. Their job is to report on the team; not promote it. If the truth about the franchise hurts, they shouldn't refrain from writing it.

This reminds me of criticism of President Obama and his Administration or President Bush before (I'm trying to be impartial). We're not supposed to criticize them (Bush, Obama) because it might hurt their success.

Sorry, that's not what reporters (and representative democracy) are supposed to do.

Posted by: SteveMG | March 13, 2009 11:49 AM

Classic game last night between two big-east powers. The Big-East is bar-none the BEST conference in college basketball. By a long shot.

Speaking of the game, how about the center from Uconn, Thabeet I believe his name is? Man, the Wiz sure could use a guy like that.

And whomever said Gil is coming back, let me know when nap time is over, sounds like a dream. The loser is not coming back this year. He said he said he would be back on the court by December or January at the latest. It is now mid-March. The loser is not coming back. I am sure he loves getting paid $225,609 to sit and watch every game courtside. Tough job. Meanwhile, the other veteran leaders are going out there and sucking it up and getting embarrassed every night, at least they are earning their paycheck like men.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 12:14 PM

don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with criticizing the wizards. I never said they shouldn't criticize or refrain from writing hard truths.

criticism is what mike lee did in the last post. taking issue with something specific.

"we have a dreadful record" is not criticism. and hardly news; we're all aware of it. and unless people are genuinely excited about claiming last place, why would we need an update 2-3 times a week on whether or not we're worse than sacramento?

all i'm saying is there's plenty of unproductive griping to go around and plenty of reasons to do it. the ranking might be appropriate on a weekly basis, but after every game, two games, whatever...it gets annoying.

Posted by: crs-one | March 13, 2009 12:29 PM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2009/03/race_to_the_bottom_17_games_le.html?wprss=wizardsinsider

One key theme Tapscott and veterans such as Jamison and Butler repeat when it comes to some of the young players -- Pecherov's work ethic and attitude have not been questioned -- is professionalism.
That theme encompasses actions both on and off the court, and includes showing up on time, working hard, paying attention to the scouting report and game plan and carrying yourself a certain way.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 12:29 PM

If Gil comes back tonight, I hope Taps has the sense to use him sparingly. If I was Gil, I'd be leary of coming back seeing the way Taps is using AJ and CB.

Posted by: Matte | March 13, 2009 12:38 PM

I'm not concerned about a Race to the Bottom. I know some readers will be concerned that a few additional wins will take the Wizards out of the Blake Edwards lottery. Take a look at the history of the draft. The team with the most balls usually doesn't get the first pick.

Someone mentioned that Gilbert might be in the game tonight. It would be great to see Arenas in action. I would hope that Tapscott would be smart enought to limit Gil to 10-15 minutes. Knowing Tapscott, he might give Arenas 35-40 minutes!

I'm amazed at Antawn Jamison's comments about young players having to earn their minutes on the court. The Wizards have the second worst record in the league relying, for the most part, on veterans. At this point in the season, the young players should be on the court showcasing their talents. McGee, Young, Pecherov and Crittenton have to get major minutes in order to make their case to be in the rotation in 2009 - 2010.

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 13, 2009 12:38 PM

If they haven't made their case by now, it's too late.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 12:44 PM

Thabeet is a bust, plain and simple. When he gets offensive rebounds, 75% of the time he doesn't even try for a put-back, he just looks to pass it out of the key - and he's at least 5" taller than anyone else out there. He has a weak base, which is a disaster in the NBA. He'll be as effective as Roy Hibbert is in the NBA, which is to say, not at all.

Don't believe me? His offensive numbers are a joke. UConn doesn't run any plays through him, he isn't even good at posting up... much smaller players than him always push him too far out of the key for him to make a decent move. He never dunks on anybody, only dunks when he's completely open because of a missed defensive assignment. He's not strong enough to dunk on people, so the only contested shots he makes are the 5-foot jumper and lay-ups... and the lay-ups are often ridiculous because he should be dunking.

Posted by: andy22 | March 13, 2009 12:45 PM


I read that Michael Jordan is coming back out of retirement for the 3rd time to help the Bobcats get the last spot in the playoffs....if you believe that then you may need to quit drinking you lunch.

The person who is rumoring about Gilbert coming back needs to quit drinking, just say no or something. because that guy is not coming back. Gilbert doesn't even travel with the team so there is NO chance this season Gilbert Arenas will return.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 12:50 PM


andy22,

Excellent points. I hope those Thabeet supporters can now quit about him being the best player and the best pick for the Wizards. Most of them cannot provide solid facts regarding this game and how it can immediately impact the Wizards or ANY team for that matter. If Thabeet ever makes an impact in the NBA it would be at least 3yrs from now.

Roy Hibbert was considered a defensive force in the Big East and when coming to the NBA he struggles big time. For a 7 plus guy you'd think Hibbert would lead his team in blocking but he doesn't and Hibbert outplayed Thabeet head-to-head. Thabeet is not ready for the NBA. if he decides to come out now, he'll probably fall to around the 10th pick(if he was lucky). He's not worth a top 5 pick

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 1:04 PM

I think the point that most people in here miss and the point that AJ is trying to make is that there are many aspects to being a "professional" basketball player. Some of which do not involve "in game" performance and us fans are not privy to. And when those standards are not met, players like NY don't deserve a guaranteed x amount of mins a night. That is exactly how you breed a losing culture.

Butler and Jamison may be playing on a losing team this season, but they are definitely "professional" in their approach along with Songalia etc.... On the other hand, NY is a goofball, McGee looks clueless on the court at times still, and Blatche is still not where he could be although better than past seasons.

To me, McGuire and Crittenton are the two that exhibit the qualities of winners and professionals as young players. I think they both have nice careers in front of them. I would include Pech, but I just don't think he is quite talented enough to stick around although he is giving it his best shot. It would be nice if they all did!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 1:20 PM

what do u mean thabeet doesnt have a strong base????

according to cj658 thabeet is a tripod, i mean dude has three legs... cj658 knows cause he's got that third leg in his mouth all the time...

please understand, thabeet is not a great player, to suggest he should be picked in the top five is retarded...i'm pretty sure no one would argue with that unless they are thabeets bf/gf

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 13, 2009 1:22 PM

Quote: "there are many aspects to being a "professional" basketball player."

Have you forgotten that Gilbert Arenas is on this team?

Posted by: Izman | March 13, 2009 1:26 PM

rphilli721 , you make it sound so simple yet, for some reason, so many people don't get it.

Fans evaluate players entirely by what they do on the court because that's the only thing they see. but there's a lot more that goes into determining whether a player is "ready" or not, that happens away from the court and is just as significant. just because we don't see it doesn't mean it's not important.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 1:36 PM

rcnasa,

What are you talking about with McGuire? Are you the same person that thinks McGuire should play in the NBDL or whatever it's called as well?

It's all hogwash. McGuire has already improved offensively from last season and when he shoots a open shot in rhythm he makes it. I'm sure his offensive and overall game will continue to evolve as well. Who cares if he is not just like Ariza? Ariza also has 2 more seasons under his belt!

Plus, the dude is our best front court passer already. Maybe not a play maker, but a very good passer. He also provides solid defense, athleticism, nightly effort, blocked shots, and rebounding. A very good role player that all winning teams need!

Let's look at his career highs in his second season as a second round pick compared to Ariza as a 4th year player:

McGuire Ariza

16 pts 17 pts
14 rbds 11 rbds
9 assts 5 assts
4 stls 5 stls
4 blcks 2 blcks

Looks like McGuire is every bit the player that Ariza is if not quite as consistent just yet.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 1:51 PM

please understand, thabeet is not a great player, to suggest he should be picked in the top five is retarded...i'm pretty sure no one would argue with that unless they are thabeets bf/gf

-JASOMAN1

He’s back again ladies and gentleman. To suggest he’s not a top 5 pick just shows two things: Either you are a special ed student, or Thabeet did something to your family. Did he f%ck your sister or something? You obviously have a personal problem with him to say the stuff you say, like he won’t be a top 5 pick. HAHAHA, man shouldn’t you be getting ready to head home? Doesn’t the short bus leave the school earlier than the other busses.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 1:59 PM

"Looks like McGuire is every bit the player that Ariza is if not quite as consistent just yet."

And it certainly doesn't hurt that Ariza is playing on a championship quality team with a HoF coach, an All-Star quality low post big (two, if you consider Bynum when he was healthy), and a first ballot HoF team leader on the court.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 2:05 PM

Izman,

What does that mean? Yeah, Arenas is quirky, overpaid, etc..., but he also is a "professional" when it comes to basketball. Nobody has ever questioned the guys work ethic that I know of. In fact, he is known as a gym rat and rehabbed his knee too hard after the first operation. Not to mention there is no comparing on court performance!

I've never heard NY or Blatche in particular and maybe even McGee (jury still out) called gym rats or weight room junkies!

You can have personality if you exhibit all the other qualities and produce whether you like the personality or not!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:06 PM

Butler and Jamison may be playing on a losing team this season, but they are definitely "professional" in their approach along with Songalia etc.... On the other hand, NY is a goofball, McGee looks clueless on the court at times still, and Blatche is still not where he could be although better than past seasons.


Pure BullSh!t. Plain and simple. I am so sick and tired of all these people saying that “character wins”, and being the “ultimate professional” earns playing time and success in the NBA. Let me say, I respect AJ and CB for playing through this, and they should continue to get the bulk of the minutes, it is their job. But to say the reason that NY and Javale and Andray don’t play as much is due to “character and off-court” issues is pure hogwash. Did you hear Marbury just got signed by the world champ Celtics? Let’s throw some more names out there, Rasheed Wallace, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson, Zach Randloph, JR Smith, GILBERT ARENAS, yeah they are all the ULTIMATE PROFESSIONALS. Again, I am not saying NY and Javale deserve to be playing big minutes, the vets have earned it, and are quite frankly better. Plus they are paid way more money and they will keep the games remotely competitive. But to tuck your tail and suggest that they are “goofballs” and “unprofessional” is BS! Gil is a bigger goofball than anyone and was disrespectful to his coach and throws million dollar parties nights before a game, HMMMMMMMMM. And some people have the nerve to say NY is a goofball and unprofessional, and that’s the reason he’s not playing. HAHAHAHA, what a cop out.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 2:09 PM


rphilli721,

If you watched how Ariza has played an important role in beating the Spurs. that is what McGuire can provide with the Wizards. I still think he needs some additional training because (D-League in my opinion but Summer League if you think it's better) his offense is really bad. If McGuire had an sign of a good offensive jump shot, nothing big but something like 8-10 ppg.

My point is players like Ariza, Bell, Posey and even Bowen from time to time have some kind of jump shot which makes teams honest on offense. It keeps team from double teaming the better scorers and force them to stay home and also it can spread the floor. McGuire doesn't have to be a lethal offensive player but if he can develop maybe a three point shot (like Bowen with the corner 3-point shot) it will force teams to respect McGuire on offense.

Lets move away from years of exp, because McGuire is now getting plenty of playing time and lots of practice, just like Ariza, so there should be signs of an improving jump shot. Those stats don't mean anything esp when I don't know where you got those from. I would ask that you compare both players numbers when they faced playoff contending teams and not just the weaker teams in the league. Those to me mean a lot more.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 2:14 PM

“I've never heard NY or Blatche in particular and maybe even McGee (jury still out) called gym rats or weight room junkies!”


Another cop out. Being a “gym rat” or “weight room junkie” has nothing to do with a players success. Sure it looks good to coaches and fans alike, but when it comes down to it people, EITHER YOU ARE TALENTED OR YOU ARE NOT! Rasheed Wallace, Marbury, Rip Hamilton (who has stated he NEVER lifts weights and rarely works out), Paul Pierce, etc. I could go on and on. So what Gil works out a lot. Look where that got him! 3 SURGERIES IN 2 YEARS, I don’t call that work ethic, I call that stupidity. A true professional knows when it is time to give it a rest

Oh yeah, Michael Ruffin was the consummate professional, worked out a lot, and I am sure he was a “weight room junkie”. That has paid huge dividends for his career LOL!

Work ethic is extremely overrated. 75% of the time, either you have it or you don’t. Plain and simple.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 2:21 PM

yeah i have a problem with him because i dont consider him a great pick...he's def. not top three...i can guarantee that he wont be...

now what seems more likely...u being his girlfriend because u consistently think he is the best player...or me having an issue with him because i dont consider him a top 3-5 lock...i mean everyone here can see ur obsession with him....no draft expert even says what u say...obviously u need professional help...hahaha...

listen to urself man...read what u write before u come at me with some bull...

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 13, 2009 2:25 PM

rcnasa,

I don't know what your saying...wait to compare numbers when they both play playoff contending teams? What? Bottomline: The dude has improved his shot/offense already and just wait to see where he is in two seasons. Besides, scoring is never going to be his forte and as Kal pointed out Ariza is in a much better situation as well. And, Ariza is not some scoring force. He averages like 6 pts a game, which does not even meet the 8-10 pt standard you set for McGuire for some reason. Finally, you can't just ignore the fact that Ariza has two more years worth of experience in the league especially when it's this early in their careers.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:29 PM

I may have exaggerated a tad bit in my previous post. Of course all NBA players work out (Rip included). They do so to maintain stamina and strength to get through an 82 game schedule. My point is guys do not have to be “gym rats” to be successful. They simply workout to maintain what they have and to stay in shape, not “live” in the gym like Gil claims he does. That is actually unhealthy, any trainer will tell you that.

In other words NY and AB and Javale could spend the entire offseason training with Lance Armstrong and Hulk Hogan, and still produce at the same level, or even worse.

Talent is talent, either you have it or you don’t. Of course, one has to stay in decent shape, but most of the time either you have it, or you do not. “Working out” has nothing to do with that.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 2:30 PM

There's no question that McGuire's jumpshot has, in fact, improved. He's not a go to shooter, but when he's open with his feet set, he does a nice job of knocking down the 18 foot jumper. And, again, it's worth noting that all of the other guys mentioned made their names playing on better teams with more guys who (A) drew defensive attention and (B) were adept at getting the ball out to shooters. In addition to not having a real low post presence, McGuire hasn't even really played with Arenas on the floor yet.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 2:33 PM

Cj568,

What the hell are you on? Your all over the place! So much so I don't even know how to respond.

AJ is the one who is questioning the professionalism of some of his teammates and I think we know who he is referring to.

And, yes, NY is a goofball! He needs to take his talent and career more seriously if he wants to be a good player.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:37 PM


Oh forgot Jamairo Moon. Would McGuire benefit if he was on a better team? sure he would, but he along with the other players can make this team better come next season if they improve in certain areas of their game. To say that players like Blatche, McGuire, Young are doing good is saying we as wizards fan should be happy our team has 15 wins and I'm sure your not saying that. If you get 15-20 wins in an 82 game season everyone has to improve somewhere and it's not just the coaches fault but also the players.

Sure, I get when you lose 3 of your starters you will have a poor season, i get that part, but when this team change, and keep in mind it will some players will need to improve in order to win minutes next season. You can demand Ed to play these guys more minutes but just because the regular season ends for the Wizards in April doesn't mean the players should stop until training camp. You can still improve in the off season heck most scouts say the off season is a young players best friend so when players like Blatche, Young and McGuire go into the off season their goal should be to be to improve and every area of the game.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 2:37 PM

yeah i have a problem with him because i dont consider him a great pick...he's def. not top three...i can guarantee that he wont be...

So first you say not a top 5 pick, now you say not a top three pick? Make up your mind buddy. If I knew you, I would bet you ANY AMOUNT of money he is going to be a top 3 pick. I like the guy, FOR THE WIZARDS. Now I am no fool. I know Blake will go #1. If the Wiz get the pick, than I they need to draft Thabeet. That has been my whole argument. Bottom line is this, he will go #2, no matter who is picking, and I GUARANTEE you that. Again, if know you, money in the bank. Easy cash.

no draft expert even says what u say...obviously u need professional help...hahaha...

Professional help, I am sure you know EXACTLY where I can get that. Yeah sure, most draft experts do not have going #1, but the MAJORITY have him as a top 3 pick. Even if you are not a fan of his, you have to realize he is a top 5 pick. Period. You are just being irrational and arguing for the hell of it. Do you get a rush off of being d!psh!t?


Oh yeah, and I guess Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, and Bobby Gonzalez are all retarted also. They must Thabeet’s boyfriend also? Because they have all been saying the exact same sh!t I’ve been saying. So do your research before running your sticky fingers all over the keyboard. Is that too much to ask????

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 2:39 PM

edit: "You're all over the place!"

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:41 PM


rphilli721,

We won't even have to wait that long. When next season begins, assuming everyone is healthy, we'll see if he'll win minutes over some of the young guys on the squad plus the draft pick the Wizards get.

Also, come up with better stats those number you gave is total BS

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 2:45 PM

Rphilli721:

What the hell are you on? Your all over the place! So much so I don't even know how to respond.

I know, it’s Friday, cut me some slack lol.


AJ is the one who is questioning the professionalism of some of his teammates and I think we know who he is referring to.
And, yes, NY is a goofball! He needs to take his talent and career more seriously if he wants to be a good player.

Yes, I agree NY is a goofball, but that is who he is. My whole point is that all players don’t have to exhibit the same “Antawn Jamison” persona day in and day out to be successful. Sure, AJ is a great player, a great role model, and the consummate professional, that is who he is. Nick is not that, and never will be. I mentioned Rasheed, Melo, Starbury, etc. All of those guys are worse than NY, and are total opposites of everything AJ preaches. But they have all enjoyed extremely successful NBA careers. Hell, Melo REFUSED to come out of the game the other night. If Ny did that you people would be kicking him out of town by now. Now I know NY is no Melo, but my point is players do not have to be the “consummate professional” to be successful. They just have to be talented and have a level head on their shoulders. Just my two cents, for what it’s worth.

Posted by: cj658 | March 13, 2009 2:48 PM

Yeah, it's a safe bet to say Thabeet is a top 3 pick although I don't like him as a Wiz. We already have BH and JM.

To me, it's Blake Griffin or ship the pick along with NY and say Etan Thomas for a solid veteran player whomever that may be. When healthy, we will have a nice mix of veteran and young talented players next season.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:48 PM

cj568,

Now you seem to mostly agree. I never said everybody has to be like AJ to be professional. NY can be a goofball all he wants as long as he takes basketball and his career seriously ala GA. If he was, I would think we would be seeing a greater amount of improvement by now and consistency. Hence, players like McGuire have already surpassed him on the development scale even though he might be more talented. Not even sure about that anymore!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 2:59 PM

rcnasa,

Ummm...I'm sure McGuire will get plenty of mins next season. We're not exactly loaded with players that show much of an interest in playing defense. Plus, he has an overall floor game so he does not hurt you when he is on the court either.

Those stats are BS? Why? Just bc you don't like what they say? I did not misinterpret their meaning. Ariza averages may be better, which indicates more consistency in his 4th season. But, at their best, McGuire is able to produce as well if not better than Ariza. If he becomes more consistent in the next 2 seasons as he most certainly will, I believe he can easily be a higher impact player than Ariza and definitely as good.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 13, 2009 3:10 PM

What difference does it make whether a player is a "goofball" or not? As far as I'm concerned, Shaquille O'Neal is a goofball. But, he's a goofball who takes care of business on the court. How will we know what Nick Young can do if he can't get any significant minutes. As far as I'm concerned, Ed Tapscott is a goofball for starting Mike James and Darius Songalia.

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 13, 2009 3:45 PM

Provide a source for your stats(McGuire v. Ariza). If you feel McGuire will be much better come next season, okay, I'd hope so. As I said before, provided the Wizards are healthy we'll see if McGuire will win the minutes on the team.

In fact, tonight the Wizards play the Magic we can check out McGuire's game. If the he's improved on his shooting we will have a good chance to see.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 13, 2009 3:49 PM

"To say that players like Blatche, McGuire, Young are doing good is saying we as wizards fan should be happy our team has 15 wins and I'm sure your not saying that."

Nice looking straw man you've constructed there. Of course, to say a player is playing well is, in no way, shape, or form, to say that anyone should be happy with 15 wins.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 3:54 PM

"You can still improve in the off season heck most scouts say the off season is a young players best friend so when players like Blatche, Young and McGuire go into the off season their goal should be to be to improve and every area of the game."

Another very attractive straw man.

No one is saying that McGuire or any of the Wizards other young guys can't or shouldn't improve. Hell, many of use have been begging for improvement from Blatche, Young, and McGee. However, the suggestion that McGuire needs to go to the D-League to do s is way off.

The D-League is generally for guys who are so raw that they need shoring up in all areas to even become NBA contributors, guys who vasically need to learn how to play. McGuire is already an NBA contributor. The areas he needs improvement in (shooting range, ball-handling) are the kinds of things guys improve through practice and the offseason. he's the least likely D-League candidate on the team.

Also, don't think it went unnoticed how you tried to turn it from a discussion about McGuire in particular to throw in Blatche and Yong and make it a blanket referendum on the young guys. Apples and oranges.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 4:03 PM

"vasically " = "basically"

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 13, 2009 4:04 PM

dom is solid, he is playing with more confidence slowly but surely on the offensive end, and just because he's not a scorer doesn't mean he doesn't help our offense with his passing, I do think he needs to be more aggressive going to the tin, improve his ft's, continue improving his jumper. and if gil comes back with any semblance of his old game, dom should be able to get out in transition and score from his athleticism. His defensive presence is sorely needed on this team.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 13, 2009 4:59 PM

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