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Tuesday Update: Arenas, Haywood Practice

A quick rundown from today's practice:

-Both Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood fully practiced today and looked good according to teammates and interim coach Ed Tapscott.

Tapscott said "the plan" calls for Arenas to likely play Saturday night against Detroit as long as all goes well the next few days. Tapscott pretty much ruled out any possibility of Arenas playing tomorrow night against Charlotte and said Arenas won't play back-to-backs.

"We're going to work through the process game by game and step by step," Tapscott said. "[Tomorrow night] is not in our plan and has never been a part of our plan.

Haywood, who said he needs from five to 10 practices before considering whether to play, is on a longer plan. Unlike Arenas, Haywood practiced for the first time today.

-Juan Dixon (achilles) and Darius Songaila (neck) underwent MRI's that showed no serious damage. Both players are day-to-day.

-Caron Butler, who has missed six straight games with hamstring tightness, practiced and said whether he plays tomorrow night depends upon how the hammy feels when he wakes up tomorrow.

-Arenas, who told me yesterday that he's not speaking to the media the remainder of the season -- which is a good idea actually -- walked past reporters and cameras without talking and then kept rolling as he was followed My take: He loves the attention, craves it in fact and he plays for an organization that has coddled and enabled him to the point that he knows he can do what he wants, when he wants and nobody says anything.

That starts at the top. As one player told me recently with a smile and a shake of the head: "There are rules for everyone else and there are rules for that guy. That's just how it is."

I find it interesting that all of this was going on today right as Brittney Spears was in the buidling getting ready for her show tonight. Can't make this stuff up folks.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 24, 2009; 3:12 PM ET
 
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its nice to see arenas practice again and maybe even play Saturday. Get better for next year

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | March 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Great.

Kill your chances for the top pick just that much more. The Wizards have to be the DUMBEST organization in the NBA.

DUMBEST by far.

"Haywood, who said he needs from five to 10 practices before considering whether to play, is on a longer plan."

Longer then 2 years???????? Maybe he figures he will re-sign with the Wiz at a "discount" and make $100 mil contract if he does that. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Ivan is a clown. Everytime a player doesnt do what they like, our local media wants to rip them no matter what sport it is. I swear that the players on that team hate Ivan now and I bet they all talk about how much of a snake he is when there by themselves

Posted by: dlts20 | March 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The fact is the destinies of NBA franchises depend heavily on their super-stars. As we have seen this season, regular stars like Caron and Jamison are not sufficient to create (a) a winning team or (b) home town enthusiasm. Same was true last with regard to (b). Jamison and Caron a good player but people would be hard pressed to list off 3 memorable plays that either has contributred during their time with the Wizards.

You can easily name at least 5 big moments from Arenas. So from a front office perspective, you don't bite the hand that puts people in the seats and thus money in your pocket. Arenas is a special talent -- above and beyond Caron and Jamison. So his treatment is no different than what other players of his caliber receive from their franchises. I am not saying Arenas is on the level of DWade or Lebron or Kobe or CP3 but for the Wizards, he is our "DWade" and thus he gets the special treatment.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Players like Jamison and Butler that can routinely score 20 are a dime a dozen in the NBA -- Ben Gordon averages 20 points a night -- Lou Williams gets 20 most nights. Guys like Arenas that easily drop 30 or even 40 are special. Jamison/Caron have to be playing out of their mind to get 40, Arenas just has to do what he does to get there. That is why the franchise lets him do what he wants.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

GONNA MISS YOU IVAN. Best beat writer I've ever read! Luck with your new post. Get it? new 'post'...:)

Micheal, love your stuff too, congrats!

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | March 24, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Brittney in the building, Really?the least talented person in the history of entertaiment industry it is just amazing that people actually pay to see her perform if that's what you want to call it.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I am not certain that Gilbert will be effective. He is not Superman...I can't see him playing his way back into shape this late in the season. Blake Griffin may still become a Wizard.

Posted by: Masonman | March 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Ivan's just stating the facts. Gilbert is allowed to act like a fool. What, he's not supposed to state the obvious. I just wish he would kill the Idiot Coach and worthless management the sameway. Fans got cheated by EVERYONE execept Antwan, Caron, Juan, Javalle, & Dom.

Everyone else screwed the fans this year. Especially Gilbert who could have been back 2 months ago. Don't be fooled. I used to love Gil but he just will NEVER live up to his contract. He doesn't have the mindset/leadership skills to get paid what Kobe, Lebron, and D Wade make. All will see. He will hit some game winners and score 60. But when it counts, like in the playoffs he and we will NOT BE THERE.....

Posted by: kevenjones | March 24, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Seriously guys, Arenas playing 15-20 minutes for the first time in 2 years isn't going to affect the Wizards' draft status. Especially if he's planning on playing 2 of those games against Cleveland and Boston. Sorry, we're not beating those teams when they're fighting for top seeds.

Posted by: psps23 | March 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@dlts20

Was that a serious comment? Really, you needed to take a shot at Ivan for what reason? What was so inflammatory about his post here that set you off? I'm not sure I get it.

Posted by: CDon | March 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Regarding a discussion a few posts back about the Wizards' draft needs, someone said a tough agile big man (assuming they don't get the top pick--which is an easy choice--Griffin), how about Arizona's Jordan Hill. I only saw him play in the tournament (and even then only a few minutes, thanks CBS) but he seems to fairly athletic, good rebounder, etc.

Anybody have an assessment of him?

Posted by: jfromPG | March 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

cdon, yes that was real. Seriously man, I just dont like Ivan and LaCanfora. Ive always hated LaCa but I use to really like Ivan. I just dont like the way they report things. They say so much negative stuff but if someone tries to say somethning about them then they get upset. There like bad cops. They know they have the badge so they can do whatever they want. You cant win when you try to fight the media.

Trust me when I say that Im not a Gil defender. I do think he is the real deal and learned how to play the PG position alot better when he was sitting and watching last year. I thought he looked great when he came back, before his knee went out on him again. Thats why next year I think he will be healthy and will be talked about on the same level as all the other elite guys in the league and I could see him averaging 10apg. People need to realize that he has still never played with this team. He's never really played with NY, Blatche, McGee, Songaila, Dom, this Wood, and the rookie we "might" get next year. I think all the young guys will look 10x better with Gil on the court as they are all athletic and like to run.

However, I have always been hard on Gil for acting childish at times and not taking the game serious enough. I dont mind Ivan talking about that but I think he goes to far and starts taking cheap shots. Then all these guys hide behind sources. Its like LaCa reporting what a teammate says but there's 60 guys on a team. How do you know that he's not just a guy who hates the star player? You cant expect all the guys to be your best friends. How do you know that this guy or these couple of guys just dont feel different then all of the rest of the guys on the team? I hate that kind of weak stuff. Then I also think LaCa is kind of a nerd and Ivan is fake. My personal opinon. I honestly think that the Wiz players dont like him anymore and rip him all the time behind his back. They wont say it to his face because you wont win in the media

Posted by: dlts20 | March 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I dont think that Arenas coming back will hurt our draft status for two reasons 1. the wiz will not win that many games coming up and 2. because the NBA has a draft lottery even if we are the worst team in the league we might not even get a top five pick. We just need to cross our fingers when the lottery comes on!

Posted by: EAllen0723 | March 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I do like Michael Lee though

Posted by: dlts20 | March 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Tapscott said "the plan" calls for Arenas to likely play Saturday night against Detroit as long as all goes well the next few days and "I'll play him 40 minutes and sit JC"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Gil needs to treat these games like I treat my intramurals. Run up and down the court a few times, break a good sweat, shoot the open shot, and get outta there with no injuries.

I used to think that Gil should have sat out the season but that was based on the premise that his knee wasn't ready. Now? The man needs to play. Get some confidence in that knee. As long as he plays under control he'll be fine...

Posted by: MEssex | March 24, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Agree, Gil said way back when he knew he would be out again, after the surgery that he didnt expect to need, that he would not be blogging, or talking to the media. He wanted the attention on the players that were playing, not him. And he is the star player on this team. As stated Caron and Antawn couldnt get it done, even though they are great too. I dont care what's said, i know Gilbert is the franchise player of this team and all franchise players gets special perks - Clinton P, Ovech, etc etc

Posted by: washwiz | March 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

One more thing, and Gil sales the tickets!...I would coddle him too, if i were the owner. One word that he may be back and i'm sure the arena will have much better attendance. His game is exciting. I know it's been 2-3 years ago, but I will always remember the excitment from the 06 playoffs against Cleveland - we lost but they were fun and exciting games. Well worth my bottom level seat price for both games!

Posted by: washwiz | March 24, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

i don't think it's possible for the wizards to have a worse defense....oh wait...gilbert is coming back saturday....it is possible!!!!

My grandpa in a wheel chair rotates better on defense than Gilbert. Actually my grandpa probably has better knees than Gilbert. Should have signed him...just give him some Schlitz beer and a cigar.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 24, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

@ KevinJones,

Fools do not accomplish what Gill has. Any good point you might have to make is seriously undercut by making outlandish statements.

Gilbert Arenas is nobody's fool and neither does he act like one in my book.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 24, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"He loves the attention, craves it in fact and he plays for an organization that has coddled and enabled him to the point that he knows he can do what he wants, when he wants and nobody says anything.

That starts at the top. As one player told me recently with a smile and a shake of the head: "There are rules for everyone else and there are rules for that guy. That's just how it is." "

And this is exactly why this team will go nowhere and why Gilby is a coach killer.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 24, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Juwan oops I mean Gil should play very limited minutes - what's there to prove - they'll be a new coach/system next year, etc., plus we need more pongs. Gil not communicating with the media until the season is over - don't bet on that one. Gil is touchier than a call center telephone. Very good player with a contract that's an albatross on this franchise. That money should be reserved for the top 12 players in the NBA, and sorry to say it, but Gil ain't it. Abe was scared that the fans would not be patient with more rebuilding if they low-balled Mr. Bananas and he got offended and took less money elsewhere in spite.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | March 24, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

EAllen0723,

If we finish with the worst record in the NBA this year, the lowest our pick can be is fourth. Only the top three picks are done by lottery. The remaining picks are based on your record.

Regarding Gil, it should be obvious to everyone that he absolutely loves the attention and is coming back more for himself than for the team. Just read the comments he texted to C. Miller announcing his "comeback". The comments speak for themselves. Here's hoping he gets his --- handed to him.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 24, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Toronto
Philly
Sacramento
LA Clippers
Washington
Minnesota
Golden State
Atlanta

These are the teams that could be looking for new head coaches. I don't consider Arenas a coach killer(yet), but having him as the franchise is going to give a lot of quality coaches pause. And if all of those teams are hiring, only Golden State and Sacramento are less desirable than DC. Patrick Ewing may just get his wish.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 24, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Butler and Jamison are not sufficient to carry a team? Were you watching last year when those two took this team to the playoffs without Arenas? Butler and Jamison are essential, what the Wizards lack is a bench, and everyone in the league knows that the Wiz failed to improve their roster last offseason when every other team did just that. Pay attention to the NBA and of course THE WIZARDS before you make uninformed comments.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | March 24, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler is so freakin' injury prone. Every year it's hamstring injuries with him. Do the Wizards have that poor a medical staff?

Posted by: Sticksboi35 | March 24, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

"Caron Butler is so freakin' injury prone. Every year it's hamstring injuries with him. Do the Wizards have that poor a medical staff?

Posted by: Sticksboi35 | March 24, 2009 10:15 PM "

When you say injury prone with regard to Les BouleS, the conversation starts and ends with the name "Gilby."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 24, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"Butler and Jamison are not sufficient to carry a team? Were you watching last year when those two took this team to the playoffs without Arenas? Butler and Jamison are essential, what the Wizards lack is a bench, and everyone in the league knows that the Wiz failed to improve their roster last offseason when every other team did just that. Pay attention to the NBA and of course THE WIZARDS before you make uninformed comments.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | March 24, 2009 9:54 PM "

Both of these "all stars" can get Les BouleS into the playoffs for a one and done performance if BTH is manning the paint, but caveat that with the fact that it was in the East, where a team hovering around .500 can get in.

What's even worse is that the team got in without Gilby, their "max money franchise player."

Couple that with the "lack of bench," as you put it, and all that credit goes to their "top notch" GM.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 24, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

BRING the HEAT - DRAFT THABEET

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 24, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Chad32:

And that's O.K. right CHAD?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 24, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

BRING the HEAT - DRAFT THABEET

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 24, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"BRING the HEAT - DRAFT THABEET

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 24, 2009 10:51 PM "

Burn in a heap, if you draft thabeet.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 25, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"And if all of those teams are hiring, only Golden State and Sacramento are less desirable than DC. "

No team is less desirable, in any sport by any dimension, under any circumstances than the Clippers.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Djnnnou,

Thats a nice analogy you have there. However, I think your assessment of whether a top coach would want to come to Washington is flawed.

You see I believe that Gilbert is not a coach killer.

Gilbert is a great player and great players will chew up weak coaches. Eddie Jordan had success, but in the final analysis he was and is a weak coach.

Great players who want to win will always clash with their coaches if they feel that the coach may be a hinderance to the Team's success.

However, when you pair great players with good coaches and organizations, then you see good partnership's that win.

That is why it is imperative that the Wizards must hire a top notch coach/leader to lead this Team next year.

If they fail to do so, then the players will run the show and not the other way around.

Caron and Antwann are not great players, for if they were, Ed Tapscott would have been turned out by them. Everyone of us can see that Tapps is not a winning coach and has no clue.

Any great player would have refused to go along for pratically a full season of his shenanigans.

Butler and Antwann, Allstars they are, but neither is as good as Gilbert, nor are they better leaders.

You see, Leaders are strange animals and what people mistake for folly about Gilbert is the leader in him to be the best.

You see Gilbert is a leader and he needs top notch coaching and management.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 25, 2009 3:05 AM | Report abuse

kalo_rama

Over the past several decades just think of all the great college players who were drafted by the Clippers. Then, by being drafted by such a malignant organization their careers were ruined before they even began.

If the Clippers didn't exist there would have been so many other talented players amazing us in the NBA. The organization is a black hole for talent.

But perhaps the Clippers are a necessary evil? For every great organization (Lakers) there must be an utterly inept organization (Clippers). From this standpoint it is very logical that the two opposing archetypes are located in the same city.

Posted by: MeviousMan | March 25, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

the least talented person in the history of entertaiment industry it is just amazing that people actually pay to see her perform if that's what you want to call it.

Well, Britney is worth about $150 mill. I guess collecting dough is her talent.

I dont care what's said, i know Gilbert is the franchise player of this team and all franchise players gets special perks

True. Ppl forget how good Gil was at his best. A couple of game winning shots and folks should be back on board

He will hit some game winners and score 60. But when it counts, like in the playoffs he and we will NOT BE THERE.....

Ppl said that about Garnett, too. Also, LeBron until last year. Gil can't do it alone. Like I said a couple days ago, Gil doesn't rebound inside or play interior defense. He's not the reason we lost to the Cavs. Give him help and he'll win...just like those other guys.


When you say injury prone with regard to Les BouleS, the conversation starts and ends with the name "Gilby."

Nah. He's has one lingering injury. CB gets hurt every year with something different.

My take: He loves the attention, craves it in fact and he plays for an organization that has coddled and enabled him to the point that he knows he can do what he wants, when he wants and nobody says anything.

Sounds personal. I'm not seeing how not talking to the media means he love attention, etc. This sound like it's written by a guy who's mad because he's a member of said ignored media. ...Oh yeah. It was.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

That starts at the top. As one player told me recently with a smile and a shake of the head: "There are rules for everyone else and there are rules for that guy. That's just how it is."

If it starts at the top as you say, then criticize at the top. Why take it out on Gilbert if he's allowed to do as he pleases? I've read no harsh assessments of Wiz management when 90% of the mistakes with this franchise were made by them.


BTH seems to be setting his own timetable for coming back, as well. Yet no one is writing about how he's controlling the franchise. Let's consider that maybe..just maybe..the doctors are actually allowing multimillionaire athletes to determine when they feel they are able to come back without rushing them.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

"Let's consider that maybe..just maybe..the doctors are actually allowing multimillionaire athletes to determine when they feel they are able to come back without rushing them.

Posted by: original_mark"

Shocking that you would think like that, Mark. Clearly nobody knows an athlete's body better than the fans whose only source of knowledge is a reporter that claims a guy craves attention by literally hiding from the media for an entire season.

Posted by: psps23 | March 25, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Of course, psps23, the Wiz may not actually HAVE a team doctor. Based on the number of injuries and the time that it takes for the players to recover, it's debatable.
Someone could be telling guys to just 'rub some dirt on it'. That's what my old football coach would say if you got an injury.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Only player I actually saw do that was "SCRAPS" COURTNEY. Broke a bone in a finger from a foul tip while catching for the WASHINGTON SENATORS, and it broke the skin. He used the dirt around homeplate to clot the blood.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 25, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD

What has Gil accomplished??? 1 Allstar apperance and what 3 trips to the playoffs with only 1 trip to the second round.

I like Gil but too many antics that dont equate to NBA championship.

Larry, you are ok with making the playoffs. I'm not. I want a championship. Anything less is a failure.

Posted by: kevenjones | March 25, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD what are you smoking? Gil a leader??? You obviously know zilch about basketball and far less about the NBA.

Gil has never been accused of being a leader. And how do you measure greatness?
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic, Bird, and Gil...

You are clueless dude. seriously

Posted by: kevenjones | March 25, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

What is Gil playing the last 9 games of the season going to accomplish?

There is not a single positive to having him play. He is either going to:
1. Help them win a few meaningless games, thus decreasing their odds of drawing a top lottery position.
or
2. Get hurt, just like he did last year in the 13 games or so that he played.

I can see why several columnists call the Wizards organization "Clippers-East". The Wizards are slowly killing my interest in the NBA.

Posted by: mprice78 | March 25, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Gilbert is a great player and great players will chew up weak coaches. Eddie Jordan had success, but in the final analysis he was and is a weak coach."

To suggest that Jordan got fired because he was "weak" and got "chewed up" by Arenas is utter nonsense. Jordan was fired ostensibly because the team was losing which was a direct result not of anything Arenas did, but rather what he didn't do (i.e., suit up and play). More pragmatically, Jordan was fired because he wasn't Grunfeld's guy, Grunfeld didn't hire him and didn't want him. If Jordan had been as weak as you suggest, he wouldn't have lasted as long as he did; Grunfeld would have canned him long ago. But because Jordan had the wherewithal to get an injury-riddled, under-manned team to overachieve year after year, he managed to hang on past his scheduled execution date.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

As a paying season ticket holder THIS YEAR I expect all paid team members to play unless unable due to injury. If Gilbert is healthy he is obligated as an extremely highly compensated professional to play. By the way, who actually believes he isn't healthy enough to play? This is absolutely ridiculous. It takes many "intangibles" for a team to develop the chemistry and trust in each other to perform at the highest level. If Gilbert had been playing for the past month we would be far better off as a team, even if we won all the games. Hey, I remember our last #1 pick...how did that work out?

Posted by: CrookedPinkies | March 25, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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