What Will You Remember?
Gilbert Arenas had a lot to say the past two days, but he played in only two of the 82 games this season. He wasn't around for the Wizards' season-opening five-game losing streak or their first victory of the season against Utah, when Eddie Jordan welcomed the arrival of rookie JaVale McGee by encouraging the crowd to stand and applaud.
He wasn't around for the five-game losing streak that got Jordan fired or Ed Tapscott's first game as Jordan's replacement, when Andray Blatche erupted with the ultimate tease of 25 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and five blocks and the Wizards crushed Golden State, 124-100.
There was the eight-game losing streak in December, followed by a two-game win streak that included a road victory over Houston, when Antawn Jamison scored 30 points despite leaving the game briefly with a knee injury.
LeBron James helped give the Wizards a win with the "crab dribble," then the team lost another six in a row. Caron Butler provided some buzzer-beating heroics against Indiana and in Toronto. President Obama visited, exchanged some trash talk, and watched his beloved Chicago Bulls go down.
Arenas made a highly-publicized return against the Detroit Pistons, but had his potential game-winner blocked by Kwame Brown, of all people.
Brendan Haywood made his surprise season debut during a loss in Memphis, proving to Tapscott that it wasn't a cruel April Fool's Joke. Haywood and Arenas made their only start together against the Cavaliers and the Wizards became the first team 40 games below .500 to beat a team 40 games above .500 in NBA history.
There weren't very many highlights to this 19-63 season, but what stands out to you guys? What you remember most about the 2008-09 season? The day Jordan was fired? The fourth-quarter collapses? The first time you saw McGee make a putback dunk? The consistent effort of Antawn Jamison? Caron's game-winners? The inconsistent youth? The losing streaks? The injured list? Tying the 19-63 record of that miserable season that yielded Kwame Brown?
Those are just a few suggestions, but this forum is for you. What will you remember most? Fire away.
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