You Tell Us: Grading Tapscott

With Michael Lee writing a feature for Sunday's print edition that pretty much defines Ed Tapscott as we've come to know him -- classy and insightful, if not a perfect fit for the Wizards' coaching job -- now's a good a time as any to ask this:

What do you think of the job Ed Tapscott has done this season?

It'd be too easy to look at the 18-51 record and judge. But fans have aired some fairly legitimate gripes about his playing rotations. He seems to stand by the argument that minutes are earned, not given, and even if you disagree, it at least explains things.

It also wouldn't really be fair to give out a grade without acknowledging he was handed a team that was either too young, too beat up or both, and didn't catch many breaks. He also a guy who was president and CEO of the Bobcats as recently as 2006, so being asked to coach the team seems like something of a step down, even though he pretty clearly says otherwise in Michael's piece. From an outsider's perspective, it always seemed like he took the role as a favor to the team, to guide them through this year, and is headed back into a front-office role as soon as this season wraps up.

But the irony that might spark the most debate below is that Tapscott's previous title was 'Director of Player Development/Programs.' The development of the Wizards' young players as a whole hasn't been viewed as one of this year's great successes. So we take that into account as well.

How would you grade the job Ed Tapscott has done this season?

By Keith McMillan |  April 12, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
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I give him a c-. i understand not wanting to throw away the season but by the all-star break the season was lost. He should have given young, Magee, Crit a lot more minutes regardless if they made mistakes to learn the NBA game and to see if they could even play at this level. That's the only way you're going to find out. I appreciate him taking over the head coaching job but for someone who was the director of player development programs he sure didn't take advantage of the only TRUE program for player development...playing time.

Posted by: twashlack1 | April 12, 2009 11:30 AM

Tap gets a big fat F as a coach and as supposed head of "Player Development"

*Tap supposedly played players how deserved playing time, yet he played an injured DS heavy minutes despite atrocious play. DS took himself out finally.

* What is Wizard player development? Management picks-up Pech's option only to keep him cemented onto the bench for the entire year even during blow-out losses. Other teams continually rotate players in and out of the D-League, even trying out potential pick-ups on 10-day contracts.

* Does Mike James have a future in a Wizard uniform? Then why all the love from Tap? Crit finally gets minutes only because of James's injury.

* McGee, WTF? scant playing time even in blow-out losses. If McGee was playing especially well during a game, he was sure to be yanked quickly.

* Tap grinding the vets down with 40+ minutes a games even in blowout losses was inexcusable.

* His mis-use of Song was especially irritating. Song is a PF, not a Center.

Lastly Tap was such an arrogant jerk, that he seldom blamed himself for being out-coached often. A real coach with 2 all-stars would have won at-least 10 more games than Tap did (despite the injuries)

Posted by: closg | April 12, 2009 11:49 AM

Two words best describe Tapscott.
Company Man.
Somebody had to fall on the sword.
I asssume Taps had the best temperment for dealing with the criticism of a losing season. That criticism would have been muted greatly if he would have:

1. Spoken to AJ and CB about not publicly blasting the younger players, while they played the majority of minutes and bumbled about on defense as bad as everyone else on the team.

2. USED THIS SEASON TO TEACH AND EVALUATE THE YOUNG PLAYERS!!!

Who didn't know that by end of December this team was heading for the lottery?
The whole earning minutes argument made no sense. Everyone on the active roster is responsible for this debacle.
Rushed shots, no ball movement, no transition defense, inability to box out, poor play on basic pick and roll defense. poor effort to get out to guard the three point line, inability to cut off dribble penetration...
This problem is owned by every player on that roster. The young players had an excuse, the vets that were averaging 35 to 40 odd minutes a night don't have an excuse.

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 12, 2009 11:59 AM

Fail, fail. Epic fail.

Posted by: detox04 | April 12, 2009 12:03 PM

Interesting article in of all places the NY Post regarding Flip Saunders

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04122009/sports/moresports/saunders_not_coaching_magician_wizards_n_164009.htm

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 12, 2009 12:06 PM

how was it a step down to accept the coaching position if his previous job was sitting behind the bench every game as "Head of Player Development."

The step down was going from President of Bobcats to looking after Andray and Young. Not accepting the NBA head coach position.

Posted by: read2 | April 12, 2009 12:13 PM

Tapscott should get a grade of D. Yes the Wiz had injuries, vets, and young players. The problem is he was incharge of player development and became coach. The only player it appears he developed was McGuire who couldn't start on any other team in the NBA. To me there were other guys that should have received the same level of confidence that was given to McGuire.

Now for his coaching style that was clueless. Just this last game against Toronto were McGee who will be a star in this league didn't get off the bench. You have 2 7fters on your team but you insist on starting and playing a 6'8'' role player in Songaila at center. You run an offense that does not get allow the center to touch the ball in the post. If everyone remembers that was Haywoods beef couple of years ago. People keep talking about Wiz don't have an inside presence. Maybe it's a product of the offense they run and players running it.

All season he talked about earning minutes. This logic only applied to the young guys (Nick, McGee, Crit). Jamison never played D. Caron constantly turned the ball over and took bad shots. Neither player passed the ball to teammates. The young guys saw this and they played the same way. Pech figured if they were not going to play me when I get in I'll throw up 3s what's the worst they can do. A good coach would have given him a list (10 reb, 1 blk, 10ptsect.) of things to do and said if you do these things you will play. You tell Caron and Jamison the bigs will touch the ball when they come down the court.

When you are losing and you have no leadership players know this and start playing for themselves. You could see the frustration in some of the players faces. It's hard work trying to post players up only to have your teammates look you off for a contested jumpshot. Songaila is one of the best team players on this team and you could tell even he would get frustrated at times.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | April 12, 2009 12:13 PM

To be fair in grading Tappscott. When you consider all the criteria required in order to pass.

His grade. He failed the course. "F".

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 12, 2009 12:14 PM

Bozomoeman,

I guess I'm not the only one that believes that FLIP SAUNDERS is not the right guy.

My guy is MARK JACKSON, but don't believe the organization has to courage to gamble on an unproven commodity.

The Knicks did not. But you have to ask yourself. If the Knicks had, would Jackson have been any better than D'Antoni?

Who knows. I would take the Gamble on MARK JACKSON.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 12, 2009 12:23 PM

Well, if there's one area where I think the contributors to this blog have been unfair, it's in assigning most of the blame for the Wiz' record to Ed Tapscott.

But I think it's mostly an emotional thing. Fans look at the record, feel terribly disappointed and frustrated, and begin looking around for somebody or something to pin it on.

There are some legit criticisms, like the one that gets repeated almost daily here, concerning the minutes given to the younger players. That has some merit, to be sure. But it also gets carried too far. Suggesting from midseason that a coach and his veteran players give up on games because they're probably going to lose anyway goes against the way athletes are trained to think. Whatever you do, they'll tell you with some heat, you never stop trying to win.

I think also that like proud parents, we fans overestimate our kids' abilities. Nick Young looks great until you put him next to Kevin Martin or Brandon Roy. Javaris Crittenton arrived late in the season or he would probably have gotten more minutes than he did. Certainly when a young guy showed an ability to play within the team concept, like McGuire, there was no shortage of minutes.

This is a team at the crossroads. Ed Tapscott might have won a few more games if he'd listened to the experts on this blog. On the other hand, he might be staring at ten wins instead of twenty. It all seems so simple to us, doesn't it?

Next year is the decision. Grunfeld's chance. A new coach, a new young prodigy, and hopefully, a return to some semblance of health for the starters. I'll be watching, at least.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 12, 2009 12:27 PM

I give him a D, but only because of grade inflation. Other than McGuire, I don't see a lot of development. Nick Young has improved defensively, but I think that is largely due to his one-on-one games with Arenas. I don't understand why Pecherov didn't get more time at Center this year. Didn't they pick up his fourth year option? McGee has forgotten that he is a project, and probably got too much playing time. That guy reminds me of Ryan Leaf, and I've never seen a kid of a professional athlete so raw. What's up with that?

Tapscott has shown little leadership ability. I don't think he did the organization any favors by taking a job he was unfit for. If this is the kid of guy that Ernie likes as a coach - apparently cerebral but without a lot of charisma, then I guess Flip Saunders will be the next Wizards coach.

Posted by: djnnnou | April 12, 2009 12:30 PM

I am giving a Tapscott a D because neither him nor Jordan were given the players to succeed with and only the inside the beltway fans with blinders on think otherwise. After last summer's moves, or lack of them, ESPN had them with no better than 40 wins this season even with everyone healthy. Grunfield won't fire himself but he put the team together and stood by it, and still does for god's sake, so he needs to get the boot. Unfortunaltely with the owner almost in a nursing home, he has been given full reign with no accountability. The way this franchise takes up for and covers for the veterans no matter how they play is detestable. Clean house from top to bottom and maybe some of the fans will come back.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | April 12, 2009 12:55 PM

closg

Had it right a big fat "F", great post I couldn't have said it any better.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 12, 2009 12:57 PM

F -- Totally incompetent and outmatched every minute of every game.

Posted by: SteveC28 | April 12, 2009 12:58 PM

Impossible to tell. It takes years for most young players to develop, especially the sort of mid-level talent youngsters the Wiz have. Idiots on blogs can point to a lack of PT for Javale McGee as evidence that Tapsctt was incompetent, but they fail to look at how awful McGee was most of his time on the court. So hopefully Tapscott was able to impart some valuable lessons to these kids, but the important lessons in life are not ones learned overnight. I would imagine that this is something incomprehensible to the self-proclaimed experts on this site, all of whom seem to think that every player under the age of 23 is a surefire superstar in the making. Some of you folks should turn your brilliance into finding your way out of mom's basement.

Posted by: IrenePollin | April 12, 2009 1:10 PM

closg

Had it right a big fat "F", great post I couldn't have said it any better.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 12, 2009 12:57 PM
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No, you couldn't have. Because you're a dummy.

Posted by: IrenePollin | April 12, 2009 1:24 PM

IrenePollin

Some of you folks should turn your brilliance into finding your way out of mom's basement.

Maybe some of us will when the Wizards find their way out of the NBA basement and win a CHAMPIONSHIP!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 12, 2009 1:25 PM

Not much love out there for Tap!

He deserves better... maybe!

Even though his brief tenure as a head coach will undoubtedly end next week, I think his grade has to be an I for incomplete pending what happens next year. Here is the work I think we need to see turned in before we can give him a final grade:

1. Will Brendan Haywood do for the new coach over the next season what he has done for Tap during his recent "Cameo"? 12 and 8 in 32-35 minutes plus the intangibles on defense is pretty darn good, and althogh it is a small sample, it is a darn sight more than Eddie Jordan got from the big guy over the four previous seasons.

2. Will Dominic McGuire continue to develop into a key "glue" player in an 8-man rotation? If he does then give Tap his due for choosing to invest more court time in the Taser than in the other young players.

3. Will Andray Blatche prove attractive enough to make him part of a trade package that nets us a more mature rotation player? If yes, that Tap showcased him just enough (10-7) to acentunate his positives in the eyes of a prospective purchaser.

4. The same can be said for Nick Young, but even if he winds up on the team next year he got enough court time to show he can average double figure points off the bench.

5. If Javaris Crittenten sticks and does ok as a back up point guard, it will be because Tap worked him into games when he was ready and not one second sooner ... remember this guy had not played more than a total of, what, 100-200 minutes in a season and a half with his two previous teams.

6. Will Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison be major producers on a contending team? If so, then Tap did not over-utilize them, nor did he undermine their pride in their individual achievements or their status as key players on the team.

7. JaVale McGee is a LONG-TERM project folks. Brendan Haywoood is the center here and even if you project JaVale as a 4 in the future, you could not justify Tap taking minutes from Blatche this year to work him in as a PF. If we had drafted Roy Hibbert (who played four years at G'town and is clearly the starting center for the Pacers now) that would be a different story, but I think management beieves JaVale needs three seasons of development ... including physical matrity... which to me indicates that Tap did not too all that badly by the young man.

It would be interesting to hear ... which of course we never will... what grade EG give to Tap for his work. But if Tap remains in a key role in the Wizards front office, that would suggest that management valued his contribution as a coach.

In sum, this was obviously an incredibly painful season for everyone who cares about the Wizards but if the worm turns back convincingly in 2009-10 and beyond, it will be at least in part because Tap did his job as interim coach in a satisfactory way.

Posted by: khrabb | April 12, 2009 1:41 PM

I give Tapscott a D- but if we are using Ivan's grading system, than he deserves a C.

Tapscott far too often misused timeouts.

His rotations were very questionable, especially as the season wore on and it was clear that the season was over. I agree the playing time has to be earned. But it was never made clear what the young players were not doing. In this year, they should not have had to out "earn" Songalia and other veterans. That seems to be the standard Taps used -- Songaila is a gamer, who always plays hard but this was a perfect opportunity to give McGee a lot of time because the most likely result was a Wizards' loss. Now if McGee went freelance crazy -- then sit him -- but give him a chance. Same with NYoung -- he should have played minutes before Juan Dixon every game.

At least we will get a real coach in Flip Saunders -- that will certainly help. Any person who wants Mark Jackson has no idea what they are looking at -- the guy is an announcer and has never coached a minute in his life. Why would he be the right answer? Because he talks a good game on TV? The biggest proponent of Mark Jackson also believe Tyler Hansbrough will be a very good player in the NBA --haha.

Posted by: Chad32 | April 12, 2009 1:51 PM

Red Auerbach in his prime couldn't have guided this year's squad to the playoffs, let alone respectability. And if Tapscott gets an "F" what does Eddie Jordan get for his 1-10 start? An "F" as well? Well I guess that's pretty convenient that we had 2 failures as coaches this year.

While I certainly wouldn't give Tapscott high marks this season, I wouldn't overly (and needlessly) criticize him either. I also would praise him for "doing the team a favor" as if taking a job as NBA head coach for a year is such a bad thing...even if the team is headed for the lottery, it's still beyond exciting to be a head coach in any professional sport.

My only major gripe with Tapscott this year was his poor use of timeouts. He never really got the hang of when to use them and usually by the time he got around to calling one, it was already too late. I'm talking about the 2nd half of games, when things consistently went from a close game to a blow out before a timeout was called. (**Comcast Sportsnet even took note of this and came up with a statistic that showed how unusually long it took for Taps to call time).

Other than that, I'd give Tapscott a C and wish him well in his future endeavors...whether that be here in DC (in the front office, obviously) or elsewhere.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 12, 2009 1:51 PM

CORRECTION. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A "NOT" IN THE PREVIOUS POST:

I also would NOT praise him for "doing the team a favor" as if taking a job as NBA head coach for a year is such a bad thing...even if the team is headed for the lottery, it's still beyond exciting to be a head coach in any professional sport.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 12, 2009 1:56 PM

As most of you know i was never a Tapscott fan that being stated i would give him a D i think the dumb azz GM put him in a no win situation, he hadn't coached in over a decade then he was asked to make chicken salad out of chicken...............bring back EJ and make Taps the new GM he couldn't do any worse, i heard that Flip has the inside track on replacing Tap well he's more than competent,think EJ light.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 12, 2009 2:09 PM

How do you grade the shine when one has been handed a turd and told to polish it?
I like ET and wouldn't mind seeing him back next year, I suspect he is a much better coach than most posters here give him credit for.

Posted by: midlevex | April 12, 2009 2:10 PM

Judging this season in terms of wins and losses for an interim coach seems pointless to me. He inherited the exact same team that Eddie Jordan had, and he likely produced similar results if Jordan had continued throughout this year. If Javale, Mcguire, Young and Blatche all assume valuable roles next season -- then Tapscott deserves an "A+" for this year. If those players don't work out, then it's an "F". More importantly, it'd be an "F" for Grunfield as well. I'd sure like to know when some of this is going to start making it's way towards his desk. This team is Grunfields creation now. There's no more Michael Jordan leftovers. If it's not winning, it's not working.

Posted by: wizfan305 | April 12, 2009 2:10 PM

Flip Saunders will be the Wiz new head coach according to the Washington Times....

http://washingtontimes.com/weblogs/outlet/2009/apr/12/saunders-a-done-deal/

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 12, 2009 2:36 PM

the fact that eddie jordan's name still comes up is ridiculous, become a kings' fan and you will get to be eddie's boy again, tap gets a d

Posted by: bford1kb | April 12, 2009 2:43 PM

The problem isn't that Tap isn't really a coach, he's a front office guy. He was made coach in order to give Ernie Gruneld more control in terms of what the management would ultimately do about replacing Jordan. If that's the grading criteria, then Tap gets an A+.. with a record this bad and team morale so low, and fans so unhappy, Tap is easily expendable. Anything is better than this. But will we see the same bad habits of this team carried over into next season? I think the answer is almost certainly yes. Which is one reason the Wizards may be exploring big moves this summer.

Posted by: satchmore | April 12, 2009 2:46 PM

I'd give him a C minus. Without Haywood and Arenas, this team wasn't going to win very many games anyway, even if he had been a brilliant tactician. He did a good job of developing McGuire and Crittenton, not such a good job with Young and Blatche, and a lousy job with McGee and Pecherov.

As for the Flip vs. Avery controversy, I sure hope it's not the little General. If he couldn't win an NBA title with the roster he had in Dallas, how good of a coach could he be?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 12, 2009 3:11 PM

I think Tapscott deserves a little bit better than he gets on this board. I don't think any coach would have done much better with the hand he was dealt this year.

If you take the best offensive and defensive players away from any team in the league they are going to have major problems and a poor season.

With all that said, I don't think Tapscott should be the coach next year (and he won't be). We need an experienced coach who has been to the playoffs. Perhaps it will be Flip Saunders as Lisa_R's post above seems to indicate.

BTW, I think this season has shown the BH is even more important to his club than he seemed last year.

Posted by: cannontl | April 12, 2009 3:29 PM

I think it's pretty clear Tapscott was just auditing the course. Did he come to class every day and contribute to the dialogue? Khrabb's post points out pretty convincingly that he did. So, as he agreed, he gets no grade, just a handshake from the instructor.

Posted by: dabing | April 12, 2009 3:33 PM

Definitely a failing grade. We still have no idea on several of the young players. The only young guy who has proven himself is Nick Young.

The jury is still out on Pech, Dom, Blatche, and McGee. Blatche is this guy who has tons of potential but you really can't tell what he's capable of. Some nights he can give you 20/10, and then other nights he'll give you nothing. I'm tired of saying this guy HAS potential. It's been 4 years and I haven't seen it. We'll probably trade him and he'll be the next Rasheed Wallace.

All I know about McGee is that he's an athletic 7 footer. Other than that, this season didn't tell me much else. He just didn't get enough playing time to show us what he can do.

Dominic has been somewhat of a bright spot but I don't think this guy is worth anything on the trade market. He's a hard worker but he still can't shoot that mid-range shot.

Pech is puzzling. He was the 18th overall pick but we haven't seen crap from this guy. I've only seen him in the last minutes of games. He may get one or two touches and that's it. No one can show you what they can do with 4-5 minutes of playing time.

Tapscott as Dir of Player Development is a joke. You have to use this terrible season to see what your young guys can do. We don't need wins with BTH and Arenas. Who cares how they play at the end of this season. It would be all forgotten in the offseason. Instead use this time to see who you are going to keep and get rid of.

Posted by: misremembered | April 12, 2009 3:33 PM

I give Taps a solid "B".

Has his performance earned him the right to continue as the Wizards coach? Of course not.

Did he make something out of what was an otherwise awful season? Yeah, I think he did.

Under his guidance it was possible to see big improvement in McGuire's game. Young and Crittenton made some good steps forward. Blatche made some small steps. McGee made some improvements as well.

Most important -- this team never quit. I can't think of many games this year where the Wizards were losing by 20-30 point margins. In a number of games they kept things within striking distance and made a number of losses competitive.

Did Tapscott provide a solid foundation for this team going into next year?

Yes, I think he did.

It's possible to see how this team can be very good if their four core starters stay healthy.

From the beginning it was clear that he was likely just going to be a placeholder.

The main fault that I'd put on Tapscott is that he isn't a great X and O's guy. He isn't a great pro coach.

On the other side, he wasn't hired to be that guy; he wasn't paid to be that guy -- he was hired as a placeholder after Eddie Jordan's terrible 11 game start to the season.

Based on the scale of an interim coach, I think he deserves a good grade. A lot of teams under the circumstances of this season could have fallen apart and had all kinds of off-the-court trouble. This team, for the most part, ends this season as a better team than the one that entered the season. They took some steps forward -- and it's possible to see how a healthy Wizards team next year could take a big leap forward. Tapscott deserves some credit for that fact.

Posted by: JPRS | April 12, 2009 4:47 PM

Barn01,

What basis do you state your assertion on that Red Auerbach would not have done a better coaching job with this Team.

Ed Tapscott absolutely, unequivocally, did a miserable job coaching this Team.

For you to invoke a Washingtonian, even though he coached Boston, in the same breath as Ed Tapscott, a Hall of Famer, numerous championship Rings, is beyond reason.

How can you fix your mouth so that your brain would let it utter something as DUMB AS THAT.

You obviously must be joking or you basketball elevator is stuck on the first floor.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 12, 2009 6:15 PM

Look at it this way, if Flip knew he was getting the job next year back when Taps took over, what would he have asked Taps to deliver:

1) make sure the young guys earn minutes

2) stick with the vets no matter how badly they play

3) try to have Jamison and Butler be in the top 10 in minutes played for the entire league

4) see what talent the young guys have

5) develop at least 2 solid young players for next year

6) of all the young players, pick McGuire for special developmental treatment

As you can imagine, Taps didn't deliver in the one area that could have helped the team next year (i.e., developing those with the most talent). Moreover, the culture next year will be set by the new coach, not Taps - so what difference does his view of culture matter?

Waste of a year. That's more frustrating than the injuries or the team record.

Posted by: Izman | April 12, 2009 6:25 PM

BulletsFan78,

I don't know who Irenepollin is, but some time ago I did asked a direct question with no answer as to the authour of this pseudonymn is because of what the name implies.

Someone said a while back though that IrenePollin was KALO_RAMA. Don't know if thats true or not.

But clearly you are right, Ed Tapscott deserves a "F".

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 12, 2009 6:29 PM

Is there a grade below "F"? If so, Tapscott deserves it.

Here's why: the competitive portion of the Wiz' season ended early, when starter after starter went down. No way were they going to do anything. No way could they do anything, not with that roster.

But Tap refused to do the right thing, and build the foundation. He overused Butler and Jamison all year. He didn't play enough young guys enough minutes. McGee especially, but also Pech, Young and Crit, should have gotten extended playing time. And Taps kept giving the horrendous, close-your-eyes awful Mike James big minutes. He played Songaila out of position all year.

I can't believe everyone complaining about how raw McGee, Pech etc. looked. How do you expect to get better if you're not on the floor? This was the perfect situation to help the youngsters grow up.

We all see how much it helped the Wiz to play the vets game after game, and keep most of the young core glued to the bench. We're looking at 19-20 wins on the year, instead of 15-16 wins, and a much clearer picture of who can play and who can't, who looks like a keeper and who doesn't. Was it really worth it to win a couple more games?

That's why Tap failed. He refused to see the reality of the situation and adjust his goals accordingly (and I won't even get into his mind-boggling rotations, yanking around guys' minutes from night to night and inability to get anyone to play a lick of defense.)

Grade: F-minus-minus-minus-minus

Posted by: keithward64 | April 12, 2009 6:35 PM

F

Posted by: insanity999 | April 12, 2009 6:52 PM

Tap didn't have a whole lot to work with, but at the same time, I didn't like his treatment of the young guys. This could have been a great year to develop our young guys, but he was too unforgiving.

I'd say, C+

Posted by: iamse7en | April 12, 2009 7:04 PM

Izman: "Look at it this way, if Flip knew he was getting the job next year back when Taps took over, what would he have asked Taps to deliver:"

So now we're holding Tapscott responsible for completely imaginary scenarios involving coaches who haven't even been offered the job yet...

Jeez, will this season ever end?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 12, 2009 10:13 PM

wizfan: "If Javale, Mcguire, Young and Blatche all assume valuable roles next season -- then Tapscott deserves an "A+" for this year. If those players don't work out, then it's an "F". More importantly, it'd be an "F" for Grunfield as well."

Um, not to quibble, but don't the players bear most of the responsibility for their own success (or lack of it?)

Maybe they're not as good as you think they are?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 12, 2009 10:18 PM

Tapscott took a bullet for The Washington Wizards in a difficult and trying moment. I think he should continue. The players respect and admire him. "If anything came up, he definitely did a good job of communicating," Jamison said. "He didn't beat us up. He didn't get too negative. He always tried to be positive with us. He treated us like professionals, treated us like men. I won't say it was always given back to him, the professionalism as players. That's why I say I think he's done a great job. He was just put in a bad situation." back.
So folks and media folk- Change just for change is not always a remedy. The man has done very, very well with the returns of Haywood and (sometimes) Arenas. McGuire has been developed a 20 yr old PG getting experience etc etc and we have seen a team that was lost transformed into a team that appears to have acquired criteria. Give it a break and be patient... if a great pro like Jamison says what he says...???

Posted by: unojklhh1 | April 12, 2009 10:18 PM

Tapscott took a bullet for The Washington Wizards in a difficult and trying moment. I think he should continue. The players respect and admire him. "If anything came up, he definitely did a good job of communicating," Jamison said. "He didn't beat us up. He didn't get too negative. He always tried to be positive with us. He treated us like professionals, treated us like men. I won't say it was always given back to him, the professionalism as players. That's why I say I think he's done a great job. He was just put in a bad situation." back.
So folks and media folk- Change just for change is not always a remedy. The man has done very, very well with the returns of Haywood and (sometimes) Arenas. McGuire has been developed a 20 yr old PG getting experience etc etc and we have seen a team that was lost transformed into a team that appears to have acquired criteria. Give it a break and be patient... if a great pro like Jamison says what he says...???

Posted by: unojklhh1 | April 12, 2009 10:22 PM

i just threw up on an oil painting and rehung it on the wall.

That's his grade.

Posted by: superwilks | April 12, 2009 10:29 PM

F+. + for effort.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 12, 2009 10:40 PM

This season isn't about ETap. He's just the guy with his thumb on the gushing leak.

You just have to give the entire team, especially the captains, an "F."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 12, 2009 10:41 PM

Who cares? He's basically the equivalent of a substitute English teacher who only teaches part-time for rent money while he works on his novel. He's just filling space until a real teacher can be hired for the full-time gig.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 12, 2009 10:49 PM

Um, not to quibble, but don't the players bear most of the responsibility for their own success (or lack of it?)Posted by: Samson151

Posted by: Samson151 | April 12, 2009 10:18 PM

What? Grown men, paid professionals, taking personal responsibility for their own development? Crazy talk, my friend. Crazy talk.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 12, 2009 10:53 PM

Samson: "So now we're holding Tapscott responsible for completely imaginary scenarios involving coaches who haven't even been offered the job yet..."

Samson you have a brain. Use it. If you were to be named coach on Monday, what would you have wanted Taps to have delivered to you given that he took over an injury-riddled team with a 1-11 record?

Posted by: Izman | April 12, 2009 11:12 PM

The step down was going from President of Bobcats to looking after Andray and Young. Not accepting the NBA head coach position.

Read2,
That's exactly what I meant.

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | April 12, 2009 11:26 PM

Dear Larry in Clinton,

Sorry if I missed some question you asked me, but I try to make a point of not reading the comments on this blog because they are generally worthless. But, no, I am not kalo_rama. As far as I know, only kalo_rama is kalo_rama. I am someone else entirely, and at least since we've had to use an ID to post, I've only posted as IrenePollin. For the record, I'm also not really IrenePollin. Just a fan who is smart enough to know that I'm not nearly as smart as most of you folks seem to think you are. Also, we get it. You love Mark Jackson. Enough with that already.

Posted by: IrenePollin | April 12, 2009 11:40 PM

The McGee haters have it wrong.

He has plenty of room for improvement, but if you look at his stats per 48 minutes he:

-leads the wizards in rebounds (12.5/48 min)

-leads the wizards in blocks (3.02/48 min)

-2nd in field goal % (.486)

He is admittedly raw, but how do you "earn minutes" if its not by playing well in the limited minutes you get?

Posted by: Plix | April 13, 2009 12:45 AM

Tapscott I give a B-

Pros:
*The team played hard virtually all the way through.
*Butler, Jamison seem to hold him in high regard.
*Like that he maintained his "minutes are earned" credo even during this season.
*Solid progress from McGuire and he was utilized well.
*Some improvement by Blatche, but no transformation.
*Won about as much as could be expected for this group.

Cons:
*Too many bad 3rd quarters/ halftime adjustments.
*Questionable rotation at times although not nearly as bad as some frustrated fans in here would have you believe especially as it pertains to McGee.
*Poor execution of plays called after timeouts at end of games or otherwise.
*Perhaps the interim tag left the young guys with the impression they could goof off in the locker room at will. Jamison intimated as much when he said he respected Tapscott a great deal (paraphrasing), but he was not sure everyone did. I think he was referring to Young, Blatche, McGee, etc.... Tap should have demanded those unprofessional antics stop!

That being said, I think it's a very thin line between a coach being able to "develop" a young player and a player even being able to be developed. Or sometimes it is a matter of just maturing no matter what the coach is doing. McGuire has done a fine job developing and he has had the same coaching as say NY and Blatche and McGee for that matter! Catch my drift.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 13, 2009 12:49 AM

I should add that NY, AB, and McGee probably have more potential/talent than McGuire, but it appears to me that he takes being a professional basketball player much more seriously at this point. Therefore, he is more "developed".

Tap gets an A for being a first class guy as well. And a stand up guy at that!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 13, 2009 12:57 AM

Plix,

You got it wrong. Big time!

The dude was not good enough to play 24 mins much less 48. That stat is crap in it's purest form! He would also lead the team in dumb plays, being completely out of position, offensive goal tending, most wild shots taken, and being completely abused in the paint by any player worth a damn. Plus, you don't know what he did off the court to get or not get mins.

You think he was so good that he deserved more mins? Or are you just being intellectually dishonest by throwing out very misleading stats?

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 13, 2009 1:04 AM

My last post was referring to McGee for those not following.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 13, 2009 1:08 AM

ETapp did a solid job fixing some of what EJordon had broken. Most notably, BH and the development of the young players. I thnk time will show that the Wiz needed ETapp to transition away from the disfunctionality of the EJordon era. Yes, perhaps injuries had something to do with too, but ETapp has shown he does know how to develop young talent on the court. Dont get me wrong the players still have a long way to go, but the way he mixed in young players with vets seemed to be the right way to go. Just throwing out a line up made up of all 3 and 2 year players and a rookie would do very little for their development. From a player develoment perspective, I think he did it right. Now, ETapp also showed he is no genius when it comes to coaching during the game, nor making adjustments at halftime--he doesnt seem to be wired that way. But then again EJordon had some major issues there too, its just EJordon's were also influenced by lack of leadership ability and mistreatment and favoritism of some players. I think ETapp did the job to the best of his ability. The goal this year was clearly not to make the playoffs, but develop the young guys and undue some of the screwed up stuff that was done by the previous coach...so while the big mission of winning was not accomplished, still progess was made, IMHO.

Posted by: oddjob1 | April 13, 2009 7:10 AM

Tap gets a D

Posted by: tedunni1 | April 13, 2009 10:21 AM

F

Posted by: NewManagement | April 13, 2009 10:30 AM

F - as in ... Failed to win, Failed to develop young talent, Failed to instill discipline, Failed to play young talent (instead played sorry old guys), Failed to tank with 15 games left (so the Wiz would have the greatest chances of getting the only phenomenal player in the draft, B. Griffin). Could not have been worse - this was a lost season.

Most teams in the Wiz' situation would have at least focused on developing young talent. Given that the guy was Director of Development, I think it's fair to say, he should not be hired back on in that position - WHAT A JOKE.

Speaking of JOKES, Tap's record as a coach is a JOKE - HORRIFIC record at AU. He's not qualified to coach at PG Comm College, let alone the NBA. How Mike Lee fails to mention Tap's record at AU in his article is beyond me. It seems like folks go out of their way to give this joke of an Exec, joke of a coach, joke of an agent, joke of a lawyer, a pass. Let's call it straight. He sucks - he's our modern day Wes Unseld, and the sooner he's disassociated from the Wiz, the better. C'mon Abe, PLEASE, PLEASE give Tap the Michael Jordan treatment.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | April 13, 2009 10:36 AM

F-

He single handedly diminished the season ticket base. Any ball club can fall on hard times and have a terrible season. But no late than January, CB & AJ should have been limited to 20 mins a game. I know they wouldn't like it but what's the point. Season was over then. Lets get the young guys heavy minutes and ready for next season. Instead he rides AJ,CB,Stevenson??? Then justifies it would some super intelligent language that pisses everyone(except apparently AJ) off.

Juan got little time. Come on.

And speaking of earning your playing time, what have you accomplished to earn your first and last NBA coaching job?

I'm just happy I won't have to look at or listen to Tapscott any longer.

Thank god this nightmare is over. Tapscott is a dipstick 4 Real.

Posted by: kevenjones | April 13, 2009 11:04 AM

"He has plenty of room for improvement, but if you look at his stats per 48 minutes"

You'd realize that those stats are meaningless speculative fantasy because neither he nor any other player in the NBA plays 48 minutes per game.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 13, 2009 11:35 AM

eddie tapscott given the circumstances did a good job for the wizards 'plan'

ernie knew he wanted to fire eddie jordan since day 1. so they sit Gil out the whole year and under achieve on purpose because they knew playing the youngsters would give them more wins because they are hungry. and are out to prove a point. Tapscott did not have a say on anything. he was the substitute teacher of the class. Now they r a lottery team and can make a few moves with a healthy squad. now that flip is presumably coming in i expect the wizards to contend for the Se title

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | April 13, 2009 11:44 AM

ohh the grade ima give tapscott is a F, because the team is a lottery team

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | April 13, 2009 11:45 AM

I'm trying to understand how Tapscott did the Wizards a favor by coaching the team. Did he receive a check every two weeks? Exactly what value did he contribute that constitutes as a "favor?"

As far as a grade, I thought he was previously Director of Player Development. As a Wizards fan who has witnessed more than the normal amount of player injuries (the medical staff is a WHOLE story by itself), I would have been content to see the younger players get increased time to aid in their development. I would venture to say that most fans would forgo wins, if they knew or saw that a plan for was in place for developing the younger players. In my wildest dreams, I would never have expected to see Caron Butler, Songalia, Mike James and Antawn Jamison playing 38 mins. a game after elimination from playoff contention. I am still trying to understand the rationale of the so called "Player Development expert." Being fair, I do realize that this was his first NBA coaching job, BUT if we are better next year, it wont be because of the younger players. It will be because the injured players come back healthy. Grade - D.

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | April 13, 2009 12:56 PM

kevenjones got it right
Juan got 12 assists or something in an early game when Eddie was here - Taps sat him most of the year - you may not like a small 2 or thin 1 but Juan tries way harder than most and delivers NY and Cree would have learned more by Juan's effort on the floor than all the Mike James and DS time - painful - Taps gets an E- and Saunders is not the answer
go with MJax

Posted by: shepster | April 13, 2009 1:59 PM

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