Brendan's Chat, Condensed

Brendan Haywood didn't say anything earth-shattering in his ESPN chat on Thursday. He didn't make any trade demands or predictions about winning a championship next season. For those of you who don't want to go through the entire thing -- and believe me, it wasn't that long -- I thought I'd pull out the more interesting Wizards related comments. Enjoy:

Shawn from New York asked Brendan what the Wizards biggest needs are this offseason.
BRENDAN: I think our biggest need is a backup power forward and a magic wand that will help everybody stay healthy.

Dolph from Arlington asked Brendan whom he would draft if he had the No. 1 overall pick.
BRENDAN: I think if your a GM for the Wizards, you would have to go with Blake Griffin. He's someone that can get physical and play hard. In the future he is somebody that can lead a team.

Hook from Southern Maryland asked Brendan about the young players on the Wizards and if the experience they got last season was helpful.
BRENDAN: I think the younger players playing on a regular basis will be good for us going into the future. But playing them all of the same time wasn't the best for us at all times because it left them on the court without any leadership. It's tough to play in this league as a youngster without leadership or guidance.

CL from Arlington asked Brendan about JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.
BRENDAN: Both those guys have the skill but it come down to being in shape and wanting to do it. It's nothing I can do to help them, they have to what to do it on their own.

Justin Behling from Boyceville, WI, asked Brendan what the Wizards could do if healthy.
BRENDAN: If we're healthy then we will be one the top 4-5 teams in the East. It's not a question if we will make the playoffs, it's what seed we are going to be.

Also, Brendan picked the Lakers to win the NBA championship this season.

By Michael Lee |  May 7, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
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Right now, I'm not even sure the Lakers are the best bet to get to the Finals. Even if they beat the Rockets, they'll be so beaten up and worm out that they may not have enough to get by the Nuggets, who are playing the best basketball in the West right now.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2009 4:44 PM

Blake Griffin is the man to pick if you're in position to take him. But backup power forward is far from the biggest need.

Since Brendan is coming off a season when he played 6 games, and Etan has had open heart surgery and has barely played in two seasons, center would sure be the most glaring need position.

Not to mention both Brendan and Etan are on the last year of their contracts. But then again, if the Wiz would draft Thabeet, and he'd take a major portion of Haywood's minutes by next spring, that could really change the bidding for Haywood.

Funny how these things can influence your opinion.

Jamison would probably say the Wiz need a two guard...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | May 7, 2009 4:49 PM

Nuggets, who are playing the best basketball in the West right now.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2009 4:44 PM

Because they were smart enough to trade AI for a real point guard.

Can we trade our pick and EG to Denver for their VP Mark Warkentien?

It wouldn't even hurt the luxury cap and he would be smart enough to trade Gil.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 7, 2009 4:50 PM

"Even if they beat the Rockets, they'll be so beaten up and worm out that they may not have enough to get by the Nuggets, who are playing the best basketball in the West right now."

It's all about matchups and getting hot at the right time. Last season, the Celtics took 7 games to get by Atlanta, Ray Allen struggled through nearly the entire conference playoffs, and Garnett seemed to be drained from an entire season of blood-curdling intensity game in and game out. But when they were presented with the challenge, they stepped up.

Personally, I'm not convinced either of the hot teams are as good as they seem right now. I'm still sticking with my in-season prediction of Orlando knocking off Cleveland in the conference finals (if they can keep their cool and stop getting suspensions) and the Lakers still making it through the West (though, admittedly, I have and still do like Denver since the Billups trade).

Posted by: psps23 | May 7, 2009 10:42 PM

Only on this blog can you predict we'll win a championship with a straight face. If you announce it to the nation on ESPN you would get laughed off the broadcast.

Posted by: twigmuffin | May 8, 2009 2:25 AM

Brendan Haywood got to do the ESPN chat because ESPN editors clearly consider him in the upper 25% of NBA players... Brendan's chat was the first of 65 ESPN NBA player chats scheduled between yesterday and the end of the playoffs and it is hardly likely that they will offer slots to lesser lights. On that basis, I would think there is a good chance that Antawn, Caron and/or Gilbert will also be given a crack at this forum.

Why did Brendan say that we need a physical power forward above all? Probably because he feels that our interior defense is wanting, even with him in the lineup. I think he is right on this score and I hope that (1) management agrees and (2) Antawn will see the light and accept 6th man.

Posted by: khrabb | May 8, 2009 9:20 AM

flohrtv:

Cynical assessment but probably true. Was thinking the same thing myself.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 8, 2009 10:56 AM

"Brendan Haywood got to do the ESPN chat because ESPN editors clearly consider him in the upper 25% of NBA players..."

Really? And what, exactly, makes that so clear?

The fact that he got to do the chat almost certainly has nothing to do with their evaluation of him as a player and everything to do with the fact that (A) in his previous media appearances (e.g., color calls on Mystic games) he comes across as a well-spoken, articulate guy and (B) since his team's not in the playoffs he has lots of free time on his hands.

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Posted by: nowgoal | May 8, 2009 10:24 PM

L_B_J is the "BEST PLAYER IN NBA" & the Washington WIZs are the Best players on our team, the way you guys help us each year by losing. The WIZs are the T-Macs of the east. Get out of the first round first. Cavs will "SeEk AnD dEsTrOy" the rest of the teams left in the playoffs. We might even invite the City of Washington to our parade after we win the crown from the L.A. Fakers. To add more INSULT, the city of washington has to honour ThE NEWLY CROWN NBA CHAMPS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE KING will celebrate in your city WIZ's Fans.(In the words of NELSON from the simpsons....HA HA!!!!)

Posted by: corwin26 | May 9, 2009 12:24 PM

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