Wizards Introduce Wittman, Cassell

Here's a report from Steve Yanda on today's news conference introducing Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell, which took place after this morning's pre-draft workout. We'll post a transcript later today.

By Alexa Steele |  May 22, 2009; 2:11 PM ET
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Tell Yanda or the editor that Tom McMillen's name is spelled with an e.

That's why old folks like me shouldn't be summarily dismissed.

Posted by: donhymes | May 22, 2009 2:37 PM

Yanda is a jerk.

Tell him I said that and go back under the rock he likes to report from.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 22, 2009 2:59 PM

At least with Cassell on the bench when the Wizards are down to 8 guys to practice Sam can come in and sub.

Any idea if Flip is looking for a big man coach?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 22, 2009 4:04 PM

The Wiz want to "win now" and Jamison and Butler say that means being a veteran team next year.

But what constitutes a veteran?

Not a rookie?
A certain age?
A certain number of years in the league?
A certain number of minutes played in the league?
A threshold level of maturity and commitment?
A certain level of performance?

Who among the 6 young guys would or would not be considered a veteran next year?

For folks like Samson who generally don't catch my drift, maybe "veteran" status isn't that important, and player potential, motivation and character is what really matters (as Saunders said).

For example, McGuire is now a veteran and improved significantly last year, but is he going to be a key player on a championship contender next year? The same question applies to Crit.

The coaching staff needs to determine if ANY of the 6 guys are worth the time and effort to develop. If the team wants to be a champion contender, then only a couple of young guys will be getting any minutes.

Hopefully, the coaching staff puts some thought into this issue (unlike Tapscott, who was Cheneyistic in his thinking).

As of today, the Wiz have 4 starters, 6 young guys, and some dead wood; which equates to a weak 2 slot and an unproven bench.

The coaching staff needs to do more than just getting everybody on the same page.

Posted by: Izman | May 22, 2009 4:52 PM

Like I said yesterday this staff is a joke so far, hey Ernie did you bother to ask Flip who he had in mind to fill out his staff before you hired him or is this more of flying by the seat of your pants bull s#it that you've displayed since you were hired.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 22, 2009 6:07 PM

dargreg,

Per usual your talking utter nonsense. Cassell has been slated to join this staff from day one and is a great addition. He'll command respect from the likes of GA and others. Calm down and stop being a EG hater for no valid reasons.

Posted by: rphilli721 | May 22, 2009 7:28 PM

Ok... what do you all think about this scenario??


Wizards send the #5 pick with McGee, Etan and James to the Suns for Amare and the #14 pick.

Wizards send the #14 pick with Stevenson and Songaila to GS for Crawford.

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 22, 2009 7:41 PM

Amare and Crawford are both on the trading block ...

At 5 Suns can take either local star Hardin or Hill. McGee is a young big who fits their style. Etan and James are expiring contracts.

I think Crawford would be a good fit with Gil in backcourt. Caron, McGuire, Young and Crit would all be getting additional pt at SG as well.

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 22, 2009 7:48 PM

Haywood, Stoudamire, Blatche, Pecherov, Jamison, McGuire, Butler, Young, Crawford, Crittenton, Arenas

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 22, 2009 7:53 PM

The Suns aren't interested in trading Stoudamire for a bag of Rainbow Skittles. Ditto for the Raptors and Bosh. If you want to get one of those guys, you have to be prepared to part with Jamison plus some of the better young talent. I don't know if the Wizards are prepared to part with a proven asset to their squad.

I had to laugh at the rumor of the Wizards trading McGee to get Rubio. I'm sure they're shopping McGee, because he's got a lot of hype right now, and people can forgive the gaping holes in his game. But Ernie's not interested in trading potential for potential. He wants to trade potential for proven ability. I suspect they'll trade their pick to get a moderately good veteran in a package deal, and pick up a lower seed.

Posted by: satchmore | May 22, 2009 9:32 PM

RPHILLI721: Per usual you don't have a clue why would you allow a shooting coach to get away(Hopla) who's done almost everything right(improve overall team shooting and free throw shooting) What pray tell has Whitman done? Cassell has been nothing but a sideline cheerleader this is a veteran team with a shot at winning the East next year the window of oppourtunity is small we don't need a bunch of wannabe's trying to get OJT, and I have plenty of reason's to be a EG hater trust me you don't want to go there.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 22, 2009 10:42 PM

"Ewing, Motumbo, and Mourning all used to go back to G-town every summer for years. They all have always talked about the role Coach Thompson had in their careers.

How many Allstar Games, All NBA defensive teams, Defensive player of the year awards do those three guys share? I think John Thompson has a clue what an NBA center looks like.

I'd trust his judgement on Thabeet...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | May 22, 2009 10:25 PM "

Hmmm, if you didn't notice, JT2 actually coached Ewing, Mourning, and Mutombo.

In contrast though, JT2 doesn't have any hands on experience doing anything with Thabeet.

Therefore, JT2's opinion is just like any talking head on tv or radio right now. They're talking up players, but when/if those players turn into busts, you don't hear them coming out and admitting they were flat wrong.

Sorry.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 22, 2009 11:20 PM

"I had to laugh at the rumor of the Wizards trading McGee to get Rubio. I'm sure they're shopping McGee, because he's got a lot of hype right now, and people can forgive the gaping holes in his game. But Ernie's not interested in trading potential for potential. He wants to trade potential for proven ability. I suspect they'll trade their pick to get a moderately good veteran in a package deal, and pick up a lower seed.

Posted by: satchmore | May 22, 2009 9:32 PM "

In reality, most Les BouleS fans should be crying because other teams supposedly desire the lower paid players on this team rather than the players EG deemed worthy to give big contracts to (ET, DS, AB, etc.).

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 22, 2009 11:28 PM

"At least with Cassell on the bench when the Wizards are down to 8 guys to practice Sam can come in and sub.

Any idea if Flip is looking for a big man coach?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 22, 2009 4:04 PM "

Sam Cassell as assistant coach ain't Sam Cassell of the Houston Rockets.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 22, 2009 11:31 PM

prediction...the Wiz trade for Vince Carter just before the trading deadline for expiring contracts and NY or AB.

Posted by: oddjob1 | May 23, 2009 9:24 AM

Sam Cassell as assistant coach ain't Sam Cassell of the Houston Rockets.

DC_MAN88

The same could be said for former NBA guard Sam Cassell, who also was named an assistant on Saunders's staff. Cassell, a Baltimore native, played 15 seasons in the NBA before retiring Thursday and immediately entering the coaching profession.

Reading the article makes it sound like they are bringing in the Sam Cassell of the Rockets?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 23, 2009 9:54 AM

"Reading the article makes it sound like they are bringing in the Sam Cassell of the Rockets?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 23, 2009 9:54 AM "

Somebody interjected that they thought Sam Cassell could easily come into a practice game if bodies started dropping, to which I implied that Sam Cassell isn't the young strapping baller that he was when he played for the Rockets.

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