Brendan Haywood's Predictions

Michael Lee is taking a few days off. Here are excerpts from an ESPN-980 interview with Brendan Haywood, courtesy of Dan Steinberg.

By Alexa Steele |  June 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
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Posted by: arenasmvp | June 30, 2009 10:42 AM

I think the Washington Post should have guest host from this blog when Michael goes on vacation.

Wait the Wizards wouldn't like it if we didn't kiss their A$$. They might pull the 13 game all star ad.

Who's all starts are they talking about? This reminds me of the old days when they promoted the other teams players since nobody wanted to watch the Wizards play.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 30, 2009 11:00 AM

bulletsfan78,
Yeah they would practical give out shamrock bouquets when Larry Bird came to town. I used to hate that shti.

Posted by: original_mark | June 30, 2009 11:03 AM

character,commitment,connection


what does that mean. are they gonna win or not. all this yappin bout being first or fourth. wiz haven't won anything and are arrogant enough to tell us that if healthy the are a championship caliber team. i think we have to deal with if healthy first. since the big 3 have been here, have they ever all been healthy? before the big 3, when it was larry gil and tawn, were they all healthy? i think staying healthy is a problem for some of these players. some of the injuries are flukey things, but some guys like caron are always getting knicked up. some of these experienced, oft injured vets need to go if we ain't winnin it all any time soon.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 30, 2009 11:15 AM

I'll take 70 games a season from CB. It's because of his style of play. AJ will play 75-80 games this year, like always. And Gil hasn't played ball in over 2 seasons, so at the very least, he shouldn't suffer fromcumulative body-wear type injuries.

The only worry is the freak injury, but this year, the wiz are better positioned to handle an injury to GA or CB. We've got guys (in foye and miller) who can step in and somewhat fill the gap. If AJ goes down we're in trouble. Unless either AB is ready to break out, or we get a real quality big thru free agency or trade.

Posted by: jones-y | June 30, 2009 11:34 AM

And Villanueva is basically Jamison with a couple of extra inches of height and less of a work ethic.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 30, 2009 11:21 AM

If AJ had any "work ethics" he would play "D" instead of making sure he saves his energy to score his 20 a night.

MJ, Kobe, Larry Bird and I can name at least 100 players who either have or had the work ethic it takes to become a great player.

Too bad the players on this team take after their owner and live by his motto...do as little as you have to and make as much money as you can!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 30, 2009 11:43 AM

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 30, 2009 11:45 AM

Right now, Wizards has the 3rd highest payroll in NBA, behind New Orleans and LA Lakers.

Of course this does not include the newly drafted rookies.

Posted by: sagaliba | June 30, 2009 12:04 PM

It will be real interesting over the next few days to see who the Wiz are looking to sign when F/A gets up and rolling.

Something that I've not seen mentioned anywhere, would the Wiz consider using the James' expiring contract, Cash(they picked up 2.5m from Houston) and future considerations(next year's first rounder) in a sign and trade with another team?

That would give the Wiz up to 6.2m to use to sign a guy and still not go over LT threshold and since the Wiz would be saving Luxury Tax they could afford to ship along nearly enough cash to pay James.

And a team that wasn't going to sign a guy anyway would get a draft pick for him.

It's another tool that Ernie could use that net them another big. I like the idea of Sheed backing up at the 4 & 5. He's at the point of his career where he wouldn't need a lot of minutes in the regular season.

I kind of like the thought of Shaq and Bron trying to guard Sheed and Miller on the Pick and Roll down the stretch.

NBA basketball is about finding and exploiting mismatches. Sheed creates all kinds of nightmares for other teams. If he'd be in the right mindset, he could be a real asset on a short term deal.

It's pretty clear that Ernie's not done yet, he may well have his next moves already plotted out, and is just waiting for the F/A period to get started.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 30, 2009 12:11 PM

GM,

The wiz arealready 10M over the projected lux tax. I agree a sign and trade appears to be the most likely option. Then they could bring VV over for the rookie minimum as insurance

Posted by: jones-y | June 30, 2009 12:26 PM

When you said Sheed would not NEED minutes I assume you meant COULD NOT play many minutes, right? He is as likely to play 10 games next season as he is to play 50. What I'm saying is that he might be able to help for a total of about 150 minutes next season.

Drew gooden is like 10 years younger and probably won't want as much money.

Posted by: Blurred | June 30, 2009 1:01 PM

Birdman, Sheed, Villanueva, MdDyse, Kayman, or Camby...we need another big. It's a long season, midway thru when legs are more quickly fatigued raining jumpers that won't fall won't get this team over the hump. FA begins midnight, I hope they're active.

Posted by: Gooddad | June 30, 2009 1:01 PM

Bulletsfan78,

You have mentioned on this blog before that you don't even watch most Wizards games. Well, why do you spend so much time on here criticizing this team if you aren't even a real fan of it?

Seriously, beat it dude.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 30, 2009 4:12 PM

The Wizards have to get more "bigs" or its going to be another long season. I hope Sanders changes their style of play so we don't have another season with the team taking those low percentage jumpers all game long. We also need someone who can rebound as we were out rebounded in most games last year. I hope we are very active in the f/a period as we now have seven guards. Someone has to go so we can add some "bigs"

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