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I'm Back, With Some News

My vacation is complete and I'm back. I've spent most of the day getting caught up with everything that happened in Las Vegas last week. I have to give Dan Steinberg props for his excellent coverage out there. I also wanted to give you guys an update on JaVale McGee, who has been invited to participate in the USA Basketball mini-camp, which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas.

Marc Spears, formerly of the Boston Globe and Denver Post and now Yahoo! Sports, reported on McGee's invitation last night and I just got confirmation from USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller. McGee will be among the 23 young NBA players to participate in the mini-camp, which will practice for two days then play a Blue and White intra-squad game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday.

From what I hear, McGee impressed Jerry Colangelo and several of his advisors with his performance for the Wizards summer league team. McGee averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and four blocks in four games, including a dazzling 31 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the finale against the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Although Nick Young finished with the third-highest Las Vegas summer league scoring average with 23.8 points, McGee was a late addition after several front court players backed out, including Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Boston restricted free agent forward Glen Davis, leaving the team with few big men.

The rest of the team will be composed of Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Portland's Greg Oden, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young, Memphis' Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin, Utah's Ronnie Brewer, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver, Minnesota's Kevin Love and New Jersey's Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. Indiana Danny Granger and New York restricted free agent David Lee will attend but will not participate. Toronto Raptors Coach Jay Triano will lead the team.

I also just got word that the Detroit Pistons have signed former Maryland forward Chris Wilcox, thus eliminating him from the Wizards' list of potential signees.

By Michael Lee  |  July 22, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
 
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Welcome back and thanks for the info....

Posted by: bullets_0000 | July 22, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing I could have imagined for McGee. Playing with this caliber of young (and motivated) talent will only make him better and hungrier. Hopefully, it will give him some additional confidence in his game as well.

An added benefit could be that it is a much needed "wake up and smell the coffee" moment for his cohorts, Nicky Young and Dray (no, not Dre).

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Agreed fresh58, this is great for JMcG and the Wizards. I wish him the best.

Does anybody know if any of this will be televised or shown on the web?

Posted by: zxhoya | July 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Excellent! Playing ball in a competitive environment is great for McGee. Beats sitting around making stupid "Darth Vader" videos. The experience might even give him a strong dose of hunger and intensity--both needed.

As for signing a needed big man, the Wizards are letting all the available players get picked up. The waiting game doesn't appear to be working this year. There is no one out there that I believe could possibly help this team now--even in a reserve role. Apparently Abe and Ernie don't think the team needs anyone else. By the time they sign someone, that player will be so unwanted by the rest of the league that he'll be paying the Wizards to play!

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | July 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

Welcome back,

McGee was a late addition after several front court players backed out? This is almost as exciting as the summer league results?

Any word on who the big man coach will be?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I think McGee should pay Pau Gasol $50,000 for a 1 week session on how not to get backed down by heavier opposition 5s when playing post D.

Posted by: Dellis2 | July 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How about sending him and Blatche to The Pete Newell Big Man Camp?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dellis2, haven't you heard? Gasol is not really a low post player.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to McGee for being an afterthought pick for the JV squad.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Good post and welcome back! We don't need a starter or someone that wants heavy minutes, just someone to give a foul or 2.

On another note...living in the past...why was it again that "Tap" didn't give the young players more playing time last year?

Moving on, looking forward to updates on Gil, team synergy, among other things during the remaining dog days of summer. Oh, BTW HAPPY we didn't trade Caron for Amare...ever Kerr agreed he's damaged goods.

Posted by: Gooddad | July 22, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Rubio plans to part ways with Spanish basketball club DKV Joventut even if the Minnesota Timberwolves cannot reach a deal to bring their first round draft pick to the NBA.


Rubio said Wednesday. "I want to play in a winning team, on a team that can achieve many things."

Maybe that's why the Wizards traded the 1st round pick, because they knew he would never play for them either since they are not commited to achieve anything!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

You think that the Wiz could add some strength, size, rebounding, and defense to the squad? Almost all the potential players available are gone. Just Oberto and Gooden are left. How about one of these soon?

Posted by: JoeC2 | July 22, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but find it interesting that JM got the invite over someone like Roy Hibbert.

It's not a huge deal, but at least it shows that USA Basketball is a little curious about what type of player Javale will be in three years.

Posted by: SportzWiz | July 22, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what some of you people have accomplished. Smug know-it-all a-holes.

Posted by: IrenePollin | July 22, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

How many players listed above played as little amount of minutes AND for as poor of a team as McGee did last year?

Tells you how much of an impression he must have made in summer league.

Posted by: psps23 | July 22, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Tango Echo November Tango Hotel.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 22, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think the Wiz are waiting until closer to the start of training campy when one of the remaining bigmen like Oberto or Magliore our out of options and will play for the minimum.....if they were seriously interested in a player of the calibre of Gooden, they would have made an offer by now.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 22, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I said it last year when we got McGee. He will be the best of his class. I'm still sayan' it.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 22, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Tango Echo November Tango Hotel.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 22, 2009 3:31 PM

Someone spent some time in the military?

Larry,

I wonder what some of you people have accomplished. Smug know-it-all a-holes.

Posted by: IrenePollin | July 22, 2009 3:30 PM

Who do you think Irene is talking about Kal or Abe?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I pray to god we dont sign gooden. He is one of, if not the most, selfish player in the league. We need someone to bang bodies, not shoot 12-16 footers every time he touches the ball.

Posted by: poparoni | July 22, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

kalo_rama

Gasol isn't a low post player? Maybe you should tell Rashard Lewis and D. Howard that after they got abused by Gasol throughout the Finals. I think the point Dellis2 was making was that, while slight of build, Gasol is a more than capable defender and isn't backed down as easily as McGee was last year. Regarding McGee being an afterthought, apparently 'tis true. But for a guy who's trying to build his confidence/game, it's absolutely fantastic. Nothing like feeling like you're part of an elite group (even if it is the "JV") and striving to get even better. Congrats to JaVale.

Posted by: Firuz1 | July 22, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe you should tell Rashard Lewis and D. Howard that after they got abused by Gasol throughout the Finals."

I could do that. But instead I'll tell you that it was a joke, making reference to a previous argument put forth by another poster that Gasol was not a low post player, an argument that pretty much everyone else, myself included, disputed.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

To answer your question indirectly, Kal regularly either lauds or criticizes himself under a different avatar. The practice seems random, like his comments.

Posted by: Izman | July 22, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd be content with signing Adonal Foyle to a minimum contract. A very big body that defends and rebounds to throw against Shaq/DHoward/etc.

In practice, he can pretend to be Shaq, so McGee and Blatche have someone to practice against. You just have to substitute the standard rim for one that is four feet in diameter.

Posted by: yop32 | July 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe that's why the Wizards traded the 1st round pick, because they knew he would never play for them either since they are not commited to achieve anything!"

Rubio is pure hype, he won't be able to unseat Johnnie Flynn if he ever shows up.

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And congrats to Javale, we're not the only ones high on the kid apparently.

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

'I think McGee should pay Pau Gasol $50,000 for a 1 week session on how not to get backed down by heavier opposition 5s when playing post D.'

I'd rather McGee NOT become a euroflopper.

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that Izman is still an idiot. In a world of ever-changing chaos, some things remain a constant.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree this is great for McGee. Should be good experience going against Oden in practice too.


At this point, this is what I would like to see the Wizards front office do.

Show everyone (the fans, the players, the coaching staff) that you are serious about this season by making SOME moves!

I'm not asking for anything spectacular. Just a few low cost moves to balance our roster and give us the depth we need for a season so we aren't left shorthanded like we've been the past couple seasons.

1. Get Oberto signed. I like Haywood and McGee, but I'd like another big body who can come in and get some boards. Just someone who can come off with more of a low post mentality than what McGee gives us. He rebounds, plays hard, has good hands and passes.

2. Sign Joe Smith. We need more depth at PF behind Antawn, we need a vet who knows his role and how to contribute. And again it would be nice to have someone who can come in with more of a vet mentality and low post game than what we get from Blatche. And it would be great for Joe to come home, and he'd be a great role model for guys like Blatche with the way he works, show them even a former #1 pick has to work to get on the court, and be ready to take advantage of it when out there.

3. Trade Mike James for Jared Jeffries. The salaries work. NY wants to move JJ and wants an expiring in return (James). I know everyone jumps on this as we don't want JJ... but I'm talking about getting him for Mike James. James has no place on this team and needs to be moved. With JJ we get a guy who we know fits in chemistry & character wise. He adds length, can defend the 2 through 4 spots, gives us another defender we can through at LeBron during the course of a playoff series, and just gives us another option at SF behind Caron other than McGuire (who I like).

I am really growing on the idea of a Arenas and Miller backcourt. Miller does have pg skills, can bring the ball up, a good passer, can shoot the 3, and a good rebounder. It gives us a big backcourt to help offset our small frontcourt. We bring Foye off the bench in AD's old role as the combo guard who can come in for Gil or with him, add some speed and ballhandling, but give us the scoring and shooting we never got from AD. Foye and Young off the bench for scoring punch is potentially very good.


PG - Arenas, Foye, Crittenton
SG - Miller, Young, Stevenson
SF - Butler, McGuire, Jeffries
PF - Jamison, Blatche, Smith
C - Haywood, McGee, Oberto

Posted by: Darnell1 | July 22, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that Izman is still an idiot. In a world of ever-changing chaos, some things remain a constant

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 4:44 PM

good to see that Ivan Carter still visits his old stomping ground and can still e-posterize klutzes like Izman, delusional_mark, larryismildlyautistic, etc.

seriously tho, Kalo_rama and DC_Man88 are the only reasons i come here.

Posted by: prescrunk | July 22, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Hairberto seems to have a host of medical issues that have got to be offputting for many teams, including us.

Joe Smith would be a great pickup, cavs should have used him more in postseason.

I want to see Skinny play well again before anointing him starter, but that's what I'd envisioned too. How is he defensively besides have good size?

Want to see us in twin tower mode at times, with both Haywood and McGee on the floor....the way javale runs, he could be a nightmare matchup at 4 with his length and quicks.

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Re: Jared Jeffries:

(A) The guy stinks as a player.

(B) He's grossly overpaid.

(C) He does nothing they can't get in a younger, cheaper, more athletic package from McGuire.

(D) He wanted out of D.C. in the worst way. He practically begged Grunfeld not to match the Knicks' offer sheet. Well, he got his wish. Let him live with it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Darnell, making moves just to give the fans the impression the team is doing something is what got the Knicks into the bottomless pit of mediocrity they were in under Thomas. None of those guys, hell ALL of those guys, do nothing to advance the Wiz closer to winning it all, so wasting money on them just to give the fans a happy is spending money just for the sake of spending money, and that's bad business.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That's a nice invite for McGee. People watching summer league games seemed impressed with his play. And before the last two games Blatche had looked better then he did.

I'm starting to beleive that might really be Mrs. Pollin dropping by once in awhile. If it is, 78' I think that comment could be for you...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 22, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Show everyone (the fans, the players, the coaching staff) that you are serious about this season by making SOME moves!


Posted by: Darnell1 | July 22, 2009 4:50 PM

Darnell1,

They are showing the fans how serious they are about this season. They traded their 1st round pick and sold their 2nd round pick. They are waiting to sign someone cheap. It's like Kal going to buy a car and he tells the salesman (sorry Irene salesperson) he prefers the wholesale one in the back lot with 150,000 miles for $700.00 instead of the pre owned one with 30,000 miles on it, because he thinks it's a better deal?

The Wizards have recouped the money they are going to pay for going over the luxury cap and if they signed someone for their MLE and made it out of the 1st round of the playoffs and sold out a few more games that would cover the expense of signing a good player.

Like others have stated good players don’t want to come and play here?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

GM,

Really,

I thought Irene was one of my biggest fans.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Joe Smith might not be a bad move.

Darnell, I think Ernie's holding on to that James contract to use to grab another big.

I think McGuire can do just about the same things at Jeffries at a lower price. But your inclination is right as far as the team that could be a trade partner.

I think Ernie could be laying in the grass waiting on the Lee situation. So far rumor is, he hasn't gotten offers above the full MLE. FA money is drying up. His only chance to get a bigger deal might be a sign and trade deal. he's the big name that's still out there.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 22, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to McGee for being an afterthought pick for the JV squad.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 3:17 PM

Colangelo's been a pretty keen judge of talent, and the fact that he tapped McGee, afterthought or not, is a nice gesture and on some level comforting, I'm sure, to the Wizards coaches, players and fans alike. Does it in some way anoint the guy as an impact big-man for the Wizards this year? No. But it's better to be recognized, even as an afterthought in this case, than not to be seen at all.

Posted by: CDon | July 22, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

We are not getting David Lee.

With that said...how is trading the #5 pick not trying to win? We we going to draft a combo guard. So we got one who has shown he can ACTUALLY play in this league. Not to mention a nice all around player. It also costs more than the draft pick.
So what are you saying 78? They sold the 2nd round pick. Cool. How many under 25 players does one team need?

Geez. People act like we traded the pick for Kwame Brown. Who should we have drafted? I was high on Curry but he didn't do so well. Randy Foye is a very good player who hasn't hit his prime yet. Now on a team with some talent...I think he's gonna be even better.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 22, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Colangelo's a great judge of talent and the fact that he sees something in McGee is certainly encouraging. But beyond that, I can't find it in me to get too worked up over what it means to the Wiz that their 2nd string center was the USA Men's team's 2nd or 3rd choice as tackling dummy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Like others have stated good players don’t want to come and play here?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 5:17 PM
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Could you please name one "good" player who stated that they don't want to come here to play???

Posted by: dkidwell61 | July 22, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I think the Wiz are waiting until closer to the start of training campy when one of the remaining bigmen like Oberto or Magliore our out of options and will play for the minimum.....if they were seriously interested in a player of the calibre of Gooden, they would have made an offer by now.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 22, 2009 3:39 PM

Jamaal Magloire resigned with the Miami Heat on 7/22

Posted by: kts38 | July 22, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"if they were seriously interested in a player of the calibre of Gooden, they would have made an offer by now."

Not necessarily. The fact that no one else has signed him is a pretty good indication that it's a soft market. Either there's not a lot of high demand for his services or no one has offered him the kind of money he wants. Gooden's a good player but he's not a franchise saver. The longer he goes without making a deal, the lower his market value and the cheaper he'll be. There's a very good chance he may be the guy they're looking at as a last minute pickup. There's really no reason for the Wiz to hurry.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

i think most of the guys who played with the usa team (A and B squads) had decent seasons ladt year, they all played with a different edge. hopefully McGee comes in inspired like those guys did.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 22, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

LeTravel getting yoked on. Get it while it lasts.

http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawford-dunks-on-lebron-james

Posted by: mikesheckels36 | July 22, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

i wasn't especially impressed with the dunk, i guess Lebron and Nike successfully killed the hype by holding the tapes out for a couple weeks.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 22, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

dkidwell61

When I wrote I wanted to see the Wizards go after Wallace with the MLE, other people told me no good players would want to come and play here. I didn't say it?

There's really no reason for the Wiz to hurry.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 6:43 PM

Kal you are right there is no reason since the Wizards decided they weren't going to spend their MLE money. They knew all along they were going to wait and spend the minimum on a 3rd tier player like they did with Juan last year! How did that move work out?

Fans you are going to get a break I am off to San Diego to play some golf for a week.

Irene I have a beach front suite at the La Jolla Shores Hotel!

Sorry I keep thinking this is Facebook?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 22, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I think it's unlikely the Wizards sign a vet like Gooden. If he signs cheap he's going to want guaranteed playing time, and Blatche has done enough this summer to secure the backup minutes. If the Wizards do pick up another guy it's probably going to be someone still trying to prove themselves, but it's just as likely that they stay with a 13 man roster this year.

Posted by: djnnnou | July 22, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Michael Ruffin is probably available!

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I have as restricted/unrestricted FA PF/C still out there (the last I checked):

Glen Davis (RFA)
Mikki Moore (UFA)
Leon Powe (RFA)
Juan Howard (UFA)
Joe Smith (UFA)
Josh McRoberts (RFA – Player or Team Option Waived???)
Rasho Nesterovic (UFA)
David Lee (RFA)
Brian Skinner (UFA)
Hakim Warrick (UFA)
Shelden Williams (UFA)
Melvin Ely (UFA)
Sean Marks (UFA)
Stromile Swift (UFA)
Ralf Lafrentz (UFA)
Shavlik Randolph (UFA)
Michael Ruffin (UFA)
Drew Gooden (UFA)
Calvin Booth (UFA)
Ike Diogu (RFA)
Oberto (UFA)

90% of these players will find homes and the Wizards will be one of them... Which one who knows... Half the league is still looking to add depth at PF/C positions as well... Wizards really dont have money to spend... and we dont know if there lookig for someone to make a difference or someone just to add a body... basically what I am saying to yall who keep speculating regarding the same typical 3 names as if there the only guys left on the market... when in fact there are quite a few players left (maybe only few we wish to have) but none the less there are alot of players/bodies the wizards may pick up... and still alot teams still looking... so it will take time before a decission is made by the wizards they may trade for a quality player, the may wait for the right vaule FA, or they may just pick up a body for dirt cheap just to fill a roster spot and hope for the best i.e Michael Ruffin... we dont know, we keep speculating on these best case scenerio's as if there our only case scenerio's, with David Lee, Joe Smith, and Drew Gooden as our only option outside of Orberto (who has yet to committ)... as if time is running out for them as well as us and other teams... when in fact there are other options maybe not the best options but look at the list... these players will find teams and it will take time and it will effect what the wizards do ro dont do... so I would not expect much noise from the wizards regarding adding a player for another month or two... unless a team presents us with a good trade (and thats unlikely)... my honest opion is if they dont make a trade involving one of our back up front court players for a back court player they will settle for a Sean Marks, Shelden Williams and/or Michael Ruffin... names none of us want nor talk about...

Posted by: DaGuru | July 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"I think it's unlikely the Wizards sign a vet like Gooden. If he signs cheap he's going to want guaranteed playing time, and Blatche has done enough this summer to secure the backup minutes."

If he's still on the market when camp opens and ends up signing a deal for the minimum, he's not going to be in any position to demand any guarantees.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to JaVale! What a great honor!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

no need to rush to pay for a bench warming veteran.If EG is not involving one of his gards or blache with the expiring contract for a trade like boozer or david lee, L like the wait and take your chance policy.In this bad economy season we will find an impact player before the mid season.

Posted by: gtefferra | July 22, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

If he's still on the market when camp opens and ends up signing a deal for the minimum, he's not going to be in any position to demand any guarantees.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 8:12 PM

Yes, but I don't know why he would sign without a guarantee. He's still pretty young, and sitting on the bench for a season isn't going to help his future prospects.

Posted by: djnnnou | July 22, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"Here is what I have as restricted/unrestricted FA PF/C still out there (the last I checked):"

I'm pretty sure some of those guys are dead. Is that an obstacle to signing?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 22, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

EG wont be going after Gooden as long as Blatche is still in the plans.

Posted by: divi3 | July 22, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to McGee for being an afterthought pick for the JV squad.

Posted by: kalo_homo | July 22, 2009 3:17 PM


dude do us all a favor and go play in the middle of 495 thanks


anyway, im happy for Mcgee, and i am hoping for more and better things to come for our young guys like an invitation to all-star weekend for the dunk contest, three point shootout, skills challenge, rookie sophmore game and the all-star game itself

Posted by: mrhney03 | July 22, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If Gooden is still unsigned as camp approaches and is scrounging for a minimum deal, he won't have one iota of leverage to demand any guarantees, of PT or anything else. Unless someone else is offering him a better deal, his choices will be sign and take what he can get or sit out and hope he gets picked up by a contender late in the season. Problem with that second option is that he's coming off two season where he missed significant time due to injury and didn't really play enough (or well enough) for the Spurs during last season's cameo to give any potential employers confidence he's all the way back. He needs whatever playing time he can get to start auditioning for his next gig.

Beggars can't be choosers.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 22, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I still say McGee is the best big on the Wiz team and other coaches see it also. Haywood is servicable and wiz need him but McGee will be a beast with the right coaching. I would love to see McGee Blatche vs Jamison, Haywood. Flip may the best players play. Wiz are not winning a championship this year. The future look good for the Wiz.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | July 22, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Mike, are you for real? You **just** got word that Wilcox is going to the Pistons? That was reported by the Freep and Chad Ford four days ago.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | July 22, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, FunBunch, give the man a break, he was on vacation.

On McGee: when the Wiz first drafted him, my initial response was "Uuuuuuuuugh!" Then I saw him play the first time: he had, undoubtedly, swagger. I almost felt that he thought he was a little too good for the Wizards. If Tap had played him more last year, we'd have seen some remarkable things, but I guess he didn't feel comfortable with young guys, being, himself, a new coach. Now I feel we are lucky that Ernie saw good things in him. Ernie hasn't always been right (as far as Pech is concerned, we don't know if he was "wrong," per se... we'll see), but he has a good eye for developing talent.

Posted by: jistutz | July 22, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to McGee

Posted by: anacostia85 | July 22, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Any time Mcgee gets against professional level competition is a plus and a good thing for the team and him.

Once again, I never said Gasol is not a post up player. The argument made by someone other than yourself, Kal, was that every team since Jordan's Bulls have had a dominant low post player. I say not true. And he is not your typical power player either although highly skilled for his size, which is his greatest asset. If you don't agree, fine. I don't care, but don't distort the debate. A debate you did not join until the very end.

Posted by: rphilli721 | July 23, 2009 4:21 AM | Report abuse

prescrunk, Still jocking kal and 88, I see.

Your screen name oughtta be 'thong' cuz you STAY in their cracks.

If you don't like that one, how about 'crackbaby' ?

Either way, how about making a Wiz related comment rather than just riding those guys? We may disagree with Kal and 88 but at least they talk basketball most of the time.

Posted by: original_mark | July 23, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Gotta echo Kal's Jeffries comments. He's a bum. If you can't get decent numbers in a wide open system like D'Antoni's (glorified playground ball) then you can't play.

Posted by: original_mark | July 23, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

The more I think about the more I am leaning towards whomever suggested EG may not sign anyone. Haywood is back and will be getting 30 minutes per night, yet we still want to develop Mcgee and Blatche as much as possible and there's only so much PT.

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update.
Abe Pollin has won more NBA Championships than Mark Cuban,Paul Allen and Senator Herb Kohl combined.

Posted by: jeremybozz | July 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"This is the best thing I could have imagined for McGee."

More for his confidence then anything else. He's a great example that if you work hard good things will happen.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I like they chose Javale after a guard, not a center, went down. Big fella impressed somebody!

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Where have you been, Mr. Lee?!?!?!! I need my Wizards news until the season starts!!!! NO MORE VACATION FOR YOU!!!!!! GIVE ME NEWS!!!!!

Posted by: musicman65000 | July 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

rnbrown4: "I still say McGee is the best big on the Wiz team and other coaches see it also."

Can I ask, based on what? As so many have pointed out, McGee didn't play much last season (15 minutes a game)and even with a +8 EFF was usually not a factor in the outcome. You'd be correct in saying he has the most potential, but that's about all. Haywood certainly has his limitations but the team clearly played better when he was in the game during his few appearances, and that's one reason for optimism about the defense this coming season.

Not a big reason, but still...

Posted by: Samson151 | July 23, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

WORD ON DA STREET... OBERTO WILL MAKE HIS DESCISSION BY END OF NEXT WEEK... AND HE IS LEANING TOWARDS SIGNING WITH THE WIZARDS... MEANING NO MORE MOVES UNLESS THEY TRADE A GUARD...

Posted by: DaGuru | July 23, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Samson...I was gonna respond to browns comment about McGee being our best big yesterday but it's no point. People see the dunks and a highlight but dont realize thats like 4 seconds of maybe 10 minutes he played and he's CLUELESS.

Too small to hold position, plays with TOO much energy. Leaping out of position on pump fakes. He needs basic fundamentals and understanding so his athleticism can put him way over the top. In a couple years...he could be a real problem.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

With all the talk about who the Wiz could sign...the only thing that really seems relevent to the team is that we are over the Salary cap...winning comes a distant second.

Posted by: azskinsfn | July 23, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

'Samson...I was gonna respond to browns comment about McGee being our best big yesterday but it's no point. People see the dunks and a highlight but dont realize thats like 4 seconds of maybe 10 minutes he played and he's CLUELESS.'

I'm guessing most of the people commenting here watch more than just the highlights. No Mcgee is not our best big, obviously Haywood has the job locked down.

But Mcgee shows tremendous potential, and for this team to be legit contenders over the next several seasons someone currently on the roster is going to have to develop in a big way. Nobody is holding their breathe over Blatche, so it's understandable fans get fired up over Javale being picked for the Team USA deal.

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

anybody see the picture on the first slide at NBA.com?

Carlos Boozer looks like a pirate

Posted by: crs-one | July 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"People see the dunks and a highlight but dont realize thats like 4 seconds of maybe 10 minutes he played and he's CLUELESS.'"

Which I'm sure is the reason why team USA opted to bring him into camp.

Posted by: psps23 | July 23, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Which I'm sure is the reason why team USA opted to bring him into camp.

Clearly I was speaking on McGee as a Wizard and his future in the NBA based upon his play last season and his potential. He put up numbers in summer league. Great. I'd rather him do it in a game that actually counts against actual high level NBA talent.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

About the proposed Mike James for Jeffries trade...

I think shedding the James contract at the end of the year is more prudent than trading it for someone with more years - unless we get a helluva player in return. And JJ is not a helluva player.

Posted by: cballer | July 23, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

'I'd rather him do it in a game that actually counts against actual high level NBA talent.'

Some stat nonsense for Javale:

He equaled Brook Lopez averages last season in points, rebounds, and blocks....per48

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Great. I'd rather him do it in a game that actually counts against actual high level NBA talent.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 10:12 AM


dude can the guy play in the league for at least 2 years before we start crucifying him? jeez. remember he didnt play with a real coach last season and his minutes were as inconsistent as he is. give it a rest will you!

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 23, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

about this jared jeffries thing:

why in tarnations would we want jared jeffries back when we didnt want to pay him in the first place? there will be no more trades made until the trade dealine, when we can dangle the contracts of mike miller, mike james and throw in blatche for an over the top player. I even think mid-season trades are better anyway because you can further evaluate your players and discover new needs you might need going into the playoffs. Amare might be on the way with a playoff run in sight especially if phoenix is struggling to keep up with
La (lakers), San antonio, Dallas, New Orleans, Portland, Houston, Denver, Utah and if the clippers are healthy, they could....COULD sneak in as the 8 seed in the west...not that much of a stretch.or is it?

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 23, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

dude can the guy play in the league for at least 2 years before we start crucifying him? jeez. remember he didnt play with a real coach last season and his minutes were as inconsistent as he is. give it a rest will you!

Did you read what I said? I said he's going to be good...he just needs to develop. Shut up and read. I like McGee. You're right let him actually play before people crown him our best big man and we don't need Haywood and he's the next big man of the future. Geez.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Eff Jefferies. Guy didnt want to be here, then talked crap as soon as he left. Good riddance, he was never any good to begin with

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

If they can sign Oberto to a one year, then my guess is they'll hold Mike James's expiring contract, and as the season begins and teams start to lose players (hopefully guards) to injuries, Ernie may be able to trade say James (and maybe even Oberto) for a better inside big man.

Posted by: Independent11 | July 23, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Did any of the McGee/Blatche critics actually see them in summer league after working with Flip's staff?

I'd agree, lets not start ordering playoff tickets off of summer league play. But Critt, Young, McGee, and Blatche all looked very good and all displayed new facets in their games that had to come from coaching and hard work this summer.

McGee, just plain looks bigger to start with. The guy's developing some shoulders and guns. He seemed a little more poised, and the footwork in the paint was a little more settled. He was waiting and letting the offensive guy commit before he left his feet.

McGee and Blatche both lasted so long in the draft because they we young and green as grass. Blatche was one of those HS to NBA guys, and he was a HS gypsy. He didn't have a lot of HS coaching cause he kept moving around like a lot of these guys do now. He wasn't what would be regarded as a "character guy" coming out, he was more of "the guy's a character" .

So the development time, growing up time, had to be a part of the package. But Blatche came to summer league and his play reflected work on his game and body this summer.

In my view these guys have a new coach who has a very good track record in the NBA. It's what they do now that counts, this team won't take a leap forward without player development. Flip's got to "coach em up" as the old ball coach used to say.

McGee getting picked for even a "JV" national team is an indication that he's been "getting coached up". It's exposure and experience that can't do anything but help a young guy that's on the rise.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 23, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Looks like it is Orberto, and Wiz probably would not sign any more player unless James can be traded, which may be near the trading deadline.

http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/22/aldridge.0722/index.html

Posted by: sagaliba | July 23, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Mcgee's pick for the National team feels to Blatche like a slap in the face. There are no "Eddie Jordan was mean to me" excuses when Team USA picks your teammate after watching the both of you in Summer League.

AB has been horribly unmotivated at times, maybe this will help light the requisite fire under him to go along with Flip's coaching

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Which I'm sure is the reason why team USA opted to bring him into camp.

Clearly I was speaking on McGee as a Wizard and his future in the NBA based upon his play last season and his potential. He put up numbers in summer league. Great. I'd rather him do it in a game that actually counts against actual high level NBA talent.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 10:12 AM

hey dipsh*t where in that statement does it say hes going to be good??? that comment where i based my comment off of was clearly stating how he did well in summer league now its time to see him play against real nba talent, and my response is can he at least play 2 seasons and then make those kind of assumptions?

dipsh*t!!

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 23, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well said flohrtv, I agree with your entire synopsis.
It was just summer league but JM really looked poised and skilled, especially towards the end of the week. You can tell he improved in that period

Posted by: zxhoya | July 23, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Brook Lopez isn't a real good comparison for McGee -- Lopez is something of a leadfoot and excels based on smart play and exceptional offensive skills. Nobody was more surprised than the Nets as how quickly he blossomed. Comparing stats of a 15 minute player and a 30+ minute player is always risky, because players who start have different responsibilities than bench players, and they have to deal with fatigue and in many cases, minor injuries based on the workload.

That said, both Lopez and McGee look like keepers.

The big surprise IMO is Hibbert. Allegedly the Wiz wanted him over McGee, and he does look like a very reliable NBA center. He was a force in summer play and it appears he was once again underrated. He'll never be a YouTube star but you have to respect a player whose made the most out of limited natural ability.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 23, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Im really starting to think Lee is going to end up in Minn with Kevin Love. After watching the summer league, their last two draft picks were power forwards in Hill/Gallinari. To really lure LeBron they need another big name (maybe Brandon Roy and not Bosh) those two pf(Hill/Gallinari) and another playmaker in Rubio. CAN YOU SAY "SHOWTIME AT THE GARDEN", nice... Dammm for my WIZ,though.

Posted by: dsquare | July 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Samson...I was gonna respond to browns comment about McGee being our best big yesterday but it's no point. People see the dunks and a highlight but dont realize thats like 4 seconds of maybe 10 minutes he played and he's CLUELESS.

Too small to hold position, plays with TOO much energy. Leaping out of position on pump fakes. He needs basic fundamentals and understanding so his athleticism can put him way over the top. In a couple years...he could be a real problem.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 9:35 AM

Perhaps in the future you shouldn't forumlate an opinion on someone elses opinion without knowing the context it came from. I'll spare you the name calling, since I'm grown and it is the internet...who really does that anyway?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Gallinari was picked because his Dad and D'Antoni are old buddies.

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Throughout the years we have seen several basketball players with heart problems. Here in DC, Etan Thomas had open heart surgery to fix a leaky valve. Eddy Curry had an irregular heartbeat and was semi-forced to take a DNA test. Hank Gathers & Reggie Lewis ended up collapsing and dying from heart problems.

Another player with a heart condition, an irregular heartbeat, is Fabricio Oberto. Oberto missed games for the Spurs because of his heart problem in which he would get weird feelings in his chest during some practices.

"Each time, he would visit the Spurs medical staff, which would perform a procedure to electroshock his heart back into time. Typically, he would miss one or two games while doctors continued to monitor him." --San Antonio Express News

That doesn't sound fun!

Back in June of 2009, Oberto had surgery in order to fix "the electrical system" of his heart. While he has rehabbed and the doctors have said he can return to exercise, it is unknown as to what will happen in the future.

What the Wizards know and don't know are unknown right now, but more info will come out soon.

There is a chance that if something happens regarding his heart Oberto will just retire, but the Wizards seem willing to take a chance on a solid big man.

Posted by: oddjob1 | July 23, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think signing Oberto is foolish, but that's just me.

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

signing him for a year contract is not a risk.He had an avlation of his AV node with rays and his Atrial fibrilation has a minimal chance to come back.Since he is young there is no clinical reason to suspect the function of his heart.If there is a structural problem, the doctors will not clear him for contact sport.

Posted by: gtefferra | July 23, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Oberto...if he is as tenacious and agressive on defense as his Argentine brethren Nocioni, the Wiz will be happy to have him. Looks like his is about the same size as AB.

Posted by: oddjob1 | July 23, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

1)I dont think he is that good, and apparently the Spurs agree as they went with Mcdyss instead.

2)He has yet to play since having the heart procedures, for all we know he will be cleared to play...every 3rd game

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"[The Knicks] last two draft picks were power forwards in Hill/Gallinari. To really lure LeBron they need another big name (maybe Brandon Roy and not Bosh) those two pf(Hill/Gallinari) and another playmaker in Rubio. posted by dsquare"

Jordan Hill's a PF, but Gallinari? Very much the wing player. Averaged only 15 minutes but hit 44% of his 3 pointers. Plays facing the basket. More Grant Hill than Amare Stoudemire.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 23, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

As if I needed another reason to dislike that wannabe Jordan d-bag in Cleveland.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 23, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I think shedding the James contract at the end of the year is more prudent than trading it for someone with more years - unless we get a helluva player in return. And JJ is not a helluva player.
Posted by: cballer"

I'm afraid JJ's time in Washington is long over. Oberto would be a nice addition as an inside player with defensive skills. But if I were him, I'd look for a team that was a little farther along in its quest for a championship... that playoff money is most welcome.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If we simply want a banger that will grab boards and add muscle on the cheap, Sheldon Williams would be an EXCELLENT choice. He's averaged 13.7 boards per 48 mins in his 3 years thus far in The League.

TRIVIA TIME:

Can anyone think of another former top 5 draft pick under the age of 25 right now who is available for cheap?

I hate Dukies, but he's got a great nickname ("The Landlord) to offset that minor detail...

If you disagree with Sheldon as a top choice for the Wiz, you are either DC_Man or a silly, silly goose..

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 23, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Meant 25 or younger--some dbag would have pointed that out..

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 23, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"The argument made by someone other than yourself, Kal, was that every team since Jordan's Bulls have had a dominant low post player."

Except that wasn't the argument. I'm pretty sure the first person to bring the word "dominant" into the conversation was you. The argument that was really being made was that every team that's won since the Bulls (not to mention most of the teams that won before the Bulls) had a low post player they could go to who could be counted on to produce (either by scoring, getting to the line or passing out for an open shot) when the game slowed down and they needed to manufacture offense. No one (other than you) said anything about said player needing to be "dominant."

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 23, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Once again, I never said Gasol is not a post up player. "

Yes, actually, you did (although you later attempted to retract it after several people pointed out the lack of truth in that observation").

Pau Gasol, however, is not a low post back to the basket "post up" player. Your on drugs! 95% of the time he gets the ball he faces his opponent up. If he is a "post up" player, then so is Antawn Jamison bc they go into their move with their back to the basket about the same amount of time!

Posted by: rphilli721

Did you say something about "distortion"?

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 23, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing most of the people commenting here watch more than just the highlights. No Mcgee is not our best big, obviously Haywood has the job locked down.

But Mcgee shows tremendous potential, and for this team to be legit contenders over the next several seasons someone currently on the roster is going to have to develop in a big way. Nobody is holding their breathe over Blatche, so it's understandable fans get fired up over Javale being picked for the Team USA deal.

It's understandable in the context that fans get fired up over any and everything.

Haywood is the team's most effective big man right now, but McGee clearly has more physical ability and talent potential than Haywood ever did. If, over the course of the regular season he shows significant signs of fulfilling that potential, there's certainly reason to think that management may decide to promote McGee and let Haywood go at the end of the season. But right now, it's all "if."

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 23, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The reason Shelden Williams is available is because he's a bust. The "48 min per" stat is pretty useless in general, but it's esp. useless when applied to a player who, despite being a "former top 5 draft pick" and despite having played for three of the worst teams in the NBA (3 teams in his first 3 years is also not a good sign) has a career average of about 14 mpg played.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 23, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I like the possibility of signing Oberto:

1) The move doesn't endager Haywood's PT, but it should threaten Blatche and McGee. If they cannot beat out a 34 year old with heart problems for PT, then they deserve the pine.

2) The guy is a proven winner. With Olympic medals and an NBA championship, perhaps he has and will impart more of the right kind of intangibles to a team currently described as "quirky"

3) We'd get a $4 mill guy for $2 mill. That's a shrewd and favorable deal. Considering that many teams would like Oberto at that deal, and the Wiz are the in the lead to get him, it should diminish the oft-mentioned notion that "players don't want to come to Washington."

Posted by: cballer | July 23, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully Mcgee's pick for the National team feels to Blatche like a slap in the face. There are no "Eddie Jordan was mean to me" excuses when Team USA picks your teammate after watching the both of you in Summer League."

Interesting possibility. I've always thought part of the reason why Blatche has had such a lackadaisical attitude (aside from being lazy) was that he has never really been in a position where he had to fight for his place on the team. It's one thing when you're waiting behind vets who've been here for a while, another when you have to fight off an up-and-comer looking to elbow you out of the picture.

That said, his history leaves doubts about whether he has in fire inside him that can be lit by a spark of in-house competition.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 23, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

and my response is can he at least play 2 seasons and then make those kind of assumptions?

dipsh*t!!

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 23, 2009 11:43 AM

I liked the initial point, that people should to wait to make their final assessment of McGee...But SDMDTSU isn't the one to attack in this regard. There were plenty of others who were far more critical and dismissive of McGee.

I'll spare you the name calling...who really does that anyway?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 23, 2009 12:12 PM

2nd

Posted by: crs-one | July 23, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The Spurs are a shrewd team to say the least, to me their jettisoning of Oberto is a red flag. Either because his health is questionable, or averaging 2/2 speaks to his abilities.

That said, if he has the personality and drive to impart professionalism and hustle (especially on defense) to younger players- then maybe he's just the type of vet we need.

Posted by: divi3 | July 23, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Kalo wrote:
"That said, his history leaves doubts about whether he has in fire inside him that can be lit by a spark of in-house competition."

I tend to agree. I think when EG signed him to a 4 year deal, he sort of felt like he had arrived. I hold out a little hope that as he gets further into his 20s, he will mature as a person a bit as well, as most of us did. Unfortunately professional sports are not usually a place that encourages maturity.

The other possibility is that at some point JaVale clearly moves ahead of him as a player, and that motivates AB.

Let's just say I'm not holding my breath.

As for trading for JJ, I think most have already bagged this idea enough. James's $6 million expiring contract is a potentially valuable commodity, and wasting it on JJ makes no sense.

Posted by: ts35 | July 23, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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