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In today's newspaper, Dan Steinberg wrote about why Andray Blatche switched jersey numbers, and in the Sports Bog he reported on last night's loss to the Nuggets.

By Alexa Steele  |  July 16, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
 
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Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 16, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

well dray, u better live up to the talk cuz now everyone's expectations of u are going up. it's one thing for us to gripe about his shortcomings on the blog and say he's gotta have a big year. it's a whole other animal however whaen the player himself acknowledges these shortcomings and even changes his number to signify a change. the number 7 is the bullseye he's painted on his own back . he better put up.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

and then there are some bloggers who he will never be able to please once you become a target.

for a lot it was Kwame. For a few it is Gil now, no matter what Gil has done in the past. It looks like Blatche is headed to where whatever he does positively, bloggers will complain.

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 16, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

i was super high on blatche his when we got him. my enthusiasm has tailed off over the past couple years b/c he doesn't even look like the same player. he's like antoine walker, all sloppy and soft. i still think he can be a player but flip is right about his conditioning. blatche needs to get himself into phenomenal shape. he's the only one stopping himself from being the new Amare.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 16, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

From ESPN's Summer League Roundup

Andray Blatche continues to be one of the most confounding talents in the league. He flashed moments of sheer dominance Wednesday night with swift, whirling post moves off good recognition that made his defenders look silly. At other times, he tried to improvise and failed spectacularly. Blatche could be a top-shelf talent, but his preference for raw instinct over tactical strategy on a given play renders him inconsistent. He needs a plan. Still, between the potent face-up game at the top of the key, and the fancy footwork and explosiveness down low, it's hard to take your eyes off him. Let's see how he fares this season against NBA talent.

So, in other words, same as it ever was.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

lilhollywood

I was never super high on Blatche. I thought he lacked explosion to play above the rim. He does have other skills though and for a 2nd round pick straight out of high-school and under a reasonable salary, he has good potential. Will he ever develop a hard body? A Rasheed Wallace type of phyique is reasonable, he will never have a Ben Wallace physique in my opinion.

I just ain't quite ready to give him away on the cheap, or for David Lee and the salary Lee is seeking.

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 16, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Blatche's need to work on his conditioning was mentioned twice in that Steinberg piece is kind of telling.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

So, in other words, same as it ever was.

I believe the correct phrase is:

"In other words, business as usual".

Please don't change your pattern. You're confusing me.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Blatche's need to work on his conditioning was mentioned twice in that Steinberg piece is kind of telling.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:07 AM

the fact that Blatche's nickname is "summer league" is kind of telling. 5 summers in a row

Posted by: prescrunk | July 16, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The tweet comments were telling, in my opinion.

Blatche could be a top-shelf talent, but his preference for raw instinct over tactical strategy on a given play renders him inconsistent. He needs a plan.

If a player has no plan or tactical strategy, whose fault is that? The coaches develop plans and strategies. If a coach fails to give the player direction, of course the player will fall back on what got him there...raw instinct.

Centers shouldnt be improvising, anyway. Put him in a position where he wont be making many decisions and he wont be ABLE to make bad ones.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz have 5 solid starters and 3 solid reserves this year (including Blatche). There one weakness is back-up center, where McGee didn't get enough minutes or coaching last year to learn the basics.

On the other hand, let's hope the third stringers (McGuire, James, Crit and Stevenson) don't have to play much due to injury because they are not up to NBA standards.

With their personnel and coaching staff, the Wiz should win 50 (which assumes continued improvement from Blatche, Young and Foye and some decent play from a back-up center whether McGee or someone else).

The naysayers will go quiet after about 5 games into the season.

Posted by: Izman | July 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"You're confusing me."

I'm sure I'm just one item on a very, very long list of things that confuse you (including 2-syllable words and retractable ink pens). The world can be a scary, confounding place.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

AB should be allowed to play in summer league. He's taking up time from the young bigs we need to make a decision on.

Also did anyone else notice Skita is back? Tskishvili (sic) is playing. They should put him on a team with Kwame, DeJuan Wagner, Olawakandi and Telfair. An all bust all summer league team.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"Centers shouldnt be improvising, anyway."

Exactly. And the fact that Blatche continues to do it, despite the negative results (7 turnovers in this game) is indicative of his inability to learn from his mistakes, the same one's he's been making on the court for 4 years now 9and counting).

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

nah. You're predictable. Seeing you step out of character is enough to confuse anyone. Here's a two-syllable word for you...

NUMBER...


As in...

Yesterday Plix called you out and you got angry as a result. He has your NUM-BER. How as that?

;)

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'm just one item on a very, very long list of things that confuse you (including 2-syllable words and retractable ink pens). The world can be a scary, confounding place.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:22 AM

OMG kal_own3d !!!!

Posted by: prescrunk | July 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Just yanking your chain, dude. Don't pull a 88 on me.

OK, now I'm yanking 88's chain, too.

;)

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"How as that?"

I don't know. How "as" that?

Apparently one-syllable words give you trouble too. Who knew?

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh not YOU again, scrunk. I thought Kal had shed all of his sycophants a while ago. Man, I'm just funning with him. Get off his tip.

Wait, did I just 'own' you?

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Apparently one-syllable words give you trouble too. Who knew?

OK. You got me. Spellcheck is also 2 syllables. You understand.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Anyhow....

AB will dominate this summer and look good (which Skita also did) and none of it really matters til October.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Spellcheck is also 2 syllables. "

Actually, spell check is two words, each with one syllable. Keep trying though. You're bound to get one right one of these days.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually spell-check (which is what I meant to type) is one hyphenated word with 2 syllables.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spell-check

Condescension is also one word. Keep 'em coming, Kal.


Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh not YOU again, scrunk. I thought Kal had shed all of his sycophants a while ago.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 11:30 AM

good one Delusional_Mark, but the only reason I read this blog is to read DC_Man88 and Kalo_rama's comments. e-klutzes like you clutter the bottoms of the pages with e-tarded remarks making this more difficult. instead of spending all day being incendiary, try actually reading what they have to say and you might learn something [about the Pistons jk].

Posted by: prescrunk | July 16, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I remember Blatche played very well last summer as well. Hopefully, new coaches will make a difference.

Posted by: sagaliba | July 16, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

as i said before : Flip Saunders eluded to the issue with Andray Blatche, and its not his skill set because obviously he is a talented player. He needs to have some structure to his game and find a signature move. Rarely do we see KG, Duncan, Oneal (jermaine) in his prime, Webber running around dribbling trying to cross-over and finger roll layups. He [blatche] needs to have some structure to his game, and before you can play the game of basketball you have to be in "Phenominal Shape" When your not in a great physical shape and your tired on the court, your mind is telling your body that you are tired, And instead of your mind focusing on the game your focusing on catching some wind. You turn the ball over, take a bad shot, dont hustle on getting back in defense, ill advised passes, failing to rebound, not enough energy to jump an inch higher and dunk the ball with authority...
Once Blatche gets the sense of urgency to become better than average and stop thinking ("oh well i have an all star in Jamison ahead of me and I wont be starting anyway") and he starts turning that pencil frame into a warriors body and get in great shape, the rest of his game will come. and he could be a dominant player and a key contributor to the Wizards success. I honestly see him in the mode of a Lamar Odom/Jermaine oneal type player that could have a big impact on the team as well as the league.

He just needs to commit to no donuts,twinkies,smoking J's, Burger King, and commit to living a healthy and hard working life.

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 16, 2009 9:21 AM

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 16, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why there are people so eager to jump on Blatche like vultures seeing carcass.

7 TOs in 34 minutes, McGuire just made 6 TOs in 24 minutes, not only that's a higher TO rate, but at least Blatche shot better. Of course, I am not saying people should jump on McGuire, but give Blatche a break!

Posted by: sagaliba | July 16, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think DeSahwn will be back to his old self this season? I can't say I ever thought he was a great 2, but when AJ, GA & CB were all healthy and "the Big 3" he filled the role pretty well.

Plus he had mad 3's a couple years ago. Everything I've been reading here has him pushed to the end of the bench. I always thought he was one of the best 2nd string 2's out there, only he was playing 1st string.

Obviusly NY is the young talent and should be groomed over DeShawn, but if DeShawn gets back into "I can't feel my face" mode with his shooting, he could have some value to a team with a key injury at the 2, especially at trade deadline to a team with a good chance at making a deep playoff run.

Does anyone agree?

Posted by: Blurred | July 16, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

My latest prediction:

Brandon Jennings will wind up being the pg in this draft that most ppl talk about. This guy can flat out play the position.

Posted by: original_mark | July 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

LAS VEGAS -- A third Knicks' stint for Tim Thomas? It could happen.

Team president Donnie Walsh is investigating the possibility of signing the 6-foot-10 Thomas, likely for the veteran's minimum ($1.9 million), after he was released yesterday by the Bulls

Why doesnt Ernie try and get Tim Thomas? Kind of fits the criteria...

Posted by: oddjob1 | July 16, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank Goodness for summer league, because from what I read about Javale Mcgee, he is not ready to take the back-up center position. We need to bring in another body to fill that role. Because Mcgee still has to work on strength and finding a go-to move downlow....spectacular dunks and goaltending isnt going to be acceptable for a team with championship aspirations

who else is left out there anyway?

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | July 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tim Thomas is not what the wizards need. He is an ok pickup for someone but he is a finesse, 3pt shooting forward. He is not a banger.

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Right now the Wizards seem to need a backup center more then anything else. Not really seeing anything to indicate that we've got a physical banger on the roster.

I'd have to disagree with the negative assesment of Critt. From Game one to game two, the difference in point play was the biggest difference. I'm assuming Critt sat out so McGuire could play because of the vets rule.

If Critt can learn to funnel his energy into 5-15 min a game of strong defense, and run the offense he'll have a real role this year. He's not going to be the first point to struggle with his shot.

Cassell seems to have been working with him, he had a pretty ugly delivery too. But ended up being a good shooting point.
If Ernie manges to roll James contract into a useable part, the Daniels deal could look like a real steal.

Since you guys brought up 88', do you think he got lost in Chicago while stalking Gil?
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 16, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

hopefully flip won't decide to throw him in at center to flounder, his minutes need to come at power forward

Posted by: bford1kb | July 16, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Right now the Wizards seem to need a backup center more then anything else. posted by flohrtv"

That's what Grunfeld said, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone think DeSahwn will be back to his old self this season? I can't say I ever thought he was a great 2, but when AJ, GA & CB were all healthy and "the Big 3" he filled the role pretty well."

Might be toast. Back injuries and 3 point shooters -- not a good combo.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see the game last night, but Steinberg and the comments on today's blog suggest that what I would have seen is more of the same from the Wiz reserves.

Blatche alternating the skilled move with episodes of dribbling the ball off his shoe.

Nick Young avoiding even the faint echo of an assist.

McGuire still aiming at a basket that can't be more than six inches in diameter.

McGee making a spectacular play that somehow manages to help the other team.

What, no discussion of their respective PERs?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"[Tim Thomas] is not a banger.Posted by: G-Man11"

Unless you're thinking of the sausage?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Crittenton should not be receiving DNPs, especially when he has the chance to go up against a PG he will see during the regular season. Of the vets, I think he would get the most out of summer league PT.

Posted by: djnnnou | July 16, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

While Les BouleS are stocking up on has beens and young and veteran unprovens, here's how real teams with championship aspirations operate.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-odomboozer071509&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 16, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

blatche had 27 and 15 against the nuggets to follow up his 21 and 10

Posted by: bford1kb | July 16, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"blatche had 27 and 15 against the nuggets to follow up his 21 and 10

Posted by: bford1kb | July 16, 2009 5:05 PM "

Cool, who did he match up against in the summer league team?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 16, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Whatever stats AB puts up in his umpteenth summer league are fool's gold so long as he's still trying to lead fast breaks and taking unnecessary 3s.

Posted by: divi3 | July 16, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever stats AB puts up in his umpteenth summer league are fool's gold so long as he's still trying to lead fast breaks and taking unnecessary 3s.Posted by: divi3"

Y'know, I was operating under the impression that he launched more outside shots than the actually does. He's only put up 74 in his NBA career, although he hit just 20% of them. Maybe they're memorable because they seem to come at such innopportune times.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"While Les BouleS are stocking up on has beens and young and veteran unprovens, here's how real teams with championship aspirations operate.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

I wouldn't be surprised to see Odom go to the Heat to be a starter. Boozer I don't get. The article implies this is all a frantic effort to impress Wade with the team's championship aspirations -- call that Cleveland Syndrome. Except people like to play in Miami, while the banks of the Cuyahoga are less tempting.

What happened to Michael Beasley?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 16, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young avoiding even the faint echo of an assist.

McGuire still aiming at a basket that can't be more than six inches in diameter.

McGee making a spectacular play that somehow manages to help the other team.

What, no discussion of their respective PERs?

Y'know, that was almost poetic.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN's Summer League Roundup

Andray Blatche continues to be one of the most confounding talents in the league. He flashed moments of sheer dominance Wednesday night with swift, whirling post moves off good recognition that made his defenders look silly. At other times, he tried to improvise and failed spectacularly. Blatche could be a top-shelf talent, but his preference for raw instinct over tactical strategy on a given play renders him inconsistent. He needs a plan. Still, between the potent face-up game at the top of the key, and the fancy footwork and explosiveness down low, it's hard to take your eyes off him. Let's see how he fares this season against NBA talent.

So, in other words, same as it ever was.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 11:03 AM
_____

Yep, sums him up quite well. It's Saunder's turn to get him over the hump or at least control his flair to improvise needlessly. Unlike EJ, I think Saunders has a better vision of the pieces he has and what he needs from each player. Somewhat unfortunately, Blatche is one player that will probably get big mins regardless of mishaps based on lack of depth at the PF/C positions. Every other position player better look out bc Saunders will have more options to give away mins to a better performing player - NY.

Posted by: rphilli721 | July 16, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't be surprised to see Odom go to the Heat to be a starter."

Samson151

I would.

Why would Odom sign with the Heat for $34 million for five years when just a few days ago he was so reticent to resign with the Lakers for $27 million for three years?

Odom has repeatedly stated that he likes playing in LA. On such a basis I do not see him signing elsewhere unless real financial gain is involved vis-a-vis what the Lakers have offered him.

The Lakers meanwhile are significantly over the salary cap and have already used their MLE to ink Ron Artest to a contract, and thus they cannot realistically hope to replace Odom with someone who can give them similar production on the court.

All in all I see Odom resigning with the Lakers.

Posted by: thomas_kecskes | July 16, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

i heard on 980 that odom wants a five yr deal. la offered 3 and 6 yr deals

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 16, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Why would Odom sign with the Heat for $34 million for five years when just a few days ago he was so reticent to resign with the Lakers for $27 million for three years?"

Because, as of a couple of days ago, Jerry Buss threw a hissy fit and revoked the offer that the Lakers had on the table for Odom. He can't sign a deal that's not being offered. Also, don't underestimate how much pride and ego plays into these decisions. He may decide to sign with the Heat as a F@8%K you gesture to Buss.


"Somewhat unfortunately, Blatche is one player that will probably get big mins regardless of mishaps based on lack of depth at the PF/C positions. Every other position player better look out bc Saunders will have more options to give away mins to a better performing player"

Sad but probably true.

That's one of the reasons I was hoping they got Brandon Bass. I figured having another young player out to make his name competing for PT would push Blatche, if not to improve then out the door. But without the team short on size, Saunders will likely have no choice but to grit his teeth through Blatche's continual mental lapses on court.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Oops. That should be "with the team short on size."

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 16, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Bass would have been a good fit in the Wizards' frontcourt. Regardless, since the Wizards have clearly stated that they were unwilling to use their MLE, they never stood a chance to sign an impact player like Bass.

Given the comparison between the two teams the Wizards would have had to substantively outbid Orlando (a reported $18 million for four years) to get Bass to sign on the dotted line.

As it stands, the Wizards are competitive as a second tier Eastern Conference playoff contender. However, their lack of a genuine offensive threat in the post will likely doom the team to a cameo appearance in the post-season.

As far as the Lakers, I have little doubt that regardless of the ongoing soap opera with Odom, both sides will realize that coming to an agreement is in the interest of all involved.

Posted by: thomas_kecskes | July 16, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"As far as the Lakers, I have little doubt that regardless of the ongoing soap opera with Odom, both sides will realize that coming to an agreement is in the interest of all involved.Posted by: thomas_kecskes"

Don't you know that in every soap opera, there comes a time when the admired supporting player must develop a fatal brain tumor and die ingloriously over the course of four episodes? Or failing that, get pushed off the bridge of a cruise ship.

Maybe the writers will have a change of heart and allow Lamar another couple seasons in Tinseltown. Or maybe he'll go back to his second favorite town, Miami, to wear that starter's number once again, and to feel what it's like to wake up with the ocean on the wrong side.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 17, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

On a more practical level, for a player in his 30's, a 5-year deal for a couple mill less per year is a better financial/career move than a 3-year deal. The security of the extra years will be worth more than the couple extra mill (although, ideally, you want both).

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 17, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

"Why would Odom sign with the Heat for $34 million for five years when just a few days ago he was so reticent to resign with the Lakers for $27 million for three years?"

No state tax in Florida. basically he's probably getting about the same money per year but a longer deal. Plus its not like he's unfamiliar with Miami. He probably still has property and friends there.

Posted by: original_mark | July 17, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

The state tax issue is a big reason players love Texas and Florida...not to mention the weather.
Conversely, Toronto has higher taxes than our states and it's colder than a witches t!tt!e up there.

Posted by: original_mark | July 17, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

"Conversely, Toronto has higher taxes than our states and it's colder than a witches t!tt!e up there.Posted by: original_mark"

All true, but on the other hand, it's a real city, not 'a bunch of crappy developments connected by 7-11s'.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 17, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Don't remember who it was but there was a huge Thabeet fan on this blog who, leading up to the draft, just loved the guy.
Well, he's stinking up the joint in the summer league where stats are usually inflated.

7ppg, less than 4 rpg, less than 1 bpg, 4 fouls in 24 minutes per game. He's has 1 assist in three games.

I bet Memphis wants a mulligan.

Posted by: original_mark | July 17, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

"Why doesnt Ernie try and get Tim Thomas? Kind of fits the criteria...


Posted by: oddjob1 | July 16, 2009 12:37 PM"

I hope someone else has addressed this, and if so I apologize for piling it on.

Tim Thomas DOES NOT mix it up under the basket. He does not fit the criteria of the kind of big man we need, which is actually have rebounding and defensive skills.

Posted by: mabkhar | July 17, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

That fan would have been me. I never said I expected Thabeet to start in the NBA on day one. That's why of the top 5 teams, I thought the Wiz were the team that he would have the best chance of success on.

I frankly never saw the Minn. trade coming, I would have guessed Foye to be nearly untouchable. If Rubio stays in Europe Minny doesn't have a lot to show for the deal that cost them a real up and coming guard and a veteran three point specialist.

Foye could be another guy that gets to an Allstar game running beside Arenas.

Ernie took the win now route and Thabeet was more of a project pick. Though I think he could have been pretty good off the bench this year behind Haywood.

Longterm, I still think he'll be a very good defensive center, but he's likely to be Ben Wallace like on offense. But these summer league games aren't games where a defensive minded player is going to stand out.

McGee still looks more like a high energy bench guy to me right now that will be effective on a defensive pressing high energy unit. Critt and McGuire could be two more pcs. to that puzzle along with Foye.

Sampson151, Yep, a backup center is exactly what Ernie has stated he needs. But guys on this blog keeping carping that we didn't sign Bass,Tim Thomas, or about 15 other forwards have been brought up.

Kaman is the type of guy the Wiz could use right now. I'm not sure that there's a trade that would work that would make any sense for the Clips. I can't see the Clips shipping Kaman out for a pile of Garbage built around James and Stephenson's contracts. And I think that's what Ernie's trying to move right now.

The Wiz need a big space filler that can rebound and has a little tude to bring to the table. Miller from Chicago would be one that has an expiring deal that could also bring some of the needed toughness to the table. But again I don't see where Ernie has a lot that they'd want.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 17, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Ernie has been shopping the bargain basement bin for centers like Oberto, Nesterovic, and Magliore who would play for either the veteran minimum or the bi-annual except of $1.9M. I don't see the Wiz actively pursuing any of the 4's that could actually help the team like Drew Gooden or they would have made a move by now. My expectation is a low-cost, low-risk move before training cap for whoever is left from the three backup centers above.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 17, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I too was a Thabeet flag waiver as a backup to Haywood. How did he do last night against Griffin? Summer League may be too quick to guage his type of talent.

But, as of now your point is acknowledged and we will see from here.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I would be surprised if we made a move prior to the season starting, unless it was a deal we could not refuse so to speak.

I think that the Wiz want to go through training camp and maybe start the season to really gauge what piece we really need to add or get rid of.

I may be wrong, but I think it may be a bit premature to settle right now on what is appears we need before we take the Team on a real test drive.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 17, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Another note on Blatche. Bringing him off the bench behind Jamison might turn out to be the motivation he needs.

For, he has to know if he does not play well behind Jamison when he hits the floor, his minutes will be extremely limited.

Thus, he will have to play well in order to increase his minutes on the floor because Jamison will not be sitting for long.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 17, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

GM and Larry...

Thabeet may be one of those guys who really cant show his stuff in summer league games. I would guess that half court, slower paced games are better for a big guy who can gather and then jump for blocks. The one thing that alarmed me was the lack of blocks. I figured that if nothing else, he would be doing that. The rebounding I expected to be below average. maybe it's conditioning.

Also, I see that although Blair had 20 points, he only got 5 boards. He's gonna make his mark (if at all) on the glass. He needs to stop trying to show he can score and concentrate on board cleaning. 18 rebounds in a summer league game is more impressive to me that 25points for a guy like him. IMO...

Posted by: original_mark | July 17, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

...and I was calling Curry a big time scorer. So far, he's shooting a lot but they aint going in often enough. I may have been wrong on him. His release is ridiculously quick, though. I don't think I've seen a trigger that fast since a young Dan Marino.
Maybe that's why it's not going in....afraid of getting it blocked and rushing it.

Posted by: original_mark | July 17, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Removing Songaila from the power forwar mix might be addition by subtraction.

wizfan89, If Ernie signs sombody straight up, it will be one of those bargain basement guys. I still think he's looking for a deal to improve the team.

NY could still be the trading partner that makes the most sense, James name keeps coming up in NY. I wonder if a James/McGee package would work for Lee? If NY got a young big in return for Lee, AND gained cap space for next year they might bite. Hill/McGee would be the kind of guys who could thrive in D'Antoni's open floor game.

Would Lee sign a 4 or 5 yr deal starting at around 7.5 to 8m? If he would the numbers would fit. He could play backup center and some power forward as well.

Ernie would still have a roster space for a veteran FA tough guy and a project like Heytvelt if he wanted to go that way.

I like McGee, I just don't regard him as what the team needs at B/U center right now.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 17, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"He just needs to commit to no donuts,twinkies,smoking J's, Burger King, and commit to living a healthy and hard working life."

smoking j's is essential to his overall game

Posted by: wizRjizz | July 17, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

creativity bro

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 17, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

italics?

Posted by: crs-one | July 23, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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