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Wizards Games To Watch In '09-10


You'd better believe I'm looking forward to Nov. 24 (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)


I decided to split these blog posts in two. Here are some games of interest next season.

At Cleveland (Nov. 3)
Are there any other regular season games that will matter? Okay, there might be a few. But given the rivalry between the Wizards and Cavaliers, this should be an exciting matchup based on their three playoff series (which Cleveland won) and how competitive both teams were last season --- even with the Cavaliers boasting the league's best record and Wizards scraping the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. This year it should be more entertaining with the Cavaliers adding Shaquille O'Neal and the Wizards expecting to be among the best teams in the East this season. O'Neal already had a little fun with the rivalry when he was here at Verizon Center last week. "My new teammate LeBron James told me to tell you hello," O'Neal said with a smile as the fans booed. Wizards fans really have no love for James. The Cavaliers will only visit Washington once, on Nov. 18.


It's so on, man. (NBAE/Getty Images)

At Oklahoma City (Nov. 20)
Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas fought at least three times during their eight seasons as teammates in Washington. Long-time enemies, this will be the first time they ever face each other as opponents. Haywood made it a point to mention that he would miss Darius Songaila after Thomas was traded to Minnesota. Thomas was traded to the Thunder last week and the Tulsa native has a good chance of playing heavy minutes at center in his home state. Thomas will come to Washington, with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, on Dec. 29.

At San Antonio (Nov. 21)
Yes, Fabricio Oberto will return to the only NBA team he knew before joining the Wizards. He'll be reunited with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and fellow Argentine Manu Ginobili. But many Wizards fans will also be keeping an eye on the development of DeJaun Blair, whom the Wizards passed on in the second round of the NBA draft. The Wizards will also get to see Roger Mason Jr. and the newly refurbished Spurs, who have added Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess and should compete with the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the West.

Philadelphia (Nov. 24)
The 76ers hired a coach this offseason who should be quite familiar to Wizards fans. Eddie Jordan, who was canned after 11 games last season, will make his return to Verizon Center two days before Thanksgiving. The District native should receive a rousing welcome from the fans in his homecoming, although I'm sure there will be a few jeers. Jordan led the Wizards through their best four-year run since the team made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 1978-79. Jordan will have a talented team in Philadelphia, with Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams. But it will be interesting to see the interaction between Jordan and Gilbert Arenas, since both men had great success together but had a rocky relationship at times. Andray Blatche may also have one of his best games of the season stored up, too.

At Detroit (Dec. 6)
The Wizards and Pistons will meet for the first time on Nov. 14. But Coach Flip Saunders makes his return to the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., for the first time since he was fired in the summer of 2008. The Pistons fell on some hard times in its first season without Saunders, with rookie coach Michael Curry and the Allen Iverson trade leading to the team falling from the Eastern Conference elite. Curry and Iverson are gone (as well as Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess), but Saunders will still have former players Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell to contend with. The Pistons also spent big in free agency, adding Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Boston (Dec. 10, TNT)
The last time the Wizards were a competitive team team (2007-08), they gave the eventual champion Boston Celtics some serious trouble, winning three games against a team that won 66. The Celtics added Rasheed Wallace to the mix and are expecting Kevin Garnett's return to push them back on track toward banner No. 18. The Saunders-Garnett reunion should never get old, especially since Garnett's Celtics helped push Saunders out of Detroit when Boston defeated the Pistons in the conference finals.


I get to spend Christmas in Minnesota. Nice. (Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images)

At Minnesota (Dec. 26)
Randy Foye, Mike Miller and assistant Randy Wittman return to the Target Center the day after Christmas. This game will mean more for Foye than Miller since Foye spent the first three seasons of his career in Minnesota and had to deal with comparisons to Brandon Roy essentially his entire time with the Timberwolves. Foye thought he was going to be dealt shortly after former Minnesota coach Kevin McHale was fired. This should be an interesting game since Flip Saunders played collegiately at the University of Minnesota and coached the Timberwolves for almost 10 seasons, Wittman was a former coach of the Timberwolves and Sam Cassell made his only all-star team with Minnesota. On the flip side (no pun intended), Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov will welcome their former teammates to town. The duo will return to Washington on Feb. 17. This game gets a bit more exciting if Ricky Rubio is a member of the Timberwolves at this point.

Orlando (Jan. 8)
The Wizards won't face the defending the Eastern Conference champions until next year, and if the Wizards make their expected leap up the standings, it should be an intriguing Southeast Division matchup. Orlando has stockpiled a lot of talent this offseason, making up for the loss of Hedo Turkoglu by adding Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass and Matt Barnes. Not to mention, Jameer Nelson should come back at full strength after suffering a shoulder injury last season.

Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 26)
You might not be aware of this, but on the night that the Lakers beat Orlando to win the franchise's 15th championship, veteran point guard Derek Fisher took time to mention the team most responsible for getting the team focused for its title run. Yep, the Wizards. If you recall, the Wizards came within a Caron Butler three-pointer of upsetting the eventual champions at Verizon Center in early December. After the Lakers' 106-104 win -- in which they nearly blew a late 19-point lead -- Fisher wrote the word, "Boston Finals," on the erase board to remind the team of its embarrassing loss in the NBA Finals, when the Lakers blew a 24-point lead in Game 4. The defending champions come to Washington and will cap off the Wizards' longest home stand of the season.


By Michael Lee  |  August 4, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
 
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First off, this is my first time first...

Posted by: samisunc | August 4, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The game every Wizards fan should be looking forward to is the Orlando game. Orlando is the team we need to beat this season to win the Division, and to lock up a top 3 spot in the playoffs.

Posted by: dominic10464 | August 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bring it! LA Fakers!

Posted by: jeremydvid | August 4, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with you dominic. The Orlando and Miami games are the most important games since those are division games. But as a Wizard fan that want revenge I would rank Philly right up there with them as must win games especially since they are a division game as well...

Posted by: ATLredskin | August 4, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

March 13th vs. Orlando is the game I'm going to buy a ticket to see.

Posted by: sxsweet | August 4, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Dallas. One game at a time, my man. Enjoy, it could be a championship season.

BTW, Arenas will pick up the defendsive assignment on Kidd. But will Miller be able to stick with either Josh Howard or Jason Terry? Probably not, Foye to start.

Posted by: Izman | August 4, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"But he followed up that comment with the worst kept secret regarding the franchise -- the team will only be as good as its best player. "This whole team revolves around Gilbert Arenas. Everybody knows it. Nobody wants to say it, but I'm going to say it," Stevenson said. "I've been on this team four years -- it depends on Gilbert Arenas. We can make as many trades as we want to. When he's healthy and he's playing, we're a dangerous team. When we don't have him, it makes it harder to move the ball; it's hard to get things easy. That's my point of view. If Gilbert is 70 percent, we're going win a lot of games. If Gilbert is 80 percent, we're going to be No. 1 in the East. If he's 100 percent, we might win a championship.""

This is a copout excuse for a $14 mil player.

He's basically saying that if Gilby is not healthy, then it's pretty much carte blanche to toss the season into the toilet.

That's a slap in the face to every player on this team doing their best to get this franchise somewhere opposite of one and done in the playoffs or lottery.

MeShawn should be cut immediately.

That was the speech EJ made right before he was canned.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | August 4, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"When you start playing too many players, what happens is no one gets in to any kind of flow. My philosophy's always been you play eight players, nine and ten play when you have some foul trouble which you're always gonna usually have in a game. If you're eleven and twelve, you better be working to get to nine and ten."

Questions is though, what is the right number for this Team based on flow and performance?

Ideally, you want to keep your starters at around 35 mpg. That is going to leave a lot of minutes for just 3 more players.

Thats 13 minutes per position. The only way 3 guys can cover 5 positions at 13 per is that, you will have to have starters playing major minutes again this year and those 3 guys will be playing multiple positions.

Thats not the right formula for this Team. I think Flip Saunders is going to find out that in order to max this squad for the long haul that 10 players will need to be used night in and night out and possibly not the same ones.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 4, 2009 10:12 PM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

We would want McGee to back Haywood and Blatche to back Jamison. After that, lets give ourselves Miller to back Butler.

Thats eight right thar.

Who backs Arenas? And lets say that Young gets the start at SG with Foye/Stevenson backup.

Arenas probably will not log major minutes out the gate just to bring the knee along carefully.

So, he is gonna need Crit to back him up, not Foye or James.

Just the makeup of the Team, is going to dictate 10-deep out the gate to determine where the flow is for long haul.

If he comes out the gate with just an eight man rotation, even if he changes the players, it is going to mean major minutes for the some players in hopefully a uptempo game that might not bode well for stamina over the long haul. (health)

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 4, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Also, not convinced yet that Foye and Miller is 5 and 6.

They got to show me. Foye might be a vet, but I'm betting JCrit gonna take his lunch money and send him home to his mommy with tears in his eyes.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 4, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

And the game to see is going to be Philly. It's gonna be a classic. The Wizards will try to drop a 150' on they butt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 4, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"But it will be interesting to see the interaction between Jordan and Gilbert Arenas, since both men had great success together"

Lets raise the bar a little Mike. During that time the most games we ever won in the playoffs was four. I mean maybe if you're the Grizzlies or the Clippers thats the time of your life, but just because we have sucked for 30 years doesn't mean we should lower the bar to consider the past four a success.

Nitpicking my way through life...

Posted by: emmet1 | August 5, 2009 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Jordan may have been the coach with the best results so far in 30 years, but I would still like to see him beat by the Wiz.

Posted by: rickgonz | August 5, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Who backs Arenas? And lets say that Young gets the start at SG with Foye/Stevenson backup.

I don't see that happening. Not at all. 4 scorers or the floor at the same time just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Nick doesn't bring anything to the table besides his scoring. I'd rather someone who can at least pretend to play defense. Or pass the ball...stuff like that.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Larry, I am not sure I see what you are talking about. Assuming there are 13mpg that have to be covered for each of the five postions by 3 rotation players, this is not a huge amount of minutes to cover. And consider that we have a lot of people on the team this year that can play more than one position.

In this scenario (and it won't be this tidy in actual fact), a player backing up two positions would play around 26 minutes, not exactly a lot, but a solid amount.

BTW, if the big three only play 35-38mpg this year, I think that would be a step in the right direction.

Posted by: cannontl | August 5, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Currently, I see Foye starting at SG or possibly Stevenson. Young will be a backup rotation player at best.

I would be really surprised if Young started. It would mean that Young had become a more complete player and I just don't see that yet.

Posted by: cannontl | August 5, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather someone who can at least pretend to play defense. Or pass the ball...stuff like that.


That's why you like Deshawn, cuz he pretends to be a lockdown defender and he pretends to be a distributor. i get it. problem is he won't get any better than he's been in the past, if Flip can change the whole teams defensive philosophy as some people think he can, then why can't he coach NY up to play some defense? we've already seen how he plan to use him offensively so that will make him the recipient of passes in situations to do what he does best, score. I think NY and Foye will compete in "camp" NY will fry him but still might not get the job.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | August 5, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Just read an article on hoopsworld:

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=13509

Apparently, not every one is convinced that we will make the playoffs, not to mention 50 wins.

I am going to repeat what already has been said a 1000 times, but I just wanted to know what your comments are on this article....

Posted by: Goelez | August 5, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I am looking forward to a 2nd round playoff game?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | August 5, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"LarryInClintonMD" Great point about a minimum 10 player rotation. Let's hope flip sees it this way.

Posted by: jpfree | August 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Goelez | August 5, 2009 9:50 AM


great link good article seemed fair and balanced(lol) in assesing the mountain the wiz would have to climb to get to 50 wins. 31 more wins than last year is a lot. it's not impossible boston improved by 26 games when they won it all, but i don't know if foye and miller are the new garnett and allen.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | August 5, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

'I think NY and Foye will compete in "camp" NY will fry him but still might not get the job.'

The dirty little secret about Nick Young is that he's not very good. His strong games come when he hits low percentage shots. That's nothing you can count on, no matter how pretty it looks.

Virtually nonexistent as a defender, rebounder, or setup guy.

If he doesnt accept Flip completely changing his style, there is no chance whatsoever he starts and a good chance he's trade bait.

He has the talent to play however he wants, it's all up to him now. Will be interesting to see if he's mature enough to let Flip give him a successful nba career, or if he just doesnt get it.

Posted by: divi3 | August 5, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

That's why you like Deshawn, cuz he pretends to be a lockdown defender and he pretends to be a distributor. i get it. problem is he won't get any better than he's been in the past, if Flip can change the whole teams defensive philosophy as some people think he can, then why can't he coach NY up to play some defense? we've already seen how he plan to use him offensively so that will make him the recipient of passes in situations to do what he does best, score. I think NY and Foye will compete in "camp" NY will fry him but still might not get the job.

You can't "teach" someone how to change their entire game in a summer. Nick is not going to magically become Rip Hamilton. He doesnt play defense and doesn't grasp the basic concept of passing. He doesn't do enough to be a role player. He doesn't belong in the starting lineup yet. He can be an explosive scorer off the bench. That's where he needs to be. You don't need Gil, Nick, Caron and Jamison competing for shots. He'll be better served coming off the bench with more of a green light. I like DeShawn? No he's just a better role player than Nick. Stevenson is not a distributor but he knows it's not his role to try to take over a game. Defensively it's not even close. Even if he doesn't get any better, he's shown more than Nick. Deal with it. IF he's healthy and bac to form of knocking down 40% of his 3's and playing solid defense. I'd take him over Nick right now. It's not like we're gonna be lacking for scoring anyway.

I highly doubt Nick would fry Foye...maybe you haven't seen Foye play...he's not Juan Dixon.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Larry, I am not sure I see what you are talking about. Assuming there are 13mpg that have to be covered for each of the five postions by 3 rotation players, this is not a huge amount of minutes to cover. And consider that we have a lot of people on the team this year that can play more than one position.

In this scenario (and it won't be this tidy in actual fact), a player backing up two positions would play around 26 minutes, not exactly a lot, but a solid amount.

BTW, if the big three only play 35-38mpg this year, I think that would be a step in the right direction.

Posted by: cannontl | August 5, 2009 8:46 AM

Cannontl, I think you basically see the point but where we differ is that those 13 mpg for each position to me are very important mpg.

I would not want to use just 3-players for all those minutes. The end and beginning of quarters is oft' times more critical than most Teams pay attention to.

For this Team with the talent we have a more traditional simple substitution pattern presents itself, in that if you take the 5-positions, there are adequate good backups at each position.

We really should not use only 3-players to back up five, nor should we have to have any of the starting 5 logging 40+ mpg right away.

I think that in order for this Team to maximize winning and be the Team some of us think it will be, the backup roles/mpg will be crucial and we should be careful not to leave it to just 3 players, when we have a total of 5-7 capable backups.

Also, 35 mpg for some of our starting 5 (BH,SG&PG) is going to be an improvement from last year and should create the flow Flip speaks off.

However, again to have 5-7 capable backups off the bench will continue that flow ideally, but it will be harder to continue that flow with 3-players playing multiple positions.

Bottom line is the Wizards team on paper is capable from 1-12 and if all 12 perform to ability then there will be no need to use just 3-players when the starters sit.

My odd mand out is MJ.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 5, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

strike the d in mand

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 5, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

great link good article seemed fair and balanced(lol) in assesing the mountain the wiz would have to climb to get to 50 wins. 31 more wins than last year is a lot. it's not impossible boston improved by 26 games when they won it all, but i don't know if foye and miller are the new garnett and allen.

That article? Eh...it's decent. However, it mentions Mike James at all so it loses credibilty lol. It's not liek the Wizards are coming from being Memphis. Yes they were injured. The other way to look at it would be to take the 2008 season where they won 43 mainly without Gil and add a helathy Gil (hopefully), Foye and Mike Miller along with a historically winning coach. Is it unrealistic to expect them to return to that same level and win 7 more games? The Wizards aren't adding just Foye and Miller, Arenas and Haywood are back and we have better coaching.

I mean look at the factors it took for them to lose 24 more games than the season before. Remove those factors are they still a 19 win team? Do we win 19 with Haywood and Gil last year? Seriously? I think the 45-50 range is not only realistic but health willing, very likely.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Even with the 19 wins, I'm a little surprised at the lack of national love, but that's OK. If/when they're in the hunt, the networks'll pick them up, just as they dropped 'em a few years ago when MJ shut it down for the season.

I'm also intrigued by the Bulls games. I'd pay (seriously) to see the Rose-Gil matchup. And the '05 series is still (somewhat) fresh in my mind. Good times...

Posted by: nittanybruin | August 5, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Durn - I'm gone for a day and the posts stack up. Thanks!

I think a Foye/Arenas backcourt tears up the league with two pgs that can drive, dish, shoot and most of all score and not have too many TOs

Here's how I see it:

Starters:
Haywood Jablowme - 30 mpg
Jamison - 32-35 mpg
Butler - 36mpg
Foye - 30mpg
Arenas - 40mpg most nights, 32 when we are way ahead

Subs -
Miller at the 2 and 3 gets about 20mpg
DS, if healthy, gets 15
NY, if DS isn't healthy, gets those 15 plus another 5
Critt gets 8 - 16 depending on the game sitch
McGee gets 10mpg backing Haywood
AB gets 18 backing Jamison and some at the 5

Oberto - a lot of DNPs
James - may as well not dress unless there are serious injuries; although if he can find his shot and perform straight off the bench, he might get 5-8 minutes here and there, but let's hope not.

That is a 9-10 man rotation when everyone is healthy with a few minutes here and there for some situational players.

If everyone stays healthy (which they won't)By midseason I see, James and either DS or NY traded for a future pick and some pine riders. Also, I see Blatche's and Haywood's minutes dropping off some as McGee gets better and picks up some extras.

Critt might start getting 12 minutes in relief of Arenas/Foye (ie - Arenas moves to the 2, Foye sits a few more minutes and Critt picks up the PG).

Posted by: Blurred | August 5, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I think the article makes a decent point about how strong our division is, but other than the Magic, I don't think any other team in our division did more to improve themselves in the offseason than we did. The Hawks brought in Crawford. The Bobcats traded a solid Center for a solid Center, and brought in a rookie SG. Miami is the exact same, though you'd assume that Beasley and Chalmers would be improved players this year.

We brought in a guy capable of shooting the lights out, in Miller. He also can rebound well. We brought in a combo guard who's a better version of Larry Hughes (who so many people on this board have clamored for us to bring back), in Foye. I think those two additions alone to last years team probably would have accounted for 10 more wins. Add to that Arenas and Haywood, you have to think 40+ wins this year.

Posted by: segastyle | August 5, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Larry, I see what you are trying to say, and it will be interesting to see how Flip handles the rotation when the season starts.

However, I like the idea of Miller getting more than just 13 or so minutes backing up CB and playing SG also, and I think that is what will happen.

Posted by: cannontl | August 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

AS for who starts at SG, I think it's a three-man competition between Foye, Miller, and Stevenson. Young's current game helps this team the most by coming off the bench.

In Foye, you'll get a guy who can handle the ball well enough that both he and Arenas can rotate playing off the ball. He's a good defender and strong enough to guard either backcourt spot. He's also capable of knocking down a consistent outside shot. I think the only thing he doesn't give you is the height of the other two options, though Stevenson is not that much taller.

In Miller, assuming last year was a fluke (and his career play would suggest that it was) you get a gifted outside shooter and a solid rebounder. Hes an off-the-ball player, so fitting in with Arenas and Butler should be an issue. He'd give you much better offense than Stevenson, but much worse defense.

Stevenson gives you a solid outside shooter who can also bring the ball up the floor, but is not really a 'combo-guard.' He's also a solid defender capable of guarding the SG and smaller SF spots. He's not really going to create anything for himself or others.


It's hard to say without watching them play together which would be the best fit. I'm inclined to say Foye, since besides being a solid offensive player in multiple ways, he's also a good defender who could guard the opposing team's best backcourt player, freeing up Arenas to concentrate on offense. This would also presumably prevent Arenas from going into one of his, 'I'm-going-to-outdo-you" modes versus the other team's PG.

Posted by: segastyle | August 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I recall Flip saying Miller could play some 4 somewhat like a Rashard Lewis. I wonder how that would play out. D-Mac is gonna see some time at the 4 as well I believe.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

We can throw a huge amount of looks at opposing teams, it's gonna be fun to watch Flip mix and match.

Dont be surprised to see a twin towers lineup occasionally with Haywood and Mcgee on the floor, throw in Miller at 3 plus Foye, and Arenas and you've got a huge lineup that can defend the bucket and score.

There's a ton of talent on this team and the coach is proven winner. 45-50 wins is not unrealistic

Posted by: divi3 | August 5, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Dont be surprised to see a twin towers lineup occasionally with Haywood and Mcgee on the floor, throw in Miller at 3 plus Foye, and Arenas and you've got a huge lineup that can defend the bucket and score.

I agree. I think McGee is gonna see a decent amount of time at PF. He fits there so much better right now.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

sega, check LH's last full season with the wiz and then rethink what you said about foye. i think they wiz'll be better, but 50 wins when the team hasn't won 50 in decades is really getting ahead of ourselves. don't think just cuz flip won 50 games with other teams that he can just come in here and coach a 19 win tea to 50 wins. yes we had pieces missing last year, but does putting gil,foye,miller and haywood in the court doesn't make 45-50 wins a given. it's a great goal to strive for, but tone down the homerism and come back to reality.boston had a 26 game turnaround with rondo allen pierce garnett and perkins, 4 legit allstars in the starting lineup. gil is one tawn and cb are all stars, but b/w foye and miller you get avg production, add to that all of these young knuckleheads yall don't wanna play and i 'm having trouble seeing 50 wins.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | August 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

yes we had pieces missing last year, but does putting gil,foye,miller and haywood in the court doesn't make 45-50 wins a given. it's a great goal to strive for, but tone down the homerism and come back to reality.boston had a 26 game turnaround with rondo allen pierce garnett and perkins, 4 legit allstars in the starting lineup. gil is one tawn and cb are all stars, but b/w foye and miller you get avg production, add to that all of these young knuckleheads yall don't wanna play and i 'm having trouble seeing 50 wins.

But they won 43 with the same team minus Gil, Foye and Miller. AND BEAT THAT SAME BOSTON TEAM 3 TIMES. Who is gone? Roger Mason, Songalia, Pech, Mike Wilks? Etan didn't even play that season. I think Arenas, Foye, Miller, Oberto and the addition of Saunders could return them to that level and maybe even win 7 more.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | August 5, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but I think if Stevenson looks healthy and reasonably good in camp, they trade him as quickly as they can.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 5, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Look, I'm looking at the wiz roster right now and one name pops out at me. James. No reason to keep him. Front office should just kept an open spot just incase. HEY EG TRADE JAMES HE'S NOT GOING TO PLAY. CASH, DRAFT PICK SOMETHING.

Posted by: MGDMaster21 | August 5, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The Orlando game will be interesting. The Southwest Division will be intersting. Orlando will be good. My HAWKS are goingto better than last year. Miami should be the same, and all of you Wizards fans are praying for Christmas all season. I haven't seen so many people so estatic about a 19 win team since the Spurs drafted Tim Duncan and David Robinson came back from that season long injury.

Posted by: bear3000 | August 7, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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