Media Day Wrapup

I just left the final interview from media day and I have tons of stuff to transcribe, but I wanted to give you an update, based on what the players had to say. I got just about everybody except JaVale McGee, who missed "the first day of school" -- as Brendan Haywood called it -- to have his wisdom teeth removed. His status for the first day of training camp is unsure, but he is expected to participate.

Gilbert Arenas decided that he didn't want to pay a hefty fine so he spoke with reporters. Arenas purposely tried to be subdued, surly and serious and sounded reluctant to speak at the beginning. He scowled, offered simple, short answers and mumbles. But he wound up talking for about 30 minutes, adding some jokes from time to time. The man can't help it. The biggest thing he had to say was that he was done being an entertainer. No more Agent Zero. No more hibachi. No more antics. No more blogging. And he says he has no plans to get on Twitter. Arenas said he is focused only on playing basketball and being more a leader for the team. I'll get into more of what he had to say in my story for tomorrow's newspaper.

Brendan Haywood said he spent most of this summer in Charlotte, so he wasn't too connected to everything that went on in Washington. Haywood said he doesn't know if he'll be a better player than he was in 2007-08, before his wrist injury, but he worked extremely hard in the offseason to get better. He added that it will be a little different since he is starting training camp as the undisputed starter for the first time in a while. Haywood also said that failure this season is a first round exit.

Caron Butler said that he should be excited about the Wizards this season and isn't focused on anything except a championship. Butler asked how any player, with all of his weapons back, could sit there on media day and say that the team should be satisfied with making the eighth seed. Butler said the Wizards should be going for the top.

Antawn Jamison looked and sounded happier than I've seen him in some time. Jamison made an interesting observation that only one member of the team -- Fabricio Oberto -- was in the playoffs last season, so this team is really fired up about winning again. He said last season was "an embarrassment" and spoke about how excited he was with the new veteran additions on the team, especially Oberto, who brings a strong physical presence on defense. Jamison said that he is "so hungry. You're going to see a different guy. I'm going hard. I'm so ready to go."

DeShawn Stevenson showed up with a new look -- on his face! He has a tattoo of the Pittsburgh Pirates "P" on his left cheek, but it's backwards, so it looks like a "9" when he's not looking in the mirror. He also has a crack inked on the top of his forehead because "I don't crack."

Okay.

And the name of his son, Londyn, is on the side of his hairline. He also said that he was cool with the offseason moves because they made the team better.

Mike Miller still has a lot to learn about his new team. He showed up wearing a pair of LeBron James shoes. Told that fans in Washington don't like James too much after three first-round exits, he said, "I hope we'll be able to reverse that." Miller said that the Wizards have a collective chip on their shoulder because almost every member of the team got their butt kicked last season. Miller said he is too old to be concerned with starting or his stats this season. He just wants to win again after getting his teeth knocked in the past three seasons. "If I'm coming off the bench, then we have a pretty good starting five," Miller said.

Nick Young talked about following Arenas's lead and being more serious. Of course, he said it with a huge grin on his face. Most importantly, Young said he is gunning for the starting shooting guard spot. "I'm tired of sitting the bench," he said.

Andray Blatche talked about changing his number from 32 to 7 and said that he will be committed to working hard, hustling and being more consistent. He said he's not worried about having a breakout season but feels like he has yet to come from out of his shell.

Randy Foye said that he was fine with the competition for minutes at shooting guard and would be willing to play whatever role he is asked. He added that "never in a million dreams" did he think that he would be playing for Saunders after seeing him at Timberwolves games and running into him at restaurants around Minneapolis last season.

Javaris Crittenton said that he felt good meeting with Flip Saunders in Atlanta over the summer. Saunders told Crittenton that he would have an uphill battle for minutes but convinced him to find a special niche in order to earn playing time. Crittenton said he will focus on pushing the tempo and pressure the basketball on defense.

Dominic McGuire talked about working on his midrange game this summer. He said he tried to focus on three-pointers last season, but scrapped that in order to find a shot that he could feel more comfortable with. He added that he won't let being a restricted free agent affect him too much this season.

Mike James said that the Wizards made the right move this summer in getting Foye and Miller. The trade made the team better, he said, and forced everyone else to work on their games in the offseason. He said he wasn't too concerned about the competition in the backcourt, saying that the focus this season should be winning.

By Michael Lee |  September 28, 2009; 1:52 PM ET
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Posted by: prescrunk | September 28, 2009 1:59 PM

when is Abe gonna splurge on new uniforms??

Posted by: prescrunk | September 28, 2009 2:08 PM

Jamison said that he is "so hungry. You're going to see a different guy. I'm going hard. I'm so ready to go."

I thought this meant he is willing to play some "D" but I could be wrong since he said....

He spoke about how excited he was with the new veteran additions on the team, especially Fabricio Oberto, who brings a strong physical presence on defense.

I guess he hopes Oberto is on the floor the same time he is so he doesn't have to play "D"?

Larry,

What's up with your guy?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 28, 2009 2:18 PM

It seems individually, everybody knows there past shortcomings and are trying to convince the fans that those shortcomings are indeed in the past. Talk is cheap though. Let's put up or shut-up.

Or, let's just grow up. If Arenas, Nick, Blatche just grow up, this team is....the sky is the limit. JaVale deserves another year to grow up, but that doesn't mean he doesn't need to contribute.

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 28, 2009 2:26 PM

let's go back to the BULLETS!!

and what the hell is wrong with D-Stevenson? dude's got a few screws loose...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | September 28, 2009 2:31 PM

i think they should cut D-Steve for getting tatoos on his face. that's just stupid.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | September 28, 2009 2:38 PM

and what the hell is wrong with D-Stevenson? dude's got a few screws loose...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | September 28, 2009 2:31 PM

Agree he needs the screws tightened.

Pirates?????
What a good team to look to.

Glad to see that Blatch is concerned about what number he'll wear. That's important.


Posted by: VBFan | September 28, 2009 2:43 PM

The jury is still out on this team. Being good on paper means nothing. The keys will be a healthy Arenas, and the development of McGee, Blatche, and Young...and whether Flip can get these guys to play some DEFENSE. The Wizards are a terrible defensive team. They get exploited on a regular basis.

It will be interesting...I'm pulling for them. They did hire a good coach.

Posted by: EJHooper | September 28, 2009 3:05 PM

Sad. The guys on the team are way more positive than the people who comment here. Give this club a break! If they're under .600 December 1, then go after 'em, but right now they're undefeated and planning to stay that way as long as possible. Enjoy the optimism and stop the silly sniping. Give yourself a break!

Posted by: joe2chase | September 28, 2009 3:08 PM

Everybody's talking the talk. Come November, we'll see if they walk the walk.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 28, 2009 3:09 PM

Last year, during that brief period when Mike James was playing well, the Wiz seemed to improve quite a bit. When his shot stopped dropping, things changed for the worse.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 28, 2009 9:47 AM

This is what I was thinking before they traded for James...all the shooters were in a slump, so the defense could play off them and shut down (slow down???) Jamison and Butler.

If the players on this team can shoot their career average from outside, we have at least 4 serious outside threats. I don't want our guys jacking up 3's all game long, but if they can hit a few early and consistently, it will open up the lane.

Sort of how the pass opens up the run in football.

Even if one or two of our guys are in a slump, we should be able to put 2 solid outside threats on the floor at any time and make the other teams D work extra hard. In theory, this helps wear them down and makes their offense a little less potent, especially at the end of the game.

Posted by: Blurred | September 28, 2009 3:23 PM

Oh yes...I checked and as far as I can tell, the local Richmond paper (the Richmond Times-Dispatch; www.timesdispatch.com) didn't mention training camp. What a joke.

At least their should be few distractions for our Wizards, since no one seems to know they are there.

Posted by: Blurred | September 28, 2009 3:26 PM

regardless of last season's misery there are good reasons to be excited about this squad and after having viewed what the skins have got to offer I can't wait for the wiz to be playing

Posted by: bford1kb | September 28, 2009 3:29 PM

Here we go again with the old chest thumping rhetoric...sure every club says they will be better this year...All clubs experience injuries during the course of a season....

For the past 20 years at least, the Wizards have not played consistent defense and until they do they will never be contenders for a championship...Agent 0 can score 40 every nite but until he steps up and plays consistent defense this team is going nowhere...

Every player (veteran) on that team knows this and statistics don't lie...Just wait until late Jan. comes around when teams clamp down and start their run and you will see the Wiz flounder again and the coach implore them to play better defense...again.....

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 28, 2009 3:51 PM

prescrunk, Im feelin you on the uniforms.
We are about due!

Posted by: millineumman | September 28, 2009 4:03 PM

On paper, this team has all the makings of a champion...uh, wait, didn't we hear that recently from another team in Washington?

Posted by: JohnWWW | September 28, 2009 4:08 PM

Here's my prediction: Nick Young is going to get a lot more time at the #2 this year than many people think. I'll bet no one can check him in camp-scrimages, he's going to put up a ton of points and the coaching staff will be forced to give him minutes--over Miller and DeShawn. That's my call. If Nick Young sits a lot this year, he won't be here next year. Just a feeling.

Posted by: jweber1 | September 28, 2009 4:13 PM

Who's getting traded by the deadline? I agree with Arenas, we need one or two more BIGS. We're deep but we're small, one more solide veteran big then I can respect championship talk...until then we'll see. Again, agreeing with Gilbert "...theres a difference from competeting and contending..." when reaching for the championship.

Posted by: Gooddad | September 28, 2009 4:17 PM

Jamison said that he is "so hungry. You're going to see a different guy. I'm going hard. I'm so ready to go."

I thought this meant he is willing to play some "D" but I could be wrong since he said....

He spoke about how excited he was with the new veteran additions on the team, especially Fabricio Oberto, who brings a strong physical presence on defense.

I guess he hopes Oberto is on the floor the same time he is so he doesn't have to play "D"?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 28, 2009 2:18 PM

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I took that as a good sign, reasoning that if Jamison is excited about a defensive guy, and said you're going to see a different Jamison, then we might see more defense out of him.

It's just a matter of hearing what you want to hear, I suppose.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 4:21 PM

Everybody's talking the talk. Come November, we'll see if they walk the walk.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 28, 2009 3:09 PM

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personally, I can't wait until november so we don't have to listen to people commenting about how talk is cheap and using that to complain about the wizards before they even hit the floor. Right now, all we have to go on is talk. Until we have actions that contradict the talk, everybody here who complains about it being just talk is just looking for reasons to complain.

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Here we go again with the old chest thumping rhetoric...sure every club says they will be better this year...All clubs experience injuries during the course of a season....

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 28, 2009 3:51 PM
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Rhetoric, yes. It's a press conference. Media day. Would you prefer their rhetoric reflects last year's dismal season? or have it reflect the dismal attitudes on this comment board?

Of course you wouldn't. you just want to see them back up their talk with work.

which begs the question, why are you here complaining about their rhetoric? Come back when you get what you say you want, which is actions. See you late october.

this also ignores the possibility that what you *really* want is to complain. Again. Come back later.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 4:30 PM

^ owned.

i dig deshawn's ink.

Posted by: prescrunk | September 28, 2009 4:40 PM

Actually BLURRED!!! ....what a joke! Being a season ticket Holder whom lives here in Richmond, they have advertised the wizards being here with commercials and postings on Billboards about the Preseason game with Memphis in Downtown Richmond. Get it together before you make unproven remarks about things you know NOTHING about! Your remarks about the WiZ are the joke! Lets go Wizards...

Posted by: rf2litenva | September 28, 2009 6:07 PM

I agree that talk is cheap, and the team as it currently stands is underperforming. Look at cleveland, boston, hell, even the knicks! All are undefeated in September. Meanwhile, who have the Wizards beaten? Nobody!

Posted by: BillyReubenBrown | September 28, 2009 6:28 PM

Well,Well,Well,.....Again we find our hero's ready for another season of fun and adventure our fearless leader and GM is predicting big things for our hero's with our main character back in the lead role(Agent Zero) hopes are high; but wait we have a new Director of the Agency(Flip)who has taken great pains to know his players.What pray tell is in store for our hero's? tune in this season for the adventure's of Flip and Agent Zero, co starring Caron Butler as "Tough Juice" Antwan Jamison as "Minute Man" stay tuned for FUN,ADVENTURE and thrilling action....To be continued.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 28, 2009 6:46 PM

I took that as a good sign, reasoning that if Jamison is excited about a defensive guy, and said you're going to see a different Jamison, then we might see more defense out of him.

It's just a matter of hearing what you want to hear, I suppose.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 4:21 PM

crs-one

I would have liked to read him saying since he is one of the leaders he is going to take a page from Oberto's book and play better "D" this year.

I really liked the fact Gil said that he was done being an entertainer.

Time will tell....

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 28, 2009 7:22 PM

I applaud the fans' enduring support and enthusiasm, although it's hard to understand most of the time.

Yes, it's true that we're small, and where we're nominally big (Haywood) we stink. Haywood can't rebound, can't score, can't stop anyone and doesn't intimidate anyone. In the NBA, that makes you a "finesse" team, which is a death sentence.

This condition, like that of our equally forlorn 'Skins, is the result of sustained clueless management in both organizations.

As long as the same people continue to call the strategic shots, both organizations will continue to fail.

This isn't hatin' on the Wiz or the 'Skins, but an observation of multi-year fact. In fact, I feel sorry for players who have to labor under such crippling conditions, knowing that each year the body's brutal time clock brings them closer to having missed any chance at success, and realizing that those chances have often been squandered by clueless executives who nonetheless somehow keep their jobs for years and years.

Maybe it's time for team to be owned by stockholders, with the authority to vote out under-performing management.

Posted by: salescoach | September 28, 2009 8:11 PM

New uniforms finally ???!!


Starters : Haywood, Jamison, Butler, Miller, Arenas


Top reserves : Blatche, Foye, McGee, Young


I am interested to see the improvement of McGee. I think he is key. Can he play PF? If we can use him at the 4, and along side Haywood, he gives us a totally different look and we actually have alot of depth at C (Haywood, Oberto, McGee and Blatche) and at PF (Jamison, Blatche, McGee, Oberto, McGuire).

I love the versatility.. we can go big with a frontcourt of Haywood, McGee, Jamison ... or small with Blatche, McGuire and Butler , for example. We can go with a quick backcourt of Arenas with Foye or out Miller at SG with his rebounding and post up ability, along with his 3pt shot! We got offensive guns off the bench with Young and Foye, or defenders with Stevenson and McGuire.

I am so happy training camp is finally here!! What a painfully looooong offseason!!

Let's Go Wizards!!!

Posted by: Darnell1 | September 28, 2009 10:05 PM

I agree that talk is cheap, and the team as it currently stands is underperforming. Look at cleveland, boston, hell, even the knicks! All are undefeated in September. Meanwhile, who have the Wizards beaten? Nobody!

Posted by: BillyReubenBrown | September 28, 2009 6:28 PM
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to quote the vernacular...LOL

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 10:14 PM

crs-one

I would have liked to read him saying since he is one of the leaders he is going to take a page from Oberto's book and play better "D" this year.

I really liked the fact Gil said that he was done being an entertainer.

Time will tell....

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 28, 2009 7:22 PM

agreed. i would have loved for him to say that as well. really, he didn't say anything of substance, so we can't do anything but read into it and hope that we see some good team defense out of him.

and i also hope gil shows up this year. even though he probably won't stick with the no-entertainer thing for long, at least he recognizes the gravity of the situation and is reacting approrpriately. as long as it results him strong play from him, i won't mind if he regresses every now and then.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 10:19 PM

Everybody's talking the talk. Come November, we'll see if they walk the walk.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 28, 2009 3:09 PM

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personally, I can't wait until november so we don't have to listen to people commenting about how talk is cheap and using that to complain about the wizards before they even hit the floor. Right now, all we have to go on is talk. Until we have actions that contradict the talk, everybody here who complains about it being just talk is just looking for reasons to complain.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 4:30 PM

What part of what I said struck you as being a complaint? I was merely taking a wait-and-see attitude, in the knowledge that what is said now means nothing, and that what happens when the season starts is all that matters.

And, in fact, we have had actions that have contradicted similar talk in the past. We've had talk from Blatche and Young about how hard they've worked in the off-season, and how seriously they've started to take their games, and each year we've gotten the same results -- no noticeable improvment. So pardon me if I'm a bit skeptical.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 28, 2009 10:40 PM

BF78, what Jamison said is allright. I am sure he is convinced that his overall play is just fine, to include his Defense.

What he appears to be indicating is that whatever he does well, you will see him hungry to do even better this year.

Jamison is what he is and if he is saying we are going to get a better version this year, I am all for it.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 28, 2009 11:33 PM

What part of what I said struck you as being a complaint? I was merely taking a wait-and-see attitude, in the knowledge that what is said now means nothing, and that what happens when the season starts is all that matters.

And, in fact, we have had actions that have contradicted similar talk in the past. We've had talk from Blatche and Young about how hard they've worked in the off-season, and how seriously they've started to take their games, and each year we've gotten the same results -- no noticeable improvment. So pardon me if I'm a bit skeptical.

Posted by: rbpalmer | September 28, 2009 10:40 PM

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it wasn't a passive aggressive swipe at you. quoting you was meant as an offshoot of what you said, not as a challenge. my apologies for not being more clear

the skepticism is well deserved and shared by me, especially in the examples you cited.

Posted by: crs-one | September 28, 2009 11:43 PM

It's All About The Abraham's.Baby!

Posted by: jeremydvid | September 29, 2009 12:24 AM

How much cash can we get for our 2nd round pick this year? 3 million?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 29, 2009 3:49 AM

Actually BLURRED!!! ....what a joke! Being a season ticket Holder whom lives here in Richmond, they have advertised the wizards being here with commercials and postings on Billboards about the Preseason game with Memphis in Downtown Richmond. Get it together before you make unproven remarks about things you know NOTHING about! Your remarks about the WiZ are the joke! Lets go Wizards...

Posted by: rf2litenva | September 28, 2009 6:07 PM

Do you have a link to an article from yesterday's paper? I couldn't find one. I was hoping to get a local POV but couldn't find any mention of the training camp in the paper. Tried again today and no luck.

I am saying the joke is that the local paper is either not covering it, or that their website is so inept that I can't find it, even after typing in wizards in the search window.
Not ragging on Richmond, just the joke of a paper that mainly reprints Wash Post/LA Times articles.

Posted by: Blurred | September 29, 2009 6:45 AM

Not being negative here, but I would be real surprised if Gil showed leadership in other way than working hard on his game.

It just doesn't seem like Gil's persona to be a vocal leader.

Posted by: cannontl | September 29, 2009 8:36 AM

Gil says "The only true PG in league is Jason Kid". Hey Gil ever heard of Chris Paul or Deron Williams last time I check they have gold medals hanging around their necks! In order to be an effective PG in the NBA you have to make great decisions under "enormous" pressure. Gil has never really had to do it interms of distribute the basketball. So we will find out what kind of PG he is this year! Stay Tuned.In the words of Tu-Pac "All Eyes on Me".

Posted by: TheGodFather | September 29, 2009 8:53 AM

One of the ways that Gil exhibited some leadership came earlier this summer.

Blatche apparently wasn't thrilled about attending summer league. Suanders wanted all of the young guys there so they could start to install the new system.

According to Blatche, GiL made the call and told him to get there.

I saw Flip on Comcast being interviewed the other night. Flip said he had the next 30 days all mapped out, he said he assumes these players know nothing and he's starting from scratch.

He said that these guys will go over some things that they may not have seen since Jr. High. Seeing how sloppy many of these guys' footwork has been in the past, I'd say some of them missed much of that stuff in Jr. High.

It will be interesting to see what this team looks like come Nov.

Every time Flip starts into something these guys don't think they should cover I'm sure Flip will remind them how many games they won last year...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | September 29, 2009 8:56 AM

Every time Flip starts into something these guys don't think they should cover I'm sure Flip will remind them how many games they won last year...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | September 29, 2009 8:56 AM

GM,

I hope so....

I'm afraid the players will be like some of the people who post on here.

They would tell Flip that they made the playoffs without him and if it weren't for injuries the last couple of years they could have done what Orlando did last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 29, 2009 9:10 AM

"We've had talk from Blatche and Young about how hard they've worked in the off-season, and how seriously they've started to take their games, and each year we've gotten the same results -- no noticeable improvment. So pardon me if I'm a bit skeptical."

Oh, I dont believe a word either of them say. Those two knuckleheads are LAZY and could very well end up casualties of the culture change Flip is bringing to the team.

Or perhaps they get their acts together and thrive.

Time will tell, but my hopes for the team arent pinned on those two seeing the light.

But we can be damn good without either of them being any better...which is why I am optimistic,

Posted by: divi3 | September 29, 2009 9:38 AM

My understanding is Flip gave each of the young guys a specific to do list to work on this summer. It wasn't just "work on your game".

Each guy had specific areas that he wanted them to work on. From what I've been able to put together from various interviews it went something like this.

Young, catch and shoot, and learn to work off of screens. Improve the footwork to set a guy up for the pick, not just lazily running around a guy and letting the defender slip around the picker.

Blatche, back to the basket lowpost basketball. Build the body on that big frame.

McGuire, Develop a mid range jump shot. He'd been working on his 3 pt. range, but Flip wants him to build solid midrange game first.

Crittenton, learn to pressure the ball defensively, and push tempo on offense. Gives you an idea what Flip has in mind for the second unit.

McGee, Probably has the most to work on, but has the highest ceiling of any of these guys. Flip's going to put him in positions to have some success and spend other nights protecting him. He's got to keep building his body and working on his game. I'm not sure he ever learned Jr. High level post footwork. The guy's got some serious work to do on post basics.

I'm looking forward to seeing which of these guys can step their game up this year. I'd agree with Diva3, the Wiz can be good without major contributions from this group.

But if two or three of these guys make real improvements in their games and Flip can milk 10-20 minutes of solid basketball a night out of them. Then this team could be really solid.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | September 29, 2009 10:40 AM

godfather: "Gil says "The only true PG in league is Jason Kid". Hey Gil ever heard of Chris Paul or Deron Williams last time I check they have gold medals hanging around their necks! In order to be an effective PG in the NBA you have to make great decisions under "enormous" pressure"

Paul and Williams are both very effective PGs, but after them the list is short. Most teams do without a classic pass-first PG, and it doesn't seem to hurt them much. If you've watched Paul and Deron, you know they make their share of mistakes -- they're good enough to compensate for them.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 29, 2009 10:43 AM

"McGee, Probably has the most to work on, but has the highest ceiling of any of these guys. Flip's going to put him in positions to have some success and spend other nights protecting him. He's got to keep building his body and working on his game. I'm not sure he ever learned Jr. High level post footwork. The guy's got some serious work to do on post basics."

You'd think his mother would have taught him.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 29, 2009 10:45 AM

GM,

I hope so....

I'm afraid the players will be like some of the people who post on here.

They would tell Flip that they made the playoffs without him and if it weren't for injuries the last couple of years they could have done what Orlando did last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 29, 2009 9:10 AM

BF78,

You know the old saying, people will go as far as you let them. I think that has held true with this Team in the past.

However, now with Flip on board, I don't think any of these players will be coming with any of that foolishness, telling Flip what they can do without him.

I think they realize that Flip as their Coach now gives them the best Coaching opportunity to grasp at a championship.

So hoping what GM says is good, but you want have to worry about any insolence from this squad this year.

They know it is time to put up or shut up.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 29, 2009 10:52 AM

Gil says "The only true PG in league is Jason Kid". Hey Gil ever heard of Chris Paul or Deron Williams last time I check they have gold medals hanging around their necks! In order to be an effective PG in the NBA you have to make great decisions under "enormous" pressure. Gil has never really had to do it interms of distribute the basketball. So we will find out what kind of PG he is this year! Stay Tuned.In the words of Tu-Pac "All Eyes on Me".

Posted by: TheGodFather | September 29, 2009 8:53 AM

And how many rings do Kidd, CP3, Deron, Nash have? Now who is this pure point guard on the Lakers? When was the last time a "pure point guard" led a team to a ring? Chauncey or Tony Parker are not pure PG's either. Stockton is another one who didn't lead to a ring. He lost to a team with Jordan that had no true PG. I'm going back to Isaiah and Magic to the last to lead a team to a championship.

By the way, Gil made the best decision during pressure time, he took the shot when being played 1 on 1. What would you have preferred? If he did not take the shot, it would have been a bad decision.

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 29, 2009 11:23 AM

I wouldn't necessarily classify Deron Williams as a "pure" PG. He's an outstanding playmaker, but he's also been an aggressive scorer who's lead the Jazz's in scoring the last couple of years.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 11:44 AM

I applaud the fans' enduring support and enthusiasm, although it's hard to understand most of the time.

Yes, it's true that we're small, and where we're nominally big (Haywood) we stink. Haywood can't rebound, can't score, can't stop anyone and doesn't intimidate anyone. In the NBA, that makes you a "finesse" team, which is a death sentence.

This condition, like that of our equally forlorn 'Skins, is the result of sustained clueless management in both organizations.

As long as the same people continue to call the strategic shots, both organizations will continue to fail.

This isn't hatin' on the Wiz or the 'Skins, but an observation of multi-year fact. In fact, I feel sorry for players who have to labor under such crippling conditions, knowing that each year the body's brutal time clock brings them closer to having missed any chance at success, and realizing that those chances have often been squandered by clueless executives who nonetheless somehow keep their jobs for years and years.

Maybe it's time for team to be owned by stockholders, with the authority to vote out under-performing management.

Posted by: salescoach | September 28, 2009 8:11 PM
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Are you really as clueless as you sound???

Equating the Wiz management with the Redskins? Are you kidding me? The front office of the Wiz now is light year's better than Skin's and not surprisingly the Wiz are the much better team respectively by a mile.

As far as Haywood is concerned, to say he can't rebound, can't score, and can't stop anyone from scoring is an exaggeration at best, if not flat out incorrect. While he might not be great at any one particular skill, he is all around a very solid player particularly on defense, a legit NBA center.

And feeling sorry for millionaire athletes? Be my guest. No matter what their team's situations may be, I never/very rarely feel sorry for guys getting paid millions to play a game for a living. Perhaps, if the Skin's for instance, weren't saturated with overpaid prima donna's, they might actually play the game with the required level of passion and heart to become winners.

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 29, 2009 1:23 PM

Why do you guys comment in this thread if you don't care what they say at media day?

Why do they even hold media day then?

I agree it's largely a dog and pony show, but there are positives to take away from some of the comments.

1) Gilbert Arena's might have finally grown up enough to actually lead us somewhere past the first round.

2) The entire mood of the team seems to be that they are hungrier than they have been in a while to just win and do whatever it takes - Jamison, Miller, etc....

3) NY is actually striving to be a starter. Whereas in the past, he was happy, I'm sure, with the role he had.

4) Stevenson is weirder than I thought. I don't want to have to see a guy with tattoos all over his face. That is just creepy!

So, to say we'll have wait to see results is a redundant overstatement. Duh!

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 29, 2009 1:38 PM

To the next guy who says talk is cheap: then why does Dr. Phil get paid so much?

rphilli: "Equating the Wiz management with the Redskins? Are you kidding me? The front office of the Wiz now is light year's better than Skin's and not surprisingly the Wiz are the much better team respectively by a mile."

Even though they won only 19 games last season?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 29, 2009 2:02 PM

1) Gilbert Arena's might have finally grown up enough to actually lead us somewhere past the first round.

I'm pretty sure gil's jumper against the bulls led the 2nd round

Posted by: bford1kb | September 29, 2009 2:02 PM

On the topic of Redskins vs. Wizards management:

The Redskins are the ultimate counterargument to those benighted souls still peddling the "cheap Abe" line of nonsense. If ever there were a textbook example of how free spending doesn't guarantee results, the Redskins are it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 2:37 PM

And how many rings do Kidd, CP3, Deron, Nash have? Now who is this pure point guard on the Lakers? When was the last time a "pure point guard" led a team to a ring? Chauncey or Tony Parker are not pure PG's either. Stockton is another one who didn't lead to a ring. He lost to a team with Jordan that had no true PG. I'm going back to Isaiah and Magic to the last to lead a team to a championship.

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 29, 2009 11:23 AM


well i have to disagree.

The first question we ask is: "what is the definition of a true point guard'?

a true point guard, is one who has superb ball handling skills, swift fast decision making, great passing, getting other players involved, dictating the flow of the offense, reading the defense etc...

some point guards that fall in the category of the description above:
Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Tony Parker.

do most of those guys have rings mentioned above...no, will they be future hall of famers? perhaps. The point i am trying to make is, In order to be successful having a floor general like those guys will get you very far in basketball. Will it win championships? im not so sure, i believe defense and a bona-fide big could get you titles as well.

The lakers did not have a pure point guard true. But they have Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant fits in that category mentioned above because he can pass, defend, read a defense, dictate the offense, and score tremendously... I dont know why point guards who can score dont fit in the true point guard category. They can suck in the defense and really cause problems. especially if others can score. What Arenas needs to do is just grasp the playbook and enhance it. Make sure players are going to spots they are supposed to be going, and that everyone shares the ball. But if hes hot so what if he goes for 60? The wiz will be much improved and i think Arenas has no choice but to slow his game down (Scoring wise to get others involved). get the PPG down from 27 to about 16, and raise the asst per game total from 5.6 to about 8, to have at least one or two more double digit scorers per game.
The wiz will be fine this season 54 wins, eastern conference finals.

Posted by: mrhney03 | September 29, 2009 3:13 PM

Kal...we've had our differences, but you are 100% right on the money this time.

I am not a huge Haywood fan, but I have resigned myself to the understanding that there are really only 3-5 "great" centers at any time in the NBA. Haywood is in the top half of the centers, which means he will rarely, if ever, dominate a game; can't play outside; isn't going to intimidate many other C's or PF's and will need to learn to shoot better than 70% to average more than 10 or 11 pts a game.

That said, he: will do lots to help the team that won't be obvious; block 2 shots a game; get 8-12 boards a game; make 90% of the players that drive the lane against him pay physically; stay out of foul trouble most games; let jamison get away with not being a hard ass defender (thus saving some energy for offense) and he is a pretty big dude, even by NBA standards, so he can clof the lane.

Posted by: Blurred | September 29, 2009 3:19 PM

make that "clog"

Posted by: Blurred | September 29, 2009 3:20 PM

At his very best (physically and mentally) Haywood is a serviceable NBA journeyman C. Nothing more.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 4:10 PM

Kalo - I am asking your opinion here and not arguing with you:

If there are 3-5 great centers every decade and then 60 others...where would you rank Brendan in that 60? I'd put him at maybe #20-30, but looking for your opinion

Posted by: Blurred | September 29, 2009 4:54 PM

On the topic of Redskins vs. Wizards management:

The Redskins are the ultimate counterargument to those benighted souls still peddling the "cheap Abe" line of nonsense. If ever there were a textbook example of how free spending doesn't guarantee results, the Redskins are it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 2:37 PM

kal,

This is the first year Abe (unwillingly) has gone over the luxury cap and most people believe it’s their best chance to win a championship. Just because an owner is willing to spend money does not guarantee a championship but looking at the past NBA champions it hasn’t hurt teams like the Lakers and Boston.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | September 29, 2009 5:00 PM

And not overspending didn't seem to hurt Detroit or San Antonio, either.

Know what else hasn't hurt the Lakers and Boston? Having multiple HoF players on their team. Spending money only works if you spend it the right way. Going over the tax line to sign the likes of Big baby Davis (my favorite of this summers suggest FA saviors) won't get it don't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 5:06 PM

As for Haywood . . . depends on who the other 59 are. Give me the list and I'll tell you where he fits. Because there've been way more than 60 Cs to pass through the NBA in the past decade.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 29, 2009 5:08 PM

You don't have to win a NBA championship to be classified as a sucessful true point guard. Although CP3 and Deron are young, at least the other 3 have made it to the eastern conference finals or won the NBA title. Gil has led this team out of the first round of the playoffs. So don't get your hopes up too high for a guy who teally hasn't played in two years and has never ran a team as a distrubutor first option!

Posted by: TheGodFather | September 30, 2009 6:38 AM

You want to make Gil a true point guard but he never will be a true point guard. But with that, scoring has never been the problem with Gil at point. And Gil averaged how many assists? I have seen him run plays, setup players by penetrating and dishing...the problem is when he dished, it was to people like Michael Ruffin who would proceed to blow the layup. Guess what, no assist on the play because the layup was blown even though the play looked great. But guess what, this wizards team has better finishers than the past. How many layups did Jeffries blow. All you want remember was Gil scoring, carrying the offense with his Big 3mates, but ignore the garbage that was surrounding the Big 3. Gil has never played with an interior finisher. Haywood stunk back then. He is better know. Blatche is a way better finisher than Ruffin and Etan. McGee is better too, if you set him up right. JaVale can be to Gil, what Tyson Chandler was to CP3.

People need to stop trying to put a square peg into a round hole and let Gil be Gil offensively.

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 30, 2009 10:10 AM

i dunno if i want jamison to say he is going to commit to playing tough D. Its enough for me to hear him talking about bringing more intensity to his game. He may never be the defensive player people here wish he could be.

I mean, he just doesn't have that type of game / body type. And he tends to play best when he isn't taking a lot of contact which he would need to. In turn I do like having a player like fab to take that body up D role. Its more a part of his natural make up.

Posted by: gconrads | October 2, 2009 12:25 PM

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