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Morning buzz

Michael Lee previews tonight's final preseason game at Chicago and says the team is still seeking chemistry.

* Mike Jones at the Washington Times has a similar point of view.

* The New York Times profiles silent Gilbert. [Updated 10:42 am]

* Here are reports on yesterday's practice from Bullets Forever's Mike Prada and Truth About It.

* Also yesterday, D.C. Sports Bog offered inspiring words from Caron Butler.

*'s Shaun Powell talked to DeShawn Stevenson, who says he's the most hated player in the NBA. "I know I am," he says. Powell lists Stevenson among several other NBA personalities -- including Stephen Jackson, Mark Cuban and Tim Duncan -- who need an image makeover.

Elsewhere in the league:

* Isiah Thomas is hurt about what Magic said in an upcoming book about Magic and Bird.

* columnist Bill Simmons did a Q&A for the Huffington Post. He's starting his tour promoting his new book, "The Book of Basketball," on Monday night at ESPN Zone.

By Alexa Steele  |  October 23, 2009; 10:36 AM ET
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Posted by: jefferu | October 23, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

It looks like Mr. lee and Mr.Jones have been reading my posts about the problem with this team's chemistry.

Caron hopes the team will just find it on opening night?

I hate to tell you Caron (and a few others on here) it doesn't work that way. It's not like is a team sport!

Great teams have 5 guys playing together as a unit, not 5 guys playing their own games like the all star game?

But why should Gil change his game? The team made the playoffs, got knocked out in the first round and he still got his big contract?

Good going AI I'm sorry Gil!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 23, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78, the glass is always half-empty with you because you hate this team and want them to lose.

No team has chemistry until they play reg season games together, so it's not unusual we'll be searching for ours in the early stages of the season. And Flip will be searching for his guys too, it's a growing process. And we're far from the only team that will be going through it.

Or do you think Vince Carter somehow blends seamlessly on day1? Shaq?

around .500 through the first 1/4 of the season while lineups and chemistry are worked out and we'll be ok

Posted by: divi3 | October 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I still think the Wizards are thin in the front court. There is no "light" that will come on for AB. He is what he is, a talented player with not much of a motor. That won't change this year. McGuire has a tremendous motor but his talent is only pedestrian. McGee has great upside but he's still young and prone to be a little erratic, and Oberto, while physical and active on the defensive end of the floor, gives you very little offensively and is prone to foul trouble. There will be plenty of nights when the Wizards will be overmatched in the front court and will have to rely on their perimeter game to stay with other teams. Good inside teams will usually beat good outside teams. When their shots are falling and their offensive is flowing, teams will have trouble keeping up with the Wizards, but there will be many games that they lose down the stretch by scores like 112-92. If the Wizards stay healthy they should be in playoff contention at the end of the season, but I can easily see another first round exit to teams like Boston, Cleveland, or Orlando.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 23, 2009 10:30 AM


We could take any teams frontcourt and rundown there supposedly weaknesses as you have done with the Wizards.

But your analogy, though with some merit, draws the wrong conclusions. This Wizards frontcourt, though thin, is quite formidiable when complared with the rest of the League.

There will not be many frontcourts that we will have a problem with, only a few, and in fact most Teams will have a problem with our front court.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"This Wizards frontcourt, though thin, is quite formidiable when complared with the rest of the League. "

No, it's really not. At best it's average when compared with the rest of the league. There's not a single frontline player who really excels at the things you need big men to do. The most productive frontcourt player is Jamison, and he gets most of his offensive production well away from the basket. Everyone else is average or below at pretty much every phase of the game at this point (a couple have potential to be more, but as of yet that potential is mostly untapped).

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 23, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse


The differences you forget to mention are Orlando and Cleveland have the same coaches and the same systems. It's a lot easier to plug in a new player because he can learn from watching the other players. Here every player needs to learn a new system and they have yet played a single game together?

I ‘m neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I give credit to the fact that I have been self employed all of my life since I have the ability to look at situations for what they really are, which makes me a realist.

I don't hate the Wizards I have been a fan of this club since the early 70's and I would love to see them win a championship. I believe the club is going to be hurt by not playing together during the preseason and it may be the difference between getting the 4th seed versus the 6th seed.

If you don’t think it matters who we play in the first round then you need to go back and look at this current team’s record in the playoffs.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 23, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know of many teams with a new coach and new players that have been able to have chemistry after a handfull of regular-season games, much less pre-season games. So I think it's premature to suggest that the Wizards are somehow doomed because they lack chemistry now. I think the chemistry question will be answered over the course of the season, when the rotation becomes more well-defined and guys know their roles.
Even if they don't have great chemistry in the beginning of the season it doesn't mean they won't still win some games as they try to find it.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 23, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"The differences you forget to mention are Orlando and Cleveland have the same coaches and the same systems. It's a lot easier to plug in a new player because he can learn from watching the other players."

Shaq has the most dominant personality in all of pro sports. The guy is literally a giant, and has been a mega-star millionaire forever. At the end of the day, no one can tell him anything, and it's up to him to behave well.

I think that's a bit more of a chemistry issue than Mike Miller presents.

Posted by: divi3 | October 23, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Tha Fan 106.7 has reported that Antawn Jamison will miss the season opener and 3-5 weeks with the sublixation of the shoulder...


Posted by: mrhney03 | October 23, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Wizards may keep Paul Davis until Jamison is healthy. Which means, temporary contract, but not a guaranteed one. Think about it, if Wiz plans to sign the 15th man, they would have drafted Blair, whose 2nd round rookie salary would have been cheaper than vet's minimum for Davis.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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