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Morning brew

Happy Monday, everyone. In The Post, Michael Lee delves into Gilbert Arenas's identity crisis with respect to the offense. We're all aware Agent Zero is back, for now. That much we've figured out.

Mike Jones of the Washington Times also covers the latest Gilbert persona change.

His colleague, Tom Knott, gets Cavaliers week (okay, not quite the ring of Cowboys week, but humor us for a second) started with a column on LeBron James putting a self-imposed stop to the free agency talk.

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada takes a final look at Saturday's loss to the Pistons and says the little things made the difference.

Around the League ...

Pretty quiet night in terms of games. In Los Angeles, former Laker Trevor Ariza received his championship ring and his Rockets got a win. Staples Center fans were not happy with the Lakers' performance, according to the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott.

Here are's top five plays from Sunday's four-game slate, including the No. 1 play from former Georgetown standout Jeff Green:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 16, 2009; 8:53 AM ET
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Great work Mike.

Posted by: closg | November 16, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Once Antawn is back on the court we have roughly 20 games or so to make drastic improvement or it may be time to have fire sale of players.

We are starting to look old and not good enough.

Posted by: millineumman | November 16, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

who looks old other than Oberto and Debrick?

The return of AJ/Foye should push Oberto and Debrick to the bench. In oberto's case to fill the role he was signed for, and in Declank's because he's a deterrent to winning at this point.

Lots of young players on the team, with AJ being the notable exception

Posted by: divi3 | November 16, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

As long as Gil has not recovered from injury, he is 2 or 3 steps slower and less explosive.

Caron looks like he lost a step.

You mentioned AJ

Brendan has always been gangly and slow but is also older. ( Gets a lot of shots blocked for a 7 footer.)

We do have young players on the roster but how can they be considered factors?
I just look around the league and other teams look to be running past the Wiz.
Our improvement is either very slow or non-existant.

Posted by: millineumman | November 16, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Gil has never guarded anyone, not when he was pure quicksilver nor now.

AB is what 24? Javale is 21? DM is 22 maybe? Foye is 24 I think. Gil is 28? Brendon is around 30 as is Caron.

Deshawn is 28 but going on 38.

To your point, we should get Dom and Javale on the floor a little more imho, especially Dom

Posted by: divi3 | November 16, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

the wiz have shown no indication that OLDberto isn't a part of their plans, or at least in the 8-9 man rotation even when AJ comes back McGee is being pushed to the end of the bench with the quickness, they might wanna tryout for the junior wizards to get some mins. Isn't it funny how flip talked up using NY like Rip but never calls those plays when NY is in the game?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 16, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

we rolled over Dallas at their place in the first game. why cant we duplicate that effort?

Posted by: prescrunk | November 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Since most of the time, Oberto is playing the 4 this season, I actually think Songaila would have done a better job because he has the mid-range jumper that Oberto does not have. I wish we had traded away James instead of Songaila. Anyway, now Jamison is back, that should solve the lack of scoring off the 4 position now. And I still think Oberto is better at 5 than Songaila (as a backup since neither is starting 5 caliber).

Posted by: sagaliba | November 16, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards originally wanted to include Stevenson in the deal, but the Wolves insisted on Songaila.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it funny how flip talked up using NY like Rip but never calls those plays when NY is in the game?

Posted by: lilhollywood10

It is baffling. Much was made of Nick's "Rip" role in the summer league and preseason. My question is does Flip not call those plays because those are the very plays of which Nick has had trouble "grasping the concepts" that Flip referred to earlier in the season?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 16, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards originally wanted to include Stevenson in the deal, but the Wolves insisted on Songaila."

So was said; but the Wolves do not really want Songaila, as they traded him for an expiring contract (AD), and James is an expiring econtract.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

And if the Wizards had traded James, then they wouldn't be able to use the cap space provided by his expiring contract to help re-sign whichever of their own FAs they decide to keep at season's end. Which is most likely why James wasn't and is unlikely to be traded.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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