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Morning brew

Yes, we're aware there's a game tonight.

Might have been easy to forget in light of all the Gilbert Arenas-Caron Butler news. Michael Lee covers it for the paper, which gave it some attention on the sports front page of the dead-tree version of our enterprise. Mr. Lee also put together some late-night thoughts on the matter on the Insider. And if you need a primer on Gilbert, in his own words, we got you covered there, too.

Here's Mike Jones's Washington Times story on all this.

Brendan Haywood addresses the Wizards' locker room problems in his latest blog post and explains that he has never had a problem with Gilbert Arenas and that his "ego" comments were intended for the entire team, including himself.

Truth About It offers its take on the Wizards' off-court flair for the dramatic.

Nationally, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com checks in on Wizards' woes.

NBA.com's Rick Kamla devotes his "Rick Rant" segment to the Wizards. Plenty of tough love here:

Around the League ...

Pretty low-key four-game slate on Monday night. The Spurs snapped the Bucks' winning streak; Greg Oden tied his career high in a Blazers' win (too soon to call him a bust?); and the Timberwolves have now lost 13 in a row.

In Houston, Tracy McGrady goes through a full practice and claims that he's ready to play, but the Rockets still aren't ready to put him on the court. And, in Chicago, Vinny Del Negro called out the Bulls for their lack of effort in back-to-back blowouts to the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets. So, how did the Bulls respond? They got smashed by Portland on Greg Oden's career night.

In a conversation with Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, Kobe Bryant says that at age 31, and after four NBA championships, he still has room to grow as a player.

NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson talks with USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and learns that Colangelo is willing to wait for free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in hopes that they will be available for World Championships in Turkey next summer.

By Ed Guzman  |  November 24, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Caron Butler, Eddie Jordan; NBA; Washington Wizards; Philadelphia 76ers; Michael Lee; Mike Jones, Gilbert Arenas  
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Comments

Starting lineup

Gil PG
DS SG
AJ SF
AB PF (give the kid some minutes with the starters and lets see what he can do)
BH C

How does NY go from not seeing the court in a couple of blowouts and than starts?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

How does NY go from not seeing the court in a couple of blowouts and than starts?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Because at 3-9 with Gilby detonating the locker room Flip is ready to try anything...

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Gil PG
DS SG
AJ SF
AB PF (give the kid some minutes with the starters and lets see what he can do)
BH C

Thanks but no thanks on Deshawn starting. If you wanna give "kids" some minutes, let's Foye or Ny out there

Posted by: divi3 | November 24, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Deshawn > NY

Posted by: prescrunk | November 24, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Everything I read here tells me CARON should stay and GILBERT should go. Which is obviously diametrically opposed to the wishes of the owner. Mr. POLLIN, you've tied your horse to the wrong chariot, IMHO of course.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 24, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Thanks but no thanks on Deshawn starting. If you wanna give "kids" some minutes, let's Foye or Ny out there

Posted by: divi3 | November 24, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

You need someone on the court that can play some "D".

I think AB has earned a chance to start over Oberto which means you start DS and then bring in NY when you have Oberto in the game.

Remember Gil is here to save the day which mean he getting his 30 even if he goes 8-32

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 24, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

i cant see how heavy minutes to DS helps this team win. He cant score and isnt as great a defender as his rep unless we're playing the cavs.

let's see Flip's supposed NY=Rip scenario tonight!

Posted by: divi3 | November 24, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

i want AB to see heavy minutes too, but i cant see AJ at 3 on the defensive end.

Of course, I suppose he would me more than handful for most 3s on the other end

Posted by: divi3 | November 24, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

oh, and imho mcguire deserves a shot to show his defensive prowess and hustle

Posted by: divi3 | November 24, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Let's just hope Nick can remember the damn plays that get called for him this time.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 24, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Did BH all but call Michael Lee a liar?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

If you want someone to catch and shoot, NY is that guy because he can do nothing else. NY is one dimensional with low bball IQ. He can't defend, doesn't rebound, and he has no court vision so he rarely if ever passes the ball for assists.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 24, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"If you want someone to catch and shoot, NY is that guy because he can do nothing else."

Actually, he doesn't even do that. Now if you want a guy to catch, dribble out the shot clock while doing little to advance his court position, then launch an off-balance fadeaway, then Young is your guy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 24, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'll probably regret asking this, but:

if you were coach, how would you fix the Wiz's play at the moment? I'd be interested in hearing something other than the usual combo or wild trades and exhortations to 'fire' this or that individual...

Posted by: Samson151 | November 24, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The thing about Young is, if he just did what Flip advised in the preseason, he'd be almost unstoppable. He's taller and 'longer' than most SGs and he has that fabulous elevation with virtually no run-up. IMO all he'd have to do is the come off the screen, catch the ball, and go straight up for a jumper from twelve to fifteen feet.

Almost unstoppable.

I don't get it.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 24, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

So Eddie Jordan doesn't like big men who can rebound, block shots, defend the rim? Really? Then why was he always on Blatche for not doing any of those things? As for Haywood, he never had any problem doing any of those things in Jordan's system when he actually focused and committed himself. The only thing Jordan's system actively discouraged him from doing was shooting the ball. Which is a good thing because, as his current FG% suggests, Haywood shooting the ball is not necessarily in the team's best interest.

Posted by: kalo_rama
------------------------------------------

No one says EJ doesn't like big men who can rebound, block shots, defend the rim. But EJ values his center being a passer away from the basket more than rebound and block shots. That is why Songaila, someone who can't rebound or block shot, was used so often as the center.

Look at Dalembert, can he rebound, block shots and defend the rim? Yes, but obviously that is not the highest priorities EJ looks for his center.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Samson151,

Apparently, Nick doesn't "get it" either. How can you forget a play that is being run for you, as Nick did?
I'd love to see him provide a spark to the team since he's got all the physical talent in the world. Sadly, nobody's home upstairs.

Posted by: and_1 | November 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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