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Morning brew [Updated]

As the Wizards get ready to head north to play the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Michael Lee takes a look at the Wizards' state of mind after they closed out their November schedule with an awful home loss to the Bobcats.

Mike Jones of the Washington Times focuses on Gilbert Arenas, who says he's lacking confidence. Wizards fans are probably nodding knowingly.

Mike Prada of Bullets Forever takes a bottom-line approach with what's gone on this season, which is: the stars aren't performing. Truth About It weighs in on the Mike Miller commercial that began airing during Friday's game against the Heat.

Over the weekend, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times paid tribute to the late Abe Pollin. [Updated 12:10 pm]

Around the league ...

The Nets fired Lawrence Frank, then went out and tied an NBA record for losses to start the season by dropping one to the Lakers to fall to 0-17. And that concludes the "hey Wizards fans, it could be a lot worse!" portion of the blog post.

NBA.com's Daily Zap catches you up on Sunday's 10-game slate:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 30, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Toronto Raptors; Gilbert Arenas; Lawrence Frank; New Jersey Nets  
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Comments

Bench Gilbert.

Posted by: closg | November 30, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The curse of Les Bullez continues.

Posted by: freeflyr61 | November 30, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

They will rebound and at least not put out that lack of effort for a long time.

Unfortunatly the bar has been lowered for me and I now think that this could be .500 team at best. On or around that mark.

We need NEW BLOOD as far as the core of the team. This is an average team.

You are stuck with Gil, the only thing you can do is rest him (some, maybe not start him - don't care who's feelings get hurt) and hope those legs get stronger again.

Let Jamison play his contract out. He has earned it and don't know if there is a better option.

Then play it out and go back to DRAFTING the best available. It is about luck and you have to keep doing it until you get a break. All the teams that have made a significant jump have gotten fortunate with the draft. (Cleveland, Seatle etc...)

Posted by: millineumman | November 30, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

During the last poll I thought the Wizards would start slow and win 6 games..

They play 15 games in Dec, how many wins will they have come New Years Day?

@ Tor win
vs Mil loss BB game
vs Tor loss
@ Det win
vs Bos loss
vs Ind win
@ LAC win
@ Sac loss
@ GS win
@ Pho loss BB game
vs Phi win
@ Mil loss BB game
@ Min win
@ Mem loss
vs Olk loss BB game

I have them going 7-8 since nobody knows when Miller is coming back.

That puts them at 12-18 with 52 games left.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 30, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What if they pull out the Boston & Memphis games? Then they go 9-6 and end up 14-16 with 52 left.

When these guys play, they can beat just about anybody. Our problem is actually getting everyone healthy and focussed at the same time. Games like those against Boston seem to get the focus part down.

And seriously, let's just give up putting the Knock on Jamison. We are .500 with him playing and .222 with him out. Last performance was weak, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that was one bad game until he proves otherwise.

That said, the team looked HUNGOVER. Anybody know if maybe they celebrated teh Miami game a bit (way) too hard?

Posted by: Blurred | November 30, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

And looking over that schedule, I don't see why they can't win at least ONE of those back to back games, assuming they don't celebrate too much the night before. that puts them at 10-5 at new year's and a .500 record with 52 to play.

Posted by: Blurred | November 30, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I want to give Jamison all the credit in the world. With the last game aside he has played great and the Wizards obvioulsy need him. Don't know why everyone gets so defensive about him though.

The focus aspect is absoulutly correct. They will probably lose too many games that we feel they "should win".

Posted by: millineumman | November 30, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

And looking over that schedule, I don't see why they can't win at least ONE of those back to back games, assuming they don't celebrate too much the night before. that puts them at 10-5 at new year's and a .500 record with 52 to play.

Posted by: Blurred | November 30, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I clearly see why you chose Blurred as a screen name.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 30, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

And seriously, let's just give up putting the Knock on Jamison. We are .500 with him playing and .222 with him out. Last performance was weak, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that was one bad game until he proves otherwise.

That said, the team looked HUNGOVER. Anybody know if maybe they celebrated teh Miami game a bit (way) too hard?

Posted by: Blurred | November 30, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

i know AJ wasn't hungover, not the consumate professional. not "Dr. Killjoy" not the guy who breaks up the locker room because guys are having too much fun. If there was any partying or hangovers i can't imagine that being AJ's excuse for layin ang egg saturday. as far as the winning % goes, what was our winning % last year when he and CB were carrying the load?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 30, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Disregarding cause(s), Arenas and Wizards' management need to recognize that he's not prepared to play at the level the team requires. A hero would ask to be assigned to the D-league. A man would at least ask Coach Saunders to sit him down even more emphatically than he's already done. I think, I hope, Gilbert can redeem himself and his Godawful contract, but if his situation continues to be on the first page of each new Wizards report, the season and perhaps the ownerless franchise could easily be lost. Having followed the team since 1972, I'd be very sad to see that happen. Ask any gambler: chasing lost bets is a certain way to lose money and prestige.

Posted by: WilliamCarr | November 30, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Jamison isn't the issue and neither is Butler.
Alot of you question Jamison's size at the 4 but several teams are successfully using tweeners at that position (Rashard Lewis, Josh Smith, Green from OKC, Nowitzki, Diaw....) so if coached properly, he'll be ok.
As for Butler, he was considered one of the best small forwards in the league just a couple of years ago and he hasn't had any major injuries to derail his skill sets. I have no doubt he will get back to that level once he shakes off his lack of confidence.
Arenas, to me, will be the problem with the team and not for lack of skills but because he signed a SUPERSTAR contract and he will have trouble living up to it. When you sign a contract of that magnitude, you have to be a bonafide star a la Wade, Lebron, Kobe....
I am afraid that he will have trouble living up to that contract especially considering it will almost eat 1/3 of the cap for the next 5 years.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | November 30, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Right...because l;ast season, with Mike james starting and a cast of 20 year olds and fill-ins is how we should judge this Jamison. Not his 55% (or whatever it is) career winning percentage.

Or the fact that even though "Jamison is out to get his," we are 2-0 this season when he "gets his" to the tune of 30/10.

I am saying maybe he was hungover. I don't know him and certainly wasn't with him after the game Fri. I would hope not, but that's the way the team looked.

All I'm saying is Jamison isn't the problem on this team.

Is he a Kobe or a LeBron or a Jordan? No.

But you'd have a hard time replacing him with anyone more productive.

Posted by: Blurred | November 30, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Jamison had a bad game. One bad game out of the 6 he's played since he came back. It happens. Get the f*&k over it, already.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 30, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

During the last poll I thought the Wizards would start slow and win 6 games..

They play 15 games in Dec, how many wins will they have come New Years Day?

@ Tor win
vs Mil loss BB game
vs Tor loss
@ Det win
vs Bos loss
vs Ind win
@ LAC win
@ Sac loss
@ GS win
@ Pho loss BB game
vs Phi win
@ Mil loss BB game
@ Min win
@ Mem loss
vs Olk loss BB game

I have them going 7-8 since nobody knows when Miller is coming back.

That puts them at 12-18 with 52 games left.

I think that's realistic.
I also think it's feasible they could beat Memphis and Sacremento and take 1 or maybe even 2 from Milwaukee. Hell, anything is possible with this team...lol

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 30, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

told yall, we're not allowed to talk about AJ on here.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 30, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Killjoy" not the guy who breaks up the locker room because guys are having too much fun.

Should you be having fun winning 19 games? Laughing and joking after a loss? That's not okay. I don't blame him for wanting them to take their jobs more serious.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 30, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Flip went with some crap lineups for whatever reason, why not run with the crew that just beat Miami the night before?

Posted by: divi3 | November 30, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

AB's postgame comments sounded fairly disgruntled.

Locker room laughter after being blown at home with the season circling in the drain speaks of a team that isnt going to win anything until attitudes change.

Posted by: divi3 | November 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Flip went with some crap lineups for whatever reason, why not run with the crew that just beat Miami the night before?"

Because the regular lineup dug an early hole and generally laid an egg when they were out on the floor. Saunders didn't really start scrambling the lineup until the second half, when things were way out of hand and he was looking for some combo that would get something started.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 30, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Flip took NY out of the game midway through the 1st quarter for Deshawn, and then didnt put Young back in the game until late in the 2nd quarter.

Is it coincidence Flip pulled NY directly after one of his "brush off" antics after he scored a nice bucket? I hope so.

Posted by: divi3 | November 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Giving Young a rest midway through the first was a normal substitution. Young is not a 40 mpg guy.(And, in fact, when he put Young back in, it was to try and stop the Bobcats' run). I'm talking about the 3rd quarter when the lead had ballooned and he rolled with Oberto and McGuire for long stretches.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 30, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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