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Morning brew

Plenty to take in on a big game day, so let's get right to it ...

Caron Butler says he's "ready to play, man," which Michael Lee covers in his off-day story previewing the Wizards' early-season showdown with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. And speaking of the showdown, the Sports Bog fans the flames of the Wizards-Cavaliers rivalry, with a big assist from DeShawn Stevenson.

On the other side of things, the Cleveland Plain Dealer attempts to bring Mo Williams up to speed on what the rivalry is about.

The Wizards' solid start has generated some buzz.

Slam Online's Vincent Thomas examines Flip Saunders's history with point guards and discusses how he should help Gilbert Arenas. Saunders said that Arenas is a combination of all of the point guards he's ever coached, like Chauncey Billups, Stephon Marbury, Terrell Brandon and Sam Cassell.

One problem with Thomas's article, though. He writes, "a basketball junkie could look at Gilbert Arenas and think, 'Man, if this dude ever channeled his inner-Billups, he'd be really scary.' " Pardon us, but isn't someone who has scored 60 points in a game and averaged more than 25 points three seasons in a row already "really scary"??

David Aldridge mentions Arenas in his notebook for NBA.com and writes, among other things, that he "looks terrific."

ESPN.com's Marc Stein released his power rankings, which has the Wizards threatening to crack the top 10. Seriously.

Here's NBA.com's Daily Zap, whipping you around Monday night's five-game slate:

Randy Foye really wasn't alone in not negotiating a contract extension before the deadline. Only six players from the 2006 draft class inked deals, with Rajon Rondo and Renaldo Balkman agreeing to terms in the past few days. Baltimore native Rudy Gay reportedly turned down a five-year, $50-million offer from the Memphis Grizzlies. But don't expect a lot of movement with restricted free agents next summer. Only one -- Ramon Sessions -- changed teams last season, while three others signed one-year deals with their teams.

Mike Prada at Bullets Forever said it might've been a mistake for the Wizards to not sign Foye before he entered the open market.

Is Chris Paul getting fed up? ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski both look into his mounting frustration over the 1-3 Hornets. CBSSportsline's Ken Berger reports that the league is reviewing Paul's confrontation with Rajon Rondo on Sunday. Wojnarowski writes that Rondo, according to sources, was heard to tell Paul, "I've got a ring, and you're never gonna win one."
Paul got tangled up with the Knicks' Al Harrington on Monday and could face another review after Harrington was rubbing his head after colliding with Paul.

Remember when "God Chose Memphis" for Allen Iverson? Well, there already appear to be problems with this arrangement. Iverson made his much-anticipated debut on Monday, scoring 11 points in 18 minutes of the Grizzlies' 127-116 overtime loss to Sacramento. After the game, Iverson was asked about the hamstring injury that kept him out to this point. Iverson said, "I had no problems. I had a problem with my butt from sitting on that bench so long. That's the only thing I got a problem with." Oh, boy.

And finally ...

Yahoo Sports' Ball Don't Lie blog continues its Phenomenal Swag series with this tasty tidbit. As they pointed out, "this ten-year-old candy bar is at least as fresh as Shaq is."

By Ed Guzman  |  November 3, 2009; 9:11 AM ET
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The new NBA power ranking: http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/

Wizards is #10, look where Cleveland is? :)

Posted by: sagaliba | November 3, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

One problem with Thomas's article, though. He writes, "a basketball junkie could look at Gilbert Arenas and think, 'Man, if this dude ever channeled his inner-Billups, he'd be really scary.' " Pardon us, but isn't someone who has scored 60 points in a game and averaged more than 25 points three seasons in a row already "really scary"??

I agree with Thomas, if Gil had a point guards mind instead of a scorer’s mentality like Allen Iverson, he would be a real force in this league. People one game where a player scored 60 points does not make a career and yes being 6’3” instead of 6’6” makes all of the difference in the world. Gil is good but Mr. Guzman I’ve seen MJ play and Gil is no MJ! 25 years from now if Gil never wins a championship people outside of the DC area won’t even remember his name.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Joe Fulks? he scored 63 points in an NBA game.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78,

I have been a Wizards fan since 1985. I am old enough that I could have watched them win the championship as a child, but I wasn’t into basketball as a kid. I do remember all the “Wait until the Fat Lady Sings” shirts they were selling in the stores at the time.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to win a championship, but that shouldn’t be the only standard to go by. Some people on this board act like the whole season is a failure if the championship isn't won that year.

Like many of us, I have been through many years of horrible and painful Wizards basketball. It's great to finally have a team in recent years that competes and plays with an exciting style. In basic terms --- the Wizards are a fun team to watch.

Sure, it’s a downer to lose in the first round, but those early exit teams played a lot of great games those years. Try going back to the mid to late 80’s when the only excitement was whether Jeff Malone or Bernard King would get on fire and actually crush the other team by themselves. Nowadays we have more weapons and play a much more exciting brand of basketball. That’s what I enjoy --- a great game of B-ball on the boob-tube.

Enjoy it while you can bulletsfan78. In a few years (3 to 5) we will probably be rebuilding again and you will be longing for these days.

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

As far as young v. stevenson:

Stevenson plays hard...Young sulks hard.

People give him a hard time, but when DeShawn misses his first 3pt attempt, he tries to make up for it on D and then tries again. Nick missis it and backpedals downcourt, gets burned on d and then is hesitant to pull the trigger next time.

I like Nick, but until he gets a stronger work ethic and learns to do something other than shoot, his minutes will be limited.

Seriously, if you were an opposing 2, would you rather run through D-Steve or Nick?

Posted by: Blurred | November 3, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Well then bulletfan78, according to you the wizards need to get rid of Gil because he will NEVER be a pure point guard. You want to put a square peg into a round hole. He will always be a scoring point guard who also gets assists.

You want to compare him to Iverson, but that is where you are totally wrong. Gil passes more than Iverson and is more of a point guard than Iverson. By the way, Iverson did make it to the championship series and did he have any help at all? Gil has a lot more help than Iverson had.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Jumpin' Joe Fulks! Philadelphia Warriors. Credited with popularizing the jump shot. He's a hall of famer, isn't he?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 3, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

ummm wheres Alexa Steele??

Posted by: mrhney03 | November 3, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"Rudy Gay reportedly turned down a five-year, $50-million offer from the Memphis Grizzlies."

According to FanHouse, $50 million for 5 yrs is what Gay wants, not what Memphis has offered:
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/11/03/no-extension-for-grizzlies-gay/

If Gay indeed turned down $50 million over 5 yrs, then I think he is crazy.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 3, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

G-Man11

I don't ever expect Gil to become a true point guard like John Stockton or Steve Nash.

I just don't want him to end up being another AI who scores a lot of points and never wins an NBA title. No Free agents ever wanted to play with AI because they knew they would never see the ball!

Someone on here (sorry I forget who you were) wrote they would love to see Gil score 22 points have 7 asst and 2 to.

I said after the NJ game that is what a championship team needs from its point guard and if Flip and Sam can get Gil to recognize that then they both have earned their money. He has the players around him where he doesn’t need to be “THE MAN”. The question to be answered is which is bigger, his ego or his desire to win a championship?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Joe Fulks? ... he was a Hall of Famer, wasn't he?"

Indeedy he was. Possibly the best of the early small forwards, and certainly the ultimate gunner. One the first players in the Hall. Known for drives as well as jumpers. Trivia: shot and killed during an argument over a handgun on March 21, 1976.

Not a bad comparison to early Gilbert.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 3, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"The question to be answered is which is bigger, his ego or his desire to win a championship? Posted by: bulletsf"

LOL takes one to know one, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | November 3, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I hope we win tonight! There'd be nothing better than beating lebron and the cavs in cleveland! This is a huge statement game to the league. GO WIZARDS!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 3, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Any body who noticed Arenas so far and blaming him as a basketball player working on his ego is not a wiz supprter.
He is so focused, happy with the fact he is back in his game , look the floor to an open man before he shoots.When the team is complete,his assists will come p to 8 per game ,with 3 bords and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes and 27 points, he is a superstar PG. No negative on GA please.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 3, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78

I think Gil wants to win. Always has. You need to understand that outside of the Big 3 of Gil, Antawn, and Larry/Caron, when Gil was healthy everybody else was pure garbage. In fact, where are they now? What is Jared doing? What is Etan doing? Michael Ruffin? Jarvis Hayes? Chucky Atkins or Peter John Ramos? Damone Brown? Anthony Peeler. Samaki Walker? Laron Profit, Kwame, Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Awvee Storee. Calvin Booth or Donnell Taylor? All garbage. Etan and Antonio were ok. Brendan went up weak and when contested would fall away. He looked like he shot with his eyes closed. He was a bum then. He is much improved now. If Gil did 22 and 7 when he was healthy 3 years ago, the wizards would not have made the playoffs. Also, the Haywood now is much better than the Haywood than too. You fashion yourself as a knowledgeable basketball fan and wizards follower but hate on Gil for doing what he had to do.

I think there will no longer be a Big 3 on the wizards because there really aren't no bums now. Gil, Caron, Antawn, Haywood, Foye, Miller, Blatche are all legitimate and the wizards can NOW win with Gil dropping 22 and 7. We can let Nick and JaVale mature. We don't need D-Mac to play extended minutes. Mike James can't get off the bench. I expect Antawn and Caron to average about 15 each. Gil will however, remain the #1 scoring option on this team. There will be times when Gil has to take over.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Also, DeShawn Stevenson is better than the garbage back then and DeShawn is close to being self-checked without the Big 3 around him.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

G-Man11

I don't have a problem with anything you wrote...

I was just agreeing with Vincent Thomas that if Gil changes his game this year to a scoring point guard they will have a better chance to win.

Kobe had to learn that lesson before he won a championship without Shaq.

Yes, there are going to be times when the teams superstar needs to be able to take over and win the game, but he also needs to get his team mates involved so they don't end up standing around watching him score.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The question to be answered is which is bigger, his ego or his desire to win a championship?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 10:21 AM

I know this season has still to play out, but if you really look at the past Gilbert, I do not think you can really say he is an ego player.

In the past Gil drove himself to be good, to be mentioned with the best, but to say it was all ego and me first isn't really a good fair assessment of him.

And now that he has a adequate cast of players around him, you certainly cannot say that he is a ego player.

To even question whether Gilbert is an egostitical self centered player rather than one driven to win it all IMO says that one might really play a bad game of POKER.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 3, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Kobe had to learn that lesson before he won a championship without Shaq.

Yes, there are going to be times when the teams superstar needs to be able to take over and win the game, but he also needs to get his team mates involved so they don't end up standing around watching him score.

How many years did it take Kobe to realize that? How old is he? Isn't he on one of the most talented teams in the league? You're comparing Gil to A.I. who was basically the ONLY scoring option. At least 3 players have come in and averaged 20 WITH Gil. Quick trivia...who was the best scorer with Iverson? Exactly. Kobe hasn't become more of a passer...there's just MORE TALENT.

Gasol sure is an upgrade over Samaki Walker don't you think?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 3, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

To even question whether Gilbert is an egostitical self centered player rather than one driven to win it all IMO says that one might really play a bad game of POKER.

LarryInClintonMD

Larry,

I think Gil was all about Gil back then...throwing the jersey into the stands...his blog...trying to be the scoring champion...bragging about what he owned.

Personally I think sitting out for the last two years gave Gil a new perspective since he was able to watch the Celtics and Lakers win the last two championships.

Hopefully it taught him the best team usually wins and not the team with the best player. What has LeBron won?

Being a Tar Heel fan you know that...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78

I just think it has more to do with the talent-level of the people around you than to just laying things at the feet of the superstar. Jordan didn't change until he got help. LeBron needs help now. Wade needs help. Magic came into the league on a stacked squad. Bird had a stacked squad. Barkley and Dominique needed help. David Robinson need Tim. Tim needs Parker and Manu and Bowen and the list went on and on. Pierce, Garnett, and Ray needed help. They joined forces. Dominique did not. Until you get your superstar some help, they got to do what they got to do. Gil has help outside of the Big 3 now. The other thing is, offense has not been the problem ever, since Gil has been a wizard. It has been defense and lack of a post threat. It is too easy to blame Gil. for everything.

When I played, I could play. But, in instances where I would be shut down offensively, I needed the #1 scoring option to take over. Didn't want him to pass the ball. Take over, I wanted to win. Or if I was the #1 option, I certainly wasn't passing to somebody I had no faith in scoring unless they was wide open under the basket.

Gil realizes this. Always has. He wants to win. Yes, the current wizards need and deserve the ball too. This team has more pick your poison options.

Im just saying that you make it seem like Gil had more options then and Gil being Agent0 was the problem. Give him a chance without judging him when he was playing with garbage.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to take a comment from Gil about him being a PG.

He said he knew his assists were going to go up as soon as he heard aboutt he trade.

I agree. Not too hard for that to happen when you're playing with guys who can actually hit their shots.

Gill will have a career best assist mark when this season is over.

"I think there will no longer be a Big 3 on the wizards because there really aren't no bums now."

Exactly.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

8'r... at it again.

I've watched this game since "Earl the Pearl" dazzled the world as a rookie with the the ole Bal'mor Bullets.

Heard alot of similar things said about the Pearl then that 8'r keeps dropping on Gil today. Monroe went on to be a central part of the Knicks Championship Team in 73' I believe.

Walt still talks about Earl today as the man that could make the pass that setup the assist. Another words, he was two moves ahead of everybody else on the floor. Went from being a "ME" guy and a flashy star, to one of the ultimate team players, on one of the ultimate "teams".

8'r you're comparing Gil to the MJ that won 6 titles. How old was MJ when he won the FIRST of those titles? Back when Thomas and Bird's teams were beating(and I mean beating) Micheal like a drum, even when he scored 60, people had the same things to say about MJ that you're saying now about Gil. Still got the old SI's to prove it.

He was too frail, and slender, he could lead the league in scoring, but his style of play couldn't contribute to a championship team. The Bulls would never ascend to the upper level of the league like the Celtic, Lakers, and Pistons.

MJ was all about dunk contests, commercials, scoring titles, and marketing, he'd never be "the team player" it takes to win a title.

What you're seeing in Gil now, if you'd care to look, is the maturation of a great player into a winner. Teams will still try to rough him up like Atlanta did to the whole Wizards team. But, if he's smart, and Gil is, he'll adjust his game, and get the them next time.

Watch and enjoy, we might be seeing the start of something special...

Oh, and those Knicks teams with Earl and Cyde, 6'3" & 6'4". In their prime they'd beat any team in the NBA today.

And Kobe, let him chase Gil or Foye off of double screens for awhile. He's the best in the league right now, but the Lakers aren't unbeatable...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | November 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU

Gil had AJ and CB while Kobe has Gasol and Odom?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Anybody seen this Danilo Gallinari? Amazing shooter. D'Antoni could build a team around him...

Posted by: Samson151 | November 3, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

think Gil was all about Gil back then...throwing the jersey into the stands...his blog...trying to be the scoring champion...bragging about what he owned.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

That sure affected his play on the court. Why did you not mention his donating $$$ for every point he scored? Or the fact that he befriended the kid whose somebody was killed or something? I thought we were analyzing his game in a positive manner but your true agenda ends up surfacing. I guess in your eyes, Gil is all about Gil and is so imperfect. I wonder do you live up to the standards you set for Gil. Judge not be ye also judged.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU

Gil had AJ and CB while Kobe has Gasol and Odom?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 3, 2009 11:41 AM

Uh, Uh, BulletsFan78, What else did Kobe have? Didn't he have and still do arguably one of the best NBA coaches in the League.

Gil had uh, uh, whats his name. And did not Kobe have Shaq and a bench that was not a bunch of cluts?

Come on BF78, you can do better.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 3, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU

Gil had AJ and CB while Kobe has Gasol and Odom?

Kobe also had Phil Jackson, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Farmar, Ariza, Vujacic and Walton. Spot up shooters, one of the winningest coaches, and the abilty to have almost 3 7'0's with skill along the front line. Big difference to the Wizards teams of the past.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Kobe had to learn that lesson before he won a championship without Shaq." Posted by: bulletsfan78

How many shots does Kobe put up a game....25 to 30?

Posted by: sbowie1 | November 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It's Cleveland game day! Wish I could get this excited on Sundays these days, oh well.

Go Wiz!

Just please make it a game in Cleveland. It's a national game and I don't want to hear Barkley's big mouth if we throw up a stinker. He never gives this team respect as is. Not saying I think we will. Just saying.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I think Gil was all about Gil back then...throwing the jersey into the stands...his blog...trying to be the scoring champion...bragging about what he owned.

Personally I think sitting out for the last two years gave Gil a new perspective since he was able to watch the Celtics and Lakers win the last two championships.

Dude...I really don't get you. I've never heard Gil bragging about what he has. We heard about the pool because someone ELSE put it out, not him. More athletes need to be that way...fans and kids look up to them. You think someone that has an Arenas jersey doesn't think it's one of their most prized possessions? The blog so what? He wrote what he actually felt. It wasn't some self righteous or glorifying material.

How do you feel about Caron having a blog on NBA.com now?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Offseason concerns are losing Haywood and Foye. Haywood already committed to test free agency (gonna cost a good bit to keep him) but Wiz could have and should have extended Foye.

Posted by: travisloop | November 3, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm really starting to see a patern here. BF78 reminds me so....much of my best friend. Someone who, for the sake of starting an argument, makes statements that do not have any validity but enjoys stirring folks up because it satisfies his need to intiate an argument. Some people in this world get enjoyment/satisfaction trying to make others miserable.

And his statement about how Gil is selfish and only cares about himself and brags about what he's got. Does he remember how Gil donated his own money to aid others less fortune. He was not obligated to do this. Give the man a break!

P.S. How good would the WIZARDS be without Gil since this is what you truly desire!

Posted by: sbowie1 | November 3, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Quick trivia...who was the best scorer with Iverson?"

Carmelo Anthony, do I get my prize? :)

Joke aside, I think Gil has sown that he is more willing to share the ball than AI. Teams has tried to give AI the "second scorer," but didn't work. Gil has worked well with Highes, Jamison and Butler, he has even more to work with now. I think he can turn into a complete player, and that seems like what he wants to do.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 3, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the officiating will be key in this game as LeBron has always benefited from the home cooking of the refs in Cleveland. Also, will Shaq be allowed to steam roll people in the post without being called for offensive fouls? Cleveland's big men are slow and we would benefit from playing an uptempo game to get them in foul trouble early.

Arenas, Foye, and Miller should be able to get their shots on offensive with little trouble given Cleveland's small guards, even if West plays much. Arenas and Foye must close out on Cleveland's 3-point shooters in Williams and Gibson when LeBron drives. Caron and DSS will need to keep LeBron from getting into the lane at will or Cleveland will get a lot of open looks.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 3, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

our defense has looked the best it has in years...one area of concern for me tho is that i've noticed our defense seems to be the most weak int he corners for 3's....hopefully we can shore that one weakness up tonight...cause i can see us getting killed with that

Posted by: jasonma1 | November 3, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

People, Foye is a restricted FA. We get to match whatever he is offered.

If he keeps playing the way he is, Ernie will keep him around.

The only reason he was not inked before the deadline was because Ernie is not comfortable giving out millions of dollars to someone he has seen play with his guys only 3 games.

And why would he? If he is only going to be restricted, this is the smart play by the Wiz.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | November 3, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Foye playing the way he is? He is playing good but really, I think that as the season goes on, he will prove even better than what you have seen. The combination of Foye and Arenas will end up being better than Larry and Arenas eventually.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Go Wizards!

Cleveland Cavaliers expect to win, let's prove them wrong!

Posted by: rickgonz | November 3, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Cavs favored by 11.5 tonight. unbelieveable. just put 1000 bucks on the wiz to keep it within a dozen. does vegas know something we don't? or are they assuming butler won't be playing also?

Posted by: kman2 | November 3, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Cavs favored by 11.5 tonight. unbelieveable. just put 1000 bucks on the wiz to keep it within a dozen. does vegas know something we don't? or are they assuming butler won't be playing also?

I would gladly take those odds.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 3, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

no one knows our team. no one outside of us and a few diehard nba fans understand that 19-63 was a result of massive injuries, so they assume we are only as improved from our last season as our first round draft pick or trade.

Half the fans don'r even know Arenas is still playing, much less how good he was or how well he has recovered.

No one but the true diehards even know blatche's name.

Most people (including 80% of this board back in July) think Miller is washed up.

Most fans see Foye as the sucker end of the Roy deal.

Most fans never knew Haywood existed before his injury, much less that he is back.

Most fans (including STILL 80% on this board) Think D-Steve is a scrub.

They will all know soon enough, so take your bets while you can.

Anyone know what the over under is on wins for the wiz this season?

Posted by: Blurred | November 3, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

is this game on both TNT and CSN?

Posted by: Blurred | November 3, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just CSN. Tomorrow's game vs. Miami will also be on ESPN.

Posted by: rickgonz | November 3, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Gil wants to win. Always has. You need to understand that outside of the Big 3 of Gil, Antawn, and Larry/Caron, when Gil was healthy everybody else was pure garbage. In fact, where are they now? What is Jared doing? What is Etan doing? Michael Ruffin? Jarvis Hayes? Chucky Atkins or Peter John Ramos? Damone Brown? Anthony Peeler. Samaki Walker? Laron Profit, Kwame, Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Awvee Storee. Calvin Booth or Donnell Taylor? All garbage.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 3, 2009 11:12 AM

isn't jared still clanking layups for the knicks?

steve blake is the starting pg on a 50-win portland team and is usually near the top of the league in assist-turnover ratio and 3pt fg shooting. not bad for a 2nd rounder.

but yeah, the rest of those guys are stiffs - not that most of them got a lot of playing time when they were with the wizards.

i thought gilbert was kinda goofy before he got hurt, but he always played the game the right way, and gilbert 2.0 just looks even better. he's not like iverson who needs 30 shots to score his 30 points. of course he's going to score a lot - he should, since he's practically unstoppable - but he does it with good shot selection. i wasn't convinced signing him for the near-max was a good idea when cheap abe agreed to give him $111 mil or whatever it was, but he's really sold me since. i think he's a great fit for this team.

Posted by: rm0659 | November 3, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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