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Wizards' morning brew: a return to Foye?

As the Washington Wizards get set to host the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night, Michael Lee writes about the possible return of big minutes for Randy Foye in the wake of Coach Flip Saunders announcing that DeShawn Stevenson is losing his starting job.

On Bullets Forever, Mike Prada goes down to the crossroads with the Washington Wizards. Truth About It takes a look at the Wizards' quintessential defense, frame by frame.

Nationally, ESPN.com's Marc Stein's weekly power rankings are out, and the Wizards are now 27th out of 30 teams.

Around the league ...

First, a fabulous Christmas themed MVPuppets rap video featuring Kobe, LeBron, Santa (voiced by rapper KRS-One) and Blitzen (voiced by rapper Lupe Fiasco). Tis the season to dunk on reindeer.

Five games on Monday's schedule, and one HUGE comeback by the Sacramento Kings, who rallied from 35 points down in the second half to win, 102-98. As if there wasn't already enough heat surrounding Coach Vinny Del Negro.

The Chicago Bulls' historic collapse could signal the end of Del Negro's run in Chicago. After all, the Bulls did fire two coaches on Christmas Eve this decade. But the Kings are relishing their amazing comeback.

After that ugly collision on Friday that ended with five teeth embedded in Dirk Nowitzki's elbow, all Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry wants for Christmas are his two front teeth. Landry is already back at practice.

The latest injury to Nowitzki has proven to Dallas that it doesn't want to be without its franchise player for long.

A wrapup of all the action after the jump, courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Ed Guzman  |  December 22, 2009; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Randy Foye; DeShawn Stevenson; Mike Miller; Flip Saunders  
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Comments

Don't know if anyone noticed the Cavs slapping down Phoenix' home court streak last night. Looks like it wasn't that close.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully we can continue our bad play, get ourselves in position to draft John Wall, and look towards the future. This season is a bust. We're not making the playoffs, and even if we do, Boston or Cleveland will absolutely destroy us...again.

Posted by: jdubbs29 | December 22, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Is John Wall really a franchise player? After what? 10 games, you can see that?

Just like Greg Oden and Blake Griffin?

Posted by: Blurred | December 22, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if anyone noticed the Cavs slapping down Phoenix' home court streak last night. Looks like it wasn't that close.

Steve Kerr seems to have no real idea what he's doing as Suns GM.

He trades for Shaq because he wants to implement more half court offense and slow the game down. He runs D'Antoni out of town because he thinks (most likely correctly) that his helter-skelter, all offense/no defense style won't win a title. He hires Terry Porter to foster more defense play. The players (including supposed good guy Nash) piss, moan, and complain from day one, whine about not having "fun", and clearly don't give full effort. Porter gets fired midseason (despite having a winning record at the time) and Gentry, a D'Antoni disciple, gets brought in. He tries to go back to D'Antoni ball, with Shaq in the starting lineup, and the results are predictably awful. They miss the playoffs, trade Shaq, replace him with a 7 foot 3-point gunner, and go back to playing the exact same style that resulted in Kerr running D'Antoni out of town to begin with.

Seems like a long way to go to end up back in the same place they started.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Franchise players are few and far between, and always have been. They're even rarer now, because of the changes in the path players take to get to the NBA. Guys are coming in younger and younger with less and less top-level experience at pre-NBA levels (e.g, only on year of college or brief stints overseas). Getting a fully formed franchise changer in the current draft conditions is is a longshot. The best strategy is always to take the best player available.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully we can continue our bad play, get ourselves in position to draft John Wall, and look towards the future."

Didn't we try that last season?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"The best strategy is always to take the best player available. Posted by: kalo_rama"

It's difficult enough trying to figure out who that might be. On early returns, appears the best players in '08 were the fourth and the tenth picks. Of course, Griffin could knock them both out of the running.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"It's difficult enough trying to figure out who that might be. "

No one said it would be easy; that's why scouts get paid good money. But, other than trading out of the draft every year, what's the alternative?

"On early returns, appears the best players in '08 were the fourth and the tenth picks."

But that's a hindsight view skewed, in part, by the fact that some teams made the mistake of drafting based on need or potential rather than taking the best player overall. Looking at the predraft evals, Thabeet's shortcomings were pretty clearly laid out, but the Grizzlies took him anyway because they were a lousy defensive team and they thought they needed a presence in the middle. Didn't work out too well, did it? I won't even get into the whole Rubio mess.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Point being, if everyone had gone with the BPA drafting strategy, the results of that draft would be very different.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I just meant that jdubbs seemed to think that drafting John Wall would change the Wiz fortunes - as in use him as the building block for future success. All I'm saying is that John Wall seems to be a fine player in the little I've seen of him, but 10 games at the college level with 6 of them against horrid teams doesn't make me want to build a future around him, yet.

That's why I say if we get to rebuilding, start racking up the future draft picks. Just load up on them and draft 3 guys a year and see what shakes out.

Posted by: Blurred | December 22, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

shouldn't the rebuilding start with the frontcourt we are uncertain at the 5 and the 3, and AJ has a stranglehold on the 4 spot but is 34(?) yrs old. if we're talkin draft we should look at those positions. Gil should be back next year ( i mean back on the team not back to 100%. i think he'll be 100% before the end of the season)all the youngins come back and if AJ comes back maybe a move to the 3 would extend his career (he's taking a lot of bumps and bruises trying to mix it up) a lil bit, but we have a serious need for a real C and a real PF.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 22, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"BF78 and DCMan...you are both D-Bags.

I was about to tellyou both tha I was mistaken about this team and had been fooled by them.

I still DO say if we had Miller playing the last month, we would have won 5 of those 6 close games.

None of that makes the Wizards poor performance Sat night acceptable though. This is a no heart team. At least most of those late 80's early 90's teams lost because the players sucked, not cuz they didn't try every night.

Posted by: Blurred | December 21, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse "

You are a D-Bag just b/c you are what you are. Ignorance is bliss.

Your dreams about Eminem have nothing to do with the fact that this team was built to have the "big 3" lead to team to playoff glory. The only glory is when the games finally end as miserable as they are.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 22, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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