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Ernie Grunfeld discusses Arenas and Crittenton suspensions

(Via www.washingonwizards.com)

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
 
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Good gosh.

Must the Post reporters create a new post topic every time something happens?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The ad that aired before this video is the ultimate irony: teams making key plays in the PLAYOFFS.

Posted by: NWDC3 | January 27, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

11:00 minute mark...a team the fans can be proud of?

What team are you watching?

Ernie is clueless!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 27, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Two things stuck out to me: One was the question about some player (inaudible) and EG said "he doesn't play for me, he plays for the coach." Kind of odd given he's President of Basketball Operations, and signs and trade the players. Partially explains to me why Gilbert always went undisciplined when he dissed Eddie Jordan. I also get the sense, no surprise, that EG plans to hold onto Gilbert and to continue to build the team around him. I'm seeing a resistance to change and a desire to keeping the core intact. Especially, when he suggested that if Gilbert was around they would have won some of the close games they recently lost--as if a few more wins would have made a difference about anything.

Posted by: jweber1 | January 28, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

A few more wins would have them in the playoffs. Remember they were only 4 1/2 games back a week ago and they were very competitive when Gil was around. This team misses all the easy points he got them and Jamison will wear down soon with all the minutes he is playing.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | January 28, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Decided I'd just had enough of show biz in the pros and went back to real basket-ball last night; high-school, the INDIANS against the INDIANS. My grandson scored 15 on six of nine shooting, one of three at the line, three assists, a block, five steals, six forced turnovers, and four drawn fouls, while giving up two fouls, and two turnovers, oh and two points on one of seven against.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 28, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

EG says he hasn't considered voiding Gilbert's contract. That means he is lying or is brain dead, or both.

Posted by: Izman | January 28, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Putting aside the issue whether the owners want to do anything other than dump salary to get under the luxury tax, what are the Wizards options as far as replacing Arenas and Crittenton for this season?

I mean, can they add two guys from the NBDL, or do Arenas and Critt still count on the roster?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 28, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

So who is going to takeover now that Leonis don't even want to buy the team. Whoever it is though, I hope they gire Charles Barkley to be the GM. He really knows his stuff and for years he has ben screaming break up the big 3 and clean house.

Posted by: ATLredskin | January 28, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

"I also get the sense, no surprise, that EG plans to hold onto Gilbert and to continue to build the team around him. I'm seeing a resistance to change and a desire to keeping the core intact. Especially, when he suggested that if Gilbert was around they would have won some of the close games they recently lost--as if a few more wins would have made a difference about anything.Posted by: jweber1"

I didn't interpret it that way. Grunfeld has the impossible task of trying to justify a bad decision that was probably heavily influenced by a (now deceased) owner. When he says they might have won a few of those games with Gilbert's help, that's true, but as you note, it's beside the point. The Wiz' problems this season go well beyond Gil, and Grunfeld has to know that.

Ernie is between a rock and a hard place. I imagine in many situations he'd already have been let go. Instead he seems to be looking at remaining through a transition to new ownership. Not a comfortable position to be in.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I vote for BARKLEY as GM and buyer of LEONSIS' minority share. Oh wait, did he drop too much in VEGAS to handle that little assignment?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 28, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

All in all, a rather softball press conference. Given what could have been asked, not just about this incident, but about the team's performance, team needs and priorities, other issues with player dissatisfaction, who Ernie reports to in terms of trade options, etc. Yes, he probably would have ducked those questions, but rather sheepish questioning I thought. This Wiz press corps just is not up to covering this franchise beyond what you see on the court.

Posted by: jweber1 | January 28, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully it continues with the suspension meaning NO PAY. So JC sits the rest of the season w/o pay. Sweet!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 28, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully it continues with the suspension meaning NO PAY. So JC sits the rest of the season w/o pay. Sweet!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 28, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are so happy about this whole situation, since now they won’t have to pay any luxury cap ca$h!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 28, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Good gosh.

Must the Post reporters create a new post topic every time something happens?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM
..........................................
Yet you read and posted about it. And yes, every time there is a relevant update to the story it should appear here, that is what a blog is for.

Posted by: closg | January 28, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Especially, when he suggested that if Gilbert was around they would have won some of the close games they recently lost--as if a few more wins would have made a difference about anything.

Posted by: jweber1 | January 28, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

A few more wins would have them in the playoffs. Remember they were only 4 1/2 games back a week ago and they were very competitive when Gil was around.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | January 28, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

So they could have gotten the 7th or 8th playoff slot, and another first round exit. Big Whoop.

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 28, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Its funny how the goal of this season is to get on the playoff stage for the 8th seed to be outlebroned for the 4th straight year in the playoffs

Posted by: jefferu | January 28, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"Chris Webber's sharp criticism of Jamison and Butler"

It is true that this team don't pass, but I think it goes deeper beyond they "don't" pass, the fact is, they "can't" pass. Nobody in this team is a good passer, that is why when they tried they resulted in turnovers.

Other reasons for low assists:
a) As I said it before, other than Arenas, nobody can penetrate and dish. So all they can do is just pass around perimeters, and then shoot jump shots, which has a lower % than a close range shots.

b) Scorer such as Butler and Young refuse to score assisted. They would prefer doing their one-on-one move even when they are open.

c) Haywood has bad hands to catch the ball down low; he is very good at put backs after offensive rebound. However that does not count as "assist."

Posted by: sagaliba | January 28, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Decided I'd just had enough of show biz in the pros and went back to real basket-ball last night; high-school, the INDIANS against the INDIANS. My grandson scored 15 on six of nine shooting, one of three at the line, three assists, a block, five steals, six forced turnovers, and four drawn fouls, while giving up two fouls, and two turnovers, oh and two points on one of seven against.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 28, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

spoken like a true grampa, keeping stats on forced turnovers and amount of fouls. taken. Sounds like the kid tore it up though. Can he play point guard?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Its funny how the goal of this season is to get on the playoff stage for the 8th seed to be outlebroned for the 4th straight year in the playoffs

Posted by: jefferu | January 28, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

it's even funnier that Flip and Ernie sold a lot of YALL on 50 win this and championship contender that, and now we are are resigned to the fact that barring a miracle (ie signing the next Lebron off the streets of NW before the allstar break) this team is an 8th seed and first round exit at best.

BTW did anybody else hear MIke James on the Junkies 106.7 this morning? MJ (of all people) sounded fired up. He had choice words about the earl boykins addition something like "He was at home doing nothing and he was able to get an NBA contract so, more power to him." MJ's tone also betrayed him when he was asked if he'd spoken to Flip about his playing time. He said something like " I practice hard, work hard and prepare to play, i just don't get to play,"and " It's hard to have an impact when i'm wearing a suit." i can't really articulate the feeling i got from the interview, but he definitely made it seem like there are some issues with coaching and management. at the same time this is MIKE JAMES, so i really don't care if he's happy or not.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I just finished watching the interview with Grunfart....man is he full of crapola or what? He's a complete SNAKE! A complete Liar!!! Fire him NOW!!!!

Posted by: Giorgos1 | January 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Yet you read and posted about it. And yes, every time there is a relevant update to the story it should appear here, that is what a blog is for.

Posted by: closg | January 28, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse "

This news should be part of an article....not a mass number of blog topics created that makes discussion hard to follow.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 28, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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