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Hornets 115, Wizards 110

Mike Miller was dejected as he dressed on Sunday. He lowered his head and wrapped a scarf above it. The scarf was too expensive to use as tissue, but it would've been understandable if he had to dab an eye or two. The Wizards lost again -- what's new?

But Miller is hurting again. There is nothing really new about that, since Miller has only been able to play just 10 games this season because of problems with his left shoulder and right calf. It's just that Miller wants desperately to play basketball, even while his body continues to be a major impediment to those goals. He'll have an MRI on Monday to make sure that the injury isn't more severe than expected.

"I hope it's nothing serious," Miller said. "I want to be out there."

Miller played just 14 minutes against the New Orleans Hornets, when his right calf flared up. He was questionable before the game, and now he is likely day-to-day, at least, with this latest setback. It was tough turnaround for Miller, who played 39 minutes on Friday and had to turn around and play another game about 36 hours later.

After knocking down a three-pointer and having a turnover early in the third quarter on Sunday, Coach Flip Saunders had to sit him. Miller hunched over along the sideline, but was forced to relent, later walking to the locker room with head athletic trainer Eric Waters. "I just couldn't move," Miller said. "It's like playing with a spasm in your leg. I think it's from playing a lot of minutes the other night. Maybe I came back a little early, who knows?"

Miller's return had brought back some optimism; because of the way he encourages ball movement with the Wizards, who had 22 assists against the Hornets. The team plays better with him on the floor, either by making the extra pass or spreading the floor for Antawn Jamison or Brendan Haywood to get easier looks on the floor. Even though he hasn't been around much this season, his absence is noticeable.

"If the ball moves, I'm able to get good position for rebounds, or I'm able to get easy dunks," Haywood said after scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. "I don't think it's a coincidence that it happened when Mike Miller was out there."

It probably also wasn't a coincidence that Haywood only got two shots in the second half, despite not missing any of seven attempts from the floor. Haywood has made 13 consecutive field goals, becoming the first Wizard to accomplish that feat since, you guess it, Kwame Brown. What? You thought I was going to say Gilbert Arenas or something. When Haywood heard that he was in the same uncharted territory as Brown, he wasn't exactly thrilled about it. "I don't want to be with him," Haywood said, smirking.

But Haywood has become a reliable option right now because of one simple reason: "I basically outlawed anyone passing him the ball outside of 15 feet," Saunders said. "Let him roll to the basket and get the ball there. He's done a good job. He made some shots."

With Miller sidelined, Nick Young had the chance to go for 20 points on Sunday, including eight in the fourth quarter. Young credited his performance on a pre-game chat with his former coach at USC, Tim Floyd, who is now an assistant with the Hornets. Young said he talks to Floyd often. "Just going through everything the last few years has been hard," he said. "You need somebody to keep the drive going. That's what he's been doing for me, to keep on inspiring me."

With the seemingly endless problems the Wizards are facing, any inspiration could help right now.

By Michael Lee  |  January 10, 2010; 7:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

It is really quite sad that Miller played so many minutes the first game back and now it is apparent that he might have a setback from going too far too fast.

Does anybody in this organization know what the hay they are doing?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

"I basically outlawed anyone passing him the ball outside of 15 feet," Saunders said."

Looks more like outside of 8ft, and it's the best bit of coaching Flip's done all season.

'"Young credited his performance on a pre-game chat with his former coach at USC, Tim Floyd, who is now an assistant with the Hornets. Young said he talks to Floyd often. "Just going through everything the last few years has been hard," he said. "You need somebody to keep the drive going. That's what he's been doing for me, to keep on inspiring me."'

NY greasing the skids for his departure

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"I basically outlawed anyone passing him the ball outside of 15 feet," Saunders said.

ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!!

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 10, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

"NY greasing the skids for his departure"

Young isn't likely to be going anywhere. They already picked up his option and he's too unproven and his salary is too small to net much back in a trade.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 10, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Young isn't likely to be going anywhere. They already picked up his option and he's too unproven and his salary is too small to net much back in a trade."

i hope he stays, but am not convinced netting much back in a trade will be the primary factor in determining what deals are made.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I remember back at the beginning of the season Young's intelligence for the game was in question. He makes mistakes like any BBall player would, but maybe he might have been unfairly critized then.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler wears his heart on his sleeve and his brain up his wahzoo!! He's just not processing game situations and apparently lacks the ability to see stationery defenders.

I get very nervous when the ball is in his hands. All offensive movement comes to a complete halt.

CB, love your hustle and want to, but Dude, you ain't Kobe.

Props to Jamison, the last two games he's been very active on the defensive end. Which means he's been dogging it the pass 6 years.

Miller certainly makes a difference with ball movement. He, Blatche and Foye seem to be the only ones capable of consistently setting up teammates for open shots.

Hmmm, two of those players were coached outside of this organization and the third stayed in the dog house here...
Just saying..

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 10, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to bet that Saunders kept Stevenson on the bench because he came out and paid tribute to Arenas. Of course a lot of fans including me think Stevenson doesn't deserve much playing time anyway but in this case I am betting a call came down from Grunfield telling Saunders not to play Stevenson. Why, because management doesn't want anyone taking up for Arenas in any way. Arenas handed them the knife and now they are sticking it in and twisting it.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | January 10, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Losing Miller again for any length of time would be a huge loss. The combo of him and Foye in the backcourt results in better ball movement, easier shots for Jamison and Heywood, and less one one one. I seriously think the Wizards play better without Arenas on the court anyways as they players have to share the ball to have a chance to score.

It's no coincidence that assists are up and we have more players in double figures now that Arenas isn't playing. I think that the Wiz should have tendered Foye to have him for next year as he's a go they could build around. Now he's essentially auditioning to leave a FA after the season.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm at the point now that I'd rather see Mike James on the floor than Boykins.

Posted by: DMoney28 | January 10, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Is making the playoffs as an 8 th seed and getting crushed in the 1st round worth it? Even that would be an uphill battle if that were the goal. It would only signify a wrong illusion that this team is actually progressing and encourage the coach to rely more and more on veterans to try to get us to bite the impossible to reach carrot. It's the very same failed mentality that EG instituted by trading/selling picks and exclusively placing all his chips on the big 3.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"AB

17mins, 0 on 0-0, 3 TOs, and a -16

Does 'dray play better with a crap toe?

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse "

Dude is not a center and should not be substituted as a backup center.

Why would they bring Umberto onto the team when they won't give him PT?

JaTravel, another backup center, didn't play either.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"Is making the playoffs as an 8 th seed and getting crushed in the 1st round worth it?"

Who on the team is a franchise player?

Nobody.

Does making the postseason help us acquire a franchise player?

Nope!

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"Funniest thing I've read all day! Indeed, "shat" is the past tense form, and the past participle. Thus: 'Gil had shat copiously in his teammate's shoe.'

Now to a different point, if Gil is gone, who will you next tie to your virtual whipping post, DC? It looks like AJ, who you call MeTawn. Always have to go after the team star, don't you? Curious.

Posted by: 7snider7 | January 10, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse "

It's easier to cheer for Les BouleS sans Gilby.

I will though, still be on MeTawn and MeShawn's case.

MeTawn, the captain of the team, of course let Gilby run wild in the locker room. Why didn't he put the kibosh on all this BS?

Also, who do you want me to get on besides the star? The usher? The mascot?

Duh, of course the highest paid player on the teams get the glory of being responsible for the success, and failure of the team.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm at the point now that I'd rather see Mike James on the floor than Boykins.

Posted by: DMoney28 | January 10, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's fine, noone is really enamored with Boykins' play but the fact that Flip is relying on him in mostly crunch time says alot about the quality of the bench. That being said, that would be insane to place any level of responsibility on Boykins' narrow shoulders.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Man, how much monitoring does the Wizards management have to do for adult men? A guy is taking a dump in another guy's shoes? What is this a fraternity filled with 18 year olds?

My objection is not necessarily that the Wizards didn't come down on Arenas; it's that they had to.

Adults? Professionals?

Apparently not.

Arenas is gone. Rightfully so.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse "

I read that jail time is expected for Gilby due to his prior conviction of a gun charge in CA.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Is making the playoffs as an 8 th seed and getting crushed in the 1st round worth it?"

Who on the team is a franchise player?

Nobody.

Does making the postseason help us acquire a franchise player?

Nope!

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I got your point.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's the same medical staff treating Eminem. Scary.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

NO hit 13 of 23 three-pointers -- about as good as I've seen all season in the NBA.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 10, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

man...the wiz are making my head hurt...

would love to trade them in on a "cash for clunkers" deal...

but as it stands...

imma take two and call EG in da mornin'

hairgrease for peace,

Posted by: ronniecope106 | January 10, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

NO hit 13 of 23 three-pointers -- about as good as I've seen all season in the NBA.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 10, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Any team playing the Wiz usually does something unusually good. Whether it's making an unusual number of 3 pointers, a player going for 50, someone scoring their career high, a struggling opposing player finding his stride, scoring with 0.3 seconds left.....

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

'NO hit 13 of 23 three-pointers -- about as good as I've seen all season in the NBA.'

we shot 58% and lost, how often does that happen?

'JaTravel, another backup center, didn't play either.'

Obviously in the doghouse for the card game.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

"Any team playing the Wiz usually does something unusually good. Whether it's making an unusual number of 3 pointers, a player going for 50, someone scoring their career high, a struggling opposing player finding his stride, scoring with 0.3 seconds left....."

Truer words never spoken!

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure I got your point.

Posted by: Utilityman1"

At some point in the near future, team needs to acquire a franchise type player or some young guys who could develop. Wins now are just spinning wheels if we're going to dump most of these players anyway.

And all making the postseason does is reduce our prospects in the draft.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Obviously in the doghouse for the card game.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't playing before the scandal erupted so his playing time may be tied to his skills. Who are we to know? Master Flip got it under control...

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

At some point in the near future, team needs to acquire a franchise type player or some young guys who could develop. Wins now are just spinning wheels if we're going to dump most of these players anyway.

And all making the postseason does is reduce our prospects in the draft.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok, that's your response to my rethorical question. It was exactly the point I was trying to convey.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"He wasn't playing before the scandal erupted so his playing time may be tied to his skills."

The incident happened on the 21st right? 6 straight DNPs after that. I agree his skills may not warrant much PT, but an athletic 7footer on a lousy team with no backup C should be getting some burn unless there are other issues involved.

One can only guess how effed up the organization's internal machinations are at this point

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Mike Miller is killing all cohesion right now. There's no way he signs for anything more than mid-level this summer.

In the words of Mars Blackman:
He's about as dependable as a broken diaphragm!

I'm more dissapointed with Butler's turns than Nick's. As a former all-star CB has to be smarter out there and make better desicions. The charge in the first half was idiotic with Boykins trailing him for an easy deuce and he got lucky there was no call on a similiar play where Brendan got the dunk.

Anytime you lose by 5 pts or fewer it's only natural to nitpick these types of plays.

Posted by: elfreako | January 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

"At some point in the near future, team needs to acquire a franchise type player or some young guys who could develop."

Didn't Les BouleS just do that? Yes, groundhog day.


"And all making the postseason does is reduce our prospects in the draft.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse "

Really, and should Les BouleS try to move higher in the draft so that they can sell it again for a higher price?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

At some point in the near future, team needs to acquire a franchise type player or some young guys who could develop. Wins now are just spinning wheels if we're going to dump most of these players anyway.

And all making the postseason does is reduce our prospects in the draft.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

What really needs to be nitpicked is letting an average NO team score so many points on them.
Flip seems like a very personable person but he hasn't really instituted any type of identity. Yes, we will all agree that alot of our players will never be mistaken for great defensive specialists but team defense, which is the coach's responsibility is non-existent as well. Good players that also play good defense are scarce in this league and great defenses in this league are more of a mentality and a strategic approach than an individual skill.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 10, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bgfgf402 | January 10, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"In the aftermath of this latest publicity black eye the NBA could do worse than to examine and hopefully improve the support mechanism it provides for young players.

Incidentally, the way Wizard's management has handled this situation almost certainly guarantees that the team's effort to improve will not feature the signing of free agent stars, as players' perception of Washington as an attractive destination has surely taken yet another blow.

Posted by: thomas_kecskes | January 10, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse "

Well, Stern was blasted for implementing an age requirement for playing in the NBA.

People like John Thompson II were so against it and called it racist.

Then you have people like Kwame Brown who, during his rookie year after skipping college, didn't even know how to do his own laundry.

There are no other words besides "WTF?"

Talk about lack of home training and not ready for the realities of the real world.

This is where the black community has failed because these kids come from broken homes and have siblings from multiple fathers who aren't around, dead, or locked up.

You can't expect the NBA to make up for what these people haven't learned during the course of their lives, all 18 years of it.

It's sad, but real.

The NBA is a business....not a baby sitting service.

One young black dude crashes and burns.....10 more behind him ready to step up.

It's a problem the black community needs to fix...not to praise and not to make excuses for.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

'Then you have people like Kwame Brown who, during his rookie year after skipping college, didn't even know how to do his own laundry.

There are no other words besides "WTF?"'

Kwame's doing better than you ever have, will, or dream to do correct?

so what if he couldnt laundry?

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"Kwame's doing better than you ever have, will, or dream to do correct?

so what if he couldnt laundry?

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse "

I guess you missed the point that it's "sad."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"Kwame's doing better than you ever have, will, or dream to do correct?

so what if he couldnt laundry?

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010

He always has and always will be nothing more than a serviceable center SAD BUT TRUE LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"He always has and always will be nothing more than a serviceable center SAD BUT TRUE LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse "

And a guy as smart as he is, I'm sure he's financially secure for the rest of his life.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"I guess you missed the point that it's "sad."

It's sad that a teen can't do laundry? Do you know many teens?

Funny that Jamison, a guy who comes from a strong family, is an all-star, and great example for the community, gets virtually nothing but scorn from you....while you lament the failings of the black community on the other hand.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

And a guy as smart as he is, I'm sure he's financially secure for the rest of his life.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010
Yes a non educated athlete that makes more in 1 week than i do in a year and I wasted 7 years of my life in colledge to get where I am

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

He is not educated man he went from High School direct to the NBA

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

"It's sad that a teen can't do laundry? Do you know many teens?

Funny that Jamison, a guy who comes from a strong family, is an all-star, and great example for the community, gets virtually nothing but scorn from you....while you lament the failings of the black community on the other hand.

Posted by: divi3 | January 10, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse "

It's sad that a man can say he's ready for the NBA, but can't read basic instructions on how to operate a washing machine.

How about getting some detergent, some water, and rubbing the clothes together?

MeTawn is what he is.

A stats guy whether he wins or loses.

A guy who failed as captain of the team to reign in the childish behavior in the locker room...resulting in an implosion of the team.

He had 5 seasons to do this you know.

And BTW, I've never said his personal life has any bearing on his production, or lack thereof, on the court and in the standings.

Just because he's got his personal life straight doesn't mean he's doing all that he can do to lead his team to respectability, if not the playoffs.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"Yes a non educated athlete that makes more in 1 week than i do in a year and I wasted 7 years of my life in colledge to get where I am

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse "

And he'll go through that cash in 2 years after he's done in the NBA and will be flipping burgers if he's lucky.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Just because he's got his personal life straight doesn't mean he's doing all that he can do to lead his team to respectability, if not the playoffs.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:43 PM

WHAT YOU FAIL TO REALISE is that it was not his job to be captain and keep all the others in line That should of been the MAX money mans job But everyone knows how Gilbert filled that role LMFAO

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

"WHAT YOU FAIL TO REALISE is that it was not his job to be captain and keep all the others in line That should of been the MAX money mans job But everyone knows how Gilbert filled that role LMFAO

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 10, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse "

Did you miss the video where MeTawn told apologized to the crowd and called himself the captain?

Gilby is not the first F' up in the franchise under MeTawn's watch. Consider also AB and MeShawn.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Gilby is not the first F' up in the franchise under MeTawn's watch. Consider also AB and MeShawn.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 |


THAT IS RIGHT you only have 1 thing wrong it was never MeTawns watch as it should of been and MeTawn in private does not apriciate that captain role being forced on him I read it in several articles in the past but nothing made of it recently

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

"THAT IS RIGHT you only have 1 thing wrong it was never MeTawns watch as it should of been and MeTawn in private does not apriciate that captain role being forced on him I read it in several articles in the past but nothing made of it recently

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse "

You are full of excuses....while none of them make sense.

MeTawn not only did nothing under his watch, he also made public apologies for Gilby.

MeTawn should turn in his captain's badge at the door.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

You are the 1 lo0oking for things to hang MeTawn out to dry and he in my opinion is the best player on this team and is highly respected around the NBA

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"You are the 1 lo0oking for things to hang MeTawn out to dry and he in my opinion is the best player on this team and is highly respected around the NBA

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse "

Whatever.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Whatever.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010

WOW did you have to go 4 years to colledge to come up with that Lame response LMFAO

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88
while I don't agree with a lot of what you say, (I've been reading this blog for a couple years) you were right about Gilbert unfortunately. The one thing I dont get is why you insist on not calling these professionals by their names. Yes MeShawn and MEtawn is funny, it is a bit excessive.

Posted by: PGtoAndover | January 11, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Antawn Jamison is an excellent Captain. He has character and is a good leader as well.

Gilbert was named Captain (WTF?)by Flip this year so we had Co-captains.

But Antawn has been and really is the face of this franchise. And he averages 20pts and 10 rebounds and the past to games has even stepped it up defensively.

I never have understood why you guys are down on Antawn. Must be a Tarheel thing because most of the same people think Haywood is the issue..lol

This team will now play much better. If they can get Miller healthy the will be just fine. The major problem with the team is sitting @home and the whole tone of the team is noticeably different. Much more serious and defensive effort much improved.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 11, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Antawn Jamison is an excellent Captain. He has character and is a good leader as well.

Gilbert was named Captain (WTF?)by Flip this year so we had Co-captains.

But Antawn has been and really is the face of this franchise. And he averages 20pts and 10 rebounds and the past to games has even stepped it up defensively.

I never have understood why you guys are down on Antawn. Must be a Tarheel thing because most of the same people think Haywood is the issue..lol

This team will now play much better. If they can get Miller healthy the will be just fine. The major problem with the team is sitting @home and the whole tone of the team is noticeably different. Much more serious and defensive effort much improved.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 11, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

DC_Man88,

You can't be that damn stupid. You must have bumped your head. Young pre-adults, from broken homes that don't know yet how to care fully from themselves ain't got nothing to do with being black.

Pre-adults from 18-21 years of age and young adults grow up everyday not knowing how to wash clothes and many other adult things in life.

These young folks come from all walks of life and a cross section of society from the very poor to the well off wealthy.

They go one to be doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, entrepreneurs, singers, actors, and even professional atheletes.

For you to indicate that broken homes, and a lack of home training, and any other negative traits you are expousing is a black thing is totally ridiculous.

These traits happen all across our society and being black has nothing to do with it.

Not knowing how to wash clothes or balance a check book, or impregnating a young girl out of wedlock is not a black thing.

It is a common thing for young tenagers, pre-adults, and young adults all across our American society.

For you to indicate that this is black thing because the NBA is dominantly black shows your ignorance about this society that live in.

This takes away any shred of credibility that you may have had and warrants no respect atall about any opinions you might have.

You need to rethink your outlook on life, for from those comments you have made are not borderline, they are racist.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 11, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't know that you could call anyone on this team a good leader. The shenanigans that have been going on in the locker room now for years are absurd. Remember all the insider info about having the "goofiest" locker room in the NBA. So, whomever protests to be the Captain or veteran leader or whatever have failed. None of us are privy to exactly what goes on within the organization and what precisely is lacking, but there is definitely something lacking.

GA's immaturity should have discounted his last contract by about 30/40 million. You simply can't give that much money to someone lacking any real capability of being serious or fostering a good team atmosphere. On the contrary, seems he divided the team on the court in some instances and off it. The dude is simply not mature or stable enough to be the face of any franchise. Bad move EG.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Foye is now being allowed to just play and is doing well. About time FS!

Seems to me that FS finally has some things figured out that took a little too long to do so like playing Foye and playing DS and Oberto sparingly if at all. He still has AB as the backup center, which is absurd. Sorry, but it's time to sink or swim with McGee. The season is already lost and he can't be much worse than Blatche at center.

Why this organization continually makes boneheaded medical decisions I'll never know. Miller is sore yet plays and gets hurt. Shocker! Ted, along with everything else, the medical people/trainers have to be cleared out. Figure out what the Suns are doing or something. This is ridiculous.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

What fool ur expecting a different result using the same method. The lizs are dead there's or nor was there any BIG 3, a figure of the press imagination. Flip some of you think is the answer NOT what you're seeing out on the floor playing is WHAT NOW WILL BE KNOWN AS THE MINN TIM OF THE EAST. Jaminson needs to go Butler needs to go trade Blance also, cut Stevenson, put Mike Miller on will hurt self soon list, But really you're seeing a very bad team that can't play togeather, don't have the BB instincts. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH MCGUIRE, MCGEE? YOU RATHER PLAY A TWO STIFFS THAN A MORE ATHLETIC PLAY WITH MORE UPSIDE

Posted by: getagripped | January 11, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"And he'll go through that cash in 2 years after he's done in the NBA and will be flipping burgers if he's lucky.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

No matter how much you want that to be true, the fact is kwame's made over $46million in his career and has more money then you ever will- despite your impression of him as fatherless brute, not suited for adult society.

That fact cause boatloads of resentment among some people, and is the underlying basis for much of their opinions.

This is America where CASH is KING...burns people up that the folks they look so far down their noses at and consider the "problem" with society could buy and sell them before breakfast.

Posted by: divi3 | January 11, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

So now Gossip Girl_88 thinks it's a black issue.

Let's bring it all back to race! Black people don't know how to do laundry because Kwame Brown didnt!

Of course black people don't learn anything growing up! All we know how to do is fry chicken.

What's really sad is that you spent 7 years in college to become a miserable gossiping female that takes pride in being the annoying child in the room crying for attention. You've never had anything positive to say about basically anything, not even when there is nothing negative to say, you still find a way.

White kids all know how to wash clothes, send mail through the post office, and tap dance at the same time. It's amazing.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Why do the Wizards keep Boykins? Is it just that they can't sign anybody else without paying double due to the lux tax? Otherwise, I think they'd be better off just releasing him and bringing in the best available pg from the NBDL.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 11, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Don't people realize that Gilbert and DC-so-called Man88 have more in common, to bad Gilbert doesn't even have DC-so-called Man88 on his radar. Also, DC-so-called Man88 doesn't know any better and needs counseling, just like Gilbert. You all can't tell?

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 11, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"Otherwise, I think they'd be better off just releasing him and bringing in the best available pg from the NBDL."

Earl's a 2 guard stuck in a kindergartners body.

Posted by: divi3 | January 11, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Everyone that thinks Gil isn't mentally stable...you're wrong. He knows exactly what he's doing. He's a 28 year old class clown. He's not crazy. Maybe a little stupid. Far from crazy though.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Gil is a damn fool.

Posted by: divi3 | January 11, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

^ that is an accurate assesment too. LOL

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

It is inaccurate because some people are so quick to judge. Like they have never made a mistake.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The ARENAS discourse has come full circle. What swill. Anybody got ideas on why the WIZARDS lost a winnable game yesterday or what can be done to improve the level of defense on this team? FIRE the POLLIN's, FIRE GRUNFELD, FIRE FLIP SAUNDERS, FIRE ARENAS. FIRE the BLOGMEISTER, FIRE this POSTER.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 11, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Everyone that thinks Gil isn't mentally stable...you're wrong. He knows exactly what he's doing. He's a 28 year old class clown. He's not crazy. Maybe a little stupid. Far from crazy though.


Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I really don't think so. Certainly he knows the reaction he is seeking from Blatche when he updated the color scheme of his Brionis but I don't think he can see anything beyond that.

Also, I have a teenage son that has no problem doing laundry. Whenever he needs something clean he will go to the machine throw out anything in there regardless of the state of the articles, then place his 4-6 pieces of clothing in the cavernous machine and start it up. Impressive no?

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Rumors that Minny is interested in moving Al Jefferson.

Ok, Ernie G. If you want to impress me and salvage some of you reputation as a GM, now is your chance.

Posted by: p1funk | January 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Gil is a damn fool.

Posted by: divi3


Who remembers this classic skit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46_DKgBQSC8

Posted by: elfreako | January 11, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Also, I have a teenage son that has no problem doing laundry. Whenever he needs something clean he will go to the machine throw out anything in there regardless of the state of the articles, then place his 4-6 pieces of clothing in the cavernous machine and start it up. Impressive no?

Unfortunately for this generation of kids, that's not always the case. Not black, white or anything else. You can't even call it a socioeconomic issue because rich or poor, kids are getting lazier and lazier.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

GOSSIP GIRL_88!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: gdiddy7 | January 11, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"So now Gossip Girl_88 thinks it's a black issue.

Let's bring it all back to race! Black people don't know how to do laundry because Kwame Brown didnt!

Of course black people don't learn anything growing up! All we know how to do is fry chicken.

What's really sad is that you spent 7 years in college to become a miserable gossiping female that takes pride in being the annoying child in the room crying for attention. You've never had anything positive to say about basically anything, not even when there is nothing negative to say, you still find a way.

White kids all know how to wash clothes, send mail through the post office, and tap dance at the same time. It's amazing.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 11, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse "

Snore...

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"No matter how much you want that to be true, the fact is kwame's made over $46million in his career and has more money then you ever will- despite your impression of him as fatherless brute, not suited for adult society.

That fact cause boatloads of resentment among some people, and is the underlying basis for much of their opinions.

This is America where CASH is KING...burns people up that the folks they look so far down their noses at and consider the "problem" with society could buy and sell them before breakfast.

Posted by: divi3 | January 11, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse "

And the fact is that he's made more than you too....so how do you feel?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"DC_Man88,

You can't be that damn stupid. You must have bumped your head. Young pre-adults, from broken homes that don't know yet how to care fully from themselves ain't got nothing to do with being black.

Pre-adults from 18-21 years of age and young adults grow up everyday not knowing how to wash clothes and many other adult things in life.

These young folks come from all walks of life and a cross section of society from the very poor to the well off wealthy.

They go one to be doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, entrepreneurs, singers, actors, and even professional atheletes.

For you to indicate that broken homes, and a lack of home training, and any other negative traits you are expousing is a black thing is totally ridiculous.

These traits happen all across our society and being black has nothing to do with it.

Not knowing how to wash clothes or balance a check book, or impregnating a young girl out of wedlock is not a black thing.

It is a common thing for young tenagers, pre-adults, and young adults all across our American society.

For you to indicate that this is black thing because the NBA is dominantly black shows your ignorance about this society that live in.

This takes away any shred of credibility that you may have had and warrants no respect atall about any opinions you might have.

You need to rethink your outlook on life, for from those comments you have made are not borderline, they are racist.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 11, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse "

Sorry, you are stupid.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"DC_MAN88
while I don't agree with a lot of what you say, (I've been reading this blog for a couple years) you were right about Gilbert unfortunately. The one thing I dont get is why you insist on not calling these professionals by their names. Yes MeShawn and MEtawn is funny, it is a bit excessive.

Posted by: PGtoAndover | January 11, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse "

Not really, b/c they are "me" based...not team based.

Go ask MeShawn Johnson.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"WOW did you have to go 4 years to colledge to come up with that Lame response LMFAO

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 11, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse "

It was enough to get you to reply...you're easy.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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