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Jamison: "I'm fine"

Antawn Jamison could not escape questions about whether fatigue has set in following a seccond straight disappointing performance in Friday night's 112-88 loss to Miami at Verizon Center.

Jamison missed 10 fo 14 shots and was 0 for 2 from three-point range in scoring just eight points. Two nights earlier in a 94-93 loss to Dallas, Jamison missed 8 of 10 shots and scored seven points.

"I'm fine," Jamison said in the locker room after the loss to the Heat. "I'm 33 years old, and the things I do in the offseason are the reason why I'm prepared for what's going on now, so other than soreness the day after the game or the night of, I mean I'm fine. It doesn't have anything to do with what has taken place the last two games with me."

Entering Friday's game, Jamison had been averaging 24.9 points per game, the fourth most in the Eastern Conference in January.

That high-scoring month had Jamison hopeful he would be able to contribute extensively to the Haiti earthquake relief effort through his on-court performance. Jamison, along with teammate Mike Miller, pledged $1,000 for each point scored against the Heat to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Jamison, whose standout play this month had him in the conversation to be a coaches selection to the All-Star Game on Feb. 14, quickly dispelled any thoughts that previous injuries have contributed to his past two games.

"Last game [against Dallas] was just more me forcing, thinking, not just playing the game," Jamison said, "and [Friday], I give [the Heat] credit. Everytime I popped it, there was a guy there, and I couldn't get into my comfort zone. The shots I did take, they were there, and I missed a couple, but it's nothing different than what I've been facing the previous 41 games.

"Just got to the drawing board, man, not think about it. Two bad games, put it behind you. Your teammates need you more than anything. Just go out there and try to give a better showing next time."

By Gene Wang  |  January 23, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
 
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Comments

AJ goes for single digits on the night he's supposed to donate a stack per bucket to Hati. Coincedence I think not.


Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz will be a lottery pick, or just outside it in the top ten. Does anyone think on here that this is a top tier NBA team?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,
I agree. Bottom 10 no doubt.
Just keep a "defender" on AJ and what else do we have?
All teams are gonna figger this out soon and we might end up winning another 10 games.

Unless Gilbert comes back soon.
Don't be surprized!

Posted by: VBFan | January 23, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@lilhollywood10,

Jamison has 2 bad games and you question his character and integrity? WOW

Dude Jamison is the ultimate professional. Seriously, the man has character and would never pull such an antic.

That's why I think your posts are bogus..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 23, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

If Leonsis watched last night he had to be thinking "Wow, maybe having Gil around wouldnt be so bad"

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

i knew that would get you out of hiding? What can't take a joke? Of course no one thinks he'd tank it just so he wouldn't pay up for Hati. But talk about character, don't hide when they're on a 2 game losing skid after you predicted they come out of the month with a winning record. 4-8 in january clown. You're almost as much of a joke as my AJ comment.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

there's not a single player on the roster who cuts towards the basket, it's absolutely infuriating. Almost every single offensive set involves NO ONE in the paint...so absurdly easy to defend. Offensively the lineups are DOA, while even with supposed defensive players on the floor we see countless layups and wide open Js.

Worst of both worlds


Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It all comes down to putting butts in the VC seats.
No one is gonna sit and watch this group mail in games.
Teddy & David will have a pow wow and decide how to get Gilbert back.
It's in the NBA's best interest.
Going to a Wizzies game is like going to see a Bruce Springsteen concert but Bruce won't be there.

Posted by: VBFan | January 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

oh no guys don't believe the hype. we're so much better w/out Gil

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 23, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of Jamison, now. I like the guy, and he is undoubtedly our best player on the floor. But as these two games show, he is on the precipice of decline. Even if they were an aberration, he is on the wrong side of the hill, and his decent play will only prevent us from getting the high pick needed to begin the top-to-bottom rebuild this team desperately needs. I think everyone can agree that Grunfeld's keep the Big 3 together and contend for a championship plan was negligently optimistic. Nor are we a player or two from contending... we are perhaps a player or two from the 8th playoff seed. Fire Ernie, clear the decks and rebuild with tough, hungry, talented, professional, young and athletic players, like Portland, Atlanta and OKC have done. Let go of Caron, too, and hope we can trade some of our underachievers for one or two solid prospects.

This team has been poisoned - you can tell the players don't want to be here anymore. None are mentally or emotionally tough enough to fight through the recent dramas or ingrained Wiz culture of losing and immaturity, except for Jamison and marginal players such as Oberto, Dom, Boykins, who are no long-term answer to this team's woes. Miller is a solid pro, but he has never been an athletic player and his body has begun to fail him. Keep Mcgee... unless someone will bite with a first round pick for him.... and keep Foye who, while not a premier player, is young and able enough to contribute for many years as we rebuild.

Judging from Leonsis' strategy with the Caps, who cleaned that team's house thoroughly in the pre-strike/strike years, I bet this is what he does. He needs to get the keys to the city soon, however, as the trade deadline is fast approaching. He has no power to fire Grunfeld now, nor Grunfeld the power to move millions in contracts with ownership still in flux. Jamison has value this season to a contender, less so next year when he turns 34, especially if he continues to have games like these.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 23, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Going to a Wizzies game is like going to see a Bruce Springsteen concert but Bruce won't be there.

Posted by: VBFan

Wicked funny! Thx.

Posted by: creativefunk | January 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Moving Grunfeld is the first priority. He is clearly in save-his-a** mode, having promised the kingdom and delivered a ghost town. Rebuilding the team now would be an admission that his last rebuilding project - the one that has brought us to this mess - was a failure (and, by extension, his own job performance). Hence, he will bail water and try keep the boat afloat by shifting players in a misguided, self-preserving attempt to win marginally more games now. It is his last card. His position is not unlike that of a Wall Street banker willing to mortgage the future for reckless profit today. Unfortunately, aiming for respectability is not a plan for a championship, which should be the goal. That requires an empire-building master plan and fresh blood in personnel.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 23, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's start with swinging a trade with Portland,acquiring Andre Miller and the 21st pick for Haywood.Use that pick on Larry Sanders or Dexter Pittman.Miller's contrct expires after next season and we will get a young big man as well as a PG while only giving up Haywood.Ship Caron for a defensive- minded specialist, dont care what position as long as he is younger and more athletic. Use our lottery pick on the best available player who can play defense and score. Trade Jameson fairly soon as he is only getting older,for a defensive-minded player as well.Sign Foye, but let MnM's contract expire, we may need that space for luxery tax purposes.Start Foye,A. Miller,Blatche, Mcgee and Mcguire.Bring MnM, Young, and the new acquisitions off the bench, while we let the Arenas debacle play out.Draft a mature Vasquez in the second round as a combo guard with heart.This strategy is not sexy, but it's time to find out what we do have and simply move any underachievers during the summer.

Posted by: Raef | January 22, 2010 11:05

Posted by: Raef | January 23, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Gilby earned every penney that the organization thought he deserved. it's almost a moot point, to continue arguing your value percieved value of Gil vs. the actual monetary value established by the team. Gil worked himself into becoming an all star, brought respectability back to the wiz, and gave back to the city with the same spirit and zeal that the owner did. it wasn't until Gil got injured that you would even think to call him a bum. When he was suspended he was putting up all star numbers after being away from the game for 2 yrs. you can call gil a lot of things, but as far as basketball goes, bum isn't one of them.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse "

The only thing that Gilby earned was the scorn of ownership, the league, and fans who have a brain.

BTW, just b/c you're an "all star," which means less now especially since TMac almost got voted into the starting lineup and AI got voted in, doesn't mean you're worth max money or a franchise player, which I've been saying forever about Gilby and people have finally realized.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"....in a blowout loss.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

When the game's a blowout, all the stats are affected, winners as well as losers. It's comparable to football when one team builds a lead and the other is forced to play catch-up.

From Boykins' perspective, he and the other reserves got more time on the court, that's the main difference (McGee excepted). He's been playing well for a little while now, regardless of the circumstances.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse "

Nevermind the fact that you don't have a point, the reality is that for the losing team in a blowout loss, it doesn't mean anything to report any of their stats.

Sure, Boinkins got some numbers...but in a blowout loss, they were probably "earned" against the 3rd stringers.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"If Leonsis watched last night he had to be thinking "Wow, maybe having Gil around wouldnt be so bad"

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse "

No, that was you right before you splooged into your jeans.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

'No, that was you right before you splooged into your jeans.

Posted by: DC_MAN88'

you're a weird dude.

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"in a blowout loss, they were probably "earned" against the 3rd stringers.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Well, Boykins played 24 minutes, and the only Miami reserves who played more than 20 were a center and a forward. Just a guess, but I doubt either of those guys was guarding Earl.

Nice try, MeMan, but once again the splooge is on you.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This team need to be rebuild with an identity.
We need a team that should never give up in home court.to play with out energy in home court is a disrespect to the fan, since this has been a culture in this club the cure is to get rid of every possible player, coach trainer and managment staff.It is hard to fire flip but all assistants need to go , BH,AJ,CB,MM,and DS need to go as soon as possible.
I gave up on them.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

@lilhollywood,

I never said they would go 4-8 I said 6-5 after the New Orleans game. Get ur facts straight.

And yeah they would be much better off if Gil was in the line up lol. ur an idiot. 4 real.

Gil is the creator of this losing culture and non-professional attitude displayed by the younger players. We dont need him and EG should exit right along with him.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 23, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

"Well, Boykins played 24 minutes, and the only Miami reserves who played more than 20 were a center and a forward. Just a guess, but I doubt either of those guys was guarding Earl.

Nice try, MeMan, but once again the splooge is on you.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse "

Again, your reporting of Boinkins's fabulous stats is worthless. It was a blowout.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"you're a weird dude.

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse "

I would hope that Ted Leonsis would have better sense than to think Gilby is the key to Les BouleS success after he buys the team.

In any regard, as most know, Gilby was part of this sub.500 team before he excused himself from the league.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I was just listening to this sports broadcaster who was railing against the thought that this Team is better off without Gilbert.

He said that Yeah, it is a different team and they might play a bit better because the roles get defined a little bit better, but without Gilbert, they are not close to being a better team.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

For all of you that wanted Gilbert gone. You got your wish.

It is being reported that Gilbert will play again in this League, and that yes he was in fact indeed the franchise player for the Washington Wizards, and that he will in fact regain his old form and better, but somewheres'else.

How do you like that?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

It all comes down to putting butts in the VC seats.
No one is gonna sit and watch this group mail in games.
Teddy & David will have a pow wow and decide how to get Gilbert back.
It's in the NBA's best interest.
Going to a Wizzies game is like going to see a Bruce Springsteen concert but Bruce won't be there.

Posted by: VBFan | January 23, 2010 3:59 PM

VBFan,

Putting butts in the VC makes about the most sense than anything blogged on here tonight.

Afterall is said and done, the bottom line is that the NBA needs all of their franchises to be as healthy as possible.

And blowin up this franchise might not be in the NBA's interest. Having Gilbert back on the floor might be though.

Ted Leonsis would be the only guy to sell this idea to the League. For if it becomes evident that the contract isn't voidable, it might be in the Wizards interest to put butts in the Verizon Center.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"VBFan,

Putting butts in the VC makes about the most sense than anything blogged on here tonight.

Afterall is said and done, the bottom line is that the NBA needs all of their franchises to be as healthy as possible.

And blowin up this franchise might not be in the NBA's interest. Having Gilbert back on the floor might be though.

Ted Leonsis would be the only guy to sell this idea to the League. For if it becomes evident that the contract isn't voidable, it might be in the Wizards interest to put butts in the Verizon Center.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse "

Again, your nonsense.

EG had seen enough of this franchise's losing ways with 3 of their "stars" healthy even before Gilby's brain fart.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Again, your nonsense.

EG had seen enough of this franchise's losing ways with 3 of their "stars" healthy even before Gilby's brain fart.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 10:26 PM

Amazing,

I think that everybody knows by now that EG is ROAD. ROAD is a term used in the military when a guy has served his time and isn't useful anymore and is just waiting until his contract expires so he can get out, or in EG case be fired.

ROAD...Retired On Active Duty.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"Amazing,

I think that everybody knows by now that EG is ROAD. ROAD is a term used in the military when a guy has served his time and isn't useful anymore and is just waiting until his contract expires so he can get out, or in EG case be fired.

ROAD...Retired On Active Duty.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse "

Again, EG's status has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the 3 "stars" on this team haven't been able to keep the team anywhere near .500.

EG is actually "ROAD" b/c he gave these 3 dudes the chance to play together and that decision has proven to be a complete flop because they, including and especially Gilby, have not been able to step up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

First Mistake... Firing EJ; Second Mistake.... Not retaining Roger Mason Third Mistake....Giving Gil 111 milion Fourth Mistake..... Hiring Flip Saunders Fifth Mistake..... Not hiring Avery Johnson,you get my drift FIRE ERNIE GRUNFELD.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 23, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION:

"Again, EG's status has absolutely EVERYTING to do with the fact that the 3 "stars" on this team haven't been able to keep the team anywhere near .500."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

EG is actually "ROAD" b/c he gave these 3 dudes the chance to play together and that decision has proven to be a complete flop because they, including and especially Gilby, have not been able to step up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 23, 2010 10:58 PM

That would be incorrect.

EG is ROAD because he hired the wrong durn coach.

He should have hired a coach whom knew that this team still needed developing and a winning system that incorporated all the players and not a system that was tailored to favortism for the three.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Watching the ticket and the Nuggets with Ty Lawson,...to think that no one but a few of us thought that Lawson could be a good pick for the Wizards.

But it is all good. Flip Saunders would not have had a clue what to do with him.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone make the case that Gil will put more people in the seats? And the point is true he would put people in the seats. But that doesn’t matter, because the question should be “when can he put people in the seats”. I am one of the few people who think that the NBA sometimes give franchise the #1 pick if it indeed helps the league overall. Does anyone on this blog really believe that John Wall is going to Minn., or G.S.? I don’t really believe the NBA want him in New Jersey, because they look down teams purposely taint games.
I think it would the benefit the NBA if the Wiz gets the first pick, because of the hit the franchise is taking. Now if the wiz does get a few first round picks, which also will put people in the seats. I think Gil is going to be a NET next year anyway. They cleared out a bunch of room and I don’t think the top free agents are going to sign there. Gil and a high draft pick in NJ will make them a very dangerous team, next year.

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

....When Gil come back next year.

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice if the Wizards made the playoffs. However, they will not, could not , and should not since they are a lottery team. I am glad to see that a lot of commentors have finally stopped trying to analyze the team's pathetic play and claim they are not a lottery team while having crazy thoughts about win streaks. When management gets rid of these disgruntled vets(that are past their prime and potentially due for injury)and second rounders(like Nick Young prancing around like a damn duck and throwing up ill advised jumpers) maybe watching the Wizards will be tolerable.

Posted by: Theone9 | January 24, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm fine? So that's the problem. Maybe he should be more course and play some man-up 'd' from time to time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 24, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

It's an utterly moot point whether the team is better off with or without GA bc he is not playing another min for the franchise. Ain't happening! But, I will say this, the team is better off without his albatross of a contract. This much we do know, he was no longer worth and probably was never worth max money or close to it. For that kind of money, you have to have the talent and all the intangibles and GA lacks one very important attribute or make that two - leadership and professionalism. The "discount" he gave the team is comical looking back at it now. I agree with whomever stated that GA is largely responsible for the jovial lackluster losing culture in the locker room especially when it comes to the young guys. When your best player is a very talented goofball, all the young players with less talent follow suit and it doesn't work so well for them and it finally caught up to GA as well.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 24, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

@DSQUARE,

Yeah, GA really packed them in the phone booth this year and even though he is not a "thug" his reputation is such now that I find it hard to believe that he will be an instant fan favorite wherever he lands. The truth is his career and popularity peaked three years ago. I seriously doubt that changes.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 24, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

"First Mistake... Firing EJ; Second Mistake.... Not retaining Roger Mason Third Mistake....Giving Gil 111 milion Fourth Mistake..... Hiring Flip Saunders Fifth Mistake..... Not hiring Avery Johnson,you get my drift FIRE ERNIE GRUNFELD."

Sixth Mistake.....your posts per usual!

By the way, I said that GA's "discount" looking back at it now, which is true. However, I did post at the time in here that I thought that contract was a big mistake, but ABE POLLIN was sold on building his final "contender" around the "Big 3". Case closed. EG did have a boss.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 24, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

.....By the way, I said that GA's "discount" looking back at it now ^was a mistake^, which is true.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 24, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

"How can anyone make the case that Gil will put more people in the seats? And the point is true he would put people in the seats. But that doesn’t matter, because the question should be “when can he put people in the seats”. I am one of the few people who think that the NBA sometimes give franchise the #1 pick if it indeed helps the league overall. Does anyone on this blog really believe that John Wall is going to Minn., or G.S.? I don’t really believe the NBA want him in New Jersey, because they look down teams purposely taint games.
I think it would the benefit the NBA if the Wiz gets the first pick, because of the hit the franchise is taking. Now if the wiz does get a few first round picks, which also will put people in the seats. I think Gil is going to be a NET next year anyway. They cleared out a bunch of room and I don’t think the top free agents are going to sign there. Gil and a high draft pick in NJ will make them a very dangerous team, next year.

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse "

Most fans would be more concerned with Gilby putting more regular season wins and playoff wins in the win column because more people in seats come with that.

Putting people in seats based on the "excitement" from last minute prayer shots and a high scoring average based on ball hogging can't be sustained.

Gilby hasn't done the former.

It was funny and sad how Gilby lamented the pressure of the $111 mil hanging over his head before his gun drama.
He hasn't

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"That would be incorrect.

EG is ROAD because he hired the wrong durn coach.

He should have hired a coach whom knew that this team still needed developing and a winning system that incorporated all the players and not a system that was tailored to favortism for the three.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse "

You have no ground to stand on b/c you pushed for Mark Jackson who has zero coaching experience while at least Flip has a track record.

EG is done for many reasons, which includes signing Gilby to a franchise stalling and poisoning contract.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I am not in a position to say flip is a bad pick.I do not expect any of our players play defense for A.johanson, his player handling is not good.He is a good coach for young team or a team which is already built to win like the texas teams.
GA has the power to increase ticket sell for any team, he could be close to his old form, we are going to see him droping 60 points in the future but he will never make any team better.If he goes to orlando, the team will make it to play of but not to the eastern confrence final.GA is not doing the right thing in court for 60% of the time but what he does would look right in 60% of the time.He is self centered, What he thinks is how many assist he is going to dish and how many points he is going to score.This attitude will never improve.When he come back he is going to try to win his fame, the only easy way for him to achieve is to be as close as his form in 2007.It is hard for me to see if this attitude help any team.

Posted by: gtefferra | January 24, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hard to tell exactly how a new owner will view Grunfeld. New ownership likes to bring in new managers. But some new ownership groups prefer to keep someone in place as a transition figure. We don't know how much of the blame for the team's recent struggles will stick to Grunfeld. If he'd left Ed Jordan in place, for instance, he'd still have a goat to sacrifice. He didn't, and now it's his head on the chopping block.

Another question: how much does Grunfeld care at this point? He has to see it's over. He clearly believed this year's Wiz could contend for a title. He was wrong. He can point to preseason predictions, however, including those of other NBA coaches, that Washington was a legit contender. Based on the theory that if everybody was mistaken, one man looks less dumb.

Gilbert Arenas will take some of the heat for the Wiz' struggles, no doubt. It won't be enough -- in a less dramatic way, Grunfeld is as done here as Arenas is.

How much blame can Ernie legitimately shoulder for the current state of the Wizards/ organization? Most of the folks around here have already made up their minds. From Ernie's perspective, the real issue is how, when the dust settles, potential employers within the NBA feel about him.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I don’t think that EG is a bad General Manager. Yes he made some bad moves but the only deal, at the time of deal was bad, was picking Pech. Ernie doesn’t have a crystal ball that tells him which the future holds. But picking players to me may not be his falling; it will be who he allowed Gilbert to do what ever he wanted. He never backs the coaches of this organization.
Someone posted here that resigning Brendan to a very lucrative contract will be a mistake and I agree. The wiz have to remember that who Brendan is since he been here and yes no one on this roster should be untouchable accept McGee.

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"I don’t think that EG is a bad General Manager."

You are your record though, correct? What's obvious about this team now is that Kobe could take Arenas' spot and the team still wouldnt contend. Everything was predicated on the return of Arenas making us a contender, but the truth is there are gigantic holes in the roster that no one player could fill.

And it's EGs roster.

Posted by: divi3 | January 24, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Here's a question I heard on the radio: would you trade Javale McGee for Brook Lopez? Purely on basketball merits, that is.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 24, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Also, I wounder what it will take to the draft rights to Ricky Ruberto. I think he has a exit cluase in his contact after the 2010-11 season. He could be a good fit if the Wiz cant get John Wall and draft Favors. Also pay the hell-out for Rudy Guy.Starting line-up for 2011
Pg. Ruberto
Sg. Foye
Sf. Rudy Guy
Pf. Favors
C. McGee

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Rudy Gay...

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

RPhilli721: Say what you want about my post but i was right(as usual) what have they done since you know who left? not a damn thing this team is a rudderless ship on both side's of the ball at least with EJ they had an organized offensive mindset with Flip they have none. EG allowed R.MasonJr. to get away for a song and then he basically set in motion a culture of losing by hiring Eddie Tapscott and he compounded that mistake by hiring Flip Saunders,Flip didn't win in Detroit with a veteran playoff tested squad(correction he won but not in the playoffs and not to the satifaction of Mr.Dumars). Grunfeld should have hired Avery Johnson a no nonsense defensive minded coach who would have made this bunch shape up defensively and Arenas, to be sure would have gotten the message Johnson would have gotten Arenas attention in training camp and the rest of the team would have fallen in lock step or else. I said it that day in November when Grunfeld basically put the noose around his neck by firing Jordan, well........... that rope is getting tighter.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The Pollin family wants Gil back because he raises the price of the team.
Teddy L doesn't want him back for the same reason.
Stern wants him back to draw in fans.
The Pollins have as much influence in DC as just about anybody. They can put pressure on the Judge to give Gil a slap on the wrist and get back to B Ball.
I see this whole gun affair going away and before March.

Posted by: VBFan | January 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I took a weekend trip up to Atlantic City this weekend they have a big Adidas store there with a huge banner of Mr. Gilbert Arenas on top of it. I was shocked.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I see this whole gun affair going away and before March.

Posted by: VBFan | January 24, 2010

Damm... You could be right.. that is not good for real fans.

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Pg. Ruberto
Sg. Foye
Sf. Rudy Guy
Pf. Favors
C. McGee
Posted by: dsquare"

I think you meant Buddy Guy and Ricky Ricardo.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

... But that being said would make the Pollin family big hypocrites. Supporting a man with a gun charge for the betterment of more money. Damm they are already rich how much more do they need.S#!%

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

think you meant Buddy Guy and Ricky Ricardo.

Posted by: Samson151
.... LMAO ok,ok,ok

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Stop. One: Eddie Jordan is perhaps the worst coach in the league. He created the Gil-as-special thing; he turned a playoff team in Philly into a team even worse than the Wiz; his offense never flowed; his teams were routinely last in the NBA in assists despite it being a passing offense; his defenses were absurdly lame; he was so weak in the locker room that when he asked for defense, the team basically said no; and he did not develop any young talent. He is not Jesus Christ, no matter what darma-and-greg says.

Two: Roger Mason is not Michael Jordan. Roger Mason - I've said this often but it bears repeating - had a couple good games when he first got to San Antonio, and now sits behind 14 year old George Hill and 54 year old Michael Finley. He is not a star. Letting him go made sense at the time because of the money situation at that time (2007). Also, as you may have noted, we have some guards already. Also, no one LET Mason go. It was the one time in his career to get a big contract (because again he's a marginal player but had a good 2007); he was going to lose minutes to Gilbert anyways (because Gil was getting surgery at the time). So, Mason was gone; we couldn't afford him; and that was acknowledged at the time.

I'd say Grunsfeld's moves were as follows:

30% great: Getting Gil before he exploded; getting Butler for Kwame Brown, drafting Blatche in 2nd Rd, drafting McGee with 18th pick

50% solid: The AJ trade; the Foye/Miller trade; the Critt trade; hiring Flip; originally signing DSteve on the cheap; signing Oberto as 12th man; drafting Young; finding McGuire in 2nd rd; signing Songalia

20% not good: Pecherov; signing DSteve on the less cheap; signing Gil to 6 years before seeing him post surgery; not making a push for T. Evans with the #5 pick

And just to repeat my points above: In my strong opinion, Eddie Jordan is horrible and Roger Mason is average. They would not have saved us.

Posted by: Urnesto | January 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@lilhollywood,

I never said they would go 4-8 I said 6-5 after the New Orleans game. Get ur facts straight.

And yeah they would be much better off if Gil was in the line up lol. ur an idiot. 4 real.

Gil is the creator of this losing culture and non-professional attitude displayed by the younger players. We dont need him and EG should exit right along with him.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 23, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

right so how's that 6-5 going for you? you said they'd finish this month with a winning record. i know you didn't say 4-8 clown, that's their record for the month, actually 4-9 now. i'm just wondering how your baseless 6-5 prediction worked out for you.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 25, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Urnesto, I agree with you 100%. I used to watch the games when EJ was coaching and just shake my head at his substitution patterns. Oh, wait, he didn't have a pattern. Someone would get a hot hand and before you knew it, EJ would have pulled him out. And, blame the players if you want, but it's common knowledge that all too often, players just stop listening to a coach who can't help them win. It's happened all over the NBA and it happened here with EJ.

I was actually glad they brought on Flip. I thought he would be a good "players" coach who could get the best out of them. I admit I was wrong about that. He doesn't seem able to recognize how to use the talent we have - and we do have some talented players. However, I am thrilled that they didn't sign Avery Johnson. I have a feeling there would have been outright mutiny against him. He is too hot tempered to be a coach. Keep him on the TV desk.

It's really funny to read some of the comments made here. The majority of people who want to get rid of Gilbert seem to always raise the issue of how much he's getting paid. Makes me think they don't care about whether he plays well or not; he just shouldn't be making that much money. Hmmmm, I think if my boss offers me a raise, I'll tell him no thanks. I don't want to earn any more than I already am. RIGHT!!! No one on this board would do that but they want Gil gone because he didn't do that. Hypocrites!

I love the Wizards. I still watch every game if I can and it breaks my heart to see how poorly they're playing. My suggestions for them: MOVE. Stop running down on offense and coming to a complete stop. A lot of complaints about Haywood, but at least he's moving around setting screens, cutting to the basket, helping on defense. The Wiz spend the first 15 seconds on offense watching Foye or Boykins dribble the ball until someone sets a screen and they try to get to the basket but stop for a jumper. If it isn't the PG throwing up the jumper, they toss it to CB who does his goofy jab step before also trying for a jumper.

Someone made the comment that Haywood disappears in the 4th quarter. That's because Foye, Butler and AJ are too busy trying to be the big hero and wouldn't think of getting it to BH for a dunk.

Posted by: juliagraffam | January 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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