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Polls: Looking back, looking forward

The Washington Wizards have had a miserable first half of the season on and off the court and they will start the second half against the Miami Heat tonight at Verizon Center. There have been a number of troubling developments in the first half, with Abe Pollin dying, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton getting into a dispute involving guns and the team foundering on the court. But this is a chance to look back and look ahead with two poll questions.



By Michael Lee  |  January 22, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
 
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Post your answeres...

14-27 and Ted Leonis(only if he fires Earnie G.)

Posted by: ATLredskin | January 22, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

After such high hopes, what a depressing season. This is even worse than the Redskins' '00 and '06 seasons.

Posted by: Dellis2 | January 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"The young players haven't developed"
If they did the Gil situation and the erosion of CB would not hurt as much. It is the nail in the coffin of this team and signals renovations.

"Seeing this team dismatled before the trade deadline"
See above. This organization has followed false illusions that this team is or could have been championship caliber. They used injury as a scapegoat. Even if you like certain players, if they can't stay healthy you have to move on.

Posted by: millineumman | January 22, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

How does Leonsis taking over affect the team? Barring a change in team mgmt (EG), nothing changes but the signature on the players' checks.

PPl want to see the team dismantled? I hope they realize that if we do that it'll be 2015 before we start even sniffing playoffs.

Posted by: original_mark | January 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

14 - 12 Nuff said

The possible return of Gil...we need him. Gil is now all grown up and will be competing for MVP next year.

Oh, Fire EG bring in the GM from Orlando. In the biggest FA period in NBA history, let someone get a fresh start and build from the ground up. With the way the current Wiz brass has handled Gil, I don't any top FA would want to play in DC.

Posted by: Gooddad | January 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

PPl want to see the team dismantled? I hope they realize that if we do that it'll be 2015 before we start even sniffing playoffs.

Posted by: original_mark

That is a possibility but not a certainty. I would rather see a younger team with upside than an aging team rapidly going in the wrong direction. What is the upside of keeping this team together?

I agree that this is not the #1 choice for top free agents but I think its better to have some cap room just in case opportunity knocks rather than having salary tied up in players that have proved they can't deliver.

Posted by: millineumman | January 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

To the first question, I voted for 14-27, nuff said.

To the second question, I voted for the surprising playoff run.

All the other answers don't give me a reason to watch the remainder of the season. After nearly 40 years of being a fan of this franchise, I'm desperate for any thing to root for...

Did anyone else read that Philly is dangling Iguodala?

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

where's the filter for that one? i don't care who's dangling who just keep it in your bedroom.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

where's the filter for that one? i don't care who's dangling who just keep it in your bedroom.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Eh? I don't get it.

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"You don't think the Wiz have played better of late, with Stevenson in the starting lineup?"

I think the better play is kind of a mirage caused by AJ absolutely tearing it up in January (mavs game aside) and Butler hitting a few more shots.

there's still no quality ball movement, mainly because AJ/CB are black holes, BTH cant catch passes nor deliver them, and Boykins cant see past defenders.

AB and Miller do move the ball, but it;s generally around the perimeter and not that effective. At the end of the day AJ/CB/Foye basically do their own thing to score

Posted by: divi3 | January 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"You don't think the Wiz have played better of late, with Stevenson in the starting lineup?"

I certainly do.

Posted by: nmik | January 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Most Disappointed: Locker-room showdown

Looking forward to: bloing it up by Feb 18th

Posted by: mabkhar | January 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"and Boykins cant see past defenders."
No excuse, he's got a great knee-level view through their legs.

Posted by: midlevex | January 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if Stevenson gets the start tonight, going head to head with Wade. As eager as I am to see Miller back in the starting lineup, neither he nor Foye match up well with Wade. We also have the problem that neither Jamison nor Butler can guard Beasley.

Maybe the Heat will continue their self-destructive ways ...

Posted by: zinger1 | January 22, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is win-losses.

But after that it's ownership. EVERYTHING starts at the top.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

B. Ernie Grunfeld's hopeless management of this team. You can't blame the players for not lacking the talent, size, speed, athleticism or mental toughness to compete. They are who they are, and they are simply not a superior, or even average squad. Nor can you fully blame Saunders for having to cobble bench players and a couple better than average players into a playoff-caliber squad. As for Arenas, Grunfeld knew he was a selfish, team-second, management-interfering, shoe-pooping, star-bit and on-off court knucklehead when he designated him as the future of the franchise. That's why character, toughness, pride and professionalism are important to consider as much as talent when signing away $111m of someone else's money.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

err... 'lacking' the talent...

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"and Boykins cant see past defenders."

Wasn't he five for ten with 1 of 2 threes in a little over sixteen minutes against Dallas? Plus 3 assists and one TO?

Maybe he has x-ray vision.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"I think the better play is kind of a mirage caused by AJ absolutely tearing it up in January (mavs game aside) and Butler hitting a few more shots."

AJ's taken over the principal scoring role, but he's not tearing it up. He's shooting 48% instead of 46%, and 36% instead of 35% from the arc. He was 10 of 21 against the Blazers but only 6 of 17 against the Kings.

I don't think AJ is the reason they're winning. I think he's part of the reason they're still playing hard. IMO the reason they're winning more is because they're playing better as a group.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 22, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"I think he's part of the reason they're still playing hard. IMO the reason they're winning more is because they're playing better as a group."
Agreed, it's too little too late but it's what the optimists among us had thought might happen if Arenas got his legs and game back. Early injuries to Miller and Jamison put a lid on it and Arenas enthusiasm for side-arms in the locker room probably blew it up for good.

Posted by: midlevex | January 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

we arent winning more are we? 4 Ws in January as compared to 5 in Dec. On Dec 23rd we had 4 wins, if we lose tonight same boat for Jan23.

so let's get a win tonight!

Posted by: divi3 | January 22, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

a playoff run is possible because the east isn't very good. the pressure in the locker room has subsided, so the players can concentrate more on the game. the need to act silly with gilbert is gone, so maybe the younger guys can concentrate on basketball more and not on the next practical joke. the possibility of the team being taken apart may be incentive to some of the guys to except the seriousness of the business they're in and do their job more efficiently. all those things could spur a spurt of winning ball and a chance at the playoffs. not contenders for the championship, but a spot in the playoff is always fun.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | January 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice it the Wizards make the playoffs. However, they won't, because they are a lottery team. Sometimes the truth can hurt. Nevertheless, there is hope: either dimantle(it doesn't necessarily have to be before the trade deadline) the team and or look forward to the draft as a focal point for a new start with better players. New management will soon be in place and maybe the mediocracy(and that's being generous)and continued cliche laden excuses for games lost can cease.

Posted by: Theone9 | January 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This team, if you just look at talent isn't a lottery team. However, they play like a lottery team.

Why is that? My obvious answer is Flip's system isn't a fit. And not so much that he isn't a good coach, but that his system dosen't fit.

And he isn't as good at adapting to the players. Adapting to what you have also goes to developing what you have if that is necessary for your team to be successful.

And it further goes to, did Ernie Grunfeld hire the right coach in Flip Saunders?

With the many calls to bust up the Team and start over the answer would have to be no, Ernie did not make the right hire.

For, the perception was when Flip was hired that the Team of players was adequate to win.

And, we can't say that since Gilbert is out of the mix that is the reason, for we played badly with Gilbert.

The most prevailing disappointment for me this season is that Flip's system isn't working for not only Butler, but the entire Team.

My vote was for 14-27 and Leonsis taking over.

35-15 score as I blog this. Pathetic.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis is not Superman. It will take time for this franchise to improve.

For all of you who are waiting for the 'second coming' via Ted Leonsis, don't bail on him when the effects of changes aren't realized overnight.

However, if the biggest change he makes is hiring a new General Manager, he will be doing a great job. It's time for some new blood to flow through this organization.

Best wishes to Ted Leonsis and Lincoln Holdings during the new Wizard's era.

Posted by: syvetteavery | January 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I love Abe but he had an internal governor that limited his team's upside. From loyalties to dollars .. it wasn't 'only' about winning the championship.

Ted will not have those personal restrictions and, coupled with a new front office, DC could be a real player in the not too distant future.

Posted by: tslats | January 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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