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Wizards 81, Nets 79

Wasn't that the kind of game that you would expect from the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference? You had several quarters of bad and inept basketball, and it came down to the final possession. Earl Boykins hit the game-winning shot with 0.4 of a second remaining as the Wizards avoided what would've been a terrible loss to a truly terrible team.

It was not a beautful display of basketball. "I don't think you're going to send that tape to Springfield," Coach Flip Saunders said.

The Nets (4-41) are bad. I don't think they are so bad that they will finish with a worse record than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who finished 9-73. But they are really bad. Problem was, for about 15 minutes, the Nets looked a lot better than the Wizards, as they built an early 12-point lead.

That's when the Wizards' bench, led by Boykins, helped lead the team back as the starters simply took the night off. It was the first time in franchise history that the Wizards (15-30) won a game in which no starter scored in double figures. That's a lot of games over nearly 49 years.

'The bench was big tonight," Boykins said after scoring a team-high 15 points. "If your starters don't score in double figures, I don't think any team can win, but if the bench plays well, the starters don't have to play well."

The last time the Wizards played the Nets, they got a season-high 51 points from the bench, as Andray Blatche scored a career-high 30 points. The Wizards got 43 points from the bench, with Blatche adding 14. Blatche got off to a rough start, with his first two shot attempts failing to touch the rim - a reverse layup that bounded hard off the backboard and an airball in the paint. They were so bad, that Blatche didn't even get credit for a field goal attempt on one of them. But he settled down and finished 4 for 7 from the floor, giving the Wizards 46-45 lead near the end of the first half.

Nick Young also returned to the lineup after being put on the inactive list against his hometown Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. It was the second time this season - and in his career - that he was put on the inactive list. The first time, Young bounced back from his benching in San Antonio with 20 points against Philadelphia. On Friday, Young had 10 points, with eight coming in the first half.

"I don't want to be on that inactive list," Young said. "When it happens, it kind of motivates you to see that you got to step it up. That's what it did for me."

The Wizards had a bit of a scare when Antawn Jamison came up grimacing after hurting his right shoulder while getting his shot blocked in the third quarter. He returned, but finished just 3 of 13 from the field. After the game, he said his shoulder was fine but he was in pain as he put on his right shoe. His sore foot was hurting.

Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood had no explanation for the lethargic play of the starters. Saunders thought those guys may have been distracted with their names floated around in trade rumors for several weeks. On Friday, ESPN.com reported that the Wizards offered Brendan Haywood to Portland for Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum; a deal that the Trail Blazers shot down.

I asked Haywood about the trade speculation after the game. He said, "It doesn't bother me. When you get near the trade deadline, you hear fifty million trade rumors, but at the end of day, only about three of them happen. You hear all these trade rumors. You hear things like, 'Amare Stoudemire is going here, and so and so is going there!' If you get traded, so be it. It happens. If you don't then, you don't."

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
 
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Comments

Two worst teams?

At least the Nets don't have two "all stars" on their team which makes it more understandable for the Nets to be so bad.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't that the kind of game that you would expect from the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference?

Sure it was 81-79 is more like a college basketball score not an NBA game.

The problem is half of these guys don't belong in the NBA.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 30, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

why did Oberto played 19 minutes and Mcgee none? was it because oberto had a major part of the bench's scoring production, or was it because he had so many rebounds?

the guy is done and gone next year!!! Give the opportunity to develop Mcgee and the rest of the youngsters! The season is lost anyways. I am not suggesting to tank games, but we can use it to get the most out of our young players...

It's just frustrated to see that so much potential is just sitting on the bench.

Posted by: Goelez | January 30, 2010 4:45 AM | Report abuse

why did Oberto played 19 minutes and Mcgee none? was it because oberto had a major part of the bench's scoring production, or was it because he had so many rebounds?

the guy is done and gone next year!!! Give the opportunity to develop Mcgee and the rest of the youngsters! The season is lost anyways. I am not suggesting to tank games, but we can use it to get the most out of our young players...

It's just frustrated to see that so much potential is just sitting on the bench.

Posted by: Goelez | January 30, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Obviously coach has a problem with McGee, even though it has not been reported clearly by the beat writers.

Posted by: cannontl | January 30, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

"At least the Nets don't have two "all stars" on their team which makes it more understandable for the Nets to be so bad."

Strange thing is, the Nets were quite a bit better than the Wiz last season, finishing with 34 wins for a second year in a row. Devin Harris didn't play last night, but he's an All-Star. Brook Lopez has certainly been playing like one, averaging 36 minutes, 19 points, 9.3 boards, 2.2 assists and 2 blocks.

What's missing from that 34 win team is Vince Carter. Is that enough to explain this sort of collapse? Hard to imagine.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Makes me wonder about the decision that was made a couple years back to begin rebuilding the Nets. If you recall, the team had been in the playoff five or six seasons in a row, turning in some good performances under Lawrence Frank. Then they had a bad season and people in Jersey went nuts. Team officials vowed that such a thing would never happen again. Over a few seasons they traded Kidd, let Jefferson go, lost Carter. The team struggled -- 34 wins ain't nothing to write home about -- and then this season, finally fell off a cliff.

Basically, in their efforts to improve, the team made itself dramatically worse.

That's a scenario I could definitely see happening here. Reminds me of a business deal I was once involved in. My partners were convinced that we had a hot property on our hands, one that was underperforming. They based their belief on a string of good years that the business had before we acquired it. In hindsight, the thing was OVERperforming based on its assets. Once they fired the 'incompetent' management team and brought in a whiz kid for a 'turnaround', it collapsed.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Samson151,

In the past the Nets made moves to win a championship and once they realized they weren't going too (with Kidd, Carter, Jefferson) they went in another direction.

Next year they will have a salary of 26 million and some young players (harris, lee and lopez) to build around another great draft pick and cash to find the right free agent.

I would much rather be in the Nets position to build for the future than where the Wizards are right now.

At least the Nets younger players are getting some playing time and will be ready to step up in a couple of years.

If Irene doesn’t sell and leaves Ernie and Flip in charge 3 years from now we’ll still be reading how, McGee impressed everyone at the summer camps but can’t get off the bench?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 30, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't think John Wall is any better prospect than Ty Lawson.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD
To Larry in Lala land
Please tell me you are joking, if you are truly serious, any thing you blog here on out should be questioned. LMFAO

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 12:51 AM

Well, kinda. I heard all the reports on Mr. Wall, but everytime I tune in Kentucky and watch him play, I keep sayin to myself, I am missing something.

He played 1A ball in Raleigh, NC, the lowest class ball in the state. Gets all the accolades and seems to be worthy of the reports at Kentucky so far.

But, the meat of the college season is in full swing now. I'm willing to wait a bit before hopping on the JW bandwagon.

It is early yet and there are few more stops the wagon needs to make before I board.

So far, he really hasn't shown me more than Ty Lawson. In case you haven't noticed Ty Lawson is a money player and possibly could have an NBA ring before wall is even drafted.

LarryInClintonMD.

How's that for LaLaLand.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

If Irene doesn’t sell and leaves Ernie and Flip in charge 3 years from now we’ll still be reading how, McGee impressed everyone at the summer camps but can’t get off the bench?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 30, 2010 9:05 AM

Irene and the Pollin estate from the way I read the legal agreements that is on the net and what Ted has reported do not have an option to just keep the team at this point.

The agreement that Mr. Pollin signed with Ted obviates the right not to sell away from the estate.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

How's that for LaLaLand.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Well Mr How's that,
1) John Wall is at least 6"3 /Ty more like 5"11
2) Wall speed from baseline to baseline is another gear faster than Ty
3) Ty had a one nice dunk in one game this season. Wall will have a nice probably per game, athletically unparallel and a highlight reel waiting to happen
4) Wall get to the basket anytime he wants to.
5) Wall’s, command of the game, vision, and court awareness is on a higher level
6) Wall defense is much better than Ty when the game is on the line
7) Ty is a liability on the defensive end
8) Ty weight will be an issue by his 3rd year.
9) Ty is probably about four years older
10) Ty probably has reach his ceiling

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Bling, tattoos, rap, guns = THUGS

ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

But with that being said I would not have a problem, if we dont get the #1 pick in drafting, Favors. I think he and McGee can grow well together. Also, if you throw in that kid from Portland Nicolas Batum. Personnally thats a nice starting point to remaking this team.

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Dsquare,

You clearly embellish a bit. Speed from baseline to baseline is certainly not a feat that Wall is better at than Lawson.

Wall looks good at this point but to say he does all those things better than Lawson is premature.

You forget Lawson earned his at Carolina. Kentucky, though an extremely formidiable program has taken some lumps.

Lets give JW a full season before everyone thinks that he is as good as you say.

I haven't seen it yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Bling, tattoos, rap, guns = THUGS
ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL
Posted by: hessone(hes some s#!t)

Ignorance,stupidity,uneducated = Dumb-azz

ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse


@dsquare

Sorry, I meant Thug Wannabes since their guns weren't loaded. I'm glad to see you added more to the list about these Wannabes. I agree that they're ignorant,stupid,and uneducated = Dumb-azz
Send a message for once. Ban Arenas for life.

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Great game: Woeful Wizards narrowly nosed nasty Nets.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | January 30, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Bling, tattoos, rap, guns = THUGS

ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 9:42 AM

YAWN

Posted by: tgif11 | January 30, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

NBA = YAWN

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Send a message for once. Ban Arenas for life.

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 10:31 AM

That ship has already sailed. (YAWN)

Posted by: tgif11 | January 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Flip must have something personal against M.James, Javale & McGuire.
Now it seems like he's reluctant to play them because if they do well he'll look bad.
They absolutely can't be worse than what he's been putting on the floor.
At least give them a chance to screw up in front of the fans then maybe we'll understand.

Posted by: VBFan | January 30, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I can see why coach have problem with McGee. Last time when he got in the first half, he jacked up 3 bricks in less than 3 minutes. Oberto is 0 on offensive, but McGee can be negative on offense and takes away teammates' scoring opportunity.

I agree that McGee needs more play time to develop. I just hope he can learn and not just treat the hard-to-get PT like garbage time.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 30, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

There should be some kind of feature story written about why McGee can't get off the bench on a team going no where this year. It's the same thing that happen last year. He went from starting under EJ to no playing time under ETap. Two years pissed away that he could have been used to develop him or at least letting the fan see how bad of a draft choice EG made.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 30, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@tgif11 = YAWN

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Obviously coach has a problem with McGee, even though it has not been reported clearly by the beat writers.

Posted by: cannontl | January 30, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse "

Actually, what's obvious is that JaTravel can't do anything besides dunk and block an occasional shot. He gets lost after a few minutes on the court.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Let me tell yawl' somethin'.

A guy that comes into a game and jacks up shots and looks like he is a freshman in college means one thing and one thing only.

He ain't learnin' nothin' in practice and even less from sittin' the bench.

This organization stinks horrendously when it comes to developing players.

If McGee is so bad, what in the hay has he been doing? You folks that keep saying that he ain't ready, need to ask yo' selves', Whya' ain't he'sa ready'.

Omsa' jus' sayin'.

My daddy usta' say,

'That man don't know his arse from a whole in the ground.'

The development/teaching that comes from this Wizards org' would be akin to what my daddy usta' say.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Bling, tattoos, rap, guns = THUGS
ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL
Posted by: hessone(hes some s#!t)

Ignorance,stupidity,uneducated = Dumb-azz

ALWAYS HAS - ALWAYS WILL

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse "

Actually, most of the ballers in the NBA who bling, have tats, and love rap ARE uneducated.

They were groomed since their youth to play basketball. Nothing more, nothing less.

That's why it's dangerous to give a lot of money to these otherwise future hoodlums because they end up trashing it away like Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@DC_MAN88

Simular comments got Jimmy the Greek fired from CBS. Got to be politically correct when it comes to the issues. Next in line!

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Actually, most of the ballers in the NBA who bling, have tats, and love rap ARE uneducated.

They were groomed since their youth to play basketball. Nothing more, nothing less.

That's why it's dangerous to give a lot of money to these otherwise future hoodlums because they end up trashing it away like Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 11:17 AM

That would be some of the worse horse manure I've read by you yet.

Are you really racist, stupid, just plain ole' ignorant, or, are you just pretending?

Did bullies take your lunch money everyday in school?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Kobe-LeBron Nike ad features gun language (AP, January 30, 2010)

The use of gun language in this Nike ad tells me the thug culture is alive and well in the NBA. I'm sure folks like dsquare and tgif11 will defend these people who facilitate such a culture. Call me anything you'd like. But the facts stipulate there's a problem within the NBA and its players behavior.

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

LIZARDS slither into MSQ for another azz-whuppin' by the K-MENs.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 30, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClinton:

Now you lay off my cuz DC_MAN88. Jus' cause he un-ed-icated mental, don' mean he don' have no streat smart, right DC? Yee-Haw good buddy.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClinton:

Now you lay off my cuz DC_MAN88. Jus' cause he un-ed-icated mental, don' mean he don' have no streat smart, right DC? Yee-Haw good buddy.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 30, 2010 11:43 AM

Well you know, I did. I had a rather lengthy blog all set to submit and backed it out.

Decided I did not want fight that battle today.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually, most of the ballers in the NBA who bling, have tats, and love rap ARE uneducated.

They were groomed since their youth to play basketball. Nothing more, nothing less.

That's why it's dangerous to give a lot of money to these otherwise future hoodlums because they end up trashing it away like Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88
If any one on this blog is uneducated, it’s you. You are the type of person who envy everyone in the NBA, and post anything to demean them because you have deep rooted issue that you clearly can’t get over. The reason why you are so negative is because you don’t have a high self-esteem of yourself and the man-hood aspect of life you certainly lacking. You post all of kinds negative things because it’s easy for you to hide behind your laptop which you been doing so your entire life. The only way you probably can get laid if you pay some poor soul. But you probably cant pay much is because life just didn’t pan out for you the way you thought it should. This is why, “DC Man is anything but”, and this is simply a wish for him. To go through you life day after day and feel in your heart that you are not a true man and simply a hater, life must truly suck for you. May god help you! But let’s get back to your post.

For your information, which you clearly lack on numerous levels of life, most NBA players are extremely smart. Most of the players who play in the NBA are not from the hood, sorry to disappoint you. Actually most kids who make to the NBA are extremely smart athletes, who come soiled homes with a good foundation that allows them to get to that level. These kids go to D1 schools they have to get at least a 1700 (I believe) on the SAT to go to college. They are extremely discipline, strong minded individual that really can’t enjoy life much because of the demand it takes to make it. The rigorous schedule that these kids go though is unbelievable since they were 8 years old (something you can’t possibly relate to). Then go to college classes, play all these college games and keep their grades up. (Again something you can’t relate to)(I am also willing to bet that you never even touch a ball in any sport). Then, yes they get paid, why because people like you and myself cant do the things these kids can do ( you cant even dream of yourself in the NBA). So they work they entire life get paid they yes a lot of them are lost. Lost, not stupid, not a thug,not uneducated and certainly not a hoodlums.

Ok DCGirl

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

hessone = THUG (YAWN)

Posted by: tgif11 | January 30, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

A
Hessone--- You're coming across like an ignorant, racist fool, and worse yet you're acting smug about it. Please cut it out. We all know that you know that life is a little more nuanced than simply some tatt's = thug comment, or rap = thug. Someone's a thug if they do thuggish things, not if they enjoy urban culture. There are a lot of fools on here (yes, DCMan, I'm talking to you) but to write dumb dribble and then be SMUG about it takes you to a new level. Please cut it out. Life, believe it or not, is not so simple as you make it out to be.

B
As to this:
"There should be some kind of feature story written about why McGee can't get off the bench on a team going no where this year. It's the same thing that happen last year. He went from starting under EJ to no playing time under ETap. Two years pissed away that he could have been used to develop him or at least letting the fan see how bad of a draft choice EG made."

1. The 15 or so games McGee started were when Tappscott first took over. He started his coaching career by tapping McGee and Dee Brown as starters. EJ (who only coached McGee for 11 games) rarely played him.
2. Make up your mind. Is McGee "another one of EG's bad draft choices"? Or does he have potential?

C
I would love that Haywood-Fernandez/Batum trade. We need to get as many new assets for our current assets and get young. If we traded AJ, CB, MM, and BTH (and some expiriring deals) for similar young guys - even if it's a loss short term, we'd be in good shape. We get a bunch of young guys with potential: Fernandez, Batum, Blatche, Young, McGee, and more, and then trade them 5 to 1 for a superstar (eg, the past Garnett, McGrady, Barkley trades), and also draft John Wall, and we'll be ok.

Posted by: Urnesto | January 30, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Makes me wonder about the decision that was made a couple years back to begin rebuilding the Nets. If you recall, the team had been in the playoff five or six seasons in a row, turning in some good performances under Lawrence Frank. Then they had a bad season and people in Jersey went nuts. Team officials vowed that such a thing would never happen again. Over a few seasons they traded Kidd, let Jefferson go, lost Carter. The team struggled -- 34 wins ain't nothing to write home about -- and then this season, finally fell off a cliff.

Basically, in their efforts to improve, the team made itself dramatically worse."

And whatever they may say or do (i.e., ceremonially sacrificing the coach) in public, don't think for one second that the the folks in the Nets front office were surprised by that. They knew what they were doing. Now, did they think it would get this bad? Probably not, but Rod Thorn is too smart and has been at this too long to be deluded enough to think that he could dump 3 all-stars, replace them with a bunch of still developing kids, and get immediately better in the short term.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Makes me wonder about the decision that was made a couple years back to begin rebuilding the Nets. If you recall, the team had been in the playoff five or six seasons in a row, turning in some good performances under Lawrence Frank. Then they had a bad season and people in Jersey went nuts. Team officials vowed that such a thing would never happen again. Over a few seasons they traded Kidd, let Jefferson go, lost Carter. The team struggled -- 34 wins ain't nothing to write home about -- and then this season, finally fell off a cliff.

Basically, in their efforts to improve, the team made itself dramatically worse. "

And whatever they may say or do (i.e., ceremonially sacrificing the coach) in public, don't think for one second that the the folks in the Nets front office were surprised by that. They knew what they were doing. Now, did they think it would get this bad? Probably not, but Rod Thorn is too smart and has been at this too long to be deluded enough to think that he could dump 3 all-stars, replace them with a bunch of still developing kids, and get better in the short term.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Did bullies take your lunch money everyday in school?

LarryInClintonMD.

...LMAO

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

They were groomed since their youth to play basketball. Nothing more, nothing less.

That's why it's dangerous to give a lot of money to these otherwise future hoodlums because they end up trashing it away like Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 11:17 AM

How does one determine which ones will be future hoodlums? Is it based on their previous indiscretions or some patented foolproof formula you're privy to that accurately and reliably predicts future behavior?

Posted by: tgif11 | January 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@Urnesto

I'm speaking about the thug image that NBA players are portraying, whether they're thugs or not. If you don't think that there's a problem with that then remain in denial. I'm not a racist and never mentioned race. It is you my friend and your defensive posture that has you race baiting. Not going there. Like I posted before without mentioning whether it's black or white, there's a thug wannabe culture in the NBA. Don't believe me? Then why guns in the locker room? THUGS that's why. Tat's and violent, woman degrading rap music. Is that your idea of good behavior? I'll sign off by saying think about our children who look up to players like Arenas and all the black youth going down the wrong path instead of defending Arenas or being so defensive about what someone says about thugs. That's right, thugs, whether black or white.

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

tgif11 = thank god it's flip 11

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

this game showed you everything you needed to know about the wiz, the starters full of big dollar contracts were getting smashed and the bench who liked simply being on the floor brought us back, trade aj, haywood and caron and lets never speak of this jumpshooting, no ball movement, no defense squad ever again

Posted by: bford1kb | January 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"@DC_MAN88

Simular comments got Jimmy the Greek fired from CBS. Got to be politically correct when it comes to the issues. Next in line!

Posted by: hessone | January 30, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse "

Politically correct = lies.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"That would be some of the worse horse manure I've read by you yet.

Are you really racist, stupid, just plain ole' ignorant, or, are you just pretending?

Did bullies take your lunch money everyday in school?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse "

Thanks for not being able to dispute my point.

Next time, take note when the Post has stories about kids like Lance Stephenson, Gilby, etc. who hop from HS to HS because of the basketball coach, the AAU coach, the shoe company that sponsors the team, etc.

If not for B-ball, people like Stephen Jackson, Artest, Gilby, etc. would be either robbing you, flipping burgers, or worse.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"LarryInClinton:

Now you lay off my cuz DC_MAN88. Jus' cause he un-ed-icated mental, don' mean he don' have no streat smart, right DC? Yee-Haw good buddy.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse "

Not quite.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Well you know, I did. I had a rather lengthy blog all set to submit and backed it out.

Decided I did not want fight that battle today.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse "

Because you would lose as you usually make no sense. You'd just embarrass yourself anyway.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"If any one on this blog is uneducated, it’s you. You are the type of person who envy everyone in the NBA, and post anything to demean them because you have deep rooted issue that you clearly can’t get over. The reason why you are so negative is because you don’t have a high self-esteem of yourself and the man-hood aspect of life you certainly lacking. You post all of kinds negative things because it’s easy for you to hide behind your laptop which you been doing so your entire life. The only way you probably can get laid if you pay some poor soul. But you probably cant pay much is because life just didn’t pan out for you the way you thought it should. This is why, “DC Man is anything but”, and this is simply a wish for him. To go through you life day after day and feel in your heart that you are not a true man and simply a hater, life must truly suck for you. May god help you! But let’s get back to your post.

For your information, which you clearly lack on numerous levels of life, most NBA players are extremely smart. Most of the players who play in the NBA are not from the hood, sorry to disappoint you. Actually most kids who make to the NBA are extremely smart athletes, who come soiled homes with a good foundation that allows them to get to that level. These kids go to D1 schools they have to get at least a 1700 (I believe) on the SAT to go to college. They are extremely discipline, strong minded individual that really can’t enjoy life much because of the demand it takes to make it. The rigorous schedule that these kids go though is unbelievable since they were 8 years old (something you can’t possibly relate to). Then go to college classes, play all these college games and keep their grades up. (Again something you can’t relate to)(I am also willing to bet that you never even touch a ball in any sport). Then, yes they get paid, why because people like you and myself cant do the things these kids can do ( you cant even dream of yourself in the NBA). So they work they entire life get paid they yes a lot of them are lost. Lost, not stupid, not a thug,not uneducated and certainly not a hoodlums.

Ok DCGirl

Posted by: dsquare | January 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse "

Sorry you wasted time to type a meaningless post without facts or examples in explaining your "most are extremely smart."

Do yourself a favor and go down the list of any team and examine the American b-ball players before you make baseless arguments.

Most used school as a stepping stone to the NBA, and a few didn't even bother with college. Don't mistake all dudes on the roster as being Grant Hill or Juwan Howard.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"And whatever they may say or do (i.e., ceremonially sacrificing the coach) in public, don't think for one second that the the folks in the Nets front office were surprised by that. They knew what they were doing. Now, did they think it would get this bad? Probably not, but Rod Thorn is too smart and has been at this too long to be deluded enough to think that he could dump 3 all-stars, replace them with a bunch of still developing kids, and get better in the short term. Posted by: kalo_rama"

I'm wondering what will happen to the Nets from this point on. Assuming Harris ever gets completely healthy, they've got one of the better guards in the East. They caught a break with Lopez. Yi and Courtney Lee are possibles. If (when) Grunfeld loses his other veterans, the Wiz will actually be worse than NJ.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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