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Wizards' morning brew: searching for positives

For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee recalled how optimistic everyone felt when the Wizards defeated the Mavericks in Dallas in the season opener. That seems so long ago. Tonight the Wizards (14-26) face the Mavericks at Verizon Center, and despite his team's record, forward Mike Miller has a positive outlook.

On Wizards Insider, Lee answers a few more questions about Gilbert Arenas's status.

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada looks back at Monday's win over Portland, and asks for a little perspective, please.

Truth About It asks: Is Randy Foye worth it?

And finally, on his blog (Ted's Take), probable future Wizards owner Ted Leonsis lists his 12 steps to a great team. No. 7 seems particularly interesting.

Around the League ...

Two games last night. The Cavs beat the Raptors, 108-100, and the Heat trounced the Pacers, 118-83.

Highlights below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  January 20, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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I wouldn't read too far into #7, as Ted has been saying this for years. While it might be applicable to Gilbert, it's definitely not directed at him.

It's easy to look at this and see all the ways the Wizards don't comply. But I'd argue that the Wizards are light years ahead of both the Nationals and the Redskins by this scorecard. The Redskins in particular seem to willfully violate all 12 steps.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse


hey larry,

we should have kept CWebb and Rasheed. Caring about how they wear their shorts is an abysmal way to make personnel decisions.

Webber in particular had a stellar nba career, and all those classic post-season series with Sacramento could have happpened here instead, he was a player you could legitimately build around.

In fact, we always bemoan the lack of inside scoring and paint presence and D the team the team displays for years on end....guess what CWebb and Weed brought to the table?

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

In fact, we always bemoan the lack of inside scoring and paint presence and D the team the team displays for years on end....guess what CWebb and Weed brought to the table?

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse


Not to mention Big Ben.

Posted by: Blurred | January 20, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention Big Ben.

Posted by: Blurred

please dont remind me! a legit championship roster blown up by the worst managed team in pro-sports

UGH

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

.......and Rip Hamilton!

Posted by: zxhoya | January 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

.......and Rip Hamilton!

Posted by: zxhoya | January 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse


Rip wasn't an inside presence...but the pont is well taken.

Posted by: Blurred | January 20, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

To build a great team, you need to get on the 12 step program:

1.Talent - Drafted and developed.

I guess that means Ernie and ETaps are out of a job.

2.Create “Magic” in the form of team chemistry.

Does that inclued shooting at each other and not passing the ball?

3.Respect for the coach and staff.

You need a respectful coach and staff first.

4.A system and a philosophy and a team constructed to fit that system.

Who would have thought?

5.Infrastructure capable of capitalizing on success. Passion around everything we do.

You mean more than making $$$?

6.Continuity. Dependability and consistency of message and approach. Fairness doctrine for all.

With thos team the doctrine would be score as many points as you can and play no "D".

7.The highest paid player has to be the most coachable and respectful player. And the best player.

HA HA HA

8.Great cap management to keep team’s core together. A selflessness by the team’s stars and a belief that winning is all that matters. That is “the secret.”

Sounds like Ted is going to need some new players.

9.Health.

Ted needs to fire the medical staff!

10.Luck.

The fans are already lucky to have you Ted.

11.Love and respect from the community and fan base. Focus on “Happiness” as we are in this together!

Ted don't you remember it was "OUR TIME" this year?

12.Determination and toughness. Singular focus on the higher calling from everyone in the organization. Winning a Championship!

An owner who wants to win a championship man it's been a long 30 years.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 20, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

it's funny how people latch onto Leonsis as if the Caps are a dynasty with multiple Stanley Cups in hand. Truth is, they are very talented flashy team that so far hasnt been good enough defensively to take that next step.

Sound familiar?

Hopefully the deal is done this week so Leonsis can start making all the brilliant decisions that will fix this franchise.

*sorry if i'm cynical

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I don’t think just because CWebb, both Wallace and Rip were still here we would have been successful organization. . CWebb would never been the player for DC that he was for SacTown. He partied too much and never would have given his all to DC, at least on the court. I personally new a few woman that dated Rip and they were straight Gold Diggers( with a capitol G&D, that partied all the time but extremely fine and well built). The Wallace I don’t know how they would have done. Rhaseed is kind of different so I don’t know what he would have been like.

A Message to Ted: You better add this to your list, it will help you.

1) It is very important that you learn about each player personal back ground before you bring them to DC. Most young rich black men that are not from DC can’t handle DC and they struggle. DC has a lot of parties, beautiful women (that will though themselves at you) and other social events. That makes it very hard for young, rich, black men to concentrate on basketball
2) I agree you have to build with young draft picks and they better be coach able and try to bring in there parents if they are positive people, that will help stay on track
3) Fire the entire medical staff they are the worst
4) Don’t be scared to let Gilbert go, most of us will support you
5) Who ever you bring in have to love basketball above everything and bring in ex-nba players to help guide them
6) If you bring in a new young point guard, do not fire Sam Cassell. I am an AAU coach and he does wonders with teaching kids how to play the game. Every time we play against one of his kids, it’s usually a long day for us. His knowledge of that position is amazing on all levels. Gilbert will never listen to him but John Wall will (LOL).
7) Bring in a new big man coach McGee needs one badly
8) Finally, please don’t bring in no goof balls, wannabe thugs or shellfish players to this team.

Posted by: dsquare | January 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

9a. A competent medical staff.

Posted by: zonkerbrainless | January 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

reading leonsis's 12 steps, i believe that leans toward keeping gilbert in the picture. he's the best player on the team (cornerstone for a championship or not), and coachable (not a word of complaint when he was sitting out the 4th quarters earlier in the year). if he can get his inner goof under control he's a great asset to the team. the people loved him before and they'll love him again - everybody digs a good redemption story.

i *don't* think you'll see the team eager to clear cap space for big free agent signings, that's just not the leonsis way (anymore). especially since those free agents are hardly guaranteed to change teams at all, much less come here.

btw - don't get all rosy about the players the wiz gave up over the years. webber was the jamison of his day but no more. big ben was a raw 2nd rounder that hadn't yet turned into a beast. rip & sheed were nice players, and still are, but hardly guaranteed championship material. the issue has been that the wiz either paid too dearly to get them or got too little in return when they dealt them away (or both). hopefully the new regime has better success in getting value for value.

Posted by: rm0659 | January 20, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

hey larry,

we should have kept CWebb and Rasheed. Caring about how they wear their shorts is an abysmal way to make personnel decisions.

Webber in particular had a stellar nba career, and all those classic post-season series with Sacramento could have happpened here instead, he was a player you could legitimately build around.

In fact, we always bemoan the lack of inside scoring and paint presence and D the team the team displays for years on end....guess what CWebb and Weed brought to the table?


Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 10:57 AM

Yeah Divi3, great point, and it goes back to my point of knee jerk reactions when stuff happens.

For if you look back it can be said that Wallace and Webber came from good disciplined programs.

And being young adults whom are now free to make their own life's missteps, it is encumbered upon the Wizards to have guidelines in place that guide those missteps.

And not dead guidelines but living ones if you know what I mean. A living guideline in Wallace's case would have called him back to the bench for proper fitting shorts.

This does not sound like much but it is all the little things in how you run your organization that make up the big picture.

The Yankees had for years and I don't know if they still do, had a grooming policy on face hair. Everyone had to comply. Little things like that instill discipline and conduct and goes a long way towards success.

Acceptable conduct has got to be something that the Team knows is a standard that cannot be compromised or challenged. We now know that it hasn't been uncommon for NBA players to bring weapons into venues.

So, maybe Gilbert was acting out what he knew was a common practice in the NBA. But what if he knew unequivocably that the Wizards would want to slam his butt and void his contract if he brought guns into their venue, irrespective of what other players was doing around the League.

So, I am going out on a limb here and saying that the Wizards have not been proactive on their good conduct requirements in order for players to play for them, but it seems contrite to me that Gilbert or any player would have done this and made a scene if they knew that this conduct would cause the Wizards to kick them off the Team.

You see I believe that the organization has a tremendous influence on the conduct of it's players, just like I believe that the coach has tremendous influence on the success of the players on the court.

LarryInClintonMD.

And just to be clear, I am not saying that if it is true that the Wizards have historically exhibited lax conduct requirements it gave Gilbert any right to do what he did.

What I am saying is that a stronger conduct requirement by the organization might cause its members to make different choices, good ones.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"big ben was a raw 2nd rounder that hadn't yet turned into a beast. rip & sheed were nice players, and still are, but hardly guaranteed championship material."

Ben, Sheed, and Rip won a championship...hard to see where adding Webber to that mix wouldnt have resulted in at least a long stretch of being a serious contender every year rather than a national laughingstock.

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

dsquare how does a women though herself at you?

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 20, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

not only the med staff but the trainers too. No excuse for AB to have soft-a$$ noodle arms this far into his career. wtf? mcgee looks like he gets more winded now than his rookie year. BTH hasnt put on any real muscle in 9yrs. the list goes on and on

all in all pathetic

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Even with Miller back and hopefully healthy, this is a team that will likely play .500 ball at best the rest of the season. Does that equate to squeaking in as the 8th seed? I can't imagine that Ted would be satisifed with that low of a ceiling. The team is much the same as the Caps were after the long-term signing of Jagr and subsequent signings of other players to compliment him. The Wiz with or without Arenas are not built to be a contender.

The Wiz need a complete house cleaning from the front office to the medical staff to the players. Except for Foye (RFA) and possibly McGee, there isn't a single player on the roster who should be here 3-5 years from now when the Wiz can field a true contending team. It's time to trade Butler and Jamison to start the rebuilding process with some young players and draft picks. Vets like Miller and Haywood who are nice pieces should also be allowed to leave as FA's after the end of the season.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 20, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

not only the med staff but the trainers too. No excuse for AB to have soft-a$$ noodle arms this far into his career. wtf? mcgee looks like he gets more winded now than his rookie year. BTH hasnt put on any real muscle in 9yrs. the list goes on and on

all in all pathetic

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 1:14 PM

Careful Divi3, there are some prominent posters on here that believe individual player development is solely the responsibility of the player.

They haven't been taking kindly to comments that the Team and coaches might be in any way be responsible for demanding and requiring individual player development.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 20, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"big ben was a raw 2nd rounder that hadn't yet turned into a beast. rip & sheed were nice players, and still are, but hardly guaranteed championship material."

Ben, Sheed, and Rip won a championship...hard to see where adding Webber to that mix wouldnt have resulted in at least a long stretch of being a serious contender every year rather than a national laughingstock.

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

when detroit assembled that team i don't think anybody looked on them as a lock to win anything, much less a championship. remember that rip was the "cornerstone" of another 19-63 wiz team. chances are if those players had stayed with the wiz they wouldn't have amounted to much - webber would've been hurt & the rest would never have developed. it is the wizards way.

Posted by: rm0659 | January 20, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Having rip, Cwebb, Ben and Sheed here would not have equated to a championship. It just shows of what a heck of a coach Larry Brown is. He makes the best in game adjustments. Think about it 2004 finals Brown got good but not great detroit players to make kobe and shaq work for their points and shut down everyone else. Right now the bobcats are 6th seed in the east. Players don't develop on the wizards, they sit on the bench. Remember today's Flip Saunders quote, I wanted to play Mcgee and Mcguire but I didn't get a chance to.

Posted by: jefferu | January 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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