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Wizards heading to Charlotte

Morning brew

The Washington Wizards avoided snowmageddon by staying in Orlando after Friday's comeback win against the Magic. In case you missed it, here are Caron Butler's thoughts following his stellar 31-point performance on Friday.

The team isn't exactly complaining about spending a couple of extra days in sunny Florida. In fact, Antawn Jamison flew to Miami for the Super Bowl.

He'll join the team on Monday, when they head to Charlotte for Tuesday's game against the Bobcats.

Of course, Saturday night's game against the Hawks was postponed -- and it has not been rescheduled yet. But the team did announce ticket exchange procedures.

Around the league ...

Only two games were scheduled on Super Bowl Sunday: The Magic came back to beat the Celtics, 96-89; and the Raptors topped the Kings, 115-104.

Highlights below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  February 8, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
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Antawn Jamison flew to Miami for the Super Bowl.

It's a shame he didn't watch the NC @ MD game yesterday.

Maybe he would have learned how a less talented team beats a more talented team by being willing to pass, out hustle, play good "D" and listen to their coach who came up with a great game plan?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

"Maybe he would have learned how a less talented team beats a more talented team by being willing to pass, out hustle, play good "D" and listen to their coach who came up with a great game plan?Posted by: bulletsfan78"

The Terps played great, didn't they? But Vasquez has a history of playing well against NC. And that wasn't a defensive struggle by any measure.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 8, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Samson151

Maryland player some very good "D" and got some wide open 3's.

NC's bench is a who's who of all americans and I think part of the problem with superstar players at any level is, they believe all they have to do is score a lot of points.

To play "TEAM" basketball a really good players learns they have to know when and how to pass, play "D", when to score and take shots and want to win before thinking of their own stats.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"To play "TEAM" basketball a really good players learns they have to know when and how to pass, play "D", when to score and take shots and want to win before thinking of their own stats.

Posted by: bulletsfan78"

Who is AJ supposed to pass it to? Stonehands Haywood? Debrick? Yeah right.

Truth is the team is often playing 3 vs 5 on offense and the options are limited. Note everybody's "extra pass" guy Mike Miller is starting to look for his own shots (thankfully) because it's futile to just pass the ball around the perimeter

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

divi3

AS a "TEAM LEADER" you would think he would be willing to work with some of the players to help them get better?

No, he runs off to the superbowl because he doesn't care.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Their respective records would seem to rather strongly dispute the notion that Carolina is a "more talented team" than Maryland.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

divi3

AS a "TEAM LEADER" you would think he would be willing to work with some of the players to help them get better?

No, he runs off to the superbowl because he doesn't care.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse


This is just stupid.

Haywood is a 9 year Vet who has not learned much in all those years and "DeBrick" is probably in his last year with a "real" contract and most likely will be playing some part of the next year on 10-day.

You telling me an extra day with Jamison is going to make them better?

A day with no practices scheduled?

So haywood is just going to say "Dang, Tawn. I never realized that if I hold the ball tighter, they can't steal it from me as easily."

Or DS is going to get his "shooter's touch" back cuz they play a game of horse?

hate all you will, but at least be sane.

Posted by: Blurred | February 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"AS a "TEAM LEADER" you would think he would be willing to work with some of the players to help them get better?"

HA! They're 50 games into the season, and on a beeline to the lottery. A little late to try and teach Blatche to box out on the boards. Besides, if he were really interested in learning, he'd have made some effort to learn it over the past 5 years.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"but at least be sane."

Talk about swimming after a ship that's already sailed . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that jamison and the whole team got to chill out. Rather them take this weekend off than the next game.

Posted by: Blurred | February 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that jamison and the whole team got to chill out. Rather them take this weekend off than the next game.

Posted by: Blurred | February 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Dude, you are a funny man. LOL.

Nice, VCU punks ODU in NORFOLK no less. And RICHMOND plays with TEMPLE before putting them away. Sweet b-ball weekend.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Who is AJ supposed to pass it to? Stonehands Haywood? Debrick? Yeah right.

Let's not pretend that the cupboard has been bare all year. At various times, the Wizards have put numerous scorers on the floor with Jamison (Arenas, Miller, Foye, Butler, Boykins, Blatche, etc.)and Jamison has shown a reluctance (inability?) to find the good shot within the offense and has had his fair share of low-basketball-IQ shots and then some.
As said by many others, Jamison is a limited specialist (i.e., a shoot-first, ask-questions-later scorer), and is best utilized on a team that needs that skill and a little rebounding.
That's why he's a perfect fit for Cleveland because they could put him in for scoring and sit him down the minute he gets cold and starts giving up more points than he gets. The Wizards don't have that luxury. They have to play him 40 minutes and live with the results, as dismal as they are.

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

being a 20/9 player is considered a "limited specialist" on this blog and nowhere else as far as I can tell!

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

being a 20/9 player is considered a "limited specialist" on this blog and nowhere else as far as I can tell!

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Which is why the folks posting here are posting here instead of running a front office..or coaching...or playing...or doing play by play...or getting paid to write about basketball...

Posted by: Blurred | February 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

being a 20/9 player is considered a "limited specialist" on this blog and nowhere else as far as I can tell!

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 2:19 PM


What else does he do? Does he provide leadership? Does he play defense? Does he block shots? Can he handle the ball? Can he pass? Does he make the big shot to win the game? Is he considered an intelligent player who makes those around him better?

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Which is why the folks posting here are posting here instead of running a front office..or coaching...or playing...or doing play by play...or getting paid to write about basketball...


Yourself included.
You obviously know nothing about basketball, no matter which alias you use.
Since his scoring and rebounding this year are better than that of, for example, a Kevin Garnett and his scoring is better than a guy like Tim Duncan, would you argue that Jamison's as well-rounded as those two? If so, teams all over the league should be clamoring for his services. Sadly, they are not because he is a limited player. The Wizards are having a hard time prying JJ Hickson (for crying out loud!) from Cleveland for Jamison. Think San Antonio or Boston could swing a deal and get Hickson (and filler) for Duncan or Garnett, respectively? In a New York minute!!!

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so AJ isnt as good as Tim Duncan? Boy, what a "limited specialist" he must be!

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

For the second or third time, what else does Jamison do, divi3?

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

what else besides score and rebound? Do you think most PF rack up assists? Check the stats.

Leadership is a funny one. When he was hard on the young players for being childish goof-offs, many criticized...but now it's his fault the team fell apart?

The truth, not many players in the entire league exhibit most of the qualities you are looking for. Yet a guy like Amare gets talked up like he's the one we need. Think he plays D? Makes teammates better? Is leader? PLEASE.

AJ is a top10 or so PF in the league, if he was a lockdown defender he'd be top3.

Pointing out that he isnt 'Melo or Duncan is hardly much of a criticism....and you could swap him out for Carmelo today and the team would still suck.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

what else besides score and rebound? Do you think most PF rack up assists? Check the stats

The ones who touch the ball as much as he does do. I'm not just looking at assists, BTW.

Leadership is a funny one. When he was hard on the young players for being childish goof-offs, many criticized...but now it's his fault the team fell apart?

Leadership is more than just singling out the the guys on the team with little to no clout. It's getting in the face of anybody on the team who is not putting the team first (that includes Butler, Arenas and Haywood). It is also leading by example on the court. Jamison takes the worst shots and plays no defense. Who would want the young guys on this team emulating him?

The truth, not many players in the entire league exhibit most of the qualities you are looking for. Yet a guy like Amare gets talked up like he's the one we need. Think he plays D? Makes teammates better? Is leader? PLEASE.

Amare gets talked up because he's a true power forward with size who scores, rebounds, blocks shots and is younger than Jamison. That makes him an upgrade in my opinion. As far as leadership goes, Jamison is talked up as a supposed leader, so he's judged as one.

AJ is a top10 or so PF in the league, if he was a lockdown defender he'd be top3.

Wait a minute. You're saying Cleveland is not willing to give up Hickson for a top 10 PF? C'mon!!

Pointing out that he isnt 'Melo or Duncan is hardly much of a criticism....and you could swap him out for Carmelo today and the team would still suck.

I never mentioned Melo.
My point about Garnett and Duncan is simple - there's more to the game than scoring and rebounding. I won't even mention Jamison's anemic FG percentage compared to those two!! In line with your analogy, if you had swapped Duncan or Garnett for Jamison when they won championships, neither the Spurs nor Celtics would have won squat!
I don't hate Jamison. He's a 'tweener sixth man on a good team. Nothing more.

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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