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Wizards follow Pacers on long road to recovery

Wizards morning brew

While we wait for the snowpocalypse to begin here in the Washington area, the Wizards are in sunny Orlando preparing to play the Magic. In today's newspaper, Michael Lee examines how difficult it is for a team like the Wizards to bounce back from adversity and the loss of its best player. Case in point: the Indiana Pacers after the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004.

Looking ahead, the Wizards have announced a ticket exchange policy for Saturday's game against the Hawks at Verizon Center.

Looking back, Truth About It offers thoughts and screen shots from Wednesday's "disgraceful" loss to the Knicks.

And Bullets Forever's Mike Prada presents six reasons why Antawn Jamison must be traded before the Feb. 18 deadline.

Michael Lee analyzed the latest trade scenarios in this blog post.

Around the League ...

There were two games last night. Check out some highlights courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  February 5, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
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No, the last spots on the roster are the most important because those are the spots which are the easiest to change, the place where a shrewd judge of basketball talent can make a difference. Also, probably the place where the current owners of the Wizards might be willing to spend some money.

There are 16 teams in the NBDL, and I have to believe that there is talent there that could help the Wizards this season, particular at pg.


Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 5, 2010 10:15 AM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Flip Saunders does not know what Team is. If he did, he would stop using his bigs one at a time.

It is obvious that this Team does not play together. It is what frustrates Haywood, and Blatche and why McGee isn't being integrated.

A good pickup team plays with more comraderie and togetherness than these guys do.

Flip Saunders is just like Dave Cowens was as a coach. Dave Cowens only wanted to coach veteran players who already knew how to play the game he thought.

Dave Cowens is the reason why the Lakers ended up with Kobe instead of Charlotte. Dave did not want to play any green snot nosed rookies especially one coming from high school, so he traded Kobe's rights to the Lakers.

Flip coaches as if he has a group of players that has already proven themselves and has been there and done that.

He is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. It is so sad that nobody is around to just tell him to, STOP IT! JUST STOP IT!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

@Mike Prada,

The trading of Jamison might end up being a Catch 22 for some of he reasons that you site.

Trading him because it makes good business sense for the Wizards also may be the same reasons why other Teams may not take him.

However, I don't necessarily agree that he is the one that is retarding the development of Blatch and McGee.

It is coaching that is retarding the development of these two guys. IMO, there isn't any good reason not to move Jamison to the three to allow the development of these guys that most likely helps the Team going forward.

It has been said by many that Jamison is a three, but for some reason this Team will not move him to the three.

If Jamison is traded to a contending Team it is very possible that he will play the three. Most contending Teams now have true power forwards and they would be more inclined to have Jamison play the three to bolster the flexibility of the team, rather than to sit their PF for him.

This team to me crys out for Blatch to start at 4 and Jamison moves to the 3. Sit Butler for Miller and tell Miller that he is the shooting guard in every sense of the word and position.

McGee is the first one of the bench to sub at the 5 or 4 along with McQuire.

Butler, still gets major minutes subbing for the 3 or the 2.

But this would be developing your Team looking forward, but not something that Flip Saunders appears to be any good at.

Making a trade of Jamison might not be the best trade that this Team can make. Of the current active players, I would look to replace Butler, Oberto, Stevenson, and James.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

And I forgot, release Boykins as well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Kalo_rama was right from the very beginning about him. He said he would not make any bit a difference for this Team. He hasn't and apparently will not.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Jamison's problem is on defense. his foot work and foot speed are too slow to check an average NBA 3. Despite his size, he's small and not physical enough to check a real NBA 4. conversely, he has the same advantages on other NBA 3s and 4s.

McGee is just at one of those points were the player does not believe the coaches have any confidence in him. So why work hard for no PT or junk minutes. It's obvious the coach is not going to use him no matter what he does in practice. His bench demeanor shows it. he's probably hoping to be traded.

Blatche, just needs to grow up. he has all the tools but still plays like a 6-11 3-man. He shoots 15-18 foot jumpers and does finger roll layups in the lane. he's gifted but he plays like a b-!-t-c-h. He has the same game he came in as a rookie. Still has no post game. the only thing he has done better is improved his wind. The wiz are stuck with him.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 5, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

comparing the malice in the palace, to the wizards is insane. you're talking about multiple players fighting each other, fans security, utter pandemonium.That situation was 100x more dangerous than whatever happened between Gil and Critter.

BTW why not a poll or story on whether Flip was the right choice for head coach?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Blatche, just needs to grow up. he has all the tools but still plays like a 6-11 3-man. He shoots 15-18 foot jumpers and does finger roll layups in the lane. he's gifted but he plays like a b-!-t-c-h. He has the same game he came in as a rookie. Still has no post game. the only thing he has done better is improved his wind. The wiz are stuck with him.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 5, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

maybe he is a 6-11 3 man. we just want him to be a true 4. it's similar to your gripe against AJ, except AJ is allowed the minutes and green light to shoot that cover up for his other deficiencies.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

AJ is gifted offensively, which is why LeKing wants him so badly. He'll come off the bench for the Cavs and drop 10pts in quarter without any need of being setup or having plays run for him. That ability is quality.

Unfortunately he's just as bad defensively as everyone notes.

But I dont see him as the reason for stifled development of other players on the team, development is up to the coaches.

Flip doesnt want to step on vets toes, which is why he wont sit CB and play AJ at 3 with AB at 4 imho.

Posted by: divi3 | February 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

'McGee is just at one of those points were the player does not believe the coaches have any confidence in him. So why work hard for no PT or junk minutes. It's obvious the coach is not going to use him no matter what he does in practice. His bench demeanor shows it. he's probably hoping to be traded."

Earlier this season he was the first up off the bench, waving the towel and cheering at all times- exuding with enthusiasm. All that changed after the card game!

Posted by: divi3 | February 5, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Only contenders would be trading for the Wiz starters, and their #1 picks would be not be 1-10. Any higher than 10 probably would not be an impact player, Hope to draft a top 5, and maybe trade for players in the off season.Obtaining expiring contracts probably would not help the Wiz to sign an impact free agent. They would sign with the higher potential teams.

Posted by: Bailey51 | February 4, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I think youare mistaken on both counts. There are always good players available past the ten that end up helping championship teams. this draft may not have a Tim Duncan. an Mj or a shaq, but it is solid through about the 20-25. Plus, there are always guys that surprise you. if we can stock up ona few picks, then we can trade those picks or the players we get from them or just have a super young team and see who progresses.

As far as FAs go, there are always guys who will go where the money is. I doubt we have a chance at Wade or james, but we could get a guy like Bosh (do we want him though?)

My advice is to ditch as many players as we can for Draft picks this year and well into the future and cap space. Keep the picks and see what we can get. Use the FA market to pull some good, hard working players for 1-3 yr contracts and let them know their job is to help the young guys progress.

Hope to get to the Playoffs next year and keep building.

Posted by: Blurred | February 5, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"but we could get a guy like Bosh (do we want him though?)

imho, Bosh isnt THAT great and will command money we shouldnt pay for him.

"My advice is to ditch as many players as we can for Draft picks this year and well into the future and cap space."

I'd like to see NY, JM, AB, and Foye on the roster next season

Posted by: divi3 | February 5, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood10 - show me an effective 6-11 3-man. the closest I can think of is Lamar Odom and Blatch ain't no Odom.

Blatche plays small even when he has the size advantage. Part of growing up and maturing is playing the game maximizing your skills, talents and advantages. Blatche is not doing that.

For my knock on Jamison, at least he kills whoever defends him. he goes outside and inside on whoever. Blatche either shoots a jumper or whirls to the whole like a guard really. he has no legit post move, but tries childish reverse layups.

Greg Monroe's game at G-town is almost the same. Monroe is a nice talent with potential, but he plays too small for 6-11 too.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@ Larry

I don't think I said anywhere that Jamison is retarding the development of Blatche and McGee. All I'm saying is that, as long as Jamison is there, it's tough to get those guys the necessary PT to really evaluate them.

Posted by: Pradamaster | February 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

if I recall correctly, the year Arenas and Michael Redd were drafted the Wiz could have selected them both in the 2nd round. there are many players making it in the second round. in some cases, second rounders are out playing some of these 1st round projects with tremendous upsides or wasted Euro picks. Look at the guys from Pitt. Look at what Utah as done in the draft. they've selected a number of good players late in the 1s and in the 2nd round.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"maybe he is a 6-11 3 man. we just want him to be a true 4. it's similar to your gripe against AJ, except AJ is allowed the minutes and green light to shoot that cover up for his other deficiencies."

And just like Jamison, Blatche lacks the off the dribble skills skills (even though he doesn't seem to know it) and lateral quickness to be a full-time SF in the NBA.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"Greg Monroe's game at G-town is almost the same. Monroe is a nice talent with potential, but he plays too small for 6-11 too."

Couldn't disagree more. Monroe plays with more aggressiveness and a higher bball IQ that Blatche has ever exhibited.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Larry,

Forget the Wizards for a while...the big game is Sunday!

Not the Super Bowl...the Tar Heels are coming to town.

I'm out here in San Diego 60 degree and cloudy, but (from what I'm hearing you guys are going to get a couple of flurries) hopefully the game will be played since the Terps have their number and your having a down year.

I don’t know how that happens considering you guys get any all American you want?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Larry

I don't think I said anywhere that Jamison is retarding the development of Blatche and McGee. All I'm saying is that, as long as Jamison is there, it's tough to get those guys the necessary PT to really evaluate them.

Posted by: Pradamaster | February 5, 2010 1:39 PM

Ok, Pradamaster I don't mean to pull a Kalo_ramo on you. He has this knack for twisting folks words and then refuting something that you never said and then asking you to defend what he invented.

But this is what you said.

"At a certain point, young players have to play and learn by playing. Jamison's presence is currently preventing Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee from getting that court time."

So basically you might say, instead of saying Jamison's presence is currently 'preventing' I used 'retard'.

It is a differing use of two words, but I disagree, which is really my point, that Jamison's presence is the reason why JM and AB isn't getting enough PT for adequate evaluation.

To conclude that is to give Coaching decisions a complete pass. Jamisons presence IMO has nothing to to with a lack of PT by AB and JM and everything to do with decision making by the coach.

Wasn't trying to misquote you Pradamaster, just to give a differing opinion and why.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

BF78,

I hate to admit this but it seems that my Heel's so far this year haven't figured out who their leader is on the court.

You can even tell it when the annoucers broadcast their game. There isn't one guy or two guys that is really pushing the Team over the hump.

I thought it would be happening by now as I alluded to the last time when I said they would be ok.

The last game against Va'Tech, the lost by four, a game they should have won.

The list of AA's they have on the court now is taking awhile to jell.

It is getting late and dem' dar' Terps have a great chance of winning this Sunday.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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