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Al Thornton on the Wizards' upcoming road trip

The Washington Wizards will board a plane at 1:30 this afternoon for a four-game road trip that includes games against Utah, Denver and a finale against the Los Angeles Lakers. Talk about a brutal schedule on the heels of playing three games in as many nights, including Saturday's 109-95 loss to Orlando at Verizon Center.

The Wizards begin their final lengthy West Coast swing of the season on Monday against the Jazz, and after that trip is through, they have one game at home against Charlotte, then go on the road again for two more games, including playing Indiana the night after their game with the Bobcats.

Here's what Al Thornton had to say about the Wizards' rough road ahead:

Check back on the site later today for my story on how the Wizards are trying to stay positive despite their seven-game losing streak and their pending four-game trip out West against some of the best teams in the league.

By Gene Wang  |  March 14, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
 
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Shaun Livingston should start in place of Foye! He gives the wizards a better chance at the point guard spot! Mike Miller has mailed it in...tooo many turnovers every game! Picking up where Caron butler left off!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What Flip essentially said in that video clip in which he discussed Livingston is that Foye is not a point guard, but Livingston is. That is a huge indictment of Grunfeld who signed Foye to back up Gilbert--knowing, as he must have, that Flip needed to have a strong, traditional point guard to run his offense. It also is a knock against Grunfeld's strategy of building a team of players who play multiple positions. This is why I'm fixated on the notion that ownership, the GM-front office, coaches and players must all be aligned on what they're doing. This is the continuous sin of Grunfeld and this franchise--no one is ever on the same page.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

For all you Eddie Jordan fans; look at the mess he has made of Philly, and they have legitimate NBA talent.
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20100314_Jordan__unfazed_by_firing_talk__carries_on.html

Posted by: garrybrown | March 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Shaun Livingston should start in place of Foye!.......

Posted by: rf2litenva

Everyone on this blog agrees that Livingson is a keeper. He and James Singleton should be the #1 and 2 retain free agents off our current roster. But think it is exremely important not to put to much weight on SL at this point, hes legs are still fragile. But going into camp, im really hoping he can take & handle that #2 point guard spot. NY seems to play much better with him on the floor together.
Speaking of going to camp next year it will very interesting to see who will win that back-up 2 guard spot. Hands on favoite is NY, but im sure Ross also have something to fight for and im not discounting Mr.Alonzo Gee too. I hope they give him a true shot, to me he is a 2 and not a small foward. Enie, you did well this year under the circumstances but since we have 12 players under contract(i believe)and since you can have only 2 10 day contract on the oster at 1 time. Sign Gee and SL for the rest of the year!!! and try to find a big man that can bang out of the D-league with that last spot....

Posted by: dsquare | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Evan Turner starts the 2 if we're lucky enough to get him

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of going to camp next year it will very interesting to see who will win that back-up 2 guard spot. Hands on favoite is NY, but im sure Ross also have something to fight for and im not discounting Mr.Alonzo Gee too"

I think it's questionable whether NY will be on the club next year.

There were once six Wiz Kids clamoring for playing time. Crittenton, McGuire and Pecherov are gone. Blatche has distinguished himself and McGee still shows plenty of promise. The only one who hasn't risen above the pack is Nick.

Nick turns 25 in June -- a year older than Blatche. If you had a shot at Wes Johnson or Evan Turner, would you keep Nick?

Besides, a change of scene might help him.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't like to see NY go but I think that you are correct in assuming that he'd grow in a different city.
It, of course, will be up to him how he reacts to the change but we've seen it many times.
It just might help him to mature as a person and realize what he can become.

Posted by: VBFan | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Actually, of the two, Evan Turner and Wes Johnson, the Syracuse player is substantially better from the 3 point line. Of course, he isn't asked to do as much as Turner, who carries his team. Both players are potentially very good perimeter defenders. Turner is probably the best rebounding guard around.

The guy who intrigues me is DeMarcus Cousins. He's listed at 270 but is probably ten pounds heavier. On defense, he seems not to know where to put his feet, and you can drive around him without too much trouble. But he's one of those players with great wingspan and he seems to know how to use it to intimidate shooters. Offensively, he's IMO pretty much what the Wiz need -- a powerful low post scorer with good hands. So what if he never passes the ball back out?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't know if Livingston is a 'keeper'. He's played what, 30 games in the past two seasons, with one or two starts? He averaged about 10 minutes in Miami, 13 in Oklahoma City, 14 here. You can see the wonderful instincts, but what's the chance he gets hurt again?

We just haven't seen enough to tell. Not that that ever stopped us from rushing to judgment, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

early in 2ndQ of the detroit loss, NY was smiling and talking amiably with a Pistons player during a break in the action. This was right in front of Flip and while the Wiz were being outscored.

That's why NY doesnt get PT, has nothing to do with him being clueless or not playing D. Basically every single time he gets minutes he produces points and draws fouls, but Flip doesnt like his 'tude and that's that

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Samson151

I honestly don't know if Livingston is a 'keeper'.
"Stop right there"

For the price of what you can get his talent for, it is a no-brainer. A 6'7 natural point, please his insticts. PLEASE
Now if you said you dont want to rely on him because of his past health, thats something totally different. Then we make sure we have 3 other guards that can play the position. But the end of the day he is a keeper!!!!

All the Evan Turner/Westly Johnson talk should stop also. Those ae picks 2 and 3 in the draft. Most likelly the wiz will not be picking in the top 5. Cousins is a natural head case I will not touch him, although Favors may be a option though.
Evan Turner is going to the Pacers, Wesly Johnson to Minn. and Wall to Nets.

Posted by: dsquare | March 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

re: Mcgee

best thing is for him to get his butt kicked by stronger players the rest of the way. He's gonna have impressive games or stretches and none of that needs to go to his head. Dont pull him everytime he's getting whupped, make him take it on the chin.

He's an aggressive kid who is just the type to make a payback list. Put together some highlights of him getting used and play'em in the weight room. 15-20 pounds and a 10' J this summer or the Wiz arent managing their investment properly

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

dsquare- we could easily end with 3rd worst record in league

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Samson, I agree with you totally. Cousins is some that the wiz need. To me, my personal opinion of John wall, he's not mentally ready to be the face of a NBA team. He's not mentally tough!


I honestly feel like Nick Young doesnt have a clue. He may give you a great game but lets be honest here...out of 5 games...He will have one break out game...lets not put too much stock into him starting...he hasnt shown nor has he proven that he's starters material. Dray, has stepped up when he was put into that position before(when Jamison got hurt preseason) and after the trade. To Samson's point as well, Nick hasnt done a thing to warrant all of these W Post praises that he's receiving. Javale, yes I frown EVERYTIME he lays his finger prints on the ball but at the sametime, he will play defense which NY will not...He (NY) cant and wont stay infront of his man to save his life! Im not sold on NY...honestly..at the end of the season he can walk with Oberto, boykins, and MIKE " turn the ball over, wont shoot a open shot" Miller as far as Im concerned but who am I to say...Im just a season ticket holder!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 14, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders must be beside himself, J.J. Hickson just had the nerve to stand up to Kevin Garnett! What the he11 is wrong with that young man not backing down to Garnett? J.J. is obviously a dumba$$ no matter how much Mark Jackson appreciated the young mans bravado standing up to his idol.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"I honestly don't know if Livingston is a 'keeper'.
"Stop right there" posted by dsquare"

LOL you should keep reading. My point was it's too early to make a real eval of the guy. Injury history aside, he's only played 30 games over two seasons, with a couple starts.

We rush to judgment around here, and you're a good example.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I think it's questionable whether NY will be on the club next year.

Posted by: Samson151

"You may have a good point there though"
I would still go into camp with him on the roster and maybe make a move by next years trade deadline.

I would trade NY for a good starting point guard to move Gil to the 2 position. Maybe Harris from the Nets with addition sign and trade FA of there choice.

Posted by: dsquare | March 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"All the Evan Turner/Westly Johnson talk should stop also. Those ae picks 2 and 3 in the draft. Most likelly the wiz will not be picking in the top 5. Cousins is a natural head case I will not touch him, although Favors may be a option though.
Evan Turner is going to the Pacers, Wesly Johnson to Minn. and Wall to Nets.Posted by: dsquare"

LOL Now you're apparently psychic, too. Unless there are a bunch of marked-up ping pong balls in David Stern's desk drawer.

Any more visions you want to share with us, Chief Square?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

We rush to judgment around here, and you're a good example.

Posted by: Samson151

SL probbally will sign for the league minn. So what risk is there for us??
You would not get a better bargin, Ok, then sign Boykins for the same amount then!!! LOL Its the league min.

Posted by: dsquare | March 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Any more visions you want to share with us, Chief Square?


Posted by: Samson151

LMAO,yea I do have some.
There are going to be teams that tank games and the Wiz are not one of those teams. So will not the bottom 5 record.
I am a conspiracy theroist... So here it goes: Top 5 picks

Nets gets Wall
Pacers gets Turner
Minn gets Johnson
GS gets Cousins
Utah via NY gets Motiejunas(spelling?)
Wiz,Pist,Sac next 3picks

Posted by: dsquare | March 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

SL played 30:54 minutes against the Magic and trying to follow the lack of logical moves Flip has shown in the past SL will get about 5:00 minutes the next game?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually, of the two, Evan Turner and Wes Johnson, the Syracuse player is substantially better from the 3 point line. Of course, he isn't asked to do as much as Turner, who carries his team. Both players are potentially very good perimeter defenders. Turner is probably the best rebounding guard around.

The guy who intrigues me is DeMarcus Cousins. He's listed at 270 but is probably ten pounds heavier. On defense, he seems not to know where to put his feet, and you can drive around him without too much trouble. But he's one of those players with great wingspan and he seems to know how to use it to intimidate shooters. Offensively, he's IMO pretty much what the Wiz need -- a powerful low post scorer with good hands. So what if he never passes the ball back out?Posted by: Samson151 |
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Good draft analysis of players the Wiz have a legitimate chance at nabbing depending on how the lottery balls bounce.
Derrick Favors is another very athletic big, more a PF than C, who has pro star potential. Both Cousins and Favors will take a year or two to have real impact whereas Turner, Wesley Johnson and ,of course, John Wall might be stars from day one. Any of these three guys (Wall, Turner or Johnson) would probably start for the Wiz next year. The bright side of looking at the seven game losing streak and potentially a dismal finish is a better chance to land one of these top draft choices.

Posted by: phil27 | March 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

hard for me to see using our top pick on a PF when our backcourt is so putrid

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Are we certain that Javaris Crittenton is not on this team next season?

The kid has game and I know that "The Incident" will make it hard for he and Gil to be here but he is currently still on the roster. He has more physical ability and potential than any guard presently playing for us right now

I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

the draft lists will no doubt shuffle quite a bit during and after the NCAA tournament. Right now I can see Wes Johnson sliding down a few spots and being available at 6. I can also see Greg Monroe getting into the top ten. But I don't see Wall, Turner, Cousins, or Favors falling much, if at all. Cole Aldrich is something of a mystery man.

Of course, this is all subject to change.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been following the standings. Now that I look at them, I see that Philly, NY, and Detroit all only have 23 wins. Indiana is tied at 21 with the Wizards. Sacramento has 22. This is a neck and neck race.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 14, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Are we certain that Javaris Crittenton is not on this team next season?

The kid has game and I know that "The Incident" will make it hard for he and Gil to be here but he is currently still on the roster. He has more physical ability and potential than any guard presently playing for us right now

I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: zxhoya

I hear what you're sayin, but I have a feeling he will be gone, especially if they have to hold on to Gil. It's not that the two of them couldn't co-exist, it's more about making a 'statement' that all of that kind of ridiculousness is behind them, no matter how ridiculous such a statement might seem.

But even just in a basketball sense, I think Crit will be gone. I like his size and athletic ability, but he would be yet another guy on this team who's talented but doesn't quite have a clue about how to play his position. One some level I'd like to keep him around and see him develop, but it's a luxury I don't think the Wiz have. We have too many PGs with limitations already.

Posted by: ts35 | March 14, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

One thing about Foye. Clearly he doesn't have a lot of the true PG skills. He doesn't penetrate particularly well and he doesn't seem to create easy shots for his teammates in the halfcourt set. But another part of his job is to get the Wiz is to their halfcourt sets. It doesn't always look like he does a great job of that either, and we all complain about how much he and Boykins dribble. But as I watch the games, I think you can put just as much of that on the rest of the guys on the floor, who don't always look like they know where they're supposed to be.

Foye takes a lot of one-dribble jumpshots. Some of those are clearly just because he's feelin' it, but some end up coming towards the end of the shot-clock, when whatever offense they are supposed to be running hasn't materialized.

So while Foye obviously doesn't have the floor general abilities this team needs, I don't think it's fair to put the team's offensive ineptitude at his or Boykins' feet alone.

Posted by: ts35 | March 14, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

at Utah Jazz 9:00 PM ET CSNB/FxUt
Mar. 16 at Denver Nuggets 9:00 PM ET CSNB/ALT
Mar. 19 at Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 PM ET CSNB/CSNW
Mar. 21 at Los Angeles Lakers 9:30 PM ET CSNB/FxW
Mar. 23 vs. Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 PM ET SPSO/CSNB
Mar. 24 at Indiana Pacers 7:00 PM ET CSNB/FxIn
Mar. 26 at Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 PM ET CSNB/FSCR
Mar. 27 vs. Utah Jazz 7:00 PM ET FxUt/CSNB
Mar. 30 at Houston Rockets 8:30 PM ET CSNB/FxHo
Mar. 31 at New Orleans Hornets 8:00 PM ET CSNB
Apr.
Date Opponent Time TV Result
Apr. 2 vs. Chicago Bulls 7:00 PM ET CSNP/CSNB
Apr. 4 vs. New Jersey Nets 6:00 PM ET YES/CSNB
Apr. 6 vs. Golden State Warriors 7:00 PM ET CSBP/CSNB
Apr. 7 at Orlando Magic 7:00 PM ET SUNS
Apr. 9 at Boston Celtics 7:30 PM ET CSNB/CSNE
Apr. 10 vs. Atlanta Hawks 7:00 PM ET FSSO/CSNB
Apr. 12 at New York Knicks 7:30 PM ET CSNB/MSG
Apr. 14 vs. Indiana Pacers 8:00 PM ET ESPN/CSNB

Anyone care to guess the number of wins the Wizzies have left?
I don't see more than 2 or 3.

Posted by: VBFan | March 14, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

hard for me to see using our top pick on a PF when our backcourt is so putrid

Posted by: divi3

There is no position on this team that is so set that we should pass on the BPA with our top pick. The only exception I would make is that I wouldn't draft a skinny or finesse PF, with the exception of Greg Monroe, who currently plays a bit more of a finesse game. But you could play Greg and Blatche together and they might cause problems with their passing ability.

Personally I think they should focus on players who are mentally tough and maybe have some big game experience. They need to get a more physical option in the middle, they need a floor leader and they need more athleticism on the wings.

Posted by: ts35 | March 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Mike Harris continues to tear up the D League after being sent back by the Wizards.

"Mike Harris scored a game-high 44 points as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers beat the Tulsa 66ers 126-103 tonight in front of a crowd of 5,525 in the second of three nationally televised home games this season at State Farm Arena. . . .
"Harris recorded his 16th double-double by adding 12 rebounds (six offensive). Harris hit his first eight shots and 11 of his first 12 while hitting 16-of-18 overall."

http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20100313/TULRGV/recap.html

Makes you wonder.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"There is no position on this team that is so set that we should pass on the BPA with our top pick."

Absolutely true. There are no proven All-Star, franchise changing, top 5 at their position players currently wearing a Wizards uniform. If there's a player at any position who projects to be better than what they've got, they should certainly take him. Anyone who thinks this team only has needs at a specific position is kidding themselves.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

And Crittenton is gone. I liked his potential coming off last season, but even then it was clear he had a lot of work to do to be a quality, everyday player. Given that he sat out training camp, pre-season, and all of the regular season (mostly due to injury, with the gun nonsense curtailing him late), not only is there little to no chance that he'll have advanced much from where he was at the end of last season, but given the long layoff, it's certainly going to take him some time just to work himself back to where he was at the end of last season. And, for all his potential, that simply wasn't good enough. Add to that the fact that he's a FA, and his departure is pretty much a lock.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"Makes you wonder."

Not really. The D-League is full of . . . well, D-Leaguers. Looking like a world beater down there doesn't necessarily tell you much about what a guy can or will do when given regular minutes in the NBA. It's a whole different ballgame, figuratively speaking.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"early in 2ndQ of the detroit loss, NY was smiling and talking amiably with a Pistons player during a break in the action. This was right in front of Flip and while the Wiz were being outscored.

That's why NY doesnt get PT, has nothing to do with him being clueless or not playing D. Basically every single time he gets minutes he produces points and draws fouls, but Flip doesnt like his 'tude and that's that"

That's utter nonsense. Players "talk amiably" with guys on the other team all the time during time outs and breaks in the action; they even crack jokes and laugh. A lot of these guys have known each other since they were in 12 or 13 years old. What are they supposed to do? Sneer and spit in each other's faces? It's a game, not war.

You'd think that with the departure of both Eddie Jordan and Brendan Haywood we'd have heard the end of paranoid conspiracy theories about the coach having some ill-defined "agenda" against giving minutes to under performing players, but apparently no such luck.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Funny how no one can actually explain why NY doesnt play more though. I like when people cite his supposed lack of D while opposing 2s torch Miller game after game after game.

NY was yucking it up in the midst of the Pistons going on a run that blew the team out. Flip doesnt like that attitude and that's why he doesnt play. It aint the first or last time a player's 'tude affects PT. It's the coaches prerogative and an accepted part of the game.

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ts35 | March 14, 2010 8:31 PM

Let's say Evan Turner and Cousins both have monster tourneys and are on the board when the Wiz pick- there's absolutely no chance we should take Cousins in that scenario is what I'm saying. AB is obviously the PF next season and hopefully beyond and there are no cant-miss Cs. So if we have a high pick, why wouldnt we go for a Wall/Turner over Cousins/Favors etc?

With a lower pick, would we draft a prospect C over a prospect SG/PG? I doubt it...

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks this team only has needs at a specific position is kidding themselves.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 9:35 PM

Kal,

Who do you want with the 3rd pick if we get it?

Posted by: Raef | March 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Funny how no one can actually explain why NY doesnt play more though
Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 10:38 PM

Because he does have the attitude that he is not buying into Flip's system.

Posted by: Raef | March 14, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"NY was yucking it up in the midst of the Pistons going on a run that blew the team out. Flip doesnt like that attitude and that's why he doesnt play. It aint the first or last time a player's 'tude affects PT. It's the coaches prerogative and an accepted part of the game."

See, now you're talking about two different things.

Of course a player's attitude contributes to whether the coach plays him. I've said as much many times in the past with regard to Haywood, so pointing that out is hardly breaking news and certainly doesn't impact the point of my previous post. And Young's attitude problems manifest themselves in fairly obvious ways in his play. But that has nothing to do with what I was talking about.

The idea that a player joking with a member of the opposing team during a timeout is, in and of itself, a proximal cause of a player getting benched is silly. Players chat with each other all the time during breaks in the action. NBA players constitute a small, closed community in which a lot of them have long-standing shared histories. It's no different than Democratic and Republican staffers, who call each other names and smear each other in the press for a living chatting each other up during breaks in House and Senate meetings in the halls of Congress. They're professional enemies, not personal ones, and everyone involved knows the difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"Who do you want with the 3rd pick if we get it?"

I have no particular preference, really. Like I said, we have needs all across the board.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Because he does have the attitude that he is not buying into Flip's system.

Posted by: Raef | March 14, 2010 11:02 PM

Which system is that? The one where the shooting guard isnt supposed to shoot? What is it that Miller/Ross actually do on court that is within Flip's supposed system that NY isnt doing?

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"Funny how no one can actually explain why NY doesnt play more though."

That is, of course, rubbish. Plenty of people have spent the last 3 years offering explanations of why Young doesn't play more (most of them variations on the theme of "he's not that good"). You've simply chosen to ignore them in favor of hazy, unprovable conspiracy theories.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 14, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Miller takes 3 shots in 33mins. Ross makes about 2 buckets a week. But NY is clearly the inferior player. Sure.

And it makes no difference what happened the past 2yrs, it's all bout right now and Flip's team.

Miller is flat out terrible and Ross is even worse...Saunders does not like Young's attitude and that's why his PT is so inconsistent.

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

What is it that Miller/Ross actually do on court that is within Flip's supposed system that NY isnt doing?

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 11:12 PM

Nothing major, but they may have better attitudes in practice which may lead to more playing time. There is a good chance all 3 are gone next season, all very replaceable.

Posted by: Raef | March 14, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse


"The D-League is full of . . . well, D-Leaguers. Looking like a world beater down there doesn't necessarily tell you much about what a guy can or will do when given regular minutes in the NBA."

I have no problem with any of that in general, but did Harris get a fair tryout? I think he is trying to make a statement about that with his play.

I guess I don't understand what game the Wizards are really playing here. Are they trying to get better, or are they trying to tank in a mildly entertaining fashion?

When the Wizards thought they were a playoff team at the beginning of the year, they brought Paul Davis in to training camp and he made the team as a backup center. Then they had all the injuries to the guards, and they cut Davis to make room to bring in Boykins. Fast forward to March. The Wizards are getting killed in the paint about every night, and there is no real backup center. McGee is trying hard, and is throwing his body around recklessly, but it is not enough. Paul Davis meanwhile has been playing in the D League.

You'd think a guy who was good enough to make the team when they thought they were going to make the playoffs, would be good enough now. Apparently not.

It doesn't make sense to me. However, I'm not assuming that the Wizards front office and coaching staff are stupid; I'm assuming that something is going on here that I just don't get.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 14, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Miller is flat out terrible and Ross is even worse...Saunders does not like Young's attitude and that's why his PT is so inconsistent.

Posted by: divi3 | March 14, 2010 11:20 PM

Nick has about a month to change his act, or he is probably gone. His relationship with Flip seems fractured. Miller may stay, only for less money, Ross is gone.

Posted by: Raef | March 14, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"Let's say Evan Turner and Cousins both have monster tourneys and are on the board when the Wiz pick- there's absolutely no chance we should take Cousins in that scenario is what I'm saying. AB is obviously the PF next season and hopefully beyond and there are no cant-miss Cs. So if we have a high pick, why wouldnt we go for a Wall/Turner over Cousins/Favors etc?

With a lower pick, would we draft a prospect C over a prospect SG/PG? I doubt it..."

Posted by: divi3

Would we, or rather would the Wiz? They very well might for one compelling reason. Cousins is 6'11" 260. All other things being basically equal, teams rate bigger players higher because finding big guys who can play is more rare. Also, we're *hoping* that JaVale can develop into a full time complete center, but there is no guarantee. Even if he does, teams always need multiple big men.

That being said, I think they would still draft Turner or Wall (and should) because at least by current rankings, they are both better prospects, and because Cousins is a bit of a head case.

I'm not advocating for drafting size, I'm just saying that we shouldn't eliminate anyone from consideration because we feel like we already have that spot filled. Especially since we will likely be drafting in that 6-8 range (if things stay as they are) where picks start to get a lot more iffy. As I said, the only thing I wouldn't consider drafting is a finesse or skinny PF, because our front line is already getting pushed around.

Depending on what happens in FA, I don't feel like this team is threatening for a title next year, so there's no point in trying to pick by position in order to fill in gaps. All we pretty much have right now are gaps. So pick the player who is most likely to be a great player, regardless of position. Build the talent pool. Don't reach down for a PG or SG who might be less talented that a PF or C on the board because it 'fills a need.' The need is talent.

Posted by: ts35 | March 15, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

first and foremost...THIS IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM!!! this is a bunch of second tier pro basketball players who were put together by a inept organization so the results will be under-achievement. you can put together any combo of the current wizard players and your results will be the same: THE LOTTERY!! i love the wizard but what i am hoping and wishing for is that Ted gets this team and we give him time to build an organization that deserves the attention and support of the District of Columbia fanbase. This season is one that a true wiz fan understands is soon forgotten but also a catalyst for a bright future.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | March 15, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

For the Nick Young advocates who don't understand why Nick doesn't always get as much playing time....

I was rewatching the Wiz / Magic game (have I mentioned that I love DVRs?) and this four possesion stretch caught my attention. It starts with 10:05 left in the 2nd QTR, Wiz up by 10.

Wiz with the ball. NY curls off a double-baseline screen to catch the ball just outside the elbow. He makes a move to the lane and gets cut off, so he backs out, picks up his dribble and pump fakes Reddick, who doesn't go for it. So, instead of passing off with :13 left on the shot clock, Nick leans in for an off-balance j, which is short. He then stands in no man's land watching Howard get the rebound while Reddick takes off down court. Howard outlets to Jason Williams who immediately whips it up to Reddick who makes a nice hesitation move on Livingston and takes to the rack. No layup, but gets the foul. While Reddick was trying the layup, Nick had made it to the top of the key. Reddick makes both FTs.

Next possession, Nick comes off the same baseline screen and rotates out to the top. SL sees a seam, takes into the paint, and attempts a 4 foot floater which rims out. Howard rebounds. Since Nick is the only Wizard at the time above the 3 pt line, he rightfully retreats. J Will gets the outlet pass and takes off with SL even-to-slightly behind. Singleton and McGee in the middle of the floor but also even to behind. Right as J-Will gets to around the top of the key extended, Nick suddenly peels out of the lane to pick up his man, Reddick, at the 3 pt line, and isn't even looking at the ball.....leaving the lane wide open for J-Will to drive to the lane for a layup without breaking stride. Flip calls a timeout at 9:36, with the Magic now only down by 6.

Now, were there other errors on those possessions by other Wizards? Certainly. Should other Wizards have been hustling harder to get back? Absolutely. But that was 3 mental errors on just one 4 possession stretch that led to 4 easy points for the Magic.

So while it is great that Nick can shoot (and he can shoot) I can completely understand why he might drive a coach completely bonkers to the point of not wanting to put him on the floor. Especially if the coach is seeing those kinds of errors in practice.

The common response is that Miller isn't playing that great either. And I agree. He's had some really bad turnovers lately in particular. But when I watch him play, he seems less prone to the repetitive and consecutive mental errors. Even when his offense isn't going, he's doing other things on the court.

Nick does need to play to get more experience clearly, but when he's failing to do the basic things, like stop the ball in transition, it's some times harder to justify keeping him on the court.

Posted by: ts35 | March 15, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

you said reddick didn't go for the fake which is false, NY leaned in for the a foul, that he didn't get and missed a 12-15 ft floater. Maybe not the best offense, but if missed shots is your gripe, i think therer's enough blame to go around.
as far as JJ goes, i doubt NY respected how hard JJ works. It wasn't so long ago that JJ was a college superstar shooter, who was conseidered a busat in the L. NY slept on how hard JJ works while he's in the game, to be in the game. JJ has to run hard off of every screen, he has to set his man up . none of these things should be difficult for NY to handle if he's not sleepin on JJ, because NY has the speed,quix,and hops advantage. Jj has the advantage of having played for coach K for 4 years. Duke players may not kill in the league but they all work hard.
But we can also point to a few games NY started early in the season, where he took it to some of the L's top guards defensively. I think it was a two game stretch where he was assigned Iggy from philly one night and another top tier guard; maybe Joe Johnson, and he strapped them both. His mentality is different coming off the bench vs if he's starting. But honestly, NY isn't here for D he was drafted because he dumped buckets at USC. If you want to change his game change it, but then what?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 15, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Nick is a playground basketball player blessed with so much athleticism he never had to learn how to play the game. Now that he has to, he appears unable to. From the shoulders down, he's an NBA player. From the shoulders up, he's better suited to the playground where the point is to look impressive and joke around.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 15, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

reddick scored 18pts that night and young played 9mins, apparently MM didnt guard him either.

Posted by: divi3 | March 15, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

and ts35, love that you were rewatching a pathetic loss...true fandom!

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 15, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

New from Arenas:

Mar 15, 10:04 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) -Gilbert Arenas says he deserves to be punished for bringing guns to the locker room.
The suspended Washington Wizards guard tells Esquire magazine he wasn't using "longevity thinking" when he took out four guns in what he says was an attempt to play a prank on teammate Javaris Crittenton in December.

Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January and will be sentenced next week. He has been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

The Esquire article hits newsstands next week. In it, Arenas says he "messed up" the legacy of Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who died in November. Arenas says he called Pollin's widow to apologize.

Posted by: cannontl | March 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Another dream dies hard:

"When I was growing up, I said I wanted to be in the NBA. I never said I wanted to go to the NBA and play for L.A. or New York or D.C. or a big market. I just wanted to play in this league. It's a privilege. I can't be picky about who I want to go to just because it's a bigger city. I want to have an opportunity to win, and I think we have that here."

-- Kevin Durant makes Thunder management very happy

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"I guess I don't understand what game the Wizards are really playing here. Are they trying to get better, or are they trying to tank in a mildly entertaining fashion?"

One from column A, one from column B.

"It doesn't make sense to me. However, I'm not assuming that the Wizards front office and coaching staff are stupid; I'm assuming that something is going on here that I just don't get."

What's not to get? They're a terrible team and there's little to nothing they can do right now that's going to change that for this season. Mike Harris, Paul Davis, Alonzo Gee . . . seriously, who cares? None of these guys are going to make the slightest bit of difference. They're just warm bodies to fill out the practice roster. It makes little sense for them to commit to minor role players now, because until they have an actual core/foundation in place, they don't know what roles need to be filled. The real work starts this summer. Everything until then is just playing out the string.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 15, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"And it makes no difference what happened the past 2yrs. it's all bout right now and Flip's team."

Ridiculous. Of course what happened the past 2 years matters. Part of the reason he's not playing is that he's making the same mistakes now he was making two years ago, indicating a lack of growth and focus.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 15, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Getting minutes should work both ways. set shot Miller. Ross can't through a pea in the ocean, can't play defense ,can't create there own shot. FLIP didn't like stuckey and wouldn't play him even after he was told to by Dumars the GM, and was fired for being stupid.IF we had a gm who is not afraid to say he made a mistake, flip wouldn't be here past season end. NICK know there is nothing he can do while here because flip has made it personal and the fans no flip has a hard on for nick. WHEN NICK gets to another team as soon as the season is over, and excel you will know it was flip.

Posted by: maejude | March 15, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

IF any of you on your job, worked hard and was passed over by inferior or less talented workers you would be pissed of to, they call it going postal. When nick have had good games as others have had, never in flip press con. has he praise nick as he has others players, like bernie mac said you're doing a good job everyone likes to hear that once in a while, HA HA.

Posted by: maejude | March 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Funny how no one can actually explain why NY doesnt play more though."

I think you should have said "...how no one can actually explain TO MY SATISFACTION why NY doesn't play more though."

That's the real problem.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"IF we had a gm who is not afraid to say he made a mistake, flip wouldn't be here past season end."

You gotta be kidding. Leonsis is certainly not known for wasting money (i.e., Flip has a contract).

"NICK know there is nothing he can do while here because flip has made it personal and the fans no flip has a hard on for nick. WHEN NICK gets to another team as soon as the season is over, and excel you will know it was flip."

We'll all be waiting with bated breath for the new Nick, who excels. (I'd like to see it but I sure wouldn't place money--or hold my breath--that it will happen.)

Posted by: fansincebullets | March 15, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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