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Bobcats (35-34) at Wizards (21-47)

Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatch, JaVale McGee.
Inactive: Josh Howard.

Bobcats starters: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Gerald Wallace, Theo Ratliff.
Inactives: Alexis Ajinca, Desagana Diop, Nazr Mohammed.

Line: Bobcats by 6 1/2.

Amid the news prosecutors are recommending three months in jail for suspended guard Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards are trying to end an 11-game losing streak in their first game back at Verizon Center since leaving leaving town March 14 for a four-game road trip.

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said he has spoken with Arenas, who is set for sentencing on Friday, but that he preferred to keep the conversation private.

"I think that's something I'll keep between us," Saunders said during his pregame media session early this evening. "I don't think that's for anyone other than the people he talks to at this point. It's pretty personal right now."

Arenas also is dealing with the passing of his estranged mother, Mary Francis Robinson, who died March 13 in Miami. Arenas did not learn until a few days later of Robinson's death, the cause of which is unknown.

Arenas's teammates, meantime, face a Bobcats team fighting to retain the eighth and final spot the Eastern Conference playoffs. Entering tonight, Charlotte was 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for that berth after having lost three of four. Previous to that, the Bobcats had won six in a row.

The Bobcats have been in the news recently since Michael Jordan became majority owner. Jordan played his final two NBA seasons with the Wizards before joining the organization in a front office capacity.

Jordan ran basketball operations for three and a half years, and he and the Wizards parted acrimoniously when late owner Abe Pollin dismissed him.

By Gene Wang  |  March 23, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
 
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Jordan ran basketball operations for three and a half years, and he and the Wizards parted acrimoniously when late owner Abe Pollin dismissed him.

I love it when karma works!

The Wizards are one of the worst teams in the NBA and the Bobcats have a good chance at making the playoffs.

A guy like MJ has the drive to be great at whatever he does and he has the desire to win which is something the Pollin family doesn't have.

Good job Michael I wish you were here instead of Ernie.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"Good job Michael I wish you were here instead of Ernie.Posted by: bulletsfan78"

This is Washington. If Jordan were here, the fan would be pining for Grunfeld.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 23, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Dray's energy level is down again and he's settling for the J instead of blowing past there slow bigs like he did on that one play. Post up or take them to the hoop but dont do 2 dribbles and shoot a fadaway. He was playing perfect in the last few games before the ankle injury and now he's going back to that straight jump shooting guy who settles

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Two words. Kwame Brown.

Posted by: ArchieTambo | March 23, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Is Blatche really deep in the doghouse or is his ankle acting up? He hasn't played since the 1st quarter.

Posted by: garg8050 | March 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Im 50/50. I feel like recently there have been a ton of games where Blatche just seems like he has no pep and he's not even trying to rebound. Thats what I think is upsetting Flip. Then on O he was settling for those J's. I feel a little bad for Blatche though because I think he's somewhat fatigued with his big role, all the minutes, our crazy sked, all the tough teams, and all the doubles. I think he's wearing down some and trying to play in spurts but he does have to give out more energy. Sometimes it seems like he's walking while everyone else is moving like jets.

One weird thing is that I turned on the LAL game late and I didnt even see Blatche on the bench so I thought he was hurt and wasnt playing. It was halfway through the 1st then also but I just found out that he was benched and mustve been sitting way at the end or something. Tonight he gets benched quick again and again, I dont see him. Where the hell is he sitting? He must be mad and is sitting way at the end. I think he feels like the scapegoat again even though he's been playing great for many games while everyone else sucked. As soon as he has some off games then he gets made the example of

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

was watchin kung fu panda with tha lil one. just turned on the game and was expecting reports on an injury to AB. I 'preciate MM and NY carrying the load while AB sits for whatever reason.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Two words. Kwame Brown.


Posted by: ArchieTambo | March 23, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Two words

Twentyone - Fortyseven

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

each of those words should have a hyphen, for example twenty-one, crazy huh, if only you weren't to cheap to buy a dictionary

Posted by: bford1kb | March 23, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

If karma does in fact work, the Bobcats will go 0-82 next year. Jordan -- allegedly, by everyone -- is a real ugly individual who treats others like dirt. Karma will not smile on MJ.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

There must be a back story on Dray to why this is happening which Im sure will come out after the game but even still its not right what they are doing to him. Stop making him the scapegoat

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Also, the typos on Insider are getting absurd. I know the newspaper industry is suffering, but I think spell check comes free with any word-processing program. Plus, it's "Blatche" with an E (in the starters' listing). I mean, it's crazy enough when the so-called fans always write "McGhee" and "Livingstone" in these posts, but it's even worse when the beat reporter writes "Blatch."

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

My thing is this. If you want to bench Dray or send a message then fine but dont pick & choose because he definitely wasnt benching AJ when he was playing the wrong way, being a black hole, having the worst shot selection in the league, and seemingly just tried to selfishly put up meaningless numbers. AJ played like that all year so why bench Dray when he does something just like once? Then people call Dray a headcase when he gets upset and then doesnt show up for treatment or whatever which I still believe him when he said that he asked for that for a week with no response. Its always his fault.

OK, if he's not doing something right then fine but he also had games where he was getting like 12-15 boards. He also just had a bad sprain which he played through and he's dead tired after carrying the team on his back through double teams. Cut the guy a break. You can bench him some & send a message but dont go overboard just because you can. I think he definitely got the point in the 1st half so why bench him for the 2nd? It makes no sense. Atleast give him a chance to redeem himself

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I also love how Flip loves to hold everyone accountable except himself. I havent heard him take any blame all year. He's been very subpar this year and his system has looked like crap for the most part. No wonder why his other teams start to tune him out. Look in the mirror Flip. Youve needed to be benched alot this year yourself

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

why does buckhantz insist on calling layups "short jumpers"?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

MM with two dribbles and the pullup j. it's only taken him..............the whole year

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

i wish that kid from MSU woulda thrown up a brick like MM at the end of the Maryland gme. Jeez that was a hard brick for such a good shooter. No fgs by tha wiz in the past 6 mins. The sub patterns are all about tankin it for some ping pong balls. Earl and Foye get heavy run in the 4th when SL ran the offense well with MM and NY in the first half. I don't know about NY but MM has 1 fg since half time. Al has been stymied. Ugly 4th Q. I'd ask for my money back.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

If we lose this game then its on Flip because there is no way we would lose if Dray was playing. The only thing stopping us is our lack of scoring for long stretches. I love Thorton's toughness though. He's been pushing and about to fight with guys like Pierce, Melo, and now Wallace. I love how he doesnt back down

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Love how Phil and Steve hardly mention why Blatche isn't playing. Been tuning in and out and couldn't figure out why he wasn't in. Thought he hurt himself. FINALLY, they mention they don't know why he is not playing. Sure something had to happen on the bench during a timeout or something along those lines. Oh well. But, Phil and Steve need to explain more and more often.

Can someone tell me why we have gotten EVERY foul call against us this game. Can't remember the last time I've seen two people from the same team foul out and we got two more with 4+ fouls at least.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

@dlts,

Will you stop blabbing about Blatche when you don't even know what happpened?? He could have told FS to f off for all you know. You just sound clueless at the moment.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Flip is tanktastic, lol

Flip is tanking. NO way we lose this game with Dray. Our O needed him so bad for long stretches and he never comes back in

Posted by: dlts20 | March 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

If Gee doesn't deserve more playing time, I don't know who does. He shoots well, can get his own shot, and he got no time in the 4th from what I saw.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@dlts,

Whaaaaa

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

a lot of funky subbing in the second half of a game we were sorta handling, even without AB. they lost steam down the stretch, and eventhough AL hit the tying shot, i thought there shoulda been more NY,SL, and Gee mixed in for more mins. I can dig sitting Gee with 4 fouls, but YOU foul him out when he sits the rest of the game,Flip. I won't start in on AB, he didn't get the clock because he wasn't playing well, i assume. He's on the NY fast track to superstardom. I dunno i guess this season is as good a time as any to "break" your prized stallion's spirit.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

just missed the flip presser,puttin my kid to bed. came in on the last part where he says " it's the mose disappointed I've been in a player in 15 yrs"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Not good...Flip makes it sound like Blatche is not coachable. Refused to go back in the game...Unbelievable!

Posted by: garg8050 | March 23, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Flip is chewing out players in postgame press conferences even more than Gar Heard ever did, and that is saying a lot.

Is that an effective coaching technique?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 23, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

AB tells Flip he doesn't want to play?????????????????can't be true. do we get rid of dray or Flip

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

the new owner, whoever that might be, tears this madness down to the bones. dray don't play no more this year. WTF. this sheeth stinks down to the m an f n roots. not much there of much value for them to work with anyway. WTF!!!

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

There goes Blatche's trade value. McHale kind of took a shot at Flip on NBA TV. Basically, he said that this isn't the time of year to start benching guys.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 23, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The problem is Blatche saw how Flip treated his prized veterans Arenas, Butler and Jamison and now he wants the same level of respect/deference from Flip. Needless to say, Flip ain't having it.

@lilhollywood

The Flip ship has sailed and is taking on water. Keep Blatche and get rid of Flip.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Did not see this game...only looking at posts to get the flavor.

If Blatche did say he does not want to go back in he has to go away. I don't know if there was a heated exchange but that is just unacceptable. Unfreakin' believable year for this team.

Praying someone really loves Gilbert and is truly there for him right now. I have been thinking a lot about him and just feel great sorrow for what he is going through. I really feel he would be well served with a fresh start somewhere else but basketball is clearly the least of his concerns right now.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 23, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

flip can be part of the purge. Dray should be suspended for the rest of the year by the team. he get's paid millions of dollars to play BB. his immediate supervisor is flip. he can't tell the boss he don't want to work. no work, no pay. this is also business, so he's got to do his job, whether he likes it or not. what a piece of work...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Blatche isn't the first to get into a spat with his coach and refuse to go back in after being given a CHOICE and he won't be the last. I blame Flip for stupidly making "not going back in" a negotiating point in the heat of the moment. Flip gave him the OPTION and he chose not to. Whose fault is that?

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

the player has to be man enough to do his job...it's a job...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"Flip gave him the OPTION and he chose not to. Whose fault is that?"

Blatche's.

Just a couple weeks ago he was talking big about being a leader and All-Star and then he turns around and f*@king quits on his team because his panties are in a bunch over the coach trying to *gasp* coach him during a game? Please. There's no defending that kind of crap.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

flip went all "KG never acted like this" in the postgame, and understandably pointed out that Blacthe has played well for "16 games" only.

but AB is a 5yr vet and the longest tenured player on the team.

Clearly he feels he shouldnt be treated like purely a "young" guy.

who is right and who is wrong? either way it's a huge problem

Posted by: divi3 | March 23, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

seems like Flip has a problem in dealing with the new generation of african american male athlete. i'm being "funny" and serious. These guys really don't respond to him. I understand though, that Flip was not brought in to coach up a bunch of youngsters, but more like direct a "ready-made contender". It's getting super ugly

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple weeks ago he was talking big about being a leader and All-Star and then he turns around and f*@king quits on his team because his panties are in a bunch over the coach trying to *gasp* coach him during a game? Please. There's no defending that kind of crap.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

You are right there is no way to defend bad coaching?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

There's no defending that kind of crap.

And there's no defending Flip overplaying his hand. He won't do it again with Blatche.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

we only got Flip's version of the exchange, which is like only hearing Gil's side of the gun deal. I'd like to see the mic'd up sideline cam of that one. for some reason i don't think flip was as kind and gentle as he sounded in the press conference.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

"seems like Flip has a problem in dealing with the new generation of african american male athlete."

What nonsense. Like any coach, he's had problems dealing with players who think it's all about them. Race has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me Flip never compliments the players to the media when they play well but ALWAYS condemns them when they do not. Guess it gets really old. And hearing about Garnett gets REALLY OLD.

That being said, Blatche should not have bailed on his teammates....

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 23, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"And there's no defending Flip overplaying his hand. He won't do it again with Blatche."

How did he "overplay his hand?" If anything, it was a brilliantly executed play. By giving Blatche the "option" of re-entering the game and having him refuse, he puts the onus for his behavior squarely on Blatche.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

There's no defending that kind of crap.

And there's no defending Flip overplaying his hand. He won't do it again with Blatche.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

tough spot for dray to call flip's bluff. but some people say "say what you mean, and mean what you say". i think AB understood exactly what Flip meant when he chewed him out; whatever was said, he responded and Flip wasn't expecting it.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Why the frig should Flip have to be kind and gentle? This is crazy land now with talk like that. He forgot to say pretty please?....please.

Cut his a$$ loose. I am not saying Flip is the guy but Blatche clearly isn't. Good riddance.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 23, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

for some reason i don't think flip was as kind and gentle as he sounded in the press conference.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:18 PM |

I share your belief. I'd like to hear Blatche's side of it before they muzzle him.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Race has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse
Except that all the players are Black. As i said I was being "funny" the "funny" is in quotes because i knew a Dbag like you would try to rip me about making a race comment in jest.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Blatche refusing to re-enter game does nothing but hurt his team and make him look bad. if he was trying to get back at Saunders, he picked the most ineffective and self-defeating way to do it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

you can lay blame where you like. it's still dray's responsility to do his job. he can't say well i ain't playing, and i've been called a radical by some, but there is still a resopnsiblity that has to be met. maybe that's my old age showing, but, that's what is wrong with society today, no sense of responsibility. i'm not going to go off into all that, but i will say, it was strictly business...handle your business.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I ripped you because you're a jackass who thinks he can say the most idiotically stupid brainless crap and get away with it just because you claim it's "funny" and put quotes around it.

Do us all a favor and crawl back under your bridge you heinous useless little troll.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Ditto that, joerutgens72.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Blatche refusing to re-enter game does nothing but hurt his team and make him look bad. if he was trying to get back at Saunders, he picked the most ineffective and self-defeating way to do it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

if he were that invaluable than maybe, the coach shouldn't have tried to make him feel so expendable. He showed flip how expendable he is. Trade him, cut him, terminate his contract, whatever; Dray has made enough waves since the break to land on his feet. Flip's stuck with these jokers minus their 2 best players (Gil and AB) and a laundry list of FAs. Dray goes nowhere, Flip needs to mend fences.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

your mother

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Flip and AN will have to make nice. It's the nba, coaches are a dime a dozen. 6'11" players who appear to be "arriving" are not. They are stuck with each other.

Posted by: divi3 | March 23, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"if he were that invaluable than maybe, the coach shouldn't have tried to make him feel so expendable. "

Who said anything about Blatche being "invaluable." More crap, freshly minted from the crap factory.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"your mother"

. . . also thinks you'rr a f*&king moron.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, knew it had to be some sideline beef. 16 good games and Blatche is already acting like a basketball diva. Are you kidding me? Imagine how he would behave with a $60 million contract extension. Just a bad bad sign to go along with previous work habit bad signs.

For all those frustrated and laying everything at the feet of FS, please. I understand the frustration, but this season is not FS's fault whatsoever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"It's the nba, coaches are a dime a dozen. 6'11" players who appear to be "arriving" are not."

But players with egos bigger than their brains or their hearts are in plentiful supply.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

By giving Blatche the "option" of re-entering the game and having him refuse, he puts the onus for his behavior squarely on Blatche.

Not so fast. Blatche's "behavior" and Flip's comments/decision to bench him are inextricably linked no matter what olive branch Flip had his assistants extend later. Dray called his bluff and Flip had nowhere to turn. No...where.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

But players with egos bigger than their brains or their hearts are in plentiful supply.

As are coaches who can't do squat without a future HOFer on their team. Dray's future is brighter than Flip's.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I ripped you because you're a jackass who thinks he can say the most idiotically stupid brainless crap and get away with it just because you claim it's "funny" and put quotes around it.

Do us all a favor and crawl back under your bridge you heinous useless little troll.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I just said it cuz i think there could be some halfway truth to it. I don't know that it's true, but how do you know that it's not. when he's so used to dealing with pros with the mentality of a KG or Sam Cassel, Ben Wallace,Chauncey Billups Rip Hamilton etc and after a year or so away from the gam is dealing with the egos and attitudes of JM,NY,AB etc. I'm not doing a whole comparitive analysis of those two groups or anything but it would be ignorant to overlook the group of mature professionals that he had success with (KG was just a phenom,The Kid didn't have many issues tho) vs the group of kids who everyone can admit has had their issues with maturity and professionalism.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 23, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

he shouldn't have to turn anywhere, but to the next player on the bench. if a player don't want to play, why he in the gym...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

"Dray called his bluff and Flip had nowhere to turn. No...where. "

Bang that drum all you like, but it makes no music. Blatche quit on his team. Period. Doesn't matter why, that's unacceptable behavior. And it was completely his choice. As for Flip having "nowhere to turn" . . . utter rubbish? It's not like Blatche was lighting it up when he was in there. They actually built a lead when he was out. And when they lost the lead (just as they likely would have done with Blatche in), they still managed to rally back and get it to overtime.

Blatche hasn't done much to stop them from losing their previous 11 games, so it's damned unlikely him being in there would have done much to stop them from losing this one.

Nowhere to turn, my ass.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

For all those frustrated and laying everything at the feet of FS, please. I understand the frustration, but this season is not FS's fault whatsoever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 23, 2010 11:33 PM

How many times have you, yourself, blamed Flip's in-game decisions for losses this season? More times than you can count. Well, add this latest decision to the list.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Flip's coaching hasnt done anything to win games either.

Posted by: divi3 | March 23, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

The team should dock him all but 8 minutes of his game check.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Bang that drum all you like, but it makes no music. Blatche quit on his team. Period. Doesn't matter why, that's unacceptable behavior. And it was completely his choice. As for Flip having "nowhere to turn" . . . utter rubbish? It's not like Blatche was lighting it up when he was in there. They actually built a lead when he was out. And when they lost the lead (just as they likely would have done with Blatche in), they still managed to rally back and get it to overtime.

Blatche hasn't done much to stop them from losing their previous 11 games, so it's damned unlikely him being in there would have done much to stop them from losing this one.

Nowhere to turn, my ass.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:42 PM


Flip mismanaged the team's best asset tonight and used poor judgement in his approach. There's no escaping that fact. AS far as the losing streak, it's not like Flip has done anything to prevent the slide into the abyss either. Flip lost in more ways than one tonight and there's no denying that, despite your lame efforts.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Ernie has this coaches back. Wasn't Blatche previously suspended for an incident with the team trainer?

Posted by: djnnnou | March 23, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

pretty funny to see NY asked about the situation. Obvious he was thinking "One wrong word and I wont play another minute this season."

he sounded as if he tried to get AB back in the game and he wouldnt do it, which corroborates what Flip said and really is unacceptable

Posted by: divi3 | March 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

The team should dock him all but 8 minutes of his game check.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 11:44 PM

And do the same for Flip since he foolishly gave Blatche an option he should not have. "Either listen to what I have to say or sit on the bench!"

How'd that turn out?

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

i'm not trying to crown flip as the king of coaches'. he hasn't done very well this year. but his job is to put player's on the floor that are willing to play. how they play is up to them. he has to put the players he has on the floor. some not as much as we may like, but these are his cards, he must play them as he see's fit. a player saying,"i don't want to play" is unheard of. dray should just take the millions he has and go on home. nobodies going to want to play with him. not any of the true professionals, anyway. i just hate to see young people not understanding reality...handle your business.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 23, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

EG is both their bosses and handpicked each of them, wants both to succeed. He'll order them to make nice.

Posted by: divi3 | March 23, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"How'd that turn out?"

Based on precedent, I think we can safely assume that it turned out pretty much the same way it would have if Blatche had played 40 minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 24, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

"Flip mismanaged the team's best asset tonight and used poor judgement in his approach. There's no escaping that fact"

There's no escaping it because it's not a fact.

Since when is asking a player to put in more effort on defense (or anything else) "mismanagement"? Don't bother. It's not. And a player who has a tantrum and quits on his team 8 minutes into a game because the coach actually (*HORRORS!!*) tries to give him coaching instructions isn't much of an "asset," esp. when the team has lost 11 straight games with him playing most of the minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 24, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I have been a strong supporter of Blatche, but the fact is he should be suspended for his actions tonight. However, those of you who are calling for his head and want him to be suspended for the rest of the season don't get it.

All kinds of ugly things happen when a team is in a downward spiral. Even a veteran team like Boston has had some issues when the have struggled this year, but at least they did a better job of keeping it in house.

Flip should have held off on the details until he had more time to cool off, address it w/Blatche, and decided on the course of dicipline. Once cooler heads had prevailed he could have come out and said: "Andray is suspended for his actions the other night...Blah, Blah, Blah (details) We have spoken w/Andray about what is expected of him. He understands his behavior was unaceptable and we expect to move past this when his suspension is over."

Posted by: SportzWiz | March 24, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"As are coaches who can't do squat without a future HOFer on their team."

Saunders made it to 3 conference finals and averaged about 56 wins/season with a team that had no future HoFers on it. But hey, don't let the facts get in the way.

"Hopefully, Ernie has this coaches back."

Good point. A big part of the reason for the discord and dysfunction during the big 3 era was the obvious lack of cooperation and respect between Grunfeld and Jordan. If Flip is truly Ernie's "guy" then he has to step up and make a statement in support of his coach here.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 24, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

the wiz don't operate like that this year...no one is in charge...all the more reason to listen to the coach and do your job....be the leader of the team, which is what they were hoping for...which is what dray should have done...now....who knows...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 24, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I could see a change in the way Blatche was playing ever since the Boston game.

He has been resting on defense whenever his man didn't have the ball (like AJ) and backing away from situations where he could run the risk of picking up a foul (ex. If someone got position on him, he wouldn't battle to get it back). It seemed to me like he had lost some fire and started to just be a cog in a battered wheel instead of trying to be the one driving the car.

I'm reminded of the scene from "Days of Thunder" when the race team owner sees Tom Cruise and his crew chief fighting and tells the chief: "Harry, I know you're great, you know you're great, but if the guy in the car doesn't trust you we're never gonna win a damn race."

Ernie needs to meet w/Andray and Flip to suspend Dray and then force the two of them to air EVERTHING out and settle their issues. I'm sure that Blatche feels like Flip is extra hard on him, but he needs to understand that "To those whom much is given, much is expected." Be a man! If you got a beef w/Flip express it, don't just pout and try to make it thru til the end of the season. Squash it and let's move forward. (to the Draft)

Posted by: SportzWiz | March 24, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

sportswhiz was that the same bos game where flip publicly ripped AB for holding KG without a fg while posting a double double? possible reason for tha attitude change.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 24, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

this is not about personality issues...it's about doing the job you're paid to do. flip was tryna coach, dray wasn't tryna be coached. flip can go also. he hasn't handled his end well either. sulking because he doesn't have the contending team he thought he was getting. it's all just so sad.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 24, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

sportswhiz was that the same bos game where flip publicly ripped AB for holding KG without a fg while posting a double double? possible reason for tha attitude change.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 24, 2010 1:23 AM

Exactly the point I was making. I roasted Flip on here after that game for the way he treated Blatche for standing up to KG.

Posted by: SportzWiz | March 24, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

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