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JaVale McGee learns, Mike James leaves

Morning brew

Since the trades that dismantled the team, second-year player JaVale McGee has started six of the past seven games, averaging 10 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Coach Flip Saunders told Michael Lee that there's been "Some good, some bad, some indifferent, which you would expect." Despite some defensive lapses, McGee says it feels great to get more playing time.

Also enjoying his recent opportunities? Andray Blatche, of course, and his numbers prove it.

Also excited, but for a different reason? Mike James, who negotiated a buyout and was waived by the Wizards yesterday.

Back to Blatche ... on Bullets Forever, Rook6980 weighs in on Blatche's recent play. Kyle Weidie of Truth About examines Blatche's Internet explosion. At CSNWashington.com, Mike Jones says the Wizards' roster makeover is far from complete.

Around the League ...

The 76ers have announced that Allen Iverson will not return to the team this season. And the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that
LeBron James has filed the paperwork with the NBA office to switch his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 next season.

There were nine games last night. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com.

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
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Comments

Git 'er done, young fella!!

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Iverson has played his last game in the NBA. I can't imagine anyone wanting to pick him up after all the distractions he has caused this year and last.

Interesting number change by LeBron. Does that mean he's opening the door to a move to Chicago this year? FYI: NYC doesn't have #32 retired. http://www.nba.com/knicks/history/retirednumbers.html

Posted by: lameotron | March 2, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

As some other posters have metioned, the upcoming schedule will give us a better idea of who plays their way on to the permanent roster. The change in atmosphere feeling may have worn off and they will be playing some better teams. I am still enjoying the games a little more because of they are playing better quality b-ball.

And I am not a Lebron hater, but it's nice and all that he's showing all that respect to Michael Jordan in switching his #, but damn ever heard of Bill Russell?

Posted by: millineumman | March 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

in one of the links yesterday it said blatche was one of the best power forwards in the game right now. I partially agree with that in saying he is the best economically in terms of production out of him per million spent on him. Dirk Niwitzki does this kind of stuff everygame but makes more than 6 times blatche. Right?

Posted by: jefferu | March 2, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I think #6 is for "6 rings." his goal to match MJ.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

It's not so much that the new atmosphere feeling is wearing off, but more that nobody has stepped up to replace Josh Howard's production and hustle, imo. They will definitely lose quite a few in the upcoming weeks if someone doesn't fill the void.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

hopefully Mcgee can keep up and even increase the scoring over the rest of the season. Would love to see the team establish an identity inside before Gil is back and while we have such relatively weak play in the backcourt.

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

""James told The Plain Dealer on Monday that he's filed the paperwork with the NBA office to switch his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 next season.""


Wonder how Julius Erving and Bill Russell feel about it.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"McGee was ready to rip off his breakaway pants when he noticed that he wasn't wearing his game shorts."

"McGee assumed that he would finally get more playing time after the Wizards moved center Brendan Haywood to Dallas a few days earlier. But with Jamison gone, Andray Blatche moved to power forward and before he knew it, McGee was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since last season's finale in Boston."

This doesn't make sense. Even if he just goes in as a sub, he would still needs his short!

Posted by: sagaliba | March 2, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

McGee has been improving and that is all you can ask of very young players.

You can't teach McGee's athleticism.

Posted by: Vicc | March 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

AT LEAST MCGEE HAD SOMETHING UNDERNEATH THOSE BREAKAWAY PANTS.

sportscenter highlight MCGEE fined for indecent exposure

Posted by: jefferu | March 2, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't see where the atmosphere is wearing off. They are still fighting until the final bell tolls. They are a work in progress and I am pretty sure no one expects them to beat the elite teams but it doesn't mean they won't give them a run for their money. And who knows, we may be in for a couple of surprises here and there in terms of unexpected wins. As long as they try hard and compete as they have been doing, I am fine with that. I just want to see some progress.

Posted by: ivyleague | March 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

McGee makes the difficult look routine and the routine look difficult.

Posted by: elfreako | March 2, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

First Wild Wild West standoffs in the locker room, now 7ft male stippers @half court? WTF!!!

What type of circus are they running down in DC?

Posted by: millineumman | March 2, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

AT LEAST MCGEE HAD SOMETHING UNDERNEATH THOSE BREAKAWAY PANTS.

sportscenter highlight MCGEE fined for indecent exposure

Posted by: jefferu | March 2, 2010 11:15 AM |


???

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I like JaVale athletically and effortwise. However, I wonder how a supremely athletic 7-footer with basketball playing parents (mother- college/overseas professionally, WNBA, father- college, overseas professionally), would be so green athletically. His high school graduating class included Greg Oden. Oden was the only center it seems coming out of high school nationally, and it seems that JaVale dropped in from Mars or something.

Maybe he was a late-bloomer, but he had some serious advantages. To me, he should have had access to all the best basketball camps.

And how did that supreme talent end up at the University of NEVADA? Why not USC(mother's alma mater), Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Georgetown(centers), North Carolina, etc., you know, the best of the best.

It is a mystery to me.

I do love his talent but wonder what was wrong in his pre-NBA background?

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

As far as the atmosphere wearing off,I'm saying it "MAY" wear off. Not that I'm saying that they are already reverting back to old habits but it is typical for a drastic change of scenery to light a fire under some aszes for a while. That team gets hot but not for long. We will see how they fare, Im looking forward to them playing hard win or lose.

Posted by: millineumman | March 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I meant green basketball-wise, not athletically.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Roster for next year:

Mcgee- Keeper (looking forward to him and bogut wednesday)
Blatche- Keeper
Thornton- Keeper (A much better NY)
Miller- Keeper (if you can sign him for less)
Foye- Keeper (This is all dependent on Gil..Foye is a perfect back up and may become better as the season goes on)
Singleton- KEEPER (ruffin with actual skills and better hops)

Outs
Fab
ross
NY
Boykins
Livingston
Harris

So we will have AT LEAST 6 open roster spots to be filled. Unreal. The though of Amare, Blatche, Mcgee, as a front court makes me woozy.

Posted by: BurgwithaU | March 2, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

We don't need Amare or Bosh.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

i agree with the comment that losing Josh Howard will be the cause of more losses than any atmosphere wearing off. For a moment there we had an All-Star caliber player performing at that level, and now we have Mike "Reluctant" Miller being subbed by a random assortment of anyone not named Nick Young.

real shame, we would have given everybody a run with Howard playing at that level

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Mcgee is so thin he can barely keep his shorts from falling down, this kid is going to be a beast before he's 25. Easy to have a patience with a player like this, he's falling assbackward into 10pts/night already.

And you can tell he wants to dominate everyone, great quality in someone with those physical assets.

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If the pollin family still owns the Wizards next year I could see Ernie trading next years 1st round pick and the one they got from the Cavs to Indiana for Mike Dunleavy and Luther Head?

Can't have too many 6'3" guards and white shooters on a team?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it's getting ALMOST AS UGLY for the Sixers and Eddie in Philly:

Nelson swished a pull-up 3-pointer with 1:02 left to give the Magic 102 points through three quarters. Fans started fleeing for the exits and the few that remained chanted "Fire Eddie!"

They had their pick of Eds: 76ers coach Eddie Jordan or team president Ed Stefanski. Both are responsible for this debacle of a season.

In turn, Jordan picked his target, taking a not-so-veiled swipe at Andre Iguodala for not stepping up as a team leader as the season disintegrates.

"We lost the passion to compete," Jordan said. "We saw some poor body language and there were a couple of timeouts where we addressed it. I wasn't going to have it. I addressed it a couple of times, I addressed just now [postgame].

"It's leadership, or lack thereof. It's contagious where one guy's miserable and it's contagious throughout the team. Someone has to stand up and try and rally the troops, your teammates."

Jordan added there is no "internal leadership."

There's also no regular rotation, set offense or 3-point shooting.

Iguodala refused to fire back at his beleaguered coach.

"You start to play the blame game and it really leads to a dead end, it really doesn't go anywhere," he said. "I'll just go out there and keep doing what I've been doing my whole career, which is playing basketball the right way."

Posted by: TakinAWiz | March 2, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what Q Ross' contract is but if he comes in really cheap then he's a keeper. A guy who knows his roll, versatile and a good defensive player. Something that we lack for the last couple of years.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 2, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

".....white shooters on a team?"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Dude, what's a "white shooter?" I've heard of watermelon shooters, and I know there's yellow shooters, but what do you put in a white one?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

but what do you put in a white one?

Blanks

Posted by: djnnnou | March 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

We don't need Amare or Bosh.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

In what parallel universe could the Wizards not utilize the services of Chris Bosh? Not that he's coming here anyway . . .

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

EJ's team has no problem in scoring, they put up 105 points against Dwight Howard and the Magic. The problem is, they gave away 21 points more than they scored.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

BurgwithaU,

Ross has a plyer option I am sure he is going to exercise, and NY is under contract, so unless Wiz trade them away, they are going to be with the team next season.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

if bosh is so great why are the raptors perennially .500ish? There's plenty of talent on their roster

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sagaliba,

UG, well I wouldn't mind ross, but I'M OVER NICK YOUNG! Maybe we can package him with a pick in the future. I remember Gil S'ing his D when they drafted him, saying, "He can flat-out score!" And thats the problem. The problem with that whole team...One-dimensional and not much heart

Posted by: BurgwithaU | March 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

In what parallel universe could the Wizards not utilize the services of Chris Bosh?

The universe in which Blatche plays power forward for the Wizards. Bosh is playing out of position at the five and Blatche has already shown us that's not his natural position either. If Bosh signs with a team looking to play him at center exclusively, his body will break down (as it is doing now) and he'll be a well-paid, well-dressed spectator on the bench.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The universe in which Blatche plays power forward for the Wizards. Bosh is playing out of position at the five and Blatche has already shown us that's not his natural position either. If Bosh signs with a team looking to play him at center exclusively, his body will break down (as it is doing now) and he'll be a well-paid, well-dressed spectator on the bench.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 1:49 PM

Nicely put, but if we do have enough cash to sign someone like Amare to play the 5,then we should. Arenas,Miller, Howard, and Blatche should all come back. Howard proved that he can still play, even if it was for only 3 games. Make sure to heal and fully recover that knee J-Ho!

Posted by: crisco00786 | March 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@Blurred,

The significance of Bron going with #6 is it's his first son's birthday...

Posted by: kevenjones | March 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Well what should we do?

Should we keep Gil?

We have alot of salaries coming off the books... Ilgauskas, Gooden, Mike James, Miller, Oberto, possibly Josh Howard.

Should we go after someone like Joe Johnson? Johnson and Arenas would be heck of a backcourt! Blatche and Thornton are looking pretty good together up front.

Part of it is who we get in the draft I suppose...

If we get Wall that could change everything. IF we get Turner we wouldnt need Joe Johnson.

Should we keep Miller? What about Foye? Should we draft a center, or is McGee the answer there?

I gotta say it's really hard to figure what direction to go with this team. There are so many questions!

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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