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A look back at the 2009-10 season


One last laugh. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


This has undoubtedly been one of, if not the most bizarre, perplexing, unpredictable and disappointing seasons in the history of this franchise. It's impossible to find a turning point, since there were so many dizzying twists and turns -- including the death of long-time owner Abe Pollin at age 85.

The Wizards entered the season with three former all-stars and championship aspirations. But as the season concludes tonight in Indiana, Gilbert Arenas is in a halfway house, Antawn Jamison is playing in Cleveland, Caron Butler is in Dallas with Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson and the remaining Wizards are headed to the lottery for the second year in a row.

A look back at the wacky ride:

Sept. 28, 2009
Gilbert Arenas pledges that he is done with his antics and ditches his Agent Zero moniker. "I'm not the entertainer any more. I just want to play."

Sept. 29, 2009
On the first day of training camp, Coach Flip Saunders tries to build on championship aspirations by handing out T-shirts and caps with slogan, "Our Time."

Oct. 14, 2009
Antawn Jamison suffers a right shoulder subluxation during a preseason game in Cleveland and is forced to miss the first nine games of the regular season.


Oh yeah. This is going to be a great year. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

Oct. 27, 2009
Gilbert Arenas scores 29 points with 9 assists to lead Wizards to a 102-91 season-opening win in Dallas.

Nov. 21, 2009
Already playing with a strained left shoulder, Mike Miller tears his right calf in San Antonio and is forced to miss the next 25 of 27 games. After loss to Spurs, Brendan Haywood says that players' "egos" are standing in the way of victories.

Nov. 23, 2009
Gilbert Arenas calls out Caron Butler for not being on the same page as teammates. "There are about 15 players on the team? Fourteen get along."

Nov. 24, 2009
Longtime Wizards owner Abe Pollin dies of a rare brain disease at age 85. Wizards defeat 76ers 108-107 and former coach Eddie Jordan claims that Pollin's spirit knocked Louis Williams's potential game-winning shot out of the basket.

Dec. 4-16
Wizards lose six consecutive games to Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento by a combined 14 points.

Dec. 21, 2009
Two days after returning from a four-game West Coast trip, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton bring guns into Verizon Center before practice as part of a dispute over a gambling debt.

Dec. 29, 2009
After a loss to Oklahoma City, Coach Flip Saunders claims that his players "can't guard anybody" and warns, "Don't think it can't get any worse, because it can."

Jan. 5
Four days after his gun-related dispute is revealed to the public, Gilbert Arenas pantomimes shooting his teammates, with his fingers as guns, before a game in Philadelphia. He later claims that he doesn't fear punishment for the locker room incident with Javaris Crittenton and adds that NBA Commissioner David "Stern is mean."

Jan. 6
On Arenas's 28th birthday, NBA Commissioner David Stern suspends him indefinitely, claiming that he wanted to save Arenas from himself. A day later, the Wizards remove a banner with Arenas's image on it from Verizon Center and stops selling his jersey and other merchandise.

Jan. 10
Andray Blatche gets belligerent with the coaching staff and training staff during and after a loss to New Orleans. He is later suspended one game.

Jan. 15
Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun possession charge in D.C. Superior Court.

Jan. 25
Javaris Crittenton pleads guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing an unregistered firearm and receives one year of unsupervised probation.

Jan. 27
After meeting with Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, David Stern suspends both players for the remainder of the season. Arenas loses nearly $7.4 million in salary.


Who would've ever thought that I'd be in Cleveland? (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

Feb. 5
Caron Butler scores 31 points, including a game-winning jumper with 0.5 of a second remaining, to help Wizards pull out improbable 21-point comeback in Orlando. But snowstorm in Washington area leads to postponement of game against Atlanta and forces team to play three games in consecutive nights in March.


Feb. 13
The Wizards trade Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross.

Feb. 17
In a three-team deal, Wizards trade Antawn Jamison to Cleveland and receive Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a first-round pick and a prospect from the Cavaliers. They also ship Drew Gooden to the Clippers and get back Al Thornton. Ilgauskas is later bought out of his contract.

Feb. 22
Josh Howard suffers a season-ending left knee injury during a win against Chicago.

March 3-30
The Wizards endure a franchise-record 16-game losing streak. The skid also includes serious injury to Al Thornton and season-ending wrist injury for Randy Foye.

March 23
Andray Blatche is benched for the final 3 ½ quarters of a game against Charlotte after ignoring Coach Flip Saunders during a substitution. Saunders said he has never been more disappointed in a player in his 15 years of coaching but doesn't suspend Blatche.

March 26
Gilbert Arenas is sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house, two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

April 9
Arenas begins serving his sentence in Montgomery County. Wizards claim surprisingly dominant win in Boston.

April 14
Wizards conclude second consecutive 50-loss season against Indiana.

By Michael Lee  |  April 14, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
 
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Comments

It's over, not sure I can put up with another 50 loss season next year.

Turning point to me seemed to be when Antawn hurt his shoulder, besides the opening night nothing seemed to go right.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | April 14, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice Wilbon's character assaination of Blatche in the Washington Post the other day. The man uses words like "poison in the locker room" and attributes it to unnamed NBA players (Charles Barkley - wanna bet). He did the same to Sean Taylor after he got shot, calling him a thug and that is what happens when you live that life. He backed down very quietly later. It makes me sick that people like him get to give players hell without have to back up what they say. For all I know Blatche is poison, but, how about some evidence. Strange that no other writers on the scene has ever said he is bad in the locker room. Wilbon is a joke.

Posted by: h20law2000 | April 14, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon looks more and more like Uncle Fester everyday.

And yeah, he is a total fraud. Doesnt follow this team one iota, falls back on his tired azz "one unamed HOFer told me" and "a championship GM said"

BULLSH**

neither wilbon nor the 2 guys he talks to follows the wiz nor knows anything about the locker room.

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

A look back at the 2009-10 season

Good lord, why?

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

neither wilbon nor the 2 guys he talks to follows the wiz nor knows anything about the locker room. "

Possibly. But since people who play, coach, and work in the NBA actually speak to Wilbon, odds are he's closer to knowing what goes in there than anyone around here ever will be.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

odds are he's closer to knowing what goes in there than anyone around here ever will be.

Posted by: kalo_rama


Doubt it !!!!

Posted by: dsquare | April 14, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

neither wilbon nor the 2 guys he talks to follows the wiz nor knows anything about the locker room. "

Possibly. But since people who play, coach, and work in the NBA actually speak to Wilbon, odds are he's closer to knowing what goes in there than anyone around here ever will be.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Normally I would agree, but I'm not so sure that's true with Wilbon anymore. Almost everything I read of his, especially about DC Sports, is a week late and is regurgitated hash.

And Wilbon killed AB in the post the other day? After fawning over his improvement on March 3?

Posted by: ts35 | April 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon is joke, steinberg is the guy who actually follows DC sports.

But never fear, should the wiz ever be relevant again he'll be all over the team as if he'd never left.

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Mike Lee's chronology left out the crucial preseason ipod episode, when Flip made pod people out of the Wiz. The rationale, something about fostering cohesion, staying in touch or engendering interest in the massive playbook everyone proceeded to largely ignore.

Wilbon may be blowing smoke about Blatche's lockeroom poison but as enticing as his potential talent, with his checkered history one has to wonder if there is some accompanying fire and whether the Wiz, in rebuild mode, would be better off dealing him for some malleable unproven potential.

I don't think this is going to be a quick turn around and given the uncertainties of the collective bargaining negotiations, why not rebuild the way the Thunder/Sonics did, mostly with youth over a few years.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 14, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused about the Wilbon comments. Yes, he's a total windbag, bad writer, and complete frontrunner and namedropper -- but didn't his absurd and highly critical piece on Blatche come out 4 weeks ago or so? If you guys wanna hate on Wilbon -- which is great, go for it -- but I'm just wondering what brought this on now.

Posted by: Urnesto | April 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Meltdown time. No Money in the bank for the Money Quarter.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It makes me happy to read that people on this board agree that Wilbon has no idea what he's talking about. Blatche should be a part of the Wizards rebuilding efforts. He's young and can be a piece of a winning team. I think folks have said it better than I can that Wilbon does not follow the team and is clearly out of touch when it comes to talking about the Wizards.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | April 14, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't get Flip. 16,000 show up for the last game of the season and he isn't showcasing a first rate coached game or his first rate players.

I don't get Flip. This last game should be for the Fans and not eval's.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I feel good that they won. Seems like SL just will not commit to signing with the Wizards will he?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

You forgot to add Ernie traded the 5th pick for Foye and MM and sold the 2nd pick for cash and passed on this guy...


http://www.nba.com/games/20100414/SASDAL/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp0020901220

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I was high on DeJuan Blair (and still am). Guy just knows how to rebound. And EG could've had him in the second round. Could be a big miss.

Posted by: CDon | April 14, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"I don't get Flip. 16,000 show up for the last game of the season and he isn't showcasing a first rate coached game or his first rate players.

I don't get Flip."

Lottery positioning a factor?

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 14, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

pretty effing lame to go to that game then watch the D-league crew get featured like that. wtf? ross and jackson barely see the floor, except tonight?

really pathetic to stick it to the paying fans like that.

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Jan. 17 Chat House

Fairfax, Va.: Call me crazy, but I truely believe Gilbert will be here next year. It appears obvious that both Flip and Ernie are gone after this year. Everything that happened is not their fault, but time to clean house. Next year, enter Leonsis (presumably) and you have a guy that is all about second chances. He got a second chance at life and seems to be a tremendous man who cares greatly about other people. He looks at Gilbert as a man who has made mistakes, and decides to try and guide him in the right direction. Thoughts?

Michael Wilbon: Gilbert Arenas will not be with the Washington basketball franchise next year. Will not. Period.

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"Reclamation projects can be successful, which means, no, I haven't ruled out the notion of Arenas playing for the Wizards again" -Mike Wilbon, March 17

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Jan. 4 Chat House

"But one would hope that in the weeks after Abe Pollin's death the Wizards, particularly a franchise player handed a $111 million contract, would conduct themselves in a way that would make the late owner proud. This isn't the way. And now, the baby needs to go out with the bath water." -Mike Wilbon

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Jan. 13 column

"If some of these other jokers who avoided serious suspension or worse were worth our time, Arenas sure is. There is much too much intelligence and goodwill, skill and legitimate personality to, as folks used to say, just throw the baby out with the bath water. " -Mike Wilbon

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Jan. 17

"First of all, if you're Leonsis you're trying to see that the Arenas contract, the $75 million that is still owed, is voided."

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Jan. 3

"If it is determined that there was [the threat of gun play], Arenas has to be suspended. Beyond that, smart team counsel would look seriously into trying to void what's left of Arenas's $111 million contract.

"...when the drama exceeds the productivity to this extreme, especially when we're talking about guns, Arenas has got to go."

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March 27:

"How quickly we've moved from 'gun play in the locker room' to 'would we still want him if he's still got it?'"

AND

"Spending $40 million or more to buy him out isn't a good situation. And teams don't just have bags of cash sitting around marked 'buyout money.'

"The Wizards are going to have to put on a happy face while taking him back.

"Reclamation projects can be successful, which means, no, I haven't ruled out the notion of Arenas playing for the Wizards again."

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, Arenas is going to play again in the NBA, just not here. ... We're talking about a player who, after missing most of two seasons, was averaging 21 points and 7 assists per game. When the free agent dust settles by, oh, August of this summer, teams that have failed to execute a free agent makeover (while leading their fans to think just that would happen) will be increasingly interested in a 28-year-old guard who doesn't have the wear-and-tear of the last three years. The bet here is a half-dozen teams will wind up being interested in Arenas by mid-summer. And to facilitate that transition to a new team it might be in Arenas's best interest to let the team void his contract. Probably no team is going to want to take on the remaining chunk of his contract over four years. But at, say, $7 million a year, interest in Arenas would jump." -Mike Wilbon, Jan. 28

"He'll play in the NBA and average 20 points a game for somebody, who will pay him $70-some million over the next four years" -Mike Wilbon, March 27

Wow, so in about 2 month's time, Arenas's stock has risen from $7 million a year to $17.5 million per year, according to Mike Wilbon. Wow, just wow.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards won DESPITE Flip getting the word from Grunfeld to play the dregs of the bench (i.e., lose the game). The basketball gods will NOT look kindly on this and you can expect the Wizards to receive the 8th pick. You heard it here first!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 14, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Chat House April 12:

Lansdowne, Va.: Blatche, a keeper or get rid of him? Sign Livingston to play the point and Gilbert the 2?

Michael Wilbon: Blatche, and I'm glad you asked, is a loser. Is he highly and diversely skilled? Yes. But anybody who cares so much about his own triple-double possibilities that he would beg other people to let him have a rebound...that guy is a loser. He doesn't care about winning; he cares about how he looks, how many shots and rebounds and assists he gets. He's one of these AAU nightmare kids who is a mercenary who learned at a young age he could make money and live the VIP life if he got "my numbers." And that's all Blatche is about. I had two of the best players in the NBA tell me other the last month that Blatche is poison and if they Wizards try to build around him they're insane. I belive those players...And that doesn't include the other scouts and coaches who've said similar things.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS THE MOST UNINTENTIONALLY FUNNY WILBON COLUMN EVER, GIVEN WHAT HE'S SAID IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS:

"When the dust cleared from the trades, Blatche looked over his shoulder and didn't see Butler, Jamison or Butler. Blatche is now the senior member of the Wizards. No more excuses about no playing time being available, no shots or rebounds being available. And I'll say this for the kid: He's made not just the most of it; he's in the process of changing his career because of it.

"Yes, it's only (16) games and we need to see a lot bigger sample size after four years of underachieving. But we also have to look at what Blatche can do over a stretch of games. The Wizards coaches and executives very quietly hoped he would jump from a nine points and five rebounds per game kind of player to, say, 16 and 7 or 17 and 8.

"But look at what he's done in points and rebounds since the trade: 33 and 13 (vs. Minnesota), 18-11 (vs. playoff-bound Denver), 24-6 (against playoff-bound Toronto), 25-11 (vs. playoff-bound Chicago), 24-8 (against a terrific Memphis frontcourt), 26-18 (vs. New York) and 36-15 (vs. New Jersey).

"With the chance to play, Blatche is finally doing what the team has asked him to do for awhile. Word is he's in the weight room regularly, is practicing harder, trying on the defensive end. In the victory over the Nets the other night, Blatche became the first Washington player to have 15 baskets and 15 rebounds in a game since Tom Gugliotta did it for the Bullets in November of 1992. In that same game he became the first player this season to post numbers of at least 36 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots in one game. Nobody had done it in a Bullets/Wizards uniform since Elvin Hayes 35 years ago.

"...Blatche doesn't have to worry that Wizards management, including the team's trainers, only worries about the star players. Hell, he is the star player...

"Simply, Blatche didn't know how to be a professional basketball player, which is to be blamed largely on the NBA for ever having allowed kids to make the jump in the first place.

"But all that seems so unnecessary to talk about now. With making the playoffs not an option and the team starting over from scratch, it's intriguing to follow a 23-year-old who is 6-foot-11 with this skill set. It's like finding a free agent in your own locker room. One player who can fill up a stat sheet makes an inordinate difference in basketball. Whatever we thought of Blatche...it's not just fair to reassess, it's mandatory." -Mike Wilbon, a month ago

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

CLASSIC WILBON:

Mike Wilbon, in the aftermath of Sean Taylor's death:

"There’s a ton of speculation about the details of his condition and the details of the incident, but this isn’t a blog and we’re not going to get into wild guessing and speculating here"

And.......Mike Wilbon, on how Sean Taylor had it coming:

"I know how I feel about Sean Taylor, and this incident isn't surprising in the least, not to me....Taylor grew up in a violent world, embraced it, claimed it, loved to run in it and refused to divorce himself from it."

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Right now the Wizards have the 5th pick in the draft?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 14, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

great stuff Barno...what a BLOWHARD wilbon is, just pathetic

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

As hysterical as Wilbon's 180 on Blatche was (or is it a 360, given his original opinion of Blatche), I think his flip flop on Arenas is even more absurd:

Jan. 3

"If it is determined that there was [the threat of gun play], Arenas has to be suspended. Beyond that, smart team counsel would look seriously into trying to void what's left of Arenas's $111 million contract.

"...when the drama exceeds the productivity to this extreme, especially when we're talking about guns, Arenas has got to go."
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Jan.5...In a column titled "Al Sharpton speaks wisely about Gilbert Arenas"

Wilbon again and again praises Sharpton's involvement in trying to get David Stern to throw the book at Arenas. He said, without any evidence to back it up, that "members of his team no longer want to play with Arenas" and "he might very well forfeit the remaining $80 million his massive contract."
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Fast forward to Jan. 14, Wilbon writes:

"We've gone too far now...We've made Gilbert Arenas Public Enemy No. 1, which is absurd.

"...is Arenas so evil that all the merchandise bearing his name and number has to be pulled from Verizon Center? And from the NBA Store in New York? And from NBAStore.com, where you couldn't even customize a jersey and have Arenas's name on it? Is what he did so heinous his likeness has to be scrubbed off of every building in downtown Washington, like he's Al Capone?

"I like Gilbert Arenas, always have...overwhelmingly I've found him an enjoyable person, reasonable, engaging, always a good listener and usually a good spirit about him. I generally don't read blogs but often enjoyed his, and I'm not talking about the occasionally outrageous portions, but the 80 percent meat-and-potatoes stuff where Arenas would talk about basketball and the league itself, dissect players and their personalities and give us his take on professional basketball or his team or living in greater Washington.

"I've spent too many hours talking to Arenas over the last six years to think he's beyond reclamation, that he has to go into exile. There's much too much intelligence and goodwill, skill and legitimate personality to, as folks used to say, just throw the baby out with the bath water.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Right now the Wizards have the 5th pick in the draft?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 14, 2010 10:59 PM


That will turn into the 8th pick after three teams jump ahead of them (just like last year). Ball don't lie!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 14, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I've got a tip for you LEE let's don't look back and say we did. Better than looking back and saying we didn't.

So we win and improve our record by seven over last year. In the process we fall out of a three way tie for third in the lottery and into the fifth spot. WESLEY JOHNSON will probably be in that slot. Take him and start the rebuild.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 14, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz might still end up in a 4th place tie with GSW. Right now GSW is down 2 against Portland with 7 minutes left before the half.

Posted by: JPRS | April 14, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Aww hell guys, Wilbon is like some posters on here that have been dogging Blatche everyway but loose, only Wilbon gets paid.

The folks thats been dogging Blatche are just as bad as Wilbon.

At least Wilbon did not say that Blatche didn't know what a weight room was, or call him skirt chaser, club hopper, and the list goes on from bloggers here.

Wilbon, Please!!!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know (a) whether winning tonight had an actual negative effect on our draft position (I assume it did), and (b) if so, WTF the team was thinking?

Posted by: kjm1971 | April 14, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

WALL, TURNER, COUSINS, FAVORS, JOHNSON, MONROE, ALDRICH, AMINU, DAVIS. There's one good player in that group with WIZARDS on his uni next season.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 14, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"Good lord, why?"

Exactly what I was thinking.

More like "season to forget."

"That will turn into the 8th pick after three teams jump ahead of them (just like last year). Ball don't lie!"

And how many years before that. Annndd if they end up witht he top pick they are just going to draft Kwame Brown all over again.

Seriously, Ted needs to completely change everything starting with the name of the franchise.

Barno, get a life.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 14, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Who Has The Biggest Scorers Mentality: MJ, Kobe, or McGee?


Ive said this for the last month. Who has the biggest scorers mentality out this group? Make sure you read the question right. Not who is the best scorer or makes good plays or good decisions. Just scorers mentality. I honestly not only pick McGee in this group but in the history of the NBA and thats not an overstatement.

I mean every single time he gets the ball he has to shoot. Every once in awhile he looks for a split second but if no one is there then he's taking it. He would easily take 30 shots per game if you gave him the green light or if you passed him the ball enough. I just know that Flip cringes everytime he gets it and is always like "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"!!!!!!!!!!

but every time McGee takes it and probably half of them at best are good shots. The other half he is so out of control and crazy with it. You would think that would shame him but if we come down on the very next play and give it to him, he'll take off with it again. It just gets to the point where you have to laugh because you know its coming. He's talented but he has to stop that. Flip use to bench him for it and still does sometimes but most of the time Flip turns him loose. Its 50/50 because he obviously plays alot better and produces more when you dont hold him back but if you turn him loose then he's going to try to score every single time, no matter how wild it may be.

He needs a big man teacher though. Hibbert kept posting him on the left block, driving right, and shooting a right hook that McGee tried to block with the right hand every time. Thats impossible to do and Hibbert kept scoring right over him. If Hibbert does that then you have to block it with your left hand. Its not your strong hand but its the only way you are going to get it but he doesnt know that. Its the same thing in reverse with Blatche. He needs to get with Shaun in the offseason to teach him how to finish with the left hand. If he did that then he would be so much better but he always finishes with the right even when he's on the left side which leads him to getting blocked alot or having to reverse it. If you finish with the left then it cant be blocked and you will either score or get fouled every time

Posted by: dlts2041 | April 14, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz might still end up in a 4th place tie with GSW. Right now GSW is down 2 against Portland with 7 minutes left before the half.

Posted by: JPRS | April 14, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Please keep up with that JPRS and get back to us. A forlorn hope, but possible. There currently is a tie for fourth as you said. In the fifth slot, we have 7.6% of the balls.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 14, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought I read this this morning in the Washington Examiner.

I now cannot look at Wilbon without thinking of Uncle Fester.

Things could be worse: Chicago could trade for Wilbon (who'd love to be there) and send us Jay Mariotti. The horror...

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 14, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Haywood scores eight and grabs 15 rebounds in 27 minutes as Dallas clinches 2nd spot in the West.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

i was wondering if anyone went to the game and was megablown Flip ran the benchwarmers the whole 4th. I thought it was pretty classless to pack it in, in front of a lively crowd at the last game of the season.people actually paid money to go see this dog of a basketball team close out their season and that was how they were rewarded?i'm glad they won and fought it out, but jeez Flip/Ernie a lil discretion on tha tank job.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 14, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Only the Wizards could try to lose a game and win.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 14, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL - Barno1 is on fire on this thread. Good stuff!

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | April 15, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Ok so with this win we can say goodbye to Favors and Cousins and say hello to Greg Monroe and Gordon Hayward (two guys I personally like at the 2nd level of the lottery)

Posted by: ATLredskin | April 15, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

boy, did mcgee get his a$$ handed to him tonight by hibbard. unfortunately, he's still seems a long way from being a real starting nba center. not good news for the wizards.

it seems they have to spend some money on a real center for next year. how much does david lee get? it would be nice to have a center that can score for a change. when did they last have one? Moses Malone?

Posted by: stevie2 | April 15, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Why not hire a coach who knows how to coach up a young stud like McGee?

Get another legit center to play with him instead of subbing a power forward and wannabee center.

What is McGee gonna learn from that? Huh!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

On a good team with actual depth, David Lee is a PF. I don't imagine anyone is going to sign him with idea that they're planning on him playing a lot of C. He did it in NY because they didn't have any better options.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it is.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it is.

But that being said, McGee should be fined every time he attempts to post up on the block. And whoever throws him the ball when he does should be fined twice as much.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

So, basically, Wilbon is guilty of the egregious sin of changing his opinion over a period of months in response to new information and changing circumstances.

F@#king bastard.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"So, basically, Wilbon is guilty of the egregious sin of changing his opinion over a period of months in response to new information and changing circumstances.

F@#king bastard."

LMAO, exactly. Barno, playing the typical internet blogger, cut and paste, take out of context, misinformation game. Bastard is right. I had the same changing opinions on AB and GA. Now, it's pretty clear GA is going to play for us next season (although I wish he wasn't and it looked like there was no way he would at certain points) and it's pretty clear that, although AB is talented, making him a centerpiece in a rebuild would be a major mistake - already egotistical, been immature, been unprofessional, signs he can be unmanageable, etc etc etc.... Funny, you guys see some talent and overlook all the foibles, but you kill EG for doing the same thing with GA previously. I'm not into repeating history. And, if EG falls into that trap again, I'll support his exit in a second. Next season may be a free pass for AB and the organization bc he has one year left on his current contract. Then again, AB wouldn't play selfishly to get his numbers to help his next contract would he??? Nah, AB would never be that player! LMAO

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 15, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

This is why coaching is of immense importance. Is why I am hard and critical of coaching. These days we don't get 4-yr college ball players that have been already taught how to play the game.

We are getting scruffy nose John Wall's who think they already know how to play NBA ball.

We have seen some adjustment in Flip's coaching approach, but I think he is a long way from meshing Young, Blatche, McGee, Livingston, with Gilbert while at the same time folding in at least three rookies.

I don't think has the resume nor the capability to be successful with such a group.

Boy I wished we hadda' hired Mark Jackson.

LarryInClintonMD.

Don't you too Kal?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

So, basically, Wilbon is guilty of the egregious sin of changing his opinion over a period of months in response to new information and changing circumstances.

F@#king bastard.

Posted by: kalo_rama

IMO, Wilbon is guilty of changing his opinion in response to whichever direction the wind in blowing. Or what he had for breakfast that day. Or whatever Tom Boswell wrote last week. Or whatever makes good TV with Kornheiser.

When I read his stuff, I usually don't find out anything new, just a recapitulation of what has already been said, with a Wilbon spin on it. Which makes him.....essentially like everyone else who writes in these comments sections. In the older days, the Wilbon spin was worth reading because it was informed by insider info and carefully considered opinion, but again imo, Wilbon has gotten lazy. He reads what is going on and then takes position A. And then next week, he takes position B. Which is his right, but I would find him more credible if he gave a rationale for the change.

He used to be a newspaper columnist who appeared on TV. Now he's a TV personality who occasionally writes a column.

Posted by: ts35 | April 15, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

i agree that Lee is probably more of a forward at his size. he'd still be a big improvement thou. it seems to me that mcgee is a few years away from being a true starting center, if ever. (I'm not saying he's hopeless or not talented, i think he could be very good one day).

i think they need to get somebody, preferable one that can score at least a little, because i'm sick of the haywood types.

i really hope they don't make blache the center and mess up their most promising young player.

how about tyson chandler? i'm really not that familar with him, but he's big, proven and can score. he's seems to have had an off year, but he might be worth a look. might be relatively cheap.


Posted by: stevie2 | April 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

i agree that Lee is probably more of a forward at his size. he'd still be a big improvement thou. it seems to me that mcgee is a few years away from being a true starting center, if ever. (I'm not saying he's hopeless or not talented, i think he could be very good one day).

how about tyson chandler? i'm really not that familar with him, but he's big, proven and can score. he's seems to have had an off year, but he might be worth a look. might be relatively cheap.

Posted by: stevie2

I like Lee as well, and while I think he could fit in with McGee and AB, he would end up playing most of his minutes at C. He can do it, no question, but is it the best use of his talents. That's important considering the Wiz will be paying him max-ish dollars if he comes here. The same questions can be asked about getting Amare, Boozer or Bosh though.

As for Chandler, they should pass because of his recurring injury issues. He's a player who relied on athleticism and he seems to have lost some of that...and maybe any passion for the game he had. And the only period I recall when TC was a proven scorer was when he had CP3 getting him ridiculously easy looks.

Posted by: ts35 | April 15, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I like Lee as well, and while I think he could fit in with McGee and AB, he would end up playing most of his minutes at C. He can do it, no question, but is it the best use of his talents. That's important considering the Wiz will be paying him max-ish dollars if he comes here. The same questions can be asked about getting Amare, Boozer or Bosh though.

As for Chandler, they should pass because of his recurring injury issues. He's a player who relied on athleticism and he seems to have lost some of that...and maybe any passion for the game he had. And the only period I recall when TC was a proven scorer was when he had CP3 getting him ridiculously easy looks.

Posted by: ts35

thanks, that was interesting. i think they almost have to do a Redskin/Donovan McNabb move - they've got to get some kind of real center who can help them until/if McGee is ready. maybe one of the old guys, get Yao and pray, or Camby. somebody... they can't go into the season hoping McGee dramtically improves or putting Blatche at center. I'd hate to seem them do that to Blatche - i don't think he would handle it well. let him continue doing what he's been doing.

Posted by: stevie2 | April 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Once again Michael you have written only that portion of the story that you want people to see. While there is nothing truly innacurate about your "look back at the 2009-2010 season", you have totally missed the real story. The excitement came back to the Verizon Center once veterans moved on and the kids got a chance to play. The Wizards positive story of the year is the great play of Andray Blatche after he was finally given the opportunity to play some serious minutes. Wilbon is bad enough, but his excuse is he doesn't actually watch the Wizards play. I see you at the booth for almost every game. You know better.

Posted by: Fief1 | April 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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