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Grant Hill, Kevin Durant making an impact

Morning brew

This morning's newspaper includes Part 3 of Home and Away, our series of articles about local players and coaches competing in the NBA playoffs. Today Michael Wilbon points out that Reston's own Grant Hill, at the ripe old age of 37, is still a key player for the Phoenix Suns, who are tied in their series with the Portland Trail Blazers, which resumes tonight.

On Saturday, Michael Lee reintroduced us to Suitland's Kevin Durant, who has stepped up his already impressive game and led the young Oklahoma City Thunder to two unlikely victories over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. That series is also tied at 2 and continues tomorrow night.

Next: Lee catches up with former Wizards Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson, whose Dallas Mavericks trail the San Antonio Spurs, 3 games to 1.

Speaking of ex-Wizards, Chris Broussard on ESPN.com says Antawn Jamison is just what the Cleveland Cavaliers need. Yesterday, the Cavs took a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Bulls, behind LeBron James's triple-double -- and Jamison's 24 points.

For highlights of the above games and more -- including the Dwyane Wade's 46-point outburst against the Boston Celtics in Miami -- click the video below, courtesy of NBA.com.

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Comments

I'm happy for Antawn's success and am over being resentful about LeBron and the Cavs winning a title. Watching Dallas-SA last night--and focusing on Caron--I see he's still jacking up too many jump shots and gambling on defense. Meanwhile, Doug Collins goes on and on about Butler's "toughness" and "tenacity." Funny--you know who's tough? Ginobili for playing with a broken nose.

Posted by: jweber1 | April 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I found the frequent references to Butler and Haywood's toughness kind of humorous (although not quite as humorous as Hubie Brown lauding Jamison's defense).

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

all these commentators slobbered over the BTH/CB trade to the extent now they cant give honest assessments of what's going on, namely- BTH is invisible just like he was here, meanwhile Mavs fans are starting to wish CB would disappear as he jacks up 18 shots to Dirk's 10.

Posted by: divi3 | April 26, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

As far as the Dallas deal goes... we could have told them to expect EXACTLY what they are getting now from the three players we dealt them.

And much as I loathe the Cavs, I actually hope Antawn gets his Championship ring. The Broussard piece was excellent, especially on the King's admiration for the brilliant unorthodxy of his game, which makes him the perfect complement to James.

Posted by: khrabb | April 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I have been watching the games too. In all fairness to Jamison, he has been bringing it just like he did here but Caron.....I dunno. Dude is still jacking up shots like there is no tomorrow, hence the benching the other game. I have not quite figured out just how good or bad he is. Here in DC when Gil was out he played well but when Gil came back this past season he seemed bent on jacking up shots and playing me ball up til the day he was traded. He even lost a couple of games by playing outside himself and trying to be the savior. Maybe he thinks he is greater than he is but let me tell you, if the Mavericks don't get to second round, I bet his contract won't be renewed.

Posted by: ivyleague | April 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I have been watching the games too. In all fairness to Jamison, he has been bringing it just like he did here but Caron.....I dunno. Dude is still jacking up shots like there is no tomorrow, hence the benching the other game. I have not quite figured out just how good or bad he is. Here in DC when Gil was out he played well but when Gil came back this past season he seemed bent on jacking up shots and playing me ball up til the day he was traded. He even cost the Wiz at least two games by playing outside himself and trying to be the savior. Maybe he thinks he is greater than he is but let me tell you, if the Mavericks don't get to second round, I bet his contract won't be renewed.

Posted by: ivyleague | April 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

How much would it suck for the Mavs if they get knocked out by the Spurs only to have the Lakers get knocked off by the Thunder? Talk about a missed opportunity.

But the Spurs winning really wouldn't be much of a shock. This is probably the worst first round matchup the Mavs could have.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

And all of you guys who were bemoaning the fact that EG passed on DeJuan Blair turned out to be exactly right. With DeJuan putting a body on the other bigs, Andray scoring, and Javale swatting shots--that would have been an interesting frontline.

Posted by: jweber1 | April 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Blair's been a nice piece for San Antonio, but I'm still not losing any sleep over not getting him. Playing with a couple of tough, physical vets like Duncan and McDyess makes things a lot easier for him than playing alongside two creampuffs like Blatche and McGee would. He doesn't have to work nearly as hard to make up for other guys' toughness deficits there as he would here.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Butler is under contract with the Mavs for next season, BTH is a FA though and it will be interesting to see how he's valued or if the Mavs want to retain him.

Posted by: divi3 | April 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not losing sleep over not getting Blair either, but I think what's more concerning is why they would not take a shot on him as a 2nd rounder. He provided what the Wiz are lacking the most (toughness, attitude and rebounding) To make matters worst they brought in a bunch of D-league guys and Boykins, etc... So much for saving the $$$.

I'm with you about Ernie Kal, he has done some good and some questionable but thats yet another thing he dropped the ball on.

Posted by: millineumman | April 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Blair's a role player and role players always look better when surrounded by superior talent.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, Anybody else missing ts35's propaganda posts about how great grunfeld is?

Posted by: frigate32 | April 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Blair's a rookie who's had two 20/20 games with Duncan sitting out. Egg meet EGs face....though he's not alone in that obviously

Posted by: divi3 | April 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

To those of you dreaming of Kevin Durant bolting from the Thunder in a couple years to come play for the Wizards, forget about it. The Thunder have too many positives (not the least of which is the simple fact that they can and will offer him more than anyone else) in their favor for him to spend more than a nanosecond mulling it over. We either draft our own "Durant" or continue to be largely irrelevant.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Just speak plainly and you'll do much better."

How's this. Go conjugate yourself. By the way, what's a thesaurus?
Other than that, yeah I was basically blowing smoke on a three day old thread on a basketball blog devoted to a losing team during postseason play. I'll try to stay more focused blurred.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 26, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Fair enough...I shouldn't have mentioned anything, especially since I can't type for shinizzle. I was hoping you were just killing time, but it always makes me laugh to hear the guy using 60 cent words incorrectly.

Hope you have a good one.

Posted by: Blurred | April 26, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Blair's a rookie who's had two 20/20 games with Duncan sitting out. "


Were Parker, Ginobili, McDyess, Jefferson, and Hill all sitting out too? Because if not, he still had tons more talent around him than he'd have gotten a whiff of in D.C.

Like I said, he's a role player. A good one. But the role he plays in San Antonio is different than the one he'd have needed to play in D.C. Would he have been a useful player for the Wiz? Sure. Would he have changed the team's fortunes this season? Nope. Hardly a devastating loss in the big picture (something few around here rarely take a gander at).

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Blair's been a nice piece for San Antonio, but I'm still not losing any sleep over not getting him.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

No kidding since you said after the draft you wouldn't be surprised if he had 45 DNP's.

Bad team passes on players for cash while good team understand the value of draft picks and stock pile them for the future.

That's why Ernie's Wizards are losers and the Spurs are winners. Duncan and McDyees got a lot of rest while Blair played this year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Blair's a role player and role players always look better when surrounded by superior talent."

That's definitely true but there were some moments last night when Duncan was invisible or on the bench when Blair stepped up his game big time. You might even say that his energy and hustle was the catalyst for turning that game around. Blair mixed into the Wiz's crappy line up he might still look good as a hustle player. He was definitely a steal in the second round, no doubt about that. A steal the Wizards passed on for some cash. But hindsight is 20/20 because at the time it didn't seem like we needed him. The Wiz looked like a deep talented team at the start of the year. A team that needed a more vet big man and to save some money from the lux tax and not an undersized power forward with questionable knees.

Posted by: mjshabba | April 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Were Parker, Ginobili, McDyess, Jefferson, and Hill all sitting out too?"

Now that you mention it, Manu (along with Duncan) did sit out the 2nd 20/20 game....not that it makes any difference to how impressive it is for a rookie to throw out 20/20 games.

Posted by: divi3 | April 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So the game Blair had 28 and 21 against OKC. Duncan didn't play. Ginobili went 0-10 and Jefferson (who was not very good during the regular season) ended up with 13 on 5-12 shooting. Parker had a great game with 28 and Hill added 16. But you can't take away anything from Blair. 28-21 from a 2nd round pick is a beast of a game. He didn't get that ONLY because he had good players around him. He got it because he hustled and he's good at basketball. Now will he ever be an all star? Probably not but there's not a player on the Wiz roster now (outside of Arenas) that would even crack Pops rotation let alone play regularly.

And at the beginning of the season you could say the Wizards had lots of talent to surround Blair. Of course that talent woefully underachieved and has never won an NBA title, but they had some talent.

Posted by: mjshabba | April 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Would he have changed the team's fortunes this season? Nope. Hardly a devastating loss in the big picture (something few around here rarely take a gander at).

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


The real question since you don't have a clue is would he have helped the Wizards over a period of four years? Yes Dope!

Wait you were like Ernie and Flip who wanted Oberto instead?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Would Blair have been able to stop Arenas from bringing guns into the locker room? No. Even the biggest Blair champion would concede that. So he would not have changed the teams fortunes this year.

But would the Wizards have gotten off to a better start with a strong rebounding hustle player coming off the bench and providing real energy and scooping up offensive rebounds and giving the team a real low post scoring threat? Yes.

No doubt in my mind had Flip realized what they had and played him the Wiz would have been better before the season got derailed by the gun play in the locker room.

Posted by: mjshabba | April 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"would the Wizards have gotten off to a better start with a strong rebounding hustle player coming off the bench and providing real energy and scooping up offensive rebounds and giving the team a real low post scoring threat?"Posted by: mjshabba"

Imaginary scenarios being the lifeblood of sports arguments, I can't disagree. But Blair was passed on 36 times in the Draft because of his knees, not his game.

A brief summary from Slate, Nov 2009:
"...[Blair] slid to the second round after a physical revealed something unsettling: The player has no anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in either knee—the result of two high school surgeries. How can Blair play at a professional level without an ACL to call his own?"

"With his fingers crossed. When an athlete...lands after a jump, the force of that impact moves up the leg to the knee. This force is dissipated or opposed by muscles, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments like the ACL, which connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin) and helps keep the knee stable by limiting twisting motions. Since Blair lacks ACLs, his quadriceps and hamstring muscles, and the remaining soft tissues in his knee, will need to pick up the slack, as it were, straining harder to stabilize and absorb shocks. So long as his quads and hams remain strong, it's possible for Blair to play."

"During his high-school surgeries, Blair's doctors did not purposefully remove his ACLs—the going theory is that they tried to repair some partial damage to the ligaments and failed. Then, over time, Blair's ACLs deteriorated to the point of disappearance. Since this was a gradual change, his muscles and other ligaments could have adapted slowly to the added strain. Without such an adjustment period—if his doctors had simply cut out the ligaments, for example—it's likely he would have injured himself on the court quite rapidly. Blair is now thought to face a higher risk of damaging his knees (especially his meniscus) than athletes with repaired ACLs—and he may end up with osteoarthritis."

Blair is something of a medical mystery. So blaming Grunfeld for not picking him is like blaming him for not dropping $100 on a Powerball drawing. The fact that somebody took the risk and won doesn't make it a wiser bet.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 26, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Judging from the comments from Wizards fans on this board, Leonsis should change the team's name to the Washington Whiners or maybe the Washington Wienies!

Fortunately, Leonsis is a man of vision and is not about to derail the shrewdest GM in the NBA as goes about the business of creating a championship caliber team over the next few years. Like it or not, Grunfeld is on the job and will continue be under the new ownership so you might as well get used to it. Bulletsfan78, Ernie might even get that raise you keep talking about!

Something to consider - Danny Ainge was considered a bum until he got KG. Do you think the Spurs would be relevant if they hadn't gotten LUCKY in the lottery with Robinson and Duncan? Since bulletsfan78 might read this, let me put it more simply--Grunfeld and the Wizards need luck just like everybody else given the fact that they don't the history of the Celtics or Lakers to help them get big name players. If the ping-pong balls bounce our way, we get our own stud this year! Keep the faith and know that our collective futures are bright with a little LUCK.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Would he change the teams fortunes" can't be an excuse or else Foye, Miller, and Oberto would not be here. You can't attach that to some palyers and not others. Part of a GM's job is to ASSEMBLE a team. We keep taking younger talent for granted and our formula grew stale. Arenas injury sucks then he compounds things with that BS he pulled this year, but I still don't think we should have lost as many games as we have the last few years.

Posted by: millineumman | April 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk

Yea, and if you drink Ernie's urine it cures cancer?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"That's definitely true but there were some moments last night when Duncan was invisible or on the bench when Blair stepped up his game big time."

But it isn't just about last night. It's about the whole season. Blair had the whole year to learn from Duncan and McDyess, in practice, on the court, in the locker room. he wouldn't have had that here. The Spurs are a team with a defensive mindset. The Wiz aren't. Players adapt to their environments.

Beyond that, the same people who have a hard on for Blair were the ones screaming for Blatche and McGee to get more PT. So coming into the season, where was Blair going to get minutes from with Jamison, Blatche, and McGee all needing minutes? Either he would have been cooling his heels on the bench or taking minutes away from one of the other sacred cows.

"But would the Wizards have gotten off to a better start with a strong rebounding hustle player coming off the bench and providing real energy and scooping up offensive rebounds and giving the team a real low post scoring threat? Yes."

Except Blair's not a "real low post scoring threat." He'll score off of offensive putbacks and hustle, but his lack of size and vertical explosion make it tough for him to score in a set offense when he's being guarded by a legit sized big.

"So the game Blair had 28 and 21 against OKC. Duncan didn't play. Ginobili went 0-10 and Jefferson (who was not very good during the regular season) ended up with 13 on 5-12 shooting."

So? The fact that Ginobili went 0-12 doesn't change the fact that he would have had the defense draped all over him every time he touched the ball. The benefit of playing with better talent (as a role player) is that they get most of the defensive attention.

Water under the bridge, in any case. if I were inclined to pull out the torch and pitchfork over missed draft opportunities in the second round, I'd be a lot more upset over drafting Pech over Millsap than not taking Blair. but at the end of the day, neither one would have likely changed this team's direction.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk

Yea, and if you drink Ernie's urine it cures cancer?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 4:33 PM

Is that how you regained your health?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

He said it cures cancer not syphilitic dementia.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

He said it cures cancer not syphilitic dementia.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 4:40 PM

Duly noted.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

You have to love it when certain people on here are proven to be wrong and don't have any facts to back up their opinion the only come back they have to to call you names.

The only facts I need are 19 last year and 26 wins this year.

You would have to be Karl Rove and the rest of us would have to be Tea Partiers to believe in the spin melodious_thunk and kalo_rama post.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, since you haven't ever come close to proving anyone wrong on anything, it's really a moot issue.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If you're easily wounded, maybe your reasoned response should contain no reference to drinking urine. I will not continue the "name-calling" by labeling you hypocrit.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Whether Blair would have performed well in Washington--we'll never know. But we do need a banger desperately. I'm tired of seeing guys like Jason Maxiell (who aren't even all that physically impressive) just come into our house and dominate. Whatever you think of Flip, I agree with his post-season analysis: the top priority is to get more physical--bigger, stronger, more aggressive.

Posted by: jweber1 | April 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Do you think the Spurs would be relevant if they hadn't gotten LUCKY in the lottery with Robinson and Duncan? Since bulletsfan78 might read this, let me put it more simply--Grunfeld and the Wizards need luck just like everybody else

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Do you think the Spurs would be relevant?

Yes!

For the people on here believe AB is the best 2nd rounder ever...Ginobili was the 57th pick. Yes, that would be next to last pick in the 1999 draft.

Blair 37th pick

Parker 28th pick

Hill 26 th pick

Did it help to get lucky...yes... but Ernie is using bad luck as an excuse for being a below average GM.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

**Yes! For the people on here believe AB is the best 2nd rounder ever...Ginobili was the 57th pick. Yes, that would be next to last pick in the 1999 draft. Blair 37th pick Parker 28th pick Hill 26 th pick**

All of which adds up to watching the playoffs on their flat screen TVs at home if Tim Duncan isn't on that team. And please list all the NBA champiships they won prior to getting Robinson and Duncan (both overall no.1 picks).


Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Passing on Blair and getting Fab O. was the smart thing to do on draft day.
Today it doesn't look so good.

Bringing guns to the locker room probably sounded like a good idea at the time.
Today not so smart.

If we knew then what we know now.

Posted by: VBFan | April 26, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

and because the Spurs were good they got late 1st round draft picks.

Unlike Ernie who trades his picks the Spurs used their draft picks and found very good players to fit into their system.

One person doesn't win a championship and if Parker won the MVP that year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

And they were good because they had Robinson, then Duncan and Robinson, then Duncan...

One person alone can't win a championship but good luck finding ANYONE who'll tell you that the Spurs win a championship without Duncan. The common denominator in all of the Spurs NBA championships? I'll help you...TIM DUNCAN!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Were Parker, Ginobili, McDyess, Jefferson, and Hill all sitting out too? Because if not, he still had tons more talent around him than he'd have gotten a whiff of in D.C.

Like I said, he's a role player. A good one. But the role he plays in San Antonio is different than the one he'd have needed to play in D.C. Would he have been a useful player for the Wiz? Sure. Would he have changed the team's fortunes this season? Nope. Hardly a devastating loss in the big picture (something few around here rarely take a gander at).

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You are using the notion that he wouldn't have made a difference in here to somehow condone your idol EG for not picking him? Well, no sh*it, he wouldn't have drastically changed the team's fortunes this season but it doesn't mean EG should have passed on him. You used the same argument to validate his incompetence when he "forgot" to extend Gee. You said then that Gee was a non factor in renewing the team's fortunes. So in other words, the Wiz should sign no players unless they are superstars immediately capable of turning around this moribound franchise. With that logic, it is not surprising that you are coronating a GM that's presided over a team that has become the butt of late night show jokes and it is an embarrassment to the entire league!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

That's definitely true but there were some moments last night when Duncan was invisible or on the bench when Blair stepped up his game big time. You might even say that his energy and hustle was the catalyst for turning that game around. Blair mixed into the Wiz's crappy line up he might still look good as a hustle player. He was definitely a steal in the second round, no doubt about that. A steal the Wizards passed on for some cash. But hindsight is 20/20 because at the time it didn't seem like we needed him. The Wiz looked like a deep talented team at the start of the year. A team that needed a more vet big man and to save some money from the lux tax and not an undersized power forward with questionable knees.

Posted by: mjshabba | April 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Are you really saying that it didn't look like we needed him? Have you looked at some of the players on our frontline then? A extremely raw McGee that looks like he is playing high on dope, Paul Davis (wht more need to be said?), Oberto, whom a horrific Detroit team that has absolutely 0 interior presence gave $3 millions to NOT play for them.
The move wasn't made to save on the luxury tax payments like you alluded to as Boykins made more money than Blair this year, the move was another episode highlighting EG's devastating lack of vision.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

To those of you dreaming of Kevin Durant bolting from the Thunder in a couple years to come play for the Wizards, forget about it. The Thunder have too many positives (not the least of which is the simple fact that they can and will offer him more than anyone else) in their favor for him to spend more than a nanosecond mulling it over. We either draft our own "Durant" or continue to be largely irrelevant.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Durant doesn't dictate his future as the Thunder will have the opportunity to match any offers he receives (that is if they don't sign him to an extension before then). So even if he did want to sign here (which is overly comical), he won't be able to. Gosh, some people REALLY deserve to be fans of this team!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Something to consider - Danny Ainge was considered a bum until he got KG. Do you think the Spurs would be relevant if they hadn't gotten LUCKY in the lottery with Robinson and Duncan? Since bulletsfan78 might read this, let me put it more simply--Grunfeld and the Wizards need luck just like everybody else given the fact that they don't the history of the Celtics or Lakers to help them get big name players. If the ping-pong balls bounce our way, we get our own stud this year! Keep the faith and know that our collective futures are bright with a little LUCK.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

How can you be lucky if he doesn't even test his luck? Your idol EG is too scared to take a risk by drafting within the top 5. He traded both draft picks he had just because he couldn't have foresight.
It's now the right time for you to coronate a GM that's running a team that has embarrassed the NBA, its players, owners and Commissionner.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Utility,
If Durant doesn't sign an extension, he will be a completely UNRESTRICTED free agent in a couple years (2012) and would have absolute, final say over which team he goes to. Oklahoma wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"a team that has embarrassed the NBA, its players, owners and Commissionner"

Color me confused. How has the "team" done this?

Posted by: nmik | April 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Utility,
If Durant doesn't sign an extension, he will be a completely UNRESTRICTED free agent in a couple years (2012) and would have absolute, final say over which team he goes to. Oklahoma wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Not true, every rookie picked in the 1st round is a restricted free agent after 4 years unless the team doesn't pick up his 3rd, 4th year options and doesn't extend a qualifying offer!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

a team that has embarrassed the NBA, its players, owners and Commissionner"

Color me confused. How has the "team" done this?

Posted by: nmik | April 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

If you can't see that the Wiz is an embarrassing product for the NBA at the moment, then I understand why you blindly follow them.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Devin Harris (5th pick) just led his team to the very worst record in the league.
Ricky Rubio (5th pick) is presently a below average point guard overseas.
Not one stud between the two. The Wizards badly need the first or second pick in order to make some noise.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Utility,

I'll say it again. This time slowly.

He's...unrestricted...in...2012.

He will have completed five years in the league and thus be free and clear. Slow your roll, guy.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

If the ping-pong balls bounce our way, we get our own stud this year! Keep the faith and know that our collective futures are bright with a little LUCK.

Posted by: melodious_thunk

Let's just hope we don't get Kwamied again.

Posted by: VBFan | April 26, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

If he signs a one-year contract for the 2011-2012 season, he's FREE. Unrestrictably so.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Utility,

I'll say it again. This time slowly.

He's...unrestricted...in...2012.

He will have completed five years in the league and thus be free and clear. Slow your roll, guy.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Moron, a qualifying offer is extended after year 4 (which is unlikely anyways because they will have signed him to an extension by then), which allow any team to make an offer that will easily be matched by OKC! The only way he is unrestricted is if 1) no team makes an offer which even you wouldn't believe, would you? or if) he signs a qualifying offer which is only for 1 year and about 10% of the money he would command!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Moron, a qualifying offer is extended after year 4 (which is unlikely anyways because they will have signed him to an extension by then), which allow any team to make an offer that will easily be matched by OKC! The only way he is unrestricted is if 1) no team makes an offer which even you wouldn't believe, would you? or if) he signs a qualifying offer which is only for 1 year and about 10% of the money he would command!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | April 26, 2010 7:09 PM

You pulling my leg or are you really this dense??

Earlier I gave you the scenario by which he could become COMPLETELY UNRESTRICTED if he so desired. If he decides he wants complete control over where he goes, he COULD, if he so desired, sign a one-year contract, complete his fifth year with OK and then have total control of his NBA life in 2012. That is why I said IF he doesn't sign an extension. I did not say he would or wouldn't do so. I did not say it was likely that he would or wouldn't do so.
BTW, the fact that teams make him offers doesn't obligate him to sign one of those offers, especially when he knows that OK would match the contract as soon it crossed the GM's desk.
You really must work on your critical analysis skills (if you have any).

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"For the people on here believe AB is the best 2nd rounder ever...Ginobili was the 57th pick. Yes, that would be next to last pick in the 1999 draft.Blair 37th pick
Parker 28th pick Hill 26 th pick
Did it help to get lucky...yes... but Ernie is using bad luck as an excuse for being a below average GM. Posted by: bulletsfan78"

You forgot:
David Robinson: 1st Pick
Tim Duncan: 1st Pick

Best 2nd rounder in the past decade: Gilbert Arenas?

By the way, I haven't heard Ernie use the excuse of ill luck -- I've just heard others attribute it to him.



Posted by: Samson151 | April 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Ricky Rubio (5th pick) is presently a below average point guard overseas."

Based on the two games I've seen recently, he's not only above average, he's been out-and-out the best player on the floor. Not as a scorer, but as a point distributor. He's improved in the half court and also his outside shooting.

He's playing on a much stronger team and so isn't called on to pad the stat sheet.

My crystal ball says, for what it's worth, that if he comes back to the US in another year, and goes to the right team, he's a major asset.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 26, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Did Ernie make a mistake in not holding onto the pick and grabbing this Rubio kid? I've heard some chatter about him looking like the real thing.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 26, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Mine says he's a dud, hopefully he plays here next year and we can see.

Posted by: divi3 | April 26, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Devin Harris (5th pick) just led his team to the very worst record in the league.
Ricky Rubio (5th pick) is presently a below average point guard overseas.
Not one stud between the two. The Wizards badly need the first or second pick in order to make some noise.

Posted by: harrybalz | April 26, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse
and those were the only two players available in the draft those years right? didn't we turn devin harris into AJ, a major piece in consecutive playoff berths? Wasn't Devin Harris an All-Star? Isn't a pg selected after the 5th pick leading one playoff team (MIL) while another produces off the bench for Den? All of you people stuck on Rubio get over yourself. He wasn't the right pick for the slot, it's just where Minny picked him. we coulda had jenning or curry to shore up the backcourt, or jordan hill to add frontcourt depth, and Blair in the second. It really illustrates how bad EG missed wit his trade, and how poorly he evaluated the talent on this team.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 27, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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