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Local players and coaches in the NBA playoffs

Morning brew

In this morning's newspaper, Michael Wilbon kicks off Home and Away, our series on players and coaches with local ties who are taking part in this year's playoffs. The first subject is DeMatha alum Adrian Dantley, an assistant in Denver who has taken over for head coach George Karl while Karl battles cancer.

Soon, Michael Lee will report on former Wizards Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson.

Last night in Dallas, the Spurs evened up their playoff series with the Mavericks, 1-1.

Meanwhile, there's still some reminiscing about the Wizards' regular season going on. Hoop Addict's Rashad Mobley interviewed Mike Jones about "the season that wasn't." Jones has been grading the Wizards past season, position by position on CSNWashington.com. Yesterday he graded the forwards and centers.

Dan Steinberg reported on his D.C. Sports Bog that the Wizards' television ratings have fallen well below the Capitals' ratings.

In last night's other playoff matchup, the Magic beat the Bobcats, 92-77, to take a 2-0 series lead.


By Alexa Steele  |  April 22, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Comments

In Grunfeld We Trust!!!

When Grunfeld was finally put in charge of personnel moves, Butler, Jamison, Haywood and Stevenson were shown the door.

Continue your work, Ernest Grunfeld, until your vision is a reality!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk

The reality is 19 wins last year and 26 wins this year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Sycophantic trolls should be known as worms.

Posted by: djnnnou | April 22, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

People get on me because of my opinion on how I thought Abe ran the Wizards, but it's okay to have a GM who blames his mistakes on a dead guy?

Hopefully Ted has higher standards the melodious_thunk.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

People get on me because of my opinion on how I thought Abe ran the Wizards, but it's okay to have a GM who blames his mistakes on a dead guy?
Posted by: bulletsfan78
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I doubt if it's you're opinion alone, infact you are probably right about some of it. It's just that you post them repetetively and obssesively. May I ask why ? Also may I ask why in the midst of all those post, why you never pledge any support for the team or players or mention any thing that you DO like about the team?

Posted by: millineumman | April 22, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think BF78 once mentioned he fancied the Wizards Dancers and has repeatedly brought up giving Ernie a raise?

Posted by: Firuz1 | April 22, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

millineumman

I like that the Pollin family is going to sell the team.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

People get on me because of my opinion on how I thought Abe ran the Wizards, but it's okay to have a GM who blames his mistakes on a dead guy?
Posted by: bulletsfan78
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I doubt if it's you're opinion alone, infact you are probably right about some of it. It's just that you post them repetetively and obssesively. May I ask why ? Also may I ask why in the midst of all those post, why you never pledge any support for the team or players or mention any thing that you DO like about the team?

Because- There is very very very little to like and as a matter of fact the Wizards have been a tragic comedy for way too long now. You want to blame that on a dead man too? Grunfeld is free and clear of responsibility? Is that what you want to say? OUR support for the team is to get rid of the people who have kept it from BECOMING A TEAM and that is the front office headed by Mr President E Grunfeld. Get over it.

Posted by: frigate32 | April 22, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Matter of fact, just because you brought it up The Washington Wizards have become the laughing stock of the NBA and I dare say, the entire national sports conscious. The only public gesture (no comment) of this front(ing) office was taking down Gil's likeness from the walls of it's cherished arena. That's a class act we got representing us to the nation. Yes sir ree bob it's a class act like rats jumping ship. I'm sure that free agents will be flocking to our doors under this management.

Posted by: frigate32 | April 22, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What should they have done Frigate? Gilbert Arenas Gun Toting Bobblehead Night?

Hmmmm, come to think of it, I would have shown up for that.

Posted by: ts35 | April 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

watching Dan Snyder all these years, i'm fine with no big name FAs wanting to come here nor being overpaid to do so. Maybe our young guys and those we draft pan out, maybe they dont, but at least the delusions of the Big Three are buried.

Posted by: divi3 | April 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

watching Dan Snyder all these years, i'm fine with no big name FAs wanting to come here nor being overpaid to do so. Maybe our young guys and those we draft pan out, maybe they dont, but at least the delusions of the Big Three are buried.

Posted by: divi3

AMEN!

Posted by: millineumman | April 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The reality is 19 wins last year and 26 wins this year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 11:40 AM

Ernest Grunfeld is no more responsible for the last two seasons than you are. When finally given ultimate authority on personnel decisions, he made ALL the right moves and given time will lead this team to greatness. Granted, his doing so would slightly diminish the volume of venom-filled posts emanating from your quarters, but assuredly you're willing to make that small sacrifice, being a "bulletsfan" and all, right? Now enjoy a nice nappy-poo and accept Grunfeld being here for at least the next five years or until the conclusion of our championship parade, whichever comes first and do remember that you are fortunate to be able to utter "Grunfeld" and "Wizards" in the same breath.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What should they have done Frigate? Gilbert Arenas Gun Toting Bobblehead Night?

Hmmmm, come to think of it, I would have shown up for that.

That's marketing gold, right there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

So wait...does bulletsfan78 like Grunfeld? It's hard to tell.

Posted by: patrick15 | April 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ernest Grunfeld is no more responsible for the last two seasons than you are.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

You make about as much sense as kal does.

Did Abe tell Ernie who to draft?

Did Abe tell Ernie who to trade for?

Did Abe tell Ernie what free agents to sign?

If he did and Ernie listened to him Ted shouldn't want a GM that has no backbone
and rolls over for Mark Cuban the way kal does for his Dungeons & Dragons buddies.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If he did and Ernie listened to him Ted shouldn't want a GM that has no backbone
and rolls over for Mark Cuban the way kal does for his Dungeons & Dragons buddies.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Hey! Make fun of Kal all you like, but leave D&D out of it.

Posted by: ts35 | April 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Ok I see where this is going. Sorry for interrupting. As you were.

Posted by: patrick15 | April 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"If he did and Ernie listened to him Ted shouldn't want a GM that has no backbone
and rolls over for Mark Cuban the way kal does for his Dungeons & Dragons buddies."

Where to start? So many choices . . .

A) Pollin was Grunfeld's boss. Listening to him and doing what he asked was pretty much a prerequisite to keeping the job. Of course, I could see how this might be a puzzling concept to someone who's never actually held a job. But buck up, in the new economy "clueless, humorless agitator with head wedged firmly up ass" may actually be a growth industry.

B) Sorry to disappoint, but when it comes to board games, I'm more of a Trivial Pursuit man. Role playing games are for you and your mom. BTW, who gets to wear the French Maid's costume and wield the *ahem* "feather duster" this week? (Be sure to pre-sand and varnish the handle, otherwise . . . splinters.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

who gets to wear the French Maid's costume and wield the *ahem* "feather duster" this week? (Be sure to pre-sand and varnish the handle, otherwise . . . splinters.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you have a lot of experience with placing foreign objects in places they don't belong!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Brooks, HOU--403
Kevin Durant, OKC--101
Marc Gasol, MEM--01
George Hill, SAS--101
Andrew Bogut, MIL--93
Russell Westbrook, OKC--67

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds like you have a lot of experience with placing foreign objects in places they don't belong!"

Just what I learned from your mom. How'd you think I found out about thee maid's outfit? BTW, she'd never tell you this herself, for fear of hurting your feelings, but the fishnet stockings? Not a good look for you.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kalo_rama:> Trivial Pursuitman

Posted by: frigate32 | April 22, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!!
When Grunfeld was finally put in charge of personnel moves, Butler, Jamison, Haywood and Stevenson were shown the door.
Continue your work, Ernest Grunfeld, until your vision is a reality!
Posted by: melodious_thunk
Ernest Grunfeld is no more responsible for the last two seasons than you are. When finally given ultimate authority on personnel decisions, he made ALL the right moves and given time will lead this team to greatness. Granted, his doing so would slightly diminish the volume of venom-filled posts emanating from your quarters, but assuredly you're willing to make that small sacrifice, being a "bulletsfan" and all, right? Now enjoy a nice nappy-poo and accept Grunfeld being here for at least the next five years or until the conclusion of our championship parade, whichever comes first and do remember that you are fortunate to be able to utter "Grunfeld" and "Wizards" in the same breath.
Posted by: melodious_thunk
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You probably voted for Bush in the same breath and where that get you?

Posted by: frigate32 | April 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

If he did and Ernie listened to him Ted shouldn't want a GM that has no backbone
and rolls over for Mark Cuban the way kal does for his Dungeons & Dragons buddies.
Posted by: bulletsfan78

Hey! Make fun of Kal all you like, but leave D&D out of it.
Posted by: ts35

ts 35- MUST BE of superior intelligence and would be an excellent addition to the superior Wiz front office

Posted by: frigate32 | April 22, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

AD looked really confused at the mike tonight. calling out his best player publicly was not the thing to do when you are down 3-1. he also called out his boss. gotta think the brutha will soon be back in DC or wherever home is now. his eye contact showed little confidence. i am shocked he's not a better communicator.

Posted by: dcjazzman | April 26, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

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