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Draft lottery is tonight

Morning brew

Michael Lee reports that Irene Pollin will represent the Wizards in Secaucus, N.J., and that Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld will also be on hand when the ping pong balls are chosen in the NBA draft lottery. The Wizards have the fifth-best chance (10.3 percent) of landing the No. 1 overall pick and can pick no lower than eighth.

Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog presents evidence that over the years, Wizards + NBA Draft Lottery = Disaster.

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Bring us some lady luck Irene.

Posted by: closg | May 18, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Hot Rod Strickland got busted for YET ANOTHER drinking and driving last week (i hear TGIFridays is big there) and was demoted by Kentucky....thus clearing the way for him to glam onto Wall or Cousins.....wizards beware!

Posted by: divi3 | May 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

what time is the lottery?

Posted by: bullets8890 | May 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Yikes!
Looks like one more poor showing in the lottery with Irene representing us tonight. My best guess is we'll pick 6th or 7th. However, fear not! Ernest Grunfeld will make the best of our fortunes by reaching into his bag of tricks and pulling a bona fide stud out come draft time. Just you wait and see!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 18, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

i like the tone on here these days. nobody talkin bout winnin the lotto. Maybe if we treat it like the baseball players do the "no-no"..............

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 18, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"Looks like one more poor showing in the lottery with Irene representing us tonight."

Exactly.

The Pollins need to take thier "curse" and stay at home.

They will be 7th, you can take that to Vegas and bet on it.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 18, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

We won't win the lottery. New Jersey will. BUT, we will get the second pick and be in a position to draft Evan Turner. Am I dreaming? :-|

Posted by: artiesliver | May 18, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

We won't win the lottery but will finish 3rd and get our choice of Cousins or Monroe.

Posted by: jeremybozz | May 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

We will find Monroe at 6 or 7.
Cousins at 4,5 or 6.To get Turner and favours we need to trade up.I can not think of wiz wining lottery, if it happens it has to do with Ted which is a positive sign.

Posted by: gtefferra | May 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I think there's a tendency for fans to throw up their hands at a draw outside the top 3. But last year the two best players sat at 4 and 10. Of course, that class looks to have been a little underrated, and this year's might be overhyped.

Headline on NBA.com's 2009 draft site: "Jordan Hill's Big Upside Could Make Him A Steal."

Or maybe not.

Sitting near the end of the first round were Rod Beaubois and Taj Gibson. And the second round included talented Chase Budinger and that other guy, what's his name? Blair? Whatever happened to him?

And Jonas Jerebko, a rebounding fool who did the NBA players a favor by punching Jamaal Magloire in the chops.

So the lesson is: when it comes to the draft, nobody knows nothin'.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

We all know we are getting the 7th or 8th pick.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

After Wall and Turner, there is no one in the draft who will have an immediate impact on the Wizards. Cousins and Favors both will need 2-3 years to develop which is typical for bigman who come out after one year. Monroe is probably the most NBA ready but looks to be a very good, but not great pro. If the Wizards end up with the 7th or 8th pick, I'd expect Monroe to be their pick since he's well-coached and will put some fans in the seat at Verizon.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 18, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"If the Wizards end up with the 7th or 8th pick, I'd expect Monroe to be their pick since he's well-coached and will put some fans in the seat at Verizon.Posted by: wizfan89"

Another big man who's getting a lot of attention as a possible top ten pick is Epke Udoh of Baylor. He's about the same size as Monroe and also a good passer, but perhaps a better low-post scorer. One objection is he'll be 23 next season, older than some of his classmates.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"We all know we are getting the 7th or 8th pick.Posted by: peteywheatstraw"

If you're that confident, trot on over to Laurel and drop a few hundred bucks on it at the Sports Book. Current odds say the Wiz will draw the 5 or the 6 pick, but then, we all know better, don't we?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I am really hoping we finally get a break in terms of good fortune with this years draft lottery. If it's more of the same and we get 6-8, then do the best scouting jobs possible and take the most talented player avail. that makes sense for us. I really hope they don't over think things. You can't assume after two players go that no one else can help you.

The theory " no one at that spot can IMMEDIATELY help" makes no sense when that team passes on the draft and has been getting worst year after year.

The draft is unpredictable"

Looks like to me trades and free agency is unpredictable and more expensive. All of sports is unpredictable.

Posted by: millineumman | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"After Wall and Turner, there is no one in the draft who will have an immediate impact on the Wizards."

Actually ,there could be. The Wiz suffered from a lack of outside shooting (remember all the complaints about Miller passing up shots?), and Gilbert isn't the scoring machine he once was. Somebody like Wes Johnson of Syracuse could get onto the court immediately. Particularly since he's a better than average rebounder and defender. Wes is older than most juniors, too, and physically mature.

Another who could show results fairly early on is Cole Aldrich. He's no star but he's an inside player who is hard to move out of the post -- something the Wiz lacked last season, and still don't have.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

If we are lucky enough to get John Wall, does it make since to also sign Sean Livingston in the hopes of soldifying the point position?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"After Wall and Turner, there is no one in the draft who will have an immediate impact on the Wizards."

Actually ,there could be. The Wiz suffered from a lack of outside shooting (remember all the complaints about Miller passing up shots?), and Gilbert isn't the scoring machine he once was. Somebody like Wes Johnson of Syracuse could get onto the court immediately. Particularly since he's a better than average rebounder and defender. Wes is older than most juniors, too, and physically mature.

Another who could show results fairly early on is Cole Aldrich. He's no star but he's an inside player who is hard to move out of the post -- something the Wiz lacked last season, and still don't have.

Posted by: Samson15

Nothing against Aldrich, and I'm a big believer in good defense, but picking him at 6, 7, 8 seems to me to be a waste for a team that has a ton of needs to fill. You're essentially drafting Haywood or Pryzbilla high. Those kinds of guys you can usually find later in the draft. For a team as talent-poor as the Wizards, I think they should go for someone more talented who has the potential to be a great player, not just draft a good player because he's low-risk.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If we are lucky enough to get John Wall, does it make since to also sign Sean Livingston in the hopes of soldifying the point position?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

I'm sure Shaun would look at Wall and then see that we also still have Gil, and sign elsewhere because he'd want to be sure he'd get playing time.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Samson, I agree with your Wes Johnson take. I really like his game, athleticism, and size. I think he can make a difference on both sides of the ball. I also think that Favors can have an impact without a refined offensive game by being active on the offensive and defensive boards.

Monroe, like Jeff Green, was underwhelming at G'town b/c the JT3 is so wedded to the Princeton offense that he refuses to exploit the abilities of his best players. Monroe will be a very good pro.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Derrick Favors please

Posted by: DMoney28 | May 18, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Favors > Monroe

Posted by: DMoney28 | May 18, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Green underwhelmed at GTown? I must have missed that. Seems to me like he plays now exactly like he did then, a swiss army knife of a player who does a lot of things well and fills in a lot of gaps of what a team needs. I don't think he would be great as a featured #1 player, but he's a fantastic Scottie Pippen-like #2 guy. (not that he plays like Pippen -- just that he does a ton of things, not all of which show up on the stat sheet).

I think Monroe has a chance to be a great pro, in the right circumstances. If he decides to be more physical in the pros, he can be great regardless. His biggest detraction is his lack of explosive athleticism, but he is skilled enough and big enough to overcome that like Tim Duncan does. I don't think he's a good pairing with Blatche, but if they feel like he is significantly better than other choices at a particular slot, they should take him and work the rest out later.

Depending on who else slips, I'm also intrigued by Stanley Robinson in the late first (I don't think he'll slip to even our first second rounder). He doesn't always show up in the game, but he has an overabundance of talent.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

But this year, Grunfeld is considering watching how the Ping-Pong balls bounce in the drum in the back room. He's also bringing a good luck charm that he was unwilling to divulge.

"I have something, but I can't tell you what it is yet," he said.

Word on the street is that EG will be carrying Earl Boykins in his pocket for the drawing.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Monroe is SOFT....just dont see how pairing him with AB and JM is a good thing, especially considering Monroe has been out of shape coming into both years in college.

Agreed on Jeff Green, he was excellent in college and has certainly equaled his draft position. Wiz would be lucky to get a player as good.

"Word on the street is that EG will be carrying Earl Boykins in his pocket for the drawing."

hilarious!

Posted by: divi3 | May 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

when it comes to the draft, nobody knows nothin'.
Posted by: Samson151
True Words!
Everyone needs to keep repeating this up right to draft day.

Posted by: VBFan | May 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

After watching Lakers with their three bigs, I think the new trend is going to be length in the front court. Saying that, I think Cousin's stock is going to rise as a pf in the draft.

Posted by: orpheusgroupent | May 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Jeff Green underwhelmed at GTown? I must have missed that."

When then Seattle drafted Durant and Green everyone was touting them as the next Jordan and Pippen.

Green was pretty good and you don't get compared to Pippen if you're not. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

After watching Lakers with their three bigs, I think the new trend is going to be length in the front court. Saying that, I think Cousin's stock is going to rise as a pf in the draft.

Posted by: orpheusgroupent | May 18, 2010 11:39 AM

The Lakers have talented length. There's not enough of that to go around for a trend to start anytime soon.

Posted by: gimmedat | May 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The Lakers also have KOBE EFFING BRYANT to go with sometimey-Odom, gimpy Bynum, and 1A Gasul.

Not that the Laker bigs arent pounding people, but Lopez was very effective too last night....let's not forget who's the Man out in LA

Posted by: divi3 | May 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Another who could show results fairly early on is Cole Aldrich. He's no star but he's an inside player who is hard to move out of the post -- something the Wiz lacked last season, and still don't have.


Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse
Cole Aldrich with a top 10 pick is a failure. No way EG goes this dumb at this slot.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I am a Jeff Green supporter but he was a reluctant star at Georgetown. That final year as a junior he seemed to assume the role much more than the previous two.

Posted by: millineumman | May 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"We won't win the lottery but will finish 3rd and get our choice of Cousins or Monroe."

Taking Monroe third would be dumber than Gilbert's extension.

So, yeah, that's probably what we're looking at.

Posted by: pondaz | May 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

We won't win the lottery. New Jersey will. BUT, we will get the second pick and be in a position to draft Evan Turner. Am I dreaming? :-|

Posted by: artiesliver | May 18, 2010 9:20 AM

Some will win, some will lose,
Some are born to sing the blues.
Don't...stop...believin',
Hold on to that feelin'.

Journey

Posted by: gimmedat | May 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

My prediction for the lottery tonight and subsequent draft (lottery part only)....

1st Pick - Sacramento moves up. They take John Wall making a lethal pairing with Tyreke Evans.

2nd Pick - Utah jumps up (with the Knicks pick) and take Turner, making a lethal pairing with Deron Williams

3rd pick - New Jersey. Disappointed Nets slip 2 spots but take nice consolation prize in Favors.

4th Pick - Minnesota T-Wolves. T-Wolves have no immediate need for Cousins and take Wes Johnson to finally add a perimeter threat.

5th Pick - Golden State. The obvious pick is Cousins. They take Aminu....because #5 is too high to take Motiejunas.

6th pick - Le Wiz. Slightly confused, Ted Leonsis has EG draft Eric Forbort, hoping he's the defenseman the Caps need to get over the hump. With Aminu and Johnson off of the board, the Wiz are looking at Cousins, Davis, Monroe, Aldrich. They pass on the character concerns of Cousins and take the safer pick in Monroe.

7th pick - Sixers. Can't pass on the talent / value of Cousins at #7. They immediately hire Jillian Michaels to be his trainer.

8th pick - Pistons. Take Aldrich to bolster their interior defense.

9th Pick - LA Clippers. Not needing Davis or Udoh, the Clips reach down for Hayward to help create space down low for Griffin and Kaman.

10th pick - Pacers. Won't pass on Ed Davis' talent.

11th pick - Hornets. They consider Avery Bradley, but in the end take Udoh.

12th pick Memphis Grizzlies. Draft Paul George in case Gay bolts.

13th pick Raptors. Motiejunas for frontcourt depth and protection in case Bosh leaves.

and with the last pick of the lottery.....

14th pick the Houston Rockets add semi-local boy Avery Bradley to learn the PG postion behind Brooks and his outstanding defense allows him to contribute immediately off the bench.

Just my off-the-cuff predictions......

Enjoy the lottery!

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As a point of clarification, I seem to remember that Jeff Green suffered from many of the same criticisms prior to the draft as Monroe now faces: soft, disintered, and not assertive. However, like Green, Monroe has a diverse skill set that will allow him to be a trememdous asset to a team.

That being said, I do not think he is a good fit on a Wiz roster that includes Blatche and McGee.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Irene Pollin will represent the Wizards in Secaucus, N.J., and that Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld will also be on hand when the ping pong balls are chosen in the NBA draft lottery.

Hopefully Ted will realize if the Wizards don't get one of the 3 top picks he has to separate the future team from the past and fires Ernie and changes the name!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 18, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Howard Beck piece on the chances of the #1 pick getting traded.

N.B.A. Lottery to Set Order, but Not Much Will Be Settled

Posted by: djnnnou | May 18, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought the worst we can go is #7. Where are people getting pick #8 from.

Posted by: ATLredskin | May 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Aminu has been working out with David Hopla. Hopla was the shooting coach for the Wizards back in the days when they were relevant.

West Coast Workout Swing Part 2: Al-Farouq Aminu in Los Angeles

Posted by: djnnnou | May 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I thought the worst we can go is #7. Where are people getting pick #8 from.

Posted by: ATLredsk

We currently have the #5 pick. If three teams currently picking after us, jump ahead of us in the lottery drawing (highly unlikley, be these are the Wizards after all), we drop to #8.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Howard Beck piece on the chances of the #1 pick getting traded.

N.B.A. Lottery to Set Order, but Not Much Will Be Settled

Posted by: djnnnou

Short of New Orleans or Utah getting the #1 pick, I can't see any of the other teams trading out. If Minnesota jumped to #1, unless they could make a deal with whoever was picking #2 that was worth their while, they would just take Turner outright I would think.

Even with Harris, I think NJ takes Wall and figures it out afterwards.

Because Wall showed at KY that he is an unselfish player, I think Sacramento could definitely pair Wall with Tyreke in a devastating backcourt,

It would be interesting to see a trade though.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Just my off-the-cuff predictions......"

I sure hope you bet a bundle on this draft order. I can just tell you're psychic. Some people have the gift.

I would lay down the bucks myself, but it's laundry day, and I have to go to the grocery store, and pay my quarterly taxes, and there's a Xena rerun I missed the first 600 times around...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Monroe is not soft. Soft means shying away from contact and avoiding physical play, neither of which Monroe did in G'Town. A more accurate assessment is that he sometimes didn't play aggressively as he needed to, which is still an issue, but a wholly different one and one more easily corrected. Soft is an innate personality trait that's not likely to change by the time a guy gets to the pros; aggression is an attitude/style that can be coached up. Monroe may actually be too talented for his own good. He's one of those guys that does so many things well that getting him to focus on on particular thing (say, inside play) goes against his nature. Moreover, the Princeton-based offense that JT3 runs actually encourages the G-Town bigs to play away from the basket and be more active passers from the high post. (Note, both Hibbert and Green caught similar criticisms in college as Monroe.)

Lamar Odom (a player with a similarly diverse skill set as Monroe) had the same knock for years, but that didn't stop him from (A) contributing to good teams at a high level throughout his career and (B) developing into a key player on a title team. (And no, I'm not suggesting that Monroe is as good as Odom, so save us all the caterwauling).

If Monroe is the best player available when the Wizards' number comes up, they should take him and worry about the rest later. but the same applies to whoever is the BPA when they choose. This team doesn't have any surefire hits anywhere on the roster that they can afford to cherry pick. They need help across the board.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 18, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Lamar Odom (a player with a similarly diverse skill set as Monroe) had the same knock for years, but that didn't stop him from (A) contributing to good teams at a high level throughout his career and (B) developing into a key player on a title team. (And no, I'm not suggesting that Monroe is as good as Odom, so save us all the caterwauling).

Odom also has a rep for disappearing from games, especially big ones, which is why Gasol's development into Kobe's undisputed second banana has been a big thing for the Lakers. Hopefully Monroe will not continue to emulate that part of Odom's game as well.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Remember folks that our new owner is very internet friendly and posts daily about the Caps and Wizards now. www.tedstake.com

Ping Pong
May 18th, 2010

Wish us luck.

We need it.

It is amazing that you can strategize, plan, build infrastructure, do work, and create a stats based point of view and your fate and success can all rest on something as random as a ping pong ball going the right way. A high pick and a little luck and good player development is key in the NBA just as it is in the NHL.

Lebron. Duncan. Howard. Garnett (via trade). Kobe. Wade. Dirk. Durant.

All very high picks and all franchise changers.

In deference and respect to Mrs. Pollin and the Pollin family; we go to New Jersey and together we bring good karma and good mojo.

We want to build around young players, stock up on picks and prospects, and build a new core around young players. It would be helpful to get some positive luck going our way…starting tonight. It is a deep draft. We will be blessed to pick high. Watch on ESPN. Thank you.

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Posted by: ElBigChroizo | May 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

How refreshing, we actually have an intelligent plan in place.

Posted by: ElBigChroizo | May 18, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I can just tell you're psychic. Some people have the gift.

Posted by: Samson151

I do indeed have the gift. Just as you have the gift for predicting things that have already happened. "Hmmm, yes, if you look back on it, it's obvious that that should happen." Yaaaaawwwwwn, I'm sorry, were you saying something?

If you need a Lucy Lawless fix that badly, just skip over to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

How refreshing, we actually have an intelligent plan in place.

Posted by: ElBigChroizo

Thanks for posting that, I did forget that Ted posts regularly.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

^^^^
???

Posted by: millineumman | May 18, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Caterwauling, caterwauling, come on, who knows what that word means?

I protest and complain noisely that you should use such a word. I cry harshly that you should feel the need to use such a work on a sports blog.

LOL.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Correction word instead of work. typo

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Lebron. Duncan. Howard. Garnett (via trade). Kobe. Wade. Dirk. Durant.

All very high picks and all franchise changers."

Depends on how you define "very high." It's generally taken to be about top 5 (maybe even top 3). Dirk was #9, Kobe was #13.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Melodious Thunk: How long have you been on Ernie Grunfeld's payroll? that cheerleading is getting kinda old thought maybe you were smarter than that, oop's my bad i forgot you've been hanging around Grunfeld,LMAO!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Monroe is SOFT....just dont see how pairing him with AB and JM is a good thing, especially considering Monroe has been out of shape coming into both years in college."

So he only needs 3 more years to match Blatch's record.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

From the files of insane predictions with no chance of coming true, I will go out on a limb and say that not only will the Wizards move up this year, but they will be the only team outside of the three worst teams (best odds) that ends up in the top three.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag

Not that your remark deserves a reasoned response, but I'll say this--introspection is not your long suit. Rephrased--I'm no more on Grunfeld's payroll than you are on Eddie Jordan's. You've done a lot of "cheerleading" for Eddie and some have gone so far as to call YOU Eddie Jordan. Sadly, your boy Jordan was sent packing again after being deemed (or should I say confirmed?) as lacking the basic essentials for leading and winning.

Conversely, Ernest Grunfeld is still gainfully employed and going about the work of building this organization the right way without undue meddling from ownership.

My Incessant Reminder To You: As a head coach Eddie has never in any of his stops posted a winning record without Ernest's oversight. On the other hand, Ernest has overseen winning seasons in both his previous stops as well as here in Washington.

Do enjoy your lottery evening, dar.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 18, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"I do indeed have the gift. Just as you have the gift for predicting things that have already happened. "Hmmm, yes, if you look back on it, it's obvious that that should happen." Yaaaaawwwwwn, I'm sorry, were you saying something?"

What a sensitive soul you are, tiss.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Melodious Thunk: Eddie Jordan took a roster that Grunfeld saddled him with that most NBA experts said had no chance of making the playoff's and did just that, he made Gilbert an all star caliber player turned Caron Butler into an all star and kept the turnstiles at the Verizon center clicking, despite Grunfeld providing EJ with no bench or depth, when Gilbert went down with a knee injury he took the Zard's to the playoffs two years in a row without Gilbert and what happened after Grunfeld fired him? two straight 55 plus losing seasons yeah i think you got your fact's confused it was Eddie Jordan who saved Grunfeld's job and how was Jordan rewarded Grunfeld fired Jordan and introduced DC fans to some of the worst pro basketball this town has seen.Ted Leonsis is making a huge mistake by keeping Grunfeld and Flip but you'll see that come this fall when this franchise embark's on it's 3rd straight losing season.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 18, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Eddie Jordan took a roster that Grunfeld saddled him with that most NBA experts said had no chance of making the playoff's and did just that, he made Gilbert an all star caliber player turned Caron Butler into an all star and kept the turnstiles at the Verizon center clicking, despite Grunfeld providing EJ with no bench or depth, when Gilbert went down with a knee injury he took the Zard's to the playoffs two years in a row without Gilbert and what happened after Grunfeld fired him? two straight 55 plus losing seasons yeah i think you got your fact's confused it was Eddie Jordan who saved Grunfeld's job and how was Jordan rewarded Grunfeld fired Jordan and introduced DC fans to some of the worst pro basketball this town has seen.Ted Leonsis is making a huge mistake by keeping Grunfeld and Flip but you'll see that come this fall when this franchise embark's on it's 3rd straight losing season.Posted by: dargregmag"

Can't believe you said all that with 3 commas, two periods and a question mark. That has to be some sort of record...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag,

I see logic isn't your strong suit either. You see, rebuilding teams that are going young are going to lose a lot of games in the short term. So a losing record this season would not come as a shocker to those of us with at least two firing brain cells. Our young Wizards may surprise us yet, but don't build an argument on a false premise.

With regard to your boy Ed Jordan, I still maintain (and you haven't done a thing to refute) the FACT that as a head coach Jordan has never posted a winning record or developed anyone into an all star without Ernest Grunfeld. He has needed the low-hanging fruit supplied by one Ernest Grunfeld to get ANYTHING done. Never, ever forget that Jordan has gone on record as saying that he never wanted Arenas here in the first place, going back to 2003 when Ernie was wooing Arenas.

What on Earth has Jordan accomplished as a head coach without the talent supplied by Ernest Grunfeld?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 18, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What a sensitive soul you are, tiss.

Posted by: Samson151

Why thank you, Samson.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk,

You are getting on dargregmag for being a EJ fan while you back a loser like Ernie?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 18, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I know we don't have long to wait, but I had a premonition around 6:30 pm that the Wiz would get one of the top two picks (with an outside chance of 3 or 4, but no lower). BTW, I swam a PB in the mile this afternoon by 23", so I may be in close contact with the unmanifested. . .

Posted by: 7snider7 | May 18, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

WooOooooooooooOOooooooOOOO!!!!!

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

TTTTOOOPPPPP 3!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bullets8890 | May 18, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

sweet at least a top 3 pick

Posted by: jpt1002 | May 18, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

sweet at least a top 3 pick

Posted by: jpt1002 | May 18, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

it would be nice to welcome Ted with the top pick

Posted by: anacostia85 | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Top 3! NOOOOOO, ITS NOT POSSIBLE!!!

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

SWEEEEEEEEET!!

Posted by: divi3 | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Abe's ring does it!!!!!!!

Posted by: divi3 | May 18, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

All you Irene haters can just suck on it!!!

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I prefer turner

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 18, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank You Abe . . .R.I.P.

Posted by: jpt1002 | May 18, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

hell yea

Posted by: bford1kb | May 18, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Turner,
Turner,
Turner

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 18, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

All you Irene haters can just suck on it!!!

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

JW dosen't seem too enthused to be a projected Wizard.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

omg omg omg

Posted by: anacostia85 | May 18, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

WOW oh my Abe!!!!

Posted by: mricklen | May 18, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

JW dosen't seem too enthused to be a projected Wizard.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the Russian mob just announced a hit on David Stern.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that too Larry. You think he had visions of going to Jersey with LeBron coming close behind?

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I trade the pick to one of the other top 4 teams for their pick and one of thier bigs...

Posted by: mricklen | May 18, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

How crazy is it that I probably celebrated as much when the Clippers were called out as I did when the Wiz got the #1?
Since, the fact that the Clippers didn't move up assured us that the Wiz would not drop the full three spots.

Let the John Wall/Evan Turner debate begin or maybe the Sixers are so desperate for the point guard that we can pull off a switch and add something else in the process.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 18, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

with wall coming now does that put us in the Lebron sweepstakes?....and no way I trade Wall.

Posted by: anacostia85 | May 18, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

we can't afford top pick, Arenas and Lebron.
We are now in a fantastic position to trade Arenas, sign free agents (not Lebron) trade picks , package deals and players.
The Wiz are in their strongest poistion in memory.

Posted by: mricklen | May 18, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Yep, kinda think Mr. Wall had visions on New Jersey and that new arena.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 18, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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