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Ernie Grunfeld: 'We're going to enjoy the moment'

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
 
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On the supposed Shaun Livingston negatives towards the Wiz -- I can't find anything more recent than this:

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/04/shaun-livingston-in-his-own-words/

and it sure doesn't sound negative to me.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If wizards don't take Wall the Sixers will 110%. Their most glaring need is PG since andre miller left. Don't let wall be taken by another eastern conf rival.

Also nobody has addressed the Wizard's most dire need, LOW POST GAME. Wall and Arenas would be a great backcourt combo but we are still built like a jumpshooting team. Look where the Mavs ended up and Nowitzki is a step ahead of blatche in his jumpshots. Draft wall and give him a low post player to hand it to with the 30th pick. Better yet sign a free agent all-star. Theres plenty of them this summer Bosh, Boozer, Stoudemire, David Lee.
PG: Wall
SG: Arenas
SF: Thornton/ (Howard?)
PF: (Bosh, Boozer, Stoudemire, David Lee) / Blatche
C: MgGee / 30th pick

Posted by: jefferu | May 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

All the haters have to now realize that Leonsis knows all too well what went on over the past few years within the Wizards organization and he knows Ernest Grunfeld bears little responsibility for the results of the last two years.

WRT the lottery, all we've needed is a little luck and last night we got it several times over. Ernest will make the right decisions moving forward and we, the Wizards fans, will reap the benefits.

Leonsis, Grunfeld & Saunders.

The future is bright indeed!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 19, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@dargregmag

Are you enjoying the moment?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 19, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: suliman215 | May 19, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Please!!! Melodious Thunk, Grunfeld had nothing to do with the ping pong balls falling the Wizards way it was the luck of the draw i mean at some point if you're in enough lotteries you will eventually win one but that also means that you stunk the joint up and that's why you're in it,well, it looks like Ted Leonsis has let EG talk a hole in his head and he's going to stay on as GM, yeah good luck with that!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 19, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

All the haters have to now realize that Leonsis knows all too well what went on over the past few years within the Wizards organization and he knows Ernest Grunfeld bears little responsibility for the results of the last two years.

WRT the lottery, all we've needed is a little luck and last night we got it several times over. Ernest will make the right decisions moving forward and we, the Wizards fans, will reap the benefits.

Leonsis, Grunfeld & Saunders.

The future is bright indeed!
Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 19, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse
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Ernie Grunfeld had nothing to do with our lottery position. You should say " In Grunfeld I Trust", speak for yourself. We still have to worry about what he is going to do during FA, is another Orberto-type signing around the corner?

Posted by: closg | May 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk

I hope you are right and I am wrong about Ernie and the Ted + Ernie team can win a championship.

They got lucky and landed the 1st pick in the draft so if they don't win a championship within 5 years there will be no excuses, right?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@dargregmag and closg,

Is your reading comprehension that low or are you both just funnin' with me. I never said Ernest influenced our getting the no. 1 pick. In fact, I explicitly said we need luck and we got a healthy dose of what we needed last night. BTW, two straight years in the lottery, dar and the Wizards won the second time. Hopefully, that is "enough".

But are you enjoying the moment??

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 19, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

All these great pure point guards you guys are talking about, where are they? They're at home watching like the rest of us and dont say Rondo. Rondo is a great point guard but not a traditional point guard, he's a great defender and effort, heart player that is unique for a player his size playing with Garnett, Peirce and Allen.

I am in the Evan Turner camp although I love Wall as well and will be happy with either.

I get the Wall love, but for those of you who believe that Turner is not a franchise player are way off base in my opinion, the kid is a stud and is so versitle and athletic that he is a can' miss player in my opinion. (so is Wall)

How effective will Wall be in a half court set because he's not a good enough shooter at this point in his career but I suspect he will improve in this regard.

I'll take either but I'd prefer Turner, the next Branadon Roy

Posted by: zxhoya | May 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@bulletsfan78,

Under your scenario, even if they're on the verge of winning a championship or actually appear in the Finals and lose, Ernest should walk the plank or be thrown overboard. No deal on the five-year window.

Q: If OKC's GM, a guy you've spoken glowingly about, doesn't deliver a championship within the next couple years (despite having a player leaps and bounds better than anybody in this draft and having gotten lucky multiple times in the lottery), should he be axed?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 19, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

If the Pollin family forced EG to sign Gil to the worst contract in Wiz history, and if they forced EG to give away the Wiz top draft pick last year, then I'm OK with saying the Wiz are in good hands with EG going forward into the future. That could be the case.

By the way, there was some poster last month who said Gil's contract was not the worst contract in Wiz history. It was Juwan's big contract, because it took up a greater portion of the salary cap than Gil's does. However, the Wiz were able to trade Juwan, even with Juwan's big contract. The Wiz cannot trade Gil because of his contract. Therefore, Gil's contract is the worst ever, and worse than Juwan's. Gil is the Man Who Can't Be Moved.

Posted by: EdDC | May 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards with out a doubt should draft John Wall, he is the best player in the draft. And good point guards are hard to come by.

Check out my blog post on the draft:
http://eastcoastpaperboy.com/2010/05/19/powerball-new-york-lottery/

Posted by: jon3889 | May 19, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk

I am beyond giddy that we got the #1 pick, but I will be watching Ernie Grunfeld's off-season moves very closely because.... I DON'T TRUST HIM. :-)

Posted by: closg | May 19, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"By the way, there was some poster last month who said Gil's contract was not the worst contract in Wiz history. It was Juwan's big contract, because it took up a greater portion of the salary cap than Gil's does. However, the Wiz were able to trade Juwan, even with Juwan's big contract. The Wiz cannot trade Gil because of his contract. Therefore, Gil's contract is the worst ever, and worse than Juwan's. Gil is the Man Who Can't Be Moved."

Juwan Howard's contract was widely deemed unmovable, right up until the very moment the ink dried on the deal that got him traded. If Arenas proves himself to still be an All-Star caliber player next season, interest in him will be there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Juwan Howard's contract was widely deemed unmovable, right up until the very moment the ink dried on the deal that got him traded. If Arenas proves himself to still be an All-Star caliber player next season, interest in him will be there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 19, 2010 1:14 PM

Amen. I actually think he can be moved this season if his head is right.

Posted by: gimmedat | May 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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