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LeBron James responds

Morning brew

Michael Lee reports on LeBron James's reaction to the brouhaha over his Game 5 performance.

Among the myriad LeBron opinions permeating the Internet yesterday and today, Columnist Mike Wise says James is no Kobe Bryant.

The series resumes tonight in Boston.

In Wizards news, the team will work out six players today at Verizon Center: Dominique Jones, Omar Samhan, Landon Milbourne, Donald Sloan, Hamady N'Diaye and Damian Hollis. The NBA draft is June 24 and the draft lottery is May 18.

CSNWashington.com's Mike Jones says this year's draft will have a rather strong Kentucky flavor to it.


By Alexa Steele  |  May 13, 2010; 10:52 AM ET
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Comments

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

With Ernest's keen eye for talent, you just know he's going to unearth another gem in this year's draft.

We just might be a contender sooner than any of us think!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The Gods shine down upon us. The lottery ball reads #1 for the Washington Wizards.

We draft John Wall.

Is Sean Livingston immediately expendable?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 13, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Put me in the camp for those that like Favors & Turner.

Cousins is immature and this team doesn't need another pouty big.

Wall would be great of course but getting him would require SERIOUS luck.

This might be a good summer to bring Vladimir Veremeenko aboard. I mean the Wiz have what 6 or 7 players under contract for next season? If he ever stood a shot of contributing to the Wizards, the 2010-11 season would be the time.

Posted by: elfreako | May 13, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Lebron is really hurt, I believe.

However, there is a some sentiment that he responded adversely to game strategy.

Getting Shaq involved early instead of lettng Lebron come out firing on all cylinders.

It was said that he did not know when to take the game over and when he tried it was too late.

A learning curve they said that Mike and Kobe went through.

Or was it a Gilbert extreme of not shooting when he was criticized for shooting too much without getting his teammates involved.

But IMHO, Mike and Kobe did not go through changing their gameplans In The Playoffs.

That would be silly.

Thats why I say, Lebron is hurt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Lebron is really hurt, I believe.

However, there is a some sentiment that he responded adversely to game strategy.

Getting Shaq involved early instead of lettng Lebron come out firing on all cylinders.

It was said that he did not know when to take the game over and when he tried it was too late.

A learning curve they said that Mike and Kobe went through.

Or was it a Gilbert extreme of not shooting when he was criticized for shooting too much without getting his teammates involved.

But IMHO, Mike and Kobe did not go through changing their gameplans In The Playoffs.

That would be silly.

Thats why I say, Lebron is hurt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 13, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

With Ernest's keen eye for talent, you just know he's going to unearth another gem in this year's draft.

We just might be a contender sooner than any of us think!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Ernest's keen eye for talent?

Then why did he trade last years 5th pick instead of drafting Jennings?

Maybe when Mr. Wonder's is in town for the free concert he can borrow his seeing eye dog for this years draft.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 13, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

And if LeBron is hurt, too bad for Cleveland. Cleveland folk bragged about beating the Wiz 3 straight playoff series and it didn't matter about wiz injuries so......

Posted by: G-Man11 | May 13, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

the other thing with Cleveland, who is the older team, Cleveland or Boston? Shaq and Big Z are older than every Celtic I think.

Posted by: G-Man11 | May 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78

I thought they traded the 5th pick for cap space. That means he traded a second round pick 2 years ago for cash, same for last year. Then last year they traded the lottery pick for cap space.

Are there any teams that want to buy a lottery pick?

Posted by: G-Man11 | May 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, we are still focusing on history.
2010-11 is a new season, new owner with a diffrent attitude to the game, we just need good chance for the lotery ball to hit us atleast 1-3.any thing after that is not a big deal.My eye is so focused on DF, i think with 2 more inches he could be the future Howard or TD.I would like the owner to get a big man coach.

Posted by: gtefferra | May 13, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


If the Cavs lose this series, they also lose LeBron this summer. He's the kind of guy who can take all the credit for winning but can't accept the criticism for losing.

Posted by: gimmedat | May 13, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Then why did he trade last years 5th pick instead of drafting Jennings?"

Bulletsfan

The consensus was that Wizards had their 100 million dollar investment coming back from surgery with something to prove in a PG centered offense. The year before D Wade came back to become scoring champ. The wizards finished close to last place in 3PT FG% and coming up was the 2010 free agent bonanza so they needed shooters with expiring context. Any PG they picked up in the draft would be unproven in the nba and not have gotten minutes behind Gil.

Also if there was a player in the draft right now out of Europe that averaged single digits in pts and less than 40% FG% nobody would take them with a top 5 pick. BulletsFan Its easy to say who the wizards should have drafted after the fact and if Grunfeld predicted Gil and JC would pull out guns on each other than yes they should have drafted Curry or Jennings but nobody can predict the future

Posted by: jefferu | May 13, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe when Mr. Wonder's is in town for the free concert he can borrow his seeing eye dog for this years draft.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Or maybe you can tell him (the dog) how you were telling anybody who'd listen last year that the Wizards should draft Jennings?

Posted by: gimmedat | May 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Then why did he trade last years 5th pick instead of drafting Jennings?"

Bulletsfan

The consensus was that Wizards had their 100 million dollar investment coming back from surgery with something to prove in a PG centered offense. The year before D Wade came back to become scoring champ. The wizards finished close to last place in 3PT FG% and coming up was the 2010 free agent bonanza so they needed shooters with expiring context. Any PG they picked up in the draft would be unproven in the nba and not have gotten minutes behind Gil.

Also if there was a player in the draft right now out of Europe that averaged single digits in pts and less than 40% FG% nobody would take them with a top 5 pick. BulletsFan Its easy to say who the wizards should have drafted after the fact and if Grunfeld predicted Gil and JC would pull out guns on each other than yes they should have drafted Curry or Jennings but nobody can predict the future

Posted by: jefferu | May 13, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you.
Please ask those people who they want to draft if washington hit #3. and also ask them what they think if the #4 player pivck would be a star some where before they are going to vcry on us when washington season ends in early April next season.
I am not protecting EG. He did bad when he sign GA and AJ two seasons a go, in order to cover his mistake he did the right thing to trade the pick and try to have another playoff season, deep in his heart he knows that this team is not a contender.
Peple are still on that agenda.I am realy tired of this.

Posted by: gtefferra | May 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


Maybe when Mr. Wonder's is in town for the free concert he can borrow his seeing eye dog for this years draft.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Or maybe you can tell him (the dog) how you were telling anybody who'd listen last year that the Wizards should draft Jennings?

Posted by: gimmedat | May 13, 2010 1:09 PM

--------------------------------------------

Say it ain't so!

Bulletsfan78, were you really advocating that the Wizards use their no. 5 pick to draft an undersized combo guard who averaged five points and two assists per game in Europe?

Hindsight's a real mother for ya.

Posted by: Firuz1 | May 13, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

He sounds like a baby

He needs to keep his mouth shut and just play hard and win

Posted by: Bious | May 13, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Lebron fan, but the level of criticism being leveled at him him is ridiculous. It was only three years ago when he single-handedly carried a team to the NBA Finals. It was one game.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 13, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

We all know what a big day May 18 will be. The only way the Wiz will have a chance to improve with the roster they currently have is by moving up in the lottery. Not only is it their best hope of finding a player who can play with the guys they have now (especially Arenas and Blatche), but it would also make it more likely to entice a decent free agent.

I'm hoping for Turner or Favors, too. I also pray they do not draft Cousins, that would remind me of the team's drafts from the 80's.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it's important not to confuse the two main candidates for RoY with one another.

Jennings is a wonderful offensive force who started very strong, tailed off when teams began to focus on him, then made a comeback after the John Salmons acquisition. He was especially important to the Bucks when Bogut went down and people expected them to go out in the first round.

Evans was consistently good most of the season but some of the luster wore off because his team didn't win more games. Still, Evans is 5" taller and 50 lbs. heavier, which in today's NBA usually counts for something.

As far as we know, Blake Griffin could turn out to be better than either of them.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of Hollinger's PER statistic -- where is old Izzie, anyway? -- because I don't like unitary measures for complex performance (same problem with the QB rating system in the NFL). But it might be worth noting that Evans is ranked 8th in the league among PGs, right after Derrick Rose. Jennings ranks 33rd, next to George Hill.

Of course Hollinger ranks Gilbert Arenas 5th among point players, after Rondo and ahead of Rose -- LOL. Shows you something about stats...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

By the way, just for fun, Hollinger ranks Blatche and Jamison virtually neck-and-neck among PFs (not that Antawn is really a PF) -- right after DeJuan Blair and ahead of Luis Scola.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Lebron fan, but the level of criticism being leveled at him him is ridiculous. It was only three years ago when he single-handedly carried a team to the NBA Finals. It was one game.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 13, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Lebron had a triple double last night with 19 boards, our boy Metawn did the hometown fans a solid by laying an egg with 5pts. Get serious people.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I think what the David Stern's NBA and Phil Knight's NIKE did to LeBron James was totally wrong. They took a high school kid, used him to market their product by force feeding the public on the notion that he was the greatest player to ever lace them up. Their marketing scheme worked to perfection. Commericials, TV appearances, catchy posters and sayings. They sold the average sports fan (better known as the target audience) a bill of goods. Any true sports fan can plainly see that LeBron is a very good power forward at best. Not only that, he's already reached his potential. If you ran the offense through Caron Butler he'd put up the same numbers as LeBron.

As for LeBron, he's crushed. They actually had him believing that he was "King James", "The Chosen One", and other ridiculous superlatives. He's been pimped by the Puppet Master's David Stern and Phil Knight who made a King's ransom from his labor.

I hope that LeBron will be able to win a championship before he retires for his sake. He found out that winning is everything in this country and coming in second means absolutely nothing.

Posted by: carterm1 | May 14, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

carterm1 just said that caron butler could put up the same numbers as lebron if the offense was run through him. How many 19 reb games has CB had? how many playoff series has he won? how many MVP awards? How many triple doubles ever in his life? Get outta here cuz you're playin yourself

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I guess LeBron has never committed a foul or turnover in his career either huh lilhollywood10? OOOppsss! I'm sorry, he had about 9 turnovers last night on the big stage.

I know it hurts you to find out that after all of these years you're the target audience lilhollywood10...that's okay, you'll be aight.

Posted by: carterm1 | May 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

He's been pimped by the Puppet Master's David Stern and Phil Knight who made a King's ransom from his labor.

Posted by: carterm1 | May 14, 2010 10:31 AM

Yeah, I think the worst part was when they put their hand up his rear and made him say "I want to be a Global Icon!!" Not to mention, telling him that he should change his number to 6, since it's not like any great NBA champions or at least high-flying electric icons have ever worn that number. Whoops....Wrong again.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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