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Leonsis: Arenas will be 'a great part' of the new Wizards

Earlier this afternoon, Ted Leonsis was introduced as owner of the Wizards, officially giving him control of a sports empire that includes the Caps, Mystics, Verizon Center and the local Ticketmaster franchise.

Here are a few of the highlights from a nearly hour-long press conference on the floor at VC:

*Leonsis confirmed that Gilbert Arenas will be back with the Wizards next season and that the two have been in touch in recent months.

"There will be a time [when] we should spend quality time, me with Gilbert," Leonsis said. "Gilbert is the biggest asset that the Wizards have in terms of contract. And statistically, if you look at his contribution, he is a great player, both as being a star and his productivity. Last year was a very difficult year for the organization and for Gilbert and everyone around it. One of the first things I did was reach out to Gilbert and we've had several conversations, and now we're emailing back and forth. I think it's very important that Gilbert be re-embraced as a person and as a player. Suffice to say, Gilbert knows that the most important thing for him to do is to get in shape and be a great teammate and be a pillar of our community and show atonement. But his major deliverable is to come back and be a great part of this next generation Wizard franchise and what we're trying to accomplish.

"And what I feel comfortable with," he added, "is that we communicate very well. He knows the expectations. And I kinda liked him. That's the first part of it. If you have mutual respect and you like each other and can communicate. So I think we're going to be okay."

*The Wizards are in full rebuild mode and have nearly $20 million in cap space. But Leonsis said that doesn't necessarily mean they'll spend it.

"We will sit down with Ernie [Grunfeld], the scouts, pro and amateur, and have to articulate our plan," Leonsis said. But "the money is not burning a hole in my pocket. I've experienced empty calorie, make news [press] releases before. When I look at those championship teams, I don't see a lot of max free agents who made the team champions. I do see smart free agent signings. I do see astute trades. That doesn't mean I'm closed to it ..."

"Maybe 10 years ago I would have been firing up the jets," Leonsis said. "But I think it's harder to do. So the answer is I don't know. We have build our plan together and our budget but I'm not interested in just making a news splash. We're experienced owners right now and we don't want to go after any free agent that we don't think we can get just to make the news."

*Leonsis also acknowledged the message board chatter about changing the Wizards name and uniform. He came right out and said the name won't be changing. The uniform, though, just might - eventually.

"I'm shocked that with all that we have to do that, that's been like the No. 1 question, email, message board conversation," Leonsis said. "We have so much more to do. There will be no name change. And even if we wanted to change the name, you couldn't do that."

Those unis, however, could see some more red.

"It's not a secret that I am partial to red," he added. "We are the nation's capital. That won't come overnight, either. But I remember coming to Bullets games as a kid ...and I thought the colors looked handsome. And I think we all saw the change in the Capitals' uniform and how it was galvanizing, and I was thinking at some point that it's a secret that that would be a change that we would want to go back to more traditional colors."

That's it for now. I'll have more from Leonsis's plans for the Wizards in tomorrow's Post.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 10, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

First! GO GIL!!!

Posted by: BBallFOO | June 10, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Can you say 'smoke screen'? Of course, Leonsis is going to say its time to embrace Gilbert as a player and person. He's on the hook to pay him $80M over the next four years which also makes him the biggest albatross around the Wizards' franchise. Smart money says the Wiz and Arenas have agreed to bury the hatchet until he can be traded midseason if he proves he can play and be a good teammate.

No way will Arenas be around as part of the rebuilding effort considering he's 28 and has played a total of 50 games in the last 3 seasons. Not to mention the Wizards current coach and GM have soured on his on on court play and were looking to trade him before the gun incident.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Find someone who can teach Javale McGee to shoot a sky hook. With that guy's size and wingspan, this should be a no-brainer. Man, if I were his size, I'd be making huge bucks shooting a sky hook. I'd be unstoppable.

He should be practicing it 6 hours every day -- 3 hours right handed, 3 hours left handed. By October he could be ready to score at will.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 10, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention the Wizards current coach and GM have soured on his on on court play and were looking to trade him before the gun incident.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

didn't know they had a trade in the works for Gil last year. I don't know why you are saying that trading gil makes the most sense either. he's under contact (an albatros of a contract) he's under 30, he should be healthy and was avging 20+ and 6+ per game while playing his way back. Before his injuries and even during his rehab, Gil displayed an unquestionable work ethic. he will come to camp in shape and he will be a major contributor wherever he goes. i just hope he stays.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The reality of things:

If Gil comes back and puts up 25 a night all will be forgiven.

He doesn't he gone in 2011.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Ted's just being smart.

You have to give other teams the impression that Gil's worth a lot to your franchise and he's wanted by your franchise. What you don't want is to be perceived as having a firesale. The more Ted and Ernie prop him up the easier he is to unload.

New York is the perfect place for Gil and he's as good as gone if the Knicks tank in free agency.

Posted by: harrybalz | June 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I didnt' hear all of the press conference. I loved what I heard, though.

Did Leonsis talk at all about the impending labor negotiations? Do you think he is approaching this offseason with caution given that a new CBA will be in place after next year?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You give the point position to Wall, but Gil is still the man, until proven otherwise, and that is done on the court.

Who should get the ball down the stretch?

Posted by: G-Man11 | June 10, 2010 3:15 PM

Disgaree. Gil as The Man is over. Wall gets the keys to the car, as in, he's the PG and will be the primary ball handler. He's going to be the decision maker on the floor and the guy running the offense. Flip is going to be trying to mold him into the PG he so frequently says he needs for his system to work.

That is exactly why it's difficult to envision Gil and Wall in the backcourt together, because unless Gill willingly takes a backseat- then you end up forcing Wall to spend time at the 2 position while Gil dominates the ball.

There is major role for Gil on the team, but in drafting Wall #1 overall, the franchise is being turned over to him in a sense.

Both guys need the ball in their hands, you owe one of them $80mill and the other you drafted as a franchise player. Tricky situation...

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

ZardsFan:

Ted spoke glowingly of a hard cap. It might be safe to assume he's in favor of having one in the next CBA.

Posted by: harrybalz | June 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Ted spoke glowingly of a hard cap. It might be safe to assume he's in favor of having one in the next CBA."

He's an owner, he has to say that. :)

I don't think you'll ever see one in the NBA. Hockey NEEDED one for the sport to survive. Basketball is on a global level, there's no lack of cash in the NBA.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

ZardsFan:

On the John Thompson show, EG also indicated that it is a consideration and that having financial flexibility is a good thing until they know what the new terms will be.

Posted by: ts35 | June 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Find someone who can teach Javale McGee to shoot a sky hook. With that guy's size and wingspan, this should be a no-brainer...He should be practicing it 6 hours every day -- 3 hours right handed, 3 hours left handed. By October he could be ready to score at will.Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all"

You're kidding, right? You not only want him master one of the most difficult shots in the big man repertoire, but you want him to do it ambidextrously?

Kareem like to take the ball to full extension, cradle it in his palm, and then release it. That's part of what it made it so difficult to block. Plus that Jabbar would do it from ten feet on occasion. An ordinary jump hook is more of a continuous motion, and closer to the basket.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see them buy another 1st round pick.

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

How often does a player, particularity one with college experience, particularly a big man, come into the NBA with negligible offensive skills/instincts only to later develop into a significant offensive contributor? Almost never to my recollection.

The odds of McGee ever being anything other than an afterthought/garbage man on offensive are slim. Not that that's necessarily a problem. He just needs to understand and accept that and focusing on maximizing what he can do in that role.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

One name we don't hear a lot around the 35th pick is Dexter Pittman of Texas -- probably because 1) he's fat, and 2) the Longhorns disappointed last season. But in many ways he's a decent bet in the second round. He has a very reliable right-handed hook, he's impossible to move off the blocks (unlike a certain more talented Wiz center), he's improved as a passer, and he has a 7'6" wingspan -- helpful for defense. He's a legit 6'11 in his booties. Only a 55% FT shooter (big man's curse) but as a rotation player with McGee, might actually see some time on the court.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 10, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Jermaine O'Neil took a quantum leap offensively, I'm sure there are others.

Mcgee averaged about 11pts/game on nights where he played 20mins or more this past season....well over 50%FG too. If he can hit his FTs, that would be huge for him

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Adventures of Javale was very amusing at times last season, but hopefully this summer he picks up some semblance of a preferred shot selection or at least shots he wont take.

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Jermaine O'Neil took a quantum leap offensively, I'm sure there are others."

O'Neal actually had some offensive touch coming into the NBA. But he didn't play much the first few years because he was on a vet laden contending team. He was light years ahead of where McGee is in basic understanding of offensive principles.

"Mcgee averaged about 11pts/game on nights where he played 20mins or more this past season....well over 50%FG too."

Yeah, because most of his points came off spoon fed alley-oop lobs and putback dunks, the very definition of "afterthought/garbage man on offense." He has pretty much zero skill/instinct when it comes to generating offense himself. And, again, that's not necessarily a problem as long as he understands and plays within that role. But his attempts at one-on-one off the dribble and post up moves need to stop, because he has zero facility for successfully completing said moves.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Also, O'Neal came into the NBA straight out of H.S. By the time he was the age McGee is now, he was the age McGee is now, he was a double-digit scorer and rebounder and a go-to interior player for the Pacers.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anybody is expecting McGee to be a 30 ppg scorer at any point in his career. I don't think anybody would reasonably expect him to be a top 3 option in the half-court game.

But becoming a good run-n-gun transition center, pick & roller, and being able to hit an open mid-range jumper consistently isn't out of the question.

Posted by: psps23 | June 10, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Gil have to embrace us? He is the one who has acted like an idiot and received millions for doing almost nothing the last couple of years.

Let John Wall be the face of this team with Gilbert at the #2. If he sulks, then let Nick Young handle the 2 and Gil can ride the bench.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | June 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Doesnt matter how the ball gets into the hoop. If JM scores 14pts/night, that's well beyond "afterthough, garbage man."

Considering he was at about 11/pts with minutes this past season, it's possible he develops a lil summin

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

But becoming a good run-n-gun transition center, pick & roller, and being able to hit an open mid-range jumper consistently isn't out of the question.

Posted by: psps23 | June 10, 2010 4:42 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what they do as long as they get rid of everything "Pollin".

Posted by: lp_lodestar | June 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Doesnt matter how the ball gets into the hoop."

Yes, actually, it does. It might not matter next year or the one after that, since they figure to be pretty bad anyhow. But if this team (as you seem to believe they will) is going to make him their C of the future, with aspirations of deep playoff runs, he needs to be able to generate offense in a half-court set. Teams that lack that don't get very far. It's that simple. And nothing he's done up to this point has given any indication that he possesses the skills necessary to become that kind of player.

"If JM scores 14pts/night, that's well beyond "afterthough, garbage man.""

Not if those 14 points all come on put backs and alley oops it's not.

"But becoming a good run-n-gun transition center, pick & roller, and being able to hit an open mid-range jumper consistently isn't out of the question."

Based on what he's shown so far, his being able to hit an open mid-range jumpshot is very, very much in question.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

As is his ability to set picks, for that matter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Can you name an "afterthought, garbage man" who scores 14pts a night? I cant think of anyone who fits that description. If you're scoring that much, teams have to pay attention to you.

Your beloved Birdman doesnt crack 7pts/night in over 20mins of play. That's the textbook definition of afterthought/garbage man.

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

McGee is never going to be a Tim Duncan in the skills department. Skill-wise, he's more in the mold of Dwight Howard, unfortunately without huge frame.

He doesn't need a great offensive game. Get needs a good defensive game, and a mistake-free offensive game. You combine that with his athletic talents, and add a little more size, you'll have a pretty good starting center.

I'm more intrigued however about Leonsis' comments about Arenas. Yes, it could just be a smokescreen, but it very easily could all be true. Could be that they're no longer treatinghim like someone that want to give away for peanuts, but like any other high quality, not-quite-franchise material, player - you only trade him if you get decent value in return.

If that's true, and they want to make use of him over the next few years, they should probably try and make some moves this free agency. Though if you assume that Wall, Arenas, and Blatche of the 1,2, and 4 spots taken, who do you try and bring in this summer?

Posted by: segastyle | June 10, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think McGee can develop into a reliable scorer. Which is not to say a 20pt a game scorer, but he has shown a few things which say he could be solid. First, he has good touch on his shot. His form isn't great, but the touch is there -- Haywood as a comparison has zero touch. Second, he at least has a basic understanding (or instinct) on using his length as an advantage. But he is very unskilled / uncoordinated in the post.

I'm a little surprised given that his Mom is a pro basketball player that some of his skills aren't more advanced, which gives me a little pause. At the same time, I did see some improvement. Every once in a while, he would flash a coordinated move that it was clear he had been working on. If he puts in the work, he should be able to develop a solid, basic big man's offensive game, imo. Sky hook? No. Not sure that shot would be as unstoppable in today's game. Jump hook? Definitely. Easier to learn, equally effective for someone with McGee's length and leaping ability.

Posted by: ts35 | June 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"McGee is never going to be a Tim Duncan in the skills department. Skill-wise, he's more in the mold of Dwight Howard, unfortunately without huge frame."

He's not even close to that good. Howard has legit post-up and off the dribble skills. Is he fully polished? No. Does he have range? No? But his hands, footwork, and decision making with the ball dwarf McGee on every level.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Can you name an "afterthought, garbage man" who scores 14pts a night? I cant think of anyone who fits that description. If you're scoring that much, teams have to pay attention to you."

No, they have to pay attention to the guy throwing the alley-oop lobs because without those, he has no chance to score.

Of course it's all speculation, because MGee has done nothing to suggest he's capable of scoring a consistent 14 ppg in any fashion.

"Your beloved Birdman doesnt crack 7pts/night in over 20mins of play. That's the textbook definition of afterthought/garbage man."

Yep. And given McGee's greater physical gifts, if he adopted Andersen's approach to the the game, he could easily better those numbers while still playing within his very limited skill set. Which would make a helluva lot more sense than him trying to play like someone who has real offensive touch/court sense/bball IQ when he has consistently failed to display any of the above.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

PONDEXTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bullzards80 | June 10, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"McGee is never going to be a Tim Duncan in the skills department. Skill-wise, he's more in the mold of Dwight Howard, unfortunately without huge frame."

He's not even close to that good. Howard has legit post-up and off the dribble skills. Is he fully polished? No. Does he have range? No? But his hands, footwork, and decision making with the ball dwarf McGee on every level.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Howard is more coordinated, but his post-up skills aren't that great, and they definitely weren't much better than McGee's when he came in the league. He's just put in the time and effort. He also has one big advantage McGee doesn't in being stronger than most players.

Posted by: ts35 | June 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I think I read that McGee was one of those guys that experienced a late growth spurt. That's one of the reasons he was so far under the radar coming out of HS and was a surprise when he entered the draft. Most scouts thought he needed another yr of college ball.

Blah, blah, blah, he can't. Blah, blah, blah he won't. Blah, blah, blah, he'll never...

Heard the same ole, same ole, about Blatche a couple of years back from the same ole...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 10, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This team will never go anywhere with Arenas as a part of it. I agree with the above poster, what is mangement Leonsis supposed to say? If they can rid themselves of him via trade/reasonble settlement, believe me, they will and they would be very wise to do so!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | June 10, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Howard has virtually no consistent, legit offensive skills. It's almost all physical superiority over opponents. Which is fine, but let's not pretend he busts out an array of go-to moves or anything. Hell, he throws the ball at the backboard half the time, no touch

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Howard is more coordinated, but his post-up skills aren't that great, and they definitely weren't much better than McGee's when he came in the league. He's just put in the time and effort. He also has one big advantage McGee doesn't in being stronger than most players.

Posted by: ts35 | June 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

the hops and strength arguement doesn't fly with a lot of these guys. They consider Dwight Howard a dominant center eventhough his team consistently phases him out of close games in favor of jumpshooters. DH's post up game is more a product of him being able to out muscle defenders than his post up skills. ed

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 10, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Howard is more coordinated, but his post-up skills aren't that great, and they definitely weren't much better than McGee's when he came in the league. He's just put in the time and effort. He also has one big advantage McGee doesn't in being stronger than most players."

Posted by: ts35

I'll agree that Howard's post-up play when he came into the league wasn't really much better than McGee's. However, as you point out, Howard's better coordinated, stronger, and has put in "time and effort".

McGee is weak, often seems clueless about the game (surprising, given his mother's profession), and evidently has failed to put in "time and effort".

Obviously, neither is a good offensive player, but in your opinion, exactly what should anyone, at this point. expect in terms of improvement from McGee? Or more specifically, why do you feel he might improve more than a little as an offensive force?

Posted by: nmik | June 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

i believe gilbert is a player that needs to be mentally stimulated to play great, which means that leonsis is a genious for building his ego back up

Posted by: RSLACK7 | June 10, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe 10 years ago I would have been firing up the jets,"

Direct shot at DannyBoy

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 10, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

in your opinion, exactly what should anyone, at this point. expect in terms of improvement from McGee? Or more specifically, why do you feel he might improve more than a little as an offensive force?

Posted by: nmik

Don't think McGee will ever reach 'offensive force' status. I think he could become a decent, reliable offensive player. One, because he has touch already. Two, because he has length. Three, because players almost always want to practice scoring.

He does need to work a LOT on his footwork/skills, conditioning an strength. I do question how much he wants to work and get better and time will tell. But I think (hope) that under Ted's leadership that much of the craziness of the past few seasons will subside and he will foster more of an atmosphere that helps and requires players to get better. I think McGee will do better under that structure.

Posted by: ts35 | June 10, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Most of you probably missed the quote from Flip when he said that McGee's minutes are limited in part due to his asthma. If his asthma is a limiting factor then it stands to reason that this issue by itself will prevent McGee from being anything other than a back-up.

Posted by: MeviousMan | June 10, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

dominique wilkins and dennis rodman are asthmatics, but yeah that was troubling to hear he had the condition. Did they know when he was drafted??

Posted by: divi3 | June 10, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Most of you probably missed the quote from Flip when he said that McGee's minutes are limited in part due to his asthma."

I read that but know first-hand that asthma really varies from person to person (some rally good marathoners and tri-athletes, for instance, are asthmatic), so I feel we don't really know how the condition affects McGee.

Posted by: nmik | June 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess that means we won't be picking up Foye's contract. Too bad b/c he is a young team player that can start at SG and be a humble #2 next to Wall. Young is a scoring guy I really like seeing come off the bench. Same with Al Thornton, which makes me wonder about J. Howard. If were not gonna spend this summer why not give another year?

Posted by: mcgratsp | June 10, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear Ted mention putting more money into scouting the Euroleague. I don't think anyone asked him about acquiring a D-League team, but that's another need and now he owns the 10,000 seat Patriot Center.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 10, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

If the Wizards could've found a suitor for Arenas in a reasonable deal, he would've been outta here in a NY minute. Teddy didn't make all of that money and get into a position to own the Wizards, Caps, Verizon Center, etc. by being an idiot. He's gonna build Gilbert up as much as he can and try to get out of him what he can, preferably in a trade. Notice how he started out his answer: "Gilbert is the biggest asset the Wizards have in terms of contract." Translation: We're stuck w/ this guy, so we'll make the most of it.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 10, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert is the biggest asset that the Wizards have in terms of contract"

Well, that's one way to look at it.

Like subprimes were AIG's biggest asset...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 10, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ted Congratulations... I have a question for you... So many teams have good, solid foreign international players so when we gonna start getting some? We have old Oberto and we had a terrible Pecherof. We don't like euro players?

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | June 10, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't think McGee will ever reach 'offensive force' status. I think he could become a decent, reliable offensive player. One, because he has touch already. Two, because he has length. Three, because players almost always want to practice scoring.

He does need to work a LOT on his footwork/skills, conditioning an strength. I do question how much he wants to work and get better and time will tell. But I think (hope) that under Ted's leadership that much of the craziness of the past few seasons will subside and he will foster more of an atmosphere that helps and requires players to get better. I think McGee will do better under that structure.

Posted by: ts35 |
"Spoken" like an obedient employee.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | June 10, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

How often does a player, particularity one with college experience, particularly a big man, come into the NBA with negligible offensive skills/instincts only to later develop into a significant offensive contributor? Almost never to my recollection.

The odds of McGee ever being anything other than an afterthought/garbage man on offensive are slim. Not that that's necessarily a problem. He just needs to understand and accept that and focusing on maximizing what he can do in that role.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 10, 2010 4:16 PM

Yee of so little faith. An afterthought and a garbage man. Oh really???

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 10, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"The resurection begins...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse "

Resurrection?

Which one would that be now? Fifth and counting?

Seriously, if you spent $1000 on a hamburger, you'd probably tell everyone how great it tasted and how worth it it was.

Leonsis is a marketing guy...don't forget. What else would you expect him to say? Bad mouth his now biggest investment in a player? Leonsis talks about Gilby "when he was in his prime." Most star ballers just start their prime at 27-28.

I chuckle to myself when people talk about Gilby, they refer to what he has done in the past. The only thing that has merit from those discussions is that he actually did them in the past.

Past performance is no guarantee of future returns, especially based on what we've seen since the latest comeback.

I wish Gilby well, but due to the injuries, the emergence of other players, coaching focus, etc., what you and others reminisce about in the past will remain as fond memories only.

Gilby will remain a productive player, but nothing near max money/franchise production.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 10, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"The reality of things:

If Gil comes back and puts up 25 a night all will be forgiven.

He doesn't he gone in 2011.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse "

It's more than about personal stats.

It's about winning playoff series.

It's about being a leader on the team.

It's about making your team better.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 10, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't know how many of you bloggers are registered Wizard fans and checked your email today, but Mr. Leonsis sent out an open email letter to all.

That also is marketing and saying and doing the right thing. And yes it is very prudent to market his biggest contractual obligation as an asset and not a liability.

It is good for the organization and also it is good in that it sends the right message to Gilbert as well as the rest of the team.

Those of you that think that this approach is only just good market sense, thats true, but it also goes further than that.

It sends the right message to the entire organization. Getting your entire organization on message in a positive way is bigger than just Gilbert.

Whether he stays or goes Ted Leonsis understands the big picture and Gilbert Arenas will not in any way be a hindrance to this organization.

So all you folks that still want to hate on what is in the past, get over it, I am sure Ted Leonsis is not waisting time on any of it.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 10, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

"It is good for the organization and also it is good in that it sends the right message to Gilbert as well as the rest of the team.

Those of you that think that this approach is only just good market sense, thats true, but it also goes further than that.

It sends the right message to the entire organization. Getting your entire organization on message in a positive way is bigger than just Gilbert.

Whether he stays or goes Ted Leonsis understands the big picture and Gilbert Arenas will not in any way be a hindrance to this organization.

So all you folks that still want to hate on what is in the past, get over it, I am sure Ted Leonsis is not waisting time on any of it.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 10, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse "

Abe and EG have said a lot of good things in the past despite fools acting up.

How effective was talk last season, even after Abe died? How did the team respond?

Talk is cheap, my friend.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 10, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing about that boiler plate letter. Ted did not have it addressed as Wizard Fans, he had it addressed by name as in Dear Larry, and he said that this would not be his last communication and that he would look forward to meeting in person, via email, or his blog account again.

Now I know he dosen't know me any more than a hill of beans, but it's something about that approach thats speaks volumes for this new owner.

Can you imagine the effect that he is going to have on this basketball team and this organization.

Gilbert Arenas right now will do anything for this man to redeem himself. When Ted says jump, Gilbert will respond, how high.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 10, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Abe and EG have said a lot of good things in the past despite fools acting up.

How effective was talk last season, even after Abe died? How did the team respond?

Talk is cheap, my friend.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 10, 2010 10:50 PM

Yes, talk can be cheap, especially when you can't or will not back it up and when there is a lack of respect going around.

But ole' chap, I don't think Mr. Leonsis is going to have a problem with any of that nonsense. Those days are over.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 10, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert will be a Knick as soon as they strike out on all of this summers FA's. Living in NYC they have to get someone this year that can put points up and Fat Eddie's contract will be a nice return for the Wizards.

Posted by: bigcountry22 | June 10, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of the comments above about Javale McGee is very amusing.

I think that quite often people are too quick to put a label on the kid. In reality, I think you can get a pretty clear picture of who he is (none of us know what he could become,yet) by picking items from the comments made by both ts35 and Kal.

I especially agree with ts's mention of the soft touch (for a guy his length) that he shows when his is balanced, but that leads me to one of the main cons that Kal pointed out. This kid's footwork is so terrible that he usually get way off balance when he tries to make an offensive move and get a shot off.

And let's not forget last year's discovery that he has ASTHMA and that may be the reason that he always out of shape out there rather than a poor work ethic.

My point is just that there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to what Javale is even capable of doing let alone how close he can come to reaching his FULL POTENTIAL.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 11, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

For you Non Caps/non Hockey fans l:
1) Teddy L is smarter than some of you numwit Wiz fans like aids in the brain deepthroat88
2) Teddy L is richer than you
3) Teddy L is a proven winner
4) Teddy L is smarter than you

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 11, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"I especially agree with ts's mention of the soft touch (for a guy his length) that he shows when his is balanced, but that leads me to one of the main cons that Kal pointed out. This kid's footwork is so terrible that he usually get way off balance when he tries to make an offensive move and get a shot off."

It's not just footwork and balance (although both are terrible). He lacks basic court awareness and a sense of space out on the floor. How many times have we seen him finish off one of his ill-fated post up moves with a hook or turnaround jumper that clangs off the backboard a couple feet on either side of the actual rim , or try to finish off one of his awkward looking dribble drives with a finger roll that falls short of the rim or clangs off the back iron? He takes shots in a way that suggests he has no idea where the basket is in relation to his position on the floor. That kind of court sense and spacial awareness is a basic, elementary tenet of the game and the kind of thing that a guy who's at the age/point of his career that McGee is should have learned years ago. His basic bball IQ is terrible. That's not the kind of thing that can be easily fixed or compensated for at this stage.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 11, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

And, again, that's not to say he can't be a useful player. But given his clear and significant deficits of skill and basic game comprehension (don't even get me started on the biting on pump fakes 20 feet from the basket) but it's hard to see him making up enough lost ground to be a legit starting C on a good team. He just doesn't appear to have it. He looks like a 20 mpg backup to me. Which is fine, because every team needs one of those.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 11, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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Howard has virtually no consistent, legit offensive skills. It's almost all physical superiority over opponents. Which is fine, but let's not pretend he busts out an array of go-to moves or anything. Hell, he throws the ball at the backboard half the time, no touch"

Never said he was consistent. In fact lack of consistency is probably his biggest weakness offensively (and a lot of that is confidence). But he certainly has legit offensive moves in the low post as well as the ability to take slower Cs off the dribble and finish at the rim. Anyone who suggests otherwise probably hasn't seen him play in two years. Now, compared to most other offensive Cs with a comparable scoring average, his skills are probably among the least polished and fluid. But compared to McGee he's practically Wilt Freakin' Chamberlain.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 11, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

"Howard has virtually no consistent, legit offensive skills. It's almost all physical superiority over opponents. Which is fine, but let's not pretend he busts out an array of go-to moves or anything. Hell, he throws the ball at the backboard half the time, no touch"

Never said he was consistent. In fact lack of consistency is probably his biggest weakness offensively (and a lot of that is confidence). But he certainly has legit offensive moves in the low post as well as the ability to take slower Cs off the dribble and finish at the rim. Anyone who suggests otherwise probably hasn't seen him play in two years. Now, compared to most other offensive Cs with a comparable scoring average, his skills are probably among the least polished and fluid. But compared to McGee he's practically Wilt Freakin' Chamberlain.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 11, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"He takes shots in a way that suggests he has no idea where the basket is in relation to his position on the floor. " - kalo_rama

I agree he's not the most court aware, but I think a bigger part of the above issue is his lack of patience. He gets the ball and feels he has to do something with it right away.

Regardless, I think his best course of action is to focus on getting stronger, more endurance, and learning defense. He'll always be able to get points on the break or off a rebound - he's so gifted athletically for his size.

Posted by: segastyle | June 11, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Can you say 'smoke screen'? Of course, Leonsis is going to say its time to embrace Gilbert as a player and person. He's on the hook to pay him $80M over the next four years which also makes him the biggest albatross around the Wizards' franchise. Smart money says the Wiz and Arenas have agreed to bury the hatchet until he can be traded midseason if he proves he can play and be a good teammate.

No way will Arenas be around as part of the rebuilding effort considering he's 28 and has played a total of 50 games in the last 3 seasons. Not to mention the Wizards current coach and GM have soured on his on on court play and were looking to trade him before the gun incident.

Posted by: wizfan89
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Yep, that about sums it up.

Posted by: closg | June 11, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

If I had never seen Javale play, I would swear he was the worst center prospect ever reading kalo
The kid is definitely raw and green but we've never seen a player of his kind, the potential is great.

Posted by: zxhoya | June 11, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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