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Ernie Grunfeld: "This freshness is exciting to me"


It's no longer stale here. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld may have inadvertently made the biggest announcement on Thursday -- that the team would go to the colors of the American flag -- after his news conference had officially concluded, but he still had a lot to say about the state of franchise, his impressions of No. 1 overall pick John Wall, Gilbert Arenas's latest comeback attempt, the rebuilding plans and his excitement about watching this young team develop.

Let me get the health update out of the way first. Grunfeld said the team doesn't expect Josh Howard to be available until November or possibly December as he recovers from the torn left anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered against Chicago last February. Grunfeld said Howard has been limited to running on the anti-gravity treadmill. He has not been cleared to run or for any basketball related activities.

"When we first signed him, we said he would not be available for the beginning of the season," Grunfeld said, "but there is no exact date that you can put on it. He's still rehabbing, but he is ... making good progress. We'll just have to monitor the situation and see how quickly he develops."

Grunfeld said Andray Blatche, who broke a bone in his right foot last June, has "full clearance" but added that he may be held back from participating in full-contract drills through the first week or two of practice. "He should be ready to do a lot of things in training camp," Grunfeld said. "We expect him to be able to play opening night at full tilt."

Grunfeld said Yi Jianlian may also be limited some in the first few days of training camp. Yi developed a sore left Achilles' tendon during the world championships in Istanbul, where he averaged 20.2 points and 10.6 assists, and was forced to miss a game against Turkey. His heel flared up in the elimination game against Lithuania and he was advised to get some rest after the tournament ended. The injury is not considered serious, but the Wizards want to be cautious with the 22-year-old forward. "He's doing okay. We're not pushing him," Grunfeld said. "He was moving around and running a bit [Thursday afternoon]. He also needed a rest. We wanted to rest him up."

The Wizards had more than $20 million in cap room this summer but did not get involved in the chase of big-name talents during the much-hyped 2010 free agent class last summer. Grunfeld elected to stick to owner Ted Leonsis's plan to build a team through the draft that will develop into a contender for years to come. After taking advantage of teams that whiffed in their pursuits of LeBron James and/or Dwyane Wade, Grunfeld wasn't gloating about using the cap space to get Kirk Hinrich, Yi and Kevin Seraphin, but he certainly felt justified in taking that path.

"There's about six or seven teams that had cap room and only one team had a lot of success," Grunfeld said about Miami, which signed James, Wade and Chris Bosh. "Everybody else was just so-so with that cap space. We made a decision that we are rebuilding and we didn't know if one of those main, main players wanted to be part of a rebuilding situation and it turns out they didn't. So, we feel good that our strategy was to try to get younger, to try to get more draft picks, to try to be opportunistic.

"I don't know if there were winners or losers, whatever, we'll see as things go along how things were," Grunfeld said. "We were able to add some talented young players. Time will tell. Everybody has their own plans. I'm not here to criticize anybody for what they did, because everybody has a plan that they want to execute and I'm sure every team has reasons and the way they want to do their things. Miami, they did very, very well."

Grunfeld said that after last season, he felt the need to overhaul the roster and the mindset of the team. "We wanted to get younger, we wanted to get more athletic, but we also wanted to get tougher," Grunfeld said, adding that Hinrich and Howard are solid defenders, while draft picks Trevor Booker and Seraphin add a much-needed element of physicality to the team.

Before last season, Grunfeld boldly stated that he wanted the Wizards to "make some noise" when they get to the playoffs. But on Thursday, Grunfeld didn't make the postseason a priority. "We want to play hard, aggressive basketball, and we want to improve as the season goes along, and you never know what can happen in the NBA," Grunfeld said. "It's a long season. Some teams come together quicker than other teams, but we want to see improvement as the season goes along. Player development for us is going to be extremely important, not only in training camp, but throughout the whole season. if these players stick together, continue to work hard, play with passion and intensity, I think that's what we're going to be looking for and let the chips fall where they may."

He said that he supported Leonsis's desires to rebuild after trying to improve playoff teams during most of his time as a basketball executive. "I've been fortunate that I've been on teams with veteran players that are ready to compete and do some things and get to the playoffs," Grunfeld said. "We felt we were like that last year at this time and so did most of the people that were evaluating teams. We had a good solid group of veteran players who were competitors, it just didn't happen for several reasons. It got stale and changes needed to be made.

"This freshness is exciting to me," he said. "Obviously, we were on the same page. The rebuild started way before Ted and his group took over. That's how it worked for the Capitals. We're going to follow the same kind of formula. We've changed the makeup of our team. The good thing is, Ted has gone through this before and understands that this is a process. It's not going to happen overnight."

Grunfeld was asked several questions about Arenas and how the three-time all-star might have changed after his season-ending suspension. In each instance, Grunfeld focused solely on Arenas as a basketball player. "He looks terrific," Grunfeld said. "He's very upbeat and ready to get back to what he loves to do and that's play basketball."

He added that he doesn't foresee any problems with a backcourt featuring Arenas and John Wall. "I think Gilbert and John can make a good combination. I think they can both make plays. I think Gilbert is an outstanding scorer, I think John is an outstanding defender, and they will complement each other very well," Grunfeld said. "They can both make plays. They can both score. Gilbert is an outstanding three-point shooter and they both have good size at that position. you never have enough playmakers on your roster, but it's going to take some tiem for them to feel each other out and develop a certain kind of chemistry. But don't forget, there are three other players on the floor."

Wall has already been billed as the "Game Changer" but Grunfeld added that the demands on the 20-year-old rookie will likely diminish as the season progresses, especially as it relates to media requests. "For those of you that have worked with John, you realize that he's a very mature kid for his age and very poised. I think at this point, he's handled being the No. 1 pick, extremely well, with maturity and with grace," he said. "He gives every one time when they need it. He understands that comes with the territory. As the season goes along, there were will limitations on his time. He's still going to be available. He's going to be cooperative. But at the same time, basketball is very important and he can't go in too many directions, because the No. 1 focus has to be on preparing for every individual game."

Grunfeld repeatedly talked about his enthusiasm for this team and joked about Midnight tip-off festivities, saying, "We're very excited to get started. In fact, we're so excited, we're getting started at 12:01, the first possible day that we can get to it."

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
 
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Comments

I'm not sure how the Bulls arent considered a big winner in the summer's FA....adding Boozer is exactly what they needed. And a frontcourt of Boozer/Noah could by kryptonite to the talents of South Beach.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ernest Grunfeld has done the impossible.

The Wizards are poised to have a playoff year and, other than Arenas, have no burdensome, long-term contracts to impede their progress moving forward.

Some of you tin-ear haters blasted Ernest because N'Diaye doesn't have a contract. As I suggested, the Wizards have offered him a contract commensurate with his draft position and N'Diaye has not signed it. The market has determined that N'Diaye is not worthy of a guaranteed contract and Ernest is offering him exactly what he deserves that this point in career. He will play in the D-League this year if he doesn't get an overseas contract and that's that.

Bask in the warmth of Ernest's brilliance and be assured that the Wizards will be far more entertaining and competitive than the haters would have you believe!

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Ernest Grunfeld has done the impossible.

The Wizards are poised to have a playoff year and, other than Arenas, have no burdensome, long-term contracts to impede their progress moving forward.

Some of you tin-ear haters blasted Ernest because N'Diaye doesn't have a contract. As I suggested, the Wizards have offered him a contract commensurate with his draft position and N'Diaye has not signed it. The market has determined that N'Diaye is not worthy of a guaranteed contract and Ernest is offering him exactly what he deserves that this point in career. He will play in the D-League this year if he doesn't get an overseas contract and that's that.

Bask in the warmth of Ernest's brilliance and be assured that the Wizards will be far more entertaining and competitive than the haters would have you believe!

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Thank you Ernie Grunfeld

Posted by: junkmail0153 | September 24, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ Ernie, he makes the trains run on time; he's responsible for the team, yet he isn't either. He threw Gilbert under the bus, now extolls his talents.

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hello junkmail0153/melodious_thunk, you love Ernie so much, you had say it under two different ID's.

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Ernest Grunfeld has done the impossible.

The Wizards are poised to have a playoff year and, other than Arenas, have no burdensome, long-term contracts to impede their progress moving forward.

Some of you tin-ear haters blasted Ernest because N'Diaye doesn't have a contract. As I suggested, the Wizards have offered him a contract commensurate with his draft position and N'Diaye has not signed it. The market has determined that N'Diaye is not worthy of a guaranteed contract and Ernest is offering him exactly what he deserves that this point in career. He will play in the D-League this year if he doesn't get an overseas contract and that's that.

Bask in the warmth of Ernest's brilliance and be assured that the Wizards will be far more entertaining and competitive than the haters would have you believe!

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Grunfield is apart of the group of the better GM's in the league, but PLAYOFFS, Did you say PLAYOFFS? Dude, give it atleast 2 years. The reason I know you are not being realistic is:

1. We didn't make the playoffs last year, not even close

2. The playoff teams of last year got stronger. not weaker.

3. The HEAT, it is very, very hot in the EAST this year, let alone our own divisioin.

The wiz will be exciting to watch for Wizards fans. They will play different. But no way they make the playoffs this year. There chances are far less than the chance the Redskins have this year.

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | September 24, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Nellie could squeeze 45 wins out of this team this year with his style of play. Of course, we'd get bounced in the playoffs but at least we'd get there.

We're still a big donut....huge hole in the middle. I like Javale a lot but defensively, he's not strong enough yet. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: original_mark | September 24, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

At Ernie's presser he said Adam Morrison was "a proven scorer and great shooter" expect Adam Morrison in a Wizards uniform, that will Ernie's next move of "brillance".

Re: N'Diaye, we appear to have botched the draft-and-stash strategy, although it appears it would not have worked anyway because N'Diaye is so-bad, he can't even get an overseas contract playing overseas. Here's a good article about the botched pick.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/pick-and-roll/NDiaye-still-awaiting-Wizards-tender-102007223.html

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Morrison is going to be very hard-pressed to make the team. He's a camp invite who doesnt do anything better than guys we already have, you'd think he'd have to impress from Day1 to have a chance. And if you saw him in the scrimmage vid, he's probably now hoping midnight madness is considered Day1

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@closg,

You're a hater who's singing off-key as usual.

There has been no "botching" of the pick. N'Diaye is the very definition of "developmental player" and the Wizards are currently in the drivers seat as they have his rights and are in complete control of his NBA future. What you have witnessed is textbook execution of a plan by our Ernest Grunfeld without succumbing to pressure/criticism from N'Diaye's agent. If N'Diaye is released, then you might have a gimpy leg to stand on, but even that would be an exercise in hindsight quarterbacking.

Btw, the only bus running over Arenas was the one that Arenas placed into gear and jumped under. His ordeal was self-inflicted in every way and even the most dedicated Grunfeld hater (you, utilityman, dargregmag, etc.) should be able to see that.

@Orginal Mark and 15600,

I stand by my prediction of a playoff appearance THIS SEASON. Yes, the pieces are young, but they are supremely talented and the NBA will have no choice but to take notice. Charlotte, Toronto and Cleveland took giant steps backward and our Wizards will gladly take a playoff position from one of those teams.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"In Grunfeld We Trust!!"

Guys.

Seriously.

The only think that will make this team any "fresher" is that EG comes to the podium in a presser and fires himself. He's a terrible GM and has made several terrible moves. Abe Polin hired him, what more can I say??

He's going to get fired, it's only a matter of time. Ted will catch on eventually.

And you guys who think the Wiz will make the playoffs this year are all on crack. Wall will make an impact, but beyond Gilbert there are NO scorers on this team. None. Hinrich is going to have to play the 3 where he will be constantly outgunned by taller players. Blatche is inconsistent at best and always hurt.

Not trying to be rude, but you guys are just dreaming. I just hope some of the kids will stick around long enough for Ted to realize that you cannot "develope" kids in the NBA like you can other sports(aka hockey). He wants to build through the draft which is great, but EG cannot draft to save his life. My mom who knows nothing about bball would have even drafted Wall at #1. Then he trades up and turns around and drafts some kid from France who quite honestly, sucks. Then he trades for some kid from China who sucks even worse.

Ernie Grunfeld's a bust!!!

It's just a matter of time however. Ted asked me to be patient in an email, and I am going to be. But the team you see on the floor this year will be 100% different next year, and the year after that.

It's great to be optimistic, but guys you gotta be "real" also.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 24, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Adam Morrison? Are we still haunted by the ghosts of Jordan's past

Posted by: jefferu | September 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Hamady barely played in summer league. At this point, no one can possibly have any substantive idea how good he may or may not be, based on that (let alone the fact that summer league is virtually meaningless as an actual proving ground anyway). If he shows anything in camp/preseason, it would behoove them to hold onto him. He'll be cheap and on a non-guaranteed contract. If something better comes along, they can still cut him loose if they need to make room. But given the team's issues on the interior, if there's a chance of him being a productive player at some point, even in an 9th or 10th man role or as a big body in practice, there's no practical reason not to give it a chance to play out.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Hinrich is going to have to play the 3 where he will be constantly outgunned by taller players. "

Posted by: rmcazz | September 24, 2010 1:53 PM

Why is Hinrich going to have to play the 3? I don't see any reason for that at all. Hinrich is the primary backup at the 1 and the 2. Basically, two of him, Wall, and Arenas will be on the floor at all times. SF is going to be a round robin between Thornton, Howard (when/if he recovers), Young, and maybe Yi, and possibly someone they sign out of camp (e.g., Morrison or Martin).

As for him being "constantly outgunned by taller players . . . " he built his rep as a defensive player by holding his own against bigger, stronger guys. Now, if he were playing 30 mpg at SF, then yeah, that would be a problem. But he's not, so it won't be.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Then he trades up and turns around and drafts some kid from France who quite honestly, sucks. Then he trades for some kid from China who sucks even worse.

Posted by: rmcazz

Ray doesn't like foreign born players. How refreshing.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Hamady barely played in summer league. At this point, no one can possibly have any substantive idea how good he may or may not be, based on that (let alone the fact that summer league is virtually meaningless as an actual proving ground anyway)."

Are you questioning EG? It says pretty clearly above that the Wizards do not want him in uniform this season and are hoping he plays elsewhere. Apparently some people can make judgments based on Summer league.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse


It's just a matter of time however. Ted asked me to be patient in an email, and I am going to be. But the team you see on the floor this year will be 100% different next year, and the year after that.

Posted by: rmcazz | September 24, 2010 1:53 PM

100% different? You mean even Wall, Seraphin, Booker, McGee and Blatche are just one-year tryouts? I hope you aren't basing your information off of something you received in an e-mail from a guy signing off with "Sincerely, Ted".
It's also interesting that Seraphin 'sucks' and you've never seen him play a full game of basketball.

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

4-way trade involving Carmelo Anthony to the Nets in serious discussion. Wizards can't catch a break.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5610989

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 24, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@Orginal Mark and 15600,

I stand by my prediction of a playoff appearance THIS SEASON. Yes, the pieces are young, but they are supremely talented and the NBA will have no choice but to take notice. Charlotte, Toronto and Cleveland took giant steps backward and our Wizards will gladly take a playoff position from one of those teams.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Dude, You must think we are going to beat out:

Ind, Det, or Phi (Possible, not a givin)

Mia, Orl, Atl, Char, Bos, Chi, Mil are going to the playoffs...

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | September 24, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"Are you questioning EG? It says pretty clearly above that the Wizards do not want him in uniform this season and are hoping he plays elsewhere."

Key words being "this season." It said quite clearly in the previous post that they view him as an asset and would like to see him in a Wizards uniform at some point. Moreover, the Wizards coaching staff has seen more of him than just the token minutes on the floor he played in summer league.

Keep tryin' though.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Melodius Thunk is my favorite commenter here. I love every single one of his posts and am collecting them in a scrapbook for publication. Unfortunately, sweet though his song is, I don't think he's right about our Wizards under the inspired leadership of Ernest Grunfeld making the playoffs this year. I'm not sure I agree with the WinShares commenter who "proved" that they could end up with the worst record of any team in NBA history, but I definitely think they could be this year's New Jersey Nets.

I foresee less than 20 wins this season and another trip to the lottery. Hopefully they'll pick up a dominant center there along with either a starting small forward or shooting guard.

Posted by: KTV1 | September 24, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If N'Diaye was the nonentity you seem to have so much invested in claiming he is, and summer league was the proof that you claim it was for the Wizards brass . . . then why would they be doing all the hand-wringing and teeth gnashing about whether to keep him? They'd just cut him loose and move on. So if summer league really did show that he was as worthless as you seem to think, it appears not to have shown it to the Wizards, who at least seem to think he's worth thinking about keeping.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If N'Diaye was the guy who would push Mcgee for minutes this season as you claimed, he'd already be signed and expected to contribute. But he's not, and it was patently clear during Summer League. Apparently to everyone but you?

If there's a way to keep his rights and develop him I'm all for it, what I said earlier was it's no big deal when your 57th pick doesnt pan out.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

You said that Summer League proved to the Wizards that he was a scrub who couldn't play. But the fact that they're still considering whether to keep him (and have openly stated that they expect him to be part of the team at some point) clearly and directly refutes that.

And since we're talking about what we said earlier . . . as it usually does with you, what I actually said and what you repeatedly claim I said are two completely different things. What I said was that for the first time since they've been here, Blatche and McGee would find themselves in a position where they were being challenged for minutes by other young players who had something to prove in [i]Booker, Seraphin, and N'Diaye[/i], and how they responded to that would say a lot about their toughness. I never singled N'Diaye out, and even if he's not here, my point still stands, because I'm pretty sure that Booker and Seraphin aren't goingg overseas or to the D-League.

Keep tryin' though.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse


If the Nets trade for Carmelo, the Wizards' slim chances of making the playoffs disappear altogether. Regardless, the Wiz winning 35 games this season would be a huge step in the right direction, imho.

Posted by: gimmedat | September 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@closg,

You're a hater who's singing off-key as usual.

There has been no "botching" of the pick. N'Diaye is the very definition of "developmental player" and the Wizards are currently in the drivers seat as they have his rights and are in complete control of his NBA future. What you have witnessed is textbook execution of a plan by our Ernest Grunfeld without succumbing to pressure/criticism from N'Diaye's agent. If N'Diaye is released, then you might have a gimpy leg to stand on, but even that would be an exercise in hindsight quarterbacking.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 24, 2010 1:31 PM
............................................

History has shown that drafting based-upon need usually leads to disaster (Hello Thabeet). This year the Wizards nearly threw-out completely the idea of taking best player available (BPA) and instead entered the draft with certain players pre-selected for targeting. Fine, Kevin Seraphin looks like a legit prospect and was within the range of BPA at the time so I'm on-board with that pick, but that's as far as I go with Ernie on his selections. (Booker wasn't worth 30 + 35 but I hope it works-out)

The N'Diaye pick was botched because Ernie failed to select the best player available when the opportunity presented itself, his reach will probably result in a lost pick.

Stanley Robinson a 6"8 SF was listed in pre-draft rankings as going in the 1st round, but dropped to Orlando at 59. Derrick Caracter at 58 will certainly be the steal of the draft for where he was picked. Pull out your draft board from this summer and you will find N'Diaye waaay down on the list. N'Diaye might not even be D-League material, stick with BPA and the akward N'Diaye stand-off never happens. The pick was botched.

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

here's what you said:

If N'Diaye or Seraphin display better court awareness and adherence to the system, I could see them pushing for minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama

here how i responded:

'N'Diaye Kal, seriously? That really just proves you dont even watch these guys play for the most part, N'Diaye looks utterly lost on the floor, is a year older than Mcgee, and even skinnier than Javale was last year. But yeah, he's going to push him for minutes.'

Must have been a lucky guess on my part, as it's apparently not possible to glean anything from summer league play

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 3:38 PM

It's way too early to declare Robinson and Caracter as anything other than projects when they haven't shown that they can play NBA basketball. Besides, when you get that low in the draft, best player available is far from a consensus and each player comes with question marks about having what it takes to help an organization.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 24, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Oops! you are correct ArmChair about declaring steals too-early. However, a draft-board is a draft-board and every team has one. Based-upon pre-draft rankings, Stanley Robinson should have easily been the pick, him or another dropper. At-least they could be turned-around as an asset should some other team want the pick. Do you see anyone clamoring for Hamady?

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, freshness is exciting to EG so that's why he keeps turning the sorry team over again and again like in a compost bin. And he gets paid to do this too.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse


Yes, freshness is exciting to EG so that's why he keeps turning the sorry team over again and again like in a compost bin. And he gets paid to do this too.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 24, 2010 5:26 PM

This the first rebuild he's had since he came here. In 2003, he was simply building.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 24, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse


Based-upon pre-draft rankings, Stanley Robinson should have easily been the pick, him or another dropper. At-least they could be turned-around as an asset should some other team want the pick. Do you see anyone clamoring for Hamady?

Posted by: closg | September 24, 2010 4:25 PM

Every team's board is different and some teams may weigh certain factors differently. A lot of teams passed on Robinson and Caracter for their own reasons. I won't fault the Wizards for that.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 24, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I know there are a lot of "ifs" surrounding the Wizards going into this season. However "ifs" surround a great many of the good teams as well. "If" Kobe stays healthy. "If" Durant stays healthy. "If" Anthony signs with the Nets. "If" Dwight Howard stays healthy. "If" Miami can gel. "If" Charles Barkley finally sees any good in the Wizards- particularly Arenas. So I might as well add my "Ifs" to the equation as well. "If" the Wizards stay healthy they can sneak in the playoffs as an eighth-seeded team with a 41-41 record, or a 40-42 mark. Go Wizards. See ya Monday night- Lord be willing.

Posted by: esmith4 | September 24, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"History has shown that drafting based-upon need usually leads to disaster (Hello Thabeet).posted by closg"

Thabeet was a need pick? They already had Marc Gasol. I thought they picked him because they thought he had the best potential of available players. They were wrong, but still...

Posted by: Samson151 | September 24, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"The N'Diaye pick was botched because Ernie failed to select the best player available when the opportunity presented itself, his reach will probably result in a lost pick."
"Stanley Robinson a 6"8 SF was listed in pre-draft rankings as going in the 1st round, but dropped to Orlando at 59. Derrick Caracter at 58 will certainly be the steal of the draft for where he was picked."Posted by: closg"

Your whole argument is based on the premise that Grunfeld picked Ndiaye based on need, for which I have yet to see any proof. I don't know why Robinson and Caracter fell, but Ernie and the Wiz scouts could simply have rated Hamady higher than either. For one thing, he's a center who exceeded expectations with his performance at the camps. Many GMs believe that if you're going to take a risk, take it on a 5, not a PF or SF.

NBA teams don't necessarily agree with draftexpress or NBAdraft.net. They've got their own ratings and they jealously protect that info from other teams.

First answer this question: why did Robinson and Caracter fall so far? Or were they just overrated by fan websites to begin with?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"This the first rebuild he's had since he came here. In 2003, he was simply building.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 24, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse "

Whatever.....I don't need to get into how many FA's and draft pick decisions that he made where he turned around and got rid of them....well before this "rebuild."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 25, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse


"This the first rebuild he's had since he came here. In 2003, he was simply building.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 24, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse "

"Whatever.....I don't need to get into how many FA's and draft pick decisions that he made where he turned around and got rid of them....well before this "rebuild.""

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 25, 2010 12:37 PM

Like EVERY GM in the league. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

Posted by: bobabuie | September 25, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Play-Off bound Baby!!!

You playa-hater's can jump on later.

Yes; that's right, I am officially announcing that the Washington Wizards will make the play-offs this year.

And not only that, barring injuries we could win the Championship this year.

We have the best two gaurds in the league and a ferrocious supporting cast.

You better get wit this! Chef John

Posted by: upscalechef | September 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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