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Wizards season schedule breakdown: Part II

Editor's note: Before he went on vacation, Michael Lee broke down the 2010-11 Wizards' season, in six parts.

DECEMBER


We get the Wizards twice in a week! (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


GAMES (Home, Road, Back-to-backs): 15 (7,8,2)

OVERALL: The Wizards will have another challenging month, with eight road games. They have a three-game West Coast trip to Phoenix, Los Angeles and Sacramento -- places where they have not had much success in recent years -- and a difficult back-to-back set with San Antonio and Houston. They have just seven home games, but only two are against teams that didn't make the playoffs last season. The other five are against Portland, the Lakers, Miami, Charlotte and Chicago.

GAMES TO WATCH


Hey, young fella. Let me teach you lesson in longevity. (Reuters Pictures)

Dec. 5, at Phoenix: A lot has changed with the Suns over the years, but Steve Nash remains a constant. John Wall will face the 36-year-old, two-time MVP for the first time as the Suns usher in a new post-Amar'e Stoudemire era with Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick. And, has it really been nearly four years since Gilbert Arenas dropped 54 points on the Suns? Wow, that feels so, so long ago. But the Wizards return to the state where Arenas starred in college and the city where last season took a bizarrely dark turn. After suffering a blowout loss to the Suns on Dec. 19, the Wizards boarded a flight back home, Arenas exchanged some words with Javaris Crittenton during a card game and two days later, both brought guns to Verizon Center.

Dec. 7 & 14, Los Angeles Lakers: The Wizards will get the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers out of the way before Christmas, which doesn't seem fair, since they will likely still be trying to establish an identity with Wall running the show. But it might not make much of a difference. The Lakers didn't land a marquee free agent, but they retained Coach Phil Jackson for at least one more year and made some subtle roster tweaks that make them a slight favorite to win a third championships in a row. They signed former Wizard Steve Blake to help at point guard, added defensive specialist Matt Barnes for depth and Kobe Bryant had offseason surgery so that he won't have to play another season banged up.


Stop laughing, John. Somebody over there agrees with me that I'm going to be rookie of the year. (Getty Images)

Dec. 8, at Sacramento: The Kings haven't been relevant since Chris Webber skipped town, but this will surely be one of the more highly anticipated games for Wall. Not only does he face his friend and former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins, but he also has to match up against reigning rookie of the year and fellow John Calipari product Tyreke Evans. Evans and Wall will surely turn this game into a track meet, and Arenas will also have an opportunity to get some payback after Evans picked his pocket in the closing seconds of their only meeting last season.

Dec. 10, New York: The New York Knicks helped make the Wizards feel much better about not going all in with the free agent class of 2010. After the oodles of cap space was only able to yield Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf and Roger Mason Jr., Knicks fans are already looking ahead to the summer of 2011 -- or hoping to get Carmelo Anthony or Tony Parker in a trade by the deadline. The Knicks should be slightly better, but since leaving the Wizards for San Antonio two years ago, Mason Jr. has made it a hobby of having big games against his former team.


I want revenge! (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Dec. 16, at New Jersey: The New Jersey Nets also fell into the "We can seriously get LeBron James!" trap and unloaded Yi Jianlian on the Wizards in a salary dump deal. The Nets made some smaller deals that should guarantee they'll win more than 12 games, but new owner Mikhail Prokhorov can't be overly excited about losing general manager Rod Thorn to Philadelphia and coming away with Travis Outlaw, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar and Troy Murphy. Yi will be looking to show the Nets that they gave up on him to quickly -- and easily (they paid the Wizards $3 million to take him). Josh Howard should be back from his knee injury so that he can go against his former coach Avery Johnson, who now leads the Nets. JaVale McGee will also have a chance to test his development against fellow 2008 draft pick Brook Lopez, whose case of mononucleosis gave McGee a second shot with Team USA.

Dec. 18, Miami: Mike Miller will make his return to Washington after departing for the Heat last summer, and the odds are pretty high that he will take those shots that he passed on so often last season with the Wizards. With slashers Dwyane Wade and LeBron James penetrating and kicking out, Miller will find himself in an ideal situation: on a winning team with open looks. Wizards fans will get their first chance to mercilessly boo James. But they won't have DeShawn Stevenson around to help heckle him.


Forget Times Square, give me New Years' Eve at Conseco Fieldhouse. (AP Photo)

Dec. 31, at Indiana: Is there a better place than Indianapolis to spend New Years' Eve? Apparently the NBA schedule maker doesn't think so, since the Wizards will have to play their final game of 2010 at Conseco Fieldhouse. It might not look like a big game, but it should be an interesting point guard matchup between Wall and second-year point guard Darren Collison, who filled in admirably when Chris Paul was injured last season in New Orleans. The Pacers have undergone their umpteenth makeover since the infamous brawl in 2004, but they should be relatively exciting with Collison, all-star Danny Granger and rookie Paul George.

By Michael Lee  |  September 1, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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Comments

I am looking for McGee to have a huge game against the Lakers.

If all goes fairly well with the players, in that they mostly perform up to expectations, then McGee I think will be anxious to prove that a young run and jump guy, short on "there is more to the game than run and jump" as Odom has said, knows a bit more about the game than Odom thinks he does.

Now, to be fair, we all know what that argument is all about, but if I were McGee and the rest of this young Washington team, I would take that comment and others like it as a personal affront to my capabilities and know how on the court and seek to go out and prove that young inexperienced guys can play this NBA game quite successfully.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I am looking for McGee to have a huge game against the Lakers.

If all goes fairly well with the players, in that they mostly perform up to expectations, then McGee I think will be anxious to prove that a young run and jump guy, short on "there is more to the game than run and jump" as Odom has said, knows a bit more about the game than Odom thinks he does.

Now, to be fair, we all know what that argument is all about, but if I were McGee and the rest of this young Washington team, I would take that comment and others like it as a personal affront to my capabilities and know how on the court and seek to go out and prove that young inexperienced guys can play this NBA game quite successfully.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Has there been an update on the Fan Blogger?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

You seem to be overlooking two small facts. (A) Odom's comment is dead on correct. There is more to the game than running and jumping and (B) McGee does not, in fact, know more about the game than Odom thinks he does (at least not based on anything he's done so far).

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Odom's comment is dead on correct."

True, but if McGee is going to realize his potential, he needs to at least take that as a motivation if not a personal insult.

Posted by: sagaliba | September 1, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Not really overlooking those two small facts that are surmisable depending on how you want to evaluate them.

However, just stating that McGee and his cohorts should use those facts as motivational incentive to up their games beyond what the facts/comments seem to indicate.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"True, but if McGee is going to realize his potential, he needs to at least take that as a motivation if not a personal insult."

Except it wasn't an insult. It was a completely fair and accurate assessment of his status as a player. Moreover, getting pissed off at Odom isn't going to make him a better player. If McGee is going to realize his potential he needs to spend every free moment of the offseason working on his game, honing his skill and understanding of the game, and studying tape to become familiar with opponents' tendencies. If he isn't already doing that, then coming out with a chip on his shoulder for a game a month into the season ain't gonna do much. It doesn't matter whether he feels like he has something to prove if he hasn't bothered to figure out what he needs to prove and how to prove it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

And it's not like Odom is the only (or even the first) person to say that about McGee. It's pretty much been the underlying theme of the guy's career.

"I would take that comment and others like it as a personal affront to my capabilities and know how on the court and seek to go out and prove that young inexperienced guys can play this NBA game quite successfully."

Except that the majority of young, inexperienced guys can't play the NBA game successfully, at least not right away. Most of the ones that can are guys who come in flashing All-Star potential from Day One. McGee is not in that group. Moreover, a guy heading into his 3rd season, who's played in the majority of his teams games over the first two, shouldn't still be wearing the "inexperienced" tag.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

EDIT:

Hit send without a final read through.

"All-Star potential" should read "game ready potential."

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't see Indiana as being very exciting. There is still a lot of dead wood on that team, and now it looks like Rush and Stephenson are on their way out. Can't wait to see to Tiago Splitter play on the 26th though.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

All the evidence this offseason seems to indicate that McGee as well as other Wizards are doing their proper due diligence to get better at this game.

Though this is McGee's 3rd year, he is still inexperienced as well as others on this team. I would consider this team as a whole a young inexperienced team.

Ironically, Gilbert is the most experienced guy and the guy a lot here don't want leading the team.

So, being young, inexperienced, it is comments like those of Odom's that they should as a group rally against and prove they are just as smart as a team than the rest of the NBA.

For, when it is all said and done, this comment was projected at McGee, but the team will have to prove as a group, not just in one game but all games, that like comments are just hogwash.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"All the evidence this offseason seems to indicate that McGee as well as other Wizards are doing their proper due diligence to get better at this game."

Really? And what evidence is that? Because, with respect to McGee, none of that "due diligence" was on display during his USA basketball stint. If it had been, Odom would have had no reason to say what he did, would he?

"Though this is McGee's 3rd year, he is still inexperienced . . ."

He's not as experienced as he will be in two more years, but he's well past the point where he can claim he doesn't know how the NBA works. That's a crutch he can't lean on. If you've worked at a place for two years, you shouldn't still need directions to the men's room.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"So, being young, inexperienced, it is comments like those of Odom's that they should as a group rally against and prove they are just as smart as a team than the rest of the NBA."

Except they aren't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

kalo,

Points taken. In fact, I have the same opinion as Odom regarding McGee's game at its current status (that's why I said "true").

What I am saying is, McGee should use that as motivation, or even "treat it like an insult," (a la Michael Jordan). I am not saying it IS an insult.

Posted by: sagaliba | September 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"What I am saying is, McGee should use that as motivation, or even "treat it like an insult," (a la Michael Jordan). I am not saying it IS an insult."

I know exactly what you were saying. My point is that taking it as an insult is the wrong way for a guy in McGee's position to take it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jefferu | September 1, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

who gives a rat's ass what lamar odom thinks about anything. Guy has all-world talent but is only content as the 3rd or 4th option on the floor. Disappears more often than the Invisible Man. Last thing we need is Mcgee patterning anything about himself after Odom.

Posted by: divi3 | September 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I know exactly what you were saying. My point is that taking it as an insult is the wrong way for a guy in McGee's position to take it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:52 PM

He should definitely take it as an insult. It's one thing when a coach says that, but when another player feels free to make that comment about you to the media....mcgee should try and poster him then say "What was that about run and jump Lamar?"

and no, i am not disagreeing with Odom's assessment. Just saying talk like that should get the competitive juices boiling

Posted by: divi3 | September 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Except for some minor differences, I think we're all in violent agreement about McGee.

I also think we are all excited about the Wizards returning to basketball and avoiding the words "rehab" and "suspension".

Did anyone else see the highlight of Yi backing down a stiff on team Turkey and dunk on him? It didn't take a lot of skill, but I loved the attitude.

Posted by: EWE1 | September 1, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Failing to win 30 games 2 years in a row should get his competitive juices flowing. Losing the starting C job to the likes of Oberto and Singleton should get his competitive juices flowing. Getting cut from a team twice in two weeks should get his competitive juices going. If he has any competitive juices, they should be flooding his basement by now. If, after all that, an offhand, fair and accurate assessment from a 10-year vet with 2 rings is the thing that pisses him off, he needs to reorganize his priorities.

Besides, the issue isn't competition, it's competency. It's not enough for him to want to beat the Lakers because of what Odom said. He should want to do that anyway. He has to know what he has to do to beat the Lakers (or anyone else) and he has to be able to do it. That takes more than a sense of indignation. It takes hard work and understanding. If he had been spending the time between the end of the season and the USA camp developing those things, then maybe Odom wouldn't have had cause to say anything at all. If it takes some off the cuff answer to an innocuous a question from a reporter--an answer clearly meant to be constructive criticism--in mid/late August to get him fired up, then he's already behind the curve.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@Kalo

I honestly don't understand your issues with McGee. The guy was the 18th pick in the draft (not a lottery pick). Just completed his 2nd year in the league mostly as a back up. Was thought of well enough to get invited to try out for the national team but you have the attitude that the guy have no future. Everybody at this point should be encouraged by McGee's progress. The guy is still within the learning curve and as long as he continues to work hard and wants to get better, what he lacks now will come with time and maturity.

The problem with McGee is, he is so athletically gifted that he solely relies upon his natural abilities and haven't taken the time to fully uderstand the game. It's up to the coaches to emphasize a better understanding of the game.

Posted by: spades72 | September 1, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

most of what you said is spot-on, however in your tendency to deride Mcgee at all times I think you are overlooking the normal competitiveness of all these athletes. It's perfectly natural for Mcgee to want to give Lamar a lil summin summin extra next time they play, even if he knows the comments ring true and werent intended in a mean-spirited way. I'd be more worried if JM didnt feel like sticking it to Odom just a little bit. It's locker room material, age old concept

Posted by: divi3 | September 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Except that the majority of young, inexperienced guys can't play the NBA game successfully, at least not right away. Most of the ones that can are guys who come in flashing All-Star potential from Day One. McGee is not in that group. Moreover, a guy heading into his 3rd season, who's played in the majority of his teams games over the first two, shouldn't still be wearing the "inexperienced" tag.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What have you been watching, he has played sparingly and unpredictably over the last two years particularly during the Tapscott and Flip rein. Moreover, most ballplayers do use doubt and crirtiscism as a motivator. Lamar Odom's comments do have some merit but McGee clearly has made progress over the past year. Lamar, who is still inconsistent and relies on his athleticism, had a 3-4 yar transition into becoming a productive ballplayer in meaningful situations.

Posted by: NewManagement | September 1, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Except that the majority of young, inexperienced guys can't play the NBA game successfully, at least not right away. Most of the ones that can are guys who come in flashing All-Star potential from Day One. McGee is not in that group. Moreover, a guy heading into his 3rd season, who's played in the majority of his teams games over the first two, shouldn't still be wearing the "inexperienced" tag.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 1, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What have you been watching, he has played sparingly and unpredictably over the last two years particularly during the Tapscott and Flip rein. Moreover, most ballplayers do use doubt and crirtiscism as a motivator. Lamar Odom's comments do have some merit but McGee clearly has made progress over the past year. Lamar, who is still inconsistent and relies on his athleticism, had a 3-4 yar transition into becoming a productive ballplayer in meaningful situations.

Posted by: NewManagement | September 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

JM can not be a starting center for any teanm in NBA.what is the problem of accept this simple fact?

Posted by: gtefferra | September 1, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Lamar, who is still inconsistent and relies on his athleticism, had a 3-4 yar transition into becoming a productive ballplayer in meaningful situations.

Posted by: NewManagement | September 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong...but Lamar Odom was productive for the Clippers from season 1.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 1, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

JM can not be a starting center for any teanm in NBA.what is the problem of accept this simple fact?

Posted by: gtefferra | September 1, 2010 9:44 PM

Yeah, you are right. That is why we like starting Oberto. He has the know how and experience you and Kalo would like McGee to have, except for, he can't run and jump worth crap.

I rather have a young inexperienced guy starting center on my Team than an experienced Oberto. And who else on this Wizard squad you think should be starting center ahead of McGee.

You can't start Blatche at center. He is your power forward. You must start and manage McGee at the Center position, if you are a NBA coach that is worth a damn.

Folks need to stop wishing for how you want players to be and start dealing with what players are and how you make them better.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

JM can not be a starting center for any teanm in NBA.what is the problem of accept this simple fact?

Posted by: gtefferra | September 1, 2010 9:44 PM

Yeah, you are right. That is why we like starting Oberto. He has the know how and experience you and Kalo would like McGee to have, except for, he can't run and jump worth crap.

I rather have a young inexperienced guy starting center on my Team than an experienced Oberto. And who else on this Wizard squad you think should be starting center ahead of McGee.

You can't start Blatche at center. He is your power forward. You must start and manage McGee at the Center position, if you are a NBA coach that is worth a damn.

Folks need to stop wishing for how you want players to be and start dealing with what players are and how you make them better.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 1, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong...but Lamar Odom was productive for the Clippers from season 1.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 1, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Nothing meaningful in his Clippers run, every decent player has put up numbers there.

Posted by: NewManagement | September 1, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

As a rookie Odom averaged 17pts, 8rbs, 4ast, a blk and a steal a game.

That's not productive? Doesn't look like it took him 3-4 years to be productive.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 1, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"but if I were McGee and the rest of this young Washington team, I would take that comment and others like it as a personal affront to my capabilities and know how on the court and seek to go out and prove that young inexperienced guys can play this NBA game quite successfully.posted by larryinclintonmd"

I guess if you need extra motivation to play hard, knock yourself out. But if you really want to become a better player, take the criticism for what it's worth: an older player who had some of the same problems, passing on some good advice.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 1, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

" Lamar Odom's comments do have some merit but McGee clearly has made progress over the past year. Lamar, who is still inconsistent and relies on his athleticism, had a 3-4 yar transition into becoming a productive ballplayer in meaningful situations.
Posted by: NewManagement"

Well, I think that's Odom's point: he knows whereof he speaks, because he spent several seasons figuring out what was important and what wasn't.

Always amazes me how sensitive folks can be about criticisms of young players, however legit they may be. It's as if we think the player is going to crumple like Kleenex if the coach looks sideways at them. Maybe that's how players develop that distorted sense of their own importance -- you know, the sort Gilbert Arenas exhibited in full view of the NBA in Philadelphia last season.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 1, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"The problem with McGee is, he is so athletically gifted that he solely relies upon his natural abilities and haven't taken the time to fully uderstand the game. It's up to the coaches to emphasize a better understanding of the game.Posted by: spades72"

And here's this old argument again. You're correct that he relies on his gifts rather than developing skills commensurate with those gifts. Shaq will tell you he was guilty of the same thing as a young player. The flaw in your reasoning is to think that other people -- including his coaches -- have somehow neglected to point this out to him. Even players like Lamar Odom, guys who are his teammates, have pointed it out. But McGee has yet to fully figure out how to translate that into action. He's getting better, so something must be getting through. It just hasn't penetrated far enough yet.

Like I said, it took Shaq quite a while too. Dwight Howard, who's more talented than Javale, still hasn't managed to develop fully.

That's how it goes sometimes.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 1, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The flaw in your reasoning is to think that other people -- including his coaches -- have somehow neglected to point this out to him. Even players like Lamar Odom, guys who are his teammates, have pointed it out. But McGee has yet to fully figure out how to translate that into action.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 1, 2010 11:09 PM


I am not denying the fact that McGee have been told where he needs to improve but a part of being a good teacher or coach is to constantly get the message across. If that means putting him on the beach and cutting his playing time. Getting cut from the U.S. team was the best thing that happened to McGee. It tells him that despite all the flashes and hype in his game over the summer he still have much to learn.


Posted by: spades72 | September 2, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

"What have you been watching, he has played sparingly and unpredictably over the last two years particularly during the Tapscott and Flip rein. "

He's played in a 135 of the Wizards 164 regular season games the last two years, that's 82%. That's not only a majority of games, it qualifies as a vast majority. Whether he played well or consistently is another issue. He's averaged 16 and 15 mpg in those two season. He wasn't a 35 mpg starter, but he wasn't buried on the end of the bench for two years either. Now, is he fully experienced or polished? Of course not. But he played enough that no credible claim could be made that he's totally "inexperienced."

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

I am not denying the fact that McGee have been told where he needs to improve but a part of being a good teacher or coach is to constantly get the message across. If that means putting him on the beach and cutting his playing time. Getting cut from the U.S. team was the best thing that happened to McGee. It tells him that despite all the flashes and hype in his game over the summer he still have much to learn.


Posted by: spades72 | September 2, 2010 12:02 AM

In order to get a message across, the person receiving the message has to be willing to listen. If he's not, it doesn't matter how much you say it, it won't have any effect. As for cutting his PT to get his attention . . . Jordan, Tapscott, and Saunders all tried that. Not only did it not work, they got pilloried by the fans as idiot morons who had no business coaching in the NBA for doing it.

Getting cut from Team USA isn't the first time someone's tried to send McGee that message. Until he's really willing to hear it, however . . .

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

"Nothing meaningful in his Clippers run, every decent player has put up numbers there."

Averaging 17, 8, and 4 as a rookie is meaningful no matter where you do it. The idea that Odom relied solely on his athleticism and took several years to figure out how to play is nonsense. He was often running point for the Clippers as a 6' 8" rookie. His all-around ability and innate understanding of the game is exactly why he's always frustrated his employers, because it was obvious from Day One that he had both the physical tools and the skills to be a dominant player, but he just didn't seem to have the focus or fire.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

And you hit on it just there... "He was often running point for the Clippers as a 6' 8" rookie". McGee can't create. Until this summer I have not seen McGee get consistent touches in spots on the floor where it was designed for him to be successful. He can shoot a 12 footer. He can three step and dunk. He can pass. I'm hopeful that JW will give him the ball in spots where he can face-up. I don't see McGee having the leverage to get an NBA-man on his hip and create space yet, but he can kill you if he faces-up. With JW, I think they have the overall speed to consistently get McGee in these situations where he can start with the ball at 12 feet facing the rim. I think McGee can be very efficient from that position.

It's what I'm looking to see more of this season. Great point guards make all stars.

Posted by: EWE1 | September 2, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

And on the point about great point guards make all stars... Amare is going to get exposed in NY without Nash. I pity the fool.

Posted by: EWE1 | September 2, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

"He can shoot a 12 footer."

Yes, but can he hit it? IMO he has a reasonably nice release, but frequently misses. I'm wondering if it's because he's not squared up properly, and settles for an off-balance shot. Be interesting to watch a bunch of tape on the guy and see if there's a problem there.

In theory, you're absolutely right that he should be an outstanding face-the-basket player. I mean, who's going to block his shot? But I haven't seen that in action. He's still mainly a Dunkin' Donut.

And something we didn't realize in terms of its full impact until this camp: how much asthma interfered. According to McGee and Saunders, he was getting tired very quickly, and wasn't fighting harder to stay in the game. Supposedly that's better going into this season. I don't know if it still showed as a problem in Coach K's camp.

As far as McGee getting somebody on his hip and making a decisive move under the basket -- I stand with his HS coach, who said he was basically a forward, not a center.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 2, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

"He can shoot a 12 footer."

Yes, but can he hit it? IMO he has a reasonably nice release, but frequently misses. I'm wondering if it's because he's not squared up properly, and settles for an off-balance shot. Be interesting to watch a bunch of tape on the guy and see if there's a problem there.

In theory, you're absolutely right that he should be an outstanding face-the-basket player. I mean, who's going to block his shot? But I haven't seen that in action. He's still mainly a Dunkin' Donut.

And something we didn't realize in terms of its full impact until this camp: how much asthma interfered. According to McGee and Saunders, he was getting tired very quickly, and wasn't fighting harder to stay in the game. Supposedly that's better going into this season. I don't know if it still showed as a problem in Coach K's camp.

As far as McGee getting somebody on his hip and making a decisive move under the basket -- I stand with his HS coach, who said he was basically a forward, not a center.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 2, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

I'll call this right now: Wiz beat the Heat in the Phone Booth on 12/18.

Posted by: BMoreChil | September 2, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

What is the impact of AS on New york?
what diffrence he is going to make?
does he rebound the ball better than Lee?
Can he play better with other point gards?
Personaly I am not considering New york as aplay off team.

Posted by: gtefferra | September 2, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Yeah JaVale's offensive game is pretty much dunk and get garbage points. I don't think anytime he gets the ball without being already set up to score....anyone should have a good feeling about what's coming next. Not yet anyway.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 2, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, but can he hit it? IMO he has a reasonably nice release, but frequently misses. I'm wondering if it's because he's not squared up properly, and settles for an off-balance shot. "

Precisely. When he's wide open, squared up and set, he has decent form on his shot (although I don't know that he hits it any better). But too often his "shot" consists of wild flings somewhere towards the general vicinity of the basket. Almost everything he does on the court is rushed and frenetic.


In other NBA news: The Celtics signed Delonte West.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm as big of a Wizards Fan as anybody, but I have to be honest. JM is not ready to be a starting center in the NBA as of today. His back to the basket game is horrible. His footwork is horrible. Besides blocking shots he not a good defender either. Always out of position. But the most troubling thing about his game is the ill advised shots he is willing to put up in the half-court offense. If we run he can be effective, but when the game slows down his SOOL right now.

Posted by: lemekdivine | September 2, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Lets ask ourselves the question.

Do the frustrations and setbacks that Odom has had along the way any different than the frustrations and perceived lack of know how in McGee's game?

For Samson151, all/most players go through the NBA learning curve as you've pointed out.

They all have their own inefficiencies to overcome. Odom smoked pot and clearly did not always perform like most thought he should. Even all the way till last season, his bringing it every game was in question.

Is McGee being criticized more harshly and a bit unfairly for his own growing pains?

Is Odom's comments just an obvious true analogy of McGee?

Would McGee have flourished/performed better in a system unlike the Wizards, which did not put a consistent emphasis on his development and playing time and a better medical staff.

For, it has been reported it was Flip Saunders, the Coach, not the Medical Staff that brought attention how McGee got tired so quickly and he thought that it was odd.

I really feel that McGee and Blatche and other young prospects with the Wizards have not been given the best of chances to succeed and develop their games from the organizational side.

The players play a big role in their own development, but the Wizards as an organization has not done any better than the players in achieving this goal.

Hopefully, now that is all in the past.

Michael Jordan and many other players before and after him have used many a different thing as motivation to perform well on the court.

Consequently, the comments by Odom is more than a mere observation. It is an indictment that McGee's lack of knowledge/experience of the game negates his physical abilities now, (AS IN RIGHT NOW).

It is a slap against McGee and also the Wizard players and the Organization. What have they been teaching him for the last two years and if they have been teaching him, why is he failing to learn???

Oh yes, Samson151, Kalo_rama, that comment by Odom, I feel goes deeper than McGee. If another player felt that way about McGee and he was my player or my teammate, I would feel offended as well.

McGee and the Team and the Organization, gota' do somethin' bout' dat'. It is what winners would do. It is a team sport. They are in it together.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 2, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

In other NBA news: The Celtics signed Delonte West.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 10:02 AM

They will rue the day that they did that. People think Gilbert Arenas is a cancer. Just wait and see with this guy.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 2, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"What is the impact of [Amare Stoudemire]on New york?"Posted by: gtefferra

It's a good question & I honestly don't have a guess. Hard to imagine Amare without Nash, but apparently D'Antoni thinks he can do it, and he knows Amare very well.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I dont understand why people who think the Wizards should expect to be in the lottery again are worried that JM isnt good enough to be a starting Center yet.

Posted by: divi3 | September 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Samson151, Kalo_rama, that comment by Odom, I feel goes deeper than McGee. If another player felt that way about McGee and he was my player or my teammate, I would feel offended as well.

McGee and the Team and the Organization, gota' do somethin' bout' dat'. It is what winners would do. It is a team sport. They are in it together.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Feel offended???

C'mon. So someone said the truth out loud.
If it was a lie then --- yeah be offended. Why worry about what someone said.

Bottom line is JM gotta work on all aspects of his game if he wants to be a force in the NBA.

This is a "young" guy. He'll either get it or he'll just be a bench player the rest of his career.

Posted by: VBFan | September 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Is McGee being criticized more harshly and a bit unfairly for his own growing pains?"

No.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's a good question & I honestly don't have a guess. Hard to imagine Amare without Nash, but apparently D'Antoni thinks he can do it, and he knows Amare very well.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 2, 2010 11:20 AM

I'm starting to think the question we need to be asking isn't whether Stoudemire can be effective without Nash, but rather, "Can D'Antoni be effective without Nash?" The results so far haven't been encouraging.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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