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Gilbert Arenas to miss seasons' first two games

Gilbert Arenas will miss at least the first two games of the regular season because of a strained tendon in his right ankle. Arenas missed his fourth straight practice on Wednesday and walked around the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando while wearing a protective boot.


I'm back on the shelf. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Coach Flip Saunders said that Arenas will be re-evaluated, but ruled him out for the season opener on Thursday against the Magic and on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks. After practice, Arenas huddled with Saunders and President Ernie Grunfeld for a few minutes.

"He's going to have a doctor look at it again," Saunders said. "So he won't be here for these two [games]. We'll evaluate him and hopefully these days in the boot will let that [heal]. Right now the tendon's inflamed, we've got to get that thing to settle down. Once it settles down and some of that fluid gets out, he's probably going to have a better chance of playing. That's at least what the medical staff tells me."

Arenas injured the ankle during training camp and missed the last two preseason games with a strained right groin. He also missed another game when he lied to Saunders about a knee injury to give Nick Young a chance to start. He has played 47 games over the past three season because of a nagging left knee injury and 50-game suspension last season for bringing guns into the locker room.

Saunders admitted the Wizards would have a challenge opening the season against an Orlando team only two years removed from reaching the NBA Finals. The Magic will also open its new downtown arena, Amway Center.

"We hope we're not the homecoming team," Saunders said with a laugh. "Let's face the fact, we're not going to have Gil. We're not going to have Josh [Howard] So you're looking at your two most veteran players, they are not going to play. We started out with our roster being the third youngest team [average age 24.5], without those guys on your opening day roster, we might have the youngest opening day roster in the league. So I think what you have, as a coach, is excitement to see how we're going to react, a little bit of anxiety to see how we react. I think more than anything else, we've had a good camp. As young as we are, we're as prepared as you can be for games situations, able to change defenses, doing a lot of different things and you hope to control the tempo of the game."

Wall and Kirk Hinrich will be the starting backcourt against the Magic. Hinrich called Orlando "a machine."

"They've got a good thing going down here," Hinrich said of the Magic. "There's so many challenges in the league, every game. They pose a lot of problems. It's unfortunate that we don't have Gilbert, but we can't control it. We've got to execute our game plan and we'll see what happens."

By Michael Lee  | October 27, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Comments

Ain't karma a b!tch?

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure, or is management sure, that this isn't a way for Mr. Arenas to help a teammate get playing time to show the teammate's ability?

Kind of hard, after all Mr. Arenas has contributed to the team since signing his $100 million contract, to take anything that involves him at face value. Even if it's something as simple as being on the court and playing basketball.

Posted by: Dungarees | October 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me this is going to be another injury plagued season for Mr. Arenas. SMH

Posted by: terpwiz | October 27, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Gils out for the first 2 games, maybe he'll play a little in game 3 followed by him being out for couple of games then.......you get the picture.

Posted by: closg | October 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse


How did Arenas manage to stay healthy all offseason despite his reported fanatical workout regimen and constant balling? *sigh*

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Man that sucks but its a long season so its all good. 2 tough games but it doesnt mean we should give up. We can still win

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 27, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is that funny? As a descendant of Holocaust survivors, I don't find that funny at all.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Then ignore both comments and move on.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

We got some nice matchups this game. Two super athletic centers. Two jumpshooting power fowards. Quick Point Guards. The interesting matchups would be hinrich on carter and thornton on Richardson. However the orlando bench will kill us. Gortat, Bass, Reddick, Duhon and pietrus are a powerful bench

Posted by: jefferu | October 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there were several things funny about the Hitler's boot comment. ts35 touched on most of them.

@ts35: nice of you to make the effort, but given some of the stuff barno's spewed in here in the past, he's about the last person who should be going around expecting apologies based on perceived racial/cultural offense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried. Arenas would have struggled to get playing time anyway, what with the talent laden roster Grunfeld has assembled, capped by his shrewd use of last year's number five and high second round picks. Wait..what? We have zippo to show for last year's draft? I keep getting that wrong. Must be Abe Polin's fault, right? After all, Abe isn't around to say one way or the other.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 2:49 PM"

For the record, Grunfeld hasn't said one way or the other either, so I'm not sure what your point is.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

No big deal.

Arenas is the newest Wally Pipp and Nick Young is the next Lou Gehrig. Flip won't be able to keep Young out of the lineup for at least the next decade.

No...I mean it...(as I get carted off to a mental institution).

Posted by: ahwyatt | October 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 2:49 PM"

For the record, Grunfeld hasn't said one way or the other either, so I'm not sure what your point is.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse
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How noble of Ernie to keep us all guessing.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

How noble of Ernie to keep us all guessing.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 3:03 PM

How ignorant of you to pretend that "we" have asked that question and Ernie simply refuses to answer.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Jokes are fine.

Hatered is not.

Posted by: goldenpack | October 27, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Jokes are fine.

Hatred is not.

Posted by: goldenpack | October 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

People who had great expectation on Arenas are getting a little mad.Stay calm he will play few games.No one will take him.My expectation on him is over in 2007, he is no more a superstar.

Posted by: gtefferra | October 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I see where Antawn is not starting for Cleveland's 1st opener...he's coming off the bench. Was that the plan?

Posted by: washwiz | October 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 3:03 PM"

Are you joking? Ernie Grunfeld hasn't been involved in this imaginary "who did what" discussion that is apparently coursing through your head. If he has had that discussion, I would imagine it was done privately with Leonsis. Why don't you ask Ted what really happened last year? I hear he likes to respond to fans.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

How noble of Ernie to keep us all guessing.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 3:03 PM

How ignorant of you to pretend that "we" have asked that question and Ernie simply refuses to answer.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse
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I'm sorry. I guess I missed the interview where Ernie stepped to the mike and took full responsibility for using the number 5 and the number 32 picks to rent two players for a year.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 27, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Jokes are fine.

Hatred is not.

Posted by: goldenpack
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And people that take themselves too seriously are the absolute worst.

Posted by: 2tone | October 27, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has surpassed Grant Hill and Vince Carter as the softest player in the league.

Posted by: sjp879 | October 27, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Clearly there is nothing funny about this comment.Posted by: NewManagement

Eponysterical.

I see where Antawn is not starting for Cleveland's 1st opener...he's coming off the bench. Was that the plan?Posted by: washwiz

Yes, but Byron Scott has been pretty critical of Hickson.

Posted by: djnnnou | October 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has surpassed Grant Hill and Vince Carter as the softest player in the league.

Posted by: sjp879 | October 27, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Injury prone or being injured does not mean soft. i dunno if anyone who's played with Gil would say he plays the game soft,what with all we've heard about him playing with a chip on his shoulder his whole career. I guess that's one way you could look at it, but can you give examples of Gil being a "soft" basketball player?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Gil is out two games. The people who wanted him out of town are mad because he isn't playing. All those people who could read his mind, saying he was faking the injury, should not be mad now. He is injured, he will heal, and he can still play. Has anyone seen a quote, or heard from anyone who has spoken to him been hearing Gil is upset with the team or his role on the team? I haven't.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | October 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. I guess I missed the interview where Ernie stepped to the mike and took full responsibility for using the number 5 and the number 32 picks to rent two players for a year.

Posted by: sonny2

What difference does it make what he says? Doesn't mean it's the truth. Even if EG came out and said it was all his doing, would that change anyone's opinion of him anyway?

For the record though I do believe he has said (repeatedly) that the trade was made because he ('they') thought the team they had was a playoff contender and were trying to add pieces to that puzzle. Whether that was because of Abe, or for Abe, or had nothing to do with Abe, really doesn't matter much now. It still goes on EG's ledger. So between that and what he's done this past offseason, if Ted likes the direction it's going in, he'll keep EG. If he doesn't he won't.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Have you guys ever seen a picture of Hill's ankle? That guy is a warrior for coming back and playing on that thing, he could have took the money and retired to a nice career like his dad. He's got a Duke education to fall back on, it's not like he went to Maryland and didn't graduate.

I was in the stands years ago after MJ went off on him in the first quarter, I swore when he pulled up lame that he was done for sure. There is nothing soft about that guy to come back from that many surguries...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | October 27, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So I guessed Hickson outplayed Jamison during practice? Only on the wizard team can't AJ be a 6th man.

Posted by: Dave381 | October 27, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Arenas knows he's on the trading block and is doing what he can to avoid any further injuries. Possibly the Wizards want to minimize the amount of time he is in uniform to allow the young players to jell and for Hinrich to exert a positive influence over Wall. Bottom line is that the Wizards and Arenas have needed a divorce for a long time, but have a prenup that's keeping them together called an untradeable contract. The Wiz will ultimately trade him during the season and work out an arrangement to absorb part of his salary.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

So Gil wont even be with the team for the first 2 games? I swear this is fishy, how is the ankle getting worse without him even playing? I believe the initial report was "would have played in regular season."

Now he's in a walking boot?

I dont know...

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@divi3

WRT injuries and sitting out, I've pretty much given up believing anything the team says. Between Gil 'faking' it, and the semi-dubious quotes from Flip about that and other things, they've all lost credibility on who's injured and how badly.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

So now it seems that Gil probably wasn't faking the 1st time about being injured albeit in a different area. It is some funny buisnees going on with this whole situation. Something is definitly in the works (trade wise), and the brass is as usaul lying to us ticket holders ! !

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | October 27, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I think Gil and management have agreed to go this route as they look for a way to move him.

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

In an earlier article Wall stated the Wiz don’t have that “go to player…some to take over in the 4th and carry the team…” I disagree, Gil is that player. He may not exercise common sense all the time but “ball don’t lie” and he can ball.
I hate to chime in regarding the holocaust but I must. My opinion is it never happened; I have to agree with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his Larry King interview. What happened was HORRIBLE a true worst case scenario but it happened during a time of war. I feel it’s a war crime. Saddam didn’t get holocaust charges when he gassed his own people (with US weapons and backing), neither did any other tyrant. What’s going in Africa today is a holocaust! What the U.S. government and military industrial complex did on 9/11 is a holocaust, the slave trade is a holocaust, what happened in Bosnia is holocaust. This is certainly not the venue for politics…
Back to basketball…when the Wiz are healthy…when both Josh Howard and Gil return we’ll be pretty good…better than average. Also, I think KH, NY, YI, and Armstrong with make a great bench/

Holocaust; Noun:
Definition: Widespread destruction
Synonyms: Annihilation, carnage, catastrophe, devastation, extermination, extinction, genocide, immolation, inferno, mass murder, massacre, slaughter.

Posted by: Gooddad | October 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

because it's absurd that "a little soreness" became "fluid in his ankle" on it's way to "He won't be here for these two."

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Look, I know the discussion is partly my fault, but can we put away the Holocaust discussion please? It's not going to go anywhere productive and this is a sports blog.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

And with Gil out, we're going to have to depend on AB really earning his cheese. This team is short on scorers, Flip may even have to give Nick a shot.

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I think Gil and management have agreed to go this route as they look for a way to move him.

because it's absurd that "a little soreness" became "fluid in his ankle" on it's way to "He won't be here for these two."

Posted by: divi3

I can see the leap to that conclusion, but i don't know if I'd go there yet. Injuries are tricky things. And Gil's history of properly adhering to rehab and or treatment isn't the best either.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What I have definitely noticed though is Flip's tendency to soft-sell things up front, in particular injuries. His first instinct or comment is usually "no big deal", and then it morphs into a big deal.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

at any rate, with Gil out, hopefully Flip gives Nick a chance to catch the eye of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What I have definitely noticed though is Flip's tendency to soft-sell things up front, in particular injuries. His first instinct or comment is usually "no big deal", and then it morphs into a big deal.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 5:01 PM

You just wonder if they've had a doctor looking at that ankle since it first flared up. He probably should have waited until right before tipoff of tomorrow night's game if it meant that the Magic would have had to prepare for Gil.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse


at any rate, with Gil out, hopefully Flip gives Nick a chance to catch the eye of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 5:02 PM

Naw, their bench is loaded.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | October 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When will Arenas fans realize he is receiving Workman'a Compensation in the form of the Wizards salary? The real story here is Arenas does not want to play for the Wizards and the Wizards do not want him to get hurt and will trade him for whatever they can get. There is an old adage, "Cut your loses short." The Wizards can win more games without Arenas and need to more on without him. There is no redemption with Arenas. Too bad for someone with so much talent but an empty head.

Posted by: NewbillJT | October 27, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

at any rate, with Gil out, hopefully Flip gives Nick a chance to catch the eye of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 5:02 PM

Naw, their bench is loaded.

Posted by: ArmChairQB

Coach David Blatt has already expressed a preference for going with a 3 guard lineup of Pargo, Perkins and Burstein.

Posted by: ts35 | October 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards can win more games without Arenas

highly doubtful imo

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

NFL wideout Austin Collie was wearing a walking boot regularly during the week and then starting and playing significant minutes on Sundays before injuring his thumb.
by Icantfeelmyface

This comment is from the thread at Bullets Forever. Arenas could be using the boot in the same way, since he hasn't seen a doctor yet.

Posted by: djnnnou | October 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else see (squint real hard) any similarities - any - between the Haynesworth situation with the Skins and Arenas with the Wizards?

No? Okay, good; it's only me.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I say, put Gilbert on the disabled list, where he can take his time to get the ankle right. Otherwise, he'll be tryin' to cheat back and doing stupid stuff he knows he has no business doing. I'd rather se him and Josh Howard return at the same time. That way, we can really compete. Tired of the same old thing with the Wiz.

Posted by: mwgaithersburg | October 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Gil gets roughly $250,000/game. How many times this year will he earn that paycheck?

Posted by: audacitea | October 27, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Golly! I would worry but I just don't care.

Posted by: beansforbob | October 27, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Therefore he is being paid millions of dollars for what? It is a very bad sign when a young player can't stay healthy in a sport that should keep him in the peak of condition. I mean its not bowling you know.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | October 27, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

this isn't an injury. This is cover up for a 2-game suspension!!!!!!!!

Ain't karma a b!tch! Arenas has no credibility for people to respect a word he says. some people just don't ever get it, some people are just stupid. it appears Areans is the unfortunate miss of both. i appreciate his talent, but sometime you have enough with dealing with stupid.

Posted by: oknow1 | October 27, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is looking to either get paid for staying home, or get traded. This ain't the NFL, players rule here. Why play for the team when you can Haynesworth your way? By mid-year at the latest he will be out for the year with injury or released.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 27, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I swear this is fishy, how is the ankle getting worse without him even playing? I believe the initial report was "would have played in regular season."

Now he's in a walking boot?

I dont know...

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It certainly does sound fishy. It will be very interesting to see if he gets traded before playing another game for this franchise. If that does become the case, then we will all know that the team lied to us (the fans). How hypocritical would THAT be, given that they fined Gil for lying about an injury (if they indeed DID fine him), and yet the team lied to us? Could we fine THEM "an unspecified amount" for lying to us and faking an injury.

I sincerely hope that is not the case, but it does make one wonder.

Posted by: bpybay | October 27, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

this isn't an injury. This is cover up for a 2-game suspension!!!!!!!!

Posted by: oknow1 | October 27, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

That would make sense if he didn't also miss the last four games of the preseason. Would have been stupid for the team to stunt his comeback by holding him out for the rest of preseason, and then suspending him for two games, if they intend on keeping him. That's called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

I personally believe they've found a suitor for him and are just trying to work out the kinks in the deal. I guess we'll see.

Posted by: bpybay | October 27, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

He is not looking for a trade. The only way for trade is to show the world that he can play again.The only person who can tell us that he can play is Arenas.He already know that his knee is not last more than few games a year and he is trying to use every possible excuse not to play.He will keep on creating negative environment.
It is moronic to expect arenas to play for this ball club less than a year after we remove the banner.

Posted by: gtefferra | October 27, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@"gooddad": Your ignorance is staggering and clearly you are a terrible dad if this is the kind of crap you spew to your kids. (Your basketball comments are stupid too). You live in DC--take an hour to visit the Holocaust Museum. Then we can discuss whether those southerners who deny there was slavery are making a valid semantic point like yours. Then let's make glib comments about the torture and murder of your ancestors on the sports pages for a while...it's clearly fun for you.

When you don't know what you are talking about, it's probably a good idea to shut up and learn, so maybe a few people won't find out what a clown you are for a while.

And Ahmadinajad would arrest and kill you just for laughs.

Posted by: rhamberger | October 27, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has become the little boy who cried wolf. Everyone's skeptical of anything he says or does because we're never sure if it's 'just Gil being Gil'.

Posted by: randysbailin | October 27, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

It seems that no one is remembering last year when Javaris Crittendon had a hurt ankle that would keep him out for a bit, but it suddenly changed to a major ankle injury that had him sidelined even up to the gunfight at the VC.

I am more concerned here with whether or not Gilbert has an injury that the medical staff isn't on top off and consequently hasn't diagnosed properly.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 27, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

When the first episode with Arenas supposedly crying wolf there was one commentator who explanined the sit' this way.

He said that Arenas "said" that he lied about being hurt so that Young could play, but in actually Arenas did have some injury issues.

What this means is that oft time professional atheletes play with minor injuries so when Arenas said he was hurt he wasn't referring to the minor injuries he was playing with, though he actually was hurt when he said he wasn't.

The commentator said at the time that this was a confusing explanation, but it was the actual truth of the whole situation.

Bottom line, it now appears that the Wizard medical staff isn't on top of it's game. The Wizard medical staff cannot continue to let players call the shots.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

For me, referencing all the Gilbert bashing on this board, it is like Gilbert has this organization by the balls and he does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants.

I think all you Gilbert bashers/haters are giving Gilbert way to much credit. Is he really all that powerful and has as much influence over this organization that they are powerless to correct all this foolishness yawl' claim he is guilty of.

I have leveled my share of critcisms at this Org' but no way am I prepared to believe that Gilbert Arenas does whatever he wants as you guys are portraying things.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"For me, referencing all the Gilbert bashing on this board, it is like Gilbert has this organization by the balls and he does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants.

I think all you Gilbert bashers/haters are giving Gilbert way to much credit. Is he really all that powerful and has as much influence over this organization that they are powerless to correct all this foolishness yawl' claim he is guilty of.

I have leveled my share of critcisms at this Org' but no way am I prepared to believe that Gilbert Arenas does whatever he wants as you guys are portraying things.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse "

Methinks you've been asleep the past 4-5 years.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Jamison Gets 21min Off The Bench

Just shows you how dumb our Orginization is. Some of it is him just coming back from injury but they already said that Andy & Hickson will start. All we ever hear about is AJ being the greatest leader of men, even though he was a selfish black hole who never had anything positive to say about our young guys. His shot selection was horrible and he always pouted when being benched but no one ever said anything. If he was here right now he would be starting, playing 40mpg, being a black hole while scoring 20 meaningless points, and getting torched on Defense. At the same time Blatche would be getting 15min one night and 5 the next while we struggle to make the playoffs at best. Man we are dumb. Im glad that stuff is finally starting to end

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 27, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

So will the D.C. club be true WIZARDS tomorrow, and clean up on D-HOWARD and the MAGIC, or will they wet themselves and be true WIZZIES?

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 27, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I was really worried about Gil until tonight for some reason. I was watching some games and in particular the GS-Hou game. IDK if it was there style of play or what but I just pictured Gil playing and going off. IDK if he will beast right off the bat but I have no doubt now for some reason that he will find his rythm and be a straight beast this year from then on with Wall making him that much better and that much easier for him to score

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 28, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

"I was really worried about Gil until tonight for some reason. I was watching some games and in particular the GS-Hou game. IDK if it was there style of play or what but I just pictured Gil playing and going off. IDK if he will beast right off the bat but I have no doubt now for some reason that he will find his rythm and be a straight beast this year from then on with Wall making him that much better and that much easier for him to score
Posted by: dlts2041"


Saw the GS-HOU game also and M. Ellis and S. Curry were awesome and is probably the best scoring back court in the league. They are small and defensively challenged though.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 28, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Methinks you've been asleep the past 4-5 years.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2010 9:53 PM

You can certainly draw that conclusion, but if the Org' did defer that much power and influence to Gilbert, would you they handled their asset wisely?

Doesn't the Org' or rather shouldn't the Org always use it's assets wisely?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Jamison Gets 21min Off The Bench


Just shows you how dumb our Orginization is. Some of it is him just coming back from injury but they already said that Andy & Hickson will start. All we ever hear about is AJ being the greatest leader of men, even though he was a selfish black hole who never had anything positive to say about our young guys. His shot selection was horrible and he always pouted when being benched but no one ever said anything. If he was here right now he would be starting, playing 40mpg, being a black hole while scoring 20 meaningless points, and getting torched on Defense. At the same time Blatche would be getting 15min one night and 5 the next while we struggle to make the playoffs at best. Man we are dumb. Im glad that stuff is finally starting to end

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 27, 2010 10:11 PM

This is also why it perplexed me to no end if we were not going to bench AJ and we really shoudn't have on this team, but we should have moved him to the three position and let Andre start at the four which by the way he earned a shot at.

It would have made our Team stronger inside and it might have made Jamison a more effective player.

A strategy that this organization seems to eschew. For some reason, we are obsessed with small-man strategies and not big man strategies. Exemplified in the fact that, it does not appear that we will use Blatche, McGee, and Yi together, but rather use the 3-guard offense instead.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Watching the first couple of nights of action it is not a surprise to me how teams are fundamentally just ballin. Just take the ball and do what is natural for you own individual talents together.

Schemes that pretty much control the shot clock on offense are pretty much out the window. As the season wears on, schemes and structure will be more prevalent, but it is refreshing to see straight up good playing together ballin.

Handling the ball by big men isn't taboo on some teams, but I wonder why I get the feelin that the Wizards never like seeing Blatche and McGee handling the ball in legit open court situations.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that Blatche and McGee get villified for not showing a back to basket post up game?

Isn't it obvious that they are not that type of big?

Is it not obvious they are flow to the basket, uptempo bigs?

Perfert for John Wall's style of play and Gilbert.

Even Yi, which I am high on seems a good fit for the same type of style.

How much will we emphasize and concentrate on butt in the paint style of play versus free uptempo movement to maximize their talents?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse


Blake Griffin had 20 pts and 14 rebs in his NBA debut last night and made it look easy. John Wall better eat his Wheaties before each game if he wants ROY because Griffin is the real deal as a power forward and is ready to dominate NOW.

Posted by: gimmedat | October 28, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Trainers "Boot" a guy during the week quite often to save him for Sunday in the NFL. Problem with the NBA is there's not a week between games, better to nip an ankle problem in the bud early.

Every crazy Gil scenario printed here could well be true, we've sure experienced enough strange stuff surrounding Gil in the last couple of years to expect anything. On the surface, the one I find it a stretch to believe is that there is a trade in the works.

It would sure seem to me ANY potential customer would want to see him healthy and on the court FIRST. That hasn't really happened yet...

If a team didn't need to see him on the court they could have traded for him months ago. Waiting til now to add him and not having him in camp and preseason doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

The only way it would make sense is if there has been a standing offer on the table that required Gil to "sign off" on a trade. Teams aren't allowed to renegotiate contracts in order to make a deal, but in Gil's case I think he has an opt out in his deal.

We've always assumed that Gil had 4 years left on his deal because he would never opt out. But what if that's the "kicker" that a team like Orlando's requesting to make a deal. I don't think there is any rule against a team requesting a written agreement that a player execute something that is already in his deal.

If Gil wants a chance to jump to a winner, opting out might be the price he'll have to pay. If the teams and the league are working out acceptable langauge with Gil that could take awhile. Only stands to reason Gil wouldn't play while that's going on.

Gil could still play tomorrow night, just might not be in a Wizards uniform...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | October 28, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

No way Gil gives up on the $80mill owed him, not even he is that weird.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Blake Griffin had 20 pts and 14 rebs in his NBA debut last night and made it look easy. John Wall better eat his Wheaties before each game if he wants ROY because Griffin is the real deal as a power forward and is ready to dominate NOW.

Posted by: gimmedat | October 28, 2010 8:31 AM

As I watched the game I had the same feelings Gimmedat. John Wall is going to have to be very special to take it away from this guy.

Wall had the hype and everything this year, but BG was just as hyped last year. I hope it is rip roaring one guy one day and the other guy the next, for the ROY crown.

That would mean good things for the Bullets.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

GM,

What you say makes good logical sense, but lets us hope it isn't the case. I don't want to see this franchise just going with Wall on rebuilding this thing to a contender again.

No matter how good Wall is and how badly a lot of folk don't want Gilbert around here anymores', I don't don't think they will have a clue how bad this team will suck with just John Wall and Flip's system.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 28, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

people can hate arenas all they want, but the truth is we need him. our team would suck even more without him. john wall wouldnt progress as much, teams would only have to key in on him. and for the record, flip saunders sucks, he doesent play poeple consistent minutes, nick young goes 0-3 he gets pulled out, but hinrich.....keep him in no matter wat. flip is biased and hes a bumb, and doesent stand up for his players, remember last yr kevin garnett vs blatche? u gotta stand up for blatche.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | October 28, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse


As long as Gil's in the mood to talk with doctors, can he seek the counsel of a psychiatrist too? Thnx.

Posted by: artiesliver | October 28, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This team is going to suck without Gil.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

They're most likely going to suck with or without him.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Gilbert demanded to see the outside specialist rather than the normal Wizard's medical staff!

Posted by: washwiz | October 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

In other nba news, BTH already lost his starting job. Turned in a monstrous 2pt/3reb performance off the bench though. Meanwhile DeSteve's was the only Mav not to play at all last night.

AJ benched in Cleveland.

Looks like ol'jabby-jab-step is all that's left of the ex-Wiz experiment

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

After watching some games in league pass I will have to lower my expectation from 40 to 35 wins.....30 if we miss Arenas for few games. Wiz starting 5 is fine the bench is lacking.

Posted by: Dave381 | October 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

if we trade gil for lesser value players and suck for awhile then the issue later on will be is john wall happy in DC playing for a losing team. Not every superstar likes playing for undertalented teams. Lets think about trade talks on Chris Paul, Melo, Kobe pre-Gasol, etc. Keep Gil we are better on the court maybe not locker room with him.

Posted by: jefferu | October 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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