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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Rashard Lewis arrives, Gilbert Arenas moves on

By Washington Post editors
Morning brew

The Wizards snapped their seven-game losing streak, smashing the Charlotte Bobcats, 108-75. Newly-acquired forward Rashard Lewis didn't play, but he said he is ready to provide a veteran presence for the Wizards. Here's more from his pre-game news conference.

Meanwhile, Gilbert Arenas debuted for the Orlando Magic in Atlanta
and he reflected on the anniversary of the gun incident.

Also in The Post: DC Sports Bog said goodbye to Gilbertology and Box Seats blogger Kevin Broom offers a defense of Flip Saunders.

AROUND THE WEB
Here's Yahoo!Sports' Marc Spears's take on Arenas's Magic debut.

NBA.com's David Aldridge says, right or wrong, Magic GM Otis Smith isn't afraid to shake things up.

TrueHoop's Henry Abbott looks at Orlando's defensive coaching challenge.

Bullets Forever hosted a Gilbert Arenas Tribute Day yesterday.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Comments

For some reason I think Ra.Lewis and Howard would be an awesome tandem on the floor at the same time...

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh yea first

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The Bulls are coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Clips, 100-99. Taj Gibson started at center but Boozer got most of the work inside -- scoring 25 but collecting only 4 rebounds. They let Blake Gibson run wild for 29 points and 12 boards. Chicago has Philly coming in tonight, then they head to Washington.

With Noah out, that could be a favorable matchup for the Wiz inside. Question is if anybody can stop Rose, or at least slow him down.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse


"A home win against a squad with a starting lineup that includes Dominic McGuire, DJ Augustin, Boris Diaw, and Nazi Muhammad has no long term merit whatsoever. These guys could'nt start for even the Wizards. And when have we gotten blown out at home (teams rarely do - even bad teams)."
Posted by: NewManagement

Those guys couldn't start for the Wizards? Are you really that dense or just off your medication? Dude, ALONZO GEE was starting for several games for the Wizards basically right after he signed his non-guaranteed contract. My point? He's not even in the league now. LMAO!

"The biggest positive out of the whole game was the continued evolution of Nick Young in his ability to score going to the basket and his defensive effort against a good player in Stephen Jackson."

If close games that are lost against good teams and blowout wins against bad teams mean nothing, then why go on and on about Nick Young's "continued evolution" against, by your admission, a bad team? NewsFlash: He didn't score all his points against Jackson! Don't selectively stray from your premise that games against bad teams mean nothing, dumbazz.

"Please put the Miami game in context. First it was a loss. And secondly, we were at home playing against a team on the second night of a back to back. It means nothing unless you get the win, just like the one point home loss earlier in the year to Orlando was meaningless. Is anybody talking about that now?"

The Wiz have lost games all year against teams playing the second game of a back-to-back or missing key players from their lineup. Last night they didn't, NewMis-Management.


Posted by: bobabuie | December 21, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Bulls didn't exactly "let Blake Griffin run wild." I mean, it's not like he needed to exploit some weakness in the Bulls to put up those numbers. Griffin's been doing that against pretty much everyone, good team or bad, win or loss. He put up 31 and 13 against Duncan and the Spurs and 27 and 16 against Howard and the Magic, so I doubt Noah's presence or absence had much effect. Guy's a beast.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 21, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

With Noah out, that could be a favorable matchup for the Wiz inside. Question is if anybody can stop Rose, or at least slow him down.
Posted by: Samson151

Won't see a Cap Kirk night of 18 pts 11 ast and 6 rebounds against Rose. Hopefully he keeps up his stl streak and Nick has a 30pt night in him.Points in the paint might increase for the bigs with Noah out and Boozer at the 4...hopefully

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

They let Blake Gibson run wild for 29 points and 12 boards. "

yeah, we may have to place you on blog suspension for that one.LOL

Posted by: gmac78 | December 21, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I also like Blake Griffin's game. I thought he will be another year away from having the kind monster games. Right now he is miles ahead of JWall for the ROTY award.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

From the Spears article linked above:

Arenas paid attention to the trade speculation surrounding him, but said he didn’t know a deal was imminent. When he did learn he’d been traded Saturday, he didn’t waste time in getting to Orlando.

“I got traded, I went to the airport and left,” Arenas said. “I didn’t even get to say bye to anybody. I didn’t even say bye to the kids. I just left.”

He didn't "even get to say bye to anyone"? I guess Arenas would have everyone believe his new employer demanded that he not spend a few minutes saying goodbye to his former Wizards teammates, coaches, etc. The truth is he wanted to show his former employer that he had disdain for the entire organization and he did it. He's a classless, washed-up cad and it's only a matter of time before the Magic grow tired of his childish act too.

Posted by: gimmedat | December 21, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz did about as well as can be expected in the Arenas Trade. It was apparent that Gil's heart wasn't in this rebuilding process after being the main man here for so long.

I've got to wish him the best and hope that he can get his career back on track. At his peak he was amoung the top 10-15 players in the league, doubt he can ever return to that, but he can be a dangerous player if he buys into what Orlando is doing.

At first blush Lewis doesn't seem to be a valuable part in a rebuilding process. But as young as this team is, it needs some vets in that locker room and on the court.

Talent wise Hinrich, Howard and Lewis might not matchup with Jamison, Butler, and Arenas. But inside of 12 months Ernie cleaned out the Veterans on this club who had once had a good chemistry, but had grown stale and started pointing fingers, and has brought in some guys with solid reps in the lockerroom.

I haven't heard one word uttered about how the young guys aren't pro's. The way you fix that is showing them the ropes off the court and play like a professional on the court. Time will tell, but Howard, Hinrich, and Lewis may well compose a better veteran core to play with the youngsters.

And one other thing will be for sure, Ernie will be operating a "veterans available for playoff push" sale at the deadline. It won't be a firesale like last year, but if Grunfeld can reap a usable peice out of moving anybody on this roster except Wall, and maybe Young, and McGee, he'll pull the trigger.

What a change for Nick Young since the beginning of the season, they guy is playing really well right now and is slowly showing signs of growing up. On offense he's starting to attack the rim instead of always shooting ugly fadeaways even when he's wide open. And Suanders has slowly converted him to a catch and shoot guy that can be deadly working off of screens. Adding another shooter to the mix like Lewis can be a great help to Young and Wall.

I hope Suanders can see the benfit of Young's shooting in the lineup with Wall and keeps him in the starting lineup when Wall gets back. But something tells me we go back to seeing Hinrich at the 2.

The sooner Suanders goes with Young and Wall together the sooner his future backcourt can start working together...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | December 21, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

D Rose is gonna bring the straps out Kirk,find your cutters and run the offense. He coulda had 15+ assists if he'd give up the ball a lil more on plays run for other guys. I liked the end result, and kirk didn't play poorly, but it gives me a bad feeling when a pg (any pg) looks off the open man to try and create for himself. Not a big deal last night, but i dunno if we're gonna need scoring from kirk. He's gotta distribute with the first unit. If he somehow ends up on the bench though, i'd let him have free reign over the second unit.Again 7-14 for 18 pts and 11 assts is nothing to be mad about, but he coulda had 4 or five more assts, and shot a higher percentage if he gave it up a lil more. It's a good problem in a win, but i dunno how many more times we'll have Charlotte at home on our schedule.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 21, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

but he coulda had 4 or five more assts, and shot a higher percentage if he gave it up a lil more. It's a good problem in a win, but i dunno how many more times we'll have Charlotte at home on our schedule.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 21, 2010 12:16 PM

Believe me he wasnt the only one out there looking to pump up his stats at the end of that game.

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Won't see a Cap Kirk night of 18 pts 11 ast and 6 rebounds against Rose"

No, I doubt we will. Then again, Rose doesn't play much defense. It's Ronnie Brewer and Bogans who get that job.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You have to think a blowout is usually more about the losing team than the winner. Wonder what's going on with Charlotte. Gerald Wallace has been out 3 games, but their problems precede that.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

7-14 for 18 pts and 11 assts is nothing to be mad about, but...

You'll nitpick anyway? He also led the team in rebounds.

Believe me he wasnt the only one out there looking to pump up his stats at the end of that game.

I believe you, because he didn't play in the 4th.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

It's Ronnie Brewer and Bogans who get that job.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:04 PM

I'm thinking Brewer and Bogans will be switching off on Nick. Would really like to see Lewis/Blatche take Boozer off his game and maybe Booker play some nasty D on L.Deng. Need to let Seraphin in the game as well for some hard fouls. Really need Lewis and Kirk to light it up from the outside so the bigs can get inside. Wiz to watch: McGee-17pts,13 rebs,4 blks.

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"I'm thinking Brewer and Bogans will be switching off on Nick."

That seems likely. Be interesting to see who gets to guard Rose.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I believe you, because he didn't play in the 4th.
Posted by: djnnnou | December 21, 2010 1:24 PM
Uh.Thanks for that?

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

He didn't "even get to say bye to anyone"? I guess Arenas would have everyone believe his new employer demanded that he not spend a few minutes saying goodbye to his former Wizards teammates, coaches, etc. The truth is he wanted to show his former employer that he had disdain for the entire organization and he did it. He's a classless, washed-up cad and it's only a matter of time before the Magic grow tired of his childish act too.

Posted by: gimmedat | December 21, 2010 11:33 AM

You got to realize that the childish act goes both ways don't you? Sure, Gilbert should have shown some class, at least to his teammates and probably to Ted. So yeah, he acted badly, but you realize he didn't say bye to his kids either. Sometimes highly driven focused individuals don't see the small things that everyday people do. No excuses because of that though.

On the other hand however, the press told Gilbert that he had been traded no one from the organization called Gilbert or told him to be on standby for possible trade info concerning him. They to get to be a bit childish as well. But is it really a big deal to just slam Gilbert for being childish GIMMEDAT when he actually singled no one out to include his family in his decision to get outahere on the next train smokin.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It's hardly uncommon for a traded player to have to split without saying proper goodbyes to his teammates. At the same time, it's hardly uncommon for players to hear they've been traded from reporters. There's no harm or foul either way. A complete and utter non-story on both sides.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 21, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

the childish act goes both ways...no one from the organization called Gilbert or told him to be on standby for possible trade info concerning him.

I regret to say I listened to the Arenas interview in the next string and that I read your comment in this string. I'm not sure what your point was but well, what's new?

Arenas stated he'd been hearing trade rumors and been tuning it out as a distraction for a while. Friends were the first to inform him of the trade, then Orlando's OS called and then someone from the Wiz. That sequence sounds normal enough, the friends were probably calling on the early unconfirmed news reports.

Hopping on a plane and not saying goodbye to your children hardly serves as an excuse for anything and registers as fairly bizarre behavior, offering it up to the press as a humorous anecdote even more peculiar.

A talented basketball player, Arenas is clearly deeply conflicted; from the catatonia he was pulling here in DC to the euphoric charm he was serving up at the Orlando interview, that's quite a swing.

Arenas never understood how to adjust to other players or a playbook, everything had to adjust to him and his prodigious talent. That hung him up as much as the rehab from his injury during his comeback when the team had moved on without him. I'm not sure how much he can contribute in Orlando particularly if it requires him to adjust.

Posted by: midlevex_ | December 21, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Okay; before we get all warm and fuzzy about last night's "blowout" win did Gerald Wallace play ? NO! So that's that, now as far as Rashard Lewis is concerned he looked like a guy who was driving an Aston Martin and then the car dealer show's up and tells him hey you're getting a cavalier(the wizards) instead of keeping your Aston Martin(the magic).

Posted by: dargregmag | December 21, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse


Okay; before we get all warm and fuzzy about last night's "blowout" win did Gerald Wallace play ? NO!

Posted by: dargregmag

And before you act all dull and thickheaded, did John Wall play? NO! So that IS that, you low-IQ troll.

Posted by: artiesliver | December 21, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Note to artiesilver; As usual you post before you think, Gerald Wallace is an established NBA star who almost always has his way with the Wizards. John Wall is a rookie who has been injured more then he has played and while Wall has been good in spurts he isn't nearly the impact player for the Wizards that Wallace is for the Bobcats.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 21, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse


John Wall is a rookie who has been injured more then he has played and while Wall has been good in spurts he isn't nearly the impact player for the Wizards that Wallace is for the Bobcats.

Posted by: dargregmag

Nice try, dope.

Rookie or not, injuries or not, Wall is averaging 17 pts and 9 assists this season DESPITE being hobbled for much of the season. I don't care what team we're talking about, if you take that kind of production out of the lineup, it has an impact.

Posted by: artiesliver | December 21, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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