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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Despite losses, positive signs for Wizards

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

The Wizards have lost all three games with Rashard Lewis in uniform, and they are just 1-4 since Josh Howard returned from his left knee surgery, but could the team be nearing a breakthrough? After defeating the Wizards 100-93 on Monday, Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman came away impressed with the collection of talent in Washington and felt that a turnaround was possible.

"I'd say that team has Lewis, with [John] Wall coming back, and Josh Howard coming back, and down the road if they don't get hurt again, that team is going to be a lot better team than what their record indicates," Adelman said.

Since Lewis joined the team, the Wizards have utilized three different starting lineups, and will soon make another change whenever Wall is moved back to starting point guard. But they have been more competitive, especially considering that the competition during their three-game losing streak was Chicago (first-place team in the Central Division), San Antonio (holders of the league's best record) and Houston (the hottest team in the NBA, with a five-game winning streak).

"They have talent at every position and now they have some new pieces, so they're trying to find themselves and see how everyone is going to help out," Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks said. "Wall is coming back and playing good basketball. They're a good team."

The Wizards (7-22) have had 14 different starting lineups though the first 29 games, which leads the league, and Coach Flip Saunders has been unable to settle on any consistent rotation. But as the team prepares to play its next two games against the Indiana Pacers, Saunders is hopeful that things will start to settle down.

"We have to keep this group together and get better as a team," Coach Flip Saunders said. "We need to start having some continuity."

Although he is still in search of his first win as a Wizard, Lewis believes that it won't be long. "We're playing well," Lewis said after the loss in Houston. "We're playing good defense. I can definitely say that we're going to start winning ball games. You can tell by the attitude in this locker room."

FROM THE POST
The drama didn't end for Gilbert Arenas after he left for Orlando. His longtime partner Laura Govan is claiming through a publicist that the former Wizard abandoned his family last month and hasn't contacted them since joining the Magic.

Former Georgetown star Roy Hibbert is emerging as a candidate for most improved player with the Indiana Pacers.

AROUND THE WEB
Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld is reporting that the Wizards are contemplating dealing either Andray Blatche or JaVale McGee after their recent dustup outside a D.C. area club.

Lang Whitaker of Slam Magazine spent some time with John Wall and determined that he is no average rookie.

TruthAboutIt.net's Kyle Weidie breaks down Gilbert Arenas's "disappointing" interview with ESPN.com's Michael Wallace.

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Evan Turner is having a rough season. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports and Peter May at Hoopshype both try to explain his problems.

Jared Wade tries to explain what it takes to be an MVP at Sports Illustrated's Point Forward.

By Michael Lee  | December 29, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
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Comments

"GILBERT ARENAS BUST WATCH"
22pts/6ast/11reb 32min.
Off the bench

Posted by: zack9633 | December 29, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

should read:

Despite losses, positive signs for Wizards players, more negatives for Flip Saunders coaching.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | December 29, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards (7-22) have had 14 different starting lineups though the first 29 games, which leads the league, and Coach Flip Saunders has been unable to settle on any consistent rotation.

and Kirk has started 27 of them...whitout him the team might be 6-23?

"We have to keep this group together and get better as a team," Coach Flip Saunders said...

Which group is that?

The young guys

Wall, NY, Al, AB, JM

or

the older guys to get a few more wins

Wall, Kirk, Howard, Lewis, Armstrong?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 29, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Flip is very bias towards Kirk Hinrich. No way should be in starting lineup with J Wall. KH should be in running for 6 man of the year award. Kirk is playing well but NY should be starting SG. Hinch, the 3 guard lineup?

Posted by: zack9633 | December 29, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"GILBERT ARENAS BUST WATCH"
22pts/6ast/11reb 32min.
Off the bench Posted by: zack9633"

Pretty darn good. Wonder if they'll leave him as the sixth man. Coaches tend to stick with what's working.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"Which group is that?
The young guys
Wall, NY, Al, AB, JM
or
the older guys to get a few more wins
Wall, Kirk, Howard, Lewis, Armstrong?"

Obviously, neither. If you want the team to improve, has to be a mixture. That's why you see so many 8 or 9 man rotations rather than two separate 5 man units.

Whatever the rotation that emerges over the rest of the season, let's just hope Wall is at the top of it.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

So I see Gilbert's baby mama claims he abandoned them without any cash to go to Orlando. I'm sure he intended to return to meet his responsibilities, just as soon as the Sheriff's deputies showed up with the required court documents.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Teds New Year resolution: Lose Grunfeld, lose Culture of Losers.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 29, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

So I see Gilbert's baby mama claims he abandoned them without any cash to go to Orlando. I'm sure he intended to return to meet his responsibilities, just as soon as the Sheriff's deputies showed up with the required court documents.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

two sides to every story, and as a former publicist/pr person I'm sure she sees the value in getting her story out first....or at all. It does sound sad though,but it seems like par for the course with these two. She's his Ginger from Casino or Penelope Cruz off Blow or Heath Ledger off Brokeback they can't sem to leave each other alone.
At least this "distraction" won't be effecting our team. Wonder if Dwight Howard can help Gil duck these paternity suits? Maybe Dwight and Gil's babymammas get spin offs of BasketBall Wives, the show where not one of these women is actually married.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

GILBERT ARENAS BUST WATCH
22pts/6ast/11reb 32min.
Off the bench

Posted by: zack9633

Arenas had a good game. Why didn't you post his stats from the previous one? ;>

Wonder if they'll leave him as the sixth man. Coaches tend to stick with what's working.
Posted by: Samson151

I think VanGundy will eventually probably be forced to start him, certainly if Arenas plays well consistently. (He's not shown any consistency yet.)

It's hard for an organization to justify paying the sort of salary Arenas gets to a guy coming off the bench.

Posted by: nmik | December 29, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

At least this "distraction" won't be effecting our team. Wonder if Dwight Howard can help Gil duck these paternity suits? Maybe Dwight and Gil's babymammas get spin offs of BasketBall Wives, the show where not one of these women is actually married. Posted by: lilhollywood10"

Ever see that reality show about the Brit soccer WAGs? Even worse...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

" lose Culture of Losers."

Wasn't Boy George in that group?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"Flip is very bias towards Kirk Hinrich. No way should be in starting lineup with J Wall. KH should be in running for 6 man of the year award. Kirk is playing well but NY should be starting SG."Posted by: zack9633

LOL given the overall maturity of the squad, the coach has probably been afraid to let Hinrich off the court. Would have chained him to the basketball if he could. But now with Howard and Rashard on the roster, maybe the poor guy can get a break.

Long as Nick don't start shakin' and bakin' again...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Ever see that reality show about the Brit soccer WAGs? Even worse...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

is that the footballers wives joint? i never saw it but it can't be as sad as these clownass chicks on bball wives. what's the channel tho?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

given the overall maturity of the squad, the coach has probably been afraid to let Hinrich off the court. Would have chained him to the basketball if he could.

If that's true, it makes Flip a sorry ass coach for a team looking to develop it's 20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The Non housewives of NBA.
Twitch is in a dither. What to do, what to do???
Only has 2 point guards and wants to play them together.
Gee, wonder why there are consistent 4th Q meltdowns?
KH can play the 2, and certainly nick can come off the bench, but you have 2 exhausted pgs coming down the stretch. And one is rehabbing on the court. Dumb and dumber!
Did like the small lineup of Ab Rl Jh Ny and JW. We all know the problem that poses for twitch. No Kh!
Please can one of the thousand coaches get Jm to play with his legs and not his arms. Too much to ask?

Posted by: mricklen | December 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Royce Young

Over the past two seasons, the Washington D.C. has been ground zero for weird NBA stories. That whole Gilbert Arenas thing happened -- something the Wizards are still recovering from -- but most recently JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche tried to punch each other's faces out in front of a night club.

The Wizards moved on from the Arenas incident recently by trading him. And the same fate may face either Blatche or McGee. Or maybe both.

According to HoopsWorld, the Wizards are shopping McGee and Blatche to gauge how much interest there might be. This of course could be a result of the fight or it could just be something Ernie Grunfeld had planned on doing.

My guess is that it's all related. Under new owner Ted Leonsis, the Wizards have been completely committed to becoming more family-friendly and having a product on the court that the city can be proud of. I would assume that having two players that tried to rearrange each other's noses doesn't qualify there.

What's interesting is that the Wizards signed Blatche to a contract extension over the summer that runs through 2015. Obviously at the time, it seemed like the Wizards were entirely committed to Blatche as part of the future. But maybe not.

Then again, this might be a tactic by Leonsis and Grunfeld to try and get the attention of two of the entire league's biggest underachievers. Both Blatche and McGee have incredible talent. But neither have really been consistent. Blatche came into the season, well, fat and McGee just hasn't really developed his game outside of alley-oops, putbacks and trying to block every shot attempted ever.

I would assume that Grunfeld is going to find that not many folks are all that interested in trading much for either. Because of Blatche's extension, I doubt he'll garner much interest, but some enterprising general manager might be willing to take on McGee as a project. I remember before the 2009 draft there were a couple murmurs going around that Sam Presti was interested in McGee. A good system and a new culture could do wonders for a prospect like McGee.

More than likely, nothing comes of this rumor. By the deadline, I'd expect both McGee and Blatche to be in a Wizard uniform. But Grunfeld and Leonsis are focused on changing the Wizards' culture so any bad apples might be shown the door. Washington is in the middle of a complete flip and anyone not named John Wall is likely a candidate to be shipped off. Probably starting with the guys that try and beat up teammates.

Posted by: suliman215 | December 29, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

BTW, did Gilbert return that I-Pad stuffed with crap that Flip and Ernie gave him in the beginning of the season?

Posted by: Utilityman1 | December 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I heard that Gil kept it, and upon arriving in Orlando, offered it to SVG to look through. To which SVG replied "Hahahahahahaha....no thanks."

:)

Posted by: ts35 | December 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"If that's true, it makes Flip a sorry ass coach for a team looking to develop it's 20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG"

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2010 10:39 AM

Would that be the same "20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG" who has missed almost half the games the team's played? The same "20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG" who is two games into working himself back from an injury and a long layoff? The same "20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG" who played almost 30 in the last game, most of them with Hinrich as SG--playing off the ball while Wall ran the offense-- thus putting the lie to the implication that Hinrich's presence on the court somehow inhibits Wall's development?

Or is there another "20yr old, #1 overall franchise PG" we don't know about?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

So far, I haven't been impressed with Josh Howard. Maybe he's just trying to find his rhythm, but he takes a lot of bad shots. Shots that Nick Young would be crucified for, and rightfully so. Howard also has moments where he seems to be trying to take over the game which completely disrupts whatever flow the team has mustered. He's not a sixth man, but he shouldn't be starting here, either. Pairing him with another scorer, like Nick Young, could take some of the load off him. And Young's weak rebounding and assist numbers are less forgivable as a starter. Nick looked a lot better as instant offense coming off the bench.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand all the ridiculous talk of Nick Young starting over this and that becuase as any half intelligent basketball follower would know, his game is better suited for a scorer coming off of the bench. When Nick Young gets the ball he has only one thing on his mind and let me tell you, it sure isn't looking for the assist. Don't get me wrong, I like Nick but I know that his niche in this league would better suit a scorer coming off of the bench. When Nick learns that the game of basketbal involves more than just shooting over any defender or defenders that are on you, then Nick will become a much better player. Nick is average defensively and commits very silly fouls when he is overmatched. Again, may I reiterate, I like Nick and I like what he brings and could possibly bring to this team.
Blatche on the other hand, I do not like his game at all. Blatche has to be the softest 6'11" player in the league and it is absolutely painful to watch him jack 17-18' jumpers all game not to mention he leads the Wizards in getting his shot blocked. Not acceptable for a guy his size. Blatche's release is so slow that he heavily depends on his weak behind the back dribble and up and under spin move to get his shots off. Note to AB, that may have worked last year but people now know who you are and are hip to your pet moves now (that's why they are so ineffective). Flip Saunders and his rotation sucks too!! I'm out.

Posted by: coach55 | December 29, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

So Gilbert had been staying with Nick for the last month whilst his wifefiancee was pregnant.

While I've always been a fan of Gilbert, this is a WOW.

No contact with his fiancee and kids. WOW! No Christmas. WOW.

You can't be that bad. Regardless of the differences there might be, you can't be that bad. You have to handle things better than that.

And here I was, saying that Ted should make this guy stand up and be a leader. Maybe Ted should have. Gilbert needs after hearing this someone to put him in the proper perspective. It does not appear that he can do it himself.

At some point in life you have to realize that you can't play 2nd fiddle, you got to play first fiddle.

Even if there is another side to this story with his family, it would be hard for it to look good for Gilbert unless the report is a flat out lie.

This is sad, it will become truely hard to really root for a guy that seems to be the Grinch of all Grinches as described in this report.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

becuase as any half intelligent basketball follower would know
Posted by: coach55

Congrats on being a half-intelligent basketball follower?

(Kidding! Just trying to beat everyone else to the cheap joke!)

Posted by: ts35 | December 29, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Josh Howard looks like what he is: a 30-year-old 2nd banana (at best) caliber player coming of a lengthy injury layoff in a contract year. Age and injury have eroded his quickness, so he struggles to beat guys off the dribble, resulting in a lot of iffy jumpers. He's been a decent 3 pt shooter with his feet set and Dirk drawing the defense, but he's not a great shot creator.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

So far, I haven't been impressed with Josh Howard. Maybe he's just trying to find his rhythm, but he takes a lot of bad shots. Shots that Nick Young would be crucified for, and rightfully so. Howard also has moments where he seems to be trying to take over the game which completely disrupts whatever flow the team has mustered. He's not a sixth man, but he shouldn't be starting here, either. Pairing him with another scorer, like Nick Young, could take some of the load off him. And Young's weak rebounding and assist numbers are less forgivable as a starter. Nick looked a lot better as instant offense coming off the bench.

you might be right about shoot slection but he definately changed the team's defenssive intensity.He lost his shooting touch before he came to us.He should remain in the bench for about 10 games.I am happy with the current starting squad.
Jw(KH), NY,RL,AB and JM.NY probably will loss his starting job.He did not have a good game aganist Ginobli and Martin, He did well against wade and the chicago gards.I think NY has a tendency to get lost on defense when he has a bad shooting night,he need to be advised not to go down on mistakes.He has to learn to pay on one side of the court when the other is hard.I think that is what coaching should be.

Posted by: gtefferra | December 29, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

It takes a lot to keep a father away from his kids. I would think i takes a lot more for a father to walk out like that on kids he's been raising since their birth. Of course i know about dead beat dads and how the effect black families, but i dunno if that's the case. Laura Govan has had her hooks in Gil since he's been here. There breakups and makeups and proposals and infidelities have been well publicized. just how the "Gun Incident" had about 10 sides to that story, i'm sure that new info will be coming out regarding Dead Beat Gil. She is a p/r professional, all of this is right in her wheelhouse

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand all the ridiculous talk of Nick Young starting over this and that becuase as any half intelligent basketball follower would know, his game is better suited for a scorer coming off of the bench. When Nick Young gets the ball he has only one thing on his mind and let me tell you, it sure isn't looking for the assist.

Posted by: coach55 | December 29, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

lls

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Keep McGee, Trade Blatche and promote Sam.

Posted by: bonggong | December 29, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Josh Howard has taken a few bad shots since his return but I think he is still valuable to this team. He is our best defender and with his length he gives opponents fits at the 3 spot. I still would like to see Booker get a few more minutes as well. I think a little healthy competition for Blatche's minutes might give Andray the wake up call he desperately needs. I really feel as though Javale is progressing a little slower than I had hoped for. McGee will show an occasional flash of brilliance then will look like a turd the next game. I still see JM is way overmatched by bigger and more experienced centers and this occurs quite frequently. That being said, I don't think we should give up on him yet because the kid has a wealth of talent.

Posted by: coach55 | December 29, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What positive sign's would that be Mike? from where i sit this ship be sinkin fast. The bottom line is when you have a lineup of wannabe's it is imperative that you have a coach and a staff that can get the job done. The head coach must have the player's respect and he must put them in a position to win against the also ran's and bottom feeders of the league.The Wizards don't have a coach like that and that is why they're headed for another fifty plus loss season.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 29, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me the losing culture we have become accustomed to with this team when we dig for positives while our team is constantly getting beat night in and night out. That losing culture is so prevelant here in D.C. it's almost contagious. I don't know about you guys but I don't accept losing and I refuse to try and nitpick about positive signs on an absoute abysmal team. That being said, I am a loyal fan and will hope for better things to come.

Posted by: coach55 | December 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I really want to see some of this lineup tonight. Please just 5-7 minutes?

McGee
Booker
Howard
Young
Wall

Kirk is too short to match up defensively against Dunleavy, but Nick should be able to blow right by him.

Wall should be able to school Collison or Ford and Kirk can handle either of them defensively and be adequate against either of the offensively.

Mcgee is going to get pounded by Hibbert...should be good for him, but Mcgee should also be able to blow by slow man Hibbert. Even Seraphin should be able to make Jones look bad as the back up C.

the Jeff Foster/Tyler hansbrough/Posey tandem at PF is about as stiff as they come in the NBA, so we should be able to score 45+ from our PF's and drive to at least within 10 ft without trouble. These guys can shoot, though, so Blatche's "no lock" defense could give them an advantage.

the Pacers don't pass the ball worth a snot, so we should play some good team D. Double up on the ball and we can get some turnovers.

Granger has a pretty complete game...so that's my biggest worry.

Start:
Blatche
Lewis
Howard
Young
Wall

rotate heavy minutes to Kirk (combo guard) & Lewis (combo forward) and get Booker and Armstrong in for 15 minutes each. Put Mcgee in once Hibbert has at least one foul (maybe two) and has to lay off a little. Thornton may be the odd man out tonight, unless he can miraculously play shut down D on Granger.

No way we should ever have a tired guy playing the front line with this many options. We really need to take advantage of the 15-20 minutes Hibbert sits and the overall slowness of their PF/C game. Run straight through the lane. We will probably get a few blocked, but Hibbert and Granger are prone to overplaying D and racking up fouls. Hansbrough and Foster are not as bad as Blatche at D but not exactly known for their containment, either.

My thoughts...

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that it's going to take Howard awhile to work his way into the flow of the game, same with Lewis.

Not sure I understand the basis for all the Hinrich bashing. Not like he's been taking minutes from a hot prospect languihing on the bench. Just a few games ago he was the only point guard on the active roster.

In case someone missed it, Ernie did just finish blowing up the roster, didn't he?
Now there's posts to blow it up again, amazing...

Blatche's contract is actually quite reasonable, just depends on if you like him as a player. I'm not sure that Royce Young has anymore credibility as a NBA anlyast then any of the posters here. Just because he posted something doesn't make it the truth.

The other night Flip gave Blatche minutes at center, so it would seem to me that he may be tending to think he's going to have to find minutes for both Lewis and Blatche.

The question of who the team goes forward with isn't one of Hinrich, Howard, and Lewis vs. Wall, Young, Blatche, McGee, Thorton, etc. Takes 8 to 9 guys to setup a viable rotation. So Flip's rotation will settle down to the 3 vets, and 5 to six of the young guys.

Some young will have trouble seeing much court time, but they weren't ready for primetime anyway. What has been accomplished is that Wall will see court time with some veterans that know how to play the game at the NBA level. Dumping Wall out there with a cast of players that don't know what they're doing isn't fair to the kid.

Hinrich, Howard, and Lewis are veterans that know how to play NBA defense, having a core of defenders makes it easier to teach the young guys how to defend.

Because of his contract status Howard could be very easily moved at the deadline to a contender. If the right deal comes along, Ernie may well move him. And I'm sure that's true for everyone on the roster except for Wall.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | December 29, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"The head coach must have the player's respect and he must put them in a position to win against the also ran's and bottom feeders of the league."

Posted by: dargregmag | December 29, 2010 12:22 PM

The Wizars are "the also ran's and bottom feeders of the league."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Consider who is playing and what goes on in the locker room. They should change their name back to the (appropriate) 'Bullets'.

Posted by: JWMeritt | December 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So I see Gilbert's baby mama claims he abandoned them without any cash to go to Orlando. I'm sure he intended to return to meet his responsibilities, just as soon as the Sheriff's deputies showed up with the required court documents.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

And how have you corroborated that to be true. You don't. No more than I know whether she was having an affair with Shaq as rumored in the press and on NBA basketball wives. Man, stick to basketball without throwing in that old racist "baby mama" bull$h_ t.

Clearly these people have been a couple for an extended period with serious custodial and financial issues at stake. No one knows wheter the comment form her publicist is posturing or hyperbole. Domestic disputes, especially at this financial level, involves more than simple he said, she said posturing.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Clearly these people have been a couple for an extended period with serious custodial and financial issues at stake. No one knows wheter the comment form her publicist is posturing or hyperbole. Domestic disputes, especially at this financial level, involves more than simple he said, she said posturing.
Posted by: NewManagement

Understandable.

Finding time to say goodbye to Nick Young but not his kids? Not so understandable.

Posted by: nmik | December 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ted is trying to use the Celtics model of a Vet. heavy team and have EG do a little overhaul before the deadline. Kinda makes sense to have a lot of expierience around Wall. Really hate that this is the type of enviroment he has to begin with. Having Cassell on the bench and Howard/Lewis on the court with him could be beneficial. KH serves as more of a "watch what I do" mentor. NY/Book/Kev/Ham hopefully stay. Still don't wanna give up on McGee, but if your not making this team better you got to go!

Posted by: nikesupastar05 | December 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

League sources say there is no arguing Andray's talent, but wonder how many teams would take on his personality which some in Washington have called toxic at times.

The Wizards seem eager to move Andray, but as league sources explain it there doesn't seem to be another team out there eager to take on his personality.


http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=18323#ixzz19WwgC5PL

THIS IS WHAT GRUNFELD SIGNS TO A FIVE YEAR EXTENSION? THIS?

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Finding time to say goodbye to Nick Young but not his kids? Not so understandable.

Posted by: nmik | December 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse
Gil had moved out of HIS home around thanksgiving and was living with NY. When NY said he came over and said "I'm gone" he was clearly expecting Gil to leave for a local destination and return HOME to his place. Gil had to come there to collect the belongings he was taking to ORL. I dunno if he really didn't try to say goodbye or whether there's and issue about custody with him and her. From what i've read on different sites though, this is about to get messy. Good thing Gil's living in a state with no income tax, cuz he's got 4 with this college educated woman who can't feed her kids.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Trade both McGee & Dre for Blake Griffin!!! If we can't get Blake then they're not worth trading. Dre could go for a 4 that plays physical in the paint...McGee is worth keeping...unless we get Blake!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | December 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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