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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 01/31/2011

DeShawn Stevenson: "Got to keep that streak going"

By Michael Lee

DeShawn Stevenson was considered, no, he was the throw-in when the Wizards dealt him, along with Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, to Dallas in exchange for Josh Howard at the trade deadline last season. But as the two teams meet on Monday for the first time since the deal, Stevenson is the only player starting for either team.


I'm so glad I haven't lost 23 in a row. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Butler is out for the season, Haywood is backing up Tyson Chandler, and Howard has been out for all but eight games with a knee injury. Stevenson is shooting a career-high 41.7 percent from beyond the arc for the Mavericks (31-15) and was still shooting three-pointers when the Wizards arrived at American Airlines Center for the morning shoot-around. He caught up with some of his former teammates before leaving the court.

Stevenson was injured for most of the Wizards' 19-win campaign and struggled with his jumper for most of last season's disastrous campaign.

When asked about the Wizards' 0-23 road record this season, Stevenson told reporters after the Mavericks' shoot-around, "That would suck. I was there last year and it sucked; 0-23, that has to be a bad feeling."

But that doesn't mean he wants to end their misery. "We got to keep that streak going," he said. "We don't want to talk it up and they get a win."

Stevenson added that no team wants to be first to lose at home to the Wizards. "No way. That, [or lose to] Cleveland," Stevenson said. The Cavaliers have lost 20 consecutive games and 23 straight on the road.

When asked to compare his time to Washington with his time in Dallas, Stevenson said, "Night and day."

By Michael Lee  | January 31, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
 
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A lot of the people complaining about the coach and the players are just haters. As a fan I can understand the frustration with losing, but simply wanting change for change sake is counter-productive. If you're going to make whole-sale changes you have to do your homework on the front-end, and on the back-end you have to have some patience as the organization has its growing pains. Good things don't come easy. As much as a team or organization plans and works too, you can never separate dumb luck from the equation. Sometimes you might do the right things, but not see the dividend that you hoped for simply because you didn't have enough luck.

Posted by: JPRS | January 31, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

JPRS - As a person who does want a coaching change, I do not consider myself a hater by no means. I have been a faithful fan since the Dick Motta days in the late 70's (i.e. "Bullets Fever"). I have seen the "Thunder and Lighting" show, "The Beef Brothers" show, the 90's show with the "Fab Five minus 3" and the 2000 decade version of the "The Big Three".

I have put in my time with this team. I applauded the Flip move when he came here to coach the "Big Three". That is what Flip is good at, coaching "veteran" teams. But guess what? This is no longer a veteran team.

This team needs "new blood", somebody who is passionate, and who has also played the game at the NBA level. That description is Sam Cassell. He is perfect to add and to have "grow" with this "young" team. This guy is ready. We do not need another "seasoned retread". Look at what the Caps did when Ted first took over.

They went and got a coach who never coached at the NHL level and who was not a "retread". I don't know much about hockey, so if my facts are wrong somebody with hockey knowledge please correct me.

Anyway, Ted if you are reading this can be done almost seamlessly. Just reassign Flip to a "consultant" title and let SAM CASSELL be hired as head coach

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 31, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The fact that they made JW the Captain is more on an indictment on Blatche, Young, McGee than it is on Flip...

He is the face of the franchise. He is the best player on the team. So like it or not he is the captain..

He will grow into his role. Not an ideal situation but it is the situation.

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 2:48 PM

Think Gil was with us then too.

Posted by: YEAwizards | January 31, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

A. Blatche vs D. Nowitzki tonight is like Kleenex going up against Charmin ... they both soft ...

Posted by: wizzfanzz11 | January 31, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

We miss u Deshawn. Coolest dude in the league

Posted by: prescrunk | January 31, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Where is this article on John Wall that I just heard about from Kevin Sheehan and Tom Levera saying that Wall and his buddy both 20 are living by themselves with no adult supervision. Have a maid that comes in twice a week, not old enough to drink, so are stuck in the crib playing games.

They thought it took 25 minutes to bake some cookies rather than the 8 minutes on the package, threw them in the oven, then played Xbox, and smoked up the joint.

Kevin and Tom says those two are probably going to burn the place down. Nothing unusaul about that, it whats young folks do around that age.

The question I have though, how does Flip Saunders and the Wizards agree to make this 20 year old rookie the captain of the Team. Aw pshaw, slap my head Samson151, I forgot, it is just a honorary thing being the Captain of a NBA franchise and it don't mean nothing.

John Wall can't cook, nor follow directions on a package to bake cookies, yet the brain trust said he could be Captain of the franchise.

You would think that Flip with all his experience and expansive resume would have told Ernie, ahh, ahh, Ernie, I understand why yawl' want to make John Wall captain, but you simply cannot make this young fella captain of the team. Ahh, ahh, I doubt if he knows how to follow instructions yet and I know he can't lead a NBA franchise right now.

I know Flip had to tell Ernie that and Ernie probably ignored him 'cause being Captain of a NBA franchise is just honorary and don't mean nothing, right Samson151.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 31, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Funny that was today


Warriors/Wizardsby Clubber-GSW on Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:58 am
Beidrins/Radmanovic/Monta/C Bell

For:

McGee/Lewis/Hinrich

Ws get a young, top shot blocking, defensive big who should fit well next to Lee. McGee would be the main piece in the deal and is exactly what GS needs. They eat RL's huge contract but his versatility provide needed depth. Hinrich plays at the 2 and contributes to D, leadership, and ball movement.

For the Wiz, talk about an explosive back-court. Monta/Wall out-run/score opponents. Ellis's 26 PPG comes at the cost of downgrading from McGee to Beidrins at center but may be worth it dumping Lewis. Rad is an expiring contract bench player and Bell is a throw in who exp.s after next season.Clubber-GSWBallboy Posts: 31Joined: Sun May 31, 2009 4:35 pmTop
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Re: Warriors/Wizardsby don nelson on Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:20 am
The Warriors want nothing to do with Rashard Lewis' ridiculous contract and obviously say no

Posted by: suliman215 | January 31, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

serious indictment against JW not following the instructions on the cookie box, you and your homie coulda been too busy playing XBOX (Smoking PURP) and forgotten the cookies, but don't tell people you didn't trust the box Betty Crocker is First Team every year PAY HOMAGE!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This article about John Wall is now being talked about on the John and Doc show down at the Super Bowl cite. The callins about Wall not being able to take care of himself are very telling.

It is very apparent to a large body of people why you don't name a young fella like Wall the Captain of your franchise.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 31, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Larry,

For the most part I try not to respond to the stupid shi* you post.

You know all the Arenas is God crap you used to spew...

But give it a break. The article ain't got jack sh** to do with JW being the captain of the team..

It's simply an inside look at what his life is like outside of the Verizon center.

He is a kid. But he also happens to be the best player on his team, the face of the franchise and the second best rookie in the league.

So what he can't bake cookies and plays Xbox.. Sounds great to me..

What would you rather him get shot prior to training camp, or get caught soliciting a prostitute, or fight one of his team mates at a club, or be all over facebook with his middle finger up and a bottle of vodka in his hand?

That's the kind of grown up sh** you think he should be into and then he should be named Captain??

WWW TTT FFF

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

you check on their facebooks??????? Leave my dog alone Bob Deniro!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Aw Kevin, whats wrong fella? Whats got you so riled up?

1) Do you realized that John Wall is not the best player on this Team, yet? No, I don't think you have considered that, have you?

2) The article sheds light on why you don't make a young snotty nosed star the Captain of a NBA franchise. It has everything to do with why you don't do it.

3) All that other stuff you spouting about being a man, what is up with that?

Please, ole' chap, you don't have to respond to anything I say.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 31, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What would you rather him get shot prior to training camp, or get caught soliciting a prostitute, or fight one of his team mates at a club, or be all over facebook with his middle finger up and a bottle of vodka in his hand?

That's the kind of grown up sh** you think he should be into and then he should be named Captain??

WWW TTT FFF

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Nobody said AB should be captain, just not this child. My God, Wall admits in the article that he's not eating properly and is heavier than he was when the season began. That type of approach to conditioning can rub off on players. If JWall aint gettin ripped for puttin on a coupla pounds, then why would our PF trip about getting a lil doughy?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@Larry,

JW is the best player on this team..

So he can't be the captain because he plays xbox and can't cook? What in the article shed's that light that he is not capable of being the leader on a franchise that is rebuilding?

Huh? He plays xbox and can't bake cookies..If that's all you have that supports that he can't lead this team then...

I'm saying I love the fact that that's all you can say about JW. I hope it stays that way. Sounds like to me the kid does nothing but practice,play,and goes home to play video games.. I will take that any day over the other stuff I was citing from the player that SHOULD be the captain at this point..

I do try not to respond but some of the sh** you write is just flat out dumb..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@lilhollywood10,

Wasn't talking about only Blatche. Just pointing out that age and year in the NBA don't mean all that much..

LeBron was the C of the Cavaliers and he was 18...So what?

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Further JW is not the only Captain on this team. KH is also a captain. So what is the big deal that JW is a Captain?

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What would you rather him get shot prior to training camp, or get caught soliciting a prostitute, or fight one of his team mates at a club, or be all over facebook with his middle finger up and a bottle of vodka in his hand?

so you weren't talking about Blatche....hmmmm. I wonder what players all of these things could've happened to. Surely all of those things couldn't have happened to 1 guy.Gimme a break. There's no reason to try and turn the JWall captaincy discussion into a AB bash session. All we can do as fans is live with the mistakes and successes of the team we support. JWall might've been a poor choice for team captian considering he'd never played in the NBA. Kinda like Harrison Barnes being a First team All America selection before he played his first college game.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@lilhollywood10,

There you go.. Here is what I said:
"Wasn't talking about only Blatche"..See the word ONLY..

The fight outside the club, wasn't McGee involved with that? And yes I have seen photos of Blatche looking like a clown, but he certainly ain't the only Wizard guilty of that.

So NO I was not talking ONLY about Blatche, but certainly he was included..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Further JW is not the only Captain on this team. KH is also a captain. So what is the big deal that JW is a Captain?

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The big deal is he's a rookie and seems to be struggling with his role as leader of this team. Folks felt a way about his captaincy when he was named captain because of his age and lack of experience in the NBA. Folks didn't like Kirk's captaincy because he was brand new. I think the real dig at the captain status is that it looks like Flip just played favorites vs. picking people based on merit. And maybe that's part of the disconnect. Samson always says that the captain deal is meaningless and like a figure head, but most of us want a team captain to mean something and stand for something.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

think the real dig at the captain status is that it looks like Flip just played favorites vs. picking people based on merit.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 31, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

So then if KH and JW shouldn't be the Captains, who should?

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Comforting to know there is nothing wrong with JW's knee or foot. He looks slower and lethargic because he's gained weight from eating junk food all day. Whew, what a relief!

Posted by: divi3 | January 31, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Straight off BX sportscenter:

It's extremely rare for an NBA team to name a rookie a team captain, but as has become evident, John Wall is no ordinary rookie. His biggest strength, after all, is his leadership, even more than his breathtaking speed or his passing ability.


Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to agree that Wall being captain is more an indictment of the leadership lacking by his teammates. He and Wall are captains almost by default. I thought Butler and Jamison were pretty good captains. They got in their teammates face when necessary. No one's taking 14 year old John Wall seriously when he gets in their grill.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 31, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Straight off BX sportscenter:

It's extremely rare for an NBA team to name a rookie a team captain, but as has become evident, John Wall is no ordinary rookie. His biggest strength, after all, is his leadership, even more than his breathtaking speed or his passing ability.


Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 5:18 PM

I remember Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan as rookies. Now THOSE were players with breathtaking speed and passing ability. What has John Wall's leadership led us to? If I recall, Neither Magic, Isiah, nor Jordan were named captain during their rookie year.

Posted by: musicmanjr | January 31, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is everybody extracting profound meanings from a cooking mistake? Who hasn't screwed up a recipe? I don't think Wall's cooking skills have any bearing on his leadership skills.

Having said that, I thought the article (well meaning as it might have been) painted a very bad picture for the Wizards organization. Especially after the WaPo wrote a very similar article on Kwame Brown. I sent an e-mail to Ted (he actually read every email sent to him) about the article and he responded:

"We hired a chef for him; we also employ a chef at the arena that cooks his breakfast and lunch every day."

I don't know if the chef was hired before or after the article was written.

Posted by: tundey | January 31, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Kevin,

John Wall is a number one rookie prospect that is still destined to be a top NBA player. But, right now, today he isn't the best player on the Wizard Team.

However, if most Teams had there pick of players from this Team, they might indeed select John Wall. It is because of what he is projected to be and as of now there isn't any reason yet that he will not attain that status.

But right now today he isn't the best player on the Team. If you don't understand that, then I cannot explain it to you.

Also, there is huge tradition in the NBA about rookies coming in the League and bringing them into the Team and showing them the proper way to do things.

It has served winning Teams and Organizations very well. What the Wizards did by naming Wall and Hinrich Captains was put the Cart before the Horse and throw all the other players, the Team, under the Wagon.

Now you might disagree with that and others may disagree as well but that is the fact of the matter.

Once you've blown the Team up as Ted admits that means that what you have left is the start of a new day and bygones are bygones. That means that really anyone of the players left could and should have been designated as the Captain going forward.

That means that if the Wizards said that, Andre, or whomever, you are the Captain going forward, that means that Andre has to change his act.

But no, the Wizards sent the message that no one on the Team was worthy of being bestowed the Captain and this was a huge mistake and it allowed all the players left to operate as usual.

This was a very bad message for the players left. This is what I believe and that is why real leadership is devoid on this Team.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 31, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Keven a&& O, JW ain't no where near the best player on the wizards he wasn't even the best player at Kentucky, say Cousins.

Posted by: maejude | January 31, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Keven a&& O, JW ain't no where near the best player on the wizards he wasn't even the best player at Kentucky, say Cousins.

Posted by: maejude | January 31, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Keven a&& O, JW ain't no where near the best player on the wizards he wasn't even the best player at Kentucky, say Cousins.
Posted by: maejude

Really? And we should believe that because . . . ?

Posted by: nmik | January 31, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

@Larry,

Still waiting for you to tell me who the best player on the Wizards is if it isn't John Wall..

LMAO--Blatche as captain

@maejude, you too tell me who the best player on the Wiz is..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 31, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing unusaul about that, it whats young folks do around that age."

Ummmm....when I was 20 I did my own cooking, laundry, ran the vacuum cleaner, knew how to bake oven batch cookies and ramen noodles, and was getting a degree....Wall's mama babbied him toooo much. Granted he seems like a nice kid, but like most athletes since he was 8 years old he has been coddled and never had to do anything but play ball. Now thats a nice life but it does not prepare you for much of anything else. At least the team can get him a chef to make meals for him....he IS getting chubby and losing that first step a bit and the extra weight is not good for his sore knees. The Wiz management needs to make sure he eats right, like with any ten year old.

Posted by: nowhine | February 1, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Bestowing that responsibility onto someone who's that young and unproven in the Professional world could be a good move to demand a level of responsibility to the young man who's team is being built around. Might be a lot for him the chew on but it's obvious that players like Blatche have already proven (on more than one occasion) that he's not worthy of holding it down. Overall this is a young squad that needs a few other pieces to make things work. This team is not a good team yet, but it's better to watch a team with no all-stars play well for 3 quarters, than it is to watch a team with 3 all-stars do essentially the same.

Posted by: drakejordan | February 1, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@nowhine,

I can you compare when you were 20 and what you could do to JW?

When you were 20 you were not the #1 draft pick in the NBA. When you were 20 you did not average 20 and 10. When you were 20 you didn't sign a 33 Million dollar contract.

He has enough money to hire you a Chef, me a chef and everyone on this blog a Chef. So what he can't cook.

The wizards already have hired a Chef to cook him his meals everyday.

None of this has anything to do with him leading the Wizards which is what and what he will be doing..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 1, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I just finished reading the article re the wizards defeat last night in NO.the writer should be thanked for not making the article all about John Wall.Regardless of how poorly he plays or how well other team members play ,you writers fill or lead your articles with JW.that is unfair to the team and puts too much pressure on a kid who is very talented but not yet a star.I sure JW reads the paper and feels that he is a star and as such forces a lot ,taking shots at critical times.I have watched all of the wizards games this season,JW is not the guy you want shooting a jump shoot when you need a basket.The press,TV ANALYST and flip,should let this kid grow into his stardom .It will be better for him as well as for the team

Posted by: joyron52 | February 2, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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