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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Nick Young says he needs to be more vocal

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

Nick Young tried something new, but after getting his hair cornrowed the night before the Wizards lost their 22nd consecutive road game -- they are 0-21 this season -- he decided that once was enough.

"I'm about to take 'em out," Young said after scoring 22 points in a115-106 loss to the New York Knicks. "I thought it might help. Looked like it was."

Young scored 13 points in third period, staging an entertaining duel with the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, who countered Young's jumpers with powerful dunks on the other end. But while things looked promising for Young and the Wizards when they tied the score at 95 early in the fourth quarter, they again failed to do much in the time of the game that matters most.

Young was scoreless in the final period, missing his only two field goal attempts, but he has been playing better on the road of late. He's scored 43 combined points in the Wizards' past two losses, but the team either needs to get more players to follow his lead offensively or step up more on the defensive end. Either way, Young said that he's going to have to be more vocal and take a great leadership role with his increased role on the team.

"I got to talk more and try to get things done," Young said. "Us, me and [Andray Blatche], the older people, we have to speak up a little bit. Once we become more leaders, we'll start winning more games."

The Wizards (13-30) will also have to get over the mental hurdles that are prohibiting them from finishing games on the road. After Blatche brought them within four points with less than seven minutes remaining, the Knicks went on a little run and the Wizards already started preparing to pack for the flight home. "It's always like that on the road," Booker said. "We in the game, and the last five or six mintues, we just fall asleep. I think it's just mental. We have to have more confidence that last six minutes. I'm really not sure" what the problem is.

FROM THE POST
Here are the game story and post-game wrapup from last night's contest.

More on Nick Young's hair.

AROUND THE WEB
Mike Prada has five things to say about last night's loss (Bullets Forever).

Danny Chau analyzes the mental challenges that John Wall is facing this season (Hardwood Paroxysm).

Kyle Weidie looks back at some historic losing (Truth About It).

In his Morning Tip, David Aldridge looks at Rashard Lewis's adjustment to the Wizards (NBA.com).

Rob Mahoney points out that former Georgetown star Roy Hibbert is no longer "most improved" (New York Times).

By Michael Lee  | January 25, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
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Comments

blatche played horrrrible last night, pretty bad effort i thought as well. glad we saw booker some more and less of yi though. and did anyone else read grant hills quotes after the suns game? he said the wizards kept running the same plays!!! shows u how much flip makes adjustments in games. thats another reason y we lose late because other teams adjust and get coached, and we dont.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | January 25, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Nick shows up for a road game and Dre does nothing!!! WTF? 10 turnovers in the first quarter...several by Dre. Booker needs more playing time as does Hilton Armstrong.

Posted by: Gooddad | January 25, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

OK, today everyone be calm and cool until Sampson151 and Co. chime in and explain, justify, rationalize and sell this lowlife front office and team to us. We have no eyes, nor opinions that cannot be distorted, insulted or trivialized by the Grunfeld guys in this forum. So be it.
Come on guys.. give it your best shot.
----------------------------
TLG = Ted Lose Grunfeld. Until you do this farce will continue.

Posted by: member8 | January 25, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse


"The Knicks had gone two weeks without winning and it seemed that long since Amar'e Stoudemire and Wilson Chandler were at the top of their games.

But Monday night, the team and its two best scorers found the perfect remedy for the common NBA slump: the Washington Wizards.

The professional sports version of road kill came into the Garden without having won an away game all season. The Wizards left New York with that losing streak now at 21.."

Road Kill Wiz! Somebody say "Rebuilding"... LOL.
...............

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2011/01/24/2011-01-24_amare_stoudemire_wilson_chandler_lead_knicks_past_wizards_115106_at_garden_to_sn.html#ixzz1C3X5AD2U

Posted by: member8 | January 25, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

LOL yeah that's the problem, Nick -- you don't talk enough.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

espn box score lists Keveeeeeen as a PF and Booker as a C, which I guess would have made Mcgee our PF when he and booker were in the game having our most success. Javale was 7-9 last night, Blatche was 1-10. Perhaps it's time Flip explores letting Seraphin/Booker spell Blatche and having JM take a few more shots. He posted up Turiaf late and scored easily, not sure why that play wasnt called more often.

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Shakur was very good again last night, if he keeps this up, it's time to get something for Hinrich

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Just as the WIZ were beginning to show some life, BLATCHE's one on one selfish play killed any chance at a comeback late. I mean he just killed the chance. This loss.......on him.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 25, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Also, in case anyone is looking for the New York take on the game, you might want to consult an actual newspaper, one that has real reporters and everything:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/sports/25knicks.html?_r=1&ref=sports

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

yeah that's the problem, Nick -- you don't talk enough.

I know you dont expect any leadership from the Coach, so why not the players? Maybe Nick should have told Blatche to stop what he was doing. Or told Wall "We all know Flip is bum who isnt going to bench Dray tonight, so just don't pass him the ball"

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"..if he keeps this up, it's time to get something for Hinrich. Posted by: divi3"

Any time the club can get something good in return is a good time to trade Hinrich, Lewis, Josh Howard...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"I know you dont expect any leadership from the Coach, so why not the players? Maybe Nick should have told Blatche to stop what he was doing. Or told Wall "We all know Flip is bum who isnt going to bench Dray tonight, so just don't pass him the ball"Posted by: divi3"

I'm not sure you'd recognize leadership if someone dropped it on your head from a great height.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Nobody who posts "LOL" 100x a day should lecture about leadership.

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

In the Kwame Brown story the Post picked up from the AP, the following quote is attributed to HC Paul Silas - "He can make layups now" (this was a compliment).

Ten years in and Kwame is improving. Good for him.

Posted by: MikeNelmsReturns | January 25, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Shakur was very good again last night, if he keeps this up, it's time to get something for Hinrich"divi3

I have to disagree, instead they should bench John Wall and start Shakur as a wake up call, Wall has become too comfortable with the way he plays and he shouldn't. He isn't play up to his capabilities, that's what happens when you give a young guy everything without him earning it(dumb move by Flip and Grunfeld).

Posted by: newschoolbullets | January 25, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Nobody who posts "LOL" 100x a day should lecture about leadership.Posted by: divi3"

LOL done just to annoy you.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

While I am away the Wizards are playing the following games...

Tue 25 vs Denver
Fri 28 @ OKC
Sat 29 @ Memphis
Mon 31 @ Dallas
Tue 01 @ NO
Fri 04 vs Orlando
Sat 05 vs Atlanta

Will they be 0-7 during that stretch?

If they do then that would give them a 13-37 record which would mean there has been no progress since the Gil trade...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I feel like Shakur brought much better pacing to the offense than Wall did last night. Wall was forcing the action way too much. It was very analagous to the Phoenix game where a fast pace offense was able to dictate the pace on both sides of the ball. The team having 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes reflected this. I love John Wall but he needs to be a calming force more of the time. Start Wall, but play Shakur more. The rest and observation will do JWow some good.

Posted by: audacitea | January 25, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Watch ! After 1 or 2 ten day contracts, Shakur will be let go & some other team will scoop him up & the rest is "HISTORY" ! Buisness as usual for Wizards.

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | January 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

OK, today everyone be calm and cool until Sampson151 and Co. chime in and explain, justify, rationalize and sell this lowlife front office and team to us. We have no eyes, nor opinions that cannot be distorted, insulted or trivialized by the Grunfeld guys in this forum. So be it.
Come on guys.. give it your best shot.
----------------------------
TLG = Ted Lose Grunfeld. Until you do, this farce will continue.

Posted by: member8 | January 25, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Any time the club can get something good in return is a good time to trade Hinrich, Lewis, Josh Howard...
Posted by: Samson151

Or anybody else (except Wall, since he's our franchise).

Posted by: nmik | January 25, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I feel like Shakur brought much better pacing to the offense than Wall did last night. Wall was forcing the action way too much.
Posted by: audacitea |

I felt that too.

Posted by: nmik | January 25, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Dear Nick, don't complicate things. All you need to do is keep moving, keep shooting, learn how to stay in front of your man and maintain your focus on what's going on around you at both ends of the court and how you fit into THAT. it is fallacious thinking for you or Andray to con yourself into believing that, all of a sudden, you've become "team leaders" and need to be telling others what to do. Not true, son. Both of you are good shooters, but neither of you has shwon any LEADERSHIP ability since you've been here. what the team needs you to do is be reliable. we need someone to be a coach on the court. i don't think either you or Andray has THAT in you. for now, just try to stay with your man and not give up easy buckets, get open and play your game.

Posted by: dcjazzman | January 25, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@bulletsfan78,

Are you serious.. The teams perimeter defense is light years ahead of the Arenas in the starting 5 defense we used to have. Give me a break..

And take a look at the Magic's perimeter defense when he is on the floor.

Don't even know why you are bothering bringing up Arenas..Ship has thankfully sailed..

Now we need to send Blatche on his inconsistent way and we will be much better off..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 25, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Please trade Blatche and Young immediately. They are awful.

Posted by: frankjomama | January 25, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Shakur looked great in the second quarter before his final shot of the second half. Felton and Stoudamire were also on the bench for a large section of the period.

During Shakur's brief time in the 2nd half he wasn't able to do much. He's a nice add to the roster, but he's not Wall.

Also, I'm not seeing Wall dragging or playing with a lack of focus and effort. Sometimes he presses, but it's clear that he doesn't need too much external motivation to do what he needs to do. The biggest thing is probably managing his minutes and managing his fatigue.

Posted by: JPRS | January 25, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

TLG = Ted Lose Grunfeld. Until you do this farce will continue.

Posted by: member8 |

Please trade Blatche and Young immediately. They are awful.

Posted by: frankjomama |

Yep, thats the blogger fans answer to all problems, fire whoever you have not fired yet. Lets see, 1st it was fire E.Jordan. Then it was trade AJ, haywood and Gilbert. Now its get rid of Blatche and young. Then it was they would never win while Polin was owner. Now the problem is Grunfield. Seems like fans really cant make up their mind what the problem is. You dont get better firing and hiring new personnel every season. Pick some players, a coach and a GM and stick with them until it works. In DC sports fans fall in and out of love with players and coaches faster than a teenager. And the fans are more awful than the team easily. Most of you probably have not even been to a wizards game yet you want the players traded. I guess we can get two guys no better than Young and Blatche for them, then watch them get better on another team while you same fans want the GM fired for making the exact trade you wanted them to make. You cant please fans with anything but winning in DC. Oh thats right we did have a winning basketball team a couple of years back but the fans did not like that team either because they only made it to the 1st round of the playoffs. Well DC fans you got your trades and firings you wanted and they have only gotten worse. Now you want this group of guys traded, this coach and GM fired. How about firing yourselves as lousy fans.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@bulletsfan78,

Are you serious.. The teams perimeter defense is light years ahead of the Arenas in the starting 5 defense we used to have. Give me a break..

Posted by: kevenjones | January 25, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I said "IF" they go 0-7 which would mean...

Wizards record before the Gil trade 6-18

"IF" they go 0-7 their record after the trade would be 7-19

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders focused on making playoff run

I swear, that's a heck of a fantasy life that guys leads.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

We finally found something we can agree on

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

ged0386 = Sampson151

Posted by: member8 | January 25, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, 1st it was fire E.Jordan (Ernie). Then it was trade AJ, CB, DS haywood and Gilbert. (all Ernie guys but BH)

Oh thats right we did have a winning basketball team a couple of years back but the fans did not like that team either because they only made it to the 1st round of the playoffs. Well DC fans you got your trades and firings you wanted and they have only gotten worse. Now you want this group of guys traded, this coach and GM fired. How about firing yourselves as lousy fans.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

After Eddie "That Team" became a lottery team. I remember wait till Gil gets better and Ernie hires a better coach...Ernie hired Flip and everyone was healthy and he traded a 5ht pick for MM and Foye and "That Team" was still a lottery team...

Ernie didn't make the moves everyone wanted...a few people on here wanted him to draft Blair...others didn't like the 5th pick trade for MM and Foye and some of us were saying Fire Ernie long before this season.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"@bulletsfan78,Are you serious.." posted by kevenjones

No. He's not serious.

And two hours later it's as if the day starts over again...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

member8 = troll

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"@bulletsfan78,Are you serious.." posted by kevenjones

No. He's not serious.

And two hours later it's as if the day starts over again...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

With the Wizards it seems like the movie "Groundhog Day" the same thing keeps happening to them every time they go on the road.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 25, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

LOL yeah that's the problem, Nick -- you don't talk enough.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Did Nick ever say it was THE problem? Or was he simply admitting a fault of his own that he needs to improve so that he can help the team win? Why be so Dickish? you throw around the troll label and attack people on semantics and grammar without good reason considering the "arena".

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 25, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Any time the club can get something good in return is a good time to trade Hinrich, Lewis, Josh Howard..." - Samson151

I'd look to trade Blatche before those three, as he may still have some decent market value, and as much as I've been a supporter of his in the past, he's finally showing, in his veteran role this year, that he is just not up to snuff effort-wise.

Both Lewis and Howard have difficult trade restrictions, plus, Howard poses no longterm damage to us, and I think that Lewis has been a good acquisition on the floor and in the locker room for us. He can play the three well, and plays good team defense. Plus, I don't think Thornton or Martin are the Wizards' SF of the future. That player may be coming in the draft this year.

This summer, when Lewis can be traded in combination with other players, he becomes a lot more valuable. Especially with less money owed and showing that he can still play.

Not sure what team is looking for a Blatche, though. Probably some teams fighting for playoff spots that have a good solid core and either need some scoring at the 4 or off the bench.

Either way, I'd love to see more of this lineup on the floor for us:
Wall
Young
Lewis
Booker
McGee

Posted by: segastyle | January 25, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

divi3:

"....... so just don't pass him the ball"

That part of your statement I absolutely agree with. I was literally screaming at the t.v. last night, " don't pass that #@!!%&^ the ball, just play 4 on 5."

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 25, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Why be so Dickish?"Posted by: lilhollywood10

Speaking of 'dickish'...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Plus, I don't think Thornton or Martin are the Wizards' SF of the future. That player may be coming in the draft this year."

That makes sense. There are supposedly three or four decent prospects coming this year. Although now it looks like the Wiz may be in the market for a scoring power forward, and there are a few of those, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Either way, I'd love to see more of this lineup on the floor for us:
Wall
Young
Lewis
Booker
McGee

Agree. More and more I'm thinking a three in the draft, and our expirings plus JIANLIAN and our second for someone to help McGEE, SERAPHIN, and LEWIS now. Keep ARMSTRONG for insurance, and move THORNTON and MARTIN when it's advantageous.

BOOKER looked good is spurts last night. SERAPHIN was largely ineffective, but he's willing at least. More than can be said for BLATCHE. I would love to see T-BOOK getting some serious burn.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 25, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Sampson151,
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
=
That sounds like you boy. Ya know? If the shoe fits.
Ted Lose Grunfeld. TLG.

Posted by: member8 | January 25, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards probably commit more bone-headed plays than any other team in the NBA, which helps explain their winless follies on the road. Down by six with six minutes to play Monday at New York, guard Nick Young feigned a baseline drive and, with a casual backward flip of the wrist, sent a no-look pass to the sideline for his teammate. Except his teammate moved away from there almost as soon as Young received the ball. Right after that, forward Al Thornton committed such a blatant charge, from a standing dribble in the half court, that it appeared to be part of an instructional video for novices to understand what a charge looks like. Overall, the Wizards commit two more turnovers and allow 12 more points per game on the road (where they are 0-21) compared to when they play in Washington (where they are 13-9)."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/britt_robson/01/25/power.rankings/index.html

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Update on Hollinger's PER stat for rookies: I criticize this stat a lot (for good reason), but it's fun to see where the rooks stack up with one another. Griffin is best, of course, and Paul George of Indy is second, but he's playing less than 20 minutes a game. Wall is third. Most interesting was Trevor Booker at #11 among rookies. Link:

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics?position=rookies&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fhollinger%2fstatistics%3fposition%3drookies

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This was interesting:

"And so Washington brought Kirk Hinrich from Chicago, and Lewis from Orlando. And Josh Howard from Dallas, too. Given his spotty history with the Mavericks that might surprise, but the Wiz say that Howard has been a solid player and good leader since he came from Dallas last season. They'd like to keep him next year if possible."

http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/david_aldridge/01/24/morning.tip/index.html

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"That sounds like you boy. Ya know? If the shoe fits.Ted Lose Grunfeld. TLG."
Posted by: member8

Boy?

member8=sock puppet

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

ged0386, I agree with you whole heartedly. I would not want to play in this hellhole either. The fans are fair weather. They hold you up one minute and demand that you be gone the next. I too remember when it was get rid of gil,get rid of ej, caron ain't no good, antwan can't play defense,yada,yada,yad. "Some" of these fans don't know what they want. It won't be long before Wall is a bust in their eyes and he needs to be traded. This team has sucked majorly since Flip took over and I truly don't see them getting any better with him at the helm. I think we have a group of servicable players and that we should be one heck of a lot better than our record dictates. But instead of the coach using the players skills to their advantage, he is trying to make a two a three and a square a cirle etc. Then he gets on TV and blasts them all to make his bad coaching look good. I wouldn't play a 100% for this guy either. It is Ground Hog day to me because I remember the Detroit players expressing the same sentiment and quitting on ole Flipper too. Put in a Good new coach and watch how this team develops. I know if I were Rashard,Henrich and Josh, I couldn't wait until free agency comes to get the heck out of this city with such hateful fans.

Posted by: ivyleague | January 25, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"And Josh Howard from Dallas, too. Given his spotty history with the Mavericks that might surprise, but the Wiz say that Howard has been a solid player and good leader since he came from Dallas last season."

I've certainly been impressed by him. Happy if he stays, but aware he may not.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

After all these years Kwame Brown getting some love.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/sports/basketball/25brown.html?ref=basketball

Posted by: midlevex_ | January 25, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

They'd like to keep him next year if possible.

Doesn't make much sense keeping Howard with Lewis already on the roster. I'd rather see them use that money to buy another draft pick.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 25, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't play a 100% for this guy either.
Posted by: ivyleague

----

you think the players should be playing "for" the coach? I think they should, at this point, be playing for themselves, for whatever pride they have.

can't say I really care whether they love the coach or not (he'll be gone before most of them are anyway; it's the nba way) but can and do say I really care whether they care about winning.

would love to see leonsis at least try to get rid of every single one of them who doesn't seem to be out there trying his best every second he is on the court. (and when the bench players are yelling at the starters to tell them they're not trying hard enough? that's a more serious indictment than any I could come up with.)

Posted by: MinuMang | January 25, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It really disappoints me how selfish some players on the team are, notably Andray Blatche. He is a terrible basketball player, with 0 IQ. I, along with the entire DC fanbase could probably predict his moves on offense (getting the ball to the baseline, crossover, turn around fade away, with a defender in his face) I see this EVERY TIME he gets the ball. And he wonders why the fans say he lacks effort, his defense is terrible too. Was he not the dummy who tried to get a triple double by telling his teammate to miss and thus embarrassing himself? The only reason he scored last year was because the wizards had NO ONE else. In no way, shape or form is he a core member of the team, and they don't even compare to when the wizards were playoff bound 4-5 years ago...DC fans want a team that will at least compete. We were barely a playoff team, and DC fans were semi-happy with that. Unfortunately now that seems like a long shot. Either way, this team does need leadership - but not the type that comes just because your the new leading scorer.

That being said - Blatche needs to go.

Posted by: kevinlee25 | January 25, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Howard's a decent enough player, but given his age and injury issues, I don't see much need to keep him around.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Couldnt find Seraphin's PER anywhere then remembered to look under PFs...9.09. Has a ways to go to catch up to DJ Mbenga's 11.03

Hopefully he gets to it tonight!

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Javale and Nick's PERs are 11th and 13th in the league respectively at their positions, not too shabby.

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The only reason he scored last year was because the wizards had NO ONE else.

Who do they have now? Blatche gets as many shots as he wants every single night. If anything, Nick's emergence should make it easier for him to score. It's not as if last year he was stat padding on a bad team but this year he's on a good one and he's numbers went down. The team sucks, if he was the same player as last year he'd produce about the same.

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

either leonsis is to dumb to fire flip saunders, or hes just to cheap. im sure he would have to pay him alot to even fire him.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | January 25, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Shakur is a much better point guard than Wall and Hinrich... he actually have that point guard swag... Wall has no idea what he is doing... he may need some time to improve like when he retire he can improve his thought process because he suck and he can not make a basket

Posted by: pusha-d | January 25, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The main reason I see to keep Howard around is that these young guys tend to follow his lead. In the short period of time that Howard, Hinrich, and Lewis, were healthy and available to play, the team defense picked up.

Having three vets allows one or two of them to be on the floor in the second quarter. The Wizards play often drops off at the first rotation and sometimes doesn't recover. It's the 6-9 guys that are often giving back leads. Howard helped that depth enough to make a difference.

There's a fine line with a rebuilding club, how many vets does it take to stabilize a locker room? I don't know the answer, but you can't go with all inexperienced players in the NBA. The Ref's alone will eat you alive.

To me Lewis looks like a real keeper, he could be this team's "Robert Horry, Mr. Big Shot" kind of guy. He's got real value because he can do what some imagined Yi can do, only he really can do it at a high level. Nope, he's not worth the size of his contract. But Ernie got a quality starter out of the Arenas deal. How many of us expected that?

Seraphin played 14+ minutes last night, not showing up a lot in the box score yet, but he's getting used to the NBA game. He seems to have ahead of Armstrong and he looks a lot more comfortable on the court. Looks like he's now working his way into the rotation.

Somebody Must-of-a done some good scouting
to pickup Shukar. He's able to hold his own against bench guys, is in a little over his head when there are too many starters on the floor. About what you'd expect from a guy a week out of the D League. I like him, he seems to be a gutsy little guy that's been around long enough that he doesn't play scared.

McGee flashed some nice post moves last night. We're starting see his confidence grow and know when he's got a guy that he can post up. I still like what I see from this guy, he may try too hard for the spectacular play sometimes. But he doesn't lack for effort, he does work hard. Next step, he'll start to realize what he can do and let the game come to him a little more.

Blatche was badly outplayed by Amare, but he played well against Garnett just the other night. Wait til Bryce Harper comes up and strikes out 5 times in a night, DC fans will be ready to chase him out of town too. I'd like Blatche to be that steadying Vet, but he isn't yet. He lasted to the 2nd round for a reason, he had a lot of growing up to do. He's one of the last HS to the NBA guys, they cut that out for a reason. Too many guys flamed out.

How many victories should a rebuilding team have by now? I know if they followed some people's advice on this blog, they wouldn't have 10. Best case scenairo they could have had 18 or maybe 19. So what is the proper rate of rebuilding after a roster is blown up?

Cleveland's in a similar situation, who's further ahead, the Wiz, or the Cavaliers? Who has the better core of players for a rebuilding project? Who's made the better moves to rebuild?
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | January 25, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we could hypnotize Blatche into believing he is playing against KG every night.

Blatche should probably have seen the floor less than did last night (maybe a lot less) based on his effort if nothing else. It's a tricky position for a coach.

All summer long and into the season the discussion on these boards has been "Letting players learn by playing through stretches of bad play" (a la Young and McGee) versus "Sitting a player down if they're not getting it done on the floor."

Considering they were offering AB up for trade a mere few weeks ago, I doubt he's a 'made guy', but of the guys at his position, he is most capable of producing. So, do you stick with the most talented guy, hoping he comes around, or do you decide that a player doesn't have it that night and park him on the bench?

Opinions seem to vary greatly on these boards. Not so much from person to person but more based on which player we're talking about at a given moment.

Flip stuck with Young against Boston despite a horrid shooting night. At the same time, it's a little different because Young's effort was there.

Imo, AB wore himself out early in the up-and-down style NY was playing. It doesn't totally explain his funk, but that early fatigue may have taken his head out of the game.

Posted by: ts35 | January 25, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a new year, time for a new D-League savior. Muastafa Shakur, come on down!!

(Alonzo Gee, we hardly knew ye.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"There are supposedly three or four decent prospects coming this year. Although now it looks like the Wiz may be in the market for a scoring power forward, and there are a few of those, too." - Samson151

Well, we have a scoring point guard, a scoring shooting guard, and some would argue a semi-scoring center. I think we'd be fine with a scoring forward, at either of the two positions with a strong defender at the other. I'm still a little upset we didn't sign Dorrell Wright this summer, who seems to be able ot defend and score at the wing.

Anyhow, while there is no clear cut number one pick this summer, I think the Wizards could be in position to grab Terence Jones or Jared Sullinger, both of whom I'd be happy with. I especially like Terence Jones.

Posted by: segastyle | January 25, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The more I see of Seraphin, the more I like him as a future contributor. It's pretty clear that early on he was still struggling with the adjustment--physical, mental, cultural--to the NBA. Because of missing so much time and offseason work due to the knee injury, he wasn't in shape, wasn't up to speed, and appeared tentative to really test the knee. Last few games, however, he's moving much better, quicker, and with more purpose, and he's clearly gotten himself in better shape. Hell, he can actually jump now.

At this point, this season is a partial write off for him, so we aren't likely to get a real read on what he may be capable of until next season. But I like the glimpses we've gotten so far.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin was basically ineffective last night, which isnt a big deal as he is a rookie. However I am not sold on waiting 3yrs to develop the shortest Center in the nba...hopefully management is flexible about where he plays. With Booker as well, would like to see him get some burn at 3 on occasion.

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The main reason I see to keep Howard around is that these young guys tend to follow his lead. In the short period of time that Howard, Hinrich, and Lewis, were healthy and available to play, the team defense picked up.

Having three vets allows one or two of them to be on the floor in the second quarter. The Wizards play often drops off at the first rotation and sometimes doesn't recover. It's the 6-9 guys that are often giving back leads. Howard helped that depth enough to make a difference.

There's a fine line with a rebuilding club, how many vets does it take to stabilize a locker room? I don't know the answer, but you can't go with all inexperienced players in the NBA. The Ref's alone will eat you alive.

To me Lewis looks like a real keeper, he could be this team's "Robert Horry, Mr. Big Shot" kind of guy. He's got real value because he can do what some imagined Yi can do, only he really can do it at a high level. Nope, he's not worth the size of his contract. But Ernie got a quality starter out of the Arenas deal. How many of us expected that?

Seraphin played 14+ minutes last night, not showing up a lot in the box score yet, but he's getting used to the NBA game. He seems to have ahead of Armstrong and he looks a lot more comfortable on the court. Looks like he's now working his way into the rotation.

Somebody Must-of-a done some good scouting
to pickup Shukar. He's able to hold his own against bench guys, is in a little over his head when there are too many starters on the floor. About what you'd expect from a guy a week out of the D League. I like him, he seems to be a gutsy little guy that's been around long enough that he doesn't play scared.

McGee flashed some nice post moves last night. We're starting see his confidence grow and know when he's got a guy that he can post up. I still like what I see from this guy, he may try too hard for the spectacular play sometimes. But he doesn't lack for effort, he does work hard. Next step, he'll start to realize what he can do and let the game come to him a little more.

Blatche was badly outplayed by Amare, but he played well against Garnett just the other night. Wait til Bryce Harper comes up and strikes out 5 times in a night, DC fans will be ready to chase him out of town too. I'd like Blatche to be that steadying Vet, but he isn't yet. He lasted to the 2nd round for a reason, he had a lot of growing up to do. He's one of the last HS to the NBA guys, they cut that out for a reason. Too many guys flamed out.

How many victories should a rebuilding team have by now? I know if they followed some people's advice on this blog, they wouldn't have 10. Best case scenairo they could have had 18 or maybe 19. So what is the proper rate of rebuilding after a roster is blown up?

Cleveland's in a similar situation, who's further ahead, the Wiz, or the Cavaliers? Who has the better core of players for a rebuilding project? Who's made the better moves to rebuild?
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | January 25, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"However I am not sold on waiting 3yrs to develop the shortest Center in the nba..."

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 5:55 PM

I thought the Wizards passed on Dejuan Blair.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought you didn't consider Dejuan Blair a Center.

Let's see some hard fouls from Seraphin tonight! Nene is a pretty physical guy who could use a forearm shiver or two

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought Ben Wallace was the shortest playing center.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 25, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"I thought you didn't consider Dejuan Blair a Center."

Posted by: divi3 | January 25, 2011 6:36 PM

I don't. And I don't necessarily consider Seraphin one either. But clearly both of their coaches do.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 25, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

But I like the glimpses [of Seraphin] we've gotten so far.
Posted by: kalo_rama

yeah, me too. too early to draw any conclusions, but he's shown potential.

Posted by: MinuMang | January 25, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

If Nicky Young and Andray Blatche are your elder statesmen and voices of maturity, the team is in deep and serious trouble. Buckwheat's hairstyle is the least of this team's problems. John Wall must text Coach Cal every night wishing he were still at Kentucky.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 26, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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