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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Jump ball: Who should be in control?

By Washington Post editors

After Saturday's loss to Memphis, Nick Young appeared to criticize the Wizards' play-calling, although he tried to clarify those statements yesterday.

It raises an interesting issue, which LarryInClintonMD expressed in the comments section.

You blokes that are complaining about Nick and AB getting shots... are you realizing that neither is responsible for calling plays ...

Most of the plays and shot selections on the floor from the set are 99% called plays by the PG or Flip.

Boston has a controlled offense too, but the difference is that Rondo makes decisions based upon spontaneity on the court. Doc Rivers doesn't stand on the sideline and micromanage everything on the floor. Rondo and the Team have the responsibility to run the offense and make [spontaneous] plays. They are free to make plays within and without the system.

What do you think? Should rookie John Wall have even more freedom to call plays?

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Nick Young  
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Comments

It's a ridiculous question, based on a ridiculous comment. Wall already exercises as much freedom as Rondo on the court, but he doesn't yet have the experience to pull it off as well as Rondo does.

Flip's offense is predicated on movement with various options. He's not picking who gets the ball every time, although he and the other coaches may say, "let's get the ball inside ... or on the wing ... or wherever." At the end of the play, though, Wall will make the play, not Flip.

Posted by: zinger1 | February 1, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

When is it going to be about making shots?
When is it about playing defense?
WHen is it about holding these players accountable?

It's time to stick with a coach and get some players that can play.

Posted by: jimmydeanroundsausages | February 1, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Comparing the Wizards offense to Bostons who can trot out 4 certain and a possible hall of famer in their starting lineup to the Wizards is pretty damn dumb anyway.

Offense in basketball isn't okay give the ball to Dray and you shoot. They run a set to get an open shot. Even if the ball goes to Dray in the post there is not law that says you MUST shoot the ball. Same with anyone else on the team.

It's been pretty well documented that in Rondo had NO freedom to call plays in his rookie season. It wasn't until later in his career once he had shown an ability to run the team that Doc let him call plays.

When the Wizards put 5 hall of famers on the court...I'm sure they'll have more "freedom" too. It's something you earn.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 1, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Offense in basketball isn't okay give the ball to Dray and you shoot. They run a set to get an open shot. Even if the ball goes to Dray in the post there is not law that says you MUST shoot the ball. Same with anyone else on the team."

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 1, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree-the guy never ever passes out of a double team. He is so intent on making a one on one play instead of making the best play.

Posted by: ptp09 | February 1, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

When is it going to be about making shots?
When is it about playing defense?
WHen is it about holding these players accountable?

It's time to stick with a coach and get some players that can play.

Posted by: jimmydeanroundsausages | February 1, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

blurred, is that you?

Have no fear, gm and coach are here for the rest of this season, and the next two as well. After that, accountability in the front office will emerge. Until then, it's accountability on the court solely. Rotate players and try to begin a winning atmosphere in D.C. We've only just begun.

Right now, I see BLATCHE and YOUNG as serious impediments to positive development.

The culture of ARENAS may have poisoned the well where these two are concerned. I hope not.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 1, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

That was a HUGE mistake quoting LarryinClinton. Do you read this comment section?? Larry makes long winded ridiculous arguments which ride the same tired ideas every day. It's insane and really lowers the quality of the discourse - and now you quote him as if he speaks for everyone. Larry is obsessive compulsive on all this: He hates Flip and loves Shawn Livingston. The problem with the team, according to him, is that they blew off Livingston, even though we all know Livingston actually blew the team off. Everything is blamed on Flip.

Please don't feed the bear. Check out Wizard Insider: Larry leaves 10K word comments with weird verbal flourishes which make everything all about Flip even when it's not. Between quoting Larry and giving a column to that Kevin Broom guy, I think you guys are doing a poor job of "cultivating the online community."

Plus is paragraph 4 supposed to be in italics? It's unclear if that's Larry or the "Wash Post Editors" talking.

Also, the first sentence of Larry's quote was COMPLETELY unnecessary and, I guess, is just a lame attempt to show "character." Believe me, we get enough of his "character," so no need to repeat it.

There are a lot of positive people out there who like the Bullets/Wizards. It should be easy for the Post to find them. You guys are like the teacher who only pays attention to the loud, cutesy kid in the front row.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 1, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

lol...quoting LarryinClinton is priceless as the premise is ridiculous per usual. Also, I agree it's unclear as to whether the 4th paragraph is still his quote or that of a Washington Post editor. Regardless, starting to wonder what the agenda is here in the WI.

That being said, the premise is ridiculous for the reasons addressed by the previous posts. HOF caliber veteran team vs a young rebuilding squad with a 20-year-old PG. Oh sure, they should be given free reign and coached as little as possible...lol. And, Plus, I'm fairly certain that in many instances and circumstances there is freedom to make whatever play presents itself as basketball is a very fluid sport (i.e. Wall's many explosions/forays to the rim). Other times, FS should absolutely dictate the play based on the game plan and situation. The problem with the team is a lack of execution, discipline, and focus amongst others. Not all too uncommon for a team such as ours. NY is a prime example of all of the above and has no room to talk.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 1, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

lol...quoting LarryinClinton is priceless as the premise is ridiculous per usual. Also, I agree it's unclear as to whether the 4th paragraph is still his quote or that of a Washington Post editor. Regardless, starting to wonder what the agenda is here in the WI.

That being said, the premise is ridiculous for the reasons addressed by the previous posts. HOF caliber veteran team vs a young rebuilding squad with a 20-year-old PG. Oh sure, they should be given free reign and coached as little as possible...lol. And, Plus, I'm fairly certain that in many instances and circumstances there is freedom to make whatever play presents itself as basketball is a very fluid sport (i.e. Wall's many explosions/forays to the rim). Other times, FS should absolutely dictate the play based on the game plan and situation. The problem with the team is a lack of execution, discipline, and focus amongst others. Not all too uncommon for a team such as ours. NY is a prime example of all of the above and has no room to talk.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 1, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

This post by the "editors" is truly a new low for the blog.

If you editors have no point to make other than to highlight drivel we've all read and tried to ignore, please don't attempt to fill space with more space.

Posted by: nmik | February 1, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of the NBA for reasons better left unsaid, but isn't it time to look at Ernie Grunfeld as the problem rather than a solution?

Posted by: wkrdove | February 1, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This post by the "editors" is truly a new low for the blog.

That Post Sports Live webisode was the previous low.

If you editors have no point to make other than to highlight drivel we've all read and tried to ignore, please don't attempt to fill space with more space.

Posted by: nmik

This x 1000. Why does the Post suck so much at new media?

Posted by: djnnnou | February 1, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Emeka Okafor is out for tonight's game -- first he's missed in more than 3 years. Not bad for a guy who came out of college with a history of back problems.

That leaves Aaron Gray, ex of Chicago, as the likely replacement, although he's not 100% either. They also have DJ Mbenga and Jason Smith. Monty Williams is talking about going with a smaller lineup.

The Hornets are a pretty good example of a team that has a dominant scoring PG but has learned to win mainly through playing better defense. They're averaging only 94.8 per game but are giving up 91.7, thus their good won-loss record. The Wiz average 97 but yield 103. Last season NO averaged 100 but like Washington, gave up 103.

Might be a good model for us in future. Of course we don't have Okafor back there, but maybe we could find the next best thing.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"It raises an interesting issue, which LarryInClintonMD expressed in the comments section."

LOL I bet Larry is in heaven. Go out and get some 'que for the family tonight, Lar -- you deserve it.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What does it matter who's calling the plays (or what plays are called) when you don't have the talent to execute it?

Posted by: tundey | February 1, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@Samson151,

Yup.. My point exactly.Agree with you 100%

Posted by: kevenjones | February 1, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's sad when journalists mail it in like this. With all the resources of the WP, this is the best they can do? It’s just such filler copy. Easy out. Do the minimum amount to get the job done. Where are the editors? We know the Post is full of them. Didn’t one of them have the stones (males or female) to say, “What is this? You want me to run this?” And the Post wonders why it can’t sustain a decent readership. Please thank Kaplan for paying your bills.

Posted by: ECUPirate68 | February 1, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It's sad when journalists mail it in like this. With all the resources of the WP, this is the best they can do? It’s just such filler copy. Easy out. Do the minimum amount to get the job done. Where are the editors? We know the Post is full of them. Didn’t one of them have the stones (males or female) to say, “What is this? You want me to run this?” And the Post wonders why it can’t sustain a decent readership. Please thank Kaplan for paying your bills.

Posted by: ECUPirate68 | February 1, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

thanks for not ripping me yesterday like yall are frying larry today. sheesh.lls

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 1, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The Zards need to focus on defense and boxing out on the defensive boards.

Right now there are WAY too many times they go for the block (especially McGee) instead of playing defense with their feet and staying between their man and the rim. That leads to WAY too many layups and put-backs.

There are also WAY too many times that they just turn and go for the ball (especially McGee) without focusing first on getting their man on their hip. Rebounding is a team sport -- if every single defender boxes HIS man off the board when a shot goes up, they'll get a lot more rebounds as a team than if everyone just goes for the ball and may the best athlete get the most.

Don't worry about who takes the shots -- although if it were my team to coach I'd sure want Young, Blatche and Lewis to take more shots than any of the bricklayers on the floor with them. Just don't throw the ball into the cheap seats or to the wrong color jersey -- better to take an ill-advised shot than to make one pass too many and lose the ball without getting up any shot at all. With Wall on the court, I'd spread it out and let him operate. With him resting, I'd run nothing but set plays for Young, Blatch, Lewis or Hinrich to take open J's. But either way can work -- just don't give up the ball carelessly.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 1, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We kid Larry, but hey, he's one of our own. You have to be nuts to be a pro sports fan.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The question is irrelevant. Larrys point was that 99% of the plays are called by the point guard (usually John wall) or Saunders, therefore Andray and Nick aren't responsible for calling plays.

I think.

Then he goes on to say that Saunders micromanages. Which I'd like to see some verification of that. Its not enough to compare it to a well oiled machine like Boston who has been together for three years and two NBA finals.

So. I'm not sure why we're being asked if John Wall should be calling more plays when 99% of the plays are called by him and flip.

The point is a little convoluted. Probably not the best way for the editors to start a topic.

Posted by: crs-one | February 1, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Coming up Next! on WI's Jump Ball!

Feb 2. "BulletsFan78 says that the Wizards are the worst run sports organization in the history of pro sports. Discuss."

Feb 3. "melodious_thunk says that the Wizards are the best run sports organization in the history of pro sports. Thoughts?"

Feb4. "maejude thinks Nick Young is the best shooting guard in the NBA. What's your opinion?"

Feb 5. "k'clnknrt'k uttered a series of tonal clicks and pings that don't conform to any known language. We're pretty sure he's an alien. But we're also pretty sure thinks EG made a huge mistake in passing on DeJuan Blair. What do you think?"

Feb 6. "ts35 expressed the opinion that Jump Ball might be the silliest form of regurgitated user generated content heretofore seen.

Posted by: ts35 | February 1, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's WaPo's new blog, "Troll Insider"!
Les Boulez MUST ride again!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 1, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Feb 6. "ts35 expressed the opinion that Jump Ball might be the silliest form of regurgitated user generated content heretofore seen.Posted by: ts35"

Pretty funny...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Well said ts35.

Really. It is pretty funny. Seeing how they suggest we discussed a topic that we were already discussing.

Posted by: crs-one | February 1, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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