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Posted at 8:16 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Memories of the road linger

By Washington Post editors
Morning brew

As the Wizards prepare to face Gilbert Arenas and the Orlando Magic at home on Friday, Michael Lee is still recovering from his failed attempt to cover the last game of Washington's road trip in New Orleans. He chronicles his adventures here.

As GM Mitch Kupchack considers trade possibilities, it's logical to ask: Do the Lakers still covet Kirk Hinrich?

AROUND THE WEB
Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe "looks forward" to Feb. 13, when the Wizards will face the Cavaliers in Cleveland -- a game he's dubbed the Toilet Bowl.

Truth About It's Kyle Weidie marks Groundhog Dray.

At DCist, Rashad Mobley anticipates the Gilbert's return.

Ron Artest reflects on Phil Jackson, mental health and more (FanHouse).

All Star Game reserves are announced tonight, and Ken Berger reveals his picks (CBSSports.com). Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie does the same for the Western Conference (Yahoo!Sports).

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2011; 8:16 AM ET
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Comments

Pls.... Hurry up and trade him before he gets trapped in the corner and turns the ball over again! The Wizards didn't resign 22-pac Shakur as I figured they wouldn't :( How come when the Wizards get guys know for shooting, they won't shoot the damn ball???

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | February 2, 2011 5:07 PM |

May have something to do with the structured offense. This is something I was getting at when I compared our offensive system to Boston's, but most wanted to point to Boston's future HoFmer's and their players compared to ours.

But I really wasn't comparing players, but instead how two different structured systems were being run.

Boston's system though structured has the appearance of a lot more individual freedom and player decision making on the floor as compared to ours. Even one blogger questioned the fact that I said that Flip micromanaged in-game play. He unbelievably said he saw no evidence of that. Go figure.

A shooter that shoots depending on the structure of the offensive system may not get the opportunities. However, when Mike Miller was here, he riled us all for not shooting the ball, but we may never know if he wasn't just too involved in running the system.

An analyst a few days back said that Mike Miller is actually shooting the ball now from the three.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 3, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I too felt that they would not resign Shakur, but the as always had a reason. He wasn't completely healthy. But, the question is, was he worthy?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 3, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

...but as always we had a reason.

Further question. Would there have been any value to resign him. Going forward if he is a worthy back up, would we have stood to not gain anything or would it be smart to have signed him even though he isn't completely healthy?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 3, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Larry, there is no offensive system in existence in the NBA that would cause a good 3 pt shooter like Miller to pass on wide open 3 pters.

Posted by: ts35 | February 3, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Further question. Would there have been any value to resign him. Going forward if he is a worthy back up, would we have stood to not gain anything or would it be smart to have signed him even though he isn't completely healthy?

LarryInClintonMD.

As with Lester Hudson, Alonzo Gee et al, if someone else suddenly snatches him up, what have we lost?

I liked what he brought, but ultimately he's not the missing piece of the puzzle. It's probably smarter, and maybe even better for Shakur if they bring him back for his second 10-day when he's healthy and can show what he can do. Because the 10-days are not just to show the team what he can do, but also to audition his skills for the rest of the league.

Posted by: ts35 | February 3, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Larry,

The comments about Bostons offense vs. Washingtons offense wasn't about the HOF players. It was about the stature of the players.

All systems have a structure. You earn the ability to break the structure and free lance. The freedom is earned. Master the system first.

Like Caron last season when he broke off a structured play at the end of a game.

Hell...I've seen Nick call off plays for an isolation THIS season.

Maybe Boston seems to have more personal freedom and individual decision making because the individual decisions are usually better ones.

Things tend to look better when better players are doing it.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Owner's Corner with Ted Leonsis

I'm just starting to watch it now. At 35 minutes there has to be something good in it.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The D-League has some very talented lower round and undrafted players, such as Alonzo Gee, who was their player of the year -- but you saw how little he was able to help a club like the Wiz. Washington already has one of the best in Cartier Martin. Shakur did well here and may have earned himself another 10 day here or elsewhere. We should wish him luck and not make this out to be more than it is.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 3, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Owner's Corner with Ted Leonsis

meh. Ted restated the 2-3 year rebuilding plan, so don't expect the Wizards to make the playoffs next year. Sounds like Blatche and NY will be here next year, too.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 3, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Owner's Corner with Ted Leonsis

I'm just starting to watch it now. At 35 minutes there has to be something good in it.

Funny Ted mentions the Mavericks as a team built through the draft. Also talks of Rashard Lewis' big salary as proof he is willing to pay players, as if moving Arenas isn't the reason Rashard is here.

At least the t-shirt gun "issue" was addressed I suppose.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It's fun to root for a player like Shakur in a season like this.

In a season like this, it's not too much to ask the Wizards front office to give us players that are fun to root for, even if they are at the end of the bench most of the time.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 3, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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