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cuppettcj

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Bullets/Wizards fan since '89-'90 season

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Gilbert Arenas: The Guy Who Signed the $111 Million Contract

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An old article I stumbled across while trying to get an update on Gilbert's knee. A pretty harsh indictment leveled against Gil. The comments were just as brutal. What I don't understand is this: if Gilbert is fully healthy, then why doesn't he play? If he's not fully healthy, then what's the problem? How can his knee still be bothering him after all this time?

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Etan Thomas Due a $2 Million Kicker if Traded?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times: Contrary to reports elsewhere, the Bulls have no interest in taking back Washington center Etan Thomas in a trade for Larry Hughes. The Bulls like Thomas -...

Sure, vets like Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Darius Songaila seem to truly care and bring a...

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Sure, vets like Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Darius Songaila seem to truly care and bring a professional effort. while the young guys simply don't really know what is happening around them. But the overall body language and attitude stinks. ... Put it this way: Judging from the mood in that locker room after the game last night, it was impossible to tell whether I'm covering a 41-11 team or an 11-41 team. As one injured vet told me recently: "Losing is a habit like anything else. Once it sets in, guys can start to get used to it." Still, the entire thing is still a little shocking. As one scout said to me last night: "I've seen this team a bunch and I know it has injuries but I just can't imagine that a team with Butler and Jamison can be this bad."

Ivan Carter Once Again Bashing the Young Players and Their Attitudes

Even with Kwame Brown. If we don't take Kwame Brown at No. 1, he's going at 2. No matter how you...

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Even with Kwame Brown. If we don't take Kwame Brown at No. 1, he's going at 2. No matter how you look at it, everybody had him on their radar as being the top pick. We just so happened to be the top pick and we chose him. It didn't pan out and we take the brunt of that. We understand that. It's the risk that you take.

Michael Jordan defending his selection of Kwame Brown as the #1 overall draft pick while he was the GM for the Wizards
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Phoenix Suns of the East

So it looks like the Larry Hughes trade might not happen, or any trade at all before the deadline, for that matter.  So I thought I would have some fun with the RealGM Trade Checker to see what the...

Larry Hughes Discussion The quest to trade Larry Hughes continues and the most promising...

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Larry Hughes Discussion The quest to trade Larry Hughes continues and the most promising destination still appears to be Washington for forward Etan Thomas and guard Mike James. Thomas is injured, but that hardly matters. James, a 6-4 scoring guard, might be a personality risk. He's played on eight teams in the past six seasons. If that wasn't enough of a red flag, his family appeared on a recent episode of "Supernanny." Let's just say if James takes coaching advice in basketball as well as he took parenting advice from Supernanny, the Bulls would be in for some headaches. I'm hearing there are other possibilities for Hughes, but my idea of sending him to Sacramento for Mikki Moore and Kenny Thomas appears to have no legs. Chicago Bulls beat writer Mike McGraw in his daily blog update [Ed. Note: There were two different Fan Shots and one Fan Post on the Larry Hughes possibility - I'm promoting this FS to the front page for discussion and deleting the other two - Truth] UPDATE: Mike Jones of the Washington Times says that this deal is not likely.
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The Fun Could Start Today

Two months have passed since Ernie Grunfeld traded for Javaris Crittenton and Mike James.  According to NBA trade rules, that means that those two players are now eligible to be traded again...

Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is the worst...

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Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is the worst basketball player ever to play the game. He is a 6-foot-10-inch (2.1 m) and 249-pound (113 kg) power forward/center.

Amar'e Stoudemire's Wikipedia Page as of February 3rd, 2009 20:42.

Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is the worst...

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Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is the worst basketball player ever to play the game. He is a 6-foot-10-inch (2.1 m) and 249-pound (113 kg) power forward/center.

Amar'e Stoudemire's Wikipedia Page as of February 3rd, 2009 20:42.

The organization and coaching staff is confident in me. It feels good that they're confident with...

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The organization and coaching staff is confident in me. It feels good that they're confident with me having the ball in my hands and running the team," Crittenton said. "They want me to be a leader and that's something I didn't get before. It makes a big difference when you have confidence in yourself and you have the organization behind you.

Javaris Crittenton explaining why the Memphis Grizzlies did him a favor by trading him.
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Will Ernie Blow This Team Up?

Right now, the Wizards are tied for the fewest wins in the NBA.  What better time is there to post my wild speculations?  I'll continue. Prada's SacTown game thread post has got me thinking,...

Jalen Rose Explains the Crab Dribble on ESPN

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Jalen Rose Explains the Crab Dribble on ESPN

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My First Impression of Blake Griffin

[Edit by cuppettcj, 12/22/08 11:31 AM EST] Apparently, my assumption that Eric Maynor is nowhere near NBA level talent was off-base.  I was surprised to see his name listed late in the first round...

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Trade for Samuel Dalembert

[Edit, 12/19/08 11:45 AM EST] I just realized that my first trade idea of NY, OPech, and Etan for Dalembert would put us into the luxury tax.  I think the trade would also be accepted by Ed...

In Washington, of course, Eddie Jordan fought through injuries to give the franchise four straight...

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In Washington, of course, Eddie Jordan fought through injuries to give the franchise four straight playoff appearances, and he was rewarded with a hearty firing once the injuries (to Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood) were too much to overcome. Now, it's Reggie Theus, who was given a roster on which half the players were 25 or younger, with the added bonus of having two of his top players, Francisco Garcia and Kevin Martin, out for big chunks of the year -- Garcia and Martin have played in one game together. But the Kings were losing, so, fire the coach. The fact that these firings have all come in rapid succession is, in part, coincidence. But there's a little more to it than that. Around the league, patience is at an all-time low, which could very well be the fault of the league's best team -- Boston. Don't forget that, at this time two years ago, the Celtics were a miserable bunch, with Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers on the way out and Paul Pierce angling for the door, too. Now they're the best team in the league and defending champs. "It's ludicrous, but I do think that's a factor," said one general manager. "The Celtics turned things around so fast that everyone is feeling the pressure to do the same. So you get good people fired. But what do you expect? Not everyone can go and trade for Kevin Garnett. I mean, what was Sacramento expecting? Reggie Theus was learning on the job. You have to give it time. But no one wants to give it time." One interesting aspect of all the coaching mayhem has been -- stay with me on this tangent here -- the economy. There's been fear about what the nation's economic troubles will mean for sports, but so far, what we've seen on the court has been unaffected. Except when you look at the coaching ranks. It's still very early in the season, and qualified ex-coaches like Flip Saunders and Avery Johnson (as well as interesting would-be coaches like Mark Jackson) are out there. But every team that has fired its coach has so far said it would stick with its interim coach for the year. Which is a wise thing to do if you're trying to save a buck.

Sean Deveney of The Sporting News explaining the recent firing of so many head coaches.

The NBA has had six coaching changes since the start of the season. What gains can a bad team...

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The NBA has had six coaching changes since the start of the season. What gains can a bad team expect to make by firing a coach? Mannix: I asked a few NBA front-office officials this same question and they all had the same answer: You have to look at it in a case-by-case basis. So, let's do that. ... Washington: The Wizards (believe it or not) have yet to abandon their hopes of making the playoffs. Ed Tapscott told me that he and GM Ernie Grunfeld are hoping that by making defense a priority, the Wizards will be able to salvage the season.

SI writer Chris Mannix's response to a roundtable discussion. So would this explain why Tapscott continues to play the veterans over the young players? The team still hasn't faced the reality that this season is lost?
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Anyone Else Losing Confidence in Ernie Grunfeld?

Last season, both Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan looked like geniouses.  Even without Gilbert Arenas and Etan Thomas, the Wizards played tough and again managed to win over 40 games and make the...

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Our Record in Perspective

[Note by cuppettcj, 12/15/08 21:59 PM EST] Updated this posting to reflect current reality. Here is some perspective - the Wizards stink.  They really, really stink.  They are as bad as their 4-18...

During one timeout, a poll was put up on the scoreboard asking fans to text in the answer to this...

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During one timeout, a poll was put up on the scoreboard asking fans to text in the answer to this question: Which WIzard is weakest in the weight room? Later, players on the team were shown on the scoreboard and asked the same question. Almost all of them pegged Andray Blatche. (Haywood: "Oh, that has to be Andray Blatche.") It was intended to be funny and would've have been if not for Blatche's notoriously questionable work ethic and for the fact that the team's trainers and coaches have been trying to get him on a serious weight program for four years. It also didn't help that late in the second quarter, Kendrick Perkins posted Blatche up, easily received an entry pass, backed Blatche down and then easily scored.

More from Ivan about the Celtics game last night.

I've seldom seen a locker room clear out as fast as the home one did after last night's 122-88 loss...

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I've seldom seen a locker room clear out as fast as the home one did after last night's 122-88 loss to the Celtics. That was as close to total humiliation as you'll seen in the NBA (a blowout loss at home on national TV with fans of the other team taking over your arena after your fans roll out), and word is that some of the team's vets were not happy about it. Yelling could be heard coming from the locker room immediately after the game. And today, co-captains Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison acknowledged that a few of the team's vets were not happy with the effort they saw. I'll be writing more on this for tomorrow's paper. Juan Dixon, who was one of the few guys still around when reporters were allowed in, summed it up afterward: "We're sick of it. We've got to start taking things personal man."

Ivan Carter describing the post-game mood of the Wizards last night.
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My Response to Mike James

I watched most of the game last night, and I saw every minute that Mike James was on the floor.  In honor of this classic scene from Billy Madison, here is my response to Mike James's performance. ...

Where has that Blatche been all season? "I don't know but I like that he's here and hopefully he's...

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Where has that Blatche been all season? "I don't know but I like that he's here and hopefully he's here for a while," said forward Antawn Jamison, who posted his sixth straight double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. "The biggest thing is he played with a lot of confidence tonight. He didn't worry that if he missed a shot he was going to get sat down or yelled at. Maybe for him, the biggest key is a new voice or fresh voice in the locker room. That's the guy we've been waiting [on] to show up all year."

Antawn Jamison explaining why Andray might be finally performing this season.

"That was not NBA basketball, it's as simple as that," Jordan said. "There were no NBA plays being...

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"That was not NBA basketball, it's as simple as that," Jordan said. "There were no NBA plays being made out there. We addressed them tonight in the locker room, so I'm going to put a careful eye on our personnel and what we are doing out there. I think the trend is telling me something. I'm trying to be loyal to NBA vets and the continuity theme but I'm growing very impatient with it."

Washington Wizards Head Coach Eddie Jordan after last night's debacle
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In Defense of Juan Dixon

Ed. Note: A tad bit late, but well thought out analysis from the FanPosts (especially cuppetcj) is always welcome here.  Tables always help the cause too.  -Jake I probably should have posted this...

Mike Jones Speculates on Wizards' Intentions

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Who's out there? James Posey -- according to the Boston Globe -- has received an inquiry from the Wizards, hard to say how serious it really was, though. Golden State's Matt Barnes is being thrown out there on various blogs. Michael Finley is out there, but it's unlikely the Wizards would be able to afford Posey or Finley, or the restricted free agent small forwards out there. Again, there's always the trade factor, but Wizards management has said repeatedly that it likes this team and would be perfectly fine if they didn't make any other moves. So, they're monitoring and chatting and watching, but there's no sizzling frenzy going on at Verizon Center right now.

NBA Salary Cap and Luxury Tax Threshold Figures Set

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The NBA announced on Tuesday that the salary cap for the 2008-09 season will be $58.68 million. ... The luxury tax threshold will be $71.15 million, and the value of the mid-level exception will be $5.585 million.

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Kings Want Gilbert Too!!

Link. Then, according to my sources, the Warriors quickly burned the phones and offered former Warrior Gilbert Arenas a maximum-level contract, one that would pay him more than $100 million over...

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My "You Be the GM" Entry

Editor's Note: From the FanShots.  For the record, I am vehemently opposed to trading Gilbert Arenas for Jermaine O'Neal.  O'Neal hasn't played more than 69 games in four years.  His PER has...

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Question From a Wizards Fan

Greetings to everybody here.  Right now we're having a contest over at Bullets Forever called "You Be the GM".  I'm sure you can figure out what that entails (or you can click the link and read...

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