And So The Ed Tapscott Era Begins, Wizards-Warriors Game 12 Recap | Wizards Blog Truth About

And So The Ed Tapscott Era Begins, Wizards-Warriors Game 12 Recap

Updated: November 26, 2008

Ed Tapscott Washington Wizards Win #1 - flickr/Leo ReynoldsWin #1 is in the books for Eddie Tapscott…..thank god. Sure I’m disappointed that Eddie Jordan had to go, but at the same time….I suppose Eddie Jordan had to go. No sense in doing anything other than fully supporting the man in place, whether it be for the long haul or the short term.

But a win is what Tapscott really needed, almost more so than the team. He needed to get the monkey off his back so that nerves could be calmed. The pressure on the Wizards’ coach to win simply did not dissolve with Eddie Jordan’s departure, rather, it was transferred to his successor.

Now, surely a lot of people are giddy over last night’s win…and I fully realize that things could have gone entirely different. But we can’t judge the history of this battle until we get further along in the war. Did all the energy and effort suddenly appear because of Tapscott’s presence, or Eddie Jordan’s absence? Was it the ineptitude of the opposition? Or was it a ‘We got our coach fired, is it now time to be fed up with this sh*t?’ Q&A session with the team in the mirror?

I personally can’t get psyched-up about a single victory. I’ll go with Jim Zorn on this one and try to stay medium. Naturally, such a win sparks two immediate questions: Why couldn’t the Wizards/Andray Blatche do this before?, and, Can the team, not just Andray Blatche, build on this in the immediate future? Stay tuned to find out.

Wizards-Warriors Game 12 Blog on Bullets Forever

What the Rest of Web is Saying

The Wizards, at least for this one night, played with the intensity and attention to detail their new coach demanded. Of course, if they’d played with the same purpose the first 11 games of the season they wouldn’t have gotten their old coach fired. But that ground has been plowed now.
[Sometimes a Win Isn’t Just a Win – Michael Wilbon, Washington Post]

Do not be fooled by the Wizards 124, Warriors 100 in Tony Cheng’s neighborhood on Tuesday night. We now know the remedy for the ailing Wizards, and it was not a coaching change. It was a team that plays worse defense than the Wizards. The Warriors came into the game with the second-worst defense in the NBA, just two places ahead of the defensively challenged Wizards. Otherwise, the challenge before interim coach Ed Tapscott remains daunting.
[No defense for this switch – Tom Knott, Washington Times]

“The exit of Coach Jordan and everything kind of put a lot of things in perspective, and guys just came in and rallied around one another and rallied around the new coach, accepted ‘Tap’ with open arms and went out there and gave an unbelievable effort. And you could tell a lot of the young guys came out motivated.”
Caron Butler

Jamison said he couldn’t pinpoint the change in Blatche. “But I like that he’s here, and hopefully he’s here for a while,” Jamison said. “The biggest thing was he played with a lot of confidence tonight. He didn’t worry about if he missed a shot he was going to get sat down or yelled at. I think maybe for him the biggest key is a different voice in the locker room, but that’s the guy we’ve been waiting to see all year.”
[Change the Wizards can believe in – Mike Jones, Washington Times]

As Caron Butler said on the radio post game last night Andray Blatche has shown flashes….that flash now has to be a streak.
[Day After – Dave Johnson, Washington Wizards Blog]

If Andray Blatche brought it like that every night, Eddie Jordan would still have a job.
[Blatche Comes to Play, Tapscott Wins Debut – Ivan Carter, Wizards Insider]

“I call it an eight plus two plan,” Ed Tapscott said. “There probably is a core of eight guys who are going to play every night and then two out of the remaining four will play based on matchups, scouting reports and the rest. That way, I can say to guys: nobody gets put in the closet.
[Tapscott Utilizes a Pared-Down Rotation – Ivan Carter, Washington Post]


They do not make guards like Strickland anymore. He could find the open man with a blurry-eyed blood-alcohol content of 0.20, way over the legal driving limit, on and off the floor.
[No defense for this switch – Tom Knott, Washington Times]

“Has anyone pointed out that the new Wiz coach looks like David Paterson, the blind, post-Spitzer New York governor?”
[Morning Look: Change Has Come to F Street – DC Sports Bog]

The Other Side

How come there was no bad karma from firing Eddie Jordan while he was working a charity event?
[RECAP: Warriors 100 Wizards 124 – This IS a Joke – R Dizzle, Golden State of Mind]

The good news? Jamal Crawford’s tenure with the Warriors can probably only get better. In a game that was supposed to mark the Warriors’ transition to life with a real point guard — more ball movement, better shots, higher scoring — we instead were treated to the rapid disintegration of anything resembling organized basketball.
[First Impressions and Second Chances (Wiz 124, Warriors 100) – Adam Lauriden, Fast Break –]

“We played an inspired team tonight. They outworked us, outhustled us and outplayed us. Washington did everything well and we did nothing well.”
Don Nelson

Andray Blatche not only balled, he embarrassed the Warriors. He dunked on Wright and Randolph. He was slapping shots against the glass. He was talking trash and making faces. Dude looked like a beast. He’ll probably go 1-for-8 in the next game.
[Post-game Tidbits – Marcus, Inside the Warriors –]

[photo source – flickr/Leo Reynolds]

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