Well, here we are…..finally, the last game of the season. I’d like to be gearing up for the playoffs, but even in the years of futility in the red, white and blue uniforms of Lez Boulez, I would be filled with regret and sadness at the season’s end.
But this year, I’ll probably only be letting out a sigh and a “well, that’s that” after the Wizards-Celtics game tonight.
Hope no one else gets hurt….including the last man standing. Arenas and Jamison aren’t playing, so I guess that’s a good thing (even though Gil only playing in two games is a WTF? situation to me…..sure hope it’s not because of hidden knee issues….the pessimist in me, cultivated by simply being a fan of this franchise, can’t help itself).
You’ll probably be watching the Caps playtoff game tonight, and rightly so. But if you feel like drowning yourself in the sorrows of other Wizards/Bullets fans, you can head over to the game thread on Bullets Forever.
I’ll actually be watching both games on two TVs……could be a dual volume situation, with the Caps taking precedent. And if Twitter is your thing, then I’ll be there too.
So long 2008-09 Washington Wizards season……bottoms up to an exciting summer and a promising future.
Optimistic – Bullets Forever
The Naysayers incessantly point out that the Eastern Conference has gotten a whole lot better (Boston with KG, Cleveland, and even Atlanta, yada yada yada) – - – but what the “Eastern Conference has gotten better” crowd fails to realize is that the Wizards have become a LOT better too. Let’s look at the facts.
It wasn’t 5 years ago that Eddie Jordan coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars….. it was just two short years ago that the Wizards were leading the Eastern Conference. They did it with a bench that consisted of Donell Taylor, Jarvis Hayes, Darius Songaila, Michael Ruffin, Mike Hall, Calvin Booth, and Roger Mason (pre breakout, 2.7 ppg Roger Mason)…. Haywood, the best defender on the team, was fighting with Eddie Jordan for minutes. They did it with a Coach that didn’t or couldn’t teach defense. They did it with a Coach that was clueless about proper rotations, player development and play calling.
Here are the reasons I’m convinced the Wizards will be competing for a top spot in the East next year…….read on
Tom Knott: A roster fraught with hard realities – Washington Times
It is a roster in need of a makeover once you look past Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, JaVale McGee, Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila and Javaris Crittenton.
This is not to say those eight players are untouchable. It is to say they either form the core of the team, have a favorable upside or provide a certain utility.
The rest of the roster is fraught with ifs, ands and butt-heads.
For the record, Tom Knott is not a fan of Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, Mike James, DeShawn Stevenson and Juan Dixon. Can’t blame him….although, I’m not exactly ready to write-off Young.
Potential Wizardry in 2009-10 – Celtics Blog
So perhaps the theory here is to ditch defense and focus on the team’s strengths. [The Wizards] are locked into their version of the big three for big money. Unless they can pull off a blockbuster trade (not likely considering teams are looking to shed salary, not take it on) then we’re looking at the Wizards of the foreseeable future. Instead of berating these guys about something they can’t do well, the team will applaud them for doing something they do well. Makes a great deal of sense.
Butler Ready to Look Ahead – Washington Post
And, while the Wizards will miss the playoffs for the first time in five years, Butler said he plans to attend postseason games in Miami and Cleveland “just to stay in the mix and keep that feeling, mentally.”
Butler also said he will focus on strengthening his body and becoming more durable after missing at least 15 games for the third consecutive season. He plans to train with James and former teammates Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant this summer.