Wizards Run-Down: Bagging On Cleveland
“The thing about Gilbert is, no coach is ever going to have a problem with how much he loves the game. He puts in an unbelievable amount of time working on his game. He’s a competitor and he wants to be great.
“You don’t ‘control’ players. No coach does. Phil Jackson doesn’t control Kobe Bryant and he didn’t control Michael Jordan. What you do is put players in situations where they can be successful. And I think I’ve always done that.”
“I don’t think you can say his teams are top five defensively, but his teams are really solid. I’m looking at the type of team Washington has — they’ve got veteran players, they’ve got length, they’ve got size — his system fits them pretty well. They should be better defensively. They should be very good offensively, from an execution standpoint. I thought Eddie always did a pretty good job offensively. I thought he had a good mind. Flip does too. He’s different. He’s got more sets and more direction.”
– An Eastern Conference Assistant GM via Wizards Insider
More Jeers Than Cheers
Welcome to the third annual This-is-a-big-offseason-for-Andray-Blatche summer tour. The Wizards forward has been given one chance after another to become a consistent player. Which, those around the team say, will only happen when he starts taking the game more serious.
But, perhaps, the hiring of Flip Saunders will help that development. This could be a stretch, but: Blatche’s favorite player growing up was Kevin Garnett; Saunders coached Garnett for 10 seasons in Minnesota. Maybe he can coax something out of Blatche, whether by using him in similar ways or simply by saying: this is how Garnett did it.
“That’s the NBA way,” one executive said. “Players know who coached who. They listen to a coach who can make them money.”
Of course, at some point, it has to come from the kid himself.
J. Critt’s Ceiling
Probably the best hope for Crittenton is that he’ll become a player with the effectiveness of an Alvin Williams or a Rickey Green. Williams worked himself up to being a competent NBA PG for the Raptors (when healthy). Green was Utah’s PG before John Stockton, and overcame an ignominious first three seasons to become a solid starter for a few seasons.
Tyreke over Javaris?
The question is if you believe in Jarvaris Crittenton. If you do, then you likely go big. If you don’t, then Tyreke Evans is a solid pick. Evans, with work, will likely be able to play the point and shooting guard at the NBA-level – if you peeped his performance in the NCAA tournament, you know how he rolls. He’s turnover prone, but has a NBA body and NBA off-the-dribble talent to spell Gilbert Arenas or Caron Butler when called.
Washington Wizards Season Review from the DC Pro Sports Report
C, C-, D, Incomplete, C-, C-, B+, B-, C+, C, Incomplete, D, A, B+, B+, Incomplete, C, D, C-
Nice semester boys!