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Flip’s Amazed Lottery Face

Updated: May 21, 2009

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What “They” Are Saying:

Tom Knott: No Griffin, no Rubio and no luck – Washington Times

The 22-year-old Blatche has a nice skill set, good size and hints of possibility. Yet he also likes to accumulate baggage. He has been quiet so far this offseason. But give him time. It is early.

Michael Wilbon: When the Lotto Gives You Lemons . . . – Washington Post

The Wizards should move DeShawn Stevenson whenever possible.

*There’s a reason that Stevenson hasn’t been talked about potentially packing his bags as much as Etan Thomas, Mike James, Andray Blatche, or Nick Young. He’s not as valuable an asset to other teams … but not to say DeShawn can’t be moved, using his affordable salary as a filler.

I imagine that DeShawn will be on the Wiz heading into next season. He’s willing to come off the bench and could be perfect in that role, assuming the back recovers well. I’ve come down hard on Stevenson just as much as the next guy, but I almost gather Wilbon has written him off.I have not.

Mike Wise: Not About Luck: Wizards Created Their Own Problems – Washington Post

It says here Ernie Grunfeld moves that pick and neither Arizona State’s James Harden nor Arizona’s Jordan Hill makes it to Washington. Grunfeld has too much at stake to wait for the organization to develop another kid who’s not yet ready for prime time, much less the playoffs.

Why even toy with the future at this point when the present is all that matters?

The era of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison will end without so much as a trip to the Eastern Conference finals if the Wizards don’t trade for a capable big man or a savvy scorer off the bench this offseason, not next.

From the ‘Damn. But-this-still doesn’t-exactly-exonerate-Michael-Jordan-from-taking-Kwame-Brown’ file: [via Mike Wise’s column]:

“When the Wizards did win the lottery, Michael Jordan selected Kwame Brown. From the now-it-can-be-told file: Jordan badly wanted Pau Gasol, but thought he would be eviscerated for taking a soft, European player against a hard-scrabble, high school kid from Georgia.”

And then some thougts I have on the “curse o’ les boulez” over at NBC Washington.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.