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The Wizards Run Down: Double-Digits and Counting

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Updated: March 20, 2010

{Pascal’s Manale, New Orleans — home of some of the best Louisiana oysters I’ve had}

Still on vacation and not due back in D.C. until late Monday, I don’t even think I’ve seen as much as a highlight from the Wizards’ past three games in Denver, Utah and Portland. The losing streak has now entered double-digits and is counting.

Part of me feels bad for not making more of an effort to watch the games. I mean, these are ‘my’ Wizards, the team I spend countless hours of my life keeping up with. I feel a bit lacking for not keeping up with what’s going on with the team, even in inevitable losses.

Then again, I tell myself, ‘Dude, you’re on vacation … it’s okay’. That being said, I’m pretty sure that on Sunday I’ll be searching New Orleans for a television with the Wizards-Lakers game on. I think I saw a commercial for a bar in Harrah’s casino touting the NBA league pass.

Shamefully, if I go there, instead of saying, ‘Hey bartender, do you mind putting the Wizards game on?’, I’ll probably put my head down and mumble something about wanting him (or her) to turn the television to Kobe and the Lakers.

And now, some links …

{National attention for Blatche}

Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse has an in-depth piece on Andray Blatche, he writes:

“I look at the situation as being underpaid,” Blatche, 23, said in an interview with FanHouse. “I understand why I got the contract that I got and I make the best of it.”
[...]
“Definitely next year, if I’m going out and I’m doing the same thing and I become an All-Star player, it’s definitely going to bother me a lot because I’m definitely going to feel underpaid and like I’m not being appreciated,” Blatche said. “But there’s nothing I can do about that.”
Looking back, Blatche knows the arrest did nothing to help his negotiating power that summer.
“You learn from your mistakes,” Blatche said. “It was taken more seriously than it should have been. We just got caught talking to the wrong people. That’s what it was all about. We shouldn’t have talked to them anyway. That’s what happens.”

“I look at the situation as being underpaid,” Blatche, 23, said in an interview with FanHouse. “I understand why I got the contract that I got and I make the best of it.”

[...]

“Definitely next year, if I’m going out and I’m doing the same thing and I become an All-Star player, it’s definitely going to bother me a lot because I’m definitely going to feel underpaid and like I’m not being appreciated,” Blatche said. “But there’s nothing I can do about that.”

Looking back, Blatche knows the arrest did nothing to help his negotiating power that summer.

“You learn from your mistakes,” Blatche said. “It was taken more seriously than it should have been. We just got caught talking to the wrong people. That’s what it was all about. We shouldn’t have talked to them anyway. That’s what happens.”

In the past, I’ve called Blatche’s contract, even when he was the ‘old’ Andray, “affordable.” I’m not necessarily ready to make the big jump from that to “underpaid” — basically, ‘Dray needs to put more than a couple of seven-day stretches together. But I do like what I’ve seen from him lately, on the court and off.

Otherwise, I found what Blatche said about his arrest interesting. It was “taken more seriously than it should have been”? Uh, not sure how Dray doing something illegal was taken too serious. You’re an NBA player, why do you need to be chasing prostitutes? C’mon son.

Got caught “talking to the wrong people”? Um … so sure, talking to an under-cover cop posing as a hooker is probably the wrong person to talk to. But does that mean the “right” person to talk to is a straight-up prostitute? C’mon son.

{Visiting the Verizon}

The website/blog Stadium Journey, which is in the process of reviewing sports venues across the land, recently visited the Verizon Center for a Wizards game. This paragraph says it all:

It’s the Wizards. No one cares. For many years the team sold tickets by marketing to fans of the visiting teams. Then they got good for a minute. Then they changed the name. Then they got bad again. Then they got Gilbert Arenas and people got excited. They had a mini rivalry going with Cleveland which ended when Arenas got hurt for two years. Then he came back and brought an arsenal to work one day and got suspended for the rest of the season. Then they gutted the team. Now no one cares again.

Of course, the author also visited the Phone Booth for a Capitals game (review posted on January 3rd). Many of the sections read the same, aside from the obvious atmosphere differences between fans rooting for a winner versus a loser. The ‘FanFare Score’ for the Wizards was a 22, for the Caps it was a 32.

{Grunfeld scouting the Big Dance}

Ernie Grunfeld is making the rounds at the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, Grunfeld was in Milwaukee, where Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and California-Santa Barbara are playing. Ohio State features Big Ten player of the year and national player of the year Evan Turner. Turner, a junior, is considered a high lottery pick should he enter the draft.

[via Wizards Insider]

Dime Magazine had a contest to come up with a new nickname for Gilbert Arenas. “The Sixth Sense” won. Not buying it. Arenas will not be called that on this site.

Bullets Forever shows just how bad the Wizards’ offense has been.

The Portland Roundball Society misses Gilbert Arenas … yea, join the club.

The WaPost’s Michael Lee has a good report on Fabricio Oberto wearing a heart monitor … sounds like all is good with Fab, just keeping an eye on things … as they should be.

Mark Travis of ‘But The Game Is On’ talks about the youthful Wizards.

{Blazers 76 – Wizards 74}

[Michael Lee - Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

Foye helped the Wizards come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 74-72 lead with 61 seconds remaining. “He came in and got aggressive,” Coach Flip Saunders said. “He started going north-south with the ball instead of east-west. He made some big shots and got them back on their heals. Put us in a great situation.”

But the Wizards couldn’t close it out. Roy missed a three-pointer with 51.8 seconds remaining, but LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed the offensive rebound and went to the free throw line after Al Thornton picked up sixth foul. Aldridge tied the game at 74, and after Andray Blatche missed a layup with 20.9 seconds remaining, the Blazers put the ball in the hands of their superstar.

Roy pumped to get Gee in the air, and as fate would have it, Foye came leaping toward him as Roy knocked down the game-winning jumper with nine-tenths of a second remaining.

The Portland Roundball Society has a game recap from their end, which also includes the below video of Flip Saunders. Gotta secure rebounds.


  • Incadescent Rex

    re: “it’s definitely going to bother me a lot because I’m definitely going to feel underpaid and like I’m not being appreciated.”

    Man, I hate when NBA players do this. It’s a contract. You signed your name to it and at the time you weren’t putting up All Star numbers, so you were happy to sign it. Do the Wiz get a refund for all the garbage games you played the last few years?

  • http://b2br.wordpress.com tdbowles

    blatche’s deal is a good one for the wizards, but primarily b/c they’re not over-paying for him. he is playing very well true and i think if he continues like this next year, teh Wiz should lock him up long term, but he doesn’t have much to stand on yet.
    as for teh atmosphere at VC for wiz games, i went to the game against Denver when we won earlier in teh year and the crowd was into it and lively. i have tix for this saturday against the jazz and i expect things to be a lot more subdued.
    sure, it’s not like it is for a caps game, but to be honest, even when teh wiz were doing great, it wasn’t as loud as Caps games now.
    people in d.c. love b-ball and when they goto a game, if it’s competitive, they make noise. if not, they’re quiet. same as in every NBA city, every sporting event.