Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  53 responses

Somehow, Things About to Worsen in DC

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The Washington Wizards are off to a disheartening 3-9 start to the season. They have been bitten by the injury bug, and even when everyone is healthy, there’s been no success on the court (or happiness in the locker room.)

Following their beatdown on Saturday night at the hands of the Spurs, Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood lobbed verbal grenades at fellow teammates (and one another) through the media, an indication that things are about to get a lot worse before they get any better.

The Washington Post looks into the situation:

He didn’t single out anyone, but he spoke of the need for the players to humble themselves, stop worrying about statistics and glory and play basketball. “Check your ego at the door. Let’s try and win,” Haywood said. “I watch the Celtics, and that’s what they do. Paul Pierce can have 12 in the fourth quarter if they’re up, he don’t care. That’s what we gotta do. Check your ego at the door, move the ball, play some defense.”

But immediately after Haywood was done talking to reporters, Arenas emerged from the shower and basically said that he was going to start going for his if the situation doesn’t get better. It was a rather bizarre because Haywood intentionally yelled his answers so that everyone in the room could hear them. Arenas actually walked in from the shower while Haywood was talking, then returned until Haywood was finished. Arenas then began talking as if he was going to save the team and that the individual agendas of the Wizards’ eight free agents have been the reason for the team’s failures.

The Wizards obviously have to try new things on the court, but I’m not sure that a gunning Arenas is necessarily the solution. Flip Saunders needs to gain control of his locker room before things turn ugly, assuming it’s not already too late.

Thanks goodness for the Redskins. Oh, wait …

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  • Yesse

    Start rebuilding!Players like Jamison and Arenas are worth alot of great players.

  • German Reignman

    Well, they were as long-lasting as souljah boy ….

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    For the love of all that is holy, FREE CARON BUTLER!

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick thesubwayconnection

    One of the “Big 3″ should get traded this year.

  • riggs

    antawn jamison came back from an injury and his balling his a*s off, and for what?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    You mean Flip Saunders isn’t a great coach? I’m shocked!

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Iverson and Starbury are available. One more ego couldn’t hurt, right?

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Maybe they all can sit down and have some Gatorade(or Vitamin water) with President Barack Obama.I’m sure he can help.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Mo beat me to it. Bring in Iverson.

  • tavoris

    Maybe Flip can run more than “Give Gil the ball and get out of his way” or “Spot Jamison up at the top of the Key”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hmmm… So coach wants X & Y done. Gilbert wants to do A & B, but I’m guessing Agent Zero will be the one thats still around…? Sucks to be MAX (contract). Here’s a thought: Houston, no TMac and Yao and they are playing swell. Spurs, lose Manu or Parker (it’s like a rostered day off or something) and still hold down the fort. So who agree’s that if The wiz DIDN’T have Hibachi, their record would be better (maybe 2 games better?)?? Anyone else? What are they 3 – 9? I would realistically say, without Gil, todate they are 5-7.

  • Hoodsnake

    Maybe they stil tired from the ‘rivalry’

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    It will be interesting to see who gets traded and for whom. The org has to decide who the players are they want to grow with, get rid of the other(s) and show commitment that they want to win. Otherwise they’ll end up with nothing even decent next year when all the free agents leave and all that’s left is who didn’t draw any interest.

  • iLL wiLL

    Keep Tuff Juice. That’s all. Oh, and Nick Young too.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    zero is a basketball artist but hes a big problem on that team…he is like 55 for 555 in shots for the year, actually Boykins was the key down the stretch against Cleveland…

  • kev

    big 3? they dont have a big three. why were the expectations for this team so high? at their best they were first round fodder for the cavs. i like jamison,he is unselfish and brings a lot to a team. butler is ok but was never allstar worthy and gilbert is an over hyped ball hogg who does nothing but throw up bad shots.

  • neaorin

    Um, Gil is shooting a whopping 39% on 19 shots a game… exactly what would it take to convince you it’s definitely not the solution?

  • Exile

    “Fire in the hole!” (Everybody duck and run)

  • tavoris

    The only trade assets the Grizz possess are Butler, Blantche, and Foye. Nobody wants-or can afford-any other player on that roster.

  • Jeronimo

    @ Yessee: “Players like Jamison and Arenas are worth alot of great players.” This is sarcasm, right?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, Arenas still doesn’t know how to run the point.
    Jennings > Arenas.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Arenas is Iverson without the success.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    First of all, Gil is no DWade. I’m officially sick of this dude and wish he would just go away. I would love to punch him in the face after reading his ridiculous comments, and I have nothing to do with the team. Imagine what his teammates must feel.

  • rikson

    Thats what all the INet-hype will bring you -> hes waaayyyy overrated!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, y’all are turning Gil with the quickness. Since I was never on the bandwagon, my cutting remarks are no big deal, but some of y’all used to be Arenas fans. No loyalty these days.

  • tavoris

    I think people should be realistic with Gil’s comeback..he’s basically missed two full years of playing. It’s gonna take a while to get his rhythm back.

  • riggs

    i remember the video of the game he played before the season started, man do yall flip flop like crazy.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    As Allenp said, I was never on that bandwagon. Tavoris, his stupidity has nothing to do with his injury or lack of playing time. He calls out his teammates when he is in fact the one who taking too many ill advised shots and killing the team chemistry (if they had any).

  • Cizzo

    I’s over for he Wizard’s of Washington!!!

  • john

    arenas is so overated its ridiculus he is just a good for nothing ballhog

  • Exile

    @ Orlando, Gil has no idea what he’s thinking. He’s also the one that blamed the Wizards for not stopping him from rushing back from his firs tinjury.

  • tavoris

    that last comment was me

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 rog123

    Trade mike miller and oberto! They are the only wizards who don’t deserve to be on a losing squad.

  • Lebron >Kobe

    @MO Charlo starbury doesnt anna play

  • Exile

    @Tavoris. I would be annoyed to see someone post under my name… but I agree completely.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Via Michael Lee: Gilbert Arenas on team dissension: “For the most part, we all get a long. There are, what, 15 players on the team? 14 do.”

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Gil is an incredibly gifted scorer and a killer at the end of games (when healthy). What he isn’t and probably will never be is a leader. Ever.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Along with being a gifted scorer, Gilbert also excels at being an a-hole.

  • rav

    arenas is this generation’s steve francis

  • Joe King

    umm whoever said they would be better off without gil..
    were you following last season??

  • Tommy Patron

    Arenas is also AI without the durability.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    I didn’t say that, but are they doing any better this year?

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Firing Eddie Jordan was stupid.

  • Bruno

    I still believe in Gilbert, Antawn & Caron

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Arenas is a great player. Thank you for pointing out the obvious, Allenp, that Arenas is not Allen Iverson. I think we figured that out a while a go, when Iverson was (and still is) considered one of the greatest players EVER. But thanks.
    Arenas is not the problem on the Wizards–aside from his big@ss contract. He is a gifted scorer and a great passer too. He’s just gotten back from injury, and he’s looked pretty good so far–not 100%, but getting there. It also doesn’t help that Antawn Jamison was out for the first month of the season.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, Antawn Jamison > Caron Butler.
    Antawn Jamison is one of the most underrated players, maybe in the history of the NBA.

  • GoNets

    The white dude on ESPN, I don’t know his name but he was a definitely a Arenas fan who was doin all the team season previews jinxed it. He was like the Wiz and Raps are goin to kill it this season and now they are both killin themselves hahah

  • J

    jamison coming from an injury and still balling great.. and i don’t hear any complain from him despite all the Wiz issues. truly a great player. free antawn.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Yeah. Let’s get a franchise in Vegas featuring Iverson, Arenas, Starbury, Steve Francis and T-Mac. It sounds so crazy it might actually work.

  • BobbyFree

    So I’m guessing all those analysts saying the Clips and the Wiz would be the two breakout squads this year are feeling really worth their paychecks….it’s okay, you’re still more legit than Bill Simmons

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    @JE yes they should never of got rid of Eddie Jordan, he’s plagued us so far. Don’t even think he can coach D and he sure as hell don’t know to make a team run.
    I second Teddy-the-Bear. I like Caron, probably more than Antawn, but Jamison is undeniably a better player. Probably the most underrated PF in NBA history, thats hyperbole before people start tracing their memories to think of other disregarded PFs so dont waste your time

  • tavoris

    360vue, they can dig all they want…that is probably an accurate assessment of Jamison. How many other players have been 20-10 for a decade without ANY recognition?

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 rog123

    If duncan didn’t win any rings, not many people woukd know who he is. Hell, he has rings and many people still don’t thinl he is an effective player because he doesn’t always dunk