This is a few months old, but it's a good read.
That blame game is the most startling thing about this tenure. There are all the behind the scenes stories – how he came into an offseason meeting this year and declared they had to give Nick Young a full mid-level exception, to the bewilderment of his staff. How JaVale McGee came and asked him for a big man coach, and Grunfeld said he could have one if he paid for it himself. The many times Grunfeld went behind Eddie Jordan or Flip Saunders back when they tried to reign in Grunfeld’s pets Arenas and Blatche. The times you’d watch players ****ing around at practice despite lengthy losing streaks, and Grunfeld standing there ****ing around the same way.
But it’s the blaming. When they started losing, first he blamed Eddie Jordan. Then after one of the worst trades in draft day history, he blamed Abe Pollin and the “mandate we were under,” although I guess if you’re that desperate, the recently deceased is a nice person to blame for your failures. Then it was Caron Butler, who rightly thrashed until he was traded away from this abomination of a franchise. Then Gilbert Arenas and the gun incident, which make no mistake, was fostered, aided, and abetted by years of coddling by Ernie Grunfeld himself. Flip Saunders got the finger pointed at him next, and now Andray Blatche is up. Moving these people out isn’t Grunfeld rebuilding the franchise, which is he somehow being given credit for. It’s rifling through more people to blame so he can keep his job with minimal effort.
I was hoping Id wake up this morning and hear that Ernie and wittman were fired, I guess i was wrong
Ted would let them go 0-20 and not fire Grunfeld. He's worse than Pollin.
my working hypothesis: everything ernie has done, is doing, will do, is wrong and bad.
"Sometimes you have to sacrifice something to win, or to invest in your future...I promised this team as soon as I was able to get better I'd play.I'm going to help my team. That does not mean I'm cured, no injury. My injury is still there but I have heart and like, pride.I trust this team. That's the reason I played.
You see.. This is EXACTLY why i thought Nene was playing. EG was forcing him to play to save his own ass. Damnit i hate this guy. He is rivaling Vinnie. How many people's careers does he need to ruin before he gets the axe? Of course we have seen this type of thing happen before. It ends badly.
Last edited by Skin'emAlive; November-23rd-2012 at 03:40 AM.
We'll grind that axe, for a long time!
Neither EG or Wittman are going anywhere anytime soon. Ted's most recent blog says just that:
He is in total denial about the state of this franchise and his general manager. It's going to be a long, long season.A Tough OT Loss
Posted on November 23, 2012
We didn’t do many little things to deserve the win. We missed an open dunk in OT, we didn’t box out on a free throw miss and allowed a put back for two points, twice! We missed one of two free throws at the end of regulation.
The little things add up from a win in regulation to a heartbreaking OT loss. There can be no excuses, we must bond as a franchise and execute better to dig ourselves out of the hole we have dug to start the season.
There are some positives to motivate the team. We are going to the basket now and drawing our fair share of foul shots. We are rebounding better and with Nene in the lineup. The spacing on the floor seemed to have opened and changed for the better.
We await John Wall’s return, and then the coach and staff will be able to settle on an eight or nine man rotation and settle in on a system. As noted early in the preseason, I didn’t think any team had changed up its lineup as much as we had. And with so many early season injuries, we do seem to be lacking that cohesion that turns close losses into wins.
Be that as it may, there are 72 games left this season. We have to really focus on Saturday’s game and then in a very straightforward manner, play quarter by quarter and game by game to gain a win and then gain some confidence and then literally start our season from scratch.
That was a very tough game to watch and the game-turning at the end on an official’s call as to time left in OT was quite hard to fathom. But we live in a binary world of sports, winners and losers, no in between.
Newsflash Ted, good organizations don't use the regular season as a crash course to get that **** figured out. The people you put in charge suck. They couldn't pick a lineup because your coach isn't bright enough and creative enough to roll with the punches and your GM gave saddled him with an awful roster dynamic giving him awful vets to play so that Randy would have to take all of those punches in the first place.
Not having Wall and Nene is not an excuse when Dallas won games without their best players and Orlando has won games with crap players.
"John Wall will never be as good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA" - David Falk, published February 14, 2013.
I don't expect Ted to really say that Grunfeld or Wittman are failing. He can't undercut his people until he's either already fired them or has decided to do so. He's been consistent in saying that he's expecting things to be different with Wall and Nene on the floor.
Anyone got espn insider? I think they are talking about Beal being a disappointment. I don't have access though.
Beal leads all rookies in free throw percentage and is shooting a decent percentage from 3 ( .333). But those are about the only good things coming from the No. 3 overall pick thus far.
Measuring him against other rookies, however, can be a tricky thing. Imagine two guys rowing separate boats, both equal in their abilities. One guy is in a fast-moving stream, rowing his boat in the same direction as the current. Meanwhile, the other is rowing in a stream moving in the opposite direction of the rower. Who's the faster rower?
In other words, part of the reason Beal is struggling is because the Wizards, for reasons beyond their control and under their control, have been moving downward since day one this season. And while players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose are so good that they can elevate a franchise almost on their own, Beal is not at their level.
Nonetheless, Beal is ultimately responsible for his game results, which include him taking four shots a game from 16 to 23 feet and making only 23 percent of them (long 2s are the lowest-percentage shots in the game). Many of these shots are coming off screens, which are difficult shots to make without being balanced on the release; Beal is working hard to get open but is not staying balanced on most of these shots.
His transition game is good, maybe even very good, where he can navigate the court and find open creases. But he's not having that same success in the halfcourt, appearing overwhelmed most of the time as he searches for open looks. The game is just too fast for him right now. It looks as though he thinks there are seven defenders on the court, especially when he's the primary ball handler in ball screen situations. He is not attacking angles properly and is making it easy for defenders to defend him and his teammates.
If John Wall, who is out with a knee injury, were playing next to Beal in the backcourt, things would surely get easier for Beal. It's a great thing to look forward to. Just as the game slows down for Beal, Wall should return, and that combination suggests Beal will have a big second half of the season.
Last edited by Hersh; November-23rd-2012 at 07:17 PM.
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