Monday, June 14, 2010

Pre-Draft Wizards

We are just weeks away from the NBA draft and the rumbles can be heard from miles away. Who will the Wizards draft? Will they trade Arenas? The answer to the second question is no. the first is Wall. Who is going to take on a 80 million dollar contract? NO one! I truly believe his behavior will be in check but that’s a lot of money to gamble with. Can you believe that what has taken place in the last year and one-half in D.C. with Arenas and guns that a fan has asked the new owner to consider changing the Wizards name back to the BULLETS? That’s rampant brain damage. Let’s just hope it does not creep onto the hard-court. The Wizards will draft Wall and let him run the point and Agent Zero will be the shooting guard. They will light up the scoreboard but they must play defense and prevent penetration into the middle where they are weak. If Flip can get this team to play defense, they can improve immensely. Don’t forget that the Wizards have an assistant coach that will be of great value in the development of John Wall. Learning the adjustment of point guard from the college game to the NBA is vital for Wall and Sam Cassell will help. Wall will find out at this level everybody is fast. If this back court is successful and the team as a whole shows marked improvement, in 5 to 7 years Sam may start to get some interviews. This year more assistant coaches are moving up more than ever, which is a good thing. I agree with Jon Barry enough with the same old coaches failing in situation after situation only to be hired to fail again. Don’t take my word for it, check the record books. It’s time for those long time assistants to get their opportunities instead of the college coaches.
The team that I see that has the opportunity to break thru is the Philadelphia 76’ers. I’m really curious to see their draft. My advice is draft Evans and run him and Holiday in the back court. Keep Brand, Iguodala and Dalembert and run, run, run. They got the rebounding and youth to back it up, also a great coach. How can you run the Princeton offense with the talent they have. This is the NBA not the Atlantic Ten.

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