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If Gilbert Says It’s OK, Then It’s OK To Start Daydreaming About Blake Griffin

blake-griffin-and-some-girls.jpgThe Wizards are 1-8, and they haven’t begun this badly since 1966, when they weren’t just the Bullets, they were the Baltimore Bullets. This isn’t a path on which many double back, and Gilbert’s talking about not returning if it keeps up. Sad though that may be, it’s sensible, and Gil says what I’ve been thinking:

“If this is one of those years we don’t make the playoffs, we’re one of those teams that’s in last place the whole year — you know that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan. If that happens with us, it’s for the better.”

If not San Antone and Tim Duncan, then at least Miami and Michael Beasley. And who are this year’s Duncans and Beasleys? The top of Draft Express’ mock draft has Spanish PG Ricky Rubio and Oklahoma PF Blake Griffin, to which I would say yes and a thousand times yes, respectively.

The ping-pong balls bouncing that way would be glorious indeed, for Gilbert and the rest of us, but, good lord, that’s 73 games away. Have playoff hopes become pipe dreams already?

Update: Dan Shanoff weighs in and — while I agree with most of what he has to say — pays Mr. Griffin short shrift.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. StetSportsBlog

    November 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Nah. If Haywood comes back before the break, and Gil plays at least 60 percent like he’s capable, the Wiz can get the seventh or eighth spot in the east.

    Besides, why draft when they should be trading Blatche for a veteran who at least knows how to rebound.

  2. hkeith

    November 21, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Here’s my quandry:

    We have the PG position locked up in Gilbert. I use locked up loosely but it’s clear that we don’t really have use for a franchise player at that position w/ so much money invested in Arenas. Obviously we could use one right now but he’d be right back to the bench when Gil came back

    SG: nick young is the future here in my opinion short of getting an unbelievable player somehow. he’s developing nicely.

    SF: Butler (no shit)

    PF: we just resigned jamison AND that perpetual disappointment Blatche to long term deals. anybody we draft is at least 2 years away from playing significant time.

    C: you have to believe that Kill + Mode = Cheese.

  3. Jamie Mottram

    November 21, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Of the seven guys mentioned in these first two comments, three are unproven (Vale, NY and Dray), two are injured (Gil and Brendan), one is injury prone (Caron) and one is 32 (Antawn).

    So, yeah, adding top-of-the-lottery talent would be most excellent, though losing the games to get there would not. That’s my quandary.

  4. GloverParksFinest

    November 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    My quandary, if you can call it that, is why the team consistently decides around 6-8 minutes left in games, they are going to just quit. If they finished 2 or 3 of those games (the Rockets and Bucks games stand out), things wouldn’t be THAT bad. I really don’t think they lack in talent to the point they should be 1-9.

  5. Unsilent Majority

    December 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    I’ll take any distributing point guard (rubio or jennings) any big who can score and rebound (griffin) or a big who can play some fucking defense (monroe)

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