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Fans Sure Seemed to Love The Wiz Draft


He's no bag of cash. (Dave Weaver/AP photo of Bill Walker from a 2008 tourney practice session.)

I guess there were two ways to look at the Wizards' draft performance last night. Here's what the highly paid columnist and TV talking head thought:

"The Wizards didn't take a beanpole, and they didn't take a munchkin. They took a Big Man....The big news locally is that the Wizards at the very least tried to address an obvious weakness on the night when every team in the game tries to get well."

And here, to give just one of many examples, is what "random anonymous Washington Post blog commenter" thought:

EPIC FAIL

In the public-reaction-analysis business, this is what's known as "a difference of opinion." Indeed, whatever Michael Wilbon thinks, fans are in full-on late-June revolt over the drafting of JaVale McGee, a big-man project from a mid-major school, and the drafting-and-trading-for-cash of Bill Walker, a super high-major star with a history of severe knee troubles and monster dunks.

By this point we all expect the WaPo blog commenters to hate everything, but this malaise oozed its way over to the official team draft-night blog, manned by radio play-by-play man Dave Johnson, who spent much of the night in damage control mode, dealing with what would appear to be an army of outraged 13-year olds. Some sample comments from an 800-plus-comment thread, these taken right after the Walker trade became public.

* "OMFG! LOL! I QUIT"

* "we traded bill walker WTF"

* "wtf wut r we doing, there better be something up EG's sleeve."

* "WTFT -- Dont worry it means what the french toast -- LOL -- But seriously are we stupid."

* "No future 2nd. No 1st round with contingencies. No picture of Megan Fox. We got nothing."

* "Man, I thought we had a steal in the draft. Now we only have a possibly BUST."

* "handling a draft in this manner is an example of a mediocre organization doing the work that keeps it mediocre."

These, mind you, are from the team's official Web site, thus written by a self-selecting group who you'd assume would trend toward the optimistic side of the fan base. Anyhow, with 12 hours or so to reflect on the night's haul (a 7-footer who averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks at Nevada, plus some cash), here's your chance to say, again, what you think, wtf lol rotfl wtft.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 27, 2008; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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