James Was Assessed Flagrant Foul

The league never released a memo to the media and before now it hadn't been reported, but I was just informed today that LeBron James was actually assessed a retroactive flagrant foul for the elbow he used to clock Andray Blatche in the chin in the first quarter of Game 1.

James popped Blatche as retaliation for a non-call earlier in the game, when James drove to the basket and Blatche hit him in the mouth. James rolled around on the ground after the hit. The next time they ran into each other, Blatche fouled James and as James lifted his arms to separate himself from Blatche, he added an extra blow to the chin.


This was in no way intentional. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

James didn't receive any penalty during the game, but I was just told that he was given a flagrant foul prior to Game 2. James claimed that he didn't intentionally hit Blatche in the face but apparently the league wasn't buying it.

The news doesn't help the Wizards much, especially since they couldn't turn the flagrant into extra points in the critical first game of this series.

But for an update: This series has now had six technical fouls, three flagrant one penalty fouls, one flagrant two penalty foul, one ejection, a $25,000 fine for a "menacing gesture" by Stevenson and a hip-hop feud.

Wizards center Brendan Haywood has been the most chippy player in this playoffs, with one flagrant two foul, two technicals and an ejection. The other flagrants in this series belong to James, Anderson Varejao and Stevenson. James, Antawn Jamison, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Gilbert Arenas and Daniel Gibson have received the other technicals.

James was asked on Tuesday if he felt the league and officials had done a good job of keeping the series clean.

He said, "I'm not the guy to ask," he said. "I'm just an employee of the NBA, not the boss."

Joe Johnson Goes Off
I'm not sure if you guys were able to see the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics, 97-92, on Monday night, but I hope it's clear to everybody by now that Joe Johnson is a stud. He's quietly made two all-star teams, but nobody seems to notice - not even the folks in Atlanta before that game.


This is nice. . .(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

He scored 20 of his 35 points in an amazing fourth quarter flourish. He drove past Ray Allen at will, split double-teams with ridiculous runners, spin moves and finger rolls. He outscored the Celtics by himself in the final period, 20-17, as the Hawks have surprisingly tied the Celtics at 2-2 in that best-of-seven series.

Having worked in Atlanta for six years and covering the Hawks for more than two, I can honestly say that from watching television in my hotel room, Philips Arena has never seemed so loud and energetic. I got hyped up myself.

Today, someone asked James what he thought of the performance by his friend, Johnson.

"Excellent," James said.


. . .But it ain't this. (By Hans Deryk, Reuters)

When the reporter said that it was sort of reminiscent of a certain 48-point game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James just looked at him like he was silly, then shook his head.

"He played a great game," James said.

By Michael Lee |  April 29, 2008; 8:15 PM ET
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...don't know about you guyz but I kind of wish the Bullets loose quick so we can rebuilt right away!!!

Out must go EJ, DS and Gil....

Posted by: Fenty | April 29, 2008 8:25 PM

Big whoop on the flagrant. If it would have happened in the game, that would have been a foul shot right? Stinkin' refs, they should be fined.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 8:36 PM

a michael ask deshawn tommorow what he think about the proverb song

Posted by: brandon | April 29, 2008 8:42 PM

Cavs are lucky Gilbert and Caron are slowed with injuries because we would have smoked them by now. Anyways I hope they play hard so we can have another white out at the Phone Booth friday night. Also would love to see Deshawn smack Lebron upside the head one more time for old time sake.
GO WIZARDS!

Posted by: Bad Ad | April 29, 2008 8:45 PM

That's the sh!t that makes me mad! This is our third series, our third series and they still do everything they can to protect that man LeBron! How on earth could the officials have missed that elbow in Game 1? They always cheat for that guy, but a retroactive flagrant is about as good as a retroactive travel. If it didn't help us when it happened, it didn't help AT ALL. The NBA, where screwing over Wizards Fans every April happens!

Posted by: The Mad Wiz Fan | April 29, 2008 8:51 PM

sour grapes!All mouth no game your sitting at home again

Posted by: clevelandules | April 29, 2008 8:51 PM

"They are cheating us" "LeBron rolled on the floor" Who the hell is the cry babies now? And no one care about no damn Proverb. Who the hell is that? Some kid trying to make a name for himself now. Sounds familiar. (DeShawn Stevenson anyone?) One thing is for sure, you guys aim high when trying to go at someone. We are so lucky Gilbert and Caron are injured..........Haa. haaa. haaa. LOL...LOL..LOL....LOL....LOL....LOL....LOL...LOL...LOL....please stop it. Hey did Gilbert tell us he was injured in his blog? Did Caron dance at the club last Friday night? Cant be that injured. He ran out of the club when Jay Z started blaring........and um.....Blow the whistle

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 29, 2008 9:25 PM

This sends a message to the officials that they should not give LeTravel his usual special treatment next game. Which is interesting to me; maybe the L wouldn't mind running this thing to a game 7 in Cleveland...would that be a nationally televised game?

Posted by: DC | April 29, 2008 9:26 PM

Wow I hate to stir things up more but how come the author of this Blog who wrote a few days back, calling Lebron overated... is not retracting his statement. Um the guy is at this point killin you guys especially DS...just curious?

Magic Fan

Posted by: Orlando Fan | April 29, 2008 9:42 PM

LJ: "Lebron James is just an employee of the NBA. Lebron James is also a phenomenon. Lebron James is a phenomenon who will pop a mutha in his mouth with his elbow. Lebron James is like an avenging angel, beloved of God, with an elbow for any mutha who gets in his way. Lebron James also deserves more calls."

Posted by: satch | April 29, 2008 9:42 PM

DC,

This sends no message, nor was that the intent.

"The league never released a memo to the media"

They wanted to slip it in under the doorjam, so they could claim to be unbiased at a later date. Motive and opportunity.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 9:59 PM

9:59 misses the point -- the NBA doesn't communicate to the refs through the media. However, the media found out without the memo obviously, as it's being reported here through a MEMBER of the media. The L has long done stuff like this; don't be naive. I would like to see a game 7 though, because the Zards should clearly crush that lame Cleveland team as long as we play up to our potential. Hey, come to think of it: I wasn't going to watch game five before I read this, Commish, thanks for the entertainment!!

Posted by: DC | April 29, 2008 10:05 PM

"....but I was just informed today that LeBron James was actually accessed a retroactive flagrant foul for the elbow he used to clock Andray Blatche in the chin in the first quarter of Game 1."

Seems like the NBA would have waited until the summer for them to assess that as much as they want Lebron to win a title. Dude walks everytime, gets away with elbows...I'm surprised David Stern doesn't kiss his butt before every game for luck.

Good grief....JUST WIN WIZ!!! :(

- Ray

Posted by: Ry | April 29, 2008 10:06 PM

Lebron is getting upset!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 10:23 PM

"Accessed" a foul? Is that anything like "assessed"?

What kind of "sports writers" is the Post hiring these days ...

Posted by: Erudite inDC | April 29, 2008 10:25 PM

Btw, I found that Jay-Z track online. Maybe I'm missing something (not being a fan of the guy or hip-hop generally).. but I thought the track was remarkably lame. Akin to some idiot teenager cracking jokes in the back of the classroom. If this is how a performer makes his millions, it's pathetic.

Posted by: satch | April 29, 2008 10:32 PM

Wow! That's almost as good as a retroactive win! (intense eye rolling)

I'm still hoping for a game 7. I'd love to knock 'em off in the Q. Imagine Big Baby James' theatrics in that game!

Posted by: Lou | April 29, 2008 10:44 PM

folks the problem that i see with the refs is that they got way too much backing of the NBA,having said that i understand fully that the refs have very tough job to do but at the same time what they need to do is call all the fouls both ways now the NBA is star hungry league but i don't believe for one minute that Jordan got away with as much as James is getting away with despite the fact that the game has changed dramatically now let me get back to the refs i don't recall when it was that stern was at Verizon ctr that charge butler drew against james do you think for a minute that foul would be called on james if stern wasn't in the building think about it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 10:54 PM

...don't know about you guyz but I kind of wish the Bullets loose quick so we can rebuilt right away!!!

Out must go EJ, DS and Gil....

Posted by: Fenty | April 29, 2008 8:25 PM

How do you know they weren't? NBA doesn't publicize their discipline/evaluation of refs...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 11:02 PM

I know it's a long shot but I hope we can extend this series and make lebron james groupies sweat a little.

Posted by: bryan | April 29, 2008 11:06 PM

Joe Johnson had a reputation making game Monday. Coming into the playoffs, the Atlanta/Boston series held the least interest for me, but it may be the most entertaining series of the first round so far.

Posted by: kalorama | April 29, 2008 11:15 PM

The Wiz have certainly made a debacle of this series with the trash talk but it has not all been one-sided. Lebron started it by talking about DeShawn to Gooden. Yes, Deshawn should have just waved it off for the sake of the series but instead he involved the team. And yet again, we will fall to the Cavs.

That being said, I heard a remark today by idiot man Larry Michael (voice of the Redskins) that has me boiling. Michael said that it was "obvious" the Wizards were insecure about this series and that is why they started the trash talk - to get inside Lebron James head..but that it did not work to their advantage. Michael also stated that Lebron has been professional and classy throughout the entire situation. Hello? Larry, do you ever watch the games or the news?

It's really pathetic when a DC native starts fawning all over our enemy (who started the whole thing along with the media) with false information. If I knew where to write Michael I would do so and give him a tongue lashing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 11:23 PM

Yo, Jay-Z is the Phil Collins of rappers.

Posted by: Pro'Verb | April 29, 2008 11:30 PM

"James rolled around on the floor after the hit." What does this mean? He got popped right in the chops. You and I would roll around too. I can't figure out what the guy has against LeBron. Why not make a big deal of this when it happened if this was so bad? Not one of the Wiz responded to James when this happened. I believe Blatche even said he had it coming. Good grief, who are the crybabies now?

Posted by: Dunbar | April 29, 2008 11:57 PM

How did LeBron start all this silliness? He said something to his teammate, Gooden, in the locker room. And Gooden took that outside the team and repeated it to his buddy. And DS got offended.

If that makes Lebron at fault, so be it.

Posted by: Dunbar | April 30, 2008 12:01 AM

>Cavs are lucky Gilbert and Caron are slowed with injuries because we would have smoked them by now. Anyways I hope they play hard so we can have another white out at the Phone Booth friday night. Also would love to see Deshawn smack Lebron upside the head one more time for old time sake.
GO WIZARDS!>

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 12:20 AM

He rolled around on the floor. What does that mean? Dunbar, that's a stupid question. What hidden meaning are you looking for, Dunbar? There is no hidden meaning. If he rolled on the floor, he rolled on the floor. A fact is a fact. Is Mr. Lee not supposed to write it if it happened? What are you talking about? Idiot!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 12:22 AM

Dunbar,
You a bama, son. LeBron deserves all of his hard fouls after popping Blatche like that. Why do you Cleveland folks defend LeBron like he does no wrong? He is not some innocent player. He has done some foul stuff during this series. Just because he does it behind the scenes doesn't mean it isn't foul. Making Jay-Z make a diss record. That's some bama sh!t. You know it. Just like all those bama Cavs fans.

Posted by: The Mad Wiz Fan | April 30, 2008 12:27 AM

Yo Mad Wiz Fan, tell 'em why you mad. Tell them why you mad, son.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 12:46 AM

I'm mad 'cause these Cleveland bamas act like LeBron ain't some crybaby, slick cat who does lame stuff and hides behind Jay-Z and all these other bustas. Then they treat LeBron like he's some god who can't be touched. The man is a man. He ain't no hero. He's just a basketball player. People from Cleveland act like he wrote the Bible or found the cure for cancer or something.

Posted by: The Mad Wiz Fan | April 30, 2008 12:49 AM

Oh, God. What the hell? The Wiz get splashed all over the news for every grievance possible and LeBron gets his fouls secretly upgraded to flagrant. What a league?

I would give the Wiz a very good chance to win tomorrow/today, but LeBron and the Cavs are going to get ALL the calls against the evil empire. LMAO...it's really comical at this point.

There have essentially been equal hard fouls on both sides, but it does not appear that way in the media bc the Wiz are losing the media war as well. EJ? Where you been?

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 1:05 AM

Blatche knocked Lebron down twice and then Lebron hit him with the elbow. No one complained on the Wiz, it was just Lebron letting Blatche know he wasn't just going to take it. Blatche knew it, everyone accepted it and moved on. Why is this a big deal now?

I pointed out the 'rolling around' thing because it made Lebron look like a sissy to put it that way. That was a veiled job.

I just looked up what 'bama' means. I ain't. Good word, that is a DC thing?

Posted by: Dunbar | April 30, 2008 1:18 AM

veiled jab, not job. Damn.

Posted by: Dunbar | April 30, 2008 1:19 AM

Win it tonight Guys... I need an excuse to come home for a few days and Game 6 is a great one... Will be tuned in at 2AM in Warsaw!

Posted by: khrabb | April 30, 2008 2:48 AM

What good is their proclamation after the fact?!! Oh, they can't dare show the NBA darling being hit with a flagrant foul on national TV. But yet, the Wiz are being call thugs and made fools of all over the media. The NBA,Stern, the media and the refs are full of sh##. The Wiz don't stand a chance of winning this thing. Never have. Wonder how many other calls did they discover they should have made? NBA refs=Lebron lovers!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:37 AM

So if James was assessed a flagrant foul right before Game 2, how come the game didn't start off with the Wiz getting 2 free throws AND the ball? Oh, that's right. It's because a flagrant foul being assessed AFTER the game doesn't mean anything!

Posted by: Dsmac | April 30, 2008 8:35 AM

"Blatche knocked Lebron down twice and then Lebron hit him with the elbow. No one complained on the Wiz, it was just Lebron letting Blatche know he wasn't just going to take it. Blatche knew it, everyone accepted it and moved on. Why is this a big deal now?" - Dunbar

First of all, an intentional elbow to the face should result in an ejection! Tell me no so I can get a good chuckle. Then to have it secretly upgraded is absurd! It makes no difference what Blatche did beforehand bc he just gave normal hard playoff fouls that LeBaby did not agree with! He should have been tossed, period!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 8:44 AM

Cleveland bloggers have officially taken over this site.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 9:09 AM

You know those games where the refs have already buried your team with bad calls, and so you are down by like 25 with 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter, then they suddenly start calling a bunch of fouls on the other team b/c they want to try to balance out the number of calls so it kinds looks like an evenly reffed game in the final scorebox...that's pretty much what this ex-post-facto flagrant feels like.

Predictions for tonight:
1) Refs give LeBron the calls
2) LeBron fills up the statbox
3) Cleveland wins
4) LeBron still finds something to whine and complain about afterwards.
5) All media personalities fawn and drool over LeBron James, and the Wiz get ripped mercilessly.

Posted by: Prognosticator | April 30, 2008 9:27 AM

I don't think Michael made a "veiled jab." But I'll make a direct one: LeBron James is a crybaby. 'Eh, they're trying to hurt me!'

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 9:30 AM

Just what exactly did Lebron tell Gooden? Does anybody know?

Posted by: Cavs Fan | April 30, 2008 9:32 AM

OWNED, JeBron! sit on one cleveland

Posted by: prescrunk | April 30, 2008 9:45 AM

lets win this one for Abe!!!

Posted by: prescrunk | April 30, 2008 9:46 AM

Les BouleS know that everything is stacked against them. The refs, the hype, the calls, Stern, the rap world, local clubs, etc.

All Les BouleS can do is to limit their own nonsense/drama and take care of business on the court. That means play team offense and defense, execute, and focus.

As I said before, it's akin to boxing. The only way you know you've won for sure is when your opponent has been knocked the F out. Les BouleS need to just go out there and take care of business.

BTW, dragging out the playoffs has not benefited the situation. Too much time between games means too much chit chat with the press to fill up newspapers, blogs, etc.

EJ or EG should institute a gag order and shut it down, except for required post game press interviews.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 9:47 AM

Wait. If a shove by Haywood to LeBron's midsection while in mid-air a flagrant 2, how is an elbow to Blatche's face a flagrant 1? Does that mean that if a Wizards throws an elbow in the face of a Cav tonight, it's only a flagrant 1?

And is it the NBA's normal procedure to not make announcements about flagrants assessed after the game?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 9:56 AM

Amen DC88man, I second your post! Nothing left to say other than Win one for the ABE!

GO WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:20 AM

Wizards need to shut up and play ball. DSS's stupid antics before and during the series have only stoked LeBron's fire and turned the national media against us. Yes, LeBron got away with a cheap shot elbow that would have been a Flagrant 1 on any player except him, but that's to be expected. If the Wiz would follow AJ's lead and focus on the game at hand, we'd actually have a better chance of winning.

Very disappointing to see that the NBA would take no action against a part owner of one of its teams who clearly was trying to degrade another team's players. Jay-Z may be LeBron's buddy/friend, but he's also an NBA owner. Shame on David Stern and the NBA for turning a blind eye.

Lets hope we can win Game 5 so we can get another game back here in D.C.

Posted by: wizafan89 | April 30, 2008 10:21 AM

So Lebron has been assessed a super-secret flagrant foul? Its a good thing the league didn't actually announce this. It would totally screw up the media's Dirty Wizards versus Lebron and the Angels storyline. (Danny Glover will play the part of Mike Brown in the ABC Sunday Night movie to follow) Its laughable that they can't even find time to make an OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about it.

Was Stu Jackson just pranking Deshawn? "you think Lebron gets special treatment now? We're going to assess him penalty-free flagrants then not even bother to tell you. HAHAHAHA."

Worst of all are those in the DC media that can't even find the middle ground. I heard DC area radio folks accusing Deshawn of a closed fist swipe as well as "charging" Lebron to fight. Only two problems, those things never happened.

Ultimately the Wizards will win the foul battle, win the tough guy battle, win the yapping in between games battle then lose the war aka the series. As far as the media is concerned the Wizards are playing checkers while Lebron and Mike Brown are playing chess. Nothing they've said has helped them in the next game.

If there's one thing I learned from listening to Phil Jackson's book on tape its that when you're talking to the media you're trying to gain an advantage in the next game. The wizards have yet to do that.

Posted by: Monte | April 30, 2008 10:33 AM

"This series has now had six technical fouls, three flagrant one penalty fouls, one flagrant two penalty foul, one ejection, a $25,000 fine for a "menacing gesture" by Stevenson and a hip-hop feud."

No wonder TNT and David Stern are hiding the last game of the series at 6pm tonight.

Posted by: Kev | April 30, 2008 10:36 AM

LeBum James is a scrub. Gil has really hurt us by thinking he can put up shots like he is in mid-season form and his d-fence in the half court set is horrible and his presence messed up the chemistry.

Posted by: nivla | April 30, 2008 10:46 AM

So while the league may publicly disagree their actions show that, Stu Jackson at least, thinks the series has been poorly called in favor of the Travs. First there was a called flagrant 2 that did not result in a suspension (in essence downgrading it) and then there was a flagrant 1 assessed without even a foul call (upgrading it). Interesting (but it doesn't help if it aint done during the game).

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:51 AM

That's a good point about Stern and J-Zay. Would it be OK if Abe started challenging LeBron's manhood to the Post?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:53 AM

"That's a good point about Stern and J-Zay. Would it be OK if Abe started challenging LeBron's manhood to the Post?

Posted by: | April 30, 2008 10:53 AM "

I wrote about this 2-3 days ago.

Jay Z should be focusing on his lottery bound Nets, not Les BouleS.

Stern should get on his case with possible tampering/sucking up charges. Then again, Stern would want Lebron to come to NY.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:06 AM

"No wonder TNT and David Stern are hiding the last game of the series at 6pm tonight.

Posted by: Kev | April 30, 2008 10:36 AM "

Huh? How does that make any sense?

A 6pm game?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:07 AM

I pointed out the 'rolling around' thing because it made Lebron look like a sissy to put it that way. That was a veiled job.

I just looked up what 'bama' means. I ain't. Good word, that is a DC thing?

Posted by: Dunbar | April 30, 2008 1:18 AM
Whatever James did, he did. Period.
Blatche did not roll around on the floor, he touched his face and started running. Indicative of nothing, meaning nothing. So Dunbar, you're looking for mysteries in the wrong place.

Posted by: rgz | April 30, 2008 11:09 AM

This was totally unfair and it could have made a difference in that game..fouls, momentum. We knew this coming in though, but to keep it out of the media and make us look like the bad-tough guys is really ridiculous. To describe the wizards as bullies is really a stretch.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 11:13 AM

"Just what exactly did Lebron tell Gooden? Does anybody know?" - Cavsfan

I'll entertain your question since you seem to want to know the truth and not propaganda.

Anyway, nobody really knows bc DS would not tell the local media what exactly was said. He would only say that is what ticked him off and lead to his infamous "overrated" comment. It was also not said directly to Gooden, but Gooden was within earshot supposedly. I'm sure LeBron is aware they are really good friends. DS would only say that it was of a personal nature and that before that comment there was nothing between them whatsoever.

I find it interesting that Gooden got traded soon after as well. He was probably the second best player on the Cavs and would be still with this lineup!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 11:18 AM

Michael,

Why is the flagrant 1 not being reported on any major sports site (espn, si)?

Posted by: Lenny | April 30, 2008 11:34 AM

Nevermind how good or bad the playoffs are going for Les BouleS. People should keep it all in perspective.

If you have access to the Washington Post print, then you should see the picture in the front page today. It's picture of a dead 2 year old's body after a bombing. Very extreme, and disturbing.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:35 AM

Here's something else for Les BouleS fans to chew on:

"James shot up and approached Stevenson but did nothing more than walk away after they were separated. He added that it would've escalated had the incident occurred when James was a kid playing at Elizabeth Park in Akron.

"I don't fight," James said. "That's so grade school. I stopped fighting a long time ago. I don't need to fight anymore. I can't afford to get kicked out of a game or say something that may stir something where I get fined. I mean too much to my team to allow guys to hard foul me or say something where I could get kicked out."

Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown praised James for keeping his composure through the physical play and the hostile environment in Washington, where James was greeted with boos every time he touched the ball and heard "overrated" on more than one occasion.

"It takes a special human being to keep your poise with all that has gone on," Brown said. "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/29/AR2008042903376.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:58 AM

wizards suck

Posted by: cle | April 30, 2008 12:14 PM

WZARDS SUCK

Posted by: cle | April 30, 2008 12:15 PM

Larry Brown is gone, who should replace EJ next year?

I love the Wiz, and EJ is a good coach (Better assistant) we have a lot of talent here, and we can't waste it one more year.

Please EG step in and bring in someone you trust and know can run this team to a real playoff push.

Posted by: Next Topic please | April 30, 2008 12:21 PM

cle do you speak from personal experience?

BAMA!

Posted by: Next Topic please | April 30, 2008 12:23 PM

The wiz need to play with the tenacity of teenwolf tonight!!! Box out and get a stinkin' rebound!!!

Posted by: Michael J. Fox | April 30, 2008 12:43 PM

Pro'Verb wrote: Yo, Jay-Z is the Phil Collins of rappers.
---------------------

No way. I am the Lionel Richie of hiphop.

Posted by: Jay-Z | April 30, 2008 1:14 PM

I don't understand why you would want Gil and Deshawn out. If you remember a year ago before he was hurt arenas was in the running for the MVP and leading the team to the best record in the east. Deshawn adds an aspect of defense to the team and is beginning to be an offensive threat.

Posted by: wizfan888 | April 30, 2008 1:15 PM

Uh Monte, no radio station in DC said that Deshaw hit Lebron with a closed fist. That's the BS Cleveland is spewing! Look at the darn replay and ten move on. You are whining like your boy!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 1:17 PM

Hey Wizards fans. Good day to you. Hope you guys play a good solid game today, as I will be in the house at the Q. Try to keep it clean guys. Dont get so frustrated, there is always tomorrow. Oh and another thing....um.....blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 30, 2008 2:24 PM

I feel for the real Wizard Fans. We(Clevelanders) know what it feels like to be OWNED by another team (Broncos & Bulls). Hopefully if you make the playoffs next year, you will be on the other side of the bracket of King James and his Knights of the Roundball!!

Posted by: BuckeyeV | April 30, 2008 2:29 PM

P.S.

Thanks DeShawn for shooting the Wizards out of the game in the forth quarter the other day. Idiot! You've got Caron, Gilbert and AJ and YOU are jacking up the 3's late in the 4th. Will you help us some more tonight????

Posted by: BuckeyeV | April 30, 2008 2:32 PM

"It takes a special human being to keep your poise with all that has gone on," Brown said. "

Lebron James
- Special Human Being
He's a great basketball player but a diva.

I do think we need to ask questions about how Gil fits into the longterm picture.
Having to relearn the need for shot selection and defense in the playoffs.
Every.
Year.

Posted by: Minor Thread | April 30, 2008 2:37 PM

"Mr. Johnson? A Mr. Grunfeld is on hold for you on line 2."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 2:37 PM

Jay Z is the Phil Collins of rap? ha..ha..haa..haaa. And your boy (i forget his name)...is the um.....ah.....um.....well, he aint sh..., nobody knows him, he wishes he was Phil Collins.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 2:45 PM

Um, the only thing I read about here is a bunch of DC fans complaining about how Lebron is a cry baby. who hit poor andrew blatche in the ear. And how he gets all the calls. and how the refs love Lebron. and how unfair it is to the Whizzers. And how little chance there is to beat them in CLE because th refs and the league are all up in the King's business. Boo frickin Hoo!

I give you a city of 3 million long-suffering, basketball deprived...cry babies. You lost twice before, you'll lose again n tonight, and no whining, crying, baby-talk is gonna change that. Grow up. Your team is done. Drop them in the recycling bin with the plastic bottles . Then go back to watching the Caps..opps!

Posted by: Whizzing time | April 30, 2008 2:46 PM

Jay-Z wants to remix Su-Su-sudio with me.

Right on.

Posted by: Phil collins | April 30, 2008 2:48 PM

When will the Wizards just play basketball. They are trying to be bullies and it is not working. They can't be what they are not. We all know the Wizards are soft. How can Brendan Haywood call some one soft, when Michael Jordan had to take up for him. Remember Wizards fans that Brendan was called out for being soft. Any way they are going to lost tonight. My coworker is treating to lunch when they lose to me us at Green Turtle.

Posted by: ATinch | April 30, 2008 3:06 PM

cavs suck

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 4:08 PM

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