Randy Wittman apologizes after Wizards’ embarrassing loss

randy-wittmanThe Washington Wizards (3-21) and Detroit Pistons (8-21) are two of the worst teams in the NBA, so fans could at least expect them to play a close game when they met on Friday. That didn’t even come close to happening as Detroit blasted Washington 100-68 at the Palace.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was so embarrassed by his squad’s performance on Friday night, he literally apologized to just about everyone who watched the awful game.

“That was an embarrassment, and I apologize to our ownership and to our fans,” Wittman said after the game, per the AP. “I especially apologize to anyone who watched that entire game. I would have turned it off after the first five minutes.”

The Wizards did have a minor excuse. Nene was out with a foot injury, first-round pick Bradley Beal is out with a back injury, and Trevor Ariza has a calf injury. Essentially you had the B-team for a team full of B-players seeing most of the minutes during the game.

It’s not as if Detroit played particularly well, either. The Pistons only shot .422 percent from the field, though they did make .417 of their three-point attempts. Washington was truly awful. The Wizards went 28-85 from the field for a .329 percent field goal rate.

I don’t care how many injuries the Wizards have, or how long John Wall has been out. Once you start losing games this badly and the coach makes comments like that, it usually signifies time to make a coaching change.

Andray Blatche blasts the Wizards, says it’s good to be with a winning organization

The seven seasons Andray Blatche spent with the Washington Wizards were erratic, to say the least. The power forward was always seen as having a ton of potential, but he never fulfilled it for various reasons that included being out of shape and getting into trouble off the court. Now with the Brooklyn Nets, Blatche seems overjoyed to be out of the nation’s capital.

According to NBA.com’s John Schuhmann, Andray rhetorically asked reporters if anyone has seen how the Wizards are doing before the Nets game against the Knicks on Monday night. The Wizards were 0-11 at the time and are 0-12 after a loss on Monday. 

Blatche also joined 106.7 The Fan’s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday morning to discuss the recent shots he took at his former team

“I’m not going to blame it all on injuries, I could have done more,” Blatche told Kushner and Rouhier. “I’m talking more about the booing and the ignorance of the fans and media who didn’t have my back.”

Blatche, who once said he would die for his Wizards teammates, blamed the Wizards front office for ruining his reputation and planting information about him in the media.

“For them to say, ‘He’s a bad teammate. He’s a cancer in the locker room.’ All that was a bunch of lies,” he said. “That’s what really made me mad. When they said all those rumors and put them in the media, that’s what angered me. Who else would say that? None of my teammates would say that. (The media) can ask every last one of my teammates here, and I guarantee you what they say is completely different than what everyone else says.”

The Nets are off to a hot start at 9-4, and Blatche took to Twitter on Monday night to talk about how it “feels good to be part of a winning organization.” Brooklyn may be doing a lot of winning thus far in 2012, but I don’t think I would call them a winning organization. Blatche also told 106.7 The Fan that he is trying to move on from Washington but reporters always ask him about it. Based on some of the comments he made and the tweets he sent, it doesn’t seem like the big man is in any rush to stop dogging on his former team.

H/T Bullets Forever and Ball Don’t Lie

Wizards beer ad briefly features 19-year-old Bradley Beal (Picture)

Those of you in the D.C. area who enjoy having a few beers before watching your favorite team play were treated to a great special from the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. As you can see from the advertisement above, the Wizards were running a promotion where $25 got you a ticket and access to $2 Budweisers for several hours before Washington’s game against the Boston Celtics.

Sarah Kogod of D.C. Sports Bog pointed out that there was one small issue with the original advertisement. The player who was used to promote the “Bar Tour” was 19-year-old Bradley Beal. If he’s not old enough to drink himself, he probably shouldn’t be used to help the team sell $2 beers. The Wizards quickly realized this and had him removed from the ad, which they said was created by partner company TiqIQ.

Fortunately for the Wizards, $2 beers at a sporting event sell themselves. I highly doubt the 19-year-old persuaded anyone.

John Wall: Wizards have ‘great chance’ to make the playoffs

The Washington Wizards went 20-46 and had the second-worst record in the NBA last season, but that’s not stopping former No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall from expressing confidence in his team.

Wall has spent the past week in Las Vegas playing for the USA Select Team, and he spoke to The Washington Post about the Wizards’ future.

“We finished the season very strong and then you make those trades in the offseason and drafting the right people, we’re going the right way,” Wall told the Post after practice on Tuesday. “We have a great chance now to make the playoffs, but it’s up to us.”

Keep in mind this is the same Wizards team that was so bad fans were doing homework and sleeping at games last season. The Wizards acquired Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza in a trade and drafted Bradley Beal, so they should be improved. But do they have a “great chance” at making the playoffs? I wouldn’t go that far. Not unless the selfishness on the team that Wall complained about last season is now gone, and not unless their players are as committed to improving as Wall seems to be.

Oddsmaker would favor Wizards over Kentucky by 30 points

How Kentucky would fare against an NBA team has been a popular topic of debate this week. The Wildcats are in the Final Four and favored to win the national championship in the coming days. They have at least four players expected to make it in the NBA, including forward Anthony Davis, who is expected to be the top overall pick.

Charles Barkley, seeming to exaggerate how good Kentucky is, said they could beat some of the worst teams in the NBA. Former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who won a national championship in 2002, said Kentucky could beat the Wizards if they were playing at Rupp Arena. John Calipari tried to quash all that talk, saying his team could not beat any NBA team. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy agreed.

Just to get a little closure on the matter since, you know, everyone loves to debate this sort of thing, Nevada bookmaker Chris Andrews says the Wizards would be favored by 30 points against Kentucky if they played by NBA rules on a neutral court. The Wizards are 11-38 and have the second-worst record in the NBA. Kentucky is 32-2 and the No. 1 team in college basketball.

I’m not really sure why this is a debate given that only a few Kentucky players at present would see playing time on an NBA roster. However, just like any other basketball game where a team is favored by 30 points, anything could happen. And that’s about the chance Kentucky would have at a win.

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Gary Williams says Kentucky could beat the Wizards at Rupp Arena

If Kentucky doesn’t win the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball championship, they’re going to leave a lot of people disappointed and confused. The Wildcats are loaded with NBA talent. That doesn’t always translate into a championship, but Kentucky looked to be in a class of its in through its first four tournament games. Considering there are many people who believe they could take down an NBA team or two, John Calipari’s boys should have no problem winning their next two games.

“I think one game — Kentucky couldn’t play in the NBA or anything like that — but one game at Rupp Arena, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kentucky win one game,” former Maryland coach Gary Williams said during an interview with ESPN 980 on Tuesday. “Because you’re gonna have five players off that team playing in the NBA, and probably playing significant roles in the NBA. And that’s why I say that, for one game.”

That makes three NBA teams that Kentucky could beat now. Over the weekend, Charles Barkley said he believes the Wildcats could beat the Raptors and maybe the Bobcats. Williams at least justified his comment by saying he could see it happening one time at Rupp Arena, but even then I don’t know.

There are some terrible NBA teams in the league right now, but they’re still NBA teams. The players on the worst NBA rosters were the best players at their colleges. Yes, plenty of them are flops and draft busts, but it would be tough to imagine a bunch of 18, 19, and 20-year-olds taking down an NBA team. Then again, maybe I haven’t seen enough of the NBA teams in question.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog via Game On!
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How Bad are the Wizards? Fans Were Doing Homework and Sleeping at the Game

On Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in a close game.  Believe it.  That improves Washington’s record to a whopping 2-12 on the season, but it was nice for Wizards fans to see their team show some sort of pulse in holding on to defeat Kevin Durant and company.  That is, if the fans were watching. According to Oklahoman writer Darnell Mayberry, not everyone in the stands was giving the home team their undivided attention.

Before the opening quarter had grown eight minutes old, a female fan seated in Section 119 pulled out a stack of papers and a purple highlighter. While her boyfriend appeared focused on the action that actually brought the couple out, the woman deemed it a better use of her time to review a market report for her consulting company.

By the midway point of the third quarter, an adult male fan halfway down Section 102 was slumped in his seat…sleeping.

It’s still very early in the season, but Wednesday night’s win could serve a purpose for both the Thunder and the Wizards.  Oklahoma City got a true taste of humility for the first time this season, which should provide a friendly reminder that bad things happen when you take nights off in the NBA.  On the other side, Flip Saunders’ team knows they have the talent to hang with the NBA’s elite for 48 minutes.  Perhaps it was the benching of Javale McGee that ignited the Wizards.  I guess we’ll see on Friday night when they take on the Nuggets.

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