We go from getting blown out two times already this week, to players calling each other out, and then missing out on trades. This team no matter how much rebuilding we are doing, has to consider this season a colossal failure, especially after this week. Not only have they played poorly but both the GM, Ernie Grunfield, and the coach, Flip Saunders, have done horribly. Let me explain.
First the Bibby-Hinrich trade is a so-so trade at best, but it really didn't do much to change my thoughts about Grunfield. I thought his biggest failure was not doing more for this team during the trading deadline. You see teams like Oklahoma City and Portland who added key pieces, then you see teams like Cleveland who made some nice moves to salvage some type of hope. The Cleveland moves intrigued me the most, especially the move they made with Boston. They basically got Semih Erden and Luke Harangody for a bag of Skittles (aka 2013 second round pick). I immediately thought to myself, the Wizards could have offered even more, so what gives? Are we really that convinced that McGee and Blatche are the answer? Are we also convinced that we couldn't have some how used one of the 5 SF on the roster that includes 3 that have an expiring contract to some how move to add a piece with the possibility of just losing them for nothing after the season is over. It doesn't make sense. What is the purpose of hanging on to 5, maybe 6 players that play the same position, when other teams have needs and you have been pieces to move them more than Cleveland does. I think that move showed how little Grunfield gets it, and also how arrogant he must be to believe that Blatche and McGee can anchor this frontline. I'm about a half of EG's age, but I've been around basketball long enough to know that Blatche and McGee can't co-exist to make a legit front line. To sit here and not make a move, is disheartening, frustrating and dumbfounding.
Then there is Flip. Flip has absolutely lost this team. Players aren't listening to him, they don't really respect him to an extent, and he has done nothing about it. What's more disturbing than the blow out losses lately, is just the bashing through the media that players are taking out on one another. There is a lot of murmuring, a lot of excuses, but very few solutions. Flip should put his foot down and demand more out of his players. The effort that this team has shown is embarrassing. What are they playing for? How are you motivating this team? Better yet, how are you holding these players accountable? By letting your coaching staff yell at McGee? Do you really think that's going to change anything, especially since he's been yelled at from day one? If you really want to send him a message put him and/or Blatche on the bench. Not only have they stunk on the court, but then they also got into a fight with each other at a club and you still continue to allow them to hurt this team? If Flip was any kind of man, any kind of coach, any kind of leader, he would bench these jokers and he would demand more. Continuing to hold back players like Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin sends a bad message to fans that you don't care about winning or developing. It shows complete arrogance and lack of understanding of true basketball. It's very simple, at this point, regardless of talent, experience, or whatever, Seraphin and Booker are better basketball players than McGee and Blatche. You would have to be blind not to see this. I don't care what happens in practice, or who has what contract, shouldn't you be trying to win? What exactly is this team trying to do? That's what I think we all have been asking this week and for the whole year, what is this team trying to do? Sorry for the rant, but I had to blow off some stream.