I was reading over the angst about the Gortat for Okafor trade thread and I certainly understand how upset people are. This is, indeed, the classic Ernie trade. But I think the annual stages of grief we Wizards fans go through have not reached acceptance yet.
You are not really mad at Ernie. You are mad that one of the most important members of this team is gone. I didn't know much about Emeka when he was traded here, except that he was a high draft pick, an awesome rookie, a great rebounder and a member of the then-putrid New Orleans Then-Hornets. Oh, and he was injured.
But what a pleasant surprise he was! He brought veteran leadership. He's well-spoken and smart. And he played the game the right way. We all know deep down inside that he was the linchpin to the excellent defense we were playing. This trade reminds me of when the Redskins lost Phillip Daniels like a week before the season and had to trade for Jason Taylor. They gave up a pick too, and that trade did not work out at all. People screamed at Vinnie, but something had to be done.
The fact remains, however, that Ernie did not create the bulging disc in Mek's neck. The anger and hurt we feel is the sting of that thing (I won't call it a curse), ok, the Curse of Les Boulez, that seems to always rear its ugly head. I think Okafor is out for the season, and Ernie had no choice but to make a move.
Am I angry? Yes. Is this Ernie's fault? Not really. Could Gortat work out? Maybe. Does he need a serious nose job? Yes. We had such high hopes for this team last year, and Wall got hurt. We had high hopes this year, and the anchor of our defense is gone. We're mad, but there's nobody to be mad at.