- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008


Last night at Verizon Center


One of the things Ed Tapscott has stressed since taking over as coach on Monday is that the Wizards define their “signature.”

Tapscott wants that signature to be high intensity, high effort, and a physical defense. And on offense, the plan is simple: Put the ball in the hands of forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler and work from there.

Before his first game as coach on Tuesday, the former director of player development said that after the game he would start writing the team’s script “Wizards” logo on a marker board. How much of that name he wrote would depend on the team’s effort and execution. And once the team finally gets to the point where it has fully defined itself, he will complete the name.

How much of that logo did Tapscott write out after Tuesday’s 124-100 win over Golden State?

“I probably got about a half of the first loop,” Tapscott said before the Wizards’ Thanksgiving game against Orlando. “I could have given them the full ‘W,’ but almost invariably in circumstances the first game after a change there is a lot of emotion, and I think you saw that the other night. So now we’ll find out if put the second loop on the ‘W’ if we come out [Thursday] and all that emotion is gone by.”

Judging by the Wizards’ performance against Orlando, however, the W remained incomplete.

- Mike Jones

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