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Ed Tapscott probably needs more than the wizardry of Gilbert Arenas to save his head coaching gig.
"There's nobody coming to save us right now," said Jordan in February 2008. Little did he know that the cursed franchise would only go downhill through his firing in November.
What were the expectations for Coach Tap? To ride in on a stallion and save the day with wins and player development? Not exactly. Injuries have taken their toll and now Tapscott is looking for horses to gallop for him.
"Sooner or later, the cavalry will ride over the hills to help us out," said Tapscott before a recent loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Problem is, the cavalrymen aren't exactly willing to go to battle in the face of a defeated season.
It's not like Caron Butler doesn't want to play, but he's not going to be opposed to sit out games with a juiced hammy. Neither can you count on Brendan Haywood to return to the hardwood, despite a recent appearance in uniform. And people know more about the Bermuda Triangle than Gilbert Arenas' timetable.
Or do they? The latest word (or tweet) via Comcast producer, Andy Siegel, indicates that Agent Zero will make his season debut this Saturday against the Detroit Pistons ... and the rumor has spread like wildfire amongst the internets, from Mr. Irrelevant to the DC Sports Bog to Bullets Forever.
Will the coach pro tempore see a fully healthy stable before the season's end? Or is it too late for the trumpeters to blow calls of Charge!, having already been relegated to wail out Taps for Coach Tap's NBA coaching career?
Either way, the probability of Tapscott leading the infantry next season is highly unlikely. The least the Wizards could do is give him a smooth ride into the sunset.
Kyle Weidie also writes Truth About It and contributes to Bullets Forever, both Washington Wizards blogs. He wonders if Gilbert will come attention whoring out of the locker room like he did for his last comeback attempt.