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Wizards Discuss Ovie and Crosby, Endorse Ginger Ale

(If you want to come see Crosby and Ovechkin tonight, there are about 3,000 seats still available. Remarkable.)

So the Wizards conduct their post-practice interviews in a little hallway outside their locker room. The Caps often use that same hallway to exit the arena. They often walk past Wizards while they're being interviewed. Today, Brian Sutherby, Steve Eminger, Jamie Heward and Dainius Zubrus all walked by during these sessions. So you'd think this would lead to major cross-sport friendships and knowledge, and so Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter decided we should ask some Wizards whom they preferred, Ovie or Crosby.

"Who is that?" Brendan Haywood responded.

Ivan explained.

"Man, I don't watch a little bit of hockey," Haywood said. "I couldn't tell you if they walked right past me. I couldn't tell you who they were. I don't watch hockey at all."

"Ovechkin," Antonio Daniels said confidently. We asked why. "He's just a much better..........person," Daniels said.

"Crosby," Caron Butler said. I asked what team Crosby plays for. "I'm gonna get back to you," Caron said.

And our other post-practice notes:

1) James Lang said he's down about 30 pounds since training camp, to about 290, and hopes to lose 10 or 15 more pounds. He's cutting out carbs and greasy foods. I asked him what he missed most.

"My mom's cooking," he said. "It's my profession right now. I've got to keep my body right, keep a level head and just watch what I eat."

Then someone asked if he has a personal chef. "I do that on my own," he said. "I'm by myself, got to learn. I'm a grown man."

2) While discussing his run-in with Yao, Brendan Haywood managed to use the word "knee" as a subject, verb and object three ways in one sentence, like so: "His knee just happened to knee me in the knee."

3) We asked Brendan when he'd be ready to play again.

"I'm not a doctor," he said. "I can't read my body. I mean, my body will tell me when I'm able to play, whether it's tomorrow, Wednesday Thursday, Friday, my body will let me know. I can't say anything right now."

For the record, Eddie Jordan said Brendan is day-to-day but might play on Wednesday, Etan Thomas is doubtful for Wednesday's and Friday's games and will be evaluated again before the road trip, and Michael Ruffin is also doubtful this week. If they all remain out, Calvin Booth will start and Lang will be his backup.

4) Today Brendan was wearing an all-black Boston Red Sox cap. Last week, you'll recall, he sported an all-white L.A. Dodgers hat.

"I just wear whatever hat I like," he said. "I'm not really into baseball like that; I'm more of a Barry Bonds fan than anything else. I don't really just wear the hat because I root for teams, I wear it cause I like it."

5) Ivan Carter to diehard Skins fan Roger Mason: "Hey Roger, when that's NFL draft?"

Diehard Skins fan Roger Mason to Ivan Carter: "Don't even talk about that."

6) Oh, also, I asked Brendan about the part in Gil's blog where Gil said he bought the rights to the term "Hibachi" from Brendan.

"He needs to pay me for that," Brendan said. "I'm making him a superstar with that statement."

And in regards to Gil's cold start against Houston, Brendan said this: "He didn't have the grill on in the first quarter."

7) Discussing Wednesday's game with Denver, Eddie Jordan said the Nuggets lead the NBA in getting Makes After A Make, "meaning we score, they come down and score right back on you, because they're so quick," he explained. "We did a lot of practicing on that today, getting back on defense, after we made it we had to get back. That's number one. Tomorrow we'll work on what they do in the halfcourt."

I asked who exactly keeps track of the "Makes After A Make" stat. "I don't know," Eddie said. "Makes after a make. There's a stat for everything, you can twist the numbers any way you want."

Is this like an 82 Games thing? Does someone also keep track of Makes After A Miss, and Misses After A Miss, and Mrs. After A Make?

8) With Lang possibly in line for major minutes this week, we asked what his offensive strengths are.

"Hook shot," he said. "Dunk."

We also asked what he needed to do this week.

"Can't be nervous no more," he said.

He has nerves?

"I did my first two games; stomach was turning," he said. "Just nervous. We played Atlanta, I was just moving out of control."

I asked whether he had any ginger ale to calm his belly.

"I did, I did," he said.

"Really?" I said.

"Yeah, I did," he said.

So there you go. NBA players drink ginger ale to calm their nerves, just like bloggers.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2006; 5:02 PM ET
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Ginger ale makes me think of being sick, and then I get sick. Bleck.

Posted by: 36flavors | December 11, 2006 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Dude that kinda sucks they don't know any of the Caps. And let the Lang era begin.

Posted by: Jake | December 11, 2006 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Hah I believe Brendan Haywood also employed 'knee' in its verb form. The guy has talent.

Posted by: L.D. | December 11, 2006 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis needs to sit down and have a talk with acouple of the Wizards. I mean, Ovechkin has been to several Wizards games. It's nice to see the support these gives give each other.

Then again, we're talking about NBA players, so who's surprise?

Posted by: FS | December 11, 2006 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I think James should make a trip down to the Northern Neck to pick up some Northern Neck Ginger Ale. That stuff is great, but they only sell it locally (even though it's owned by Coca-Cola). I can guarantee you, Steinz, that Lang's hook shot and dunking prowess would only grow exponentially. Popeye had is spinach...

Posted by: Duke Frankencow | December 12, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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