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Big 3 sitting, DeShawn speaks and AD kills my shirt

Those of you hoping that Coach Eddie Jordan would sit his main guys tonight against Orlando and turn the game over to the youngsters are getting your wish. Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison will sit tonight.

Butler said he still has some stiffness and soreness in his right knee but is feeling better and expects to be "fine" in time for Game 1. He looked good to me when I watched him go through some shooting drills on the court before the game.

Would he go tonight if it were a playoff game?
CB: "If it was the playoffs, I'd have no choice. They call me Tough Juice man. I earned that. I gotta go."

Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and Antonio Daniels will start. Stevenson could probably use the night off but the guy refuses to sit. He'll make his 250th straight start.
"I've come this far so now it's why not?" Stevenson said. "It's going to take a lot to get me to sit out."

As for the upcoming series with Cleveland, Stevenson passed on a chance to throw more gas under LeBron's belt (LeBron's words).

"He knows I'm serious and I know he's serious so let's do it," Stevenson said as two Wizards' PR staff folks hovered nearby, practically begging him to not say anything crazy. "There's no need to say too much more."

As for his invitation for SouljaBoy to sit courtside in a Stevenson jersey for Game 3 or 4 at the VC, I still can't tell whether he's serious.

"Maybe SouljaBoy will show up," Stevenson said. "If you do see him, you'll who got him there."

Stevenson and the Wizards are aware that Charles Barkley called them out yesterday.
Stevenson (PR staff still hovering, getting more and more nervous): "Are we really going to listen to a guy who said Yao Ming would not be an all-star in this league? I mean, really. So who cares what he has to say? Tell Charles Barkley to chill and worry about other things. Don't worry about the Washington Wizards."

Brendan Haywood offered that a player can't say anything about a hall of famer and top 50 guy like Barkley but Gilbert Arenas overheard the conversation and chimed in with his thoughts on what Barkley had to say: "That's cute. That's real cute. They might have the number two player but they don't have the number one end of quarter, end of half, end of game player."

Antonio Daniels didn't say much about any of that. He was too busy killing me for wearing a short sleeve, button down white shirt. For the record, I don't think it's that bad. In fact, I like this shirt. It's a good, I'm in Florida and it's hot shirt. The ladies on the Magic dance squad seemed to like it. Not Antonio.

"Wow, is that see-through?" Daniels asked as soon as I walked into the locker room. "Man, where'd you get that from? Do me a favor, don't wear that shirt in Cleveland. In fact, don't wear that shirt anywhere, ever."

Haywood, while shaking his head: "I was going to say something but he already got you man. That's a good 82nd game shirt."

By Ivan Carter  |  April 16, 2008; 6:14 PM ET
 
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