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Wizards Insider: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Haywood Out At Least One Week

Following Friday night's camp-ending scrimmage at VCU, Coach Eddie Jordan said the team expects center Brendan Haywood to miss a week with a sprained right wrist. Haywood, who was injured during practice on Thursday, will be re-evaluated next week. Those of you who made the trip down to Richmond...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 3, 2008; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Haywood Out For Scrimmage (update)

Brendan Haywood will not play in tonight's scrimmage due to that sprained right wrist. The word is that he had some swelling in the wrist and headed back to DC to get it checked out. That's all I know right now but I'll provide an update as soon as...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 3, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Haywood Has Sprained Right Wrist

Center Brendan Haywood sprained his right wrist during drills this morning at practice and was wearing a brace when he returned to watch the end of the workout. His status for tomorrow evening's intersquad scrimmage is unknown. He will undergo further evaluation this afternoon. "I'm not a doctor so...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 2, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Pedowitz's Recommendations

The Tim Donaghy scandal provided a face to the long-held suspicions by fans that referees held biases against their teams, and favored star power over fairness. You could hear Donaghy jokes throughout the season and especially during the playoffs, but it certainly put the referees under much more scrutiny. The...

By Michael Lee  |  October 2, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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DerMarr Johnson Looking For a Shot

He was the high school player of the year, a star for one season at Cincy and the sixth overall pick in the 200 draft by the Hawks and now DC-native DerMarr Johnson is in camp with the Wizards looking for a shot to get his NBA career rolling...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 2, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Pedowitz Gambling Report Released

The NBA finally released the indepedent investigation into the its gambling and officiating program on Thursday morning. Lawrence Pedowitz, a former Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, conducted a 14-month investigation and made extensive recommendations in 116-page report...

By Michael Lee  |  October 2, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Rivers Sticking With The Sox

Newport, R.I. - Celtics Coach Doc Rivers didn't share Ivan Carter's disappointment over the Minnesota Twins' loss in that one-game playoff on Tuesday. Rivers after all, is a native of Maywood, Ill., and a lifelong White Sox fan. Rivers added that he wouldn't have any problem picking a team if...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2008; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Walker Never Thought He'd Be A Wizard

NEWPORT, R.I. - Bill Walker was a tad confused when the Washington Wizards drafted him No. 47 overall in last summer's draft but he had a good idea where he'd wind up - anywhere but Washington. "I didn't work out with them. I knew it wasn't possible that I would...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Haywood On McGee

FYI: We'll be conducting an on-line chat today at 3:30 so hop in with any questions about camp. I'll be happy to drop as much knowledge as possible. I'm really dragging today folks after watching my Twins go down to the hated Ozzies last night. Man that hurt. One...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 1, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Iguodala: Mo' Money, No Problems - Yet

PHILADELPHIA - Three of the four members of the 2004 NBA draft class that Gilbert Arenas chastised last summer for balking at contracts exceeding $50 million - Emeka Okafor, Andre Iguodala and Luol Deng were the others - came out pretty big winners this offseason as restricted free agents. The...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Who Fills Mason's Shoes?

One of the interesting things to follow this season will be how the WIzards go about replacing the steady if often unspectacular production of Roger Mason Jr., who signed a fat free agent deal with the Spurs in July. Roger made open shots, played both guard spots when asked...

By Ivan Carter  |  October 1, 2008; 1:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Morning Practice Underway

The Wizards are going through the lone practice of the day right now. I saw that Antawn Jamison is practicing so that means that his hip flexor is feeling much better after testing it last night. - One of the interesting things to watch as the preseason unfolds will...

By Ivan Carter  |  September 30, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Jamison Returns for Evening Practice

Antawn Jamison, who had been limited to shooting drills since "tweaking" his right hip flexor Saturday morning, returned to tonight's practice at VCU and was moving just fine. Dominic McGuire was in practice gear but had a wrap around his groin and sat out of tonight's practice. The injury...

By Ivan Carter  |  September 29, 2008; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Wizards Get Some Scrimmaging in

A few injury notes: -Antawn Jamison did some shooting before practice and shot free throws during it but was held out of contact work for the third straight day with that strained right hip flexor. -Rookie F Taj McCullough has been out the last two days with a sprained...

By Ivan Carter  |  September 29, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Wizards Training Camp Day 3

The Wizards will take the court for the first to practices at 10:45 or so. The second workout is scheduled for 6 p.m. One of the interesting things so far is that Gilbert Arenas has been leading a group out onto the court extra early each day. On Saturday,...

By Ivan Carter  |  September 29, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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McGuire is Making a Move

I wrote about second-year forward Dominic McGuire for Monday's newspaper. Here's the link. The word so far is that McGuire is having one heck of a camp. Following Sunday's lone practice, Coach Eddie Jordan named Dominic, Andray Blatche and Dee Brown as guys who are standing out so far...

By Ivan Carter  |  September 28, 2008; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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