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Haywood Has Ligament Tear (Updated)

The official announcements from the Wizards:

Wizards forward Antawn Jamison has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion after an MRI today revealed no other damage. No timetable has been set for his return, but Jamison is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Jamison left last night's preseason game at Dallas at the 7:40 mark of the first quarter and did not return.


Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that center Brendan Haywood will have surgery to repair a torn dorsal scapho-lunate ligament in his right wrist. He originally suffered the injury during last week's training camp in Richmond, VA.

Haywood visited two hand specialists in New York earlier today who both concluded that surgery was necessary to repair the torn ligament. No timetable will be determined for Haywood's return until after surgery, which has yet to be scheduled.

"Brendan worked extremely hard over the summer after having a career year last season," said Grunfeld. "This is disappointing, but we're confident that he will do everything necessary to recover from this injury and continue that progress."

Haywood averaged career highs of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season while shooting .528 (316-599) from the field.


From Ivan Carter in Memphis:
Center Brendan Haywood has a ligament tear in his right wrist that requires surgery. He will miss 4 to 6 months.

Meanwhile, forward Antawn Jamison has a right knee contusion and is expected to be ready for the season opener. More details to come.

By Alexa Steele  |  October 8, 2008; 5:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

Le curse of le'boulez. What do the Wiz have to do to catch a break?

Posted by: thinker | October 8, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

no bad news we need him him to check the kevin garnetts, dwight howards, and other big forwards in the east

Posted by: brandon | October 8, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Huge blow. Haywood out, Gil out. This team is cursed.

At least Eddie gets to indulge his passion of playing Etan big minutes.

So, the question now is 'Who becomes Etan's backup?" Is it Blatche? Opech? McGee? And how does that affect the PF rotation?

Lots of questions. Hey, at least the 'Skins are rollin'!

Posted by: Keithinator | October 8, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Ugh.

Posted by: Mike in SD | October 8, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Big blow when he was starting to grow and produce as a player! hope he heals quickly, and can be back by All Star break.

Posted by: RobGreg | October 8, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

If EG is serious about winning, time to gear up for a trade:

Chris Kaman for ET, NY, and next year's draft picks work.

ET's got 2 more years, and by that time, LA could write him off the books and use some of that towards Lebron.

I'm sure NY would love to return to LA.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=1982~851~3243&teams=27~12~12&te=&cash=

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

show me the money.

Posted by: Tiger W. | October 8, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

DC Mann88 what's up with ET's NY and LA

Posted by: king k9 | October 8, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be Blatche. This is not the death knell that it may seem to be at first. AB looks a little bigger and may be able to handle the C position. What it means is that when CB gets hurt, McGuire will have to step up and do his thing. It also means that Pech is probably going to get a little time this year. This is a bad blow for us but we've had worse things happen. Even without Gil, a veteran team with 2 all stars and young guys with loads of potential (AB,NY, etc.) could be formidable.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Hi Ivan. How's the rookie McGee looking? Seems to be a bigger question now. And how's Etan looking? Does he look fully recovered. The fact is he was a better center than Haywood before his surgery, and he did score 6 points in limited minutes the other night. Just need some muscle at times to deal at least part of the time with the true inside men.

Posted by: olav | October 8, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"If EG is serious about winning, time to gear up for a trade:

Chris Kaman for ET, NY, and next year's draft picks work.

ET's got 2 more years, and by that time, LA could write him off the books and use some of that towards Lebron.

I'm sure NY would love to return to LA.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=1982~851~3243&teams=27~12~12&te=&cash=

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 6:32 PM "

What an IDIOT you are!!!!

Posted by: Anon | October 8, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"What an IDIOT you are!!!!

Posted by: Anon | October 8, 2008 6:53 PM "

Nope, the idiot would be the guy who did 171 mil worth of signings this summer.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

how inept is our medical staff that they diagnosed a ligament tear that will keep BH out 4-6 months as a day to day sprain

Posted by: Peter | October 8, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

God Damn It!

Posted by: Barno | October 8, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Kaman is NOT the answer. he is terrible.

Posted by: Peter | October 8, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

THEN HOW DID HE GONNA BE ABLE TO TAKE SHOWER AND DO HIS OWN BUSINESS IN DA BATHROOM LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Haywood seems lacksidaisical to me, which might have been undermining the team.

Let's see if the rest of the bigs can play with some intensity and passion.

Hopefully, the doctors limit Etan to 20 minutes a game, so EJ will be forced to go to the young guys.

Posted by: Izman | October 8, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I dont think clippers would give up kaman for etan and 1st pick anyway, kaman is too good that dey will let him go

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I would not advocate any trade which would include our next year's draft pick....it might actually be a top 10-15 pick.

I know it won't happen but I would prefer to start McGee over Etan or Blatche. Etan is undersized and has extremely limited skilss and blatche will forever be in foul trouble. I realize McGee will be consistently schooled but why not start the education? Maybe we could use the opportunity to develop talent a little earlier, get some contribution here before we ship them away to become all stars in other cities.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 8, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

how inept is our medical staff that they diagnosed a ligament tear that will keep BH out 4-6 months as a day to day sprain

Posted by: Peter | October 8, 2008 7:04 PM


Funniest thing I've read all day.

Posted by: LOL'er | October 8, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

DCMan is a nut. No way in hell the Clippers do that deal. Kaman is a good player, and they arent gonna take back a terrible contract of a player with healthy issues in Etan, or a player in Nick Young who hasnt proven a thing and doesnt have the tools to be a solid contributor in this league. There is nothing beneficial in that deal for LA.

As for the Wiz, I dont know what to think anymore. This team has just terrible luck. Without Haywood and Gil for most of the season, this team is in real trouble.

I also think Dixon, Dermarr Johnson, etc. have a strong change of being cut now. This team needs another big man who can contribute, and those guys will be cut to clear room under the luxury tax so this team can bring someone in.

Posted by: Roman | October 8, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad Haywood's essentially out for the year, but we still have Jamison. With Haywood out, let's hope Etan, Andray, Pech, and JaVale step up. Our season is not trashed with Haywood out since Andray especially has played effectively last season there.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

If there was ever any doubt before that we're done for the year, well...we're done. Look at it as a year-long scrimmage for developing some trade bait.

Posted by: DC | October 8, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I would not advocate any trade which would include our next year's draft pick....it might actually be a top 10-15 pick.

I know it won't happen but I would prefer to start McGee over Etan or Blatche. Etan is undersized and has extremely limited skilss and blatche will forever be in foul trouble. I realize McGee will be consistently schooled but why not start the education? Maybe we could use the opportunity to develop talent a little earlier, get some contribution here before we ship them away to become all stars in other cities.


Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 8, 2008 7:11 PM


NO,they wont put McGee into a starting line up til EJ know that this team wont make the playoff. They just sign 2 guys to 160 mil and their goal is still tryin to make the playoff, not waving white flag. plust givin up 1st round even though its a top (10-15) pick is a good idea to grab someone like kaman (but i know its impossible)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the Wizards can do just fine without B Haywood, its not like he is a allstar or anything close to one... sheesh........

Posted by: firefly | October 8, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I have a itch.

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Hi all wizards fans, just dropping a quick line to say, Ernie G. just shot me a text message asking if I was available to fill in at the center this season, Im seriously giving it some thought.

Posted by: Patrick Ewing | October 8, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Options:
. P.J. Ramos
. M. Bol
. Gheorghe!!!!

Posted by: Sideshow Mel | October 8, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Man im just hopeful Brendan will be able to make it back for the last month of the season and the playoffs. Were going to need him to gaurd the Big Z's and Garnetts of the world.

Posted by: Doug | October 8, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This is mind boggling...I would never think that a one week injury would turn out to become 6mos, but there were a lot of sarcastic comments stating that the first day. Never knew it would come to fruition, even though in the back of my mind, I started thinking of what was said about the rest of the folks whose 2weeks turned into 2-3 mos or more.
From listening to the news reports, it seems like Haywood didnt trust the wizards medical staff and wanted a second/third opinion. I guess after seeing what happened to Gil. Unbelievable!

Posted by: washingtonian | October 8, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Brendan will be missed but lets not go overboard with this. I think this opens the door for AB. He played center last year and i dont see etan logging heavy minutes yet. My biggest concern war jamison's knee. But now that its just a contusion, he can rest up for the opener. i hope eddie gets smart and limit caron's minutes now

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is precisely the break that they need. Listen, this team is a marginal playoff team at best this year. Without haywood and Arenas for significant stretches, there is no way they make the playoffs in the now-competitive eastern conference.

So, this year will be dedicated to grooming the younger guys. Then, maybe they get lucky in the draft and get the impact player that can put them over the top in the next couple of years (I have no idea who that impact player might be)

Posted by: M.E.G. | October 8, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Haywood undeniably had a solid (not great)year last year and he should be given credit for that, but once again the Bullets could not advance when it mattered. Haywood is not an elite player and I am still wondering when he will develop into the force that he should become night-in/night-out. I think we can rally around the players that remain and hopefully prove to Haywood that he is not as indispensable as he carries himself. His petulant and selfish act is wearing thin. He needs to let go of his animosity towards Gil and Etan and get past his immaturity. I wish him the best in his recovery and I hope he does some soul-searching in his downtime so that he comes back prepared to be a true team player sacrificing for the greater team good. Can Wes spend some quality time with the young man so that he can grow up once and for all?

Posted by: Bullets Fan | October 8, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

if etan is the best center they can offer, the wiz are over.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

BTH will never be a "night in/night out" force for Les BouleS b/c he gets few touches as there are 3 dudes, when healthy, that make up the majority of the offense.

BTH will be missed b/c he dominated last season when they played the Celtics and he always did well against Big Z.

Knowing what he knows now, the question is whether EG is content to sit back and possibly let the season slip by, or will he be aggressive and try to make a trade to bring someone in.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"I dont think clippers would give up kaman for etan and 1st pick anyway, kaman is too good that dey will let him go

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 7:10 PM "

Yes, Kaman is good, but they also have Camby now also, including a roster that might be going up tempo.

If EG wants to win now, then he's got to be aggressive and hand out future draft picks. He's had little success with his picks anyway, especially second rounders.

Why would Les BouleS worry about near term draft picks when the entire roster is full of young dudes who are fighting for PT, and young vets that are getting paid big money, and still other young vets that will be getting big pay days soon?

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Etan can fill the void, I'm only concerned with his working his way back after missing all of last season, his stamina, and durability. The opportunities increase for Blatche, McGee and Pecherov. Probably will see alot of Songaila at center too, which Eddie likes to do.

Posted by: Darnell | October 8, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

the sky has fallen. please follow up on the Jamison "contusion" it's pretty clear that the med staff can't be trusted.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"Etan can fill the void, I'm only concerned with his working his way back after missing all of last season, his stamina, and durability. The opportunities increase for Blatche, McGee and Pecherov. Probably will see alot of Songaila at center too, which Eddie likes to do.

Posted by: Darnell | October 8, 2008 9:07 PM "

You've got your PG who's going to be out until January.

You've got your PF who's got hurt knee by his own actions.

You've got your starting center essentially gone for the entire season.

If you are a GM and want to still be in the game and improve on next season, you don't go with guys who have little experience.

You get the injury exception by putting BTH out on injured reserve and done for the season.

You make inquiries around the league for a center capable of starting.

That will show the fans that you are serious about winning.

By holding the fort and if the company line is given about seeing how the current roster develops, that pretty much is akin to waiving the white flag and lowering expectations for the season that hasn't even started yet.

We don't want to see over achieving first round one and done.

We want to see bold aggressive moves.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

hmmm....listening to the game while doing a little work. Sounds like McGee is playing pretty well, yes I realize we are playing the Grizzlies. So are Etan and Pech but they don't sound like men among boys. I still say start McGee, we all know Etan is not a starting center and Blatche is just not a center.

I realize EJ will not do this but my gut says this kid may be able to contribute more now than any of our other options.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 8, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

My brother mentioned to me about how poor the medical staff is. They have repeatedly misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed so many injuries going all the way back to Larry Hughes and his thumb and Gil and his stomach when he first got here. I think there is something with the conditioning and strength areas the Wizard players always come up with tweaks and sprains. I know that Haywood injury is ligament damage, but I think a lot of the minor injuries could be avoided with proper preventive measures.

Posted by: DeLano | October 8, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

No Gil, no Antawn, no Brendan - there goes the season.

The curse can't be shaken. Abe needs to hire Sarah Palin's Witch Doctor to come do a dance at MCI.

Posted by: NC | October 8, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

As bleak as things seems minus BTH for the season and Agent Zero until January, there's always the chance that AB and NY will step up and show they can be prime time NBA players. As long as AJ, CB3, DSS, and AD are HEALTHY, we'll be able to field a respectable team. We might not be playoff bound, but don't expect the Wiz to drop to 30 wins either. BTH was probably worth an extra 5-6 wins last year, but hopefully Blatche is ready to play some real minutes as the starting center or off the bench.

Worse case scenario is the Wiz end up in the lottery next year and are able to draft a young player who can come in right away & play. People seem to forget that San Antonio didn't become a serious contender until the year David Robinson hurt his back and they ended up with the No. 1 pick who turned out to be Tim Duncan. They ended up winning two championships as teammates and another two since Robinson retured.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 8, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"how inept is our medical staff that they diagnosed a ligament tear that will keep BH out 4-6 months as a day to day sprain

Posted by: Peter | October 8, 2008 7:04 PM"

Seriously, Ivan, can you now, finally, do a sorry on the history of the Wizards' medical staff? If not you, then Michael Lee. There's a story waiting to be written about the incredible amount of blunders by Wizards team doctors, and for some reason, the Post writers don't want to put pen to paper. Chronicle the various injuries over the years, and the re-injuries or setbacks, etc. Call and interview various players (I'm sure J. Stackhouse would be more than happy to talk about his ordeal.)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Losing Haywood hurts, but it's hardly a crippling blow. Between Thomas, Blatche, and McGee I'm pretty sure they can scrape up 10 pts and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Are any of you watching the preseason games? Blatche and McGee are completely tearing up. Jamison will be back by the opener. Dee Brown looked pretty solid tonight in setting the pace for the offense, and we all remember Juan going off for 35 points in a playoff game. Calm down.

Posted by: Bethesda, maine | October 8, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"I also think Dixon, Dermarr Johnson, etc. have a strong change of being cut now. This team needs another big man who can contribute, and those guys will be cut to clear room under the luxury tax so this team can bring someone in."

Like who? What FA big man is available on the market who (A) would play for the money the Wiz have to offer and (B) would be enough of an impact player to be worth it? (That's a rhetorical question, BTW.)

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"Worse case scenario is the Wiz end up in the lottery next year and are able to draft a young player who can come in right away & play. People seem to forget that San Antonio didn't become a serious contender until the year David Robinson hurt his back and they ended up with the No. 1 pick who turned out to be Tim Duncan. They ended up winning two championships as teammates and another two since Robinson retured.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 8, 2008 10:19 PM "

Who's coming out for this upcoming draft that's anything near what Tim Duncan can do? I don't think anyone.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

How come all the injuries always have to happen to the Wizards best players?? Why is it always Gil, Caron, Jamison, Haywood, etc? How come the guys getting hurt are never cats like Nick Young or Pech or somethin? Just crazy luck.

Posted by: Roman | October 8, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Meaningful or meaningless?

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281008029

Nobody better come up here and start saying McGee is the next Pat Ewing.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm particularly concerned about Haywood's injury because of Eddie Jordan's irrational love of Etan Thomas. Eddie doesn't need much encouragement to give Etan more minutes than his skill level would normally dictate. On a related note, I remember a couple years ago reading an article by John Hollinger of ESPN about how Brendan Haywood was being under utilized by the Wizards. In that article Hollinger projected what Haywood's numbers would be if he played minutes similar to other top centers. Surprise, surprise the numbers looked an awful lot like last season's break out numbers when Etan was not available to eat up Haywood's minutes. If logic prevails, Andrey Blatche will get the bulk of Haywood's minutes.

Posted by: Ryan | October 8, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

If McGee can really play, the Haywood injury might not actually be a horrible thing, as some posters have pointed out. He'll certainly get more opportunity now than he would have gotten prior to Haywood's surgery.

Remember that he wasn't a high schooler being drafted; he had two years of college seasoning. He could be more ready than Andray was in his rookie year.

Or maybe I'm grasping at straws, because I desperately need to find a silver lining in yet another in the eternal string of crippling Wiz injuries...

Posted by: Keithinator | October 8, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised by some of the comments on this board about Haywood’s attitude and his impact on the team. Statistical evidence supports Haywood’s impact to the team. Just look at his on/off court differential. Also, look at the defensive statistics for the Wizards over the last few years when he is on the court compared to when he is off the court. He contributes significantly with his length and strong defensive presence.

Further, I don't understand why posters have been busting his balls about a bad or a "me first" attitude. Did anyone listen to the John Thompson show this afternoon? Michael Lee was on it and said that DeShawn and Haywood are the real leaders of the team because they show up and do their jobs without any praise. He said how everyone on the team looks up to them and how they teach all the younger players about true professionalism.

In all reality the loss of Haywood is just about as devastating as the loss of Arenas. Arenas was out nearly the whole season last year and the team didn't have a considerable drop off. I expect that without Haywood's the defense will be beyond atrocious and it won't matter much whether Arenas returns because the Wizards will not be able to stop anyone.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

That will show the fans that you are serious about winning...
...We want to see bold aggressive moves.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 9:19 PM

lmao lemme know when we get a new GM & owner

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Meaningful or meaningless?

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281008029
Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 11:07 PM


the curse of lez boules

Posted by: prescrunk | October 9, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Good Lord, enough with the hosannas to Haywood's "defense." He wasn't Mutombo or Bill Russell. And the Wizards weren't exactly the 80s Pistons or 90s Knicks defensively. They were 20th in the NBA in opponent's FG%. They also had the worst opp FG% of every team that made the playoffs other than Atlanta, who played no defense at all. So please stop with the hand-wringing over how the defense will collapse without Haywood anchoring the middle.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Heal fast, Brendan!

Meanwhile, it looks like JaVale will be growing up faster (two games in Europe against Tyson Chandler will give us a better measure of where he is than last night's fine effort agains Marc Gasol)... and Etan will get the chance to show that he can be a productive starter at center without the locker room histrionics.

IMO, AB, DS and Opech are better deployed as forwards most of the time.

As long as AJ comes back by the opener, we should be able to tread water and maybe a bit more.

Posted by: khrabb | October 9, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

My main concern is the head coach.
He loves Etan, who is a marginal back up at best. Also his love for "Small Ball", with Songalia in the post is beyond deplorable.
Songalia is only slow, unable to jump and under sized. Hardly attributes for any more minutes.
I prefer a faster athletic lineup, with Blatch or McGhee at the 5.
That will complement Butler, and Jamieson, as well as free up the outside shooters.
The defense will be better served with younger and athletic as well. It will infuse energy into the help defense.
As for Haywood, once again a serviceable center at best. Who just disappeared too often, while on the floor.
I want to see younger and more energetic and athletic across the board.
I know this is whisteling in the wind, with EJ at the helm.
However, now that his option for 2010 has been picked up, maybe he will not be fighting for his job, so obviously?

Posted by: mricklen | October 9, 2008 3:00 AM | Report abuse

good luck in your rehab BH, you'll be sorely missed.

Posted by: Andrew | October 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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