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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 I don't know what exactly it is, but we'll find out," Haywood said.

-Coach Eddie Jordan said that he and his staff would formulate a plan for tomorrow's scrimmage this evening. Eddie did say that he planned on using the starting five against a second unit for a portion of the scrimmage but added that he would also mix and match squads as he's done all week.

-Dominic McGuire (groin) and Nick Young (left knee soreness) returned to practice today and both players looked fine. McGuire had sat out of a few practices in order to avoid aggravating the groin strain. He'll go tomorrow.

-Someone asked about alternate uniforms this season. I'm hearing that the team will still wear the black/gold two-toned unis but will also mix in unis of the old Chicago Zephyrs, who played from 1961-63. The colors were blue and yellow. Believe it or not, I found a site dedicated to the Zephyrs.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 2, 2008; 1:37 PM ET
 
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Those "Chicago Zephyrs" uniforms are going to look.... interesting.

Posted by: Crabhands | October 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Explain: was the Bullet franchise originally the Zephyrs of Chicago? Confused me...

Posted by: Nick | October 2, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Nick, click on that link Ivan provided, lots of good info! To summarize the info it gives:

61 Chicago Packers
62 Chicago Zephyrs
63 Baltimore Bullets
73 Capital Bullets (after move to Landover)
74 Washington Bullets
97 Washington Wizards

The original Bullets played in Baltimore from 1944-1954

The Washington Wizards history is at http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/dc//wizards.html

Posted by: rgz | October 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

one more thing apparently the reason the original Bullets were given that name is that they played (1944-1953) in an armory

Posted by: rgz | October 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hope Haywood's not serious.

Anyone think DerMarr Johnson could know Pesh off the roster? I'm starting to think that could actually be a good move. Pesh really doesn't have a place on this team playing behind Antawn, Darius and Blatche. We have more need at SF/SG where Johnson would fit. He sounds like he really wants to play here. Most importantly, is he a better player?? I have doubts whether Pesh will ever become a legit NBA player. I'm not sure if he can adapt to the style of play, or has the toughness or ability.

Posted by: Darnell | October 2, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Zephyrs alternate uniforms should be cool. I'd rather they went with some old Bullets ones again... but anything is better than those solid gold dancer ones or the smurf blue. Really I wish they would change the regular uniforms from the 90's Wizards logo and come out with a classic old school style in Red White and Blue with stars.

Posted by: Darnell | October 2, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

stop hurting the players coach we need them in one piece when the season start exspecaily nick young

Posted by: jerry smith | October 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Can we just got back to the Bullets already?

Posted by: Sam | October 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone think DerMarr Johnson could know Pesh off the roster? I'm starting to think that could actually be a good move. Pesh really doesn't have a place on this team playing behind Antawn, Darius and Blatche. We have more need at SF/SG where Johnson would fit. He sounds like he really wants to play here. Most importantly, is he a better player?? I have doubts whether Pesh will ever become a legit NBA player. I'm not sure if he can adapt to the style of play, or has the toughness or ability.

Posted by: Darnell | October 2, 2008 6:20 PM "

Somebody's going to throw a hissy fit if you keep talking about the good ole' gym rat like that.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Sam. Don't they know that if they bring that back, sales would go through the roof. Look how popular that Wes Unseld throwback jersey was. Not just in DC, but across the country. The marketing dept. is really missing the boat on this one.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think DerMarr Johnson could know Pesh off the roster?

I think he can but Pesh has a garuanteed deal. So that gives Pesh the upper hand no matter how hurt he is. Now what Ernie might do if DeMarr does play well is keep him close and when the time comes to start handing out 10 day contracts, bring him back if(or should I say when) someone gets hurt. Which is always with this team.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

DerMarr's probably screwed. The only guys he can beat out are Dee Brown, who Eddie clearly loves, Dominic McGuire, which isn't happening with all the love he's received, and Juan Dixon, who's the local boy that already knows the system.

Too bad...I'd consider him over Pech, but Pech has that guaranteed contract.

Posted by: Pradamaster | October 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh...

It seems like there's a consensus that Les BouleS would not make a move for the possible betterment of the team for a, comparatively speaking, small amount of money because of lux tax reasons?

No way!

I mean, it's not like Caron got injured last season from being overworked and that he needs a good backup off the bench.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think DerMarr Johnson could know Pesh off the roster?

Posted by: Darnell | October 2, 2008 6:20 PM

No question that the Wizards could use a 6'9" SG/SF that's started 136 games in the NBA. Certainly more than a 7ft end of the bench guy.

Unfortunately, with the Wiz up against the Luxury Tax - they would more likely drop Dee Brown or Juan Dixon rather than Pech. Both Dee and Juan need to make the club out of Training Camp to get their Guaranteed deal. Pech has a guaranteed contract, so even if you drop him, his salary would still count.

From what I've been hearing out of Training Camp, Dermarr Johnson and Juan Dixon are fighting for that last spot. Eddie loves Juan. Gilbert campaigned to bring Juan back...... so I'll give you one guess as to who has the inside track.

So, I'd agree with C.Bell - watch for him to be brought back on a 10-day contract.... or if Dee Brown is released when Arenas comes back.

Posted by: Rook | October 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Johnson has been a starter in the NBA doesn't automatically make him an asset. That said, he'd probably make a better ornament at the end of the bench than Pecherov. Unless Pecherov makes a quantum leap forward from what we've seen, he's going to be pretty well cemented as the 5th string big behind Jamison, Haywood, Thomas, and Blatche. And based on physical ability, potential, and ceiling, I'd expect McGee to pass him in due time.

Posted by: kalorama | October 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

If the Wizards were looking ahead, they would go after Shaun Livingston. A backcourt of Livingston and Gil would be amazing. Instead of stop gaps like Brown, Dixon, and Johnson, the Wiz need to think long range.


Posted by: LH | October 2, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, The caption to the photo in your other article is wrong. That's Pech in the picture, not Songalia.

Posted by: dzl | October 3, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I think that the question comes down to who is better between Juan and Dermarr. I think we'll all be surprised and Juan gets cut. Tall athletic 2 guards are hard to come by. His defense (long arms) will make the difference and force Juan out. As much as I like Juan, I'd choose Dermarr.
Imagine last possession defensive substitutions where we have a lead and need a stop. Deshawn (pg), Dermarr (sg), Blatche (sf), McGee(pf), Haywood (c). We could even put McGuire in there at sf and move Blatche to pf. That's about as long, lean and athletic as lineups come in this league. I doubt it would happen because EJ doesn't like to use rookies but someone would have one heck of a time scoring against that lineup.

Posted by: mark | October 3, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I said yesterday that I was looking forward to seeing DerMarr play in preseason. "IF" the guy has finally regained his form from before the accident, he could be a find.

But we haven't seen him yet, and we haven't seen Pecherov at this point either since last season. So right now we're ready to write him off after 45 games on a bad wheel. I wouldn't tend to think it exhibits terribly good basketball judgement to write off a seven footer quite that fast.

Dixon or Dee Brown would seem to be the most likely guys to take a hit if Johnson blows people away in the preseason. And if he's fully healthy he has the tools to do it. The guy was the 6th pick in the draft when he came out and seemed to have unlimited potential back then.

But he's been a lot of places since and he's not quite found it yet since being nearly killed or crippled for life. It would be a nice story if after all this bouncing around he came home an re-established his career. Sure isn't anything wrong with rooting for a local guy to do good in the NBA, I know I was pulling for Mason last year when he finally got his shot and made the best off it.

Right now the Wiz seem loaded with bigs. A couple of things to remember, three of those guys, Pecherov, McGee, and Blatche are very young and Pecherov and McGee are green as grass.

Thomas is coming off major heart surgery and has a contract that the Wiz will get out of as fast as possible. Songaila has had back surgery, and again the Wiz are likely to get out of his contract at the first opportunity.

And then there's Brendan Haywood, who many here refer to as "Brenda". The guy has never played up to his ability in many people's view. Last year he had the best year of his career. Right now he has a reasonable contract for a starter in this league.

Question about Brendan is, can the Wizards resign him when his contract is up? Since his skills have never really meshed well with this offense do they want to? Paying maybe 8-10 million a year, for a guy that you may have a young replacement for in McGee, might not be the best allocation of precious cap money.

The sudden problem of having too many frontline players is no problem at all. By the time McGee or Pecherov are court ready for major minutes, Thomas, Songaila or even Haywood could be gone. And Jamison will be in his mid 30's and ready to fill a bench veteran's role.

Pradamaster did a nice job of outlining various possible future trades on a post that Rook linked last week. Cutting Pecherov now wouldn't make the best basketball sense since he could be a possible trade chip if he becomes redundant here.

Carrying DeMarr, Dixon, and Brown would
be a classic small ball move. Along with Gil, when he returns, that would give the Wizards 7 guards. DeMarr could get some minutes at small forward as well. But given that roster to work with, look out Eddie would have him at center eventually.

Cut a young unproven, untested 7 footer, or a journeyman vet who was just signed for a partially quarenteed veteran min. contract? I called for the resigning of Jaun Dixon right after Gil had the knee cleaned out. I have followed the guy since the days when I wondered why Gary Williams ever gave that skinny kid a shot.

But as much as I love Juan and I think he can reclaim his career here, if DeMarr Johnson plays his way onto this roster, it will be at Jaun Dixon's expense.

Posted by: GM | October 3, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

If the object is to win now, then having sentiments against moving OPech or DMac and others because they are so green is a waste of time.

I don't recall EG saying that Les BouleS are on a 5-8 year plan to win the championship. I wonder what Abe would think about that.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we get it. Pecherov is young and 7 feet tall. Which, in the grand analysis, means nothing other than that he's young and 7 feet tall. In and of itself, youth and size imply nothing about ability or potential.

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

In other NBA news, Jamaal TInsley is dealt to the Nuggets for Chucky Atkins and Stephen Hunter.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10032008/sports/moresports/tinsley_dealt_to_nuggets_131908.htm

Seems like a bit of a puzzling move for the Nuggets, taking on a guy with a longer salary and a lengthy injury history after dumping Camby in a move that was clearly designed to save money.

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Seems like a bit of a puzzling move for the Nuggets,

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 11:46 AM

Yeah - really. Unless they intend on dealing Allen Iverson.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I believe the only reason on why EJ will choose DeMar over Dixon is if he doesn't see much progress from McGuire to be a reliable back-up Caron. That is why I was surprised that they took a C (and a project) rather than a proven SF after Hibbert and Robin were already taken.

Posted by: Dave, | October 3, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we get it. Pecherov is young and 7 feet tall. Which, in the grand analysis, means nothing other than that he's young and 7 feet tall. In and of itself, youth and size imply nothing about ability or potential.

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 11:07 AM

On the other hand, Ernie Grunfeld saw some talent there and drafted him in the 1st round. So, you're absolutely right in saying that "youth and size imply nothing about ability or potential." But in the "grand analysis", I'll side with Ernie's judgement over some blog posters any day.

GM's point was that a prudent Organization doesn't give up on a young, talented 7ft prospect after seeing him for less than half a year.

Fans can afford to be fickle. Organizations that invest time and money into rare resources cannot afford to be.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! That hurts!

Posted by: Dave | October 3, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

General managers quite frequently see and draft first round talent only to have their judgments proven wrong. Grunfeld has done it himself more than once (Jared Jeffries comes to mind). If pointing that fact out somehow angers or offends you, well I guess that's an issue you'll need to deal with in your own way.

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"GM's point was that a prudent Organization doesn't give up on a young, talented 7ft prospect after seeing him for less than half a year."

Clearly I know what his point was because I responded to it directly, making your little "explanation" quite unnecessary. I simply don't think his point has much validity because Pecherov hasn't actually demonstrated any particular NBA quality talent. The only thing he's shown is that, after 1 year in the NBA, he's still young and still big. But the same thing could have been said about Darko and Kwame after their first seasons. Would it have been "imprudent" for their draft teams to cut ties with them following that first year, given how little benefit they got from holding onto them?

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"GM's point was that a prudent Organization doesn't give up on a young, talented 7ft prospect after seeing him for less than half a year.

Fans can afford to be fickle. Organizations that invest time and money into rare resources cannot afford to be.

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2008 12:13 PM "

Who's accusing OPech of being "talented?" Just because one is talented, doesn't mean he can play basketball at the NBA level.

Yes, organizations cannot afford to be fickle, thus the term "groundhog day" is appropriate every year, every season, every draft, every press conference for Les BouleS and that's why the curse lives.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If Les BouleS/EG want solid, predictable returns from their draft picks, then they are better off selling the draft pick and putting that money in a CD, spread over many different banks of course, and with no account over 250k in value.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of being "fickle," I'm sure the fans and franchises in Miami and Boston are having major regrets about making such aggressive moves in the past to get Shaq and KG/Ray Allen, respectively.

I mean, it's not like those teams got any championship glory, but instead, should have just sat and waited for guys like Gerald Green/Al Jeff/Delonte West and Caron/Odom/Brian Grant to bring them championship glory.

Miami never really recovered, because it's not like they got the 1st pick in the draft or made any moves to get someone like Shawn Marion since they're not fickle.

Both teams will suffer for a long time, ringless in this decade, for not holding the fort, steady as she goes.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If the Wizards want to be winners the models in the league have been San Antonio and Detroit for a number of years. Those two organizations have been stable organizations that have featured good scouting and solid player development.

If you want to be one and done to the point you can get the number one pick just a few years after a title, you could go the way of Miami. Boston will be at the top of the league for a few years since Garnett's still got some prime left.

Will they be title contenders? Depends on the supporting cast and how long Allen can be effective, which might not be long.

Consistant organizations don't cut young big men after 45 games. The Wizards stuck with Kwame and he showed enough to net them Caron Butler in a deal. To suggest that they should have cut ties with him after a season and been better off, "Klassic Kalorama".

Detroit netted a second round pick for Darko and were wise enough not to invest in a long term deal for what turned out to be a bust. But word started coming out of Detroit Darko's rookie year about his practice habits and lack of work ethic.

I've not read one thing in regards to Pecherov that indicates that he has poor practice habits. To the contrary he's been labeled a "gym rat". Quite often guys that work their tail off exceed what their talent would suggest they could. Juan Dixon and Roger Mason are two guys that would fit that catagory.

Haven't seen one thing from a single sports writer that covers the Wizards indicating a lack of NBA talent on the part of Pecherov. Haven't read the B word anywhere but here.

He might end up in a situation here where playing time is hard to find this year. But that doesn't make him an automatic bust because Ernie has accumulated depth. He might even be a guy that could benefit from so D League time just to get solid court time.

I really don't know what Pecherov will turn out to be. But what I can tell you is that organizations that give up on players after a 1/2 season of playing on a bad wheel don't turn out to be much.

The subject was cutting Pecherov to carry DerMarr Johnson, my point was if Johnson plays his way onto the team it will be at Dixon's expense. Eddie doesn't need 7 guards to work with.

No one in their right mind would cut Pecherov to keep Dixon. I love Juan, but Dixon doesn't have a huge amount of upside, DerMarr could, and it's way early to tell about Pecherov.

Posted by: GM | October 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Pecherov wasn't really the subject, because before you brought it up, no one said anything about Pecherov getting cut. As was noted, he has a guaranteed deal, so that's obviously not going to happen. The real subject was, which player would actually be more useful to the Wizards this season, Pecherov or Johnson. All things being equal, Johnson is more valuable because he has better potential to fulfill an immediate need. Nowhere was it said (by anyone other than you) that Pecherov would get cut to make room for him. Of course that's not going to happen.

Posted by: kalorama | October 3, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"If the Wizards want to be winners the models in the league have been San Antonio and Detroit for a number of years. Those two organizations have been stable organizations that have featured good scouting and solid player development.

If you want to be one and done to the point you can get the number one pick just a few years after a title, you could go the way of Miami. Boston will be at the top of the league for a few years since Garnett's still got some prime left.

Posted by: GM | October 3, 2008 4:50 PM "

Unfortunately, not all "one and dones" are created equal.

Let me take a poll.

Who'd rather be one and done in the first round of the playoffs 3 seasons in a row, or one and done as a finals champ? Raise your hands!

OPech has not been declared a bust by anyone because he's pretty much unnoticed...under the radar. Nobody in the NBA outside of VC gives a crap about OPech.

Being a gym rat practice player isn't going to put banners on the rafters.

Also, the Wiz are far from being anywhere close to the Pistons or Spurs.

Detroit didn't mortgage the future by giving a guy max money who's had 3 surgeries and relies on his quickness and "ballhoggedness" for success.

Also, they didn't drop 50 mil on a guy who isn't really a 4, can't play D, but can score and rebound, but has had little playoff success as a leader despite the team have multiple all stars.

San Antonio has been able to draft well overseas and in South America and have been able to find solid role model players.

EG has failed miserably in trying to making anything from europe or the carribean work.

Also, both Detroit and SA are tough, unselfish, and play D.

Les BouleS are going to pay 161 mil over 5-6 years for two players who are soft and are weak defensively.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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