Haywood To See Specialist, Jamison down

Center Brendan Haywood, who missed tonight's presason opener at Dallas with a wrist injury, will be in New York tomorrow to see a hand specialist. Haywood also met with hand specialist today and according to a source familiar with the situation, the specialist advised Haywood to undergo a surgical procedure that would require him to miss between four to six months.

I spoke with president Ernie Grunfeld, who said that the team is waiting to hear about tomorrow's consultation before drawing any major conclusions.

Haywood injured the wrist during a training camp practice last week and has not played or practiced since. The injury was originally called a sprain but Haywood has continued to experience pain and discomfort. Etan Thomas started at center tonight.

- Uh oh......Antawn Jamison just went down clutching his right knee here in the first quarter. The knee appeared to buckle as Jamison closed out to defend Dirk Nowitzki. He rolled around on the court in obvious pain while grabbing the knee and had to be helped off to the lockeroom by teammates and trainer Eric Waters.
Jamison was putting no pressure on the right leg as he left the floor. The early official word is that it's a sprained right knee. Tha's all I know so far. I'll update as fresh information becomes available.

-Nick Young (sore right knee) and Juan Dixon (sore left calf) are not playing tonight. Young will be evaluated tomorrow while Dixon told me that he hopes to return for Friday's home game against Detroit.

By Ivan Carter |  October 7, 2008; 8:28 PM ET
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Ouch. From a sprained wrist to possibly out for (max) 6 months?

Well, one of the big men will need to step up big time. Defensively and inside more than scoring.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 7, 2008 8:54 PM

We are anakebit.....Jamison's injury looked bad.

Posted by: Anon | October 7, 2008 9:02 PM

God, what is wrong with this team!? Haywood's out, Jamison might have hurt himself in the game, and now this? Jesus...

Posted by: Thomas | October 7, 2008 9:02 PM

This team is screwed. There's always next year.

We will NOT be making the playoffs is Jamison is out for the year, and Haywood is out 'till March, and only God knows when Gilbert might be back if at all.

We won't even come close to making the playoffs. Top 5 pick here we come.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 9:06 PM

god anything but a torn acL please no

Posted by: brandon | October 7, 2008 9:10 PM

Perhaps they can trade for Jason Taylor...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 9:19 PM


Posted by: WIZARD | October 7, 2008 9:20 PM

ahh man wizards are top 5 team for shure if EVERYONE is health...
unfortunately...the injury bug never seems to leave verizon centre.
as a toronto resident.......im myself worried about jermaine oneals knee and hope that he stays healthy
all i would wish is an injury-free, flop-free, scandal-free season for every team in the nba

Posted by: raptorsfan | October 7, 2008 9:21 PM

I don't like the fact that Jamison was in such agonizing pain when there was no contact to his knee. To me that spells ligament damage.

First Arenas, and now Haywood then Jamison? That's $161 million (plus Haywood) riding the pine for the forseeable future, barring some great news (which looks questionable at best).

Say it ain't so! :-/

Posted by: Sam | October 7, 2008 9:21 PM

2008-2009 seems similar to the 2007-2008 season. Once again the Wizards are hammered with Injuries. So far, Nick Young, Juan Dixon, Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas are already injured. Damn! First of all they already lost a huge amount of points and speed from Gilbert. Second, they lost inside Presence and rebounding skills from Haywood. What else can go wrong with the 08-09 Wizards?

Posted by: Hareeshan | October 7, 2008 9:27 PM

It is without doubt, over for the Wizards, no playoffs this year. Seems like MJ cursed them when he left.

Posted by: ITS OVA | October 7, 2008 9:28 PM

This seems far worse than the 2007-2008 season if Haywood and Jamison are in fact injured. I think we could handle Jamison being out for a little while because Blatche looks much improved and was good as a starter last year. However, we can't afford to lose Jamison and Haywood. We can't have poet being our starter, there is no one to back him up if Blatche is starting at PF.

I'll wait to Jamison has an MRI and Haywood gets a second opinion before I freak out but this is not looking good. Let's just hope one of the two is OK cause I think we can weather the storm if that's the case.

Posted by: Berg | October 7, 2008 9:39 PM

Okay seriously what's the deal??? Why do the Wizards get hit badly by the injury bug every year? So it seems very possible that the Wizards will be without 3 starters at the beginning of the season - Arenas, Jamison and Haywood - the NBA, where INJURIES happen :(

Posted by: Jimbo | October 7, 2008 9:43 PM

seems like wizards is gonna experience what the miami heat experienced in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 season...where one recovers from injuries and the next two goes down with injuries...bad luck for the conference =X

Posted by: Miami | October 7, 2008 9:51 PM

Why, indeed. I'm just numb. I hate that I care about this team so much and watch this train wreck happen over and over.

Posted by: Ben | October 7, 2008 9:57 PM

This is crazy. How come the Wiz always have all their players get hurt? If this team was simply healthy good things would happen. Jamison sprained a knee, and if Haywood is out 4-6 months, this team is screwed.

Posted by: Roman | October 7, 2008 10:03 PM

This team needs 2 keep Demar Johnson...He is just a tough all around player...He provides quality back up minutes for three positions. Hes also a player with great experience and somwhat of a matchup nightmare. hes a bargin for for the price given the fact hes like having three players in one bc of his versatilaty and experience. We have to find a way to keep the local product.

Posted by: DSaur | October 7, 2008 10:24 PM

Haywood could be out for four to six months.
Gilbert Arenas is out for at least two months after ANOTHER knee surgery
Antawn Jamison went down with a "strained right knee," and did not return to the Dallas preseason game
Dallas led by more than 20 points at the start of the fourth quarter
The strengths that were touted in training camp, chemistry and a defensive system, were both visible weaknesses on a shamefully outmatched Wizards squad

Can I have any good news at all, please?

Posted by: This is going to be a cooooold winter | October 7, 2008 10:43 PM

no! it's not possible!!!

maybe everything will look better tomorrow...

Posted by: hibachi | October 7, 2008 10:50 PM

It's a shame! Hopefully, the team will pull together and have a competetive year. You never know what might happen!

Posted by: bubb | October 7, 2008 11:22 PM

From a Raptors fan, I hope Jamison gets better quickly. The games between our two teams are offensive showcases and I think the Wiz (when healthy) are packed with talent.

Posted by: Lillarat | October 8, 2008 12:00 AM

Good news - Jamison's X-Ray says only a strain. Looks like he'll be ok.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | October 8, 2008 12:09 AM

Do you guys expect anything different from the Wiz? Curse Le'Boulez! Jamison was known for being an iron man before he joined our team. Signing Mr. 3 Knee surgeries to the same knee for $111 million dollars was plain stupid. Sometimes it's plain bad luck, but, sometimes, it's plain stupidity to pay fragile players big time money!

Hey, we will get a good draft pick if all this ends for the worse! Maybe a real tough inside type or real point guard. Plus, JaVale McGee's playing time/maturation process may be accelerated.

Posted by: Rob P | October 8, 2008 1:28 AM

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