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 fresh information becomes available.

-I was able to get some more detailed information on what to expect from tonight's scrimmage on the campus of VCU. One squad will consist of Antonio Daniels, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Etan Thomas.

The other starting squad will be Dee Brown, DeShawn Stevenson, Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila and Andray Blathche. It was explained to me that Jordan wants Stevenson on the second unit to balance squads a little bit in terms of veteran presence.

-Yes folks, that photo in today's paper was Oleksiy Pecherov not Darius Songaila. I'm not sure how that happened. I don't pick the photos folks. Sorry about that.

By Ivan Carter |  October 3, 2008; 1:31 PM ET
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At-least we don't have to rely on BTH for offense, and it will mean more minutes for the other bigs tonight. Maybe he can compare wrist injuries with AD.

Posted by: Wizzy | October 3, 2008 2:22 PM

Christmas come early!! Our first public game, and I get to start my beloved Etan!!

Posted by: EJ | October 3, 2008 2:46 PM

I'm disappointed that they sent Haywood back to DC for treatment on his wrist. I'm sure there are about 134 doctors in Richmond better than the Wizards' doctors.

I hope Haywood isn't driving back to DC just because the Richmond doctors were "out of network." Or because, under the Wizards' health care plan, Haywood needed an appointment with his primary care physician first.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2008 2:50 PM

With Brendan suffering a wrist injury, anyone care to take a stab at when he’ll be 100%? Here is my prediction:

Tomorrow: Wiz med staff report nothing found in MRI – he’s day to day.

Next week: Brendan still hurting but making progress, plans to stay out the entire preseason to get it “right” before game one.

Opening night: Brendan dressed but will not play, still day to day, Wiz med staff to reevaluate his injury.

December: Brendan decides to have surgery, Wiz med staff recommend this as he’ll be back in time for the “playoffs”.

April: Brendan shuts it down for the season, he’ll rehab so we’ll have him at 100% come training camp…

Sorry, but I have no faith in this organization's medical competency. I pray he’ll be okay, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Posted by: Baltimore CJ | October 3, 2008 2:57 PM

I agree with eveybody on this. Brendan would be better off sitting in the waiting room at DC General before letting those uneducated "trainers" check out his wrist. He should just drive himself straight to Johns Hopkins.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 3, 2008 4:19 PM

I see Shawn Livingston signed with the Heat today. I know some on here wanted the Wiz to sign him.

Posted by: Jeff | October 3, 2008 6:12 PM

I was there tonight. Dermarr looked too good to cut. Butler was a beast. McGee was raw but you could really appreciate his athleticism. I love this bench, especially the bigs. Songaila was solid on both ends of the floor. Oh, and Dee Brown IS fast.

Posted by: Patrick | October 3, 2008 7:05 PM

"I see Shawn Livingston signed with the Heat today. I know some on here wanted the Wiz to sign him."
Posted by: Jeff | October 3, 2008 6:12 PM

Livingston is a major major risk. Did you see the injury? That was something nasty. And even before that knee injury, he couldn't stay healthy to begin with.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 3, 2008 7:09 PM

RE: Livingston

I was all for him, just based on pure potential, but I understand the cap & the huge risk. Not sure what the terms of his deal with the Heat, but since he just signed, I'm assuming it's a veteran minimum non-guaranteed contract, a la Juan Dixon / Dee Brown. Moot point, but would I prefer to take a stab at Livingston over the smaller 5th guards? Yes I would, but I'm no GM...

Posted by: CN | October 3, 2008 8:21 PM

It's my understanding that Livingston signed a 2-yr guaranteed deal for the Heats $1.9 mil salary cap exception.

Posted by: LH | October 3, 2008 11:00 PM

SL is not a major risk when you have a billionaire owner who wants to win at all costs.

If SL gets hurt again, bet on the Heat getting an injury exception AND THEM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT BY SIGNING SOMEONE ELSE!

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 8:45 AM

The Heat are desperate.

Posted by: kalorama | October 4, 2008 5:51 PM

>> SL is not a major risk when you have a billionaire owner who wants to win at all costs.

Wrong, according to Miami newspaper, Heats is looking to get under the tax, and is expecting Heats to make other moves to cut salaries!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:53 PM

"Wrong, according to Miami newspaper, Heats is looking to get under the tax, and is expecting Heats to make other moves to cut salaries!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:53 PM "

Can't believe everything you read in the papers unless it's a direct quote.

Heat have shown in the past that they're willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Les BouleS? Let me bring back the classic quotes:


On a larger scale, Jordan wants to win now. Like any coach who signed a two-year extension with a team option for the third year last summer, the continuity line gets old.

"But I understand Mr. Pollin's standpoint," Jordan said. "We want to stay within a certain budget for the Washington Wizards. We're not going to be like four or five or six other teams that can do anything it takes to win. Those are decisions we made within the organization. It doesn't bother me. There are times when you say, 'How come we can't get this guy?' But then you say, 'These are the parameters the organization has set.' "


"I asked Arenas last month what he thought the Wizards had to do to appease his wishes. He wouldn't campaign for the Wizards to acquire certain players, but he did say, "If you want a championship, you got to get a championship team."

He added: "I know this might not sound right, but the championship teams treat themselves like champions. You go into Miami's locker room, I'm like, 'Wow, what the hell is this?' Everything from their game-day meals for their players to every state-of-the-art thing you can imagine. As a player, why would you want to leave the locker room? I could sit there all day.

"We've been doing a better job, but it comes down to this: You treat your players like champions, they want to be champions," he added. "All the best teams in the league treat themselves first-class every day. Other players come over and think, 'They got this, they got that. Oh, I want to be here.' "

Whether Arenas was telling Abe Pollin and Ernie Grunfeld to upgrade the Wizards' facilities is up for debate. But he was clearly illustrating how the defending champions take care of their players. How the Wizards interpret Arenas's words gets to the issue of how much leverage stars have in this league."


Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 7:52 PM

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