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Wizards Insider: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Hawks 102-98

Well, as a Wiz vet said to me a few minutes ago in the locker room: "Same old (stuff)." Well said. The Wizards had a chance to win this one but after Al Horford answered Caron Butler's three-pointer with a three-point play, the Wiz couldn't get the ball to...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 29, 2008; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Hawks at Wizards

Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee Brown. Inactives: Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, Oleksiy Pecherov. Hawks starters: Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford, Marvin WIlliams, Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby. Inactives: Josh Smith Refs: Marc Davis, Tom Washington, Zach Zarba. Line: Wizards 1 1/2...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 29, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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The Other Side: Atlanta Hawks

You're such a show off! (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) After failing in an attempt to avenge their worst loss of the season against Orlando, the Washington Wizards get a shot at the Atlanta Hawks, who handed them arguably their most disheartening loss of season. Ten days ago,...

By Michael Lee  |  November 29, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Friday Update

Interesting scene from the end of practice today: Coach Ed Tapscott put some extra time in rebounding for second-year forward Oleksiy Pecherov, who was inactive last night and has seen only spot duty so far this season. - Antonio Daniels made his return last night and practiced today, a...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 28, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Magic 105, Wizards 90

That was as dominating a 15-win as you'll ever see. The Wizards never led in this one, gave up 38 first quarter points and basically watched as the Magic cruised to its second win over Washington this season. Turning point: Orlando led 14-11 with 7:52 to go in the...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 27, 2008; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Magic at Wizards

Happy Turkey Day! (If only someone in the NFL office would wake up and take that game away from the Lions. Either that or find a way to bring Barry Sanders back. My goodness) Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 27, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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The Other Side: Orlando Magic

No, everybody is not coming to my house for Thanksgiving dinner when we get back to Orlando. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) The Orlando Magic is dealing with injuries in its backcourt, but it still has plenty to be thankful for today as it enters tonight's game...

By Michael Lee  |  November 27, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Tapscott Way

Something I was pondering while getting ready to see Method Man at the 9:30 tonight: The really interesting thing about being a beat writer is that if you are curious and ask the right questions you can really get fascinating insights into how different coaches build different philosophical constructs...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 26, 2008; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Wednesday Update: An Upbeat Practice

It's funny what a win can do, because the vibe was totally different as the Wizards wrapped up practice today here at Verizon Center. The key now, of course, will be building on what went right during last night's win over Golden State tomorrow night against a much tougher...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 26, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Predictify: Season Prospects Revisited

Back at the beginning of the season, we asked you to predict how the Wizards' season would end, and most of you thought they would not make the playoffs. Now, with Ed Tapscott in charge -- and the predictable new-coach bounce last night -- is the outlook brighter? If your...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 26, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Blatche Comes to Play, Tapscott Wins Debut

If Andray Blatche brought it like that every night, Eddie Jordan would still have a job. The talented but inconsistent fourth-year forward was the story of tonight's 124-100 over the mildly-interested Golden State Warriors. Blatche is the first player in the NBA to have at least 25 points, 12...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 25, 2008; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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The Tapscott Era Begins, Warriors at Wizards

Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee Brown. Inactives: Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, Antonio Daniels (right knee). Warriors starters: Andris Biedrins, Corey Maggette, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Morrow, Jamal Crawford. Inactives: Monte Ellis, Richard Hendrix, Marcus Williams, DeMarcus Nelson. Refs:Mark Wunderlich, David Jones,...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 25, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Wizards React to Coaching Change

Dan Steinberg interviewed the Wizards and new interim coach Ed Tapscott after this morning's shootaround....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 25, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Predictify: Next Coach

Earlier today, Michael Lee blogged on speculation about the next Wizards coach. What do you think? If your computer doesn't let you see this widget, you can vote here....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 25, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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The Other Side: Golden State Warriors

What the heck is going on out here!?! (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) The Golden State Warriors have been scrambling wildly like a beheaded turkey, ever since Baron Davis opted out of his contract and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. That one move -- which...

By Michael Lee  |  November 25, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Tuesday Update: Tapscott's Debut

A few quick notes from today's shootaround: -How's this for irony? President Ernie Grunfeld has fired only one coach in his days as a general manager or team president. It was with the Knicks in 1996 when he canned Don Nelson after a 34-25 start and replaced him with...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 25, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Falk Blames Pollin

Agent David Falk hasn't walked into Verizon Center since Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired his client, Michael Jordan, in April 2003. Falk is still upset with Pollin, whom Falk claims promised Jordan that he would be retained as general manager after Jordan scratched his last itch to play in...

By Michael Lee  |  November 25, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Who's Next After Ed Tapscott?

Folks were speculating about the Washington Wizards head coach before Ernie Grunfeld held a news conference to announce that Eddie Jordan had been relieved of his duties and was going to be replaced by Grunfeld's trusted friend and confidant, Ed Tapscott. Everyone, it seemed, was looking past Tapscott and imagining...

By Michael Lee  |  November 25, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

I said what about Pat Riley? Wasn't me, bruh. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Cleveland at New York (Tuesday) Of note: And the first contestant in Who Might Be a Knick in 2010: LeBron James, a 23-year-old forward from Akron with dreams of being a global...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks If nobody else wants to carry us, I suppose I will. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) Jerry Stackhouse wants out. Josh Howard is in and out with injuries. And owner Mark Cuban has been charged with insider trading. But all is not ill in...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2008; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Oklahoma City Thunder What's uglier? Our uniforms or our record? Hmm. That's a tough question, Kevin. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) Sure, the city of Seattle is probably missing basketball right about now. But former fans of the SuperSonics surely are not missing this team. Oklahoma City didn't get a...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Grunfeld: "1 and 10 Not Acceptable"

Team President Ernie Grunfeld answered a bunch of questions regarding his decision to fire Eddie Jordan this morning and replace Jordan with Ed Tapscott, but the thing he kept coming back to was the team's 1-10 record. First a couple of notes: - Grunfeld said that Tapscott will be...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 24, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Will This Make a Difference?

While we're waiting for an update from the Wizards' news conference ... poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2008; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Jordan Fired, Tapscott to Take Over (Updated)

The Wizards have relieved Coach Eddie Jordan of his duties. Jordan was informed of the decision this morning around 8 a.m. shortly after he and his wife, Charrisse, handed out Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy at a team-sponsored charitable event. Associate Head Coach Mike O'Koren was also let go....

By Ivan Carter  |  November 24, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (375)
 
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Chat at 3:30

Join Michael Lee at 3:30 this afternoon for an online chat to discuss the Wizards firing of Coach Eddie Jordan....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Was This Fair?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Boston Celtics Looks like we're leaving everybody in the dust again. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) It was a little more than a week ago when Celtics Coach Doc Rivers thought he had the "most miserable 8-2 team in the world." The defending champs were winning games, but...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Home Sweet Home?

If there is a ray of sunshine for the Wizards right now it's the fact that 10 of the next 14 games are at home. The problem is that a lot of those home games are against tough teams Golden State is in tomorrow night but then look ahead:...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 24, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

How 'bout those Knicks, Phil? Wuh? You're trying to get LeBron in 2010, too? (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Shouldn't we just hand the Los Angeles Lakers the next two NBA championships and fast-forward to the summer of 2010? If the first few weeks of this season...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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About 2010

In my notebook for today's paper, I addressed the Wizards salary cap situation going forward with a particular eye on the summer of 2010 when a slew of big name free agents are expected to hit the market including the Traveling One, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The story...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 23, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Terrible Loss Makes Wizards 1-10

It was deep inside the historical walls of Madison Square Garden several years back where Michael Ray Richardson coined the now famous saying: "The ship be sinking." Man, does that sound like the Wizards right now or what? I had a feeling the night wasn't going to go Washington's...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 23, 2008; 3:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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