Stevenson Update, Abe to Be Honored

- DeShawn Stevenson will have his season-ending back surgery today, according to the team. Stevenson had hoped to avoid going under the knife but told me the other night that the back simply wasn't getting better with other forms of rehab.

- Owner Abe Pollin will be inducted into the George Washington Sports Exectuives Hall of Fame on Monday. NBA Commissioner David Stern will be on hand to honor the league's longest tenured owner.

Check back a little later for an update on Caron Butler, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. The other night, he told Michael Lee that he expected to be ready to play tonight against the Spurs.

The Wizards have lost eight straight in San Antonio.

By Ivan Carter |  March 6, 2009; 10:42 AM ET
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Posted by: jasonma1 | March 6, 2009 11:38 AM

I understand people not wanting to have surgery, but when it comes to something inevitable like a bad back then doing this so late only makes things bad for Stevenson this summer. All he had to do is talk with Songaila.

He should have just bit the bullet and done it when he had issues LAST summer. I mean it's not like the Wizards are going anywhere. He only hurt himself by waiting so long.

Thanks Ivan.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 6, 2009 12:03 PM

rmcazz: "He only hurt himself by waiting so long."

I can see why maybe he decided to wait, however. Back surgery doesn't always have a great outcome.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 6, 2009 2:17 PM

It's pretty much SOP for orthopedists to try as much as possible to treat injuries with therapy and other approaches before opting for surgery. Because of the risks and potential for negative outcomes, and the fact that such injuries aren't life-threatening, they usually try to avoid surgery unless there's no better option.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 6, 2009 3:39 PM

Owner Abe Pollin will be inducted into the George Washington Sports Exectuives Hall of Fame on Monday.

For a championship he won back in 1978....

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 6, 2009 4:25 PM

We are here tonight to honor Abe Pollin, the most consistently mediocre owner in NBA history. In the last thirty years of owning the wizards, they have reached the third round of the playoffs exactly never, and yet the wizards have never drafted lower than 10, except the time the Wiz drafted Kwame Brown, a testament to Pollin's commitment to mediocrity.

Posted by: bj2000 | March 6, 2009 5:16 PM

Best wishes to Stevenson for a safe surgery.

Congratulations to Abe Pollin for all of his accomplishments and contributions to the city and game of basketball.

It's interesting that people criticize a man who has done a lot for his community.

Maybe the team hasn't been as successful as we would like it to have been.

However, Abe should be celebrated for being a respected business man.

It's easy to sit behind a computer and rattle off insults.

If you don't like the way the team is being handled, start a business, make $500 million, and make Abe an offer he can't refuse.

Until you get the loot to buy the team and make changes, your constant negative opinions mean nothing.

Posted by: abootstrapper | March 6, 2009 6:43 PM

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