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Wizards Insider: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Postseason Rocked By Another Big Injury

The Houston Rockets recently announced that Yao Ming has been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs after suffering a small hairline fracture in his left foot. The injury -- which occurred at some point (even Yao said he couldn't remember) during the Rockets' 108-94 loss to the Los...

By Michael Lee  |  May 9, 2009; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Jamison Has Surgery (UPDATED)

Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison had a bone spur removed from his right ankle at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Thursday. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to the team. Jamison played the first 81 games last season, averaging 22.2 points and 8.9...

By Michael Lee  |  May 8, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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LeBron Takes Swipe At Wizards

I wish I was dunking on Washington right now. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) It's a tired cliché to say that a rivalry cannot exist if one team always wins. I contend that a rivalry is very much alive so long as both sides continue to share hatred and contempt...

By Michael Lee  |  May 8, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Alston, Fisher Suspended

NBA discipline dean Stu Jackson announced this evening that Orlando Magic point guard Rafer Alston and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher were both suspended one game for separate incidents on Wednesday night. Alston slapped Boston's Eddie House in the back of the head with with 48.6 seconds remaining...

By Michael Lee  |  May 7, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Brendan's Chat, Condensed

Brendan Haywood didn't say anything earth-shattering in his ESPN chat on Thursday. He didn't make any trade demands or predictions about winning a championship next season. For those of you who don't want to go through the entire thing -- and believe me, it wasn't that long -- I thought...

By Michael Lee  |  May 7, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Brendan Haywood Chat on ESPN.com Today

In case you want to catch up with Brendan Haywood and get his thoughts on the Washington Wizards, the NBA playoffs and possibly the draft lottery, the 7-foot center will conduct a live chat this afternoon at 2 p.m. Haywood is part of EPSN's 65 chats in 65 days. You...

By Michael Lee  |  May 7, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Chippy Days Are Here Again

What are you going to do about it? (AP Photo) With Rafer Alston smacking Eddie House upside the head like he stole something, Derek Fisher clocking Luis Scola as if he was training for the Ultimate Fighting Octagon and Ron Artest getting all in Kobe Bryant's grill after Bryant appeared...

By Michael Lee  |  May 7, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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From First Pitch to Beyond the First Round?

For Caron Butler, it was just the beginning, the first step of many that he hopes will conclude with him and the Washington Wizards still playing basketball this time next season (as in the second round of the playoffs, at least). He threw a baseball across the plate at Nationals...

By Michael Lee  |  May 6, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Butler's Redemption

Wizards forward Caron Butler threw a strike today at Nationals Park. As Michael Lee said yesterday, "For the past two years, Butler has had to explain his horrendous first pitch before a game against Cleveland in June 2007." Here's how Caron responded today (via Dan Steinberg and Jonathan Forsythe):...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 5, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Risk of Trading a Top Three Pick (UPDATED)

Think Portland could've used either one of us? (NBAE via Getty Images) In his first draft as general manager of the Washington Wizards in 2004, Ernie Grunfeld selected Wisconsin point guard Devin Harris fifth overall, paired him with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, and immediately shipped them to Dallas for...

By Michael Lee  |  May 5, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Houston Gives Lakers a Problem

I'm okay, I'm okay. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) When Kobe Bryant's left knee banged into Yao Ming's right knee and Yao dropped like a Redwood, I was immediately overcome with apprehension. Not because I have a particular rooting interest for the Houston Rockets or Yao; I just...

By Michael Lee  |  May 5, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Butler Seeking First Pitch Redemption

Caron Butler will have to wait until November to help the Washington Wizards turn around a deplorable 19-win campaign. But he will have the chance for personal redemption on Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals' baseball game against Houston. If...

By Michael Lee  |  May 4, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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LeBron Helps Put Spotlight Back on Wes

To the surprise of no one who watched the NBA this season, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will be named the league's most valuable player today. James is 24, which the same age that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone and Bill Russell were when they won their first MVP award. The...

By Michael Lee  |  May 4, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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