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Wizards Insider: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Weekend Mini-Update

Yesterday was a travel day for me since I'll be in Denver covering the Western Conference Finals, but I wanted to give you guys something to hold you over for the long weekend. Steve Yanda, who has been covering the Wizards' workouts the past couple of days, told me last...

By Michael Lee  |  May 23, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Wittman, Cassell Transcript

Here is the full transcript from Steve Yanda's interviews with Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell. SAM CASSELL Didn't I look like a coach, back then? (Photo by Erik Isakson/Sports Illustrated) On his decision to join Flip Saunders's staff: I'm very excited. It's definitely going to be different, because for 15,...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 23, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Wizards Introduce Wittman, Cassell

Here's a report from Steve Yanda on today's news conference introducing Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell, which took place after this morning's pre-draft workout. We'll post a transcript later today....

By Alexa Steele  |  May 22, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Draft Rumors: Round 1

The NBA draft is in 34 days, and between now and then, there will be a trade rumor or some draft speculation on an almost hourly basis. So, I would caution people from getting overly panicky about every item that is written. You will drive yourself insane. But it didn't...

By Michael Lee  |  May 22, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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It's Official: Cassell and Wittman Join Staff

The Wizards just released a statement announcing the hiring of Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell as assistant coaches for Flip Saunders. "Randy and Sam will be excellent additions to our coaching staff, and both will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals," Saunders said in a statement. "Randy brings...

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Flip Closing In on Coaching Staff

Flip Saunders told me in Secaucus that he has yet to settle on his coaching staff, but it appears that two guys are close to coming to terms since former NBA player Sam Cassell and former Minnesota Coach Randy Wittman helped run workouts today at Verizon Center. Something official will...

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2009; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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The Options At No. 5

You might be a scorer, James. But I'm a hustler, baby. I just want you to know. (AP Photo by Danny Moloshok) It would've been so much easier for the Washington Wizards if they hadn't dropped three spots in Tuesday's draft lottery to fifth. Ernie Grunfeld sounds like he's...

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Snap Reactions From Columnists

Post columnists Sally Jenkins, Thomas Boswell and Mike Wise e-mailed their opinions shortly after the announcement that the Wizards got the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA draft: Sally Jenkins Agggghhhhhhhh. My first thought is one long strangulated sound of I-knew-it frustration. It just figured they'd have the same stinking...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 20, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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Sequestered in Secaucus

I had the honor of going into the top secret conference room at the NBA offices in Secaucus, N.J. to witness how the draft order is rigged determined with the lottery. After last night, it's hard to assume this thing is fixed (more on that later), but I couldn't help...

By Michael Lee  |  May 20, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Your Snap Reactions to the No. 5 Pick

If anything good came out of last night's news that the Wizards landed the fifth pick in the draft, it was our readers' sense of humor. Or "normal wizard fan sense of impending doom," as one co-worker (and Les Boulez fan) called it -- before the lottery, no less. Your...

By Keith McMillan  |  May 20, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Live From Secaucus, N.J.

So apparently the NBA runs a pretty tight ship and sequestered Michael from the time he knew the draft result until the time it went on the air. Here's his report: -- Keith A season filled with misfortune and injury was punctuated with more bad luck in the NBA draft...

By Keith McMillan  |  May 19, 2009; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Tags: Secaucus, draft, draft lottery, draft pick  
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Wizards Will Pick 5th

At 8:49, it was revealed that the Wizards got the worst pick they could have received after finishing tied for the NBA's second-worst record. They'll pick fifth. The L.A. Clippers won the lottery, and the right to choose Blake Griffin first overall. Memphis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento (which had the worst...

By Keith McMillan  |  May 19, 2009; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Tags: draft, draft lottery, draft pick  
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The Wizards of (Second-Best) Odds

The Wizards have the second-best odds of winning tonight's NBA draft lottery, which is a pretty good position to be in, considering that the team with the second-best chances has won the No. 1 pick on three occasions. As I mentioned in my story today, it happened when Orlando won...

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Lottery Day Plans, Instant Reactions

So today's the day we find out where the Wizards go from here. Michael Lee will be in Secaucus, N.J., reporting from the draft lottery, and as soon as the Wizards' position is revealed, he'll share his insights here on Insider. Plus Michael Wilbon will offer his opinion in Wednesday's...

By Keith McMillan  |  May 19, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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The Best of the Top Five

The Washington Wizards are guaranteed to finish no worse than fifth in tomorrow's NBA draft lottery, meaning that this will be the 14th time in franchise history that they will select a top five pick. Of the previous 13 picks, the Wizards have managed to select three Hall of Fame...

By Michael Lee  |  May 18, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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