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Wizards Insider: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Day 5, Flip Introduces 'Football Saturday'

RICHMOND -- Sam Cassell spotted Wizards Vice President of Player Personnel Milt Newton tossing a football with Nick Young and Dominic McGuire after practice on Saturday. Cassell, who said he played intramural football at Florida State, called for the ball. "Hey, Milt," Cassell said, holding out his hands. Cassell caught...

By Michael Lee  |  October 3, 2009; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Crittenton Out At Least Two Weeks

RICHMOND -- Javaris Crittenton didn't know that the results of the MRI he had on Friday would be "worse than before," but he knew that the pain in his left foot had become so unbearable that he couldn't push through any longer. After arguably his best practice this week, Crittenton...

By Michael Lee  |  October 3, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Day 4, Final Rundown

RICHMOND -- First off, let me just calm down any concerns you may have about Gilbert Arenas. He looked fine today and worked through every drill, even down to the end-of-practice, half-court shooting competition. We only got to see a little action, but Arenas didn't appear to be hampered or...

By Michael Lee  |  October 2, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Twizards Mostly Okay With New NBA Rule

RICHMOND -- A few hours before practice on Thursday, Mike James sent a message to his fans via Twitter in which he said, among other things, "mystrenghtisfromGOD." James is one of four members of the Washington Wizards on the social networking site, Twitter, and has provided a few updates since...

By Michael Lee  |  October 2, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Morning Buzz

Yesterday's most interesting news from Richmond was the fact that Gilbert Arenas sat out scrimmages for two days, getting his left hand examined after jamming his middle finger before training camp. Michael Lee also said he moved gingerly during sprints. Truth About It asks: "Arenas Up to His Old Tricks?"....

By Alexa Steele  |  October 2, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Day 3, Final Rundown

After that, I need some ice for my finger. (AP Photo) RICHMOND -- If anybody else had been moving on the court the way Gilbert Arenas did during the 30 minutes that reporters were allowed to watch the Washington Wizards on Thursday, then I probably wouldn't have made a...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2009; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Day 3, Mini-Update

Gilbert Arenas was held out of the Wizards' scrimmages for the second consecutive day. Arenas appeared to be favoring his left leg when he joined his teammates for sprints after practice, but Coach Flip Saunders said that Arenas's left middle finger, not his surgically repaired left knee, forced the team...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2009; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Day 2, Evening Wrapup

Nick Young was the story of the first day of scrimmages on Tuesday night, but based on the games that reporters were allowed to watch, "Seven Day" Andray Blatche and Randy Foye were both quite impressive on the second day. Blatche scored with an assortment of mid-range jumpers, turnaround jumpers...

By Michael Lee  |  October 1, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Day 2, iPods And The Goonies?

On the second day of training camp, players again echoed Antawn Jamison's sentiment that the new iPod Touches that Flip Saunders gave them before camp were awesome. Saunders credited his son, Ryan, the Wizards assistant coach for statistical analysis, for coming up with the idea to place video and diagrams...

By Michael Lee  |  September 30, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Day I, Evening Practice

The Wizards let reporters in for the final half hour of practice, which provided us with a good chance to see the players go at each other in scrimmages. And trust me, they went at each other. The moment we walked through the doors, Antawn Jamison had taken the opening...

By Michael Lee  |  September 30, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Our Time

RICHMOND -- Antawn Jamison emerged from the first practice session of training camp on Tuesday looking like a walking billboard for the Flip Saunders regime. Around his neck, Jamison hung one of the iPod Touch that Saunders purchased for every member of the team. The devices have an application with...

By Michael Lee  |  September 29, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Wizards Get Hypnotized

RICHMOND -- I arrived in Richmond a short while ago, but I quickly realized that the place to be last night was at the team hotel, where Flip Saunders hired hypnotist John-Ivan Palmer to play mind games with the players. Palmer, a Minneapolis resident, describes himself on his website as...

By Michael Lee  |  September 29, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Media Day Wrapup

I just left the final interview from media day and I have tons of stuff to transcribe, but I wanted to give you an update, based on what the players had to say. I got just about everybody except JaVale McGee, who missed "the first day of school" -- as...

By Michael Lee  |  September 28, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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The Wait Is Over, Media Day Is Here

While an angry mob of Redskins fans prepares to toss everyone associated with the organization off the plank -- after three weeks!?! -- the mood around fans of the local professional baskebtall team is filled with optimism and excitement with training camp set to begin today. No matter how this...

By Michael Lee  |  September 28, 2009; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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