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Wizards Insider: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Oberto To Start for Haywood On Sunday; Butler Will Rest

After suffereing a slight sprain of his right ankle against the Mavericks, Brendan Haywood was held out of practice, and isn't expected to play against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Haywood was the last player to leave the court on Saturday, using the extra time to work on free throw...

By Michael Lee  | October 10, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Mavericks 123, Wizards 115

Two observations from the Wizards' loss: One, Gilbert Arenas can score when he wants to. And two, the Wizards are rudderless on defense without Brendan Haywood. Arenas is undoubtedly the franchise player in Washington, the one who sells tickets, generates excitement and provides entertainment (intentionally or otherwise). But there was...

By Michael Lee  | October 9, 2009; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Mavericks (0-1) at Wizards (1-0)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood. Mavericks: Jason Kidd, Matt Carroll, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Drew Gooden Line: Wizards by 1.5. This is the only time this preseason that home fans can get a live look at the Wizards -- to see if Gilbert...

By Michael Lee  | October 9, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Morning Buzz

In this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee looks at how long-time Wizard Brendan Haywood is eager to make up for lost time. *The Washington Times' Mike Jones also focused on Haywood, specifically his value to the team's defense. *Yesterday afternoon, Truth About It opined on Mike Miller's playmaker role and posted...

By Alexa Steele  | October 9, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Flip: Arenas Needs to Be Aggressive; Stevenson to Start

The inside of the Wizards' practice court is undergoing a makeover. I already mentioned how Flip Saunders put up the team's retired jerseys and its 1978 championship banner. Gilbert Arenas said on media day that Saunders suggested the change to keep the court from looking like "a prison." When the...

By Michael Lee  | October 8, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Morning Buzz

For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee writes about the progress Nick Young has made. *The Washington Times' Mike Jones says Gilbert Arenas' return opens up the floor for his teammates. *Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski offers his take on Arenas's new serious demeanor. *At Fanhouse, David Steele does a Q& A...

By Alexa Steele  | October 8, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Five Things We Learned in Richmond

The Wizards left Richmond late Tuesday night and returned to Washington after beating Memphis, 101-92. The game marked the conclusion of Flip Saunders's training camp and set the team on the course toward turning around a 19-win season. NBA.com released its annual general manager survey on Tuesday and 48.3 percent...

By Michael Lee  | October 7, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Wizards 101, Grizzlies 92

Okay, so the Wizards got outrebounded 60-45, shot just 39.8 percent, missed 13 free throws and commited 20 turnovers -- and still won their preseason debut against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. The game had its bright spots and its sloppy ones. And while Coach Flip Saunders was none too...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2009; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Preseason Is Here; Grizzlies (0-0) at Wizards (0-0)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood. Grizzlies: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph Line: Wizards by 5. The Wizards have new warm-ups this season, with black and gold playing a more prominent than role than blue. They look pretty smooth....

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Young Starts, Iverson Sits

Flip Saunders finally announced his starter for the preseason opener and it's (drum roll, please) Nick Young. Saunders selected Young over veterans DeShawn Stevenson and Mike Miller, among others. He will open the game with Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Young emerged from the morning shootaround...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Stevenson Not Backing Down

RICHMOND -- First, DeShawn Stevenson said he wouldn't do it anymore. Then he quickly retracted. But Stevenson simply couldn't resist a few days ago, when he made a few jumpers in a row and started waving his hand in front of his face. Can you blame him? This time last...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Day 7, Final Rundown & Miller's Shoes

The Wizards concluded their final practice of training camp and have placed their focus squarely on facing the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. The NBATV crew was here filming the entire practice, which was similar to previous ones, with the exception that Flip Saunders used Mike Miller and DeShawn Stevenson much...

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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The 'Overlooked' Jamison & Flip's Rotation

RICHMOND -- In my story today, I wrote about how Antawn Jamison could be invaluable to the Wizards since the team lacks a proven and reliable backup at power forward. Ernie Grunfeld brought in veterans to support Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas when he added Mike Miller and Randy Foye....

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Day 6, Flip, The Pollins & Young's Comedy Act

RICHMOND -- Coach Flip Saunders didn't bring any footballs or hypnotists to practice on Sunday, but his players have been marveling over the unique ways in which Saunders has attempted to convey his message this week. "He keeps it fresh, keeps it fun," Caron Butler said. "We're just in training...

By Michael Lee  | October 4, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Communication Is The Key On D

RICHMOND -- Randy Foye remembers hearing Kevin Garnett's loud voice shouting at him almost every time he got in his defensive stance his rookie year in Minnesota. Garnett wasn't being critical. He was being helping. He'd let Foye know when he didn't have any help, when and where the pick...

By Michael Lee  | October 4, 2009; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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