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Wizards Insider: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Barkley, C-Webb kill the Wizards

On the night the Wizards made their lone TNT appearance this season, Charles Barkley and Chris Webber let their feelings about the team be known during "Inside the NBA." Webber's last point was in reference to Washington not grabbing a rebound the entire second quarter. Barkley: "Sometimes people don't watch...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 11, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (315)
Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Charles Barkley; Chris Webber; Inside the NBA  
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Celtics 104, Wizards 102

After 20 games, it's fair to make an assessment of the Washington Wizards. They are a team that doesn't know how to play for 48 minutes, that goes through some terrible lapses -- especially on defense -- and hasn't figured out yet how to finish games. They are 7-13....

By Michael Lee  |  December 11, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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Celtics (17-4) at Wizards (7-12)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins Line: Celtics by 8 The Wizards will unveiled a court black logo and a patch on Thursday to honor the legacy of Abe Pollin, who died three...

By Michael Lee  |  December 10, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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The Other Side: Boston Celtics

I got it. No, I got it. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) The Boston Celtics make their first visit to Verizon Center on Thursday riding an eight-game winning streak. The East's hottest team hasn't lost since a Nov. 20 setback at home against the Orlando Magic. The...

By Michael Lee  |  December 10, 2009; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Mike James rumors and Arenas's all-star quest

I wanted to address the Mike James to Miami rumor that ESPN.com's Marc Stein circulated on Wednesday afternoon. I mentioned it on my Twitter account last night, but there is nothing moving right now with regards to any James trade, based on conversations that I've had with a few people...

By Michael Lee  |  December 10, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Morning brew

Game day is here, and it's a home game on TNT against the Boston Celtics. But some on the Wizards are taking a big-picture approach to things, such as team president Ernie Grunfeld, who told Michael Lee in a story in Wednesday's Post that he had hoped things would be...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 10, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Ernie Grunfeld; Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Caron Butler; Allen Iverson  
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Haywood & Arenas discuss Tiger Woods, blogging

Gilbert Arenas, once the Washington Wizards' most famous blogger, retired before this season began -- although he considering a comeback to the written word via 140 characters on Twitter (if he can get a million or so followers). In his absence, Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler have both decided to...

By Michael Lee  |  December 9, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Vote for the best of the decade

The voting opened today in the Washington Post's best of the decade extravaganza. Wizards fans might be particularly interested in weighing in on top local stories (Jordan plays for Wizards, Wizards sign Arenas, Wizards beat Bulls, Abe Pollin dies); top local athletes (Jordan, Jamison, Arenas); and biggest busts (Leonard Hamilton,...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 9, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Morning brew

Plenty of coverage and reaction to the Abe Pollin memorial at Verizon Center Tuesday night. Mike Wise checks in with a thoughtful column that focused on Mr. Pollin's barber and the relationship they had. J. Freedom duLac from Tuesday's paper: Pollin's generosity lives on in housing. Michael Lee shares some...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 9, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison  
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Remembering Abe

I never really got to know Abe Pollin, only had a few encounters with him in the more than five years that I've lived in this area. So, I'm not able to share any great stories about any debates or discussions I had with him. I only know what...

By Michael Lee  |  December 8, 2009; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Poll: What should the Wizards do?

The Wizards didn't practice yesterday and won't practice until later this afternoon. It's obvious after the past two losses to Toronto and Detroit that the Wizards (7-12) have a number of problems that need to be addressed (the shortcomings of the big three, injuries to starters, poor offensive execution, and...

By Michael Lee  |  December 8, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Morning brew

A programming note before we delve into the links: Michael Lee will be online starting at 11 a.m. to take all your Wizards-related questions. Stop on by, even if you're just on your way to Dan Steinberg's Bog chat at 11:30. In Tuesday's Washington Post, Mr. Lee takes a closer...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 8, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler; Allen Iverson  
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Morning brew

Gilbert Arenas said the building was cold in Auburn Hills, Mich. Well, so was his shooting in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' 98-94 loss to the Pistons. Michael Lee weighed in with some thoughts off this game in his postgame blog post. Mike Jones of the Washington Times was...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 7, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Detroit Pistons; Kobe Bryant; Morning brew; Greg Oden, Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders  
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Pistons 98, Wizards 94

I know Flip Saunders said that he was most disappointed after the Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors on Friday, but what happened on Sunday in Auburn Hills, Mich., was borderline shameful. At least the Raptors have an all-star power forward in Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu, who was...

By Michael Lee  |  December 6, 2009; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Wizards (7-11) at Pistons (7-12)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood Pistons: Rodney Stuckey, Chucky Atkins, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell, Ben Wallace Line: Pistons by 3 Flip Saunders kept with a similar routine with the Wizards in Auburn Hills, Mich., where Saunders guided the Pistons to three consecutive trips...

By Michael Lee  |  December 6, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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The Other Side: Detroit Pistons

Hey, Chucky. Which one of us is going to tell that kid that you're not Chauncey Billups. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The Washington Wizards will play the Detroit Pistons for the second time this season, but it will be the first trip back to Auburn Hills,...

By Michael Lee  |  December 6, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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