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Morning brew

Before we get into the usual assortment of links on this game day, we wanted to throw this one out there that came up on our radar Monday afternoon. ESPN.com's True Hoop blog weighed in on the Tiger Woods story (you might have heard about it) and the fuss being made over him not speaking with the police. Henry Abbott points out that he doesn't have to talk to the police because no charges have been filed, citing the example of ... DeShawn Stevenson? Yep, the shooting incident at his house back in 2007 happened less than three miles from Woods's residence. And no one talked to the cops then either, for similar reasons.

Back to the more immediate task at hand ...

Michael Lee checks in with Randy Foye, as he tries to work his way back into the productive form he had out of the gate, before his injury against Miami.

Mike Jones of the Washington Times talks about the Wizards' lack of clarity as they fast approach the 20-game mark.

And tonight's Wizards' opponent, the Toronto Raptors, appear to be struggling with similar issues of inconsistency, according to the Toronto Star.

Mike Prada of Bullets Forever writes about Antawn Jamison's leadership, and how much of it is influencing Gilbert Arenas.

Truth About It offers a frame-by-frame analysis of the games against the Heat and the Bobcats.

Around the league ...

The 76ers, losers of seven straight, met with Allen Iverson for a couple of hours in Dallas but remain noncommital. The team seems open to a reunion with Iverson, but the organization has apparently applied some pressure on General Manager Ed Stefanski to get this done .

Gilbert Arenas isn't the only player dealing with coming back from a serious knee injury. Kevin Garnett got upset with reporters for questions about his surgically reparied right knee last week, but Garnett is starting to develop more confidence in his leg.

Coach Kiki? Not many coaches get the opportunity to make history in thier debut, but New Jersey General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe will take over the 0-17 Nets, who can set the all-time futility mark on Tuesday against Dallas.

Amaré Stoudemire was fined $7,500 for tweeting during a game against Memphis but while denying that he was guilty, Stoudemire admits a little secret: He doesn't write all of his tweets. He claims an assistant was the offending party, updating his account wtih a trivia contest winner.

In Cleveland, LeBron criticizes Coach Mike Brown for not playing Z.

Another four-game Monday slate, with two close games and one 45-point game by Monta Ellis of Golden State. Here's NBA.com's Daily Zap to get you caught up:

By Alexa Steele  |  December 1, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Gilbert Arenas; Washington Wizards; NBA; Toronto Raptors; Tiger Woods; DeShawn Stevenson  
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Comments

oh yeah and by the way the wizards have a game tonight

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

injury report???????????recovery progress report??????????????????????recovery timetable?????????????? are u really considered an insider if all u get is a bunch of links to other websites.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

would like to see this team gets some Dog in it. Everyone needs to plays more aggresive. Thats should push us past teams like Toronto.

Posted by: millineumman | December 1, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Another tough game tonight, folks.
The Wiz haven't fared well over the years in Canada and, considering all the current turmoil, it doesn't look promising.
HOWEVER, if Nick can get it going again and Jamison shows up, we've got a chance.

Posted by: and_1 | December 1, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

What's up with Javaris Crittenden?

The latest contestant on

"Washington Wizards Present- GUESS THAT INJURY"

Posted by: millineumman | December 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Well the Sixers have lost 7 in a row("what da hell's goin on round here") EJ's should be able to weather this storm but they had better sign AI with "Sweet" Lou Williams gone for a while they need to replace that loss of firepower. Tonight in Canada the Bullets need a confidence boost, Flip too.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 1, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Wizards Insider,
What's the status of:
Critt
M Miller
M James
D Steves back
Gil's knee
AJ's shoulder

When can we expect a full roster?

Posted by: VBFan | December 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Flip a coin!

That is about as accurate as one can be when predicting which Wizards team shows up.

I guess that is what bothers me the most. For all the talk of being tired of losing, the one thing they can control nightly is effort and it's been sporadic at best. Sigh!

Dargreg, I'll tell you what's wrong with the Sixers. They are an aggressive defensive team that thrives on the break. None of which, coincides with what EJ does as a coach. He plays the vaunted Princeton offense that has never won anything in the NBA especially combined with no defense.

I may not have predicted our slow start, but I did predict the Pistons and Sixers demise over the summer. If the Bullets recover to win at least 47, I will have a nice batting percentage this year. Kal, how is your boy Brand doing this year. Haven't forgotten that little exchange over the summer.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 1, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Not that the Sixers were an ideal job, but when you are a average to slightly better than average coach (if you can call a career 44% win percentage that), you get mediocre jobs at best. Simple as that. The big boys aren't knocking down EJ's door now or ever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well the Sixers have lost 7 in a row("what da hell's goin on round here") EJ's should be able to weather this storm but they had better sign AI with "Sweet" Lou Williams gone for a while they need to replace that loss of firepower. Tonight in Canada the Bullets need a confidence boost, Flip too.

That Princeton offense you love so much should fix that right up.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU

lmao

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

It's not about love of the princeton but you have to have a scheme when the 1 on 1 fails and that's what wrong with the Bullets,they had gotten comfortable with the princeton it was second nature to AJ,CB,GA, and some other Bullets,that being said the Sixers have to adjust and adapt now with the injuries no doubt it will be difficult, as far as EJ's winning % what did he have to work with when he got to DC? He more than anyone else put this franchise back in good shape and brought a dead fan base back to life(that's what pisses me off with EG and the way he treated EJ) and don't give me that krap about EJ'S attiude toward Blatche and Haywood two underachievers who now finally "get it" actually Haywwod got it last year but was injured. Blatche is playing well but was it EJ's fault that the Serial Skirt Chaser was shot(being in the wrong part of town at an ungodly hour) arrested for soliciting an undercover prostitute,poor work ethic(AJ told him he needed to spend more time in the weight room)Lets be real clear EG wanted for whatever reason to rid himself of EJ and that has proved to be disaster so far but we shall see, deep down i'm a fan of this franchise always will be i'll be a bigger fan when EG is gone.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 1, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

You're ridiculous, you know that?

The Wizards, Pistons, and Sixers are off to slow starts for largely the same reasons (new coach, new system, injuries). Yet after barely a month of basketball you have the brass to trumpet your "batting percentage" and claim, absent any evidence of support, that the Wizards will "recover to win at least 47" while proclaiming the Sixers and Pistons done for all time.

Newsflash: As of this moment, the Pistons have a better record than the Wizards.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Wiz will lose tonight

Posted by: freeflyr61 | December 1, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,

"He more than anyone else put this franchise back in good shape and brought a dead fan base back to life(that's what pisses me off with EG and the way he treated EJ)"

How do you neatly separate EG and EJ to determine that EJ "more than anyone else" is reponsible for the Wiz's comeback/success?
Personally, I find it almost impossible to separate the contributions of the two.

Posted by: 2020doc | December 1, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

the wizards weren't really running a princeton offense under Eddie "take over the game now Gil" Jordan.

Posted by: divi3 | December 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It's not about love of the princeton but you have to have a scheme when the 1 on 1 fails and that's what wrong with the Bullets,they had gotten comfortable with the princeton it was second nature to AJ,CB,GA, and some other Bullets,that being said the Sixers have to adjust and adapt now with the injuries no doubt it will be difficult.

That sure sounds familiar.

He more than anyone else put this franchise back in good shape and brought a dead fan base back to life(that's what pisses me off with EG and the way he treated EJ) and don't give me that krap about EJ'S attiude toward Blatche and Haywood two underachievers who now finally "get it" actually Haywwod got it last year but was injured. Blatche is playing well but was it EJ's fault that the Serial Skirt Chaser was shot(being in the wrong part of town at an ungodly hour) arrested for soliciting an undercover prostitute,poor work ethic(AJ told him he needed to spend more time in the weight room)Lets be real clear EG wanted for whatever reason to rid himself of EJ and that has proved to be disaster so far but we shall see, deep down i'm a fan of this franchise always will be i'll be a bigger fan when EG is gone.

You know what. I'm glad you finally put out why you have a man crush on EJ. Unfortunately, Grunfeld put the Wizards back on the map more than Jordan. Look at the Wizards roster Grunfeld inherited.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/WAS/2003.html

Take that same link and look at the 04 roster. Ernie brought Gil, Ernie got Jamison, Ernie got Butler. I think the players the GM brought had much more to do with it than Jordan's coaching. You act like Jordan is the reason the Wizards became viable. If anything it goes both ways. The infusion of talent or "buying the groceries" so Eddie Jordan could even attempt to cook a meal. Be serious.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 1, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

lol...never said they were going to I said "if" and that looks like a big "if" at the moment. And, comparing records has nothing to do with what I said now and in the preseason when you specifically said the Sixers should be ones to watch out for and cited Brand as still a great player, which I pointed out correctly then should be placed in the past tense.

Newsflash: We'll see who ends up with the better record between the 3.

@Dargreg,

Who did EJ have to work with? Ummm, I guess only three all-stars in their primes, which more than makes up for the thin bench at the time. How often does a coach get three all-star caliber players in their primes? How often does such a team miss the playoffs? So, while you give no credit to EG and more than his fair share to EJ, I say it's just the opposite. I don't dislike EJ. I am just a realist. Reality is he is a 44% career winning coach and that is not great by any means!!! FS has a resume light years better.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 1, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@SD,

Wow, that is a truly horrid roster minus Jordan of course. Funny how the only viable player on that roster is still on the team. EG just sucks!

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 1, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is a truly horrid roster minus Jordan of course. Funny how the only viable player on that roster is still on the team. EG just sucks!

I know...even the 2004 team with Arenas doesn't look very good on paper.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 1, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Wizards Insider,
What's the status of:
Critt
M Miller
M James
D Steves back
Gil's knee
AJ's shoulder

When can we expect a full roster?

As soon as we get a competent Medical Staff!

Posted by: mabkhar | December 1, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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