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Wizards Insider: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Tired Wizards look for bench help

Fatigue will be a major concern for the Washington Wizards in their game tonight against the Sacremento Kings. The Wizards will be playing their fourth game in five nights in three cities and are coming off Saturday night's loss at Chicago, 121-119, in double overtime. "Hopefully we can go to...

By Gene Wang  |  January 16, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Morning brew: Gilbert Arenas pleads, Wizards lose again

It was an eventful Friday, as Gilbert Arenas had his day in court. Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license. Sentencing is set for March 26. Statements were made by the team and Arenas's lawyer. A slightly different statement came from Adidas, which...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler; gun charges; felony; plead guilty  
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Bulls 121, Wizards 119

If the Wizards can count on one thing being consistent this season, it's disappointment. They know how to lose in the most excruciating ways imaginable. Although the only got credit for one loss on Friday against the Chicago Bulls, the way things fell apart at the end of regulation, overtime...

By Michael Lee  |  January 16, 2010; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Wizards' statement on Arenas's guilty plea

The Washington Wizards issued the following statement today: "Gilbert Arenas has been a cornerstone of the Washington Wizards for six years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed in his actions that have led to the events of this afternoon. Gilbert used extremely poor judgment and is ultimately responsible for his...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 15, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Statement from Arenas's attorney

Ken Wainstein, a partner in the Washington, DC office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated today: "Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 15, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to felony (Updated)

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas just pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license. From Dan Steinberg, who is at the courthouse: The plea agreement has prosecutors recommending the low end of guidelines, which have a maximum sentence of six months. The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 15, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Steinberg at courthouse

Dan Steinberg (the D.C. Sports Bog) is Tweeting, as much as he can, from D.C. Superior Court, where Gilbert Arenas is expected to plead guilty to carrying a pistol without a license. Follow him here....

By Alexa Steele  |  January 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Wizards prepare for Bulls, thinking of Arenas

Antawn Jamison is saddened and scared about what the future holds for his teammate Gilbert Arenas, as Arenas prepares to plead guilty to a felony gun possession charge this afternoon at D.C. Superior Court. But as the Washington Wizards prepared for the Chicago Bulls with a morning shootaround at United...

By Michael Lee  |  January 15, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Morning brew: Arenas reaches plea agreement

While most of the Wizards are preparing to play the Bulls in Chicago tonight, guard Gilbert Arenas will appear in court in Washington this afternoon. Yesterday Arenas was charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a licence, a felony, and he has reached a plea agreement that could...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 15, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Wizards' statement on charge filed against Arenas

The Washington Wizards just issued the following statement: "We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully. We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA. Beyond our previous statements on this...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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Arenas charged in gun case [Updated]

Here's a fuller account of the felony charge against Gilbert Arenas. Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession, a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine, authorities said. The charge was announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney's office for the...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Crittenton's house searched

From The Washington Post's Crime Scene blog: D.C. and Arlington police searched the home of Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton Thursday morning looking for a gun he reportedly used in a locker room confrontation with teammate Gilbert Arenas, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Police did not find the gun...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Morning brew: Wizards lose, Arenas aiming for plea deal

While the Wizards were losing to the Atlanta Hawks last night, Gilbert Arenas's lawyers were negotiating a plea deal. Sources say Arenas could be in court as soon as today on gun charges. Michael Wilbon admits Arenas made a lot of mistakes, but asks: Is he so evil that all...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Hawks 94, Wizards 82

For the second night in a row, the Wizards were done in by a lack of depth, by an opponent that rode the hot hand of someone off the bench to lead them to victory. On Wednesday night, it was Atlanta's Jamal Crawford lighting up the fourth quarter the same...

By Michael Lee  |  January 13, 2010; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Wizards (12-24) at Hawks (24-13)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford Line: Hawks by 11 With the week that the Wizards have endured, with players taking turns interviewing with investigators in the Gilbert Arenas probe, Coach Flip Saunders...

By Michael Lee  |  January 13, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Players union head Billy Hunter discusses Arenas situation

In his time as NBA players union executive director, Billy Hunter has represented players through some difficult situations. From problems such as Dennis Rodman kicking a photographer, to Latrell Sprewell attempting to choke P.J. Carlesimo, to that night when Ron Artest charged into the stands at the Palace of Auburn...

By Michael Lee  |  January 13, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Morning brew: Wizards cure what ails Pistons, and Arenas (of course)

A team from Washington loses to a team from Detroit that had a long losing streak. Where have we seen this story before? Anyway, the Wizards fell to the Pistons, 99-90, on Tuesday at Verizon Center, snapping Detroit's 13-game losing streak. Off the court, NBA Players Association chief Billy Hunter...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders  
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Jamison thrives despite distractions

With plenty of distractions surrounding the Washington Wizards, veteran forward Antawn Jamison continues to prosper on the court and exude the kind of professionalism expected from a team captain off of it. In a 99-90 loss Detroit, which entered losers of 13 straight games, Jamison had a game-high 31 points...

By Gene Wang  |  January 12, 2010; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Miller out again; Young to start

The injury saga of Mike Miller continues for the Wizards, who will be without one of their best shooters for tonight's game against Detroit. It may not matter because the Pistons are in freefall, having lost 13 straight games. That's their longest losing streak in 16 years. In any event,...

By Gene Wang  |  January 12, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Blatche, Saunders discuss suspension

Andray Blatche is suspended for tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons, but he still showed up at Verizon Center on Tuesday. He was wearing a vest, tie and slacks as he prepared to make a statement to lawyers at Verizon Center before speaking with law enforcement authorities later in the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Morning brew: Blatche suspension and more Arenas

It's a game day, with the Pistons coming to town, losers of 13 in a row. Meantime, the Wizards continue to deal with drama off the court. In Tuesday's Post, Michael Lee writes about the Andray Blatche suspension as well as Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson speaking with...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 12, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Andray Blatche; Brendan Haywood; DeShawn Stevenson, Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler  
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Blatche suspended for a game; 3 players speak to investigators

The Wizards held a brief practice on Monday, with Flip Saunders reduced to only eight available players. They were already without Gilbert Arenas (suspended indefinitely) and Javaris Crittenton (excused leave of absence). Then, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson had to speak with law enforcement authorities about Arenas's gun...

By Michael Lee  |  January 11, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (323)
 
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Morning brew: Arenas still hanging over our heads

Happy Monday, everyone. It's the start of a new week, though last week's news could just continue to carry over as Michael Lee and Mike Wise continue their Gilbert watching. In case you missed, Lee and Wise wrote an A1 story Sunday about Arenas and the entitlement that went on...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 11, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler  
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Hornets 115, Wizards 110

Mike Miller was dejected as he dressed on Sunday. He lowered his head and wrapped a scarf above it. The scarf was too expensive to use as tissue, but it would've been understandable if he had to dab an eye or two. The Wizards lost again -- what's new? But...

By Michael Lee  |  January 10, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Miller sore but will start again

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said G-F Mike Miller was sore this morning, two days after a 104-97 victory over Southeast Division leader Orlando, and that he would be a game-time decision for today's 1 p.m. tip against New Orleans. Miller apparently didn't need that long to decide and will be...

By Gene Wang  |  January 10, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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