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Wizards Insider: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Larry Hughes on Arenas: 'He'll be back' with Wizards

The relationship between Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards has soured to seemingly irrevocable levels, with both sides upset with each other in the aftermath of his felony gun charge and season-ending suspension. An ugly divorce appears inevitable, with speculation that the Wizards would look into voiding Arenas's contract, agree...

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2010; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; David Stern; Gilbert Arenas; Larry Hughes  
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Knicks (18-27) at Wizards (15-30)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Knicks: Chris Duhon, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Jared Jeffries, David Lee Line: Knicks by 2 The Wizards failed to have any starters score in double figures in their 81-79 win against the New Jersey Nets on Friday. It...

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Wizards-Knicks game still on

The Wizards' game tonight at 8 against the Knicks at Verizon Center is still on, according to the team. But because of the snowstorm, the Wizards will allow ticket holders to exchange tickets for tonight's game for the Feb. 6 game against the Atlanta Hawks. The exchange plan, according to...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 30, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Wizards 81, Nets 79

Wasn't that the kind of game that you would expect from the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference? You had several quarters of bad and inept basketball, and it came down to the final possession. Earl Boykins hit the game-winning shot with 0.4 of a second remaining as the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2010; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Wizards (14-30) at Nets (4-40)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Nets: Keyon Dooling, Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez Line: Wizards by 3.5 Mike James was getting ready to separate his tickets for family and friends before the Nets game on Friday. As he glanced down...

By Michael Lee  |  January 29, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Poll: 'Where did it go wrong?'

In his discussion with reporters on Thursday, Antawn Jamison talked about how the Wizards went from the second round of the playoffs in 2005 to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in just five years, with essentially the same core group. Of course, the one-time centerpiece of the franchise, Gilbert...

By Michael Lee  |  January 29, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Morning Brew; Suspension reactions, a trade rumor

The day after NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, I wrote about how the Washington Wizards face an uncertain future. I also answered several questions about the Wizards in a two-hour chat on Thursday. Mike Wise wrote that this is time for all parties involved...

By Michael Lee  |  January 29, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Jamison: 'It's an embarrassment'

A day after NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the suspensions of Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenten for the rest of the season, the mood at Washington Wizards practice today was predictably reserved. Center Brendan Haywood said he would answer only basketball-related questions, although he did give his Super Bowl prediction...

By Gene Wang  |  January 28, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Bog on Mike James and David Stern

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg recounts NBA Commissioner David Stern's encounter with a TMZ reporter and Wizards guard Mike James talking about the day of the Gilbert gun incident (plus he said he heard Shaq once pooped in someone's shoe)....

By Alexa Steele  |  January 28, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Arenas, Crittenton suspended

NBA Commissioner David Stern yesterday suspended Wizards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the rest of the season for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room, and Michael Lee was at NBA headquarters in New York to give you timely updates. As if that wasn't enough news, Thomas Heath...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 28, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Ernie Grunfeld discusses Arenas and Crittenton suspensions

(Via www.washingonwizards.com)...

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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David Stern discusses Wizards suspensions on NBATV

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2010; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Statement on behalf of Arenas

Ken Wainstein, attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated today: Mr. Arenas respects Commissioner Stern's decision to issue a suspension for the remainder of the season. Mr. Arenas recognizes that his actions were a serious violation of the law and league rules and were detrimental to the NBA and its reputation. He...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Statement from Players Association

Statement of G. William Hunter regarding discipline Imposed by the NBA on Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton: Gilbert and Javaris are both good men and respected members of our union. They recognize that they exercised poor judgment the morning of December 21 at the Verizon Center, and realize that they...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Leonsis's path to ownership in doubt

Business writer Thomas Heath reports: Ted Leonsis has no exclusive right to purchase the NBA Wizards and Verizon Center, the holding company founded by the late sports entrepreneur Abe Pollin told employees in a memo Tuesday, throwing into doubt the future ownership of one of Washington's biggest sports empires. Check...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Stern statement on Arenas, Crittenton

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement today: The NBA has conducted a thorough investigation of events relating to this matter. It is not disputed that, following an argument on the team's flight home from a game in Phoenix, both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Wizards statement on Arenas, Crittenton

The Washington Wizards released the following statement today: The NBA announced today that they have suspended Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season. We understand and fully support their decision. Both players violated D.C. laws and NBA rules by bringing guns into the locker room. Their...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Arenas, Crittenton suspended for remainder of season

NBA Commissioner David Stern today suspended Wizards star Gilbert Arenas and reserve Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season. According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, Arenas told Stern that he would tell the players' union not to fight the suspension. "The issue here is not...

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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Poll: Is the NBA being fair to Gilbert Arenas?

The NBA has suspended Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season, a source says. What do you think?...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  January 27, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Arenas meets with Stern in New York (Updated)

Michael Lee reports that Gilbert Arenas just finished his meeting in New York with NBA Commissioner David Stern. Arenas was accompanied by his attorney, Ken Wainstein. The meeting lasted about an hour. No word on how it went. Stern could announce his decision on Arenas's suspension today. As Michael reported...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: another loss at 'home'

The Wizards fell to the Lakers Tuesday night, 115-103, at Staples Center. Wait, what? That game was at Verizon Center? Really? Anyway, Michael Lee was on hand to provide the details of the game, which was played in front of a pro-Laker crowd. Michael Wilbon was also there, writing about...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 27, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Javaris Crittenton; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Kobe Bryant; Los Angeles Lakers  
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Home stand ends with a thud

With the way the Wizards have been playing at home lately, they may be glad to get away from Verizon Center. Tuesday night's 115-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers was Washington's fourth consecutive defeat in a season-long home stand that ended 2-4, culminating a run of games in...

By Gene Wang  |  January 26, 2010; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Live game chat: Wizards vs. Lakers

Chat live with Post reporter Gene Wang around 7 p.m., when the Wizards host the Los Angeles Lakers at Verizon Center: Live game chat: Lakers at Wizards...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 26, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Lakers (33-11) at Wizards (14-29)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Line: Lakers by 9 Flip Saunders gave his players the morning off, believing that they need some rest after a schedule that has seen them play every...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Union president talks Arenas, Crittenton

Derek Fisher, the president of the NBA player's association, said that the union has been closely monitoring the situation involving Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton and would take "a wait and see" approach, based on the punishment Commissioner David Stern hands out. He said that the union is "creeping towards"...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Chat with Gene Wang during tonight's game

Chat live with Post reporter Gene Wang around 7 p.m., when the Wizards host the Los Angeles Lakers at Verizon Center. Send yourself a reminder below:...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 26, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Crittenton gets probation

Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty yesterday to a misdemeanor gun possession charge and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. Here is the statement released by Crittenton's lawyer and the statement released by the Wizards. The NBA had no immediate comment, but league officials are expected to...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 26, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards statement on Crittenton

The Washington Wizards issued the following statement today: "The charges filed today against Javaris Crittenton and his subsequent plea represent another disappointing development in what has already been a long and frustrating process for the team, the NBA and, most importantly, our fans. Javaris clearly used very bad judgment in...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 25, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Statement from Crittenton's lawyer

The following statement was released this afternoon by Javaris Crittenton's lawyer, Peter H. White: There has been a great deal of misinformation published about this event and about Javaris Crittenton. Mr. Crittenton brought a lawfully owned, unloaded handgun into Washington, DC only because he legitimately feared for his life. The...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 25, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Crittenton charged with gun counts [Updated]

Metro writer Keith Alexander reports that Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton was charged today with unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a felony, and attempting to carry a pistol without a licence a misdemeanor. with two gun counts. Crittenton, 22, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 25, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: a blowout loss to the Clippers

Another home game, another loss. This one came at the hands of the L.A. Clippers, who beat the Wizards 92-78 on Sunday afternoon. Michael Lee was on hand and duly noted the atmosphere at Verizon Center and discussed the game in his postgame blog post. Here's the recap from the...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 25, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Caron Butler; Lakers  
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Clippers 92, Wizards 78

Where would the Wizards have been without Mike James? That's the question you have to ask after they lost to the Clippers, 92-78, on Sunday afternoon. And, considering that James hasn't played an NBA game in more than two months, that tells you all you need to know about...

By Michael Lee  |  January 24, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Clippers (19-23) at Wizards (14-28), Taking football

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Clippers: Baron Davis, Rasual Butler, Al Thornton, Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman Line: Wizards by 2.5 Early afternoon games often present problems for players who are accustomed to playing in the evening, but Caron Butler found something positive in...

By Michael Lee  |  January 24, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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