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Leftovers from the Friday circus

The Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton saga has overshadowed everything with the Washington Wizards so far in 2010. And you can find some more interesting takes on the situation in David Aldridge's story on NBA.com and Marc Stein's story on ESPN.com. There will be a number of spicy details dropped over the next days and weeks I'm sure, but until Arenas and Crittenton both explain themselves, and the situation, on the record, or the D.C. police department releases its report, it will all be hearsay and rumors.

Only a few people really know what happened for sure, and none of them have come forward. That being said, the Wizards actually play a game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. I went to practice on Friday, and believe it or not, there were a few questions about something other than guns in the locker room.

There certainly was a circus atmosphere surrounding practice, with about a dozen or so reporters carrying cameras and microphones all trying to get the scoop, which really wasn't going to be handed out on that day. I was amused by how players, like Antawn Jamison, smiled at the cameras and calmly walked by saying, "I'll answer questions about San Antonio." Brendan Haywood took the most entertaining approach as he spotted the cameras, then raced to the locker room door shouting, "Hey, is that Randy Wittman?"

Three players actually stopped to briefly talk to reporters. Fabricio Oberto looked dazed and confused as he repeatedly said, "I don't know. I don't know what you're talking about." Nick Young wiped sweat from his nose and said that the NBA and police investigation into Arenas and Crittenton would not be a distraction. "No. We believe in each other. We a team, we family. We wouldn't let that happen." Mike Miller said, "People are going to investigate and do their jobs. We are going to do our jobs."

Flip Saunders later emerged from the locker room, moving his way through all the cameras, and issuing no comment after no comment with regards to Arenas and Crittenton. When asked about it being a distraction, Saunders said, "Right now, our distraction is not winning games. Worry about things you can control."

Saunders went on to say that the grueling practices that followed the Wizards' 110-98 loss to Oklahoma City has left some of his players banged up. He said Jamison didn't finish practice with some soreness in his leg, Arenas had developed some stiffness in his left knee and Earl Boykins was nursing a sore foot. Saunders added, "We'll have to wait and see how they are. Even if they do play, there will be a lineup change."

Saunders wouldn't say who would enter the starting lineup, but it will be interesting to see which player gets benched. Jamison? Arenas? Randy Foye?

Miller also practiced on his strained right calf for the first time in more than a month. While Saunders ruled out the possibility that Miller would play against the Spurs, but he said he might be available next week against Philadelphia and/or Cleveland. "He's getting closer," Saunders said.

But I know that not many people care about that right now. And I'm sure that the game tonight will have an even wilder scene -- and it won't be because Roger Mason Jr. is back.

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
 
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Comments

Saw Tracee Hamilton pile on to the Arenas story this AM, as we all knew she would, being a member of the Sports Yenta contingent that seems to have taken over the Post's columnists. She actually managed to get in a little direct criticism of Gilbert's newfound love of assists -- always a surprise because I'm convinced Tracee doesn't actually watch the games, just reads Michael Lee's stuff and adds some sarcastic remarks.

Anyway, Tracee insists that Gilbert is so desperate to get assists that he only passes the ball to teammates who he believes can use it to score a basket. I confess I don't see much wrong with this approach, except that it doesn't appear to be working that well, since said teammates are clanking shots off the rim at almost the same rate as Gilbert himself. Maybe DeShawn Stevenson felt offended when he stopped getting opportunities to do his can't feel my face routine.

Personally, I haven't missed it.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 2, 2010 12:10 PM


Could not have said that better myself. I think it was right around the time that Kornheiser started turning in 100 word columns, (maybe '03?) that this kind of sarcastic writing became the norm. Sally Jenkins is just as bad. But really, Tracee Hamilton jumping on the bandwagon to comment on this is just ridiculous. Where has she been the past 30 games?

What makes this even worse, is that fact that the Wiz beat reporters for the Post are comically late on the news and this entire situation. How can this be possible?

If the Post keeps this up, the same thing will happen that went down with the Times. Same thing continues to happen with the Skins reporting too. They're getting info from the other news outlets and reporting it. Something has to be said about the validity of these reports because who knows how reliable unnamed sources are, but it's a huge concern.

Season 5 of "The Wire", another example of the brilliance of David Chase

Posted by: saltine182 | January 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's Blatche for Jamison but somehow I doubt it.

If Arenas doesn't play will he sit next to Critt on the bench?

Posted by: elfreako | January 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

You said it all in "circus". I have a feeling that's also a pretty good prediction about what the rest of the season is going to resemble. New owner, police investigations, likely trades, lottery picks. Oye.

Posted by: dcball | January 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Some more hearsay/gossip. Allegedly, Critt and others on the team owed Gil money. Gil the goofball chose to press Critt more than the others for his cash even though the younger PG had already promised payment. Critt got fed up with Gil loud talking him. Critt, who allegedly got the best of McGuire during a fight this summer, apparently is good with his hands and indicated Gil could get some. Gil wanting no part of the bigger guard allegedgly pull the gun. To which Critt alledgedly responded something to the effect of, "Put down that [gun] and I'll beat your ass."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

so critt never pulled the hammer out??????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What kind of source do you have???

I have not heard anything about Critt owing money, all I have read is that he was owed money by Gilbert.

Either way, this team is falling apart.

Some more hearsay/gossip. Allegedly, Critt and others on the team owed Gil money. Gil the goofball chose to press Critt more than the others for his cash even though the younger PG had already promised payment. Critt got fed up with Gil loud talking him. Critt, who allegedly got the best of McGuire during a fight this summer, apparently is good with his hands and indicated Gil could get some. Gil wanting no part of the bigger guard allegedgly pull the gun. To which Critt alledgedly responded something to the effect of, "Put down that [gun] and I'll beat your ass."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | January 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Mike James will see any playing time tonight. Maybe one man's trash will become that same man's treasure. I hate to see guys only motivated by a new contract get rewarded, but the Wizards can't be choosy about where they get production.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

doesn't sound like critt was collectin sounds like Gil was sending a message whether seriously or jokingly. No one got shot, no one even had a fight i'd say no harm no foul unless more unreleased details emerge.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

it's wild because they run that article directly above this one. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4787825

This article seems to have been made from various other news reports while the first link i posted was to an article written by Marc Stein of ESPN 2 hrs after the article i just linked. Seems like Stein actually did some leg work and got a semi-different version of the story that plays from a slightly lighter angle than the whole Arenas draws down on teamate angle of the earlier article.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how M Lee doesn't even comment about being scooped by the NY Post.

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The NY Post isn't exactly the last word in accuracy.

Posted by: charley42 | January 2, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It's not uncommon that other papers "beat you to a scoop"; WTEM 980, the radio station owned by the Redskins owner has been scooped on Redskins stories. It's simply a matter of who a source feels most comfortable with; and the New York Post has a long history of good basketball reporting.

What fascinates me is the comment by lilhollywoodd10: "...sounds like Gil was sending a message whether seriously or jokingly. No one got shot, no one even had a fight i'd say no harm no foul."

"Gil" was sending a message by pulling a gun? Because "No one got shot, no one even had a fight i'd say no harm no foul"?

You really think it's okay that guns may have been pulled because no one got shot? That's the standard we're holding "Gil" and everyone else to? That it's okay to pull a gun if you don't pull the trigger? I take that back; it's okay to pull a gun as long as no one got shot?

I can't believe those are the standards you hold people to.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

In (partial) defense of Michael Lee, he covers the Wizards and the sources for this story seem to be from the league in New York.

If the Wizards management isn't talking and the players aren't talking, it's hard for Mr. Lee to get much. It's possible he was digging but not getting anything.

Any others sources would be either from the DC Metro Police or US Attorney's office (good luck getting anything from them). And I doubt Lee has any sources with them since it's not his beat.

OTOH, there's the legitimate question of whether he's been too "close" with the team. That's always a problem with covering sports teams, apparently.

I do think the report earlier of Arenas bringing guns to the locker to be disposed of should have raised all kinds of flags. E.g., why didn't he have Virginia police dispose of them since they were legal there?

As we know, it's a bizarre story.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

charley-

Yes, but where there's smoke...

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"No one got shot, no one even had a fight i'd say no harm no foul unless more unreleased details emerge."

So D.C. laws don't count? NBA regulations don't count?

Either you're joking or you're nuts.

Posted by: nmik | January 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

the comments from the other players make it sound like it was more than just an argument where a gun/guns were present. just a feeling.

Posted by: thickman22 | January 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

the comments from the other players make it sound like it was more than just an argument where a gun/guns were present. just a feeling.

Posted by: thickman22 | January 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This would've been a much more satsifying if we found out that Crittenton slapped Gil's gun away from him and proceeded to give him a much deserved ass-whoopin'...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the good ol'days when we would cherish the Etan/Brendan escapades!!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I could not agree more with Sampson151 - When I see a bi-line with Jenkins name on it I do not waste my time reading it.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I think I no longer expect the Wiz to finish in the top eight for the East.
So I will speculate some for next year:
- Wiz will try for budget of $68-70M
- Oberto gone savings $2M
- Crittenton gone savings $1.5M
- James gone savings $6.5M

Doubtful:
- Haywood who will want $9M, probably will get $7.5M from another team
- McGuire, if still producing might be offered $1M by the Wiz, otherwise will get minimum non-guaranteed from another team
- Mike Miller will be offered $6M by the Wiz, will probably go somewhere else just for spite
- Boykins will be back, slightly above the veterans minimum maybe $1.5M
- Paul Davis might be considered to be a third C, minimum about $900K non-guaranteed
- Randy Foye will be offered his qualifying offer $4.8M, he'll take it as no other team wants him
Likelihood of trades?
- new controlling/majority owner will want to cut payroll, highest salaries first
- Stevenson still untradeable, everybody else is on the market

Posted by: rickgonz | January 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The NBA players union will fight the Washington Wizards or the NBA if either tries to void the contracts of two Wizards players who are alleged to have pulled guns on each other before a recent practice.

"They can attempt to take any action they want, but if it contradicts or violates the collective bargaining agreement, then we will litigate over that," Billy Hunter, the NBA Players Association executive director, told the Daily News Saturday. "There's no question we'd litigate."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2010/01/02/2010-01-02_nba_players_union_will_fight.html#ixzz0bUtF0zPu

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is wondering what the contractually binding terms are regarding player misconduct, here you go.

From the NBA uniform player contract:
"16.TERMINATION.
(a) The Team may terminate this Contract upon written notice to the Player if the Player shall:
(i) at any time, fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct to standards of good citizenship, good moral character (defined here to mean not engaging in acts of moral turpitude, whether or not such acts would constitute a crime), and good sportsmanship, to keep himself in first class physical condition, or to obey the Team’s training rules; "

And then if somehow, the legalities are satisfied, the team would waive the player, and another team could claim his contract. That is, he would be paid the remaining part of his contract by the new team, and the Wiz would gain nothing by it, would not have any trade value whatsoever.
The Wizards also would not be able to "reclaim" the value of his contract to go beyond the salary cap, in other words could not hire anyone else since the Wiz are already over the salary cap.
Those are the realities of NBA team management. Don't expect the Wizards to waive either Arenas or Crittenton at this time. The most they might want to do is impose fines and suspensions as approved by the NBA.

Posted by: rickgonz | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

." Nick Young wiped sweat from his nose and said that the NBA and police investigation into Arenas and Crittenton would not be a distraction. "No. We believe in each other. We a team, we family. We wouldn't let that happen.

where did he go to school?

The NBA, if it wants to grow and rival the NFL, needs to put an end to all the thug-like culture. Make an example of them and start to rebuild your image. The Wizards suck, have sucked, and will continue to suck with their current roster.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The NY Post is one step below the National Liar(Enquirer) but what bothers me is what in the hell is Flip and Ernie doing? this should have never escalated into what has transpired already i would have let both of them know cut the bull sh#t and play ball you just got blown out by Phoenix and you're playing cards.This team was one and three on that road trip if i was Flip there wouldn't be any card playing whatsoever on the plane, i'll tell you what Avery Johnson would not have let none of that krap Gilbert is doing take place and as far as Javaris is concerned cut his dumb azz as soon as he's healthy and suspend Gilbert for conduct detrimental to the team along with a heavy fine a message needs to be sent period.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking maybe Gil, Butler, Jamison, Blatche and Haywood? Who knows. I don't see anyone from the "big 3" coming off the bench.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

sounds like agent zero needs to pay his gambling debts on his way out of town... i think he can afford it... maybe agent zero is living up to his name... zero!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 2, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

David Stern has gone about things in the wrong fashion. Instead of creating a dress code for his players he should have created a playing code. Stern wants to reconnect with Middle America (read: white people) but he's failed to realize that the people aren't watching because the players look thugs; they're tuning out because the majority of the games stink. I wish I could watch one NBA game during the regular season and not feel like every player on the court wasn't trying until the final six minutes.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dungarees-- People on this site refer to him as Gil ALL ALL ALL the time, so why are you getting all worked up about it now? They also call him "GA" or "Arenas." These are called "abbreviations." They are used sometimes in life. Worry about real things.

Posted by: Urnesto | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"The NBA, if it wants to grow and rival the NFL, needs to put an end to all the thug-like culture."

There was this same talk after the brawl in auburn hills and stern took quite a few measures like the dress code, multiple mvp's for nash(ha!), and what not.

despite that, you still saw and heard tons of "i was fan back when the game was played by pros" which obviously translates to "larry bird is the greatest player of all-times"

that set of people isnt interested in the nba anymore nor will they be again, yet the league has done well without them and will continue to do so.

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Nah.

Look what Leonsis did with the Caps.

Nearly an identical situation(pre-guns) and now the Caps are considered one of the best teams in hockey.

I expect him to do it with the Wiz also. Leonsis is one of the best owners in sports. He'll clean house before he lets anything like what's going on now happen.

Sad thing is this is just another example of Abe trusting the wrong people. :(

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what's going to happen when Leonsis can't "save the day". You realize it's not going to happen right? No minors, 2 rounds of drafting, lack of trading (ESPECIALLY for picks) it's not gonna happen. Didnt Ted get into it with a fan not too long ago? I don't remember.

Not to say he wouldn't. Just all this blind "Ted Faith" may be a little misplaced. Now instead of "wait until we're healthy" it's "wait until Ted takes over"

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

WOW,

I go away for a little R & R and look what I come back too?

Maybe the reason Gil had a gun was because he fights like he plays BB....no "D".

Fighting Gil would be like fighting a man with no arms.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

." Nick Young wiped sweat from his nose and said that the NBA and police investigation into Arenas and Crittenton would not be a distraction. "No. We believe in each other. We a team, we family. We wouldn't let that happen.

Why don't the NBA send these kids to interview school.
Teach them how to use verbs and to not pick the nose when talking.

Posted by: VBFan | January 2, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

JCritt should have paid the mafioso to break Gilby's knee caps.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"but he's failed to realize that the people aren't watching because the players look thugs; they're tuning out because the majority of the games stink."

1)too effing bad for people who are so offended by cornrows and tats. they can go watch baseball, or thugs skating around the ice.

2)ratings for the nba have actually been up recently and when you factor in the international aspect, league's future looks bright despite idiots like arenas and critt

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

league has done well without them and will continue to do so.

Posted by: divi3


If a distant 3rd after NFL, and MLB is doing well, then I guess you're right.
I posted again about Stern and I think he's done a few things wrong, see above.
I'm 44 years old, old enough to remember the Lakers vs. Celtics games and I would love to have that sort of excitement to look forward to again in the NBA.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis has done a great job, but you cant overestimate how much all the Caps success hinged on Ovechkin being the guy available when they had the pick.

luck

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

divi,

I think you misunderstood, people don't care how they look, they care that the games, (for the most part) unitl playoff time stink.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"If a distant 3rd after NFL, and MLB is doing well, then I guess you're right."

Depends how you define it, but I know for a fact the World Series has been getting its worst ratings of all-times over the past few years.

I'm old enough to remember the Laker-Celtics too and was a big fan back then....and I see that a Lakers-Cavs final should be just as exciting and with a high quality of play to anyone who is actually a fan

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

fyi

In 1998, the Golden State Warriors terminated the remaining three years and $23.7 million remaining on the contract of guard Latrell Sprewell after Sprewell attempted to choke then-Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo during an argument at practice. NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Sprewell for a year, but after Sprewell took the case to arbitration, the arbitrator reduced the penalty from a calendar year to the remainder of the 1997-98 season and informed the Warriors that they could not terminate Sprewell's contract. Sprewell was ultimately traded to the Knicks.

Posted by: VBFan | January 2, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think you misunderstood, people don't care how they look, they care that the games, (for the most part) unitl playoff time stink."

i've been a wiz/bullets fan forever, so i guess i'm used to the stank!

agree 100% about the diff in quality between reg and post season

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's starters:

PG Arenas
SG Butler
SF Jamison
PF Blatche
C Haywood

Flip is going big tonight but how will this change when Miller returns?

Posted by: elfreako | January 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The NY Post may be a rag in general but Pete Vecsey has a good reputation for his NBA reporting.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Lakers Cavs would be ok, not like lakers Celts tho. Maybe when Shaq was a bit younger it would be so. Don't get me wrong, I love the talent of some of the players of today, but the match-ups aren't as exciting to me. IMHO.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"Come on everyone, what is the matter with you ... He is the same guy MOST of you wanted so badly to sign and now since they are losing you want the guy to have his contract voided or for him to leave. Do you really consider yourself a great fan? besides Arenas in my opinion is doing everything he can to win games but the whole team needs to get better. Arenas is doing his job. Look at his NUMBERS? the guy had 3 major knee surgeries. He is not Kobe, Lebron or Wade but he is a heck of a player

Posted by: svafai2000 | January 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse "

Not sure whether to laugh or puke.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

that set of people isnt interested in the nba anymore nor will they be again, yet the league has done well without them and will continue to do so.

Posted by: divi3 | January 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

divi3

Why is the salary cap going down if the NBA is doing so well?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, I love the talent of some of the players of today, but the match-ups aren't as exciting to me. IMHO.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM

I agree. Expansion has killed the level of play in the league. There are some guys starting now that would not have received any burn in the 80s.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 2, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Latest from Yahoo sports:
An official within the league told The Associated Press on Saturday that he was briefed before Dec. 24 by officials reviewing the incident. He said the review included a dispute over card-playing, gambling debts and a heated discussion between Arenas and another player. He said the review did not refer to Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drawing guns on each other—as the New York Post has reported—although he said that doesn’t preclude that it might have happened.

He "doesn't preclude" it might have occurred?

Posted by: SteveMG | January 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is the salary cap going down if the NBA is doing so well?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010

You dont keep up with events do you if you did you would know stern announce no cap reductiom for next year LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

wow, comcast preshow are saying that Irene Pollin will make an announcement tonite. Theyre talking about a lot of the things and said that Gil didnt pull a gun, that they had an argument.

Posted by: washwiz | January 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News!!! Blathce Is Starting


The big boy lineup. Now we are like a Western Conference team. Lets see if it works. Hopefully Gil's knee is fine. I also think CB will play way better at the 2 in Flip's system than at the 3. Our interior D should also be better. We played good D early in the season when AJ was hurt. Maybe we can get back to that now with Blatche & Wood down low

Posted by: dlts20 | January 2, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So where is Crittenton's gun and how come we don't hear about him being in trouble and being investigated by the police? Something is not adding up here....

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 2, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I said:

Defensive FG percentage has steadily gone up since Jamison came back, not to mention he's having more and more low, single-digit rebound games than double digit ones as the season progresses. Time to bench him and start Blatche or move Jamison to the three, Butler to the two and bench Foye. If we can't be faster on defense we can at least be BIGGER!


Posted by: and_1 | December 29, 2009 10:20 PM

kalo_rama said:

"If we can't be faster on defense we can at least be BIGGER!"

Bigger also usually means slower. Playing Jamison at the 3 and Butler at the two is just handing out engraved invitations for quicker opposing players to take them off the dribble. More size only matters when it's the kind of size that acts as a defensive deterrent. The Wiz don't have that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 10:23 PM


----------------------------------------------

Well what do you know???
Blatche has been inserted into the starting lineup in tonight's game with Butler at the two and Jamison at the three.
Well what do you know???

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

kalo_rama is right. It may not be borne out tonight because Bogans and RJ are decent matchups for them. But if you thought 3s and 4s were having their way, wait 'til you see 2s and 3s feast on those dudes.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

we'll never know what really happened in the lockeroom, but suffice to say if it was nothing, then nothing would have been reported.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 2, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Gilberts knee isn't sore I guess, huh.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"Well what do you know??? Blatche has been inserted into the starting lineup in tonight's game with Butler at the two and Jamison at the three. Well what do you know???

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I know that Haywood and Blatche played the first 10 minutes of the 1st quarter together. I know that during the first quarter, the Wizards never had a lead and allowed the Spurs to shoot almost 70% from the field. I know that on the very first play of the game Jamison went out to the perimeter to cover Spurs SF Richard Jefferson, only to have Jefferson put the ball on the floor and drive by him like a traffic cone before sidestepping a flatfooted Haywood on the lane and making a layup without a single Wizards' player laying a finger on him.

Oh yeah, I know the Wizards lost the game.

What do you know? (Rhetorical question, of course. We all already know the answer.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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