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Jamison misses practice in Orlando

Antawn Jamison was unable to catch his early morning flight out of Miami and missed the Wizards' practice on Monday in Orlando. Jamison had a suite at Sun Life Stadium to watch the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in the Super Bowl on Sunday night. He called the team to inform them of his problems getting out. He plans to join the team in Charlotte later in the afternoon. The Wizards will play the Bobcats on Tuesday.

The Wizards finished what Saunders called "a mini-all-star break before the all-star break," with the snow in the District keeping them stranded in Orlando over the weekend. "Overall, it's probably been good. We've had some spirited practices," Saunders said. "No doubt, winning that last game helps. Guys have a sense of feeling good about themselves and we can be more demanding of what we expect in practice from a perfection standpoint."

Caron Butler said he used the time to relax. He even went to the movie theater to watch, "Dear John."

"Good movie," he said.

The time in Florida worked out for Brendan Haywood. "I'm glad to be in Orlando rather than in a snowstorm. I didn't have any food in the house, so I would've starved. I was actually glad to be here," he said. "It really hasn't been that crazy for me; a lot of relaxing time in the hotel room. Seeing all the sights in Orlando. It really hasn't been that bad."

But Haywood did have a rough night on Sunday. He is, after all, a Colts fan.

"I was hurting. The Colts didn't complete the mission," he said. "It probably means more to the city of New Orleans than it does to Indianapolis, but as a Colts fan, I'm disappointed. I still wanted to see them win because I love Peyton Manning. I think he's the greatest quarterback in the game, despite what happened. I wanted to see him get a win so that there would be no doubt that he goes down as the greatest quarterback of all time. The only true mistake he made was that [game-deciding interception to Tracy] Porter."

By Michael Lee  |  February 8, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

We talking 'bout practice, man! Not a game! Not a game! Practice!

Posted by: tgif11 | February 8, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

How motivated do you have to be to wake up the morning after the superbowl to make an early flight at the crack of dawn to go to practice for a losing team thats gonna trade you anyways. Win a championship ring Antawn or Caron and thanks for the entertainment you provided in our playoff runs two years ago.

Posted by: jefferu | February 8, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

If this were one of the young guys Flip would sit them!

But we all know the Wizards are as two faced of an organization that a person could find in DC?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Their respective records would seem to rather strongly dispute the notion that Carolina is a "more talented team" than Maryland.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

kal,

If you ever take the time to read the whole post you might learn something about basketball.

Maybe he would have learned how a less talented team beats a more talented team by being willing to pass, out hustle, play good "D" and listen to their coach who came up with a great game plan?

The year MD won the championship, they didn't have the most talented "TEAM"!

The only guy on their roster that did anything in the NBA is Blake.

Basketball is a team game and NC has a more talented squad but MD is the better TEAM!

That's wht the Wizards never won anything because the players they have think they can play selfish BB instead of TEAM BB?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Interesting piece by David Aldridge on ESPN about potential trades.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 8, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if you weren't an idiot, you wouldn't be such a moron.

What does Maryland beating higher ranked, better teams to win the title almost a decade ago have to do with whether they're better than North Carolina today. Oh, that's right, nothing.

As of today:

Maryland: 16-6, 6-2 (ACC)

Carolina: 13-10, 2-6 (ACC)

How does a "more talented team" win 1/3 as many games as a "less talented team" in the same conference? Oh, that's right, they don't.

Maryland is a better team than Carolina this year. Period. Therefore, watching them trounce a clearly inferior opponent tells us a grand total of dick about how "how a less talented team beats a more talented team."

Idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Kal,

Yes, Maryland is a better team but not as talented.

The year the Pistons won a championship with Brown as their coach they weren't the most tanlented team in the NBA, but they were the best TEAM?

There is a difference, but I realize you that's over your head?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

How does a "more talented team" win 1/3 as many games as a "less talented team" in the same conference?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Simple by playing better TEAM basketball.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The list of things over your head starts with your lower intestines.

Yes, Maryland is a better team but not as talented."

So if Carolina's "talent" fails to make them better or give them an advantage, then it's not really worth much is it? Which only reinforces my point: the fact that Maryland beat an inferior Carolina team tells us nothing other than how a good team beats a less good one. Calling them "more talented" then admitting that being "more talented" doesn't make them any better, makes calling them "more talented" as meaningless as calling them "taller" or "better looking." What difference does it make? Oh, that's right, none.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Kal,

Give a person enough rope and they will always hang themselves...

Calling them "more talented" then admitting that being "more talented" doesn't make them any better, makes calling them "more talented" as meaningless as calling them "taller" or "better looking."

So that's your problem you're a short, ugly, fat guy who never played sports!

That's why you try to prove your point by bringing up meaningless facts that have nothing to do with what someone writes it's all starting to make sense.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. Agree with previous poster. If this were Nick Young or Andray Blatche they would not be playing. I want to know more. WHY was he unable to make his early morning flight?

If I'm unable to make my early morning trip to work, but I call in and tell them that I can't make it... I uh... still don't get paid.

Posted by: ericw1 | February 9, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Good leadership too. Good leadership there from the captain... I guess "The Warrior" couldn't battle his way to the airport.

Posted by: ericw1 | February 9, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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