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Wizards Insider: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Foye forced to sit out with left wrist injury

See how much my left wrist was bandaged? (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) Randy Foye tried to play through the pain, tried to tape up his left wrist and give it a go each night, but it eventually got to the point where he had to give...

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 11:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Mike Miller on 15 straight losses: "It's not any fun."

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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UPDATED: Gilbert Arenas's contract will not be voided by Wizards

Updated 10:17 p.m. For the first time, Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld publicly shot down speculation that the team would look into terminating the remaining four years and more than $80 million remaining on suspended guard Gilbert Arenas's contract. "We're not going to void his contract, and as we've said...

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Thornton out, Foye questionable

Jazz (47-26) at Wizards (21-50) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Alonzo Gee, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Jazz: Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Miles, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur Line: Jazz by 10 Al Thornton remains out with a strained right hip flexor and Randy Foye is questionable with a left...

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Transcript of Arenas's comments on Friday

I was just trying to be funny. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Gilbert Arenas's attorney Ken Wainstein provided a full transcipt late Friday night of the court proceedings on Friday. Here is what Arenas said in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Robert E. Morin sentenced him to 30 days in a halfway...

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Former Wizards react to Arenas sentencing

Don't try to tell DeShawn Stevenson that Gilbert Arenas's celebrity helped him received preferential treatment from Judge Robert E. Morin in D.C. Superior Court on Friday. Although Arenas avoided jail time, Stevenson said that Arenas's punishment - 30 days in a halfway house, two years of supervised probation, 400 hours...

By Michael Lee  |  March 27, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Blatche on franchise-record 14-game losing streak

By Michael Lee  |  March 26, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Statement from Arenas's lawyer

Ken Wainstein, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated today: "We are very gratified with the outcome of today's sentencing proceeding. Judge Morin's decision was fair and measured; it reflected a deep understanding of the relevant facts and equities;...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Arenas is free but drama continues for Wizards

Wizards (21-49) at Bobcats (37-34) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Alonzo Gee, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Bobcats: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw , Theo Ratliff Line: Bobcats by 10 The Wizards were mostly relieved to hear that Gilbert Arenas avoided jail time, but that didn't mean...

By Michael Lee  |  March 26, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Statement from the Wizards on Arenas sentence

"We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months. Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community. We are confident that he has learned something significant from the...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Statement from Brady Campaign

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement today about the sentencing of Washington Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arenas: "The fact that Gilbert Arenas spent much of the season involved with courts of law instead of basketball courts should be a cautionary tale...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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No jail time for Arenas

From staff writer Paul Duggan at the D.C. Superior Courthouse: Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas was spared a jail sentence Friday when a judge sentenced him to probation for bringing guns into the Verizon Center, ending a high-profile locker room confrontation with a teammate that changed the makeup up...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Poll: Weigh in on Gilbert Arenas's sentence

This afternoon, Judge Robert E. Morin sentenced Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas to two years of supervised probation, 30 days in a halfway house and 400 hours of community service for carrying a pistol without a license. What do you think? poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Arenas signs autograph while entering courthouse

By Alexa Steele  |  March 26, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Wizards' thoughts with Arenas

The Wizards won't be in Washington at 2:30 p.m, when Judge Robert E. Morin decides in D.C. Superior court whether suspended guard Gilbert Arenas will receive jail time or probation for felony gun possession. But Arenas won't be far from their thoughts as they prepare to play the Charlotte Bobcats....

By Michael Lee  |  March 26, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Leonsis closes in, Arenas reaches judgment day

Morning brew Big day in Wizards world as Thomas Heath writes that Ted Leonsis has reached an agreement on a price for the value of the Wizards and Verizon Center - an estimated $550 million. But Leonsis already faces some difficult decisions as he takes ownership with his star player,...

By Michael Lee  |  March 26, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Saunders defends his decision to start Blatche

Flip Saunders knows that the Wizards' decision to not suspend Andray Blatche for insubordination and then start him the next day in Indiana wasn't the most popular choice. But to him, it was also the right one. During his post-game press conference on Tuesday after the Wizards lost, 95-86, in...

By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2010; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Blatche apologizes, Thornton agonizes

Andray Blatche was defiant the day after Flip Saunders blasted him for his behavior during a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. He called Saunders's accusations that he quit on the team by refusing to go back into the game "a bald-face lie" and even said he did "nothing wrong." After...

By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Leonsis agrees on price for Wizards, Verizon Center

Business writer Thomas Heath reports that Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and the estate of sports entrepreneur Abe Pollin have reached an agreement on a price for Leonsis to purchase the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center, overcoming the single biggest obstacle in his path to take ownership, according to several...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 25, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Should Blatche have been punished?

Washington Post columnist Mike Wilbon and Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski both weighed in with scathing assessments of how the Wizards handled the situation with Andray Blatche. After Flip Saunders scolded Blatche for his insubordination during the Wizards' loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, it was assumed that Blatche...

By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Gilbert Arenas's fall, Blatche's start, Wizards' 13th straight loss

Morning brew On the eve of Gilbert Arenas's sentencing, Michael Lee examines how it all went wrong for the point guard and the team during the last five years. Here's a database of Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison's tenure as the "Big Three." Meanwhile, last night the Wizards lost...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 25, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Singleton: "I'd rather hit somebody than get hit"

James Singleton is 6-feet-8, which is something you have to keep in mind when you look the final stat sheet and see that he came off the bench and had a career-high 21 rebounds against Indiana on Wednesday. Singleton also finished with a season-high 19 points, but he was upset...

By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2010; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Saunders explains how Wizards have lost 13 in a row

By Michael Lee  |  March 24, 2010; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Blatche to start

Wizards (21-48) at Pacers (25-46) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Pacers: Earl Watson, Brandon Rush, Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, Josh McRoberts Line: Pacers by 9 Coach Flip Saunders missed the team meeting on Wednesday with a migraine headache, so he was unable to...

By Michael Lee  |  March 24, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Blatche will not be suspended, talks about 'misunderstanding'

A league source informed me that Andray Blatche will not be suspended for his behavior during the Wizards' 95-86 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. Coach Flip Saunders was highly critical of Blatche during a post-game tirade in which he claimed that the fifth-year forward boycotted the final three...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 24, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Bog: Andray Blatche disputes Flip Saunders's account

On his DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg summarizes Andray Blatche's interview today on 106.7 The Fan's Mike Wise Show. Among the priceless quotes from Blatche: "I mean, there can't be any disciplinary [action] out of this because to me, I don't feel I did nothing wrong. I never said I...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 24, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Gilbert Arenas's possible sentence, Andray Blatche's benching

Morning brew Where should we begin? Okay, let's start with the prosecution's scathing sentencing memo recommending three months in jail for Gilbert Arenas . Here's the entire document which depicted Arenas as defiant, refusing at first to cooperate with investigators or team management and not accepting responsibility for his actions....

By Alexa Steele  |  March 24, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Blatche doubtful for tonight

Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche is not likely to play in tonight's road game against the Indiana Pacers because of insubordination, Coach Flip Saunders said after his team lost to the Charlotte Bobcats, 95-86, Tuesday at Verizon Center. Blatche was removed from the game for good after playing 7 minutes...

By Gene Wang  |  March 24, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Saunders takes Blatche to task

Mired in a 12-game slide and facing the distraction of supended guard Gilbert Arenas's sentencing on Friday, the Washington Wizards have another potential mess on their hands with the benching of Andray Blatche in Tuesday's 95-86 loss to Charlotte. Wizards Coach Flip Saunders removed Blatche from the game after he...

By Gene Wang  |  March 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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The many tales of Arenas

If you aren't completely numb to the entire Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident by now -- heck, even if you are -- then I would advise you read the 61-page sentencing memo that federal prosecutors submitted on Tuesday. The document is a truly fascinating account of what transpired before and...

By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Bobcats (35-34) at Wizards (21-47)

Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatch, JaVale McGee. Inactive: Josh Howard. Bobcats starters: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Gerald Wallace, Theo Ratliff. Inactives: Alexis Ajinca, Desagana Diop, Nazr Mohammed. Line: Bobcats by 6 1/2. Amid the news prosecutors are recommending three months in jail for...

By Gene Wang  |  March 23, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Poll: What do you think of Arenas's recommended sentence?

Today prosecutors recommended that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Prosecutors also proposed that Arenas serve three years probation and perform 300 hours of community service. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 23, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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McGuire wishes he could've stayed in Washington

Dominic McGuire thought he needed to get traded to get an opportunity to play this season. But in the past month or so, McGuire realizes that he might have been better off staying with the Washington Wizards. McGuire can't help but wonder what might've been when he sees the opportunities...

By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Prosecutors recommend three months for Arenas

From The Post's Crime Scene blog: Prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Prosecutors also proposed that Arenas serve three years probation and perform 300 hours of community service. The recommendations came in...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 23, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Shaun Livingston's sick baseline slam

Shaun Livingston had been back to Staples Centers two times since his gruesome left knee injury more than three years ago. But since coming back, Livingston has never made quite the statement that he did against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, when he dunked on Pau Gasol. Livingston's...

By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Gilbert Arenas loses his mother

Gilbert Arenas already faces a difficult week ahead, with his sentencing for felony gun possession set for Friday. But Arenas's troubles were magnified recently, when he discovered that his estranged mother, Mary Francis Robinson, died in Miami. Robinson passed away on March 13, but Arenas didn't find out until a...

By Michael Lee  |  March 22, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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It's 11 and counting ... but Nick Young has nice homecoming

Lakers 99, Wizards 92 Nick Young was the first player out of the Wizards' locker room after they lost their 11th game in a row on Sunday night. He didn't have much time to catch up with the crowd of family and friends he had waiting for him after...

By Michael Lee  |  March 22, 2010; 1:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Wiz conclude road trip as Thornton returns "home"

Wizards (21-46) at Lakers (51-18) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol Line: Lakers by 12.5 Al Thornton said it felt "weird" to be back in Los Angeles, where he spent the first 2...

By Michael Lee  |  March 21, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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