Leonsis closes in, Arenas reaches judgment day
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, Gilbert Arenas, facing possible jail time. Mike Wise has a hunch that Leonsis will at least give Arenas a chance.
Arenas will receive his punishment for carrying an unlicensed weapon in the District at 2:30 p.m. ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson said that Judge Robert E. Morin is unlikely to give leniency to Arenas based on the explosive sentencing memo provided by prosecutors. Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner compares Arenas's sentencing to .... Martha Stewart?
The Wizards also look to end their 13-game losing streak in Charlotte, where no doubt Michael Jordan would love to help his former employer set a franchise-record in futility.
The team is dealing with several distractions, with Coach Flip Saunders's decision to start Andray Blatche after his insubordination still causing controversy. Saunders explained his decision on Thursday and Blatche apologized to Saunders, fans and his teammates for how he handled the situation. Kyle Weidie at Truth About It has a message for all of the Blatche defenders.
Here's the rundown from Thursday's games at the Daily Zap:
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