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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, 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?

At AOL Fanhouse, Bethelehem Shoals writes that Arenas ruined his season. And, Truehoop examines Arenas's questionable humor, saying he's on the "lunatic fringe."

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:

By Michael Lee  |  March 26, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
 
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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.

MJ has to wake up every day and be thankful Abe screwed him the way he did.

Karma is a beautiful thing considering the organization got (the last two years) what they’ve been giving the fans for years.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: djnnnou | March 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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.
Posted by: bulletsfan78

I'm sure he'll be cheering them on from his TV room in Chicago.

I wish nothing but the best for MJ, but his attempts in his interviews lately to rehab his time as GM here in DC have been kind of pathetic.

Posted by: ts35 | March 26, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure he'll be cheering them on from his TV room in Chicago."

great line!

MJ is a lousy GM and Abe worked him over like the neophyte he was at the time. He deserved it too, admittedly half-arsing at his job here because the "financial incentive" wasnt there.

Posted by: divi3 | March 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

MJ is a lousy GM and Abe worked him over like the neophyte he was at the time. He deserved it too, admittedly half-arsing at his job here because the "financial incentive" wasnt there.

Posted by: divi3 | March 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

MJ is part owner of a team and the guy Abe hired did such a great job they won 19 games last year and are on a 13 game losing streak this year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The fact they're bad without Jordan doesn't actually change, alter, or in any way impact the fact that they sucked with him.

To say nothing of the fact that "the guy abe hired" got the team into the playoffs for 4 years, something the franchise hadn't done in decades before him.

But don't let facts get in the way of a tired old story.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

To Ted: Don't worry about keeping anyone or anything, with the Wizards. There's no one or nothing worth keeping.

Posted by: mcjr | March 27, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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