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Wizards Insider: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Thoughts from Chicago

The vibe I'm getting is that the Washington Wizards are going with John Wall with the No. 1 overall pick no matter what. They just don't see any reason to make that decision known right now, especially without doing their due diligence (interviews, workouts, etc). Wall certainly is the most...

By Michael Lee  |  May 22, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
 
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Evan Turner: 'I want to try to be a Hall of Fame player'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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John Wall: 'It's no pressure'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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John Wall: 'I want to start a legacy of my own'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Evan Turner: 'Let your game do the talking'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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John Wall: 'I can't get big-headed'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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John Wall: 'This is a dream come true for me'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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John Wall and Evan Turner in Chicago

Morning brew Michael Lee is in Chicago for the NBA's Draft Combine, where he talked to John Wall and Evan Turner, the probable top picks in June's NBA draft. (In case you missed it, the Wizards won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday -- still hard to believe isn't it?)...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 21, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Evan Turner: 'I'm more polished. Gritty. I go hard'

By Michael Lee  |  May 21, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Wizards brimming with optimism

Morning brew The Wizards are still basking in the glow of Tuesday's draft lottery win. As Michael Lee reports in this morning's newspaper, Soon-to-be owner Ted Leonsis, President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Flip Saunders are all expressing optimism about the future of the team. Here is a transcript of Michael's...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 20, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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John Wall's image

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders did his best to be diplomatic and somewhat evasive regarding who will be the No. 1 pick in the draft, but it was clear which player he preferred by the way he gushed over John Wall during this morning's news conference at Verizon Center. Plus Wall...

By Gene Wang  |  May 19, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Flip Saunders: Trade the No. 1 pick? No chance

In case you were wondering if the Wizards are going to consider offers for the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, I asked Coach Flip Saunders that very question this morning. "No, ain't going to happen," he said. "I know that going into the draft that's something that...

By Gene Wang  |  May 19, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Leonsis on the Wizards

Soon-to-be Wizards owner Ted Leonsis had an eventful Tuesday, beginning with a meeting at the NBA offices with Commissioner David Stern in the morning and ending with his team winning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery. Leonsis has made the red tie and sweater his trademark look...

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Poll: NBA draft choices

Michael Wilbon and Mike Wise seem to think that Kentucky point guard John Wall is the obvious choice for the Wizards to make after winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. What do you think? poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Flip Saunders: 'Let's be greedy'

Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders endured virtually every malady you could have envisioned -- and others that no one could have predicted -- this season. That's what made getting the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft so special; now, officially, the Wizards can close the book on...

By Gene Wang  |  May 19, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Luck be a Wizard? Franchise lands No. 1 pick

Morning brew Irene Pollin probably wasn't the only person whose mouth hit the floor after the Wizards won the NBA lottery for the second time in franchise history. Despite 10.3 percent odds to win the No. 1 overall pick, the Wizards leapfrogged four teams - including the New Jersey Nets...

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Ernie Grunfeld: 'We're going to enjoy the moment'

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Q&A: First Things First with Dan Steinberg, 9:30 a.m.

Join Dan Steinberg -- a fearless fill-in for Tracee Hamilton while she is on vacation -- at 9:30 this morning for the latest edition of the daily chat. Dan will be pondering the possibilities the Wizards have with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. See what's on his...

By washingtonpost.com sports editor  |  May 19, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Did the Wizards get lucky or was it fate?

I knew we'd win it, Irene. (AP Photo) If you believe in conspiracy theories, as I'm sure some of you do, then you probably knew that the Wizards were the only team that was going to win the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday. NBA Commissioner David Stern never hid his...

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 1:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Washington Wizards get No. 1 pick

Tonight the Washington Wizards landed the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery. After going 26-56 this season and losing a tiebreaker with the Golden State Warriors, the Wizards had the fifth-best chance (10.3 percent) of getting the No. 1 overall pick, which is expected to be either Kentucky...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 18, 2010; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (246)
 
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Bog: Manute Bol hospitalized

From Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog: Former Washington Bullets center Manute Bol was hospitalized in Northern Virginia with kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome last week, according to a friend and associate. For the full blog post, click here....

By Alexa Steele  |  May 18, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Draft lottery is tonight

Morning brew Michael Lee reports that Irene Pollin will represent the Wizards in Secaucus, N.J., and that Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld will also be on hand when the ping pong balls are chosen in the NBA draft lottery. The Wizards have the fifth-best chance (10.3 percent) of landing the...

By Alexa Steele  |  May 18, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Irene Pollin to represent Wizards at draft lottery

I hope to leave you with some luck. (Jonathan Newton/the Washington Post) The Pollin family recently sold their 56 percent share of Washington Sports and Entertainment, which includes the Wizards and Verizon Center, to Ted Leonsis. But Irene Pollin and her sons, Robert and Jim, remain passionate about the...

By Michael Lee  |  May 17, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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