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Wizards Insider: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Al Thornton discusses getting hit by a car, Wizards practice in the dark

Al Thornton had a brief encounter with the woman who hit him with a car on Thursday evening. He hopped on the hood, wrapped his arms around a side to hold on, then looked at her through the windshield. Thornton had an understandable reaction when the woman told him that...

By Michael Lee  | October 2, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Al Thornton  
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John Wall, Wizards rookies "don't want no scrubs"

John Wall is already known as a skilled dancer -- he started a craze at Kentucky and Al Thornton said that Wall and JaVale McGee do "the Dougie" better than anyone else on the team -- but the No. 1 overall pick wanted to show off his singing chops after...

By Michael Lee  | October 1, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Gilbert Arenas sits, Andray Blatche might scrimmage, and reaction to Al Thornton's accident

Coach Flip Saunders said Gilbert Arenas sat out of the Friday morning practice session with soreness in his leg, but should be able to participate in the team scrimmages later in the evening. The Wizards didn't do much more than skeleton, five-on-none offensive drills and close out practice, with a...

By Michael Lee  | October 1, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Earl Monroe drops by Wizards practice

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Hall of Fame guard and Baltimore Bullets legend Earl Monroe stopped by practice at George Mason's Patriot Center on Thursday to speak with the team. Monroe said it was the first time that he had been in a training camp since his final season with...

By Michael Lee  | September 30, 2010; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  training camp/preseason  
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Weigh in on the Wizards' season

Visit our main Wizards page to vote on how you think the team will perform this season. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the four polls and please share your thoughts in the comments....

By Alexa Steele  | September 30, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Lester Hudson hoping his jumper gives him a shot to make Wizards

After practice concluded on Wednesday night, Gilbert Arenas and Lester Hudson started shooting three-pointers, then Arenas challenged the shooting star of the evening scrimmages to a contest. Best out of 20, from 35 feet. Hudson accepted but probably thought about reconsidering when Arenas calmly drained nine of his first 14...

By Michael Lee  | September 30, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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John Wall looks impressive in evening scrimmages

The block. That improbable, who-was-that, where-did-he-come-from block that John Wall had on Al Thornton was the lasting image from the Wizards' scrimmages on Wednesday night. Thornton got the ball at the basket and didn't have anyone in front of him as he elevated for a two-handed slam -- until Wall...

By Michael Lee  | September 29, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, training camp/preseason  
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Ted Leonsis fined $100,000 for comments on NBA salary cap

UPDATED at 8:57 P.M. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for his comments about possible changes to the league's salary cap. At a breakfast with local business leaders at George Mason University on Wednesday, Leonsis said that he expects the NBA to soon have a...

By Michael Lee  | September 29, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Flip Saunders ready to zone out

And that, guys, is the hyperbolic, paraboloid, transitional floating zone. Understand? (AP Photo) The Wizards wrapped up their first practice a few hours ago and reporters were allowed to catch the final 30 minutes, as players went through defensive drills, then separated into three groups to go over some...

By Michael Lee  | September 29, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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"Eager, pumped and ready" Wizards get down to business -- with iPads

At the Washington Wizards' first real practice of the season, the motto is, "Back to Basics."

By Michael Lee  | September 28, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Hilton Armstrong, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Josh Howard, Kevin Seraphin, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Yi Jianlian, training camp/preseason  | Tags:  Midnight Tip-off, Washington Wizards, iPad playbook, training camp  
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The story behind Gilbert Arenas's beard, and the full Media Day rundown

I see you, Gilbert! (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Gilbert Arenas attracted most of the attention on Monday afternoon, as he sauntered into the practice court at Verizon Center sporting an unkempt beard, his new No. 9 jersey, and a pair of old Nike Penny Hardaway shoes. He's...

By Michael Lee  | September 28, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Hamady Ndiaye, Hilton Armstrong, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Josh Howard, Kevin Seraphin, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian  
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Midnight Tip-Off more marketing savvy, than madness

Here I come! (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Kirk Hinrich slapped the ball as he prepared to make an inbounds pass and shouted, "We got it! We got it!" He waited until Gilbert Arenas curled around a screen, then flipped an underhand pass. Arenas caught the ball, quickly...

By Michael Lee  | September 28, 2010; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Wizards wrap up midnight madness

The first practice of a new era for the Washington Wizards concluded early this morning at George Mason University's Patriot Center with Gilbert Arenas shooting foul shots on his own, JaVale McGee and Al Thornton sticking around to sign autographs and new majority owner Ted Leonsis ready to push forward...

By Gene Wang  | September 28, 2010; 1:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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The subdued Gilbert Arenas: "I just want to play"

By Michael Lee  | September 27, 2010; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Flip Saunders addresses media scrutiny of Gilbert Arenas

In one of the more light-hearted moments during this afternoon's media day, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders was asked if Gilbert Arenas -- returning from a 50-game suspension and a month in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room -- appeared angry, perhaps even bitter, in...

By Gene Wang  | September 27, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bog: Teammates react to Emo Gilbert

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg reports a variety of reactions to the stone-faced demeanor of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas at media day. Here's an example: "Demeanors can be taken out of context," Josh Howard said. "There's no point in even getting into that. I know Gil's ready. Hands...

By Alexa Steele  | September 27, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Pep rally canceled

Rainy conditions in the area forced the Washington Wizards to call off a prep rally originally scheduled for tonight at 10 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Wizards players and coaches were going to greet fans outside the arena before walking to the practice court, but potentially heavy downpours prompted...

By Gene Wang  | September 27, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Media day has arrived, Midnight Tip-off to follow

It's time, John. You ready? (Reuters Pictures) It's time to unwrap the packaging on a new season, a new era -- the John Wall era -- on Monday, when the new-look Wizards are introduced during Media Day at Verizon Center and practice after dark about nine hours later at...

By Michael Lee  | September 27, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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