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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 the team to conduct indoor-only festivities.

Doors to the Patriot Center in Fairfax will open at 11 p.m., and the first 300 fans to arrive will receive a free chicken sandwich. Additionally, the first 500 fans will receive a coupon for a free doughnut and coffee.

The Wizards are having their media day this afternoon at 1, then approximately nine hours later will stage the NBA's first-ever midnight madness, with the focus on rookie point guard John Wall, whom the team selected with the No. 1 overall pick.

Wall is among many new faces on the Wizards this season as they seek to put behind them a trying 2009-10 that included a lengthy suspension of star guard Gilbert Arenas, a dustup between Coach Flip Saunders and forward Andray Blatche and a trade-deadline roster purge of some of the franchise's most recognized players.

By Gene Wang  | September 27, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Why bring everyone out at midnight? I don't get it. I guess it is a copy of Lefty's midnight madness of a few decades ago, but it doesn't not sound kid-friendly or work-the-next-day friendly. Could someone please explain? Thanks.

Posted by: EdDC | September 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

They're trying to do it like college...midnight madness. I think it's a great and fresh idea. We got 3 rookies this year. Something new why not.

Why bring everyone out at midnight? I don't get it. I guess it is a copy of Lefty's midnight madness of a few decades ago, but it doesn't not sound kid-friendly or work-the-next-day friendly. Could someone please explain? Thanks.

Posted by: EdDC | September 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ttn703 | September 27, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The league probably has restrictions on when team's can open training camp and the organization is looking to capitalize on that in a very grassroots, college-atmosphere, kind of way. Yeah, it blows that it happens to fall on a school/work night, but I took tomorrow off so I could attend.

Posted by: EYoung77 | September 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


Seraphin is a warrior who, upon meeting you for the first time, would just as soon give you a roundhouse right as shake your hand! It is unquestionably his preferred form of communication.

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 27, 2010 11:47 AM

Wizards better think twice about letting a guy like that on the court.

Posted by: HippoWatts | September 27, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This whole "Midnight Madness" thing sounds like the kind of desperate attention getting ploy that Susan O'Malley might have dreamed up back in the day.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Except that in the La Sooz days, it would have been "Come out and watch the practice of the team that Michael Jordan and The Bulls will play against at some point this season!"

Posted by: ts35 | September 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Anybody actually going to this thing? I thought I would, but GMU feels a lot further away now that it will be in HD on nbaTv...

Posted by: divi3 | September 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"They're similar in that they're both deals in which the team gambled on uncertain future results."

There is no such thing as certain future results.

I dont think there's much comparison between ABs and Gil's deals aside from they are both nba contracts. Arenas' deal is a millstone around the neck of the franchise. The gamble there was that he'd be an NBA MVP type player for years to come. A guy who would lead the franchise to a championship. Didnt happen and now he takes up $20mill/yr and cannot be moved.

Blatche's deal changes very little about what the team can and cant do over the next few years. In the unlikely event he's a bust, he can be moved or sit the bench behind a drafted player who costs little. Not much risk there.

A bigger gamble would have been to not do the deal, he blows up, and other teams want to pay him $70mill just as we lose his rights.

Leonsis made the deal because he's seen enough from AB (on and off the court) to have decided he's a keeper. Savvy move to make that decision now rather than waiting until the rest of the league is certain about it.

Posted by: divi3 | September 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Anybody actually going to this thing? I thought I would, but GMU feels a lot further away now that it will be in HD on nbaTv...

Posted by: divi3

Thinking about it, but it's been a long day already, and midnight at the Patriot Center, while kinda cool, doesn't sound nearly as nice right now as a pillow and 1080p.

Posted by: ts35 | September 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

AB is a LOSER
In Grunfeld We Trust... NOT.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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