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Wizards Insider: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Wizards get outworked in loss to Chicago

After three exhibition games, Coach Flip Saunders already knows what to make of his team. Somebody, please, get a rebound. (AP Photo) "When we play hard and compete, we're okay," he said. "When we don't, we're below average." On Friday night, the Wizards were below average as they lost, 107-96,...

By Michael Lee  | October 9, 2010; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Kirk Hinrich returns to Chicago

Kirk Hinrich received a huge ovation from Chicago Bulls fans when he was announced Friday at United Center. Hinrich spent the first seven years of his career in Chicago before he was dealt to Washington, along with Kevin Seraphin, a few hours before the NBA draft. He admitted that it...

By Michael Lee  | October 8, 2010; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kirk Hinrich  
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Antawn Jamison remains positive after failed championship pursuit

My championship dreams, slipped away. (Reuters Pictures) Antawn Jamison wanted a shot, asked for a shot, got a shot but, unfortunately for him, flopped. When the Wizards started heading down the toilet last season, Jamison discretely approached President Ernie Grunfeld and asked for a chance to play for an...

By Michael Lee  | October 8, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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John Wall, Wizards bounce back from rough first half to beat Cleveland

John Wall zipped inside, flipped up a shot and watched it hit the backboard and bound off the front of the rim. He drove into the lane again, leaned to the side and tried to find the right spot off the backboard again, only hit the ground as he...

By Michael Lee  | October 8, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Yi Jianlian  
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Josh Howard making progress with knee recovery

It got lost in John Wall's preseason debut, Gilbert Arenas's post-game comments, and the Wizards' reunion with former teammates Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson, but Josh Howard quietly made his return to Dallas on Tuesday. Sidelined while recovering from his left knee surgery, Howard didn't get any special...

By Michael Lee  | October 7, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Ted Leonsis says name change to Bullets is 'under consideration'

New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has gone a long way toward engaging with fans of his team since taking over the franchise since June. He has taken suggestions from fans through his email address, TheWashWiz@aol.com, responded to the ones he deems reasonable, and made every effort he can to keep...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2010; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Gilbert Arenas says he is not seeking an early exit

After the Wizards concluded practice at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Gilbert Arenas grabbed a seat on a portable water cooler and put an ice pack on his left knee. He then called me over because he wanted to clarify his post-game comments after the Wizards' 97-94 win against Dallas...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Flip Saunders pleased with Wizards' energy in win over Dallas

Keep competing guys. (AP Photo/ Tony Gutierrez) Flip Saunders was half-right at the morning walkthrough Tuesday, when he talked about his expectations for the Wizards as they opened the preseason against the Dallas Mavericks. "We might get our [butts] kicked," Saunders said, "but I know one thing: Our guys...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, John Wall  
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Gilbert Arenas: "I'm moving aside for [John Wall] to become a star"

Nine months to the day after he put his professional basketball career in jeopardy -- when he mocked his gun investigation by playfully shooting his teammates in Philadelphia with his fingers shaped like pistols -- Gilbert Arenas was back on the court, in an NBA uniform, bearing little resemblance...

By Michael Lee  | October 6, 2010; 2:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Flip Saunders to start Gilbert Arenas, John Wall and Kirk Hinrich

In a somewhat surprising move, Coach Flip Saunders decided to open the preseason against the Dallas Mavericks with a starting lineup featuring "our three little guys." Saunders will put No. 1 overall pick John Wall on the floor in a three-guard set with Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich, with JaVale...

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2010; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Brendan Haywood reunites with former teammates, reflects

Yeah, I got jokes. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp) Brendan Haywood was leaving the court at the conclusion of the Dallas Mavericks' morning shootaround when he spotted Caron Butler putting up some extra jumpers. Haywood dropped down into his defensive stance and made some playful swipes at the basketball as Butler...

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Wizards preview preseason opener against Dallas

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Flip Saunders: 'We might start four guards'

Flip Saunders remained coy about his plans for the starting lineup for the preseason opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, saying that he wouldn't determine anything until before the game. The pre-game notes that the Mavericks distributed to reporters before the Wizards' morning walk-through at American Airlines Center...

By Michael Lee  | October 5, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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John Wall gets cut above his eye; Flip Saunders yet to settle on a starting five against Dallas

John Wall emerged from practice on the eve of his preseason debut against the Dallas Mavericks with a cut on his right eyelid that looked as if he had just spent two hours sparring instead of preparing for a basketball game. He didn't need stitches, as Coach Flip Saunders said...

By Michael Lee  | October 4, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich  
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Bob Dandridge at Fan Fest

Bob Dandridge, a four-time NBA all-star who played for the Washington Bullets from 1977 to 1981 and won an NBA title in 1978, attended Washington Wizards' FanFest on Sunday, an event that capped training camp at George Mason. Dandridge also played nine seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks, winning his first...

By james wagner  | October 4, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Yi Jianlian getting comfortable, with support from cheering section

We love Yi! (Jose Argueta/Wizards Photos) The errant lob pass was headed out of bounds, but Yi Jianlian grabbed the ball just as it caromed off the padding on the side of the backboard. Yi gathered himself, dribbled closer to the basket then elevated toward the rim. JaVale McGee...

By Michael Lee  | October 4, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Yi Jianlian  
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Wizards conclude training camp; Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich injured

The Wizards concluded their first training camp at George Mason -- where they practiced at midnight and later in the dark -- with a 40-minute scrimmage that ended in exciting fashion. The white team, which featured John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Al Thornton, defeated the black...

By Michael Lee  | October 3, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Yi Jianlian, training camp/preseason  
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Javaris Crittenton discusses past with Wizards, future in NBA

Former Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton is trying to get his career going with the Charlotte Bobcats this training camp, but before he could move forward, the 22-year-old point guard looked back on his uneven stint in Washington. Like Gilbert Arenas, Crittenton was advised by NBA Commissioner David Stern not to...

By Michael Lee  | October 3, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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