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Wizards Insider: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Gilbert Arenas starting to reconnect with Wizards fans

Gilbert Arenas has had a rough week, but in the eyes of some fans, he's still endearing.

By Michael Lee  | October 16, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Nick Young  | Tags:  Gilbert Arenas; Washington Wizards  
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Andray Blatche trying to get fit, and in the low post

You may have noticed that Andray Blatche showed up for training camp a little thicker. Blatche made focusing on his body a primary concern entering this offseason, but his plans were derailed by a broken right foot that kept him from maintaining the proper conditioning for the two months that...

By Michael Lee  | October 15, 2010; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Josh Howard  
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Forty seconds of funk

John Wall has pulled off some amazing plays throughout the preseason, and Thursday night was no different, as the No. 1 overall pick recorded the first double-double of the meaningless portion of the schedule. Ben Golliver, blogger for CBSSports and Blazersedge.com, was quite impressed by Wall -- and he only...

By Michael Lee  | October 15, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Gilbert Arenas fined $50,000, sources confirm

No, this really hurts. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Updated: 4:14 p.m. The Wizards fined Gilbert Arenas $50,000 for faking a knee injury on Tuesday in order to give playing time for Nick Young, two league sources confirmed. The amount of the fine was originally reported by Comcast...

By Michael Lee  | October 15, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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On offense, Wizards have a 'sticking' situation

Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders has used the word "sticking" to describe the team's ball movement at points this preseason. It's a description he has repeated often when his players abandon team basketball for long stretches, trying instead to play one-on-one rather than getting others involved. Following tonight's 96-88 loss...

By Gene Wang  | October 14, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Kevin Palmer waived

The Wizards announced they waived guard Kevin Palmer, who appeared on one preseason game. Palmer had signed with Washington on Sept. 24. The Wizards now have 17 players on their roster....

By Gene Wang  | October 14, 2010; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gilbert Arenas done for the night with mild groin strain

Gilbert Arenas stepped onto the Verizon Center court for his first game since his suspension last season, but his return lasted all of three minutes because of a mild strain in his right groin. Wizards officials said he would not re-enter against Milwaukee for precautionary reasons. Arenas came in with...

By Gene Wang  | October 14, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Gilbert Arenas to play tonight

6:45: Gilbert Arenas is not starting. Starters are: John Wall, Nick Young, Kirk Hinrich, Andray Blatche and Yi Jianlian Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said Gilbert Arenas will play in tonight's final home preseason game against Milwaukee, but he declined to specify in what capacity. That means Arenas will participate...

By Gene Wang  | October 14, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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JaVale McGee is trying to mix style with substance

JaVale McGee anticipated Atlanta Hawks guard Jordan Crawford's pass and lunged in front of Etan Thomas to intercept it. McGee scooped up the ball, dribbled it behind his back, sprinted up the floor and took an extra-long step before dunking. Like this move? (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)...

By Michael Lee  | October 14, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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Flip Saunders noncommittal on playing Gilbert Arenas

A day after Gilbert Arenas apologized for faking an injury so teammate Nick Young could play, Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders this morning declined to reveal whether the the three-time all-star guard would be in the lineup for tonight's final home preseason game against Milwaukee. "We'll see," said Saunders, who...

By Gene Wang  | October 14, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young  
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Nick Young on a roll, with or without Gilbert Arenas's help

I appreciate the opportunity, but I did produce. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The fact that Nick Young actually produced in his first start of the preseason has been overshadowed by how Gilbert Arenas created the opportunity for his friend and teammate. That doesn't diminish what Young accomplished on the floor...

By Michael Lee  | October 14, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Nick Young  
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Gilbert Arenas: 'I screwed up again'

Gilbert Arenas was fined an undisclosed amount of money on Wednesday for comments he made about feigning a knee injury in order to let Nick Young start during the Wizards 107-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks the night before. Coach Flip Saunders announced the fine after practice, but added...

By Michael Lee  | October 13, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young  
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Gilbert Arenas 'sacrifices' for Nick Young

We'll know in a few hours whether Gilbert Arenas's latest faking revelation will be greeted with eye rolls, laughter, "Gil being Gil" shrugs or the team takes the matter seriously. Arenas has never been a guy to stick to the company line -- former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and Team...

By Michael Lee  | October 13, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young  
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Gilbert Arenas to sit out tonight

UPDATE: Gilbert Arenas said after the game that he faked a knee injury so Nick Young could start. Follow the link to read Arenas's comments after the Wizards' 107-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Gilbert Arenas's much anticipated return to Verizon Center is on hold for at least several more...

By Gene Wang  | October 12, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich  
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John Wall appreciating lessons from Sam Cassell

Slow down, young fella. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Ted Leonsis's interaction with Gilbert Arenas and other players after practice was one of the more amusing sights at Verizon Center. But nothing could top Wizards assistant Sam Cassell's one-on-one battle with John Wall in the low post. Cassell...

By Michael Lee  | October 12, 2010; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Gilbert Arenas says he's cutting the beard

What, you thought this look would last forever? (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Nick Young predicted it, Brendan Haywood requested it, and Gilbert Arenas finally confirmed it: The beard is on its way out. That scraggly, unkempt facial hair, which has been the subject of much discussion, will...

By Michael Lee  | October 11, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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John Wall on his first meeting with Derrick Rose

By Michael Lee  | October 11, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Does Gilbert Arenas need a fresh start somewhere else?

Gilbert Arenas's sullen disposition has been a topic of discussion ever since he showed up at media day sporting a scraggly beard and refusing to smile for photos. When he missed a few practices at training camp and showed up the FanFest wearing a towel over his head while his...

By Michael Lee  | October 10, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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