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Wizards Insider: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Open thread: Wizards (0-1) at Hawks (2-0)

The Wizards will try to rebound from their humiliating, 29-point loss in Orlando tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks are coming off a 104-101 victory last night in Philadelphia. Once again, you chat about the game in comments below or join the conversation on Twitter with...

By Michael Lee  | October 30, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Flip Saunders pleased with small forward production

The Wizards didn't have much go right in Orlando on Thursday, but Coach Flip Saunders was not disappointed with the effort he got from the small forward tandem of Al Thornton and Cartier Martin, who combined to score 26 points and nine rebounds against the Magic. Martin came off the...

By Michael Lee  | October 30, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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John Wall putting in extra time to work on his jumper

The morning after his NBA debut, John Wall showed up about 45 minutes before practice to work on his jump shot with Wizards assistant Ryan Saunders. Wall learned a lot in the first of what the Wizards expect will be many games with the organization; specifically that teams would rather...

By Michael Lee  | October 30, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  John Wall  
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John Wall talks about his NBA debut

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By Michael Lee  | October 30, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Wizards online chat at 11 a.m.

Michael Lee will be live online in 5 minutes to discuss last night's season-opening loss to the Orlando Magic and John Wall's NBA debut. Or anything else league-related that you want to talk about. Click here to join in....

By Alexa Steele  | October 29, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Wizards lose to Magic

John Wall's first NBA field goal never actually went through the basket. That about sums up what turned out to be a rough debut for the No. 1 overall pick from last June's draft. There was little memorable about his first game, as the Orlando Magic flustered him, challenged him...

By Michael Lee  | October 29, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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John Wall is welcomed to the NBA with a walloping

Please tell me it won't be like this all year. (AP Photo) There is no need to overreact to one game, since it was this time last year that the Wizards won their season opener, dominating the Mavericks in Dallas, and appeared to be headed toward the playoffs. Until...

By Michael Lee  | October 29, 2010; 1:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, John Wall  
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Open thread: Wizards at Magic

The Washington Wizards open the regular season against the Orlando Magic tonight at the brand new Amway Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter with beat writer Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee). See your tweets here by using #wizards. Tipoff: 8 p.m.; TV: TNT;...

By Alexa Steele  | October 28, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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John Wall: "I'm just ready to see where I stand"

Coach Flip Saunders said he wasn't worried about how John Wall would respond in his NBA debut, adding that Wall is always aware of when the spotlight is on. Saunders relayed a story about how Wall had "an average" practice on Tuesday, but the moment reporters were allowed into the...

By Michael Lee  | October 28, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Dwight Howard says John Wall shouldn't feel any pressure

Don't reach. (AP Photo) Dwight Howard can relate to John Wall. He has been down this road before -- arriving in town as the No. 1 pick, the foundation of a rebuilding project, expected to turn around a franchise trying to recover from hard times. When Howard came to...

By Michael Lee  | October 28, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gilbert Arenas to be examined by Baltimore foot specialist

Gilbert Arenas left the team on Thursday morning to have the strained tendon in his right ankle examined by Baltimore ankle-and-foot specialist Dr. Mark Myerson at Mercy's Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. Myerson is the same orthopedic surgeon who operated on Terrell Owens before he suited up for the...

By Michael Lee  | October 28, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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What will John Wall's rookie season look like?

It might come as a surprise, but the Wizards/Bullets franchise will have a No. 1 overall pick on its roster for the 13th time in the past 21 seasons. Chris Webber had some success, but the same can't be said for Kwame Brown or Pervis Ellison. Fans aren't worried that...

By Michael Lee  | October 28, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Gilbert Arenas to miss seasons' first two games

Gilbert Arenas will miss at least the first two games of the regular season because of a strained tendon in his right ankle. Arenas missed his fourth straight practice on Wednesday and walked around the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando while wearing a protective boot. I'm back on the shelf. (AP...

By Michael Lee  | October 27, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Al Thornton to become a restricted free agent

Al Thornton will definitely be a restricted free agent after this season. Billy Duffy, Thorton's agent, said on Tuesday that his client would not sign an extension by next Monday's deadline. Yeah, I'm not getting an extension. But you knew that already. (Getty Images) "I think Al's about to go...

By Michael Lee  | October 26, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Wizards preparing for Orlando without injured Gilbert Arenas

The Wizards held their final practice at Verizon Center before their season opener on Thursday against the Orlando Magic. And Gilbert Arenas was unable to participate for the third consecutive day because of soreness in his right ankle. The players and coaches have spent the past three days preparing for...

By Michael Lee  | October 26, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Nick Young shuts down impromptu slam dunk contest

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Practice had wrapped up several minutes before, but a few Wizards players were in no rush to leave the court. On one end, Andray Blatche, Hamady Ndiaye and Kevin Seraphin were working post moves with assistant Gene Banks. On the other, John Wall, Nick Young,...

By Michael Lee  | October 25, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Flip Saunders uncertain if Gilbert Arenas will play season opener

Gilbert Arenas missed his second day of practice on Monday with soreness right ankle and Coach Flip Saunders said he was unsure if he would have the three-time all-star available for the season opener on Thursday in Orlando. Arenas first developed the injury during training camp. He was forced to...

By Michael Lee  | October 25, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Wizards to head into season opener with 15 players

When the Wizards submit their final roster to the league by 5 p.m. on Monday, Cartier Martin, Hamady Ndiaye and Lester Hudson will be among the names on it. The Wizards had intended on going into the season opener against Orlando with 13 or 14 players, but elected to go...

By Michael Lee  | October 24, 2010; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Kevin Seraphin raps in Creole

By Michael Lee  | October 24, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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