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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Howard closer to return; Blatche expects to play despite swollen knee

By Washington Post editors
Morning brew

Josh Howard nears his return.

Andray Blatche sits out practice with swelling in his left knee but expects to play Tuesday against the Lakers.

Bullets alumni came to town for the first meeting of the Washington Bullets/Wizards Alumni Association before Friday's game against the Knicks (DC Sports Bog).

Here's why Spike Lee was at the game.

After the loss to the Knicks, John Wall talked about the frustrations of not being at full strength as he battles through injuries.

In Sunday's newspaper, Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks talked about his friendship with Wall.

AROUND THE WEB
Check out the first episode of CSNWashington.com's Wizards Lunchbox, featuring Kyle Weidie of Truth About It and Mike Prada of Bullets Forever.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger describes the latest twist in the Carmelo Anthony drama. Reportedly, the three-time all-star will only accept a trade to the Knicks.

Hardwood Paroxysm offers a new NBA Alphabetical.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been heckling his own players, especially Baron Davis, from his courtside seat (Marc Spears, Yahoo!Sports).

By Washington Post editors  | December 13, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
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Considering the Wizards are the Clippers of the east hopefully Flip doesn't read this...

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been heckling his own players, especially Baron Davis, from his courtside seat

sounds like something Flip would start doing since his criticizing of the players in the media and benching player hasn't worked?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 13, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I hang in there with this team and will continue to but this injury thing is getting old and excessive!

Posted by: gmac78 | December 13, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse


We should be happy that these injuries are just of the nagging sort since some of us fully expected Wall and Blatche to be out for the season by now given this team's bad luck. Although I must admit that I'm wondering to what extent these injuries are due to negligence by the Wizards medical staff.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 13, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Too bad we can't get the Alumni to play our games.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 13, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Although I must admit that I'm wondering to what extent these injuries are due to negligence by the Wizards medical staff. Posted by: tgif11"

Well, a team's medical staff has a limited role in injury care: evals, recommendations to management, clearing somebody to play, that sort of thing. If the injury is at all severe, the player is probably seeing an outside orthopod or a specialist. Plus during the off-season a lot of these guys are out of the area working with other professionals.

Pulls, strains, and foot problems early in the season are usually more about conditioning than physician care. With rooks it's often just an adjustment to the rigorous pro schedule. With vets it's usually something related to the rehab process.

Talk to the trainers, and also the private guys some vets work with in the off-season.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The NBA should fine Leonsis for giving Lee courtside seats to a Knicks game at VC.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 13, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

RE: Donald Sterling--I'd heckle Davis too, if I had to pay to watch him drag his fat, overpaid butt up and down the court every day.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 13, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"The NBA should fine Leonsis for giving Lee courtside seats to a Knicks game at VC."

I don't think TL should be fined, but I hope that's the last time he gives front-row seats to a guy who's going to root vociferously against the Wizards. You need to show more respect for your team, Ted.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | December 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dave381 | December 13, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


I don't think TL should be fined, but I hope that's the last time he gives front-row seats to a guy who's going to root vociferously against the Wizards. You need to show more respect for your team, Ted.

Posted by: shovetheplanet

Ted gave his team a perfect opportunity to leave Spike crying in his beer. The team blew it, not Ted.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"The NBA should fine Leonsis for giving Lee courtside seats to a Knicks game at VC."
Posted by: kalo_rama

Serious? If so, fine him why? For having friends who root for a different team?

Posted by: Miks | December 13, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"Serious? If so, fine him why? For having friends who root for a different team?"

Posted by: Miks | December 13, 2010 1:21 PM


You might want to upgrade your browser version. It appears your current one is lacking the "sarcasm detector" function.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So AB is out tomorrow and Wall is questionable with foot pain, should make for an even less enjoyable evening.

Wall's injuries are quickly becoming a concern, "sore feet" is all too Bullets-ian.

And I'm starting to think that folks who have been saying it's his shoes could be right

Posted by: divi3 | December 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Good summary of the Melo dilemma:

"The more interesting question...is whether the Knicks should bother trading for him. ...they’d likely have to acquire a first-round pick...and they are reportedly open to dealing Anthony Randolph to grab that pick. They’d then flip that pick, along with Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and two of the following three players: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields."

"....Giving up two of them for Anthony would hurt the Knicks’ depth, even if it would give them an elite wing scorer to play alongside the Amar’e Stoudemire-Raymond Felton pick-and-roll combination."

"If the Knicks were to surrender Randolph, Gallinari and Fields in Carmelo-related deals, and pay Anthony about $20 million per season, they would have about $59.7 million committed to nine players for next season — and that’s assuming they’ll pay Chandler the $3.1 million they must offer him to retain matching rights. If they renounce those rights to Chandler, they can get down to about $56.5 million; if they sign Chandler to a reasonable deal, they’ll likely be north of $62 million. The current salary cap is about $58 million."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"You might want to upgrade your browser version. It appears your current one is lacking the 'sarcasm detector' function."
Posted by: kalo_rama

Serious?

Posted by: Miks | December 13, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Stoudemire and Anthony being a good on-court fit together, at all. Assuming Felton is the real deal at PG, the Knicks main targets for upgrade need to be the SG and C spots (so they can move Stoudemire to PF).

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 13, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"I don't see Stoudemire and Anthony being a good on-court fit together, at all. Assuming Felton is the real deal at PG, the Knicks main targets for upgrade need to be the SG and C spots (so they can move Stoudemire to PF)."

Felton has been something of an eye-opener for me since I didn't watch him play much last year. I agree that if he continues playing the way he has been, New York should look at SG and C candidates. (Two little-to-no-defense guys who need the ball in the front court would not suggest deep playoff runs.)

Of course, the publicity value of Stoudamire and Anthony together might be more important for the Knicks than actual deep playoff runs.

Posted by: Miks | December 13, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"I don't see Stoudemire and Anthony being a good on-court fit together, at all." Posted by: kalo_rama"

OK, then. This being the NBA, they make the trade.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"OK, then. This being the NBA, they make the trade."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 2:19 PM

Well, I never said the wouldn't do it, just that it would be a bad idea. It is the Knicks, after all.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 13, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I see the Knicks pulled away from Denver in yet another 129-125 defensive struggle. Is this a D'Antoni team or what? Ray Felton had 17 assists. No wonder Carmelo thinks he's a good fit -- he doesn't want to play defense, either.

You'd think Anthony Randolph would be in the rotation, but apparently he was dropped right about the time NY started winning. FG percentage under 30%. For an alleged PF, that ain't good.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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