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Wizards Insider: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (15-45) vs. Timberwolves (15-48)

A day after the death of his mother, Kay, Coach Flip Saunders will lead the Wizards against his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wizards will try to snap a seven-game losing streak, but they will be shorthanded without leading scorer Nick Young (flu) and starting small forward Josh Howard...

By Michael Lee  | March 5, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Rashard Lewis expected to play against Minnesota despite knee pain

No final decision has been made regarding surgery for Rashard Lewis's ailing right knee, but the Wizards plan on having him available when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. A day after Lewis said that he might need a scope to remedy to clean out his knee, Coach Flip...

By Michael Lee  | March 4, 2011; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Rashard Lewis  
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Flip Saunders to coach vs. Minnesota following mother's death

At the end of Wizards practice Friday, the players placed their hands in a circle and broke with the word, "Family!" That word probably had more meaning for the team as their leader was dealing with the loss of a loved one. Coach Flip Saunders's 90-year-old mother, Kay, passed earlier...

By Michael Lee  | March 4, 2011; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Jump ball: labor storm clouds for the NBA?

Tom Boswell has a terrific column today on the lessons NFL owners and players should take from baseball and its labor strife of the mid-1990s. If you haven't read it yet, here it is. But as Jason Reid reminded us the other day, the NBA also has problems with its...

By Washington Post Sports  | March 4, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Lewis might need season-ending surgery

Rashard Lewis said on Thursday that he might have to have season-ending surgery to repair the problems in his right knee and that a decision to shut down his season could be made later in the day. Lewis spoke with his agent, Tony Dutt, who was expected to reach a...

By Michael Lee  | March 3, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Jump ball: What if the Wizards hadn't traded the 5th pick in the 2009 draft?

In last night's postgame wrap-up, Michael Lee brought up a provocative point. The Warriors' Stephen Curry scorched the Wizards with 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists. If you recall, Curry thought that the Wizards were going to take him with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Nick Young breaks out of slump, but Stephen Curry makes sure Wizards losing streak continues

Gotta be the 'rows? (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Nick Young arrived at Verizon Center sporting a new hairstyle, ditching the extra-large Afro for some cornrows. As he walked around the locker room before the game, holding a basketball under his arm as usual, Young joked that he was going...

By Michael Lee  | March 3, 2011; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Nick Young  
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Open thread: Wizards (15-44) vs. Warriors (26-33)

Randy Wittman will serve as head coach for the second time this season as Coach Flip Saunders deals with a family emergency in Cleveland involving his ailing mother, Kay. Wittman said it was a position that he did not want to be in, but understood that Saunders has more pertinent...

By Michael Lee  | March 2, 2011; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Randy Wittman to coach against Golden State

Lead assistant Randy Wittman will lead the Wizards on Wednesday as Coach Flip Saunders deals with a medical emergency involving his mother, Kay, in suburban Cleveland. Kay Saunders, 90, has been in poor health since late December and was recently placed in intensive care. According to a person with knowledge...

By Michael Lee  | March 2, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Maurice Evans seeks strong finish for Wizards

Maurice Evans isn't used to being on a lottery team, having been around playoff teams in Minnesota, Sacramento, Detroit, the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando and Atlanta. And when he watched film of the Wizards' 28-point loss to Chicago before his first practice with the team on Tuesday, Evans witnessed the...

By Michael Lee  | March 2, 2011; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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After rough season in Washington, Al Thornton expected to sign with Golden State

Did I really get hurt again? (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay) It's a shame that the Wizards couldn't have reached a buyout agreement with Al Thornton on Sunday, because it sure would've been hilarious to have him suiting up for the Golden State Warriors when they come to Verizon Center on...

By Michael Lee  | March 2, 2011; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Al Thornton  
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Mike Bibby headed to Miami

The league's worst kept secret has finally been confirmed. From the moment Mike Bibby reached a buyout agreement from the Wizards, the Miami Heat has been his rumored destination. Bibby's agent, David Falk, said on Tuesday that his client will indeed take his jump shot to South Beach. Ready to...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mike Bibby  
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Wizards buy out Al Thornton's contract (Updated)

The Wizards have waived forward Al Thornton after coming to an agreement on a contract buyout. Michael Lee is reporting on Twitter that Thornton's destination is the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is probably a better fit for Al. A wide open, free-flowing offense, little structure. He's so unorthodox, it...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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John Wall wins Eastern Conference rookie of the month again

John Wall was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for February after averaging 16.5 points and 7.9 assists in 12 games. Wall had four games with at least 20 points, five games with at least 10 assists and four double-doubles. He had back-to-back games with at least 20 points...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Flip Saunders misses practice, status uncertain for Golden State

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders missed another practice on Tuesday to tend to his ailing 90-year-old mother, Kay, in suburban Cleveland. Saunder's availability is in question for Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors With Saunders gone, assistant Randy Wittman ran the film session and a lengthy practice. Afterward, Wittman challenged...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, Mike Bibby, Mustafa Shakur  
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Jump ball: Was Bibby buyout a win-win situation?

It looks like Mike Bibby will be joining the Miami Heat. On Monday he accepted a buyout from the Wizards that required him to give back his entire $6.2 million salary next season. And now @IraHeatBeat has tweeted: "Carlos Arroyo not with Heat, with coach Erik Spoelstra saying statement to...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Derrick Rose: "I have a lot of confidence right now"

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Tom Thibodeau turned bad fit in Washington into great opportunity in Chicago

You probably don't remember me. (REUTERS/Frank Polich) The first-year coach having the most success this season was once a Wizards assistant. Maybe that's a stretch, since Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau was around for only slightly longer than Drew Gooden. But Thibodeau was hired to be a member of...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Evans, Crawford not surprised by Bibby's decision

Mike Bibby made a somewhat surprising move when he elected to surrender his entire $6.2 million salary next season in order to receive a buyout from the Washington Wizards. But Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford -- the teammates who joined Bibby from Atlanta in last week's trade for Kirk Hinrich...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards take more lumps, back down against Bulls

I hope to catch up to you one day, Derrick. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The Wizards have had their share of humiliating home losses this season, but their 105-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls is certainly up there among the worst. It's not just they got manhandled by...

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Mike Bibby, Nick Young  
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Open thread: Wizards (15-43) vs. Bulls (40-17)

Mike Bibby accepted a buyout agreement with the Wizards on Monday and the team replaced him by signing Mustafa Shakur for the rest of the season. Shakur said his focus remains the same. "When I got my first 10-day I didn't look at it like I got 10 days to...

By Michael Lee  | February 28, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Wizards, Bibby reach buyout agreement [UPDATED]

The Wizards have reached a buyout agreement with point guard Mike Bibby. Bibby's agent, David Falk, met with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on Monday at Verizon Center to get the deal finalized. Don't get used to this, D.C. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) The terms have not been disclosed, but...

By Michael Lee  | February 28, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  Mike Bibby  
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Jump ball: Should the Wizards buy out Bibby's contract?

Yesterday Michael Lee blogged that there is a slim chance that the contract of recently acquired point guard Mike Bibby will be bought out. Commenter JPRS presents a case for keeping the veteran: Bibby's already demonstrated that he can provide important back-up minutes. The fact that contenders are interested in...

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Schedule doesn't get any easier

The Wizards' new arrivals haven't exactly had a chance to ease their way into the fold. After being dealt from Atlanta on Wednesday, Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans have had to face two of the league's best teams in Miami and Dallas. The Mavericks and Heat rank third...

By Michael Lee  | February 28, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Buyout remains a possibility for Mike Bibby

Mike Bibby expressed some relief that he got his first shot to fall as a Wizard on Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks. After missing his first five field goal attempts while wearing that bizarre No. 00, Bibby hit a pull-up 17-foot jumper that gave the Wizards a 35-33 lead in...

By Michael Lee  | February 27, 2011; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Mike Bibby  
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Jordan Crawford gets a surprising call to close

Jordan Crawford arrived at Verizon Center on Saturday as one of the least likely candidates to be on the court, let alone hitting a game-tying jumper, in crunch time against one of the league's best teams. Before arriving in Washington in the Kirk Hinrich trade, Crawford was collecting DNP-CDs with...

By Michael Lee  | February 27, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Jordan Crawford  
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