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Posted at 6:54 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Wizards bring back Hamady Ndiaye

By Michael Lee

The Wizards recalled rookie center Hamady Ndiaye from the NBA Developmental League's Dakota Wizards on Friday, but it wasn't because they needed an extra big man on the roster.
Coach Flip Saunders said that Ndiaye twisted his knee this week and the team didn't want to him to sit out in Bismark, N.D. if he wasn't playing. Ndiaye was sent down on Jan. 7 and averaged 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 11 games with the Dakota Wizards.

"He kind of tweaked his knee a little bit," Saunders said. "So we brought him back, as much as anything to get treatment back here. We thought, he wasn't going to play over the next four or five days, so we thought it was best that he come back here and get treatment with our staff and work on things here, rather than be up where it's 40-below."

About two hours before the game, Saunders ran four-on-four drills with John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker, Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian, Hilton Armstrong, Cartier Martin and Josh Howard. The players ran through some plays and built up a good sweat.

"I used to do it a lot in Detroit, where basically, more game-type stuff and for the younger guys, letting them have some contact so that when they get into the game, it's almost a situation where they've been hit already and it's not new to them and it kind of puts them more at ease going into a game," Saunders said. "It's something we're going to try to start doing more on a regular basis right now and continue to do what we've been doing all year and that's individual development of players and trying to tie it into the team concept."

Howard returned to practice on Thursday and is getting closer to a possible return. The Wizards still plan on bringing back Mustafa Shakur, whose 10-day contract expired on Monday. He missed the final two games on that contract with a sprained right ankle, but the team plans to wait until he heals to sign him to another 10-day contract. Players can only sign two 10-day contracts before teams decide whether to keep them for the remainder of the season.

By Michael Lee  | February 4, 2011; 6:54 PM ET
Categories:  Hamady Ndiaye  
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What's the medical term for a "tweaked" knee?

Meanwhile, another former Wizard who had a knee injury, Javaris Crittendon, has just been signed by the Dakota Wizards. Stay tuned.

If Gilbert can return in glory, why not Javaris?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 4, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"On Friday night, sometime during the first quarter, Gilbert Arenas will mosey up to the scorer's table..."

And get served with court papers.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 4, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Any update on Shakur?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 5, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

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