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Wizards Insider: December, 2011

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Wizards vs. Bucks: Game 3 open thread

Can Washington “find that chemistry” and avoid losing their third straight game?

By Washington Post editors  |  08:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Wizards hope to correct simple mistakes

After missing 23 of 38 shots within eight feet in Atlanta, the Wizards seek to improve on making supposedly high-percentage shots on Friday in Milwaukee.

By Michael Lee  |  02:26 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Kirk Hinrich gone but presence with Wizards still felt

Kirk Hinrich only played 48 games with the Wizards but was an essential element to their rebuilding efforts and is partly responsible for more than one-fourth of the roster.

By Michael Lee  |  09:51 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Wizards’ Maurice Evans to have MRI on sore right knee

Veteran swingman Maurice Evans remains sidelined with a sore right knee and will have an MRI when the Wizards return home from Milwaukee.

By Michael Lee  |  05:08 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Wizards starters get walloped in Atlanta

The Hawks scored the first 11 points as Wizards starters got out to a slow start and never recovered in a 101-83 loss at Philips Arena.

By Michael Lee  |  01:46 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Wizards vs. Hawks: Game 2 open thread

The Wizards play in Atlanta tonight. How will they follow up Monday’s disappointing season-opening loss?

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Wizards injury update: Maurice Evans ‘available’; Jan Vesely doesn’t travel to Atlanta

Coach Flip Saunders said Maurice Evans, who was unable to practice on Tuesday after having his knee drained the day before, could be available tonight. Rookie Jan Vesely has the flu.

By Michael Lee  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Wizards’ Jordan Crawford returns to Atlanta a starter

When the Wizards face the Hawks on Wednesday, Jordan Crawford will be a starting shooting guard.

By Michael Lee  |  12:56 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Wizards’ Chris Singleton hates to lose

Wizards rookie Chris Singleton brought tenacious defense in his debut, guarding all-star point guard Deron Williams, but he doesn’t want to get used to losing.

By Michael Lee  |  09:28 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Wizards open season on an ominous note

The team is already in mid-season form, blowing a big lead and having team captain Andray Blatche place blame on the coaching staff for not giving him the ball.

By Michael Lee  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 PM ET, 12/26/2011

Andray Blatche unhappy with role in loss to Nets

Wizards forwardAndray Blatche says: ‘I need the ball in the paint to be effective’

By Gene Wang  |  11:46 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/26/2011

Game 1 open thread: Wizards vs. Nets

Discuss the regular season opener for Washington, which lost both preseason games and is coming off a 23-59 record in 2010-11.

By Gene Wang  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 12/26/2011

Washington Wizards: Three more keys to upcoming season

The keys to the Wizards success in training camp remain the same, but some other concerns developed over the past two weeks.

By Michael Lee  |  04:12 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/26/2011

Five can’t-miss games for Wizards

Wizards will open 66-game regular season at 7 p.m. against the New Jersey Nets, but they have five other games that will probably attract more attention.

By Michael Lee  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 12/26/2011

NBA preview: Playoff predictions

Here’s the outlook for the Western Conference.

By Michael Lee  |  01:39 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/26/2011

NBA preview: Playoff predictions

Here’s the outlook for the Eastern Conference.

By Michael Lee  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 12/26/2011

NBA preview: Wizards roster

Meet the members of the 2011-12 squad and learn about their strengths and weaknesses.

By Michael Lee  |  12:27 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Jan Vesely likely out for season opener

Wizards’ top draft choice is day-to-day with a right hip injury and has been limited since playing preseason opener on Dec. 16. He missed practice on Christmas.

By Michael Lee  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Former Wizards owner Irene Pollin creates an opening, Ted Leonsis remains unmoved on Bullets

Former Wizards owner Irene Pollin created an opening for him to possibly change the name of the franchise back to the Bullets, but owner Ted Leonsis declines to address the comments.

By Michael Lee  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 AM ET, 12/24/2011

Wizards’ Nick Young ends Jordan shoe boycott

Wizards guard Nick Young’s protest against Michael Jordan and his footwear has come to an end.

By Michael Lee  |  01:10 AM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/23/2011

When it comes to 66-game season, think NBA: No Boorish Asterisk

The 66-game season might be rushed and will fail to meet high standards some nights, but don’t attach an asterisk to the 2010-11 campaign: Too much is at stake for that.

By Michael Lee  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Why is the Wizards’ Andray Blatche ‘willing to die for this’?

Wizards forward may have gone a little too far with the hyperbole, but he wants to do a better job of making his team more competitive this season.

By Michael Lee  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Shortened training camp has some Wizards tired before season opener

The lockout-shortened training camp and preseason has some players, even young ones, tired with so much preparation in so little time.

By James Wagner  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Wizards’ Rashard Lewis adjusting to ‘young man’s training camp’

Rashard Lewis, a 13-year veteran, hasn’t looked comfortable yet in either of the Wizards preseason games but has provided the defense Coach Flip Saunders wants.

By James Wagner  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Trevor Booker excited to return to court, solid in preseason debut

The second-year forward nabs team-high 11 rebounds in loss, looks solid in return from injuries.

By James Wagner  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Jan Vesely returns to practice but can’t finish because of nagging hip injury

The Wizards’ first-round pick has been nursing a “twinge” in his right hip and isn’t sure how long it will last.

By James Wagner  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Wizards have to work out kinks on offense

Wizards made improvements defensively in their second preseason game but again showed some deficiencies on the offensive end during a 101-94 loss to Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Preseason open thread: Wizards at 76ers

Discuss tonight’s game at Philadelphia, as Washington tries to redeem itself after Friday’s lop-sided loss.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:42 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011

76ers’ Evan Turner doesn’t want to be compared to John Wall

Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, doesn’t want to be compared to No. 1 pick John Wall for his whole career. “It’s kind of disrespectful to John,” Turner said.

By Michael Lee  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Wizards’ Maurice Evans back to work after helping negotiate labor deal

After spending the extended offseason negotiating a new labor deal, Maurice Evans is back with the Wizards, hoping to help the team reach the playoffs.

By Michael Lee  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Wizards’ Ronny Turiaf on Celtics forward Jeff Green: “I know what he’s going through right now”

Wizards forward Ronny Turiaf is hoping to speak with former Georgetown star and Celtics forward Jeff Green, who will miss the season after having discovery of an aortic aneurysm.

By Michael Lee  |  07:11 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Nick Young signs one-year deal, practices for first time

Nick Young signed his one-year qualifying offer to come back to the Wizards, but Coach Flip Saunders isn’t sure if he’ll be available for preseason finale on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 12/18/2011

Nick Young signs one-year deal with Wizards

Nick Young has decided to sign a one-year deal with the Wizards and become an unrestricted free agent next seasons.

By Michael Lee  |  09:30 PM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/17/2011

Wizards hire shooting coach to work with Jan Vesely

Wizards rookie Jan Vesely is working on improving the form of his jump shot with shooting coach Jay Wolf, who once worked with Coach Flip Saunders in Minnesota.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 12/16/2011

John Wall has ‘terrible’ showing in preseason opener, Flip Saunders says

Franchise point guard has six turnovers and shoots 3 for 12 in loss to Philadelphia.

By Gene Wang  |  11:26 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Preseason open thread: Wizards vs. 76ers

Discuss tonight’s preseason opener against Philadelphia. And weigh in on the Wizards’ new uniforms and court.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Is Nick Young’s price tag too high?

Nick Young remains unsigned as Wizards begin the preseason. An unfavorable market for shooting guards has contributed to the delay.

By Michael Lee  |  05:44 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Wizards set to play and add Maurice Evans

Coach Flip Saunders plans to use a lot of people in the preseason opener and is excited to welcome back veteran guard Maurice Evans.

By Michael Lee  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Maurice Evans returning to Wizards

Swingman Maurice Evans has agreed to return to Washington for a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum.

By Michael Lee  |  08:12 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Wizards get a new look and new optimism

At media day, John Wall, Coach Flip Saunders and owner Ted Leonsis express optimism for upcoming season and Leonsis explains reason for rebuilding franchise.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Josh Howard headed to Utah

After two injury-filled seasons in Washington, Josh Howard is headed to Utah.

By Michael Lee  |  07:18 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Wizards mostly healthy heading into first preseason game

By Gene Wang  |  05:41 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Michael Jordan: ‘I’m not anti-player’

Michael Jordan aggravated players — especially Nick Young — during the lockout but he explained his hardline stance during the NBA lockout on Wednesday in Charlotte.

By Michael Lee  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Shelvin Mack fitting into Wizards’ rotation

The rookie point guard is finding a niche behind John Wall and taking a no-excuses appraoch to training camp.

By Gene Wang  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Kevin Seraphin comfortable with role, language

Reserve center better understands his role now that the language barrier has been lifted.

By Gene Wang  |  07:37 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Is one-and-done the best option for Nick Young?

Before he settles on taking the best offer he can get right now, Nick Young might want to consider that the market next year could be much better.

By Michael Lee  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Wizards’ John Wall more in command

Wall is more vocal in practice and demanding more of his teammates in his second training camp.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Wizards’ Jordan Crawford talks a big game, always tries to back it up

Though his mouth sometimes gets him in trouble, Wizards guard Jordan Crawford can’t stop from talking trash on the basketball court.

By Michael Lee  |  06:29 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Wizards’ Roger Mason Jr. feels ‘horrible’ for Chris Paul

NBA has rejected three trades that would’ve sent all-star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles, and Roger Mason Jr. calls it an “unfortunate situation.”

By Michael Lee  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Chris Singleton is Wizards’ all-around defender

Wizards rookie comfortable guarding all positions.

By Gene Wang  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Nick Young, other free agents, playing waiting game

With training camp and the free agent signing period going on at the same time, several players have to wait while their teams move on in their absence.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Roger Mason leads on, off court

Wizards guard brings value insights from two seasons with San Antonio

By Gene Wang  |  09:59 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Wizards’ Rashard Lewis on Dwight Howard situation: ‘They can’t focus on just being a basketball team’

Wizards forward Rashard Lewis said his former teammates in Orlando “are probably stressed out” about speculation swirling around Dwight Howard’s trade demand.

By Michael Lee  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Ronny Turiaf: “I’m with a team that wants me”

New Wizard Ronny Turiaf practices for the first time on Sunday, a day after he was acquired from New York in a three-team deal. He isn’t upset with being traded for second year in a row.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Flip Saunders wants Nick Young to return to Wizards; Andray Blatche gets hard hat

Wizards have gone through three practices without restricted free agent Nick Young, but Coach Flip Saunders doesn’t want to get used to it.

By Michael Lee  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 10:52 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Ronny Turiaf trade gives Wizards a boost of energy, maturity

The trade for veteran big man Ronny Turiaf gives Washington a boost in energy and maturity.

By Preston Williams  |  10:52 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Wizards’ Josh Howard may have offer from Utah Jazz ; Chicago Bulls reportedly chasing Richard Hamilton

Source says Josh Howard has a “firm offer” from Utah, which Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Connor denies. Chicago appears set to sign Richard Hamilton over Howard and Nick Young.

By Michael Lee  |  06:22 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Wizards complete deal for Ronny Turiaf

In a three-team deal involving Dallas and the New York Knicks, the Wizards get veteran big man Ronny Turiaf, two second-round picks and cash.

By Michael Lee  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 AM ET, 12/10/2011

Wizards close to trade for Ronny Turiaf as Knicks maneuver for Tyson Chandler

Washington would acquire the veteran big man from the New York Knicks, who are looking to create salary cap space in a bid for free agent Tyson Chandler.

By Michael Lee  |  01:38 AM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 12/09/2011

NBA blunders in vetoing Chris Paul trade

The NBA was wrong for vetoing Chris Paul trade to Los Angeles Lakers, but after staging five-month lockout on flimsy claims of competitive balance, it really had no choice.

By Michael Lee  |  05:39 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Wizards to host fan fest Dec. 17

The free event takes place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Verizon Center and will feature an intrasquad scrimmage and a performance by Wale.

By Washington Post editors  |  05:36 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Comcast SportsNet to televise all 66 Wizards games

Comcast SportsNet announces that it will televise all 66 regular-season games for the Washington Wizards, plus two preseason games.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Wizards to sign Roger Mason, pursuing Maurice Evans; Nick Young still in Los Angeles

Roger Mason Jr. will sign on Friday. Wizards continue to pursue Maurice Evans while Nick Young waits in Los Angeles.

By Michael Lee  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Wizards’ Ted Leonsis voted to approve new labor deal

NBA owners approved new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday by a vote of 25-5. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog that he voted “yes.”

By Michael Lee  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Wizards’ Hamady Ndiaye gets work visa

Wizards reserve center is back in Washington after leaving for two days to get his work visa in Canada.

By Michael Lee  |  10:12 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Keys to Wizards training camp: Flip Saunders

As the Wizards prepare to open training camp tomorrow, here is the third of three keys to this year’s camp.

By Michael Lee  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Keys to Wizards training camp: The big men

As the Wizards prepare to open training camp tomorrow, here is the second of three keys to this year’s camp.

By Michael Lee  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Keys to Wizards training camp: Is John Wall ready to break out?

As the Wizards prepare to open training camp tomorrow, here is the first of three keys to this year’s camp.

By Michael Lee  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Roger Mason Jr. expected to sign one-year deal with Wizards

The Wizards plan to bring back unrestricted free agent Roger Mason Jr. but his signing is not expected to affect the team’s plans to retain restricted free agent Nick Young.

By Michael Lee  |  09:24 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 12/07/2011

NBA players agree to HGH testing (updated)

NBA becomes the third U.S. professional sports league since the summer to agree to begin HGH testing after years of resistance.

By Amy Shipley  |  09:11 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Josh Howard back in D.C., still undecided on free agent destination

Wizards free agent swingman was back in Washington for his charity foundation. He’s still considering San Antonio, Chicago, New Jersey and a return to the Wizards.

By Michael Lee  |  05:31 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Wizards’ John Wall on being silly and serious

John Wall had an unusual look at the Kentucky-North Carolina game, but explained that it’s okay to have fun, just not at the expense of being focused during games or practices.

By Michael Lee  |  02:47 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/07/2011

NBA television schedule: No respect for the Wizards

NBA network television partners ABC, TNT and ESPN didn’t scheduled the Wizards for any games this season.

By Michael Lee  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Wizards to open season Dec. 26 vs. New Jersey

Washington opens this season at home on Dec. 26 vs the New Jersey Nets.

By Washington Post editors  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Wizards, Rashard Lewis not affected by new amnesty details

New details of amnesty provision allow the salary of waived players to count toward salary floor, but Wizards’ plans to keep Rashard Lewis remain unchanged.

By Michael Lee  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Post Sports Live: Wizards preview

Michael Lee, Dan Steinberg, Rick Maese  and Jonathan Forsythe discuss the Wizards and other sports topics.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Wizards’ Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin set to return in time for Friday start of training camp

Wizards big men have cleared up complications abroad and should arrive in time for training camp.

By Michael Lee  |  02:43 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011

The Washington Wizards’ biggest moments of 2011

What were the biggest moments of 2011 for the Washington Wizards? You tell us.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Wizards’ John Wall: ‘I’m a veteran now’

After taking his lumps as a rookie, Wall used the lockout to get healthy, study his mistakes, and feels that he is ready to have a much better second season.

By Michael Lee  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is back coaching — high school freshmen

Nearly three years after he was fired by the Wizards, former coach Eddie Jordan is back home and coaching the freshman basketball team at Archbishop Carroll High School.

By Michael Lee  |  04:21 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Wizards’ Othyus Jeffers “about a month away” from returning to action

The Wizards’ restricted free agent forward tore his ACL in July, but his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Jeffers is “ahead of schedule” and could be ready by January.

By Michael Lee  |  07:33 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2011

Brendan Haywood returns to Washington a champion

Former Wizards center Brendan Haywood returned to Verizon Center last week, but as an NBA champion after the Mavericks defeated Miami in the Finals last June.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2011

Josh Howard drawing interest in free agency

Wizards free agent swingman Josh Howard is drawing interest from the Wizards and several playoff contenders after dealing with a left knee injury the past two seasons.

By Michael Lee  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/03/2011

Maurice Evans to receive his diploma from Texas, then help finish labor deal

Wizards free agent swingman had to put off joining the players’ union for labor negotiations for one day to participate in commencement events at the University of Texas.

By Michael Lee  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/03/2011

Wizards Flip Saunders: “Every year is a challenge”

In the Part II from his Friday news conference, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders discusses Jordan Crawford, Rashard Lewis, Kevin Seraphin and reflects on the shortened 1998-99 season.

By Michael Lee  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 12:04 AM ET, 12/03/2011

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders: “I want to compete for the playoffs”

In the first of two parts on his 30-minute news conference, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders discusses his expectations, John Wall, Nick Young, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee.

By Michael Lee  |  12:04 AM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/02/2011

NBA Free Agency: David West, Kris Humphries, Caron Butler among top available forwards

The pool of free agent forwards is full of players surrounded by questions marks ranging from health (David West, Caron Butler, Josh Howard) to age (Grant Hill, Shane Battier) to inconsistency (Jeff Green, Thaddeus Young) to wedding vows (Kris Humphries).

By Matt Brooks  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Flip Saunders talks about upcoming Wizards season

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders discussed the upcoming NBA season with reporters today. Beat writer Michael Lee tweeted about the news conference.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:51 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Kevin Seraphin’s return to Wizards delayed

Agent says Kevin Seraphin will play one more game with his Spanish team because Caja Laboral will not let him out his contract until NBA collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

By Michael Lee  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 12/02/2011

NBA announces Christmas Day schedule

Merry Christmas, basketball fans. The NBA just made it official: This lockout-shortened season will tip off on Dec. 25 with five games.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:33 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 AM ET, 12/02/2011

NBA players’ union re-forms; Roger Mason Jr. defends Billy Hunter

NBA players vote to reconstitute the union in order to complete collective bargaining negotiations and Roger Mason Jr. comes to defense of union executive director Billy Hunter.

By Michael Lee  |  12:31 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 09:09 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Obama Classic is postponed

With the NBA close to resolving the lockout, organizers of the Obama Classic have decided to postpone the all-star fundraising game until next summer.

By Michael Lee  |  09:09 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Verizon Center starting to feel more like a normal NBA arena

For the first time in five months, it felt like a normal Thursday at Verizon Center, with team officials no longer banned from publicly discussing players and players finally granted access to the gym.

By Michael Lee  |  07:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Ernie Grunfeld: ‘I expect us to improve as the season goes along’

WIzards President Ernie Grunfeld spoke to reporters about free agency, upcoming season, challenges of condensed schedule, and development of young team.

By Michael Lee  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/01/2011

NBA Free Agency: Nene, Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler lead list of available centers

Michael Lee breaks down potential destinations for free agent centers Marc Gasol, Nene and Tyson Chandler as the NBA’s signing period approaches.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Ernie Grunfeld discusses upcoming Wizards season

Beat writer Michael Lee is live-tweeting Ernie Grunfeld’s news conference.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Wizards won’t use amnesty on Rashard Lewis

Lewis’s agents confirm in email a Yahoo! Sports report that Wizards have told them the team will not use amnesty clause to waive team’s highest-paid player.

By Michael Lee  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Chat with Jerry West: Live Q&A Thursday at noon ET

Jerry West and co-author Jonathan Coleman will be online at noon Thursday to discuss the book and the stories behind it, as well as West’s long NBA career and the current state of the league.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Wizards to hold training camp at Verizon Center; likely to play Philadelphia in preseason

Wizards will hold camp at Verizon Center beginning on Dec. 9. They will also likely play a home-and-home preseason series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

By Michael Lee  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/30/2011

John Wall’s offseason in less than five minutes

In case you weren’t paying attention, John Wall had a busy offseason. His exploits in charity exhibitions and pickup games have been captured in a five-minute YouTube video.

By Michael Lee  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011

NBA moving closer to normal business

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis acknowledges return of NBA in message to season ticket-holders and league sends memo to teams about softened lockout stance.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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