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Wizards Insider: October, 2013

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Nene rests sore left calf, expected to play in home opener

Nene sat out Thursday’s practice to rest a sore left calf but Randy Wittman expects him to play in home opener against Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  09:49 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Pistons dictated tempo of play vs. Wizards in season opener

“We got beat in every category. We’re taking shots that guys shouldn’t be taking,” Coach Randy Wittman says.

By Michael Lee  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Open thread: Wizards at Pistons

Talk about Washington’s season opener at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

By Michael Lee  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Wizards’ Marcin Gortat: ‘I’m ready to play’

Newcomer Marcin Gortat is still learning the Wizards’ scheme but he plans to err on the side of aggressive play against the Detroit Pistons.

By Michael Lee  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcin Gortat

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Wizards hope to leave road woes behind

The Wizards have gone 19-96 on the road since drafting John Wall.

By Michael Lee  |  12:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013

‘Post Sports Live’ asks: Are the Washington Wizards a playoff team?

Mike Wise, Lavar Arrington and Dan Steinberg weigh the team’s postseason chances.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Post Sports Live, Wizards

Posted at 09:24 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Wizards cut three players; Otto Porter Jr. has MRI on hip

The Wizards waived guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, Kendall Marshall and the roster is set at 15.

By Michael Lee  |  09:24 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/27/2013

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver backs the analytical movement

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver has been a huge proponent of the league’s analytical movement.

By Michael Lee  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Silver, NBA

Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 10/26/2013

Wizards reflect on trading Emeka Okafor: “He was a great teammate”

The Wizards are excited about welcoming Marcin Gortat but took some time to reflect on a “great teammate” in Emeka Okafor.

By Michael Lee  |  10:17 PM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Emeka Okafor

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 10/26/2013

Wizards to decline options on Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton

Jan Vesely and Chris Singelton will be unrestricted free agents next summer after the Wizards declined the fourth-year options on both former first-round picks.

By Michael Lee  |  10:27 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely

Posted at 12:57 AM ET, 10/26/2013

What the Marcin Gortat trade means for the Wizards

The Wizards sacrificed a draft pick in the heralded 2014 NBA draft in an effort to make a run at the playoffs now.

By Michael Lee  |  12:57 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcin Gortat, Wizards

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Washington Wizards trade Emeka Okafor and 2014 draft pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat

Gortat averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds last season.

By Michael Lee  |  05:47 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Emeka Okafor, Marcin Gortat

Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Wizards’ John Wall disappointed with preseason performance

John Wall had an uneven performance during the preseason as he struggled with turnovers and his shot.

By  |  07:18 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Wizards cut Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas

With 15 players already under contract, the Wizards cut training camp invites Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Xavier Silas

By Michael Lee  |  07:46 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Wizards’ Trevor Ariza, Al Harrington finally find form in preseason finale

Duo combines for 36 points against the Pistons.

By Michael Lee  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  al harrington, preseason, Trevor Ariza

Posted at 06:29 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Wizards’ Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas get one last shot

With 15 players under contract, Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Xavier Silas had slim to none odds of making the team, but in preseason finale, the Wizards showed their appreciation for the trio during a blowout win.

By Michael Lee  |  06:29 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Greg Monroe on Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr.: ‘I know he’ll grow up real fast’

Rookie remains sidelined with a hip injury.

By Michael Lee  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Otto Porter Jr., preseason

Posted at 06:09 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Wizards bench helps team “wake up” after listless start

The Wizards have their worst first half of the preseason but the bench, led by Kevin Seraphin, helped the team have a respectable finish in 99-96 loss to Detroit.

By Michael Lee  |  06:09 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin, Wizards

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/22/2013

NBA general managers expect Wizards to improve

Washington finished tied for second for most-improved team in annual NBA.com survey.

By Michael Lee  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Wizards still searching for answers on offense

Turnovers and poor three-point shooting have led to Wizards’ struggles on offense.

By Michael Lee  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Wizards’ Al Harrington more than just a ‘stretch four’

Al Harrington was brought to Washington to spread the floor and hit three-pointers but he starting to show a more versatile game.

By Michael Lee  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  al harrington

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Wizards denied victory in Kentucky

John Wall’s hopes of staying perfect at Rupp Arena were denied by fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, John Wall, Wizards

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Wizards to welcome back Nene, Garrett Temple vs. New Orleans

Nene was dealing with personal matter in his native Brazil

By Michael Lee  |  03:01 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Garrett Temple, Nene

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. on injured hip: ‘It still hurts’

First-round draft pick has been unable to practice since the start of training camp.

By Michael Lee  |  02:25 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Singleton, Injuries, Otto Porter Jr.

Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Wizards’ John Wall excited about return to Kentucky

John Wall is thrilled about the Wizards playing at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena - the place where he became a celebrity with a fancy dance move and flashy game.

By Michael Lee  |  07:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Wizards

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Wizards struggle with inconsistent play against Knicks

Washington loses, 98-89, to New York at Baltimore Arena.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Wizards’ Nene returns from Brazil, unlikely to play vs. New York

Center was tending to his father, who is battling a serious illness.

By Michael Lee  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Wizards’ Bradley Beal is ‘lights out’ in performance against Miami

Second-year player scores 29 points in just three quarters.

By Michael Lee  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 02:12 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Wizards experiment with smaller lineups in win over Miami

With Nene not available and Miami going small, Coach Randy Wittman started Trevor Booker and tried several different lineups in win over the Heat.

By Michael Lee  |  02:12 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Wizards hoping to overcome turnover problems

“I wish there was a magic wand” to fix Washington’s issues, Coach Randy Wittman says.

By Michael Lee  |  03:21 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  preseason, Wizards

Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Nene remains in Brazil for “personal matter,” will miss game vs Miami

With Nene absent and Al Harrington probable with a left quad injury, Jan Vesely, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin are expected to get more minutes against Miami.

By Michael Lee  |  10:11 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman defends Nene

Coach Randy Wittman said fans at HSBC Arena should’ve booed him, and not Nene, for his decision not to play for the national team last summer.

By Michael Lee  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt downplays Wizards joke, has harsh words for Nene

Oscar Schmidt said he remains upset that fellow Brazilian Nene doesn’t always play for the national team.

By Michael Lee  |  08:53 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Oscar Schmidt

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Wizards’ John Wall on Derrick Rose’s road back: ‘Sometimes it takes a lot of time’

“I think he’s doing what he’s supposed to do right now, even though it’s just the preseason,” Wizards guard says.

By Michael Lee  |  05:32 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil, Derrick Rose, John Wall

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Wizards vs. Bulls in Brazil: Chicago’s Derrick Rose out with knee soreness

Rose missed all of last season after ACL tear.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  04:13 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 12:12 AM ET, 10/12/2013

Wizards’ Chris Singleton making progress, Trevor Booker hopes to play vs. Chicago

Chris Singleton no longer needs crutches and Trevor Booker is ready to make his preseason debut on Saturday against Chicago.

By Michael Lee  |  12:12 AM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Photos/Video: Washington Wizards visit Brazil, Part II

Michael Lee continues to document the Wizards’ trip.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Nene, Washington Wizards finally connect with Leandro Barbosa

Eight months after he was traded to the Wizards, Barbosa finally met with the team in Brazil while recovering from an injury.

By Michael Lee  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leandro Barbosa

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Photos: The Washington Wizards visit Brazil

We gave Michael Lee a camera, and this is the result.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil, Brazil trip

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Wizards rookie Glen Rice Jr. already exuding confidence

Rice Jr. scored 12 points, and had a highlight dunk, in his NBA preseason debut.

By Michael Lee  |  10:25 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glen Rice Jr.

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Wizards excited to be in Brazil

The Wizards arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday with multiple goals for their week in Brazil.

By Michael Lee  |  07:49 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Wizards

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Bradley Beal, John Wall eager for Wizards' preseason opener

Wall says team will use the game to "get our chemistry down pat."

By Gene Wang  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  preseason

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Wizards prepared to host Brooklyn Nets

After 10 days to prepare, John Wall and the Wizards are ready to host the new-look Brooklyn Nets in their preseason opener on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

By Michael Lee  |  04:57 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Wizards

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Wizards' Emeka Okafor recovering from neck injury in New York

The Wizards have given Emeka Okafor permission to rehab and recover from herniated disk in his neck in New York.

By Michael Lee  |  06:04 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Emeka Okafor, Washington Wizards

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 10/06/2013

Wizards' Trevor Booker doubtful for preseason opener

Trevor Booker wants to get back to participating in full contact practice drills soon, but he is doubtful for the Wizards' preseason opener on Tuesday against Brooklyn.

By Michael Lee  |  09:14 AM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Wizards' John Wall gets headphones for his teammates

John Wall got special Beats by Dre headphones for all of his teammates as they prepare for trip to Brazil.

By Michael Lee  |  06:12 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil, John Wall

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/05/2013

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis news conference highlights

Leonsis had a lot more to share than just his desire to reach the playoffs for the first time since purchasing the team in 2010.

By Michael Lee  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Leonsis

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/05/2013

Wizards' Trevor Booker edging closer to return

Trevor Booker began participating in non-contact drills on Friday but Otto Porter Jr. remains sidelined.

By Michael Lee  |  10:29 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker

Posted at 01:55 AM ET, 10/05/2013

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis: 'I'm tired of losing'

Entering his fourth season as owner of the Wizards, Ted Leonsis is seeking a payoff for his investment in the form of a playoff berth.

By Michael Lee  |  01:55 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Leonsis

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman: “We had a good, solid camp”

The Wizards wrapped up training camp at George Mason with a practice that included the return of Trevor Ariza and some music by rapper Drake.

By Michael Lee  |  07:05 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Training camp

Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Wizards' Trevor Ariza rests sore right calf

Otto Porter Jr. and Trevor Booker didn't practice again, but Trevor Ariza also sat out the fourth day of training camp with a sore right calf.

By Michael Lee  |  11:50 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Training camp, Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards

 

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