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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Wizards 2012 season preview: Will new year bring new results?

The Wizards are set to embark on Year 2 ½ of their rebuilding project with a team that is heavy on potential and light on experience. Here’s a player-by-player look at the roster.

By Lee Friedman  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Chris Paul trade veto shows it’s time for David Stern to go

You have to have certain ethical and moral lines you won’t cross to please your superiors. NBA Commissioner David Stern apparently makes up his lines as he goes along, and for that, it’s time for him to go.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:27 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 11/29/2011

With NBA lockout all but over, Wizards could make moves

Well the NBA certainly knows how to give its fans a real Thanksgiving. While millions of Americans were fighting crowds to get a buy one, get one free deal on cappuccino machines, the NBA owners and players managed to reach.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:03 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/04/2011

NBA lockout: Time for players to pack it in, live to fight another day

What should have been the opening night of the NBA season passed by, as Chris Paul spent his time “Playing the Feud” instead of making no-look passes. It’s time for someone to give the NBA players the cold, hard facts. You will not win this battle — live to fight another day.

By Lee Friedman  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/14/2011

NBA Lockout: Where’s Karl Rove when you need him?

The first rule of political combat is to define your opponent before they define you. The NBA Players Association (NBAPA) has failed miserably at this task, and will find itself on the losing end of the lockout if it doesn’t change course quickly.

By Lee Friedman  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/02/2011

NBA Lockout: Is Ted Leonsis taking a hard-line stance in labor negotiations?

Ever since Ted Leonsis bought the Wizards, he’s enjoyed a bit of a honeymoon period from most Wizards fans. But now his experience in the NHL is impacting his stance in the NBA labor negotiations.

By Lee Friedman  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 08/26/2011

NBA players who did more with less

With the future prospects of the NBA looking bleak, bloggers tend to shift their gaze longingly (or mockingly) to the past. Here’s a list of players who made the most with the least talent or physical skills.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:41 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 07/12/2011

A plague on both your houses

So to players and owners: You need to solve this problem soon before you damage the financial health of your industry, drive away a generation of fans and unleash a plague on an unsuspecting public.

By Lee Friedman  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 06/23/2011

NBA Draft: Live from Newark

The NBA draft kicks off tonight and once again, Ernie Grunfield and the Wizards’ front office will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to make the right choices for a team with plenty of holes to fill.

By Lee Friedman  |  12:59 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 06/20/2011

O’s, Stroh’s and Racing Presidents

For years the Post covered the Orioles as their hometown team. They gave them front page coverage, assigned a beat writer, and columnists regularly wrote about them. Then the Nats came to town, and like an aging first wife, they were shown the door.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:54 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Hitting the reset button in the NBA

With the NBA heading toward a work stoppage this summer, here are some suggestions for how the league can improve its financial and player development systems as they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

By Lee Friedman  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Lucky number six

The Wizards have a mixed history with the selecting sixth in the NBA Draft, but it could be worse, they could be the Clippers.

By Lee Friedman  |  10:35 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/16/2011

The Washington sports ecosystem in three acts

Would you rather have six months of mostly unappealing basketball or five months of great hockey followed by two weeks of carnage?

By Lee Friedman  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/01/2011

Finally, draft relief

At last the Redskins are displaying a major shift in draft-day philosophy: drafting for the future rather than the present.

By Stephen L. Carter  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Still wandering in the desert: Part II

While the Wizards’ overall team statistics from the 2010-11 season were pretty depressing, there were some real positives that can be taken from several individual performances.

By Lee Friedman  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Still wandering in the desert: Part 1

Looking back at the Wizards performance this season, it’s important to consider it in the context of rebuilding, and how their young players developed. That means wins and losses mean less than individual improvement.

By Lee Friedman  |  01:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/14/2011

NBA year end awards

Now that the dust has settled on the regular season, it’s time to speculate recipients of the MVP, rookie of the year and the often overlooked Methuselah award.

By Lee Friedman  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/05/2011

The Jordan Crawford Show

In a season where the losses mount nightly, it’s been interesting to watch which players use the opportunity of increased playing time to make a positive impact. Count Jordan Crawford as one.

By Lee Friedman  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011

One night in L.A.

You get very contemplative sitting alone in your living room at 1:30 a.m. on a Wednesday night watching a Wizards-Clippers game.

By Lee Friedman  |  03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Franchise ownership 101

Owners of professional sports teams are in dire need of an image enhancement and need to take a serious look at how they operate their business and treat their fans.

By Lee Friedman  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Buzz Bissinger is a big fat idiot

Well, not really. But when someone writes with the thoughtfulness and sophistication of Rush Limbaugh, it seems fair to lump them together. Bissinger wrote the seminal book on high school football, Friday Night Lights in 1990 and was considered a...

By Lee Friedman  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 02/04/2011

Are the kids alright?

"Staring at the water boiling won't make it go faster, my goal is to get to the point where every game that we go into, we think we can win. And we have a long way to go. But once...

By Lee Friedman  |  10:03 AM ET, 02/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/27/2011

And the Whoopi goes to....

It’s that time of year again. The NBA Mid-Season Awards season is in full swing, but who wants to hear another debate about whether Amare or LeBron should be MVP (my vote goes to Amare), or whether Blake Griffin or...

By Lee Friedman  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Hawk and Animal would never have gone 0-19

The Wizards travel to Milwaukee tonight where they will attempt to win their first road game on the season. The difference between the team that takes the court at the Verizon Center (12-8 at home) versus any other arena is...

By Lee Friedman  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 01/12/2011

People watching with DeMarcus Cousins

The Wizards are currently in the midst of the “easy” portion of their schedule. During this 10-game stretch they play nine games against teams with losing records. Starting on Dec. 27 they played Houston (17-21), Indiana (15-20) twice, New Orleans...

By Lee Friedman  |  05:24 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 01/05/2011

It could always be worse

As 2011 begins, the Wizards sit at 8-24 at the bottom of the NBA after a very difficult year. I’m not even going to address the team’s play in the first four months of 2010. I’d prefer to pretend it...

By Lee Friedman  |  03:56 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Bring back Robin Ficker

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has made some good changes and brought a renewed energy to the Wizards organization since taking over. While the positive energy hasn’t exactly translated to performance on the court, his willingness to make changes and own...

By Lee Friedman  |  04:51 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 12/10/2010

The Curse of the Kardashians

I started working on this post on Wednesday evening. I figured I’d finish it on Thursday morning with some thoughts from the Kings game the night before. My theme would be the Wizards' moral victory against the Lakers, and a...

By Lee Friedman  |  08:12 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Heading to the hardware store

Sixteen games into the season and much of the talk has been about the Rookie of the Year (ROY) race between John Wall (18 ppg, 9 apg, 2.8 spg) and Blake Griffin (20 ppg, 11 rpg). By all measurements Griffin...

By Lee Friedman  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Canadian Bacon Democracy

The NBA released their annual All-Star ballot, and conspicuously missing from it was one Andray Blatche. Just to clarify, I’m not saying Blatche should be voted into the All-Star Game, just that he should be considered -- 16 ppg and...

By Lee Friedman  |  04:17 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Powerball with Nick Young

The Wizards' season is six games old and they are just a game out of the playoffs....with 93 percent of the season still to go. The first six games reinforced some of the concerns we had coming in to the season,...

By Lee Friedman  |  11:31 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 10/28/2010

'Til death (or your first felony charge) do us part

By Lee Friedman The relationship between a team and a player is a little bit like dating. You draft a player (begin dating), sometimes the player is a high draft pick and ready to contribute immediately (mature and knows how...

By Box Seats blogger  |  02:33 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/22/2010

The Audacity of Hope: Your 2010-11 Washington Wizards

By Lee Friedman With the regular season starting next week, the Wizards begin the season with a lot of hope and optimism. Unfortunately, as President Obama has learned the hard way, hope and optimism can only get you so far....

By Box Seats blogger  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/15/2010

The People's Court: Arenas edition

By Lee Friedman As the son of a licensed mental health professional (mother) and an unlicensed mental health professional (father is a divorce lawyer), I’d like to think I’m sensitive to those who have mental problems. I’m not sure what...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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