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Rashard Lewis fights with Sam Cassell, refuses to play

Jan 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

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How could the 0-8 Washington Wizards come off as more dysfunctional? Well….

Rashard Lewis got into a pregame fight with assistant coach Sam Cassell and refused to play in the Wizards loss to Minnesota Sunday, reports to He was not on the Wizards bench during the game (officially because of a sore knee, but if you believe that you probably believe Sammy Hagar is the greatest rock guitarist of all time).

That would be Rashard “I’m making $22.2 million this year” Lewis, by the way.

That would be Lewis the “stretch four” who is shooting 22.2 percent from three this season. Averaging just 8.7 points per game. He of the 8.2 PER (the kind of number you expect from D-League call ups).

Lewis, like everyone on the Wizards, is struggling. And I have no idea what this fight was about. But I’ll bet you that Cassell is right.

This young Wizards team desperately needs veteran leadership to show it how to prepare, how to compete, how to be professional at the NBA level. They are not getting that from Lewis.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    This guy, was suppose to be what Dirk is!!!

  2. sebstos29 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    that Guy is a long time disapointment. overpaid, and except his shoot, he’s almost useless…he doesn’t have the mentality to be a leader even if he’s a vet.

  3. jmclarkent - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    It time to Amnesty Mr. Lewis. Sadly, he’ll still make his money (and probably end up on a contender) but at least they can get some of the poison out of their locker room.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Problem is, he’s what keeps them above the salary floor. Amnesty him, you still have to replace his $ on the roster, and you’re probably not going to find anything better at this point of the season.

  4. lancer255 - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    This was and is still a problem with NBA, a player of Lewis’ caliber was not worth Max money but some foolish GM gave it to him. The NBA should of eliminated the max contracts.

  5. wwsum - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Lewis is overpaid but never a cancer in locker room. How do you know Cassell is right?

  6. silverbuffalo - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Sadly, this guy is exactly where we thought he would be in his career when he got his new “What?” contract a few years ago

  7. davidtmp - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    And this is exhibit A of why we need to get rid of guarenteed contracts in the NBA.

    • qdog112 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Who is we? Do you and the rest of get a vote?

  8. tomtravis76 - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Get rid of the guaranteed contracts in pro sports to elminate one player from destroying a season for a team, franchise and fan base. Sure a team would have to take a financial hit somehow for dropping a player, but one guy should not set back a franchise for many years.

  9. dexterismyhero - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I think the fight went like this:

    Rahsard: Dude I am too uglier than you.

    Sam: No way man.

    Biff! POW! ZAP!

  10. conjecture101 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    why dont you tell me about his PER mr bill james of basketball. O wait basketball and baseball are completely different sports, and advance statistics in basketball are far more misleading and far less relevant. Just because its the hipster trend doesn’t mean you have to punish all 5 of your readers.

    • slopmcflop - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Wow. That much hostility for a stat? Advanced stats very much so have their place in every sport. Why should we be forced to stick to the same old stats of the past 100 years? While advanced stats are a best pairing with baseball, since it’s about a constant one on one matchup, they still allow you to get more pieces of a puzzle with other sports. No one stat can tell you an entire story, so the more stats, and the more thought that goes into them, the better for the fan. You don’t have to run off and look up these stats if you don’t like, but to bash a sports blog for using advanced stats is a little ridiculous.

      • conjecture101 - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        the hostility is not towards the stat itself, its towards the reasons why it is used. I believe basketball bloggers started to use more stats like PER for reasons outside of player relevance. I think they want to have the sabermetrics feel and have stats like WAR in baseball, while WAR can tell you a lot about a baseball player, PER can’t tell much about Rashard Lewis. I’m not against advance stats, but i’m also not surprised you labeled me to be so, since the usage of advanced stats has become more of a brand/cult than a information tool.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Yep, there’s you’re veteran leadership right there.

    Pretty embarasing for this to be coming from your elder statesman.

  12. 06mustang - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    22 million. $22,000,000.00
    Should call him Captain Zero!

  13. goforthanddie - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Lewis shouldn’t even be on the court. The Wiz went young, they’re prepared to junk the season, why waste time on him when they have 2 1st-rounders who need to catch up? And yes they need maturity, but someone w/ 22mil guaranteed isn’t the one to bet the farm on. You can find someone who understands it’s an honor to play in the NBA, and considers themselves lucky to make minimum.

  14. cluelessdufus - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    shows no maturity doubt he has a bad knee just bad sportmanship no matter how bad you are or your team you should still play

  15. thegreatness34 - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Hey! Leave Sammy Hagar out of this! Dude can sing and he’s a cool dude.

  16. granadafan - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    For 22 million you expect a guy like that to be a leader. If he’s unwilling/ incapable, then he’s worthless to the team. Unload him ASAP. Cassell may be on his last legs with the team too, but he is a coach and the whole situation should have been handled like professionals, not like some street thugs.

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