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  1. Wizards Al Thornton hit by a car, but uninjured. Fortunately.

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Al Thornton sent maybe the most frightening tweet we’ve ever seen Thursday night: This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking.. Wtf. He was walking on the George Mason campus where the Wizards are conducting camp when the incident happened. He is doing fine and was back shooting jumpers…

  2. Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:31 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to contain any damage that came from Leonsis (plus hit Leonsis with a $100,000 fine for talking about the CBA, all done within a few hours, just so you know Stern is not messing around): “We’re negotiating and that was one of our negotiating points,” Stern told…

  3. Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis went through the ugliness of the NHL lockout that cost the league an entire season — and set the sport back considerably in public opinion. Check the television ratings. But Leonsis seems to like what came out on the other side of that, enough that he thinks the…

  4. Meet the new, business-like Gilbert Arenas

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

      Agent Zero was not just a player, he was a persona. Gilbert Arenas was personality, fun, carefree and exuberant off the court and on. A real character in an increasingly corporate league. Not any more. A bearded Gilbert Arenas was very business like at Wizards camp — Michael Lee of the Washington post described…

  5. Andray Blatche negotiated his latest contract without an agent

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    There’s a couple of ways you can spin this — depending upon what you want to believe about Andray Blatche — but here is the bottom line: He put together his new contract extension without an agent, as reported by Michael Lee in the Washington Post. In a move that had been in the works…

  6. Wizards ink Andray Blatche to contract extension

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has spoken about building a team through the draft, around the young players they have. He has put his money where his mouth is — the Wizards have reached a contract extension with center Andray Blatche, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Blatche had two seasons on his…

  7. David Stern tells Gilbert Arenas not to discuss gun incident

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas and David Stern got together Wednesday to talk shop. I kind of like to picture it over high tea with little cucumber finger sandwiches. But that part is irrelevant. What matters is what Stern told Arenas, as reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post. NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke with Arenas on…

  8. Javaris Crittenton will go to Bobcats camp

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton wants to go to back to being the point guard with so much promise. He wants to move beyond being the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas gun debacle. The Charlotte Bobcats are giving him a chance — he has been given an invite to their training camp, according to the Washington Post.…

  9. Adam Morrison invited to Wizards camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Adam Morrison will be in the Wizards training camp on a make-good contract, trying to earn his way back onto an NBA roster, that according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Morrison was last seen in street clothes, as part of the last two Los Angeles Lakers title teams. While players raved about his…

  10. Josh Howard out until the end of November, at the earliest

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Howard will at some point come off the bench and round out a pretty good guard rotation in Washington with John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich. Plus, with Al Thornton the only legit three on the roster, Howard as the swingman seemed a perfect fit. So the Wizards gambled on him bouncing back…

  11. Hilton Armstrong wants to start in Washington. That's nice.

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    The weeks before training camp is the time for unbridled optimism. For belief in yourself and your team. Before the reality of practices and games start to weigh everybody down. New Wizards center Hilton Armstrong is feeling especially optimistic, as he told the Washington Examiner (via SLAM). “Every season I started, I was in New…

  12. Gilbert Arenas runs.

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    A scrapbook of last season will not be found on Gilbert Arenas’ coffee table. The games Arenas didn’t play were marked by endless criticism, judgment, and legal trouble. Those that he did were plagued by inefficient scoring, disinterested defense, and team-wide disappointment. There were few moments, if any, fit for the refrigerator, as Arenas’ (and…

  13. After midnight, Wizards gonna let it all hang down

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Midnight madness makes sense in college, the students only left their dorm room 90 minutes before looking for something to do. They are fresher at midnight than they are for a 9 a.m. class. Way fresher. And they smell better. Midnight madness in the NBA… we shall see. The Washington Wizards are going to give…

  14. Andray Blatche will be ready for Wizards training camp, Sean Marks will be there too

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Years of potential exploded into a couple very productive months last season for Andray Blatche. Throw in rookie top pick John Wall and an offense that will get out and run, and you may have something fun and pretty good in Washington next season. If Blatche is healthy. He had foot surgery in June and…

  15. James Singleton skips out on a minimum NBA contract for a chance to play in China

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    James Singleton is an NBA player, but next season he’ll be merely an NBA-caliber player. Rather than take another tour riding the pine for an NBA team, Singleton has opted to sign a deal with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers (basketball home of almost-NBAer Charles Gaines and one-time NBA import, Mengke Bateer!), according to…

  16. Yi Jianlian battling inflamed Achilles

    Sep 5, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Things have been looking up for Yi Jianlian. He is out of the swamps of Jersey (and into the swamp that is Washington D.C.). He will play in an up-tempo offense next to John Wall, which could put his athleticism to use. He has been working out with David Thorpe. He has been looking good…

  17. Second round pick Hamady N'Diaye unlikely to play for the Wizards this season

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Though Washington first rounder Kevin Seraphin is on his way over to the States from France, the Wizards’ second round pick (or really, the Timberwolves’ second round pick that was then traded to the Wiz, if you want to be terribly specific), Rutgers big man Hamady N’Diaye, will likely be heading overseas for the upcoming…

  18. Yi Jianlian looking good so far for China. Very good.

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian has spent the last couple years in New Jersey playing like a guy who was trying to do what his coach told him and over-thinking things, not having fun and just playing basketball. The Nets didn’t want that, but for whatever reason the fit just seemed wrong. He was shooting 40 percent from…

  19. Wizards have inquired about Melo. Just like everyone else.

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    From: The Office of Ridiculously Obvious Rumors To: ProBasketballTalk.com Readers Re: Wizards interested in Carmelo Dear Pro Basketball Talk Readers, This letter is to inform you that the Washington Post reports the Wizards have made an obligatory call regarding Carmelo Anthony’s availability. The same source that told Michael Lee of the Post that 29 other teams…

  20. Gilbert Arenas plays and the Wizards owner likes what he sees

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    As is happening all over the nation right now, there was a high-level pickup game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. last night. Some NBA guys, some borderline NBA guys, probably some college guys, all getting together for a little run that makes your weekly YMCA game look woefully unathletic. New Wizards owner Ted…

  21. Caron Butler is tired of being on entertaining teams, he'll take dull and a ring

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Variations of this theme seem to play out wherever Caron Butler goes. Last season heading into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks looked like the team ready to test the Lakers. Dallas was the two seed, they had won 7 of 10 including five in a row. There was a quiet, veteran confidence around the team.…

  22. Could Yi Jianlian be a Washington version of Rashard Lewis?

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian, a solid player but pretty pedestrian scorer by NBA standards, is taking on a new and very difficult role this summer — team star and leader. He is the big name on the Chinese national team heading into the World Championships in Turkey. It’s been tough going recently, with China struggling in scrimmages…

  23. JaVale McGee discovered last season he has asthma

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Last season, Flip Saunders kept watching JaVale McGee and thinking “he shouldn’t get that tired that fast.” McGee is maybe the best athlete on the team, one of the best natural athletes in the association, yet he wore down quickly. That had been happening since he played at Nevada, but he went to the doctor…

  24. JaVale McGee, Jeff Green cut from Team USA

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee is a freak athlete, but that alone is not enough to get you on Team USA. McGee himself announced that he has been cut from Team USA via his twitter account this morning. The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work…

  25. Andray Blatche just rehabbing, dreaming of John Wall

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    During Summer League, when John Wall would get out in transition and finish with a lob to JaVale McGee, it was easy to imagine how much fun Wall and Andray Blatche would be together. It was a Wizards fan dream. Blatche told the official Wizards Web site he is dreaming of playing with Wall, too,…

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