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  1. John Wall, welcome to the NBA

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

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    The first time John Wall came around a high pick in the NBA — just seconds into the opening game against Orlando Thursday — he had plenty of room. Jameer Nelson had gone under the pick. Way under. We’re going to dare you to take that uncontested jumper under. So Wall did — and he…

  2. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  3. Gilbert Arenas out first two Wizards games. At least.

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas’ sprained ankle is not getting better — he was walking around in a protective boot Wednesday — and he will miss the first two Wizards games. At least. That according to a tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Arenas is going to see a doctor to see if anything more serious…

  4. Wizards cut Adam Morrison

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

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    The Washington Wizards have cut both Adam Morrison and Sean Marks. This move means that Morrison’s NBA career is likely all but over. The former Gonzaga star and #3 overall pick never came close to having anything resembling NBA success during his three years in the league. Morrison came out of college with a polished…

  5. Josh Howard creates a nice Web site, that a “respected leader” does not make

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    I get Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is about second chances. Second chances for a struggling franchise, second chances for Gilbert Arenas. We need that in sports and just in life — people screw up but that is different than being a screw up. Josh Howard is getting a second chance. A chance to play after…

  6. Saturday Starting Five: Your Preseason Rookie Report

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  7. Gilbert Arenas? No. It’s Andray Blatche that really matters to Washington

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The last time Gilbert Arenas really mattered on the court for the Washington Wizards was four years ago. That hasn’t stopped him from being the preseason focus of the team, what with fake injuries, the not fake injuries and very important questions about his beard. But Andray Blatche matters a lot more to this year’s…

  8. Report: Gilbert Arenas fined $50,000 by team for faking injury

    Oct 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    As if the instant Karma was not enough, there is the money. We knew that Gilbert Arenas had been fined after he faked an injury so he could sit out the Washington Wizards Tuesday night preseason game and get his buddy Nick Young some extra run. That fine was $50,000, according to Michael Lee of…

  9. This time he’s not faking (we think): Gilbert Arenas leaves game with groin strain.

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas, meet instant Karma. Arenas suffered a mild groin strain and had to leave after playing just three minutes into the Wizards preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night. He did not return to the game. The injury comes just two days after Arenas admitted faking an injury so he could sit out…

  10. Flip Saunders says Gilbert Arenas comments are “untrue.” Which is sort of untrue itself.

    Oct 14, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Flip Saunders wants to put the idea that Gilbert Arenas conned him and lied to him so Nick Young could get a little more burn. That’s not how it went down, Saunders told ESPN Radio 980 in the nation’s capital (via Sports Radio Interviews). I talked to Gilbert at shootaround, he said his knee was…

  11. Gilbert Arenas fakes injury to sit out preseason game, gets fined by team

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2 4:38 pm: Via Bullets Forever, here is Arenas’ statement to the media: “In hindsight now I would say yes. I wasn’t thinking this would be another media outburst. Everything that I do now is someone tit for tat trying to blow it out of proportion. Y’now at the end of the day Nick is…

  12. John Wall and Sam Cassell battle in the post

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard wanted to refine his post moves, so he sought out Hakeem Olajuwon. John Wall wanted to refine his post moves, too, but he didn’t have to seek out anyone; one of the best post-up point guards of the modern era serves on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff, ready to school Wall (and Washington’s other…

  13. RIP Gilbert Arenas’ beard, we hardly knew ya

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas’ game has fit in quite well with the new look Washington Wizards. But that’s not what anyone is talking about. Rather, the topic is Arenas’ beard — which is a little big scraggly and rough. It is up there with Boom Dizzle’s as the best in the Association. Or was. The Washington Post’s…

  14. The newer, more efficient Gilbert Arenas

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    All the talk this preseason has been about changes in Gilbert Arenas the personality (although we suspect the new, business-like Arenas is more about what he shows the media than teammates), but we have missed the change in Gilbert Arenas the player. Gone is Agent Zero the gunner, replaced by a much more efficient player,…

  15. Fabricio Oberto is without an NBA home, but still turns down offer from Turkish team

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Few names in the NBA demand the respect of “Fabricio Oberto,” as long as “respect” is measured in smirks, sighs, and knowing guffaws. The Argentinian big man, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has had a tidy, victorious, and fairly unproductive career as a late-arrival to the American basketball scene. Oberto was a…

  16. Could it be the Washington Bullets once again?

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Washington’s new owner Ted Leonsis promised changes. He asked fans what needed to change around the Wizards and the Verizon Center where they play. He got a box full of suggestions, and on Wednesday he posted a list of 101 things he has done to improve the team at the request of fans (via the…

  17. For Gilbert Arenas, the thrill is gone baby, it's gone away for good

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas looked pretty good in his first game back considering he was suspended most of last season and missed part of training camp with a sprained ankle. He finished with 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting . But the happy-go-lucky, passionate Gilbert Arenas was nowhere to be seen Wednesday, apparently disappearing after being…

  18. While Gilbert Arenas pens his redemption story, Javaris Crittenton is just looking to get by

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton will forever be linked by a card game, two unloaded guns, and a note in the Washington Wizards’ locker room, but both players were in fundamentally different positions to deal with the aftermath of their shared experience. Arenas is a former superstar that once dined with the league’s true elite.…

  19. JaVale McGee has spectacular dunks, would impress Flip Saunders more with a few rebounds

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee can throw it down. He and John Wall showed a connection during Summer League because Wall likes to run and throw ally-oops and McGee loves to run and catch ally-oops. But Wizards coach Flip Saunders knows a little secret — you can’t get out and run if somebody doesn’t grab the defensive rebound.…

  20. Gilbert Arenas warning level rises to a two, mild discomfort

    Oct 3, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas is like the escaped mental patient at the cocktail party. Everyone’s got their eye on him, even if he’s just going to get more cocktail wieners from the buffet. That’s just how it’s going to be for a while. Those who aren’t worried about his injuries are afraid he’ll do something negligent and…

  21. NBA Season Preview: The Washington Wizards

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Last season: 26-56, which actually sounds better than it was. The Wizards were disappointing long before two pistols ever found their way into the Washington locker room, or Gilbert Arenas unholstered his finger guns, or the Wiz started trading away their most productive players.   Head Coach: Flip Saunders. Considering last season’s extracurricular activities, Saunders…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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