Found December 03, 2011 on Washington Times:
The Washington Wizards, winners of a scant 23 games last season, will take any advantage they can get in a lockout-shortened season with only a week of training camp before their first pre-season game Dec. 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Most of the roster will remain intact, eliminating the need ...

Josh Howard drawing interest in free agency

Josh Howard may have struggled with a left knee injury the past two seasons in Washington, but he has attracted considerable attention with the free agent signing period set to begin on Friday. The Wizards and “five to six” playoff contenders have expressed interest in Howard, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Another person close to Howard confirmed that...

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders: “I want to compete for the playoffs”

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders hadn’t been allowed to comment on players or talk about basketball for nearly five months, so he had a lot material stored up when he finally had the chance to address reporters on Friday. Saunders spoke for nearly 30 minutes, explaining his plans for the upcoming truncated season, his excitement to see the development of John Wall, Andray Blatche and...

John Wall Doesn’t Quite Grasp the Whole “Going Incognito” Thing

Slow day around here as I battle the after effects of the annual staff Christmas party, so here’s a picture of Wizards guard and UK alum John Wall in a pair of oversized novelty glasses.  Not exactly the best way to blend into the crowd if you ask me, but I doubt Wall was worried about being recognized while watching No.1 Kentucky squeak out a 73-72 win over No.5 North Carolina...

Maurice Evans to receive his diploma from Texas, then help finish labor deal

The NBA and the newly re-formed players union resumed negotiations on Friday in New York to determine the final details of a new collective bargaining agreement but Wizards free agent guard and union vice president Maurice Evans was not in attendance. Evans plans to join the discussions after taking care of some other important personal business: He will receive his diploma during...

Flip Saunders talks about upcoming Wizards season

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders discussed the upcoming NBA season with reporters today. Beat writer Michael Lee tweeted about the news conference. 12:56 p.m.: Flip wants Rashard Lewis to get back to the diversified player he was in Seattle & not be one-dimensional as he was in Orlando. 12:54 p.m.: Flip on Jordan Crawford: “I didn’t know he was as good as Michael Jordan...but...

Wizards, Bulls, Spurs Interested In Josh Howard

If Josh Howard can stay healthy this season, the former All-Star could be a huge off-season acquisition for a contender. Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that the 31-year-old appears to be in good condition and ready to play: “The Wizards and ‘five to six’ playoff contenders have expressed interest in Howard, according to a source with knowledge of the situation...

Wizards Flip Saunders: “Every year is a challenge”

Here is the second part of Flip Saunders’s news conference, with his comments on Rashard Lewis, Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin, his third season with the Wizards and experience coaching during a lockout-shortened season. You can read Part I here. On expectations in his third year: Every year is a challenge. Has it been different teams? Yeah, we’ve probably had five different...

Flip Saunders wants Wiz 'to compete for the playoffs'

WASHINGTON - Coach Flip Saunders delivered a fairly simple - and not-so-subtle - message to his young Washington...

Wizards coach Flip Saunders looks on the bright side of the abbreviated season

The truncated 66-game season the NBA will have this year will either benefit veteran teams or younger teams. It all depends on your perspective. "You can have an argument for whatever you want to," said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders at a press conference Friday at Verizon Center. "Veteran teams ...

Brendan Haywood returns to Washington a champion

Brendan Haywood was back on the Verizon Center practice court, the place he called home for nearly 10 years. Haywood, the former Wizards center, experienced being Michael Jordan’s teammate for the legendary player’s final two seasons in the NBA, watched Gilbert Arenas’s rise to stardom and eventual fall. Read full article >>
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