Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/9/12
How bad have things gotten in Washington? Bad enough that the players are bickering with each other and their coach, who is about to lose his job, a source close to the situation told FOX Sports Ohio. The Wizards entered the lockout-shortened NBA season with some buzz, most centered around electrifying second-year point John Wall and young big men Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. They even got cool new uniforms -- a red, white and blue scheme intended to celebrate their championship-contending (and winning) days of the 1970s, when they were known as the Bullets. But an 0-8 start has a way of putting a damper on hope, and a premium on the idea that a start-over is desperately needed. First came the report from CSN Washington that said veteran forward Rashard Lewis got into an argument with assistant coach Sam Cassell before a game against Minnesota, resulting in Lewis refusal to play. A sore right knee was what the Wizards listed as the reason Lewis was not in uniform for the 92-73 home loss. Lewis and head coach Flip Saunders denied the report, and Lewis told the Washington Post he wasn't on the bench because he didn't have a sports jacket. But a source told FS Ohio that Saunders likely has two or three more games for the team to show signs of progress. He might not even last the week, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous because of his close association with the team. The good news for Saunders is other sources have told the Post that his job is safe. Also, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog, I have found the best thing to do in times of stress and turmoil is to do research; be analytical; NOT emotional; and try to find ways to improve. Saunders is 49-123 as coach of the Wizards and in the third of a four-year contract that reportedly will pay him 18 million. He attended Cuyahoga Heights High School outside Cleveland and was named Ohio's Class A Player of the Year in 1973. The Wizards 0-8 start is the worst in franchise history.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false


Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA Skills Challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker