January 25, 2012
The NBA-worst Washington Wizards fired coach Flip Saunders on Tuesday after a 2-15 start and replaced him with assistant Randy Wittman. The Wizards fell to 0-7 on the road with an embarrassing 20-point loss to the 76ers on Monday. "I felt like at this time, our players were not responding, and we needed a different voice," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. He and Wittman spoke about playing a faster-paced, running game on offense and perhaps using more press tactics on defense.
June 25, 2010 |
NEW YORK - When NBA commissioner David Stern announced the forgone conclusion of John Wall as the No. 1 pick to the Washington Wizards, putting on the cap was more than a rite of passage. It symbolized how far Wall has come. It might be hard to believe, but the 6-4 dynamo of a guard was an afterthought only a few years ago. As a sophomore, he was cut from his Broughton High School team in North Carolina - just like Michael Jordan - because of attitude problems. Getting cut is far in his rearview mirror.
February 23, 2010 |
Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 101-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night. Blatche, averaging 25 points in the four games since the trades of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, helped Washington to its first three-game home winning streak since April 4-12, 2008. Washington is 3-1 since the trades, and the Wizards ended Chicago's four-game winning streak. Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the Bulls. Washington played nearly the entire game after one of their newest players, Josh Howard, playing in his fourth game, collided with Flip Murray with 4:23 to play in the first quarter.
January 19, 2010 |
Stephon Marbury has reached an agreement to play for a professional team in China. Shanxi announced yesterday it was bringing in the former NBA All-Star. In a news release, the team said it expected to Marbury to play his first game on Jan. 27 against Qingdao. Wang Xingjiang, head of the Shanxi team, called the signing of Marbury "a reward to our fans" to help a struggling team. The team is 3-10 and in 12th place in a 17-team league. Xingjiang also said Marbury hoped to "up the Chinese market and sell his shoes.
January 16, 2010 |
Straight-faced and subdued, Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas yesterday pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge connected to a locker-room argument, leaving his All-Star career in limbo and his freedom in doubt. Arenas won't know whether he must serve jail time until his March 26 sentencing and remains free until then. The government indicated it will not seek more than 6 months, although the judge can give Arenas anywhere from probation to the maximum term of 5 years. Arenas did not speak to reporters on the way into D.C. Superior Court, shaking his head when asked if he wanted to tell fans anything, or when he walked down the block to police headquarters after his 20-minute hearing.
November 25, 2009 |
When longtime Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, 85, died yesterday, last night's game between the 76ers and the Wizards went from interesting to emotional. Pollin's death was announced late yesterday afternoon by his company, Washington Sports & Entertainment. No details were disclosed, but Pollin had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2005 and suffered from a rare brain disorder called "progressive supranuclear palsy. " Pollin, a Philadelphia native, was the longest-tenured owner in the NBA, having bought the Baltimore Bullets in 1964.
April 3, 2009 |
For the first time all season, the Washington Wizards fielded a starting lineup resembling the one envisioned when training camp opened last fall. The result: The team leading the league in losses beat the team leading the league in wins. In the closest thing they'll have to a playoff game, Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards recovered after blowing a 14-point second-half lead and ended the franchise-record 13-game winning streak of LeBron James and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers with a 109-101 victory last night.
March 25, 2009 |
Gilbert Arenas practiced yesterday and remains on course to make his Washington Wizards season debut against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. "The plan was Saturday, and we're still working towards that end," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "As we've got it planned out right now, he's going to play in selective games and no back-to-backs. As we work through the process of making sure that, as he comes back, we do it in a way that is beneficial to his health and our team development.
February 28, 2009 |
Stretching every bit of his 7-6 wingspan, JaVale McGee rose high above the rim to slam in Caron Butler's alley-oop pass, then raised a hand to his forehead and saluted one particular front-row spectator: President Obama. With the Hoopster-in-Chief at courtside - the first president in nearly a decade to make the mile-or-so jaunt from the White House to attend an NBA game - McGee, Butler and the last-place Washington Wizards embarrassed Obama's hometown team, beating the Chicago Bulls, 113-90, last night.
February 26, 2009 |
For the 76ers this season, beating the Washington Wizards has been a little like going to the dentist: show up, get it over with, move on. Maybe that's why, in the locker room after last night's 106-98 victory at the Verizon Center, it was difficult to tell whether the Sixers had won or lost. "We got a little sloppy toward the end," guard Willie Green said. "We just take it as a win," said a stoic Andre Iguodala, who was one rebound from a triple-double. "We just needed a win to have a win," Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said.