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Drew Gooden, Jordan Hill ejected during Lakers-Wizards fight (Video)

Drew-Gooden-Nick-Young-fightA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards briefly turned ugly on Friday night, and the end result was several technical fouls and two player ejections.

Wizards forward Drew Gooden and Lakers guard Nick Young got tangled up while fighting for a rebound with roughly two minutes remaining in the game, and Gooden yanked Young’s arm and looked like he was trying to tear it off. Gooden lost his balance and fell to the floor, and Young went over to confront him.

Young gave Gooden a mild shove before Wizards big man Marcin Gortat came over to prevent the situation from escalating. Lakers forward Jordan Hill took exception to Gortat’s involvement, so he shoved Gortat and put him in a bear hug.

“(Gooden) ended up falling,” Young explained after the game, via the Washington Post. “I ended up getting my adrenaline going and it was over after that. I felt like that was uncalled for right there.”

Gooden and Hill were both assessed Flagrant 2 fouls and ejected from the game. Young also picked up a technical but wasn’t tossed. The Wizards went on to win 117-107, as a sad Lakers season got even sadder.

John Wall in favor of Wizards becoming Bullets again

washington-bullets-logoFrom 1963 to 1997, the team we now know as the Washington Wizards had a different nickname. They were the Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, and finally the Washington Bullets before adopting their current name.

Over the past few years, fans have suggested the franchise go back to being the Bullets numerous times. At one point, team owner Ted Leonsis was reportedly open to the idea. But, given the decision to do away with the name was centered around its association with violence, it’s hard to see such a change happening.

Connotation aside, the Washington Bullets logo was a fairly popular one and has a fan in point guard John Wall. When speaking with Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the All-Star mentioned his fondness for the old logo compared to the current one.

Never say never, but it’s unlikely we’ll be referring to Washington’s basketball team as the Bullets for anything more than throwback purposes anytime soon.

Wizards mock Miami Heat fans with ‘Bandwagon Cam’

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Is there anything more embarrassing than looking up at the arena video board and realizing you have been selected for the “Kiss Cam?” President Obama would probably tell you that it doesn’t get more awkward than that, but I bet the Miami Heat fans who were featured on the “Bandwagon Cam” on Wednesday night would disagree.

As Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog discovered, the Washington Wizards mocked fans who were wearing Heat gear by showing them on the “Bandwagon Cam” during the team’s surprising 114-97 victory over LeBron James and company.

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Nene says young Wizards need to get their heads out of their butts

Nene WizardsThe Washington Wizards fell to 2-6 on the season after dropping a game in San Antonio 92-79 on Wednesday night. Nene was especially frustrated after the loss, not just because his Wizards were blown out in the fourth quarter, but because of the difference he saw between the teams’ approaches.

The veteran big man doesn’t think the Spurs have more talent than the Wizards, but he believes they play the game the right way — with a team mentality, rather than as a bunch of individuals who want stats.

“They kicked our butts in the most classy way — playing the right way,” Nene vented after the loss, via the Washington Post. “It’s crazy, that’s what makes me mad. Our young guys think they’re so smart. But if I was young, I would watch video of that game for one week to see if I could learn something, because the way they play is how you’re supposed to play.

“They not talented as us,” he continued. “They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of this.”

The Wizards haven’t won in San Antonio since 1999, so a win wasn’t exactly expected. But when you see a team beat you that badly and in that manner, it opens your eyes.

As for Nene’s assertion that the Wizards have more talent than the Spurs, I disagree with that. But all teams could stand to benefit from approaching the game similar to the way the Spurs do.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman rips reporter who compares team to circus

randy-wittmanWith a record of 26-44 and only 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Washington Wizards have secured themselves a sub-.500 record for the sixth straight season. There has been some improvement since the team’s last playoff appearance in 2008, but the Wizards drafted John Wall with the first overall pick in 2010 and have yet to take the next step.

That doesn’t mean you can go around comparing head coach Randy Wittman’s team to a circus. In fact, WUSA’s Kevin Jones learned on Monday that doing so will earn you more than an earful from the second-year coach. After referencing how the circus was in Washington D.C. over the weekend, Jones asked if Wittman is relieved that the Wizards — who have won seven of their last 10 — are “no longer a circus.”

“You didn’t seriously just ask me that question, about the (expletive) circus being in town?” Wittman asked furiously, via CSNWashington.com’s J. Michael. “Are you (expletive) me? You called this organization a circus at one time. So I’m not going to answer that question.

“I’m part of the damn circus. It’s not a circus around here. … I don’t want to hear that no more. That’s disrespectful.”

Jones later tried to explain his motivation for asking the question, insisting that he was just joking with Wittman at a bad time.

As this NFL coach can tell you, many people do not respond well when their teams are compared to the circus. Jones was trying to have a little fun with Wittman and compliment the team for turning things around to close out the year, but the joke clearly didn’t land. Now he knows for next time.

Thanks to DC Sports Bog for sharing the story

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis apologizes to fans for horrible start to season

Ted-Leonsis-WizardsThe Washington Wizards are once again horrible, but this time it is not entirely their fault. The team has battled injuries all season long, the most significant of which caused John Wall to miss the first 33 games of the season. During that stretch, the Wizards compiled a record of 5-28. They started out the year by losing their first 12 games.

Since Wall’s return on Jan. 12, the team has gone 6-5. Washington has managed no more than 26 wins in a season over the last four years, so a 6-5 stretch is somewhat of a rarity. However, the Wizards’ abysmal start has essentially eliminated them from playoff contention. And for that, team owner Leonsis would like to apologize.

“You can communicate to the fans and say nobody can plan for the loss of five of eight players, especially when you’re in the midst of a rebuild,” Leonsis told WTOP on Wednesday, via D.C. Sports Bog. “We weren’t a veteran team to begin with, that had a strong foundation. But no one wants to hear that. And so, as you communicate that, really it sounds like spin and hype and justification for starting 0-12. We didn’t win a game in our first dozen games. And the fans, they’re bottom-line oriented. They want you to win. And again, I apologize. There’s nothing we can do about that one.”

In other words, I’m sorry but I’m not really sorry. Numbers don’t lie. The Wizards are a better team with Wall. His injury crippled the team through the first two months-plus of the season. That being said, Washington is not a playoff contender, which falls on the owner’s shoulders. If you ask Stan Van Gundy, he’d tell you Wall isn’t even a good enough player to build a team around. With the way things have gone over the past couple seasons, it’s tough to argue against that.

Stan Van Gundy: John Wall isn’t good enough for Wizards to build around

One of the reasons the Washington Wizards are off to such a poor start again this season has been the absence of John Wall. A team isn’t going to win many games without its best player, and Washington has won only four of its 29 with Wall having been sidelined with a knee injury for the entire season. To say that the Wizards are missing the former Kentucky star would be an epic understatement.

However, Stan Van Gundy does not feel that Wall is the answer to the Wizards’s problems — this season or in the future.

“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy told ESPN 980′s The Sports Reporters last week, via D.C. Sports Bog. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around. I don’t know who you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.”

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