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For Wizards at least, it’s a rivalry
Center Brendan Haywood last season publicly mocked James for his complaints about hard fouls but now says that’s in the past.
“I play basketball,” Haywood said. “We can go out there, I can foul you hard. You can foul me hard. I can be mad at you that day, but the next time we see each other, it’s a different game. It’s a different day. I don’t need to hold a grudge. Life’s too short.”
Even the new members of the Wizards notice a different buzz and say it didn’t take long for their new teammates to indoctrinate them.
“Preparing for these guys, that’s been the talk from Day One of training camp,” said backup guard Randy Foye, who joined the Wizards this summer. “I got a little bit of an education about it in talking to DeShawn, talking to Gil, guys like that. They don’t make it seem as it’s a big rivalry, but you can just tell by certain things they say.”
Foye turned to old YouTube videos to educate himself on the 2008 fireworks between the teams.
“Even when we played [Cleveland] in the preseason, they booed us when we ran out there,” he said. “They were waiting for us to come out. Games like this, Coach doesn’t even have to say much. Guys are already ready to go.”
Note - Butler returned to the practice court Monday, three days after he exited early from a loss to Atlanta with a bruised left knee and two days after he missed the home-opening win against New Jersey.
Saunders said the two-time All-Star went through Monday’s practice with no problem and expects to have him back on the court against the Cavaliers.
Butler himself was a bit more cautious.
“I feel decent,” said Butler, who hurt the knee while diving for a loose ball early in the second quarter. “I’ll see how I feel in the morning, and if I feel all right, I’ll definitely give it a go.”
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