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The surprise was evident among Wizards fans when owner Ted Leonsis gave team president Ernie Grunfeld a contract extension during the final week of the regular season.
Sitting in front of his locker before the Washington Wizards played the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Andray Blatche was candid about his disappointing season, and took full responsibility for it.
John Wall will not be traded Thursday. But the fate of every other player in a Washington Wizards uniform is anyone's guess.
There was just a hint of a smile on Andray Blatche's face Monday night. The Washington Wizards had just lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but Blatche had a relaxed demeanor that is no longer present at Verizon Center.
Andray Blatche was anxious. After missing more than a month with a strained calf, the Washington Wizards' power forward finally was making his return to the court. He was ready, as he put it, "to start ballin' again."
Sometimes, it's the freak accidents and the busted plays that change the course of an NBA season. For Wizards forward Andray Blatche, it was a little of both.
Like a teacher with a classroom full of young students, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman does what he can, given the challenges of a post-lockout season. The instruction, Wittman believes, is getting through to his charges. But then they promptly go out and flunk the test.
Wizards forward Trevor Booker has never minded the moniker "junkyard dog." It's a common nickname for a tough, defensive-minded, high-energy player. It's something Booker takes pride in.
The NBA schedule-makers had to have foreseen this — what a 66-game schedule compressed into a four-month window would look like. There's the exhaustion, the mental fatigue and a lot of bad basketball.