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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Earl Barron
New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace retired again from the NBA on Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a left foot injury.
For most people, finding out they have to work on Christmas Day isn't exactly the kind of present they want. For Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple, it was the best gift of all.
When his phone rang late Saturday night, Shelvin Mack had no idea it would be from the team that let him go just before training camp, the Washington Wizards.
The fatigue was palpable. The exhaustion, physical and mental, was written on their faces. As the worst stretch of their season came to an end -- four games in five nights for two straight weeks -- the Washington Wizards entered the holiday break with a seven-game losing streak and a league-worst 3-22 record.
No one was more surprised than Earl Barron.
Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman must have felt like it was time to pull a rabbit out of his hat when his team faced the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at the Amway Center.
With 23 seconds to play on Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks were tied at 90. It was anybody's game at that point, but the Wizards had the momentum. They were tired of getting manhandled by the Hawks, who had beaten them in their last five meetings.
Kevin Seraphin wouldn't take the bait. Asked if he knew when Nene was going to return, since the two are close friends, Seraphin simply shrugged, and smiled.
Breaking down the Wizards for the 2012-13 season.
Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson each scored 16 points, and the San Antonio Spurs closed the preseason with a 100-85 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
"This league is a matter of being ready when your name is called," Barron said. "Coach threw me in unexpectedly, and I was ready to go out there and battle."
"At halftime, he told me I was going to start, so I just had to prepare myself," Barron said.