- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Washington acquires Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Lakers while ridding the franchise of former top pick Kwame Brown.

Washington loses in the first round of the playoffs, falling to Cleveland in six games.

Jordan signs a contract extension.

After a 4-9 November, Washington evens its record at 11-11 with a win against Miami.

Washington wins its fourth game in a row, giving it the top record in the Eastern Conference.

Jordan is tabbed to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team, which features two of his players: Butler and Gilbert Arenas.

Butler fractures his hand, an injury that costs him the rest of his season and the playoffs.

Arenas joins Butler on the sideline after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee in a loss to Charlotte. He later has season-ending surgery.

Cleveland finishes a first-round sweep of Washington, knocking the Wizards out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Arenas undergoes a second knee surgery to repair the same torn meniscus.

A month after his return, Arenas announces before Game 5 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series - which they go on to lose - that he won’t play again that season.

Antawn Jamison agrees to a four-year, $50 million extension.

Arenas agrees to a six-year, $111 million contract.

Arenas has a third operation on his knee to clean out debris, which is expected to keep him out until at least December.

The Wizards pick up another option on Jordan’s contract, extending him through 2010.

Center Brendan Haywood tears a wrist ligament in training camp; he likely will miss most if not all of the season.

Washington drops to 1-10, tying the worst start in franchise history.

The Wizards fire Jordan and promote Ed Tapscott to interim coach for the rest of the season.

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