- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 17, 2009


Since the new year began, the two questions the Washington Wizards have been asked most are “When’s Gilbert [Arenas] coming back?” and “What’s it going to be like playing in the same city as Barack Obama?”

With the inauguration just days away, the Obama question has come with more frequency. In New York on Wednesday, that’s all the Knicks media wanted to know before the game. Most players said they were excited to welcome the nation’s first black president - and even more excited that Obama is a big basketball fan.

On Friday night, interim coach Ed Tapscott was asked how he felt about missing the chance to attend the inauguration since the Wizards will be on a six-day West Coast trip.

“Of course, from a historic sense, there is a sense that ‘Boy, it’d be really nice to be there and participate in this in person.’ But at the same time, this is the NBA, and you always have a job to do. And when you aren’t winning, the nice thing about the NBA is the next chance for redemption is a day ahead,” Tapscott said. “I’m excited about the prospects of snapping a losing streak and about Obama. But this is an event, and certainly being born in the 1950s, it’s been a long time coming. I think you feel a great sense of personal satisfaction and a certain sense of national pride.” …

Friday’s game was the second of four NBA Hardwood Classics Nights for the Wizards, who wore their throwback Chicago Zephyrs jerseys to commemorate the 1962-63 season. The franchise moved to Baltimore and became the Bullets the following season.

- Mike Jones


“I can see it’s seductive, and if you had to do it for one game, I’m sure most players would say, ‘Oh, I can do that for a game.’ But what the Knicks do is difficult to do for 82 games. There’s much more to what they do than what it appears on the surface.”

- Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott on New York’s run-and-gun style


15-0 Run used by the Wizards in the final 4:35 of the game to overtake the Knicks for the win.

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