Friday, January 5, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center:


Although the light is shining brightest on Gilbert Arenas these days, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is clear on who the leader of the Wizards is.

“Antawn [Jamison] is our captain, and he’s our only captain,” Jordan said. “He possesses the things more than anybody else in the locker room that a captain should have.

“He’s on the same page as the coach. He gives all the effort; he talks and communicates in a positive way and he eggs the team on.”

Two years ago Jordan offered the co-captaincy to Arenas, but he turned it down. He didn’t offer it to him this year and Arenas later indicated to him that he would like to be the captain.

But Jordan still is looking to see some more leadership qualities from Arenas, who turns 25 today. One area Jordan wants to see improvement in Arenas’ game is in his practice habits.

“For him to be a leader he has to demand that his teammates do well in practice, and he has to do well in practice. He has to be consistent in practice. Some days he’s great and some days he’s not motivated enough. I’d be the first to say there are a lot of players on the elite cusp that aren’t very good practice players.”


The Wizards used a 37-18 second quarter to take control of the game. The Clippers never really threatened in the second half.



Rebounds grabbed by the Clippers to the Wizards’ 36. The number was nullified by the Wizards 51.6 shooting percentage.

John N. Mitchell

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