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Did Brandon Jennings take a shot at the Knicks after first game with the Wizards?

Did Brandon Jennings take a shot at the Knicks after first game with the Wizards?

Brandon Jennings had a rough debut for the Wizards, scoring zero points and committing a memorable turnover. But he still sounded very happy with his new situation after being waived by the New York Knicks. 

"I'm in the same position I was in New York, but just in a better system for me personally and with a team that actually plays together," he said.

I'm no Miss Cleo, but it's not too hard to read Jennings' mind here. He seems to be saying that the Knicks' system did not fit him and the team did not play together. 

For some context, Jenning asked to be waived by the Knicks so he'd get an opportunity to join a playoff team, according to Marc J. Spears of EPSN. He also hadn't been shy about criticizing the team earlier in the season.

When the Knicks lost to the 2-8 Wizards in mid-November, Jennings was vocally unhappy. 

“This is a team desperate for a win and they got one,’’ Jennings said, via The New York Post. “They just lost to Philly [Wednesday] night. They come in and beat us. We need to be more desperate.”

He also knocked his teammates for not listening intently to coaches. “When coaches are doing the game plan, we got to listen. When the coach is writing the play, everybody’s got to pay attention. There’s a lot at stake for us," he said. 

Two months later after a loss to the Hawks, Jennings vented his frustrations about unsettled lineups and lack of direction. 

“Every day is something new,’’ Jennings said, also via The New York Post. “You got to be ready [because] you never know when you’re going to play. When you come in, you really don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s kind of no consistency. It’s tough."

The elephant in the room here is the push and pull over the triange offense, which Knicks team president Phil Jackson favored throughout his coaching career. The team strayed from running the triangle much this season, but have turned back to it this week with practices specific to the triangle. 

The triangle offense is controversial in and of itself. But regardless of whether you think it's outdated or can work with the right players, the Knicks aren't doing their guys any favors by not having a consistent system. 

Or with any of their other drama this season, for that matter.

Infighting between Jackson and star forward Carmelo Anthony, plus owner James Dolan having former Knick Charles Oakley forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden, has to make establishing a team-first, cooperative atmosphere difficult. 

Jennings is clear of all that now. 

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!