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Wittman: Time for concern with Anderson's injury approaching


Wittman: Time for concern with Anderson's injury approaching

The Wizards are less than two weeks removed from the start of training camp and two games into the preseason. In that time, the amount of bumps, bruises and then some are starting to pile up. Seven players sat out Friday's home game against the New York Knicks. The topic of player health status came up at Saturday's practice.

“Did you bring the list?” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “Go through the names for me.”

The coach's joking query had elements of truth seeing as the "list" is suddenly long. Alan Anderson, one of the players added this summer, is an easy name to remember seeing as he's been a list staple from the start of camp. With the Oct. 28 season opener in Orlando closing in, the amount of worry over whether the swingman will be available against the Magic grows. The ex-Net had bone spurs removed from his left ankle in May.

“Getting there,” Wittman said. “What are we, 18 days, 19 days away? We got to get him well first.  That’s first and foremost. Yeah, it’s getting to that point.”


Anderson recently had his ankle re-evaluated by the surgeon who removed the ankle spurs.

Others not practicing Saturday after missing Friday's game included Martell Webster (hip), Garrett Temple (hamstring) and DeJuan Blair (knee).

Nene returned in full Saturday after exiting early in Friday's loss with a back injury along with Drew Gooden III (sore right glute muscle). Wittman said Jared Dudley (back surgery) did “some" work Saturday. 

Washington plays Sunday at Verizon Center against Bauru, a Brazilian club team. Its remaining four preseason games are on the road starting with Friday's preseason rematch against Philadelphia.

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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!