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After an injury-riddled season for Wizards that ended with their two best players-- John Wall and Bradley Beal -- watching their two-year playoff run dissolve, the team has fired head athletic trainer Eric Waters, CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed with multiple league sources Saturday.

Waters, who has been in Washington since 2004, had one year left on his contract.

The Wizards (41-41) had an unusual season with ailments also to Nene, Drew Gooden, Gary Neal, Marcin Gortat, Alan Anderson and Otto Porter.

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The previous season, after Wall broke his left hand in Game 1 of a playoff series vs. the Atlanta Hawks, a report from Michael Lee (now with The Vertical) surfaced about how the point guard had clashed with medical staff over his inital diagnosis of a sprain.

It was quickly rebuked by then-coach Randy Wittman but there was strife over why it took so long for the correct diagnosis to be made.

Wall had surgeries to both knees on May 5 and still hasn't been cleared to train again. Beal, who had had four consecutive years of stress reactions in his lower right leg, is rehabilitating in Los Angeles.
 
The rest of the Wizards' training staff, CSN confirmed, is expected to remain in tact. No replacement has been named.