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Celebrating The Wizards Departed in Portraits and Stories

Updated: April 1, 2010

Now that the franchise worst 16-game losing streak has departed, it’s time to remember the players who have departed the Wizards this season — via trade or release, not suspension or injury, and only those who actually received minutes.

Below you will find portraits of the departed along with their story from the night pictured and a video clip of a selected quote. Enjoy … I think.

{DeShawn Stevenson}

Depart Date: February 13, 2010

On Halloween Night after the Wizards defeated the New Jersey Nets 123-104 in their home opener, pushing their record to 2-1, (the only time it would be better than .500 this season), Stevenson spoke about how, unlike last season, everybody now wants tickets to Wizards games and that he wasn’t going to dress up for All Hallows Eve.

Coulda fooled me. This night was the best it would ever get for the 2009-10 Washington Wizards.

{Antawn Jamison}

Depart Date: February 18, 2010

In late November, the Wizards suffered a terrible 96-76 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, pushing their record to 5-10, but much less daunting than the current 22-52 record. It was the first home game after the day Mr. Pollin died, on which there was also a home game against the 76ers, and after a Thanksgiving-Friday away loss in Miami.

Before the game against the Bobcats, Jamison spoke on the court, thanking Abe Pollin and the fans. After the game, Antawn spoke about getting zero rebounds to go along with his six points in 27 minutes of play, the first time he didn’t snag a board since March 14, 2005 and the first time he didn’t get a rebound in over 25 minutes of play since January 11, 2004.

{Dominic McGuire}

Depart Date: February 18, 2010

In late December, with a record of 8-17, Flip Saunders’ team came out flat against the Philadelphia 76ers at home, despite having two days off.

Four minutes into the second half, with his team getting out-scored 12-5, putting them down 56-52 to the Sixers, Saunders had enough. He made wholesale substitutions, pulling Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood in exchange for Earl Boykins, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto and McGuire. Embarrassed, the starters ultimately rallied in the fourth quarter to take the game 105-98.

After the game, McGuire recounted how Flip let his reserves know they were going into the game.

{Brendan Haywood}

Depart Date: February 13, 2010

Coincidentally, as he did in late November, Antawn Jamison was again marched out on the court before the game to speak for the franchise. That night’s match against the Orlando Magic came was the first home match since Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely, so Jamison apologized for Finger Guns.

Dwight Howard got his with 23 and 12, but Brendan Haywood came after him strong with 18 and 15. Plus, the Wizards had three other 20+ point scorers: Jamison – 28, Caron Butler – 23, and Randy Foye – 21. Imagine that … ah, the good ol’ days.

That 104-97 win against the Magic pushed the Wizards to 12-22. After the game, Haywood had jokes, recounting that when Jamison took the mic, he didn’t know if he was going to rap or sing.

{Caron Butler}

Depart Date: February 13, 2010

In late January, the Wizards came across their fourth chance of the season to win three games in a row, something they still haven’t done by the way. With the game on the line and the Wizards down one to the visiting Dallas Mavericks, Caron Butler decided to call his own play instead of the one drawn up by Flip Saunders. Not surprisingly, Caron got his potential game winning shot blocked by Shawn Marion and the Wizards lost.

That night of Rogue Tuff Juice couldn’t be written about enough. It is what it is, unfortunately.

{Mike James}

Depart Date: March 1, 2010

The Wizards put up a late-January stinker against the LA Clippers, losing 92-78 and bumping their record to 14-29. But hey, Mike James got to play for the first time in almost 80 days. He was happy.

Here, Mike recounts how with just over two minutes left in the second quarter, Flip Saunders called his name, but he didn’t respond right away. James’ teammates had to tell him that he was being summoned because he learned a lesson long ago that he would never again confuse himself with the other Mike, White Mike Miller.

{Mike Harris}

Depart Date: March 5, 2010

Harris, the team’s first D-League call up of the season, made his debut with the Wizards in a late-February 99-94 loss to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. In 1:21 of action, Harris scored two points and got one steal. After the game he spoke of the difference between the D-League and the NBA, including traveling on a regular plane versus a charter flight, and also mentioning the $35 per diem on the road in the D-League against the plush $106 you get in the NBA.

{Alonzo Gee}

Depart Date: March 29, 2010

After his last game as a Washington Wizard, but which was at the time believed to just be one of several more forthcoming as Flip Saunders previously stated intentions to sign Gee for the rest of the season, the former D-Leaguer and current San Antonio Spur spoke about his ‘I’m here!’ rookie moment in the NBA, which occurred onMarch 12th against the Pistons in Detroit.

Gee’s, “Wow, I’m in the game,” instance came in his second game with the Wizards, after he had made his NBA debut with the team in Washington against the Hawks the previous night.

{Paul Davis}

Depart Date: November 11, 2009

Davis appeared in two games with the Wizards, the home opener and a disgraceful November 6th effort in Indiana. He played in a total of eight minutes, scoring five points on 2-4 from the field, and dropped three assists. His PER with the team stands at 35.5

Not pictured, nor caught on video.

{The Wizards Departed}

Sure, there will likely be more departed, such as Cartier Martin and Cedric Jackson, but with only eight games left in the season, might as well start cherishing the memories now.

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