Rashard Lewis Reportedly Gets Into Argument With Asst Coach; Decides He Isn’t Going To Play

01/08/2012 at 7:46 pm By



Entering Sunday, the Washington Wizards were the only remaining winless team in the NBA. After a 93-72 loss this afternoon to the Minnesota Timberwolves they are still without a win. Chris Singleton, the 18th overall selection in last year’s draft out of Florida State, got the start at forward along side Andray Blatche in place of veteran Rashard Lewis and played a team-high 39 minutes. According to pregame reports Lewis was sitting out with a sore right knee and the box score reflected that.

Per a report from Frank Hanrahan of CSN Washington there may be more to the story:

The Wizards are off to a franchise worst 0-8 start, and to make matters more troubling a team source tells CSNwashington.com that Wizards’ forward Rashard Lewis got into an argument with Wizards’ assistant coach Sam Cassell before the Minnesota game and Lewis decided he didn’t want to play.

Like the majority of the Wizards team Lewis is off to poor start this season averaging 8.7 points on 37% shooting from the floor and 22% from behind the 3-pt line. In Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee Washington has two players many felt had questionable attitudes. If you didn’t see McGee’s attempt to get a triple-double last season in a game against the Bulls it was something else. Blatche has already voiced his displeasure this season at how he’s being utilized in the offense. With the most experience in the league on the Wizards roster I would imagine the team is counting on Lewis to provide leadership. If this report is true there goes that.

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