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Flip before the game was hoping his team wouldn't get "knocked out" early. Wizards lead 9-2 and are on 9-0 run here early in DC
Wizards are 17-6 and Verizon Center is only about half full here for opening tip vs. Wolves tonight
Wizards will start Wall, Beal, Porter, Humphries, Gortat (Pierce out sore right toe) while Wolves stick with Zach, Corey, Wiggins, Young, GD
Going thru media game notes as part of prep, Corey noticed tonight that Paul Pierce's career high is only 50, one fewer than Corey's 51
Flip says Mo will try to give it a go tonight
A meeting of the minds before tonight's game in DC: Flip, Ricky and John Wall http://t.co/UWRJHxS12n
Mo out warming up, looks like he's moving fine. We'll see if he can play the 12-ish minutes Flip is hoping for
FWIW: Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry was at Wolves' shoot & will attend game. He is a pal of Flip's
Ronny Turiaf had successful surgery, out for season, expect Wolves in time to release him so they can add player to roster. Blog forthcoming
After tonight, Wolves don't play again til Friday in Boston, they're expected to tour the Pentagon tomorrow
Flip when asked if this is an emotional homecoming, "They don't remember me here."
Flip said Ricky wants to be ready to play by Xmas Day, says that's not going to happen
Ricky running on own now, Flip said he's hopeful he gets on court for 5-on-0 work by Xmas, says return timetable might be sped up some
With Ronny surgery today, Flip acknowledged he'll likely do something with that roster spot to help team out now. Contract expires this yr
Flip said he's hopeful Mo can play some minutes tonight, said they'll know more after he gets a rest this afternoon and warms up tonight
Wolves shooting at GWU this morning, must have some big secrets they don't want Wittman and Co. stealing http://t.co/KbwmXdhsQm
"Time to work on your interviews. ... You're gonna have to learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them. ... They're your friends."
My digs for the night in DC. I wonder if they give honored guest awards? http://t.co/DNYNXxvOIn
Ricky traveling with team on this 2-game trip for first time since spraining that ankle
Flip said today that Mo Williams practiced. There's a chance he's ready for WAS tomorrow. Says even if he can go 10-12 minutes it'd help
Little details make a big difference.
Kobe on "embracing" his role as a villain. http://t.co/hWJMZ69z6A
Kobe was asked if he knew how close he was to MJ when he stepped to the free throw line: "Yeah. I can count."
Lost amid the Kobe party was another inspiring effort by Shabazz Muhammad. 28 pts, 9 rebs, 1 bad ankle, 1 bad back. A fighter
Kobe on MJ's HOF speech. "it scared a lot of people, right? ... U can't get to a supreme level w/o channeling the dark side a little bit."
Kobe: "...what's inside of a person to compete and be at that high level. It scares a lot of people that are comfortable being average."
Kobe: "I think the competitive nature is something that frightens a lot of people when you peel back ... "
Kobe was absolutely fascinating to listen to after the game. His stuff on competitive fire (to follow) is riveting.
Kobe on Wiggins: "like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago"
Kobe seemed discombobulated afterward by reception & presentation, said "I'm used to being the villain" on road, appreciated the gesture
Kobe: I ain't used to being appreciated like that on the road." Was serenaded with chants as he left the floor
It's a final: Lakers 100, Wolves 94
The full Michael Jordan statement released to AP: http://t.co/BqyO3DIjLn
23 points, 7 boards for Muhammad in 20 minutes. Look out, MJ. He's coming for you too
Michael Jordan: " ... over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”
More Jordan: "...and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve ...
Statement from Michael Jordan: “I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic ..."
I know it wasn't a record. But still a special night when Kobe passes the ultimate icon in the ultimate individual statistic.
Two points away
Wiggins goes to bench and Kobe finds room to work.
Every game. Muhammad does that every game.