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In today's Washington Wizards links, Nene says he's been told by a foot specialist that he's still a few weeks from recovering from the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

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  • Wizards fans who were hoping Nene might be nearing a return to the court can stop, as the big man said he was told by a Baltimore foot specialist that the plantar fasciitis that has dogged him for nearly a year is still a few weeks away from healing sufficiently. [Us | Washington Post]
  • A.J. Price is choosing to look on the bright side of the team's 0-5 start. So there is a bright side? [Washington Times]
  • The Pacers game was sort of a homecoming for Price, who played for the Pacers his first three years in the league, and Randy Wittman and Jordan Crawford, who both played for the Indiana Hoosiers (Crawford transferred to Xavier after his freshman season), but the confines at Bankers Life Fieldhouse have been anything but friendly to the Wiz in recent years. [Wizards Insider]
  • More on the loss to the Pacers. [Truth About It | Wiz of Awes | Wizards Extreme | Always Miller Time]
  • Ted wants to see his team cut down on empty possessions and turnovers, and get to the free throw line more often. [Ted's Take]
  • What was that about Phil Jackson appearing to be the lead candidate for the Lakers job? The brass in L.A. have decided to go with Mike D'Antoni instead, reuniting him with Steve Nash on what figures to be a much more fun Lakers team to watch from here on out. [SB Nation | L.A. Times | ESPN Los Angeles | Orange County Register | Yahoo! Sports | The Point Forward | Ball Don't Lie]
  • Meanwhile, it sounds like Jackson was under the impression the L.A. job was his to turn down, and was thus a bit taken aback when told D'Antoni had been hired instead. [ESPN Los Angeles]
  • The news of D'Antoni's hiring is pretty big, but it's dwarfed by the news that current Lakers and, more importantly, former Terps point guard Steve Blake has an abdominal injury. I know, I'm finding it hard to cope, too. [ESPN Los Angeles]
  • DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games for getting into it with Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott during the Kings' home loss Friday against San Antonio. [SB Nation | The Point Forward | Ball Don't Lie]
  • So FIBA may have just ensured that the globe's best basketball players can no longer participate in global basketball. Savvy. [SB Nation]