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In today's Washington Wizards links, everyone thought the team would be better, and yet its record to start the year feels oddly familiar.

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Same old song and dance links:

  • The Wizards remade the roster over the course of last season and offseason, and entered training camp claiming the team was much improved, and no one laughed at them. Now the Wizards are 0-7, one more loss away from last season's franchise record 0-8 start. For joy. [Washington Post | Washington Times | Wiz of Awes]
  • Mike Wise is already tired of this team. At least Brendan Haywood is optimistic. [Washington Post]
  • Let's hope John Wall is back soon, not only for the Wizards' sake, but for his own sanity. [Us | NBA.com | Washington Times]
  • Is anyone capable of stepping up on offense while Wall and Nene are sidelined with injury? [CSN Washington]
  • SHAUN LIVINGSTON IS BACK...and Jannero Pargo is gone, which might be proof that Ernie is finally making his roster decisions based on what the fans scream for on Twitter. Extend the man! [Us | SB Nation DC | Washington Post | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington | Wizards Extreme | Ted's Take | Livingston interview | Wizards.com blog | Press release]
  • A.J. Price rolled his ankle against the Mavericks, but he plans to play tomorrow against the Jazz. [Us]
  • If Price can't go or can only play limited minutes, could Jordan Crawford get some more time at the point? He looked pretty good against the Mavs (certainly no worse than Price)... [CSN Washington]
  • The guys got together for this week's Google Hangout last night. I couldn't join in due to webcam issues, which means this is by far our most insightful Hangout yet.
  • We all need to help talk BNIE off the edge of the cliff. At least the Redskins have RG3, right? As for the Wizards...well, fine, go ahead and jump.
  • Randy Wittman thinks the Wizards aren't shooting free throws because they aren't getting respect from the refs, but they also are taking the ball to the hoop less than any other team in the NBA, so that doesn't help either. [Truth About It]
  • Then again, might Wittman have a point? [CSN Washington]
  • A wistful love letter to USAir Arena. [Wizards Extreme]
  • Wall may not have lived up to his billing as a No. 1 overall pick yet, but at least he isn't Evan Turner. [Philly Daily News]
  • JaVale McGee had one of his better games as a Nugget on Thursday, scoring 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting in just 21 minutes, but George Karl sat him down the stretch of the a 98-93 loss to the Heat because he didn't trust the former-Wizard on the defensive end. Sounds about right. [Denver Post]
  • A roundup of yesterday's NBA scores. [SB Nation]
  • Mike D'Antoni sounded mighty confident in his first press conference as Lakers coach. [Orange County Register | SI]
  • At 6-0, the Knicks just might be for real after beating the Spurs in San Antonio yesterday. [The Point Forward]