11/08/2006 Game Thread 5: Pacers at Wizards
HEY ETAN AND BRENDAN, NICE WIZARDS DUEL!!!
Game Time Start: 7:00 pm EST
Projected Pacers' Starting Lineup: (edited) C PF SF SG PG Harrison Harrington Granger Jackson Tinsley Projected Wizards' Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG Thomas Jamison Butler Stevenson Arenas
Season Records: (W-L)
Opposing Team News:
Etan, Haywood Reportedly In Recent Fight
By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
- ORLANDO, Nov. 6 -- Washington Wizards centers Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood were involved in a physical altercation last Thursday in which the two traded punches at Verizon Center, according to two team sources.
One source, who requested anonymity because the team was trying to keep the incident private, said Thomas was angry over comments made by Haywood's agent, Andy Miller, on Oct. 30.
Miller was critical of Coach Eddie Jordan's decision to select Thomas as the starting center over Haywood, believing Jordan chose Thomas out of personal animosity toward Haywood rather than performance. "My concern is that this is based on personal issues rather than professional ones," Miller said the day of the decision.
Thomas felt that Miller's comments were a slight toward him, he approached Haywood and threw the first punch once the argument escalated, a source said. According to the source, Haywood responded to the punch by body-slamming Thomas to the ground, tearing out at least two of Thomas's dreadlocks in the process. The two players were separated by teammates and the altercation ended.