Rashard Lewis and Flip Saunders have both publicly denied a report by CSN Washington's Frank Hanrahan suggesting Lewis did not play on Sunday because he got into a verbal altercation with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lewis stood by his story that he had a knee injury, accusing people of "trying to make up stories" because the team is losing.
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.
Lewis did not appear on the bench during the 92-73 loss to the T-Wolves. The Wizards said a sore right knee was the reason for Lewis's absence.
Lewis is off to a poor start to the season, like most of the team, and is averaging just 8.7 points per game on the season. Lewis was picked up in a trade from the Orlando Magic when both teams tried to dump some bad contracts. Lewis continues to remain the highest paid player on the Wizards.