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.
Lewis "The only reason I didn’t play was because my knee was sore. Even if I did get into an argument with Sam, I still would have played."
Wizards coach Flip Saunders also denied the story, and Lewis said he wasn't on the bench because he didn't have a sports coat. Lewis did say he and Cassell had a "friendly disagreement," but that it was not an argument and that he would have played even if it was. Hanrahan, meanwhile, stands by his original story in light of the denial.