A little more than one year ago, Rashard Lewis awoke to discover the equivalent of coal in his Christmas stocking.

Just one week before Christmas, Lewis was traded from the playoff-contending Orlando Magic to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

Lewis, now a 13-year NBA veteran, is playing a different role in Washington. He's being called upon not only to score but to help provide leadership for a rebuilding team after spending the majority of his career on playoff contenders — first the Seattle Supersonics and then the Magic.