As practice came to a conclusion on Monday, Rashard Lewis huddled along the sideline for a few minutes with Wizards assistant Sam Cassell. Lewis walked away from the conversation laughing, then shot a long jumper before the leaving the court. Before he headed to the locker room, a flock of reporters was standing by, waiting, and he asked with a smile, "Is this for me?"

Lewis sat out the Wizards' 93-72 loss to Minnesota on Sunday with what the team said was a sore right knee, but CSNWashington reported that Lewis decided not to play after getting into an argument with Cassell before the game. Lewis denied that there was a dispute - or that any spat would ever keep him from playing in a game. When asked about the report, Coach Flip Saunders said simply, "That's not true."