Washington Times columnist Tom Knott declares that of all the places Ron Artest may land, Washington is among the least prepared, because the roster is not at all rough around the edges:
The last time the Wizards were involved in a scrape, in a preseason game involving the Bulls in 2004, Brendan Haywood defended himself against Antonio Davis by backing up from one end of the court to the other.
If someone had put a stopwatch on Haywood, he undoubtedly would have set the world record in the 94-foot backpedaling event.
The locker room of the Wizards is as G-rated as locker rooms go in the NBA. Artest would stick out among the Wizards like a mangy, snarling mutt. His dressing stall would be the one with the imaginary shield around it.
To the notion of Artest, the Wizards have been unanimous in their disapproval.
You can judge the sincerity of their responses by their wide eyes, labored breaths and deep gulps.