Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Snowstorm affects Wizards' travel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eventually the Washington Wizards will make it home.
Tuesday night? No such luck.
The Wizards were told before losing 94-92 in Charlotte that they wouldn't be able to fly into either Washington-area airport after the game because of the second major snowstorm to hit that area in five days.
It meant another night scrambling to find a hotel and more uncertainty for a team that hasn't been home since it left for what it thought was a brief road trip on Feb. 2.
"We've been away from home for a long time," guard Randy Foye said. "It's tough because we were supposed to go home and now we're supposed to go home again. But we have to sleep in a hotel room again tonight."
After losing in New York on Feb. 3, the Wizards traveled to Orlando and upset the Magic on Friday night. They were supposed to fly home right after the game and face the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, but the airports in Washington were closed.
The Hawks game was eventually postponed and the Wizards decided to stay in Orlando until a flight to Charlotte on Monday.
"I had to go shopping, get more clothes and drawers and stuff," forward Andray Blatche said. "This was tough with the weather. The weather messed me up."
Now they're about to make Charlotte home for at least an extra night. But at least the latest storm won't affect any games.
The Bobcats game was Washington's final contest before the All-Star break. Many players weren't expected to take the late-night Tuesday flight back home anyway. Instead, they were staying in Charlotte and then flying home or to vacations spots.
Antawn Jamison was lucky. He grew up in Charlotte.
"I felt sorry for these guys. I was in my bed comfortably [Monday night]," Jamison said. "I know they want to get to their families and just get home. It's crazy weather. Hopefully it's only a one-day delay."