Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis got into an argument with the club’s top assistant coach, Sam Cassell, and refused to play in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, CSN Washington reports.
Lewis, who did not appear on the team’s bench in their 93-72 blowout loss to Minnesota, was officially out of the lineup with what was listed as a sore knee. Rookie Chris Singleton got the start in the veteran’s place and grabbed seven rebounds in a team-leading 39:58 of play.
The 32-year-old Lewis is averaging 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for Washington through seven contests. The former All-Star has averaged at least 10 points or more per game since 1999-00.
With the loss the Wizards fell to 0-8 on the season. They are currently the only winless team in the NBA.