The last time the NBA missed games due to a lockout, Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis was a rookie. It was the 1998-99 season, which was compressed into a 50-game schedule. Lewis was 19 years old, fresh out of high school and had slipped into the early second round on draft night before going to the Seattle Supersonics with the 32nd overall pick.

Fast forward 13 years, and the 32-year-old Lewis is a seasoned veteran and a two-time All-Star — in 2005 and 2009. He was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Wizards just over a year ago for Gilbert Arenas and made no secret of the fact that leaving a perennial playoff team to join a rebuilding franchise was a difficult adjustment.

After dealing with a nagging knee injury that kept him sidelined during much of last season, Lewis is preparing to deal with yet another lockout-shortened season and knows what it will take to get through it.