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John Wall Uncertain For Start Of Training Camp

Sep 23, 2016 11:33 AM

Scott Brooks is unsure if John Wall will be available for the Washington Wizards' first training camp practice on Tuesday.

“Don’t know that but he’s doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three. Not really worried about that,” Brooks said. “Like all of our athletes, I want them to be ready but he’s definitely moving towards that direction.”

Wall underwent two knee operations this offseason.

Brooks hesitated to provide a date when Wall will be cleared for five-on-five contact.

“I don’t like to put a timetable [on it] because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt,’ ” Brooks said. “He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind.

“Once you step into an NBA practice, the level goes way up,” Brooks continued. “Especially in a training camp situation where you have guys trying to make it, guys trying to fight for minutes, trying to fight for starting jobs, but we have to make sure [about Wall] because that’s when things can go sideways. I saw him this morning for an hour, he looked great, but I don’t know -– we’ll find out soon.”

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Johnny O'Bryant Agrees To Deal With Wizards

Sep 10, 2016 7:33 PM

Johnny O'Bryant will sign with the Washington Wizards.

O'Bryant appeared in 66 games last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game.

O'Bryant was an early second round pick out of LSU in 2014.

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Wizards Unveil Stars & Stripes Alternate Uniform (Photo)

Sep 8, 2016 2:13 PM

The Washington Wizards have unveiled an alternate uniform with a Stars and Stripes theme.

The Wizards will wear the uniforms for six home games, starting on Nov. 11th against the Cavaliers.

The Wizards introduced their current uniform set for the 11-12 season as they moved out of the Gilbert Arenas era.

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John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'

Aug 27, 2016 1:43 PM

John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better."

Wall was reportedly irked in particular by Bradley Beal's new deal.

"I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted."

"Listen, that doesn't matter to me," Wall said. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball."

Wall's comments follow interviews he and Beal had this week. 

Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason with Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season.

"Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I'm not mad. I'm happy. He's my teammate," Wall said Friday. "He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can't control that."

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John Wall 'Rankled' By James Harden's Extension

Aug 25, 2016 8:05 PM

John Wall recently admitted he and Bradley Beal sometimes "dislike each other on the court" in an interview.

“Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him," said one source.

An agent described Wall's situation with Beal like this: “Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they really feel about each other. It’s probably a total disaster.”

A front-office executive says that Wall was “rankled” after James Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets.

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John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court

Aug 23, 2016 7:11 PM

John Wall admitted that he and Bradley Beal occasionally dislike each other on the court.

The Washington Wizards re-signed Beal this offseason. Wall signed an $80 million deal for five years in 2013 for what was then a max deal under a $58.7 million salary cap. Beal signed his max for five years under a $94.1 million cap.

"I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball," Wall said.

"Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us."

Wall is willing to share the individual success with Beal.

“I want it all to be on me. At the same time I want him to be right there with me. He’s my sidekick. I’m A. He’s A-1. He’s right there," Wall said. "That’s something we got to do on the first day of training camp. We have to go in there and understand and get on the same page.

"If we’re not on the same page and we have our ups and downs we’ll keep dealing with the same problems. We have to get control of it. I think it’s hanging out off the court, doing those little things (helps)."

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Casper Ware Signs Camp Deal With Wizards

Aug 18, 2016 1:53 PM

Casper Ware has signed a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards.

Ware last played in the NBA in 13-14 with the 76ers.

Ware played for the Spurs in Summer League this year, averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 21.8 minutes per game.

Ware played in China and France last season.

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Zaza Pachulia Was Discussing Two-Year, $20M Deal With Wizards Before Taking Warriors' Offer

Jul 16, 2016 8:21 PM

The Washington Wizards could have signed Zaza Pachulia to a contract worth $20 million over two seasons.

The Wizards were non-committal to the deal and Pachulia ended up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Pachulia spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Washington instead signed Ian Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million deal.

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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Away Marcin Gortat

Jul 16, 2016 8:18 PM

The Washington Wizards have no interest in trading away Marcin Gortat despite their signing of Ian Mahinmi.

Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Wizards in the offseason.

Mahinmi has spent most of his career as a backup center.

The Wizards acquired Gortat in a preseason trade in 2013 with the Phoenix Suns. Gortat will be a free agent in 2019.

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John Wall Understands Durant's Decision, Believes It's Great For Basketball

Jul 11, 2016 11:53 AM

John Wall was asked for his opinion on Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.

“Well, one thing I can say is it’s a lot different than what the old-school era was when Steve [Smith] and those guys played,” Wall said. “They stayed on one team and got it done, but that’s what the new NBA is now. Guys want to get rings and give themselves a better chance. He made the decision. At the end of the day, he made the decision that makes him happy. I think a lot of people don’t respect that, but you love the game, you play it to be happy, not to be sad and be frustrated. If he’s happy and comfortable in that situation, you have to respect the decision. LeBron [James] did the same thing to make him happy and figure things out and maybe he can figure out how to win championships and how to win on another level and then he can probably go back to wherever you want to go. I think it’s great for the game of basketball. It’s going to be exciting to see those guys meshed together. Come on, [the Warriors went] to two NBA championships without a guy like that. To replace and get that?”

Wall also was asked about the free agency moves made by the Washington Wizards.

“I think we added some great pieces,” Wall said. “I still think we need one more piece and hopefully we can get it, but if not, we just gotta go out there and do what we can do with the pieces we have.”

Wall reiterated he would like to see the Wizards sign another wing.

“I think in the Eastern Conference, man, you gotta have three or four 3-men,” Wall said. “To defend LeBron — I know you’re not going to be able to stop him — but just a lot of different bodies and just try to wear him down and, if you get in foul trouble, you’ve got multiple guys that can guard him. That’s what you really need to go against him and compete.”

 

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