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Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
Position: F
Born: 12/07/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:274 lbs. / 124.7 kg.

Kevin Seraphin on his way out?

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Seraphin, who signed a one-year qualifying offer last summer for $3.9 million to remain in Washington, is eager to spread his wings. “I definitely want a chance to be a starter. I definitely want to be somewhere I have a chance to be a starter,” Seraphin, who matched his career high with 79 regular-season appearances but didn’t start a game for the 46-win Wizards, told CSNwashington.com.
Backup center Kevin Seraphin is in demand (see the Minnesota Timberwolves who have tried to get him already) and their best asset to execute a trade but he’s doubtful to go anywhere. First, he signed a qualifying offer which means he can veto any move for one year. Second, Seraphin is their best back-to-the-basket big man on the second unit and moving him, even with his consent, for a perimeter player makes little sense unless there’s another move on the table to fill that void.
Seraphin had not talked with Batum but planned to reach out to him after Friday’s game. He spoke with Bulls center Joakin Noah at midcourt before the game and said Noah expressed his gratitude. Noah’s father, former tennis player Yannick Noah, hails from France. “We never faced that so right now everyone is struggling, panicking, everybody,” Seraphin said. “So you got to be there. That’s why I texted my mom this morning, asking her if everything was all right. She said everything was all right.”
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The “Je Suis Charlie” rally cry is making its way into the NBA. Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin wore a black T-shirt with the phrase written in white in all caps before Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. “Je Suis Charlie” — “I Am Charlie” in English — has become a worldwide slogan to show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, a Paris weekly newspaper where 12 people were killed Wednesday in a terrorist attack.
When Nick Young approached Kevin Seraphin, his teammate with the Washington Wizards for a season-and-a-half, at Verizon Center a couple of weeks ago, Young could not conceal his shock. It has been less than three years since Washington shipped Young, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, to the Los Angeles Clippers, but Young didn’t recognize these Wizards. Only Seraphin and John Wall remained from his time in the District, a forgettable epoch in Wizards history. “ ‘Wow, you’re the only two that stayed here,’ ” Seraphin recalled Young commenting before the Wizards trounced the Lakers, 111-95, on Dec. 3. “ ‘Everybody left.’ ”
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Don’t tell that to Kevin Seraphin. The Wizards backup big man is eager to trample the undermanned Pacers when they travel to the District for a nationally television meeting Wednesday night at Verizon Center. “Really bad. Really bad,” said Seraphin, who scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting Tuesday in the Wizards’ 98-83 victory over the New York Knicks. “We owe them. They came last year to Washington, beat us three times and basically took our playoffs away so we owe them. Now we got to get it, especially at home. That’s something we’re trying to establish right now. That’s our home now so nobody is going to come and beat us. If you’re going to beat us you’re going to have to leave some blood on the ground. So that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Realizing the test ahead, a bloated Seraphin wasn’t permitted to play for France in the FIBA World Cup and began his preparation for the NBA season at the beginning of August. He weighed in then at 293 pounds, the result of inactivity following surgery on the meddlesome right knee. Two months later, Seraphin weighs 273 pounds, the lightest he has been in his NBA career. Five days into training camp, he feels the difference. “I’m light on my feet,” said Seraphin, the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. “I’m running. I’m active. I’m everywhere. And before I could not do that. I got tired easily. Now I’m just running, just jumping everywhere.”
Seraphin stands to strengthen his case with the Wizards or any of the other 29 NBA teams when he plays with the French national team during this summer’s FIBA World Cup in July. The squad could potentially feature San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Portland’s Nicolas Batum, affording Seraphin the opportunity to shine alongside this strong batch of talent and glean from their wisdom. “You can’t go wrong especially a guy like Kevin,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “The more he can play, whether the national team or here at home, I think young guys playing in the offseason, that’s how you continue to get better.”
So I’m not passing judgment, in any way, on Kevin Seraphin for his performance playing $25,000 Pyramid with John Wall at a recent Wizards game. I just found it to be an amazing romp through the various stages of human life and desserts you’d eat with a spoon. Like, has any NBA team ever had players discussing Creme Brulee on its big screen before? I would guess not. Seraphin helped Wall get four of the clues: “Marker,” “Country,” “Credit” and “Number.” Two that stumped them: “Spoon” and “Adult.” Here’s how those went. (“Sashia” is “Sashia Jones,” the team’s terrific senior director of community relations.)
The Wizards visited the Walter Reed center in Bethesda last month and will continue to assist members of TAPS, a non-profit organization that assists family members grieving the loss of a loved one who died in military service. Beginning with Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team will sell hats with the word, “Courage,” written in Wizards lettering, for $25 at the team store at Verizon Center. Courage hats autographed by Beal, Wall, Nene or Webster will go for $50, while those signed by Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Otto Porter or Kevin Seraphin will go for $40. All of the proceeds with go toward TAPS. “It takes a lot to muster that up especially after losing so much physically,” Webster said. “For them to come out here and be happy the way they are, it changes your whole perspective on life. It makes you appreciate the things that you have. The problems we have as basketball players doesn’t even compare to what they’ve been through for our country let alone what they put themselves through.”
Kevin Seraphin attempted to mimic the play, cocking his arm far behind his head as he stood in front of Nene, but Eric Maynor shook his head and offered a different explanation. Nene finally chipped in from his own angle. They didn’t exactly agree on how it went down, but Wizards players agreed on one thing after practice: Jan Vesely has just thrown down one of the nastiest dunks that they’ve seen during an intense scrimmage. “It was disgusting,” forward Trevor Ariza said, scrunching his face. “It looked like a nuclear explosion. Everybody curse at the same time,” Nene said.
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Kevin Seraphin of the Wizards gave us a glimpse of what he’s into, and it apparently involves owning a pet snake. Or should we say, “owned.” Because Seraphin no longer has the snake in his possession, and doesn’t know where it is. When asked by Casey Phillips of Monumental Network about “Snakey” (seriously), Seraphin revealed that his former pet had, at some point, escaped. “I don’t have the snake anymore,” Seraphin said. “Ah, you got rid of Snakey,” Phillips said. “Not exactly,” Seraphin said. “I opened the cage one day and he wasn’t there.”