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Martell Webster
Martell Webster
Position: G-F
Born: 12/04/86
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $5,713,500
This season, Plumlee began working with a new company called GuardLab, whose marketing efforts seem to reflect the changing concept of mouth guards in athletics. In an interview, Flint Reilly, one of the company’s founders, noted the equipment’s usefulness in safeguarding against concussions and reducing muscle tension throughout the body. That is the same reason that Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards has, for the past few seasons, worn a thin, clear retainer that does little more than create separation between his top and bottom rows of teeth and encourage an optimal jaw alignment. “Everything is connected, so relaxing your jaw has an overall relaxing effect on your muscles,” Webster said. “Your body is looser, and in sports, especially basketball, you want to be as loose as you can.”
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Almost six months to the day of his third back surgery in four years, Martell Webster will be active and in uniform for the first time this season when his Washington Wizards open a grueling five-game road trip against the Houston Rockets Monday night. Webster participated in Washington’s shoot-around Monday morning and explained after the session that he was cleared to play before the Wizards’ win over the Boston Celtics Saturday, but Coach Randy Wittman held him out so that he could practice once more before returning. The Wizards, however, didn’t practice before flying to Houston Sunday and Webster completed a rigorous individual workout instead. While he will be active, whether he plays is unknown.
Martell Webster continues inching toward making his season debut following back surgery in late June, but it won’t come on Tuesday. The swingman participated in nearly all of Washington’s practice on Monday and was on the practice court for an additional workout after the team session. “It’s getting closer,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “It won’t be tomorrow. But we have to continue progress his strength. Not only his back, but when you have a back injury, your legs and everything else.”
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It was Webster’s third back surgery in four years, a harrowing sequence for any professional athlete. He is currently rehabbing at training camp, but is confident he can contribute to the Wizards this season as their backup shooting guard. Still, he remains mindful of the effects of his back injuries — both for his career and the long term — and he doesn’t envision playing professional basketball much longer. “I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can,” Webster told The Washington Post on Thursday. “So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy.”
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As for his work on the court, the Wizards remain unsure when Webster will be cleared to return. Webster had the surgery on June 27 and was given a diagnosis of three to five months. “It’s kind of just day to day. He’s probably not obviously going to be 100 percent come Tuesday,” head coach Randy Wittman said at a news conference Wednesday, referring to the start of training camp. “But he’s going to be able to do some things. When you’re dealing with back surgery it’s just a matter of your body finally getting everything re-energized, the nerves and everything of that nature. We have to be careful with that.”
Webster was among the last class of players to enter the league directly out of high school in 2005. Looking back, however, Webster wishes the age minimum had been in place a year earlier. “If I could do it over again, I would go to school,” said Webster, who had committed to the University of Washington before going sixth overall to Portland. “I think guys should go to college. It’s a social void that you’ll never be able to replace.”
Miami is bringing Oden along slowly, hoping to mostly keep him encased in bubble wrap until they need the 7-foot bruiser in the playoffs to contend with Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the Eastern Conference finals or possibly San Antonio’s Tim Duncan if they get together for an NBA Finals rematch. With the image of Oden’s last appearance still fresh in his memory, Webster is happy to see Oden back jumping again – and landing on both feet. “To see him come back from that is amazing,” Webster said. “That kid’s like a little brother to me. I’m very happy and proud of that kid, for making his entry back into the NBA. I felt he always should’ve been here and at the top. And the fact that he’s back and he looks healthy – he’s a step slow, but with time that’ll all come back – just in itself, through all the injuries and everything he’s gone through in life, just the fact that he’s out there and showing glimpses of the old Greg, hopefully, he can get it back on track.”
And so, please do check out this video from Saturday night of Martell Webster and a teen-aged fan, somewhere in the depths of Verizon Center’s parking garage. The fan — who, with his suburban friends, likes to greet players in the parking garage after games — mistakenly called Webster “Chris Singleton.” Webster demanded an apology. This is what he got. Here’s to more fun stories featuring winning (or at least .500) teams, and fewer transcribed interviews about teams in disarray. Maybe. For a couple days, anyhow.