HoopsHype AJ Price rumors

June 30, 2013 Updates
May 2, 2013 Updates

Beal earned the respect of his teammates and went the entire season without getting hazed. “I have good vets. No popcorn in the car, no pink backpacks, nothing,” he said. “It’s probably because he’s so mature,” A.J.Price explained. “You kind of forget that he’s a rookie, by the way he plays and carries himself. I think skies the limit for him. He came 19, I can’t even imagine playing in the NBA at 19. He did a great. He’s so mature, so ahead of his years. He’s also a leader. Got better as the season went along. In my opinion, he was probably the best rookie.” Washington Post

April 23, 2013 Updates

A.J. Price said he also committed to the system after that night. “I definitely remember that,” he said. “That showed me how passionate he was as a coach. I think it did a lot for us, in terms of how we viewed him as a coach. Because anytime you get a head coach [crying], that’s not normal. Not to say it’s bad, but it’s just not normal that you’d see a coach show that much emotion, especially in this business. It let us know that we were dealing with a special type of guy who really cared about the job. Really cared about us as players, and I think that led to us really buying in even more and really giving it all we got, because he was showing to use that he was giving it all he had.” Washington Post

April 22, 2013 Updates

When a basketball shot splashes through the net, it’s not uncommon for other players to call it a “wet ball,” meaning nothing but net. But at some point the Wizards started calling it “Watergate,” and last week a curious media member asked why. It turns out that A.J. Price is behind the new team term. “I came up with a lot of stuff. I got a lot of words that these guys are running around here stealing, but it’s all good,” he told us. “Watergate was something I got from my trainer in high school. Years back, I don’t know where he got it from, and I just took it and ran with it. Washington Post

April 6, 2013 Updates

A.J. Price knew the percentages, and he knew the Chicago Bulls did, too. So when Price got the ball on the wing and faked a pass to the corner for Trevor Ariza, a slightly bigger perimeter threat than himself, Daequan Cook had no choice but to bite. He did, hard. That left Price open for his second 3-pointer in the Wizards' gritty 90-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday, part of 13 points and part of his case to keep his place on the roster next season. "I definitely want to be here," Price said after the game. "I've expressed that many a time." Washington Examiner

December 10, 2012 Updates
December 9, 2012 Updates

Right hand covered by what looked like a duffle bag of ice, A.J. Price walked from the locker room, in uniform and a warm-up jacket, to the Wizards’ bench to sit with his teammates for the finish of their 101-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Price was well aware that his hand was broken, and that the injury would keep him sidelined for four-to-six weeks, but that wasn’t the point. “It was important in my eyes to let the guys know my morale wasn’t down,” Price said. “Even though I was injured and I’ll be out, I’m still with them 100 percent – as I know they would be for me if the shoe was on the other foot.” The Wizards are already without Trevor Booker (right knee), Trevor Ariza (left calf) and point guard John Wall, whose continued absence 10 weeks after his diagnosis with a stress injury in his left knee has raised concerns. And now they have added another player to a steadily-growing list of well-dressed wounded on Saturday, when Price said he attempted to poke away a rebound from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and immediately “felt something go wrong.” Washington Post

November 8, 2012 Updates

Price said it will be a while before his ankle is considered back to normal. You will still find him limping from time-to-time and you'll see him grimacing in pain when he makes certain movements. He was asked if he thought about sitting out until he was completely healthy and Price gave a look as if you asked him to jump over a bridge. “I can't just sit down and watch,” Price said with a smirk. “If I think I can still help my team win ball games, then I'm going to play. I may not be as quick or as healthy as I want to be right now, but I'm going to go out there and give it my all.” CSNNW.com

October 22, 2012 Updates

Price signed with the Wizards last summer for the veteran minimum after three years in Indiana, with the Wizards looking for a more experienced backup point guard than Mack. Wall went down before training camp and is out for another six weeks and the team then added Pargo. Mack and Pargo have also had some good moments, but Price has started to distinguish himself. “He’s a big part of this team,” Trevor Booker said. “With John hurt, he’s going to have to step in and do big things for us. He showed he can do that” in Milwaukee. Wittman will likely continue to give Mack and Pargo opportunities over the final two games, leaving Price unsure about how he will be used. But he certainly isn’t complaining about Wittman giving him a fair shot to earn his spot. “You have to be ready at any moment,” Price said. “Especially in this league, you never know when you’re number is going to be called. You got to be ready to play at every time.” Washington Post

October 16, 2012 Updates

Price was assessed a flagrant foul for hacking Williams hard as he tried to finish a layup. The two then came together and exchanged words. Each was hit with a technical foul. Williams said Price, who was raised and played his high school basketball on Long Island, kept saying, 'I'm home. I'm home.'" "I hate when people just start talking for no reason," Williams said. "That's pretty much what he did. "Maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he can with the little minutes he's going to get this year. "'It's my home now.' I told him that." ESPN.com

July 25, 2012 Updates

Price signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum on Tuesday with the Wizards and his new team is hoping that approach will help Price serve as a reliable option to spell John Wall next season. A 6-foot-2 point guard, Price spent his first three seasons in Indiana, where he averaged six points, two assists and 1.5 rebounds in 150 games, including three starts. Washington Post

July 24, 2012 Updates
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January 3, 2011 Updates

A.J. Price managed to make it back from a potentially devastating knee injury suffered last spring without missing any time this season. He said his decision to play in that charity game at Half Hollow Hills West was a mistake but added, "It was a Long Island thing and a favor for a friend type of thing." The former Amityville star and two-time Suffolk County player of the year fractured his left kneecap in the May 22 game, which was organized by Troy Jackson, whose brother is former NBA guard and current ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson. Newsday

October 2, 2010 Updates

Price has taken part in almost every minute of training camp this week without restrictions. "I was borderline shocked when I found he'd be able to practice," O'Brien said. "I think that's a credit to our medical staff and to A.J.'s dedication to rehabbing. I'm absolutely blown away by it." Price recovered in four months from the same injury from which Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden have taken nearly a year to come back. The Pacers' training staff, led by Josh Corbeil, Carl Eaton and Shawne Windle, told Price they could have him ready for training camp, but it was going to take "commitment, willingness to work and staying in Indianapolis all summer." "I was basically in Indy 24/7 and rehabbing five days a week," Price said. "If I was looking at the six-month period they were talking about, there is no way I would have been back in time." Indianapolis Star

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