HoopsHype Jan Vesely rumors

May 13, 2013 Updates

When asked what Vesely needed to focus on this offseason, Coach Randy Wittman didn’t hesitate to mention that the 6-foot-11 big man had to worry about more than developing a consistent jump shot. “He needs to work on his head first,” Wittman said. Washington Post

“It’s hard. Especially after my first season in the NBA, I was playing a lot. It’s hard not to find my position on the team and stay ready every game when you’re not playing,” said Vesely, who only missed nine games, including the first seven because of a hip injury during his 66-game lockout-shortened rookie season. “I just try to fight it. I didn’t know what time, when I’m going on the court so it’s hard to stay ready. I did my best, and I tried to work hard every day.” Washington Post

“There are sometimes, I see Jan and he’s flying all around and I say, ‘That’s Jan.’ Other times, he’s shying away when he doesn’t have the confidence and that’s his main thing,” Wittman said. “I’m not smart enough to tell you I’ve got the answer to fix that. But we’re going to work on him. I mean, in trying to help him become a more confident player.” Washington Post

“I’ve heard it out of his own mouth,” Price explained. “He doesn’t like to go to the free throw line, because everybody’s watching. It’s a confidence thing, so you know exactly what the issue is with him. It’s up to him to find that piece, or that confidence. However he’s going to find it, it’s up to him to find it.” Washington Post

April 29, 2013 Updates
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Vesely ran behind a screen from Bradley Beal and raised his left hand, signaling for a pass. Price, about 10 feet behind the three-point line, tossed up the lob and Vesely rammed the ball with two hands. Given a rare opportunity to play significant minutes with Nene out with a sore right knee and Emeka Okafor in early foul trouble, Vesely scored nine points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the Wizards’ 109-92 win over the Raptors. “He played great,” Price said of Vesely. “He’s so talented as a player, the only thing he lacks is confidence, so that’s my job as a point guard, to bring him with me and try to instill some confidence in him.” Washington Post

“He’s had an up and down year,” Coach Randy Wittman said of Vesely, who is averaging just 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds this season. “It’s been different. With the additions we have, with some of the vets that we have. Minutes are different. Rotations are different. So it’s been a different year for all those guys, [Trevor] Booker, him, Chris [Singleton]. Patience is something we’ve got to continue to have. He’s going to continue to work. As long as they continue to work, their opportunity is going to come from a standpoint of we still have a lot of trust in all those guys, Kevin included in that.” Washington Post

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Vesely played a total of seven minutes in two of the 13 games between Feb. 1 and March 1. Wittman finally gave him another shot March 3 against Philadelphia, and he caught two alley-oop dunks from Wall and A.J. Price and finished with six points, tripling his total from the previous month. He went scoreless with a turnover in eight minutes in Minnesota, again looking lost, unfocused and lacking energy. “The only part of his game that he’s struggling, is mental. Has nothing to do with his skills,” said Price, who had a long talk with Vesely before a recent shoot-around. “I was just trying to tell him to find something — a safe haven, almost — and say, ‘I’m going to play for that.’ I told him play for his girl. I know that’s one person I see him all the time with.” Washington Post

After committing himself to preparing for the NBA the past few summers, Vesely has decided to once again play for the Czech Republic at EuroBasket in Slovenia in September. “It’s hard to explain, if somebody wasn’t there, you wouldn’t understand. If you’re in it, it’s about you and how you figure it out,” Vesely said. “Every time you say you can do more, to say I did everything for this. The NBA is a big thing. It’s all about confidence. If you have the confidence and you keep working hard, it’ll pay off. This is the best league in the world, so it’s a dream to be here.” Washington Post

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Vesely has not appeared in eight games this season, including the previous two against Atlanta and Orlando. The DNP-CD against the Magic was more alarming because the Wizards had only 10 players and Wittman chose to use nine of them. Vesely was battling a cold, and his teammates were jokingly keeping their distance in the locker room before the eventual 90-83 loss. But Vesely clearly wanted to get on the floor and play, as he sat next to the injured Bradley Beal and tried to encourage his teammates from the bench. Afterward, Wittman explained that there were “not enough minutes” for Vesely. “It’s tough, especially when the team is losing,” Vesely said of his current role. “Everybody try to stay positive but sometimes it’s hard. I try to practice everyday, work on my game and stay ready for my chance to play.” Washington Post

December 21, 2012 Updates
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The Wizards don’t have any plans of sending Vesely to the NBA Developmental League, according to a league source, but he has seen a precipitous decline in his minutes since being replaced in the starting lineup before a Nov. 26 loss to San Antonio. Washington Post

Vesely has appeared in less than one second combined in the past four games – and that was simply to guard the inbounds passer on the final possession against Portland. After a recent loss in New York, Vesely admitted that he has struggled to stay confident with the team playing poorly. “It’s tough for everybody to stay positive,” Vesely said. “I can’t say how you can stay positive. I just try not to think about it too much and go on to the next day.” Washington Post

With the Wizards trailing by 13 in the final minute, Coach Randy Wittman called on veteran Earl Barron to replace Nene and finish out the game. Vesely has received a DNP-Coach’s Decision in each of the past two games but Wittman said recently that he hasn’t given up on the sixth overall pick of the 2011 draft. “I don’t want him to step away from game playing, I want him to be ready every night,” Wittman said. “As our guys know, it can change at any minute. We’ve said that all year, with who I started and who’s played and who hasn’t played. He’s got to keep practicing hard and it’s going to come. It’s going to happen.” Washington Post

Vesely has more fouls (34) than points (29) or rebounds (30) and Wittman has complained about his lack of “activity” in his time on the court. Even with the Wizards changing to a more quicker pace offense, Trevor Booker still sidelined with a right knee injury and Trevor Ariza going down with a strained left calf, Vesely still hasn’t seen the court. “I don’t know,” Wittman said. “He’s got to be ready for that and sharp stay alert and use this time to the fullest. He’s got a good attitude.” Washington Post

December 3, 2012 Updates

Ted Leonsis: Jan Vesely and Trevor Ariza are best situated in a running, fast-paced offense. We have now had to slow down play without John Wall in the lineup, and we are asking players to play half court sets. This is a miss -match for their specific skill sets. Jan Vesely is in his second year of development. You always support a young, talented player, who is 7 feet tall, can run and is fundamentally sound. Jan has our support, and is working hard to develop his all-around game. But this is his second year in the NBA, and he is playing without a starting point guard who can push the pace of play. We shouldn’t be so fast to write him off as a player. This is easy to do in media but not something that is smart to do for our franchise. I support Jan Vesely. Ted Leonsis

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