HoopsHype Jan Vesely rumors

April 1, 2013 Updates

“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

March 26, 2013 Updates
March 12, 2013 Updates

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

January 15, 2013 Updates
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December 22, 2012 Updates

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
December 8, 2012 Updates

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

December 2, 2012 Updates

After 14 games, the Wizards have one win and Vesely, the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft out the Czech Republic, has more fouls (34) than points (29) or rebounds (30). “He needs to play better. No question,” Coach Randy Wittman said recently. “He’s non-aggressive and he can't play that way.” Washington Post

November 28, 2012 Updates

Anyhow, if the lukewarm tea of your current Wizards depression can be most effectively watered down by jabs at Jan Vesely, this transcript is for you. It comes from Tony’s ESPN 980 show on Monday morning. And if someone can figure out how that Kornheiser-Steinberg transaction referenced above makes any sense, please do advise. Or better yet, send me some good kids books to quote. David Aldridge: The decisions that they make on the court make little sense to me. The decisions they make off the court make little sense to me. And as I said, I don’t know what the plan is here. I don’t know. Tony Kornheiser: To get better through the draft and draft Jan Vesely, who can’t play in the league. Aldridge: Well, exactly, okayk? So they’re gonna get better through the draft, and they draft Jan Vesely, who is … wow. Washington Post

Kornheiser: Can’t play. He’s the number 6 overall pick, he can’t play. Aldridge: Exactly. Exactly. You can’t build through the draft and totally whiff on the sixth pick in the draft. Tom Gugliotta was an NBA pro for 10 years. [Actually 13.] Now, he wasn’t the best player who ever played, but he was a good player. He was a solid player. You got production. Kornheiser: He was six. Calbert Cheaney was a five. [Actually a 6.] Not great but played for 10 or 12 years. Aldridge: Played 10 years. [Actually 13.] He was a productive player in this league for 10 years. At this rate, I don’t see Jan Vesely lasting five years in this league. Unless I am TOTALLY wrong on what he is. But the skillset I see is nothing. So I don’t know where they go from here….I don’t know what the plan is, I don’t know how they get better, I don’t see where this team goes in the next two or three years with this current group. I just don’t see it. Washington Post

November 26, 2012 Updates

In his first four games as a starter, Vesely averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. Through the team’s first 11 games, the 22-year-old has been held scoreless four times, has more fouls (30) than points (29) and is 3 for 13 from the line. “He’s got to become more of a basketball player on the floor and not a one-dimensional player,” Wittman said. “You can’t allow teams to not guard you. You’ve got to put yourself in the same position when that happens to do something positive from an offensive standpoint.” Washington Times

Asked to project where Vesely is headed as a player long term, Wittman didn’t mince words. “He’s going to determine that,” Wittman said. “What does he want to be? Does he want to be a specialty one-dimensional guy or is he going to continue to develop, work and be assertive when he’s out there? He needs to play better. He’s non-aggressive and he can’t play that way.” Washington Times

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