HoopsHype Martell Webster rumors

April 11, 2013 Updates

After being reluctant to discuss his injury status for weeks, Martell Webster has no choice but to talk about his abdominal strain. It kept the Wizards' starting small forward out for two games in late March. It might keep him out for the last three games of the season. The last home game is Friday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). Webster took himself out in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 103-98 loss vs. the Miami Heat. The Wizards (29-50) have lost three games in a row. “It’s super-sore. It’s one of those times where I got to kind of shut it down,” he said after playing 26 minutes and making only 2 of 7 shots. “My arms were moving faster than my legs. That was a sign I didn't want to make it any worse so I decided to come out.” CSNWashington.com

April 3, 2013 Updates

During A.J. Price’s session, Martell Webster decided to step in and answer Price’s questions for him. “I’m also his alter-ego, so I may be a little disrespectful,” Webster explained. “Don’t blame him.” All was going well, until he couldn’t keep it together after calling Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller “Forest Whitaker.” Washington Post

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Indications are that the Wizards would like to bring FA-to-be Martell Webster back next season, so I asked Webster how he felt about returning. Sulia

Answer, in short: Count me in. Answer, in long: "It's a great fit for me. I enjoy the atmosphere here: coaching staff, training staff and most important, my teammates. And it's competitive. And very family-oriented. When you have that as an option, it's hard to defer away from that." Sulia

March 21, 2013 Updates

Martell Webster has done a lot to endear himself to Wizards fans. Enthusiastically coaching a Special Olympics basketball game, for instance. Or letting a kid reporter call him Marty. Last night in Phoenix, he added another member to his fan club. While chasing a ball heading out of bounds, Suns guard P.J. Tucker launched himself over the front row of fans to avoid landing on a little kid sitting courtside. While waiting for arena employees to pick up Tucker and clean the resulting mess, Webster approached the shaken kid, handed him the game ball to hold and encouraged the crowd to cheer for him. Washington Post

March 18, 2013 Updates

Martell Webster debuted a new post-dunk celebration that he’s dubbed “Unveiling the Wizard.” And if you think it looks like Cam Newton’s Superman celebration, you’re right. “Listen, there’s no copyright infringement here,” Webster said, via Bullets Forever. “I made it up on the spot. Having some fun. It may have been Cam Newton-esque, but it definitely wasn’t his move. I call it ‘Unveiling the Wizard.’” Webster elaborated a bit more on today’s Courtside Report. “‘Unveiling the Wizard isn’t my move,” he told Jumoke Davis. “It’s a move I made up, but it’s for all of us to use and for all of us to utilize. You do it after a dunk, after a power dunk, and you can Unveil the Wizard.” Washington Post

The Washington Wizards held Kids Day over the weekend. To help promote Kids Day, they invited De’La, a Wizards Junior Reporter, in to interview some of the Wizards. She asked Martell Webster (“Marty”), Garrett Temple, Cartier Martin and John Wall about their shoe sizes and celebrity crushes. She even got John Wall to do the Dougie, but she had to do it with him. The results were adorable as the Washington players joked around and mostly just made her giggle the entire time. The Big Lead

The way Martell Webster shrugged his shoulders after his career-best matching seventh 3-pointer in the Wizards' 127 -105 blowout of Phoenix on Saturday harkened back to the prime of Michael Jordan's career. But the swingman's career-high 34 points had John Wall thinking ahead about next year. "I already talked to Ted about that one," Wall said, referring to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. "That's an easy, hands down question about trying to get [Webster] back here because him being a free agent, there's a lot of people that are going to come after him." Washington Examiner

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But despite the trying times, Webster still thought there was a chance the Wolves would pick up his $5.7 million option. He went to Florida to train and Kahn came down to watch him workout. Kahn told him they were definitely considering keeping him around and that they'd be in touch. But Webster's phone never rang and he found out he was done in Minnesota while watching TV. "It just would have been more respectful if I would have gotten a phone call (from Kahn) instead of seeing it on the ESPN ticker," Webster said. "That is just me. Maybe that is the way it is done, but I think it would have been a bit more tasteful if I would have gotten a phone call." 1500 ESPN

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On Monday night, the Wizards hosted a Special Olympics basketball game on the practice court at Verizon Center. The matchup between the two teams of Special Olympians was refereed by John Wall and Cartier Martin, and coached by Martell Webster, Garrett Temple, Chris Singleton, and Trevor Booker, and it became clear very quickly that these six Wizards players were going to be taking this game very seriously. Webster immediately made his presence known by playfully arguing with Wall after the teams were announced. Wall handed Webster a technical before the game even started, and the tone was set. Washington Post

Booker had a different word to describe Webster’s coaching style. “It was turrible,” he said. “Like Charles Barkley would say. Turrible.” In the end, the team coached by Singleton and Booker won, 33-32. But the score wasn’t the most important part of the experience for anyone. Washington Post

February 1, 2013 Updates

The Wizards team hotel in Memphis is directly across the street from the FedEx Forum, a simple walk that makes boarding a team bus seem unnecessary and pretentious. Teams still take bus rides to the arena, but on Thursday, the Wizards didn’t give the players the option of walking over for practice. Within minutes of departing the hotel, the Wizards players began to understand why they all needed to be on board. After making the initial left toward the arena, the bus diverted and took another left turn to a main street headed elsewhere. “I was like, ‘Where are we going?’ ” said Martell Webster, who was familiar with the drive to the arena. A few minutes later, the Wizards realized that they were headed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where the players would visit with children battling traumatic diseases. Washington Post

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