HoopsHype Martell Webster rumors


April 23, 2013 Updates

Ernie Grunfeld: “I think Martell Webster played very well for us. He had a very good year. He was a free agent, and he was very good value for us, but not only was he valuable on the court, he was one of the better 3-point shooters, he stretches the defense, and it complements John and Nene both. But he’s also a good presence in the locker room, and he had nice leadership to him. obviously, he’s a free agent, and at the appropriate time, we’ll sit down with his representatives to see if we can work out something that works for him and works for us.” Washington Post

On Nov. 26, the Wizards lost a home game to San Antonio, 118-92. It was the 12th straight loss to start the season, and the postgame locker room for the Wizards was an emotional scene. On Thursday, a tale told by Martell Webster revealed for the first time just how emotional it was. “After we lost that 12th game and he came into the locker room – I don’t even know if he wants me to share this, but I don’t care – and he was crying, man, after that game,” Webster said. “And he told us that he cared about us. And for me, that was a point in the season where I was just like, I’m in. I’m totally in. I bought into the system. And when I did that, that’s when my season began to turn to a positive light, and I started to succeed after that point. “That meant a lot because it showed that he really cared. He didn’t care about his job. He didn’t. He just cared about the guys that he was coaching. And that was amazing. That was touching for me. But that’s when I realized that I really wanted to buy into this system.” Washington Post

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“A key thing for us is try and keep Martell,” Leonsis said about the small forward who will become a free agent July 1, “and see what we’re going to do with John to keep him with the team for a long, long time. I think the fans would expect that to try to keep the nucleus of the team together and add around it.” CSNWashington.com

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On why more NBA players don’t interact with fans on Twitter: “It’s something that has been perpetrated by the front office of the NBA, telling us not to do that. So basically, [they’re] telling us that we need to be above other people in society because [we’re] better than that. Better than what? What am I better than?” Washington Post

After our recent pedicure interview, Martell Webster shared his thoughts on the experience. “My feet look exactly the same as when I came in here,” he said, as seen in the video above. “I never see the difference because my feet are so ugly, but you know what? I don’t care. I’m comfortable with myself and who I am. And I have terrible feet, and I’m still going to wear Birkenstocks.” Washington Post

On being smart with his money: “There’s a fine line between not having concerns, and being careless with your money. In the moment, when the money’s coming in and you have a steady income, and in this job you can make great money, so it doesn’t matter then. But if you’re not taking care of your money while you’re in the moment, later you’re going to find yourself struggling. It’s a testament to a lot of guys who have come through this league, not just in this league but football, baseball – if you’re not managing your money well and doing smart things, then you can find yourself on the losing end once it’s all said and done.” Washington Post

April 11, 2013 Updates

Martell Webster finished with 12 points but made only 2 of 7 shots. He re-aggravated an abdominal strain and had to leave the game in the third quarter. “We should've blown that team out. We just couldn't get it going,” Webster said. “You got to be able to take care of those games.” CSNWashington.com

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

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