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October 6, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: Were you surprised that Brooklyn didn't try harder to move you to the Clippers with a sign-and-trade, since that was the only way the Clippers could get you after they signed Hawes? Paul Pierce: You know what, I didn't know what to expect. Brooklyn's been, or New Jersey, Brooklyn, they're a franchise that's going in a different direction, I think. They said they wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender. Right now, they're kind of in the middle right now. And I really didn't want to be in the middle. I didn't know if they wanted to do a sign-and-trade. I had to make my own destiny. I couldn't put it in the faith of somebody else. And that's when I was like, I'm coming here. NBA.com

This process never gets old for Andre Miller, entering his first full season with the Wizards at 38 and in the last year of his contract. No matter what this season holds, this isn't a farewell for him as he plans on sticking around the NBA. "I will. I feel good. If I didn't feel good I'd say this would be the last year," said Miller, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a Feb. 20 trade and will play his first preseason game tonight at the Chicago Bulls (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). "I've done a good job in training camp, taking care of my body during the summer and keeping up with the younger guys so will see where we're at towards the end of the season." CSNWashington.com

October 5, 2014 Updates

Realizing the test ahead, a bloated Seraphin wasn’t permitted to play for France in the FIBA World Cup and began his preparation for the NBA season at the beginning of August. He weighed in then at 293 pounds, the result of inactivity following surgery on the meddlesome right knee. Two months later, Seraphin weighs 273 pounds, the lightest he has been in his NBA career. Five days into training camp, he feels the difference. “I’m light on my feet,” said Seraphin, the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. “I’m running. I’m active. I’m everywhere. And before I could not do that. I got tired easily. Now I’m just running, just jumping everywhere.” Washington Post

October 4, 2014 Updates

"Randy Wittman has a great philosophy offensively and defensively. I'm very familiar with the system," Pierce said after another three-hour practice. "A lot of the different coaches run kind of the same system in a way. Some of the things he put in I'm very familiar with. I'm picking up stuff fast. "I like it. I've been with pretty much every kind of coach. When you've been with a guy like Rick Pitino, Doc Rivers, J. Kidd. He has his own demeanor. All coaches are different with their demeanor and how they handle players. But I think Witt, being a former player, he understands the players. He understands how hard to push you and when to pull back." CSNWashington.com

October 3, 2014 Updates

“I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can,” Webster told The Post Thursday. “So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy.” Washington Post

“I’ve always wanted to retire young,” Webster said. “I love this game and I respect this game, but I only want to be in it as long as I can be effective and as long as I can feel comfortable.” Washington Post

October 2, 2014 Updates

It was Webster’s third back surgery in four years, a harrowing sequence for any professional athlete. He is currently rehabbing at training camp, but is confident he can contribute to the Wizards this season as their backup shooting guard. Still, he remains mindful of the effects of his back injuries — both for his career and the long term — and he doesn’t envision playing professional basketball much longer. “I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can,” Webster told The Washington Post on Thursday. “So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy.” Washington Post

“I mean, why wouldn’t you think you’re the best back court in the league?” Beal said. “I’m pretty sure me and John feel like that, him and Kyrie [Irving] feel like that, and Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] feel like that. So it doesn’t matter. I mean, I would hope you have confidence in yourself, and believe that you’re the best in the league. But that’s just me being who I am and having confidence in me and John. I’m not worried about those guys or what they’re doing over there. I’m just trying to control what we can control, and trying to get wins.” Washington Post

Then he turned serious. “I mean, why wouldn’t you think you’re the best back court in the league?” Beal said. “I’m pretty sure me and John feel like that, him and Kyrie [Irving] feel like that, and Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] feel like that. So it doesn’t matter. I mean, I would hope you have confidence in yourself, and believe that you’re the best in the league. But that’s just me being who I am and having confidence in me and John. I’m not worried about those guys or what they’re doing over there. I’m just trying to control what we can control, and trying to get wins.” Brian Mitchell then said something about stats. “I mean, some guys just get to talking,” Beal said. “And that’s all he’s doing right now. But what we’re going to do, we’re just going to prove it. And November 21, they come here, so we’ll just duke it out then.” Washington Post

October 1, 2014 Updates

Pierce chose the Wizards this offseason in free agency, only after discussions with then-Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell and former Wizards forward Al Harrington convinced him that this place was right to continue and possibly finish his Hall of Fame-bound career. "I asked them at first what the guys were like to work with, you know, Bradley and all these guys," Pierce told USA TODAY Sports. "I asked them about the culture, 'Are there good guys in the locker room?' And they kept on saying, 'You're really gonna like these guys. You're really gonna like these guys.' " USA Today Sports

John Wall keeps a list on his phone of the slights and criticism he hears, reads and perceives. He updates it whenever he comes across a new form of disrespect and reads it for motivation before he steps on the floor for every practice and game. Washington Post

 

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