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November 18, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis: It is true that we would like to build a practice facility that is world class for the Washington Wizards. I was on record saying that in 2013. While this concept may be new to Washington, many NBA teams have done just that of late. I believe as many as 18 teams have – or will have in the near future – a standalone practice facility. At Verizon Center we currently have only one practice court, no space for seating (we can’t adequately open it up to public) and a shared weight room, and the court was marginal at best when it was constructed 17 years ago. We need a fully developed training and conditioning space that meets the needs to today’s athletes. We have done something similar in Arlington, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex opened in 2006 and serves as a first-rate training facility for the Capitals and popular resource for the Ballston community. It is analogous to what we would like to do for the Wizards and the community where the training facility eventually will be located. Ted's Take

Ted Leonsis: Just like the process for the Capitals, we are prepared to investigate potential locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We are keeping our options open, considering the facility as a practice location for the WNBA’s Mystics and possibly the home to a NBA Development League team. At this point I believe all of our Capitals players live in Virginia – we’ve even had players and coaches live close enough to walk to the training facility – and they along with our staff enjoy the Arlington area. They eat, shop, ride Metro and take advantage of all the great opportunities in the vicinity of Kettler. And the local area has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The Ballston Common Mall, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located, is undergoing a redevelopment with plans for a residential tower, street-facing retail shops and restaurants and a pedestrian plaza. Ted's Take

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

Wittman, as expected, stopped short of giving an exact date for Beal’s season debut. Beal hopes he can play Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, exactly six weeks after sustaining the injury. But, as Wittman explained, it depends on how the wrist responds during practice. “This is a day-to-day thing,” Wittman said after the Wizards topped the Orlando Magic, 98-93, at Verizon Center on Saturday night. “I can’t tell you Friday he’s going to be ready or next week. He’s got to get on the floor. He’s got to get his timing. The last thing we want to do is throw him out there when he’s not really ready yet to play. He missed a long time so he’s got to get his legs back under him and all that and we’ll see where that is.” Washington Post

November 15, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is expected to return to practice this week and is “hoping” to make his season debut Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Beal broke the wrist — specifically a non-displaced fracture in the scaphoid bone — when he landed on it in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets and underwent surgery two days later. Washington announced Beal would miss approximately six weeks. Friday, Beal’s target day, would mark exactly six weeks since sustaining the injury. Washington Post

November 14, 2014 Updates
November 13, 2014 Updates

Kris Humphries is still being harassed over his 72 day marriage to Kim Kardashian ... with an entire section of Toronto Raptors fans starting a "Kanye" chant to troll him during a recent NBA game. TMZ Sports has the footage showing Humphries at the free throw line during Friday's Wizards vs. Raptors game in Toronto. The chant worked. Humphries missed the shot ... and the crowd went insane. TMZ.com

“We’ve all seen the new commercial, John,” NBA TV’s Matt Winer said to Wall on Wednesday night. “You probably have a personal chef, so maybe this doesn’t apply to you in the real world. But if there were a Wall’s Wings and Burgers out there in the real world, would you be a wing guy or a burger guy?” “I haven’t had a burger in three years,” Wall said. “So I’d be a wing guy. But I know all my family, they’d be on the burger side.” Washington Post

November 12, 2014 Updates
November 10, 2014 Updates

But as much as Lakers’ fans believe it’s about Kobe, Lakers’ management would have to jump at a chance for a young star to accelerate their rebuilding. Which is why Kobe to the Wizards may be the one. The Wizards have a young, potential star shooting guard in Bradley Beal. You can build with a player like him. Then you give the Lakers Nene and another player since the Wizards have plenty of guys they’re not much using to include in trade. For the Wizards, it’s the chance to take a shot, which they really don’t have now. With the addition of Paul Pierce, the Wizards are about now. Adding someone like Kobe with Pierce, John Wall and Marcin Gortat gives them a shot at the top of the weak East. And how sweet would it be for Kobe to go where Michael Jordan couldn’t win and get somewhere? Kobe’s not getting that sixth title. Maybe besting Jordan that way would appeal to him. NBA.com

"People don't understand that," said Wizards forward Paul Pierce, who was 3 of 15 from the floor. "Everybody looks at it and says, 'Well, they should really handle the Indiana Pacers; they don't have a lot of their stars.' But you have to travel. You get home at 3, 4 o'clock in the morning. You don't get a good night's sleep; the kids wake you up at 6:45. And then you have to go out and perform. Nothing about that is easy." NBA.com

November 8, 2014 Updates

Think you will ever go back to Boston? Pierce: "Definitely. Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach, maybe upstairs [in the front office]. I follow what they are doing. I went back to Boston twice this summer, went to their practice facility. I keep up with them." Sports Illustrated

Doc Rivers said he tried really hard to get you to L.A. How close were you to being a Clipper? Pierce: "I thought a lot about L.A. My wife wanted to stay there and put the kids in school. It would have been an easier transition for me being with Doc, being at home. I think I missed out on that opportunity by waiting to see what Brooklyn was going to do. When they eventually said they weren’t going to make any moves, I missed that boat. That kind of upset me." Sports Illustrated

November 7, 2014 Updates

SI.com: Doc Rivers said he tried real hard to get you to L.A.. How close were you to being a Clipper? Pierce: "I thought a lot about L.A.. My wife wanted to stay there and put the kids in school. It would have been an easier transition for me being with Doc, being at home. I think I missed out on that opportunity by waiting to see what Brooklyn was going to do. When they eventually said they weren’t going to make any moves, I missed that boat. That kind of upset me." Sports Illustrated

November 6, 2014 Updates

Did Kobe Bryant sense any parallels between the twilight of his career and the end of Michael Jordan’s? The Washington Wizards were 37-45 and 37-45 in Jordan’s last two seasons, failing to make playoffs either time. He retired in 2003 after averaging 20 points that season. He was 40. Bryant, 36, laughed at the question Thursday and initially said there were no similarities. Then he wavered. “Well, maybe. I guess,” he said. Los Angeles Times

 

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