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December 21, 2014 Updates

John Wall attended and spoke at Miyah Telemaque-Nelson’s funeral Saturday morning before the Washington Wizards practiced at Verizon Center. Wall befriended Telemaque-Nelson last season, a few months after she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. She died on Dec. 8 at the age of six. That same night an emotional Wall led the Wizards to a triple-overtime win over the Boston Celtics with 26 points and career-high 17 assists. Washington Post

December 20, 2014 Updates

The Wizards erased a fourth-quarter deficit Friday for their sixth straight win and 11th in their last 12 games. Pierce scored 14 points for Washington (19-6), which enters play Saturday with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and the fifth-best in the NBA. "Even though we had a comeback -- that's nice and all -- but we're building for the long run," Pierce said, according to the Post. "It's not about today, winning the game today and how we won. We're building habits for the great teams, we're building habits for the playoffs, and that's what I'm looking at each and every night." ESPN.com

December 17, 2014 Updates

“Most of us are from a place where the pro football team is the dominant team, in terms of sports, entertainment, culture and discussion,” Wilbon said. “Most of us are from a place like that. But, are the Redskins all that Washington can follow? They can’t follow two things, sports fans here? Because the Wizards are on to something, Tony. And I don’t mean they’re on to something because they’re not 9-20. First of all, even if they had a more mediocre record, they’re really, I think, one of the four or five most appealing teams in the entire league, in terms of the way they play, the chemistry they have on the court, the personalities. They seem to be just the nicest people. And I have now been around them for a couple of weeks over a period of time to just sort of observe, and listen and have discussion, and they are a delight the Wizards are, as opposed to the fright that is the other team.” Washington Post

After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer: “It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat, and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.” Truth About It

After the game, teammate Marcin Gortat was still pumped up about the “professor in the post” attempting a tip-dunk. “Sick, right? For a second I thought it was somebody else,” Gortat said. “Oh my God. At the end of the day, I actually feel better that he didn’t dunk it because I would be embarrassed that he did it and I haven’t done it. The guy is a true professor in the post. He’s just schooling every point guard out there on the block on how to play with pace, changing directions, speed, pump fakes and everything. It’s crazy.” Washington Post

December 16, 2014 Updates

When Nick Young approached Kevin Seraphin, his teammate with the Washington Wizards for a season-and-a-half, at Verizon Center a couple of weeks ago, Young could not conceal his shock. It has been less than three years since Washington shipped Young, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, to the Los Angeles Clippers, but Young didn’t recognize these Wizards. Only Seraphin and John Wall remained from his time in the District, a forgettable epoch in Wizards history. “ ‘Wow, you’re the only two that stayed here,’ ” Seraphin recalled Young commenting before the Wizards trounced the Lakers, 111-95, on Dec. 3. “ ‘Everybody left.’ ” Washington Post

December 15, 2014 Updates

Like everyone else, the Wizards keep track of individual deflections, contest rates on shots and charges taken. It's a board that most young players give a passing glance at en route to finding out how many points they scored. But Wall has taken it to heart. Wall's current defensive numbers are the highest of his career at this point of a season. "We take pride in it," Wall said. "That's what we've got in our board and we see it every day. I'm a competitive person, so I don't want to be the last one on any of those lists. NBA.com

December 14, 2014 Updates

That a max contract offer was coming for John Wall was a slam-dunk, months before it became official going into the 2013-14 season. He hadn't played a full season, led his team to the playoffs or winning record or even been selected to an All-Star Game. Even though Wall believed his skills warranted the money, deep down he knew still had to prove something. "I was still in shock. I thought I was still the player that hadn't developed, hadn't proved anything." CSNWashington.com

"When those players get those type of numbers I knew I really had to show why I deserved it that season," Wall said Saturday, the day after declared he was the league's No. 1 point guard and made a good argument for himself by dominating Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers in a 104-96 victory. "Before that I didn't go to playoff game, didn't (become) an All-Star. I (did) none of those things and I was dealing with injuries two or three years." CSNWashington.com

He was willing to consider playing overseas but hoped to sign with an NBA team. On this Saturday morning, however, the optimism went missing. NBA offers were falling through, and the will to work was elusive. “It’s very difficult to get up every day and put your body through the workouts,” Butler said. “Mentally not really knowing if it was going to be for anything, any concrete reason other than being in good physical shape. Not knowing if it was going to materialize into a job.” Washington Post

 

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