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March 5, 2015 Updates

Naismith Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown says Emmanuel Mudiay could be the next John Wall, and says numerous NBA teams have called him to discuss the Congolese-American point guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers. “I look at John Wall and the way he’s evolved and I feel comfortable that Emmanuel is a lot like that,” Brown told SNY.tv by phone on Wednesday. ZagsBlog.com

Randy Wittman dissected the tape of his Washington Wizards’ disappointing loss Tuesday night to an undermanned version of the Chicago Bulls and came away with one prevailing assessment: his team didn’t sustain the necessary intensity for 48 minutes and it cost them. “We’ve got to go out and play. Play hard every play. Play with more effort. More plays with effort than non-effort,” Wittman said. “That’s kind of basically what it is. Until we do that we’re going to struggle and it’s all of us together in that. And that’s kind of basically what it boils down to. I wish it was a strategy thing. We just take too many plays off. In a three-point game, as last night was coming down the stretch, it’s magnified.” Washington Post

March 4, 2015 Updates

KC Johnson: Noah, whose foundation just produced that powerful anti-violence video, joked about how retaliating on Nene "wouldn't have been a good look" Twitter @KCJHoop

A Monumental Sports spokesman apologized for the photos when reached by SB Nation: "Throughout Black History Month we ran an "Inspire" campaign. We asked a variety of Wizards, Capitals and Mystics players and staff to share who inspired them. We asked them for a favorite quotation and then created a composite image that was half the player/staff member and half the person they admired. We released one composite image a day throughout February in an attempt to honor those whom our staff had identified as heroes. We intended this as a way to celebrate Black History Month and focus on the many important contributions by African-Americans to American history and culture. On a personal level, it was a way to share thoughts on African-American historical figures whom we admire. We may have missed the mark, and we apologize to those who were offended by the way this was presented." SB Nation

March 3, 2015 Updates

The highest-profile player bought out Sunday was JaVale McGee, who was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers days after he was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the 76ers. As many as 10 teams are reportedly interested in the former Wizard but Washington is not one of them, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Washington Post

March 2, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

To bring someone in, it'll be with the expectation of them playing and not just taking up space (of course, an injury could change that train of thought). Wittman's comments make it clear that he doesn't see much out there, and that's consistent with the other sentiment. Does all this translate into Bynum, for instance, no longer being an option? No. But he'll get other offers, too, and it would be his call on where he goes as a free agent. CSNWashington.com

How much has your confidence grown since the team’s success has increased? John Wall: My success helped a lot, but my confidence increased when I was healthy. When you are dealing with injuries you can’t work out and can’t get better so it is frustrating. When I started getting healthy that is when it all got better. I knew what type of player I was early in my career. My first home game I had 29 (points), 13 (assists) and nine steals. I knew I could play in this league. It was about staying healthy and improving my jump shot and those things. HoopsHype

Your team is banged up at the moment and struggling. When healthy what do you think the Wizards' chances will be in the Eastern Conference? John Wall: We got a great chance. The East is wide open, I think. Atlanta and Cleveland are playing the best basketball right now and those two are great teams and are playing great. And you have a talented Toronto team. You still can’t count Chicago out, even though Derrick (Rose) is injured, they are still a tough competitive team. I feel the East is wide open and a seven-game series anybody can win and that is how I feel now. HoopsHype

February 28, 2015 Updates

The off-court camaraderie didn’t remedy their on-court ailments. A night later, they were dreadful in a loss to a team they dismantled by 35 points last month. The loss was the Wizards’ 11th in 13 games and 13th in their past 17 and could leave them in sixth place in the Eastern Conference depending on the Milwaukee Bucks’ fate against the Los Angeles Lakers late Friday night. “I wouldn’t say rock bottom. It’s a tough stretch,” all-star guard John Wall said. “We’re still above .500, but the main thing is we got to get back to playing the right way. Until we do that, we’re going to keep losing games. The way we’ve been playing, you can lose to anybody in this league.” Washington Post

Beal explained he wouldn’t return until he participated in a full practice session, which is standard procedure and infers that the earliest he could return is Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls because the Wizards aren’t scheduled to practice until Monday. But before Friday’s defeat, Coach Randy Wittman indicated a practice isn’t mandatory for Beal, which opens the possibility of him playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. “We’ll see in these next couple days,” Wittman said. “He’s been going through simulations with all our players. All the hard running and stuff that needs to be done and then you check to make sure there’s no lingering effect the next day.” Washington Post

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. “The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride. His legacy survives in the league he helped integrate, and the entire NBA family will strive to always honor his memory.” Pasadena Star-News

 

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