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November 3, 2014 Updates

CSN: You've now played games for three teams in three seasons. Though the 2014-15 campaign just tipped off, how do you evaluate this opportunity so far? Kendall Marshall: For one, I didn't have a choice (being) on waivers. But I think it all worked out for the best. I got to come to a situation with a lot of hungry guys. We feel like we have something special we can build here. Great coach, who's not just coaching us, but teaching us a lot about the game, which I think is great for a lot of us. It's turning out to be a great situation so far. CSNWashington.com

CSN: Hold any grudges over the release? Marshall: Not really. With the timing -- I want to say it was three or four days before the season started, rosters are usually set by then. You can't really hold to many grudges about a team making the decisions they made and having their team set in the direction they're trying to go into. It's more about the previous situation you're upset with about how that went down. CSNWashington.com

CSN: Though Kobe Bryant sat out most of your one season with the Lakers due to injuries, what is your impression of him in light of a recent article stating he's destroying the franchise? Marshall: It's hard to say. He wasn't around a whole lot. He was mostly still trying to rehab. The organization is going through an adjustment, the same thing every team goes through (at some point). It's just that when you're the Lakers, it's going to be broadcasted a lot more. I don't think that they're going through (anything different than) when maybe your star is maybe on his way out the door or getting older (and) you have to find that new wave of talent. CSNWashington.com

The Wizards re-signed Temple over the summer as an end-of-the bench defensive option and a positive off-court presence. Temple doesn’t smoke or drink. He doesn’t have a tattoo or earrings. He explained he takes after his father, Collis Temple Jr., who was the first African American to play basketball at LSU in 1971, and two brothers, both of whom also played at LSU. “I’m the life of the party sober,” Temple said. “And in terms of tattoos, people started getting tattoos to be different and now everybody has tattoos. So I pride myself on being unique in terms of not having them and that’s basically it.” Washington Post

“You want guys that are not knuckleheads,” said Temple, who is the Wizards’ representative for the players’ union. “You want guys that are going to be great locker-room guys. I’m not saying that people that drink or smoke are knuckleheads but that clean image definitely goes a long way and that’s a personal preference. I don’t judge anybody that does it. But I think it has helped.” Washington Post

November 2, 2014 Updates

Pierce needlessly argued with officials near the end of the first half, and got himself ejected from the game, seemingly on purpose. Washington went on to win 108-97, but can’t be at all pleased with the way Pierce conducted himself in this one. NBCSports.com

Pierce, attempting to halt a fast break, was called for a clear-path foul on Knight. The ruling was upheld after review, but Pierce still disagreed and voiced his displeasure. He was immediately given a technical foul, but continued to protest and was given a second technical, triggering an automatic ejection. Pierce finished his Wizards home debut with two points, missing all three of his shots to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Washington Post

October 30, 2014 Updates

Rasual Butler: Great play on that young mans part James Ennis the breaks of the game when you're competing trying to make a winning play for your team Twitter @RasualButler45

October 29, 2014 Updates

After being a major part of the Wizards’ push to the playoffs last season, the franchise seemed determined to keep him, sending Wizards coach Randy Wittman and the general manager to Poland in the off-season to negotiate. “I spoke with a lot of players and they told me, ‘You can’t deny the love, if they love you so much you have to go with the team,’” Gortat said. “One thing I was just afraid of they were going to try to use this as a joker in the sleeve (and say), ‘Well, we went to Poland, now you got to sign with us.’ … But it never turned that way. It never did.” For The Win

He’s also, as he showed when sending Polish food to the NBA on TNT crew after Shaquille O’Neal declared that pierogies were sausages, determined to bring a bit of his homeland to the United States. “It goes both ways,” he said. “The good part about being an international guy on the team is people can learn where’s Poland and things from my culture and obviously I’m learning everyday about American culture. Obviously there’s a few guys on the team that have no clue where’s Poland. People were saying Africa …” Wait, who was saying it was in Africa? “What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room,” he grinned. For The Win

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Together, coach Jason Kidd and veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were supposed to lead Brooklyn into championship contention. Now, Pierce and Kidd are gone and hardly anyone views the Nets as a championship caliber team. “I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce, now with the Wizards, said this morning. “I think it all started probably with Jason leaving, it’s kind of like a domino from there. … I was a little disappointed, because I thought I was going to come back there and Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin.” Bergen Record

October 22, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN WIZARDS HISTORY

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