“It was tough. I try to keep all our stuff as personal as possible but I think in a way not everybody got a chance to speak whenever they wanted to,” Bradley Beal said. “They didn’t want to bring up an issue or something they had with a problem with on the team. Regardless of what may be going on, as men we’ve got to be able to accept what the next man says, be respectful about it and move on from it. I think it was one of those situations where we didn’t necessarily get everything that we wanted to get accomplished. “Honestly, it was probably – I won’t say pointless,” Beal continued, “but we didn’t accomplish what we needed to accomplish in that meeting.”
Candace Buckner: Here's a damning revelation about this year's #Wizards team. When asked if he can "coach effort," Scott Brooks said: “I never had to worry about that and this year it’s definitely cropped up too many times."
Michael Lee: Scott Brooks told reporters in Charlotte, "We're going to have to change some things" after the Wizards decided not to compete in Steve Clifford's return to the bench. Brooks called the performance in a 133-109 loss, "unacceptable."
The Vertical: The Hornets have broken their franchise record for points in a half with 77. Charlotte is shooting 31-48 (64.6%) from the field and the Hornets are 7-14 from behind the arc [against the Washington Wizards] 😮
The perception of the Wizards from the outside and within their own locker room at the midway point of this 2017-18 season perhaps says a lot about how the expectations are higher than they have been for this franchise in quite some time. After 41 games, exactly the halfway point, the Wizards are 23-18. Over the course of a full 82-game schedule that would amount to 46 wins. Considering that this team has only won 46 games or more twice since the 1978-79 season, that's not bad at all. But the Wizards have reached a new era where simply being good isn't good enough. When asked to grade the first half, head coach Scott Brooks and his players all offered marks within the C to B range. What held them back from As is the fact they have lost many games they feel they should have won.
The Wizards have had consistency issues in years past, but this is an unusual split. Past records show they are generally very good against lesser teams. "I know y’all are tired of hearing it and I’m tired of saying it," John Wall said. "Until we prove that we can do it on a nightly basis, we’re going to have these same conversations.”
Candace Buckner: #Wizards lose 103-98 to the Brooklyn Nets and closing this road trip with a 2-3 record. Coach Scott Brooks, again, criticizes first unit w/o naming names: “I thought guys off he bench did a great job of competing. We got to get more effort from our starters.”
Candace Buckner: More Brooks: “The starters gotta come in and give us effort.” Once again, Brooks sparingly played his starting frontcourt through the second half.
J. Michael Falgoust: Gortat on his future (hes still under contract): "I know how the business works. Im the oldest guy on the team" #Wizards
J. Michael Falgoust: Gortat sounds agitated. Talking about how centers have become devalued around the league #Wizards
After Gortat proclaimed the team’s reserves “one of the worst benches in the league right now” following Washington’s seventh loss in nine games Saturday against Chicago, Brooks and Gortat stood together in front of the team before practice Monday. Gortat apologized, and Brooks preached unity to a team that can’t afford to waste energy pointing fingers. “I look at things from a whole, because this is how — when I played, I was a backup, and I didn’t like to be divided,” Brooks said. “We don’t have two teams here, we have one basketball team, and right now we’re not happy and content on being 2-7.”
“And I wouldn’t have begged him to come back,” Wall interjected. “I would’ve been, ‘Don’t come back because in two years, I ain’t coming back.’ We would’ve figured something out. … I think everybody blew it out of proportion for no reason. I mean, if you look at any two great teammates, and two young, great guys, that’s talented and want to be great, you’re going to have ups and downs. Everything is not going to be perfect.”
“My individual goal is to add [Beal] to the All-Star game with me. I feel like if he’s not there, then I didn’t do my job of leading the team,” Wall told The Vertical. “We’ve proved it. I ain’t an All-Star if he ain’t playing. Simple as that. We’ve had arguments in games. You’re going to do that. But if I can put that to the side, see him wide open and make that pass … and if I don’t make that pass and take that shot …”
Marc Stein: Randy Wittman has been fired by the Washington Wizards, according to NBA coaching sources
July 28, 2021 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with police, TMZ Sports has learned … and it apparently got so extreme, the hooper and a cop were taken to a hospital. We’re told law enforcement were called to an LA area home for a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning … and when cops attempted to check on the parties involved, 21-year-old Hayes tried like hell to keep them from entering the premises.
Sources tell us 6’11”, 220-lb. Hayes got combative with cops and a fight broke out … with the ex-Texas Longhorns star getting tased in the middle of the scuffle. The brawl was allegedly so intense, police put out an “officer needs help” radio call. Hayes was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for minor injuries … and an officer involved in the fight also sought treatment, although their condition is unknown.
Damian Lillard: 🤦 Henry Abbott: “Sources say Damian Lillard is willing to forgo paychecks to get to a title team, if it comes to that.” Did you know Lillard has earned almost $300 million already? A lot of new insight for TrueHoop subscribers: https://truehoop.com/p/damian-lillards-power-play Free preview: https://truehoop.com/p/damian-lillards-power-play-319
The Golden State Warriors are trying to move up in the draft with Jalen Suggs at their target. Suggs has been most strongly linked with the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 as a clear top-3 has formed in Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Green.
“Number one pick,” he tells me, “that would be a dream come true. I ain’t going to lie. That happens, I’m going to have a breakdown,” he laughs. And, naturally, he has preference in mind. “I want to live in Detroit.” He feels that spot is important to his journey, a reward for his endurance. When I ask him as dinner ends what he wants out of his career, he offers a singular ambition. “I want my respect,” Jalen tells me. “As a person and a basketball player. What comes with this is that people don’t know what you’ve got to sacrifice and go through. Especially when you’re in a small city and basketball takes you down this road and everyone’s still in that small city. It’s personal. A lot of people talk about you on the side. It can get back to your family and everything. And they don’t know what you’ve been through, by yourself, while you’re on that journey.”
“People question if he’s too big time,” Justin “Juice” Huelskamp, one of Jalen’s best friends and high school teammates, tells me. “He’s just adjusting to his new life. This is regular for him now. Sometimes people get that misunderstood.” Jalen’s noticed this too, of course. “This shit’s crazy,” Jalen tells me. “Where we’re from, it’s like not a lot of n-ggas that have done that.” Recently, Jalen and Juice flew back to Fresno to renovate the courts he grew up playing on. He got Adidas to refurbish “The Cage” in Northwest Fresno at Koligan Park, christening the court with a windmill jam in front of the mayor. Brad Roznovsky, Jalen’s high school coach at San Joaquin, couldn’t believe what he saw. “Man, you’re not even a basketball player anymore,” Roznovsky told him. “You’re a frickin celebrity, bro!”
Marc Stein: The Mavericks’ Michael Finley is finalizing a new contract with the team that gives him an expanded role in their front office as assistant GM and vice president of player personnel alongside new Dallas GM Nico Harrison, league sources say.
The G League Ignite is finalizing a deal with USC associate head coach Jason Hart as the program’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran, takes over an NBA-run program that produced two of the top of the picks in Thursday’s NBA draft — forwards Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. Hart, 43, replaces Brian Shaw, who is joining the LA Clippers as their top assistant.