The Washington Times - April 19, 2011, 10:57AM

Wizards’ rookie Trevor Booker was acquired in an off-season trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves and became a go-to player off the bench for the Wizards, especially on the defensive end. Booker played with tenacity and hustle and was earning more and more playing time in the final weeks of the season, until a broken bone sidelined him in March. Booker talked about how he plans to come back next season as a more complete player.

On his rehab:


“It’s going pretty good. I only need to be in cast for a couple more weeks, and then in a boot for another month. Originally, it was eight weeks, so I got some good news. I should be able to start practicing in another month and a half. I have to wait until the cast comes off and I can’t do any running until then. I have to watch what I eat, but I haven’t gained any weight yet.”

On the potential lockout:

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, but at the same time we’ve still got to stay in shape, keep working out and just try to get better.”

On his season:

“I was pleased with my season overall, I think I did a pretty good job. I was just upset that I got injured at the end. I thought I was Ironman. I would give myself a B-minus. I just felt like I could do stuff better.”

On improving his game:

“I think I need to work on everything, really, but I’m going to focus more on my shot and my ball handling. I feel like if I could get my shot down, I could be a whole different offensive player.”

On John Wall:

“I thought he did a pretty good job. There was a lot of pressure. He had a lot on his shoulders, but I think he handled it pretty good.”

On the Wizards season:

“It was a rough rookie season, overall as a team. But at the end I saw we improved and we’ve got something to look forward to next year.”

On how the team can improve:

“We just need everybody to play hard. I think at the end of the season some players started rubbing off on other players. They started playing harder. I think we started holding each other accountable, and that helped out. I can see the playoffs for us next year, most definitely.”

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