The Washington Wizards will open the preseason on Friday Dec. 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Rookie Chris Singleton can't wait.
On the second night of training camp, the first day of two-a-days, it was rookie Chris Singleton who walked away with the hard hat, which Wizards head coach Flip Saunders awards to the player who puts in the most effort. John Wall earned it on Day 1.
The team looks different, clad in their brand new red, white and blue uniforms. The season will be different, with a lockout-shortened 66-game schedule as opposed to 82.
Shelvin Mack never doubted there would an NBA season. The unfailingly positive Wizards rookie guard posted "think positive" on his Twitter account on a regular basis. Mack can't wait to get to work with John Wall and bring home his first paycheck.
The eyes are a little more intense than they were last season, as though living through the uncertainty of the NBA lockout made him grow up just a little bit faster. John Wall would be the first to agree.
It was Day 149 of the NBA lockout, and the latest negotiation session was heading into its 15th hour. Wizards free agent Maurice Evans, vice president of the players trade association, was feeling a wide range of emotions.
Now that the NBA players and owners have a tentative deal in place for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement [CBA], the real work begins. Washington Wizards rookie Chris Singleton was awakened with the news early Saturday morning. It was the best of all Christmas presents.
Andray Blatche was counting on this season to prove a few naysayers wrong
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