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Joe Abanussar is used to having a busy summer, surrounded by NBA players. A long-time trainer and founder of Impact Basketball, he trains about 30 NBA players every summer, including Wizards point guard John Wall.
Before the NBA draft began on Thursday, New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King wanted to make sure that his team got better from the perimeter, got better rebounding and got a little tougher.
The Washington Wizards have conducted the last of their workouts before Thursday's NBA draft, where they will look for the right pieces to continue rebuilding around point guard John Wall.
Wearing a charcoal gray pinstripe suit, and not a bright yellow jacket, guard John Wall represented the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at the NBA draft lottery. The team came away with the sixth pick after entering the evening with the fourth-best odds of landing the No. 1 overall selection.
At last year's NBA draft lottery, a winning pick by the Wizards brought them point guard John Wall. At this year's lottery, Wall will represent Washington and hopes his presence results in the same kind of luck.
The NBA owners' executive committee and members of the NBA Players Association are scheduled to meet again Friday as they continue to try reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires June 30, and the league is headed for a lockout if a deal is not reached.
With all the drama of a Hollywood premiere, the Wizards unveiled their new red, white and blue color scheme Tuesday, complete with John Wall and Jordan Crawford as models.
With a 23-59 season in the books, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld is beginning to reshape the team for next year, but he is taking a few positives from the lessons learned this year.
The Wizards may have finished the year with a forgettable 23-59 record, but Washington Times beat writer Carla Peay found a few players who had seasons worth remembering.