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The New Jersey Nets have signed forward Larry Owens and waived forward Dennis Horner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's a fine line between an NBA player and a Developmental League player, as Wizards coach Flip Saunders is quick to point out.
It was clear from the opening tip that the lottery-bound Wizards had something to play for -- pride -- while the playoff-bound Hawks did not. The Wizards dominated Saturday night’s contest at Verizon Center from start to finish on their way to a 115-83 win.
The Wizards had to travel west to play the Pacers in Indiana. Unfortunately, their game went south.
"When you're down there grinding it out [in the D-League], it's always an honor to get called up," Owens said. "I'm just trying to stay ready at all times when coach puts me in. It's a compliment when the coach notices how we play."