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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Othyus Jeffers
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.
Like every other player, Washington Wizards forward Othyus Jeffers has been finding ways to stay busy during the NBA lockout. He is rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered July 17 during a workout, while navigating those dreaded orange cones.
On a chilly Sunday morning in October, 18 basketball players showed up to pursue a dream. The setting was an open tryout for the NBA Developmental League Champion Iowa Energy, the Wizards D-League affiliate, held on Oct. 16 at the Northern Virginia Sportsplex.
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.