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The Wizards will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in Philadelphia in their second and final preseason game, and Washington is looking to erase the memory of the 25-point loss to the 76ers on Friday night.
Wes Unseld embodied toughness for the Washington Bullets throughout the '70s, providing an imposing presence in the paint. The same was true of the "Bruise Brothers," Jeff Ruland and Rick Mahorn, whose picks and elbows were a menace to opponents in the early '80s.
As players continue to trickle into Verizon Center before the start of Friday's training camp, Rashard Lewis and Jordan Crawford took to the Washington Wizards' new practice court for the first time.
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.
John Wall is certainly racking up frequent-flier miles. Wall joined a few of his Wizards teammates, including JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford and Rashard Lewis, in an Impact Basketball "lockout league" game on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
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.
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.
Sparked by a victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center, the Wizards will take a little positive momentum with them as they head west for a five-game road trip.