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.
Everybody's out for the season for the Washington Wizards. At least it seems like it.
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.
With just under five minutes left in the second quarter, the Wizards committed two turnovers that lead to two Thunder fast break slams. Coach Flip Saunders called a timeout and the Wizards left the court; some players shaking their heads.