- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

It seemed as if every time something notable happened in the Washington Wizards’ practice at Siegel Center yesterday, it was the byproduct of something third-year forward Andray Blatche did.

Blatche who will play some center this season even if Etan Thomas (heart irregularity) is able to rejoin the team blocked four shots in a scrimmage at the end of the morning session.

“Andray stood out,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “He, Roger Mason and [Oleksiy Pecherov] looked good. But Andray in particular.”

On one block, Blatche swatted away an attempted layup by Gilbert Arenas, came down with the ball and pushed it back up court before setting the offense.

Injury free

There are no injuries of any consequence to report from camp. In fact, the most significant injury is pretty much a non-injury.

Forward Antawn Jamison has a bruised right shin that limited him in both practices yesterday.

Assistant coach Mike O’Koren is the biggest injury concern now. O’Koren hurt his back on the first day of training camp while demonstrating a defensive drill.

Massenburg shows way

The value of experience in a locker room can’t be discounted, and Jamison is thrilled to have 40-year-old Tony Massenburg in camp.

“It’s good. When you think of a true professional you think of a guy like Tony,” Jamison said. “He never complains. He’s got a championship ring [with San Antonio]. He does what the coaching staff wants him to do go out there and lead. He’s showing all of us how it’s supposed to be done.”


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