It had been months since many of the Washington Wizards players spoke to the media to update the world on their summer and how they spent their offseason. So, there were plenty of questions to ask at media day on Monday and plenty of information for them to share.
There was a lot of stuff on President Donald Trump that can be found here. And we'll have more on Markieff Morris' absence in a separate post. But here is a rundown of the miscellaneous highlights from Wizards media day 2017...
Mahinmi had his meniscus repaired
Details about the procedure Ian Mahinmi had done earlier this offseason were finally revealed. Mahinmi had his left meniscus repaired, much like he did last October. The timing of this surgery was much better, of course, as it allowed Mahinmi to rehab the whole summer. He says he "drastically changed" his diet and has lost a considerable amount of weight. Mahinmi was so serious about it that he paid for his nutritionist and personal trainer to travel with him and his family. Among his travels included a stop at Disneyland for his daughters.
Oubre is starting a fashion line
Kelly Oubre, Jr. takes his personal style seriously and now has plans to start a clothing line called 'Dope Soul' that should be ready for release as early as 2018, depending on his contractual obligations with Adidas. Oubre already has the name tattooed on his arm and is excited to show the world what he has designed. On his personal style, Oubre had this to say:
"I style myself. I don't have a stylist. I take this very seriously. This fashion stuff is not a game. A lot of these dudes up here want to say their the freshest in the league. But they have a stylist and I'm just like 'how?' I do it myself. It's all organic. I really love to look nice and dress nice and be trendy. I have a lot of young fans that look up to me and want to see what I have on... I have my own brand that I'm trying to get off the ground... it's a community of young individuals who aspire to be great and are into all the hip stuff, but also who want to send the right message to help this world to be a better place."
Oubre also adjusted his shooting mechanics, moving his arm away from his line of sight so he can see the rim better when elevating.
Porter feels no pressure with new contract
When John Wall sat at the podium, he said he thought Otto Porter would have a lot of pressure alleviated after signing a max contract, which is perhaps contrary to what most would expect. Now that he is among the highest paid players in the NBA, there is less pressure for Porter? Well, Porter agrees wholeheartedly.
"I definitely feel what he's talking about. That part is over. Now you can just go out there and have fun. I feel like that's what he did. He went out there, played and had fun and enjoyed the process."
Porter, by the way, was asked if he bought anything for himself after signing his $106 million deal. His response was pretty good:
"I didn't really buy anything for myself, a new house I guess. I got out of my small apartment."
Gortat's new... er... old hair
The mohawk is back and Marcin Gortat says it will be here for the rest of the season. Gortat, in fact, could end up doing a Dennis Rodman thing where he dies his hair different colors.
"I was just bored. I was bored and had too much time," Gortat said when asked why he brought it back. "I've gotta do something with the extra time before I leave the house and go to the court. I have to go to the bathroom and put the wax on it, spike it up. It's an extra hour a day, but it's alright... it will stay the same way, but I might throw some colors on it. I might go red, blonde maybe. I will do something crazy, maybe. But I've gotta stay with the mohawk for the whole season."
Gortat also had one of the funniest quotes of the day when asked about how the center position has changed and whether he plans to adapt his game:
"There are no plans. I've got two or three more years in me and then I'm gone. I'm glad I'm at the end of my career right now. I'm not going to shoot threes or develop threes. I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to bring back real centers. I'm just going to try to survive for the next three years."
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New jersey numbers
There were plenty of new numbers passed around for media day following an offseason that saw the Wizards revamp their bench, add two players with the NBA's new two-way contracts and sign two more as training camp invites. Here are those numbers: Tim Frazier (8), Jodie Meeks (20), Mike Scott (30), Devin Robinson (7), Mike Young (4), Carrick Felix (21) and Donald Sloan (15).
Wall's goals are specific
When asked about the high expectations for the Wizards this year following the 2016-17 season, the best for the franchise in decades, Wall offered some specific goals. He said that similar to last year, the Wizards want to win more than 50 games and reach the Eastern Conference Finals. They fell just short of those things this spring. Head coach Scott Brooks said he thinks Wall "should be in the MVP conversation" this year.
Meeks and Frazier
The Wizards backup backcourt is already getting to know each other quite well. They have moved into the same building and live just a few floors away from each other. The two have already been spending time together off the court and have had some late night shooting sessions.
Chik-Fil-A promotion gets mixed reviews
Several Wizards were asked about the Chik-Fil-A promotion in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena and the responses varied. Sure enough, all have noticed when the crowd goes nuts when the opponents are at the free throw line. Brooks, for one, doesn't mind it.
"I kind of like that. I wish we did it every quarter. I didn't know what was going on [the first time], but I loved it. It's exciting... I like the spicy chicken."
Beal likes the promotion, but only if the Wizards are winning.
"As long as we're winning, it's cool. But if we're losing, I hate it," he said with extra emphasis on the word 'hate.'
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