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Highlights from Wizards media day: Injury updates, new jersey numbers, Oubre's fashion line, Gortat's mohawk

Highlights from Wizards media day: Injury updates, new jersey numbers, Oubre's fashion line, Gortat's mohawk

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.

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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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2018 NBA trade deadline: Hornets are shopping All-Star guard Kemba Walker, report says

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2018 NBA trade deadline: Hornets are shopping All-Star guard Kemba Walker, report says

The Charlotte Hornets are attempting a firesale of sorts with the 2018 NBA trade deadline approaching and have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in talks, according to a report by ESPN.

Walker, 27, is having one of his best seasons with averages of 21.7 points, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is a prolific scorer and is on a team-friendly contract of $12 million per year through next season.

Though many teams have good point guards these days, there should be a strong market for Walker. Teams like the Sixers, Pistons, Clippers, Knicks and Nuggets would seem to be great fits. 

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The Pistons stand out in particular. They are currently ninth in the East and their primary point guard Reggie Jackson is hurt. Even when he does play, they need offense and that's what Walker provides.

The Sixers have Markelle Fultz working his way back from a shoulder injury, but have the assets to trade for Walker and could use some help to make a playoff push. The Knicks could use more talent around Kristaps Porzingis and Walker would certainly help.

There are still about three weeks until the Feb. 8 trade deadline and a lot can change before then. But it appears there is another big name readily available on the market.

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Wizards at Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT DETROIT PISTONS

Where: Little Caesars Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Brooks make adjustments?

The Wizards suffered another tough loss on Wednesday night, a blowout defeat in Charlotte to a Hornets team that is currently well outside the playoff picture. It was a loss so bad that afterwards head coach Scott Brooks said he would "change some things." Guard Bradley Beal said after the game that he believes Brooks is serious, that changes will be made.

We didn't get any specifics, but they likely mean an adjustment to the rotation. A starter could be benched or pieces could be moved in the second unit. Brooks could of course change nothing at all. We will see what he meant on Friday night.

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Oubre is killing it

The Wizards are waiting for Otto Porter and Markieff Morris to get going, but backup forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. has been on quite the tear. In his last six games he's reached double digits in points with averages of 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 51.7 percent from three. Over his last 13 games, Oubre is shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Oubre, in fact, has been the Wizards' third-leading scorer since Thanksgiving, a stretch of 27 games. That's a big sample size and further evidence that Oubre has developed into much more than a bench player. He is a starter-level player coming off the bench. 

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Pistons are banged up

The Pistons were one of the NBA's biggest surprises early this season as they jumped out to a strong start and looked like legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. But since they have fallen hard back down to Earth and currently sit ninth in the East and outside of the playoff picture. Detroit has lost three straight games and six of their past eight. 

Injuries have helped contribute to their recent slide. Defensive stopper Avery Bradley is dealing with a sore groin and could miss Friday's game. Point guard Reggie Jackson is out with an ankle injury. Swingman Stanley Johnson has a bum hip and could sit out against the Wizards. And rookie Luke Kennard is expected to return on Friday, but he's dealing with a thumb injury on his shooting hand. The Wizards should have an advantage in depth in this matchup.

The Wizards have won each of the first two meetings between these teams this season. If they win on Friday, they will take the season series which could come in handy for playoff tiebreakers later on.

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