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One on one: Buying Humphries stretching his game?


One on one: Buying Humphries stretching his game?

With the intense NBA offseason cooling down, there is time for reflection on what the Washington Wizards accomplished and a chance to look at the road ahead. For the next couple of weeks, CSNwashington.com Insider J. Michael and Wizards correspondent Ben Standig will examine various issues and answer questions as the Wizards move toward the 2015-16 campaign.

We’ve seen the video of Kris Humphries practicing -- and sinking -- 3-pointers. Do you buy into the idea that he could turn into a stretch-4 option?

J. Michael: I have trouble seeing Humphries as a stretch four, just as I can’t envision Nene as one either.  Can he hit an occasional shot from distance with the clock winding down or an end-of-game situation when he ends up with the ball? Certainly.

But I can’t envision a scenario where Humphries is setting a screen and peeling off to the three-point arc for a set play. The Wizards have plenty of other options with Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson, Drew Gooden and even Martell Webster (he played some in Portland) as a stretch.

I’ve seen Humphries practicing threes after practice since training camp a year ago. But shooting from deep in a practice situation isn’t the same as game-time no matter how many he makes there. 

Ben Standig: There are different layers to the stretch-4 role. From the looks of things, Humphries might be able to help when John Wall or others drive and kick to the corners. That's certainly a helpful component. But, as J, Michael said, that doesn't mean the 6-foot-9 forward can suddenly help make plays on the move. We also shouldn't forget about his career 3-point numbers (2 for 26) or that his last career 3-pointer came during the 11-year veteran's rookie season.

However, my biggest concern is quickness defensively. Humphries typically guards interior options, who probably don't venture much more than 15 feet from the basket. Playing a stretch-4 role also means taking on the opposite number and having to defend out to the 3-point arc. In the East that could mean standouts like Paul Millsap or Carmelo Anthony. While in theory Humphries faces more second-team types, he'll still need a fair amount of foot speed to keep up.

As a reminder and in a pound for pound sort of way, Humphries was arguably the second best player on the Wizards last season before his injury. He rebounded, rocked the mid-range game and picked up the slack inside when needed. As for the upcoming season, Humphries is the third big man behind Marcin Gortat and Nene. He won't lack for minutes. For now, I'm just not sure how many will be in the role of a stretch-4 with a healthy Jared Dudley available - or not.

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!