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Otto Porter on hanging out with J. Cole this summer, wanting to be a more vocal leader for Wizards

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Otto Porter on hanging out with J. Cole this summer, wanting to be a more vocal leader for Wizards

Otto Porter is by nature a quiet guy, someone who likes to lead by example. His personality runs parallel to his basketball game. He sets his ego aside, playing off of John Wall and Bradley Beal as a complementary piece willing to do whatever little things it takes on a given night to help the Wizards win.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks loves Porter's game, but wants to see the 24-year-old come out of his shell a bit. After establishing himself as a legitimate No. 3 option and one of the best three-point shooters in basketball, Brooks hopes Porter can take on a larger leadership role.

"Coach came to me and said he wants me to be a lot more vocal," Porter said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "Defensively… and just all-around, I have to make sure I have a great presence on and off the court. That has started with training camp."

Porter feels he can follow those instructions from Brooks, despite the fact he is used to being reserved and introverted.

"I can be. I've always been kind of quiet and not vocal. Things are starting to change," he said.

Porter is used to expressing himself on the basketball court. Off the court he is passionate about music and cars. Porter said during the summer he often travels to Memphis from his home in Missouri to listen to soul and jazz music. Porter has been playing drums since he was a kid and recently was gifted a custom bass guitar from his uncle, who is a skilled carpenter. He hopes to emulate the style of B.B. King as he learns the instrument.

"I've got a good ear for things," he said.

This summer he was able to hang out with the rapper J. Cole, who often addresses social issues in his lyrics. The two didn't just talk music.

"We have a lot of good mutual friends. I was able to meet up with J. Cole. That's my favorite artist, by the way. It was amazing to get the chance to meet him and talk to him a little bit about life and what's going on in America. He's very smart and intelligent," Porter said.

For more on Porter's summer hanging with celebrities, working on his three-pointer and refurbishing old cars, check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:


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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?


Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:

Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.

Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).

The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.

The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.

It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.

Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.


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Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Do NBA seasons even count if an emergency team meeting hasn't taken place yet? 

In what's becomming an annual right of passage for underperforming NBA teams, the Wizards recently held a team meeting to address some of the biggest issues that have been dogging them all year. 

While these meetings typically act as motivating springboards that help bring teams together, the Wizards' recent family therapy session might have done the opposite. 

Enter John Wall. Wall, who's already publically voiced concerns over the team's (lack of) effort this season, recently spoke about how the meeting might have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way:

"At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way," Wall said after the team's win in Detroit. "It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit."

That's certainly not a ringing endorsement from Wall, and definitely not something you want to hear after a team meeting. Currently, however, the Wizards are back to their winning ways, coming off a nice road win in Detroit. So maybe it worked!