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Wizards' Satoransky ready to fill in for Wall: 'It's a big responsibility'

Wizards' Satoransky ready to fill in for Wall: 'It's a big responsibility'

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks’ reveal on Friday night that John Wall will not only sit out Saturday’s game against the Magic, but other games in back-to-back sets moving forward to rest his surgically repaired knees, opens up an opportunity for those behind Wall to get playing time they otherwise would not receive. In the short-term that will benefit Tomas Satoransky most, as the 6-foot-7 rookie will start in Orlando as the Wizards aim for their second consecutive win [7 p.m. on CSN+].

Satoransky, 25, has impressed Brooks and his teammates through four games this season and because of that has positioned himself as the next man-up when Wall is not available. 

“I like how he plays,” Brooks said. “He’s a multiple [position] defender. He’s a very high IQ basketball player. He’s been playing forever and he’s only [25] years old.” 

Brooks’ “forever” comment was in reference to Satoransky’s near-decade of experience playing professional basketball overseas. Though he’s young and new to the NBA, Satoransky is no amateur at his craft.

“He’s a seasoned vet, not at the NBA level but he has experience plyaing at the professional level,” Wall said.

Satoransky has played just 37 minutes in the NBA so far. He’s scored eight points on 4-for-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Though it’s a small sample size, Brooks has seen much more of him outside of game action.

“Sometimes you judge players in practice just as much as you judge them in games and that’s how I’ve always been. That was my game, practice, as a player. I take it serious. I really respect guys off the bench, guys that don’t play. I keep an eye on them. I don’t just let the assistants focus on them. My job is to coach all 15 guys.”

Extended run in NBA games will of course be much more intense than what Satoransky has been exposed to at the practice court of the Verizon Center. But he feels ready to step in and help the Wizards.

“It’s a big responsiblity,” Satoransky said. “It feels great to be on the court and rest the startesr. Just take some weight off their shoulders.”

On Saturday and on other nights moving forward, Satoransky will help provide Wall some prescribed rest. Wall feels good about his replacement.

“I think he’s doing a great job just rinning the team and not turning the ball over and not trying to force anything. That will be key for him,” Wall said.

[RELATED: Wizards hold out Wall for back-to-backs]

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster.

Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards.

The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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