The Wizards held their second day of 2017-18 training camp on Wednesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Here's what you need to know...
Details on Robinson's injury
Rookie Devin Robinson will be out for the foreseeable future as he deals with a stress fracture in his left foot. It's something he has had in the past and hopes it doesn't keep him out too long, but it has certainly thrown a wrench into the start of his NBA career.
For more on Robinson's injury, how his contract came together, how he became a great dunker and how he grew up a Wizards fan, check out yesterday's Wizards Tipoff podcast.
Beal and Wall on Lawson
CSN announced on Tuesday that former Olympic and WNBA star Kara Lawson will be joining the broadcast booth as the color analyst replacing Phil Chenier. Bradley Beal recorded a video message for Lawson on CSN's social accounts. It's great stuff:
Wall also shared some thoughts:
"I welcome her with open arms. I'm excited for her. It's sad to see Phil leave, but it's the next person up. I hope she does a great job and has some fun with it. Things will be a lot different. It's like adding a new player. I'm so used to having new teammates. It ain't nothing new."
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Wall on guarding Beal
Wall and Beal are the Wizards' two best players, so it's not surprising that they have some battles on the practice court. Wall shared some insight into how they match up and why it's good they can guard each other:
"Whenever I'm not on his team, I try to guard him just so I can get better defensively. He's going to compete and make me a better person. It's vice versa. He's going to guard me and fight over screens to be able to keep chasing somebody. At times I have to guard two-guards because guys like Steph [Curry] come off a lot of screens to shoot the ball. I have to get used to guarding things like that. Guarding Brad makes things a lot tougher and helps me get in even more better shape for guarding guys like that for a full 48 minutes," he said.
Wall also said that he knew Beal would be good back in 2012 when he was drafted, saying that even before the Wizards picked him it was a "no-brainer." That led to questions about them having disagreements in the past and Wall had a funny retort:
"I'm the point guard, so even if I'm mad at someone I still have to pass them the ball if they're open. If I don't, I look like a selfish person. Like, what am I doing?"
Mahinmi's weight loss
Ian Mahinmi shared some details about his weight loss on the Wizards Tipoff podcast, saying he dropped 10 pounds and did so by paying to have his personal chef, trainer and coaches to travel with him across the world. He had to cut out chocolate and sweets, which was the hardest part of changing his diet. But things got very interesting at Disneyland when he took his two daughters. It's a funny story, so check it out:
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