Shelvin Mack really respects Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, but not enough to root for him over the Redskins.
Mack, a second-year guard for the NBA's Wizards, attended training camp Tuesday and marveled at the work ethic.
"It's great when you're able to see great teams in different sports. You can always take something away from it. It's great to see like Ray Lewis. He's (going to be) in the Hall of Fame and he's still out there practicing hard," Mack, a 6-foot-3 guard who was a 2011 second-round pick for the Wizards, told CSNBaltimore.com. "It's good to see the everyday grind of the process. It helps you out. It shows that you can continue to work.
"But I like the Redskins better. They're in D.C."
Mack, a native of Lexington, Ky., hasn't played football since middle school. He prefers physical style of play in basketball, and football, too.
"I like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I like defensive guys, especially for football," said Mack, who averaged 3.6 points per game in a backup role. "I don't like to be hit so I like the people that do the hitting. That's why I'm here watching and not playing and I decided to pick basketball."
The Wizards (20-46) finished strong in a lockout-shortened season in 2011-12, ending on a six-game winning streak and winners of eight of their last 10.
"We got better as the season went on. We finished on a great note," Mack said. "Last August I couldn't talk to the coaches (because of the lockout) so I'm taking advantage of that right now."
So who is Mack picking to win the Super Bowl? His favorite team, of course, the New York Jets.
"I like Rex Ryan. He's from Baltimore, so that counts a little bit," said Mack, who admits he has no connection to the area or the team and hasn't always been a fan. "I just like the coach."