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Another injured player returns to practice with Wizards


Another injured player returns to practice with Wizards

While Nene and DeJuan Blair sat out Monday's practice, Garrett Temple finally returned after a left hamstring strain interrupted his preseason after the opener. 

There's a good chance that Temple, among the Wizards' best one-on-one defenders and occasional ball-handler, will play some Wednesday at the Miami Heat or in the finale Friday vs. the Toronto Raptors in Montreal. If Nene (right calf) and Blair (right knee) don't practice, they probably won't play.

"I feel good. I was able to go full court live, half-court live stuff," said Temple, who only sat out a couple of drills.  "I don't have an ill-effects afterward. We'll see tomorrow and go from there."

Last season, Temple had a right hamstring strain that was more severe. It cost him the last month of the regular season and then the entire first-round playoff series with the Raptors. 

"Last year was more of an acute injury, something that being on the court I felt it pull," Temple said in describing his other hamstring problem. "This year was more overuse, my pelvic positioning and some other scientific stuff of why I use my hamstrings more than my glutes when I run and stuff. We're just taking care of that stuff, making sure I run more efficiently."

Temple played in the exhibition opener, when he had seven points, seven assists and nine rebounds. It was his first taste of an offense that could be better-suited to him, particularly with the shooting responsibility being placed on Gary Neal and point-guard duties for Ramon Sessions. 

"With that second unit, with Gary a guy who can really light it up and Sesh who can score the ball at point as well, then having Drew (Gooden) as a shooter and whatever center we have in there whether it's Nene, DeJuan, I think I can definitely be that second or very first facilitator and be a guy that can make plays now that it's an open offense," Temple said. "I think that's good for a lot of our perimeters, being able to get the rebound, push the break and find people."

Martell Webster (right hip) still hasn't practiced while the return of Alan Anderson (left ankle) remains undetermined.

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.

Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.

Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year's draft.

This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie -- the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn't start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.

The Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson.

Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists.

Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).

Others receiving votes: Phoenix's Mikal Bridges, New York's Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota's Josh Okogie, Dallas' Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn's Rodions Kurucs, Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte's Mile Bridges, Detroit's Bruce Brown, Sacramento's Harry Giles III, Orlando's Mo Bamba and Indiana's Aaron Holiday.


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Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly sat down with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis about the head front-office opening on Friday.

On Monday, NBC Sports Washington confirmed that he decided to stick with his role as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets

A day later, he spoke to the media at a press conference and answered questions about his meeting with Washington.

Clear in Connelly's comments were his respect for Leonsis, but commitment to continuity in Denver. 

"I had a really nice conversation with Mr. Leonsis and his staff. He's a fantastic owner, I think a real visionary. I was really impressed by who he was and his thoughts for the team. That team's going to be special quickly under his leadership. We just had a conversation and not much more than that."

As for the reason for the discussion with Leonsis, Connelly said it came down to his love for the franchise. 

"I spent 14 years there. Certainly it's where I'm from, it's where my wife's from, so I just wanted to have the conversation because I care about the organization," he said.

"I'd never had an audience with [Leonsis], so to have that conversation and exchange of ideas, you know, it's flattering." 

Ultimately, however, the Baltimore native emphasized that Washington couldn't entice him away from the franchise he'd spent the last six years building. 

"Loyalty and patience is such a rarity in professional sports and that's here in spades. Those things matter to me," he said. "I had a hard time envisioning myself elsewhere."

With Connelly out of the picture, the list of candidates for the Wizards front-office opening is narrowing. Currently, Tommy Sheppard, Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver remain in the conversation.