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NBA Draft prospect Przemek Karnowski of Gonzaga looks up to Wizards' Marcin Gortat

NBA Draft prospect Przemek Karnowski of Gonzaga looks up to Wizards' Marcin Gortat

Gonzaga big man Przemek Karnowski has looked up to Wizards' center Marcin Gortat for years. They played together on the Polish national team and were roommates. For the last four years Karnowski has helped out at Gortat's basketball camp in Poland.

Now Karnowski, 23, is trying to join his mentor and friend in the NBA. Karnowski worked out for the Wizards on Tuesday. It was his first workout because he got sick and had to cancel others that were planned.

That's not the way he would draw it up, however, it did allow Karnowski to begin this process with Gortat's team.

"Me and Marcin have a really good relationship, especially from Poland and the Polish national team," Karnowski said. "I actually saw him about a week and a half ago when I was working out in L.A. We went for dinner. He's like my older brother that I never had. I was just really happy to see him."

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Karnowski starred for Gonzaga this season as the Bulldogs went all the way to the NCAA Tournament final. He averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in his senior season.

While working out for the Wizards, Karnowski played in 3-on-3 games where he was often matched up with Kansas center Landen Lucas. Karnowski hopes NBA coaches can see, what he feels, are pro-ready skills.

"I think my game translates well, especially in 5-on-5 with my passing ability. I really like to do that to help my teammates and make them open. That was something I had an opportunity to show in college. Just having a big body, I feel like I'm ready to go and bang with big guys down low," he said.

If Karnowski were to join the Wizards, it would likely be as a summer league invite or undrafted free agent. He is not projected to be picked by most mock drafts at this point. 

Gortat was a second round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 2005 and has since enjoyed a successful 10-year NBA career. Karnowski would love to follow in his footsteps.

"He's a great figure and has a lot of respect back home," Karnowski said. "He's a huge person. You guys know him here from basketball, but he does a lot more. He goes back every single year. He's doing basketball camps for kids. I think this is going to be the 10th edition of his camp back home."

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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. The Wizards hold the ninth overall pick. Here's everything you need to know...

When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV: NBC Sports Washington will have Wizards-centric draft coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on TV and the MyTeams app, the official broadcast is on ESPN

Wizards' picks: Ninth overall in first round with potential to add a second round pick via trade or by purchasing one from another team

Wizards needs: Rim protection, perimeter defense, forward depth, guard depth

What to watch for: The Wizards' best bet is probably to trade down for more picks, but it all depends on how the board shakes out. There is a chance a top prospect falls unexpectedly.

Point guard Coby White of North Carolina is one to keep an eye on. The Wizards worked him out this week in Washington despite him ranking higher than ninth on most mock drafts. Many expect him to go to Phoenix or Chicago ahead of the Wizards. But if he falls, that could become an easy decision, even with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the mix.

If White isn't there, their best choice may be either Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Jaxson Hayes or Bol Bol. All four would help them defensively and offer high upside. 

The most controversial player is definitely Cam Reddish, who is a boom-or-bust prospect that may or may not be there when the Wizards are on the clock.

Lottery order:

1. Pelicans
2. Grizzlies
3. Knicks
4. Pelicans (trade with Lakers)
5. Cavaliers
6. Suns
7. Bulls
8. Hawks
9. Wizards
10. Hawks (trade with Mavericks)
11. Timberwolves
12. Hornets
13. Heat
14. Celtics (trade with Kings)

Big board:

1. Zion Williamson, Duke
2. Ja Morant, Murray State
3. R.J. Barrett, Duke
4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
5. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
6. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
7. Coby White, North Carolina
8. Cam Reddish, Duke
9. Sekou Doumbouya, France
10. Nassir Little, North Carolina
11. Jaxson Hayes, Texas
12. Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
13. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
14. Bol Bol, Oregon
 

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Recent travel arrangements have Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne 'sick of it'

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Recent travel arrangements have Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne 'sick of it'

WNBA players have had zero problems voicing their displeasure with how they're treated, not only in comparison to their colleagues in the NBA but as basic human beings.  

That continued Wednesday morning as Mystics' forward, Elena Delle Donne posted an uncomfortable picture of her squeezing her 6-foot-5 frame between the seats of the coach section, as the team flew to Los Vegas for their game against the Aces. 

"We're sick of it," Delle Donne said. "We deserve more."

The disrespect didn't stop there as Delle Donne stated: "a 50-60-year-old man told me he could cross me up." 

Travel arrangements for WNBA players have been the latest topic of concern for the league. Los Angeles Sparks' head coach Derek Fisher posted a photo of disgruntled and displaced Sparks' players waiting for transportation after a nationally televised victory.

The caption read: "So after a hard fought win on national television @la_sparks are right back to reality that these women are not being treated like the best athletes in the world!! #facts #hastochange#comeonnow"


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