TOWSON, Md. -- What about the bigs? The focus for the Wizards has been on the guards and perimeter players, but after Day 3 Thursday -- the final at SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University -- figuring out how Marcin Gortat and Nene adjust is a major part of the equation.
In his third season with the Wizards, Gortat had years of tutelage while being the only true big on the floor surrounded by four shooters when he played for the fast-paced Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns from 2007-13.
"It'll be more challenging for the four man, I believe. Not for the five man," said Gortat, who runs the floor well. "My job is going always be the same, rolling to the basket, find open spots and just moving without the ball. I'm going to feel comfortable. This is pretty much the same I'd been playing in Orlando and Phoenix. I'm really familiar with everything we do. It's going to give me a chance to play to my strengths."
This was the third consecutive day of four-hour practices. Coach Randy Wittman saw a team that's starting to get heavy legs but they'll get over that hump as camp moves back to Verizon Center starting Friday.
"We're going for four hours a day every day," Gortat said. "We better be tired. ... Guys are going hard. At some point we're not playing basketball and it's more like wrestling. It's a part of training camp."
One casualty has been free agent invitee Josh Harrellson, who had to get stitches over his left eye Wednesday because of a collision. He said he wasn't sure who gave him the cut but Gortat assumed partial credit.
"It was an unfortunate incident," Gortat said. "I personally didn't give it to him. I was one of the guys who helped to give him that. I pushed one of the players and the other player smacked him. I tried to box out. Fifty percent, it's my fault."