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Unofficial coach Alan Anderson redirects 'relentless' energy


Unofficial coach Alan Anderson redirects 'relentless' energy

A staple on the Wizards' sideline during the 2015-16 season is the highest-paid assistant coach in the NBA. Alan Anderson, who has been unable to play because of of surgically repaired left ankle, goes on every road trip as he has found himself in the role of motivator and mediator.

"Timeouts, shootarounds, practices, even though he's not able to participate with those guys he's been a good sounding board," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He puts across to them what he sees during a game. It's been worthwhile him going on the road trips with us to add some leadership."

When Kris Humphries made a career-high five three-pointers in a game vs. the Orlando Magic, he credited Anderson's insight with helping him take advantage of the defense. Last week when the Wizards were being routed by the Portland Trail Blazers, Anderson got in between a spat on the bench between Nene and Bradley Beal after the big man drew agitated about him not moving off the ball to create a passing angle. 

Sometimes, Anderson's animated behavior can be the most entertaining part of games.

"I just want to be with the team. When I'm not playing I want to be with the team some way, somehow," Anderson, 33, said. "Even though my energy isn't on the court, playing with them I can still bring some insight when the come off the court and give them some good positive energy.

"I just try to cheer my team on. It's good to always have some guys in your corner on the road especially. ... I know I like it when I'm playing to see you get your team going. I know they like it, too."

The Wizards' bench has been full of players out of uniform. This week, that includes Otto Porter (hip), Kris Humphries (knee) and Drew Gooden (calf). 

Anderson, who could stay behind on road trips to rehabilitate, has been working out and was on his way to do some individual drills after morning shootarounds. He had surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle in May after his season with the Brooklyn Nets ended. As he tried to work his way back on the court for training camp, Anderson's discomfort persisted and it was determined he still had a bone fragment that had to be removed. That procedure was performed in October.

He was added in free agency on a one-year deal to add depth to the wing, which already had Porter and rookie Kelly Oubre. A veteran who has had playoff success in Brooklyn, next to Paul Pierce, was needed for the position regardless of how much he contributes in the boxscores.

"That's all I can do with a suit on. The most I'm capable of doing," Anderson said. "I just try to always be relentless, always be aggressive. Always excitement. I've guarded all the best players on the other teams. That's been my job since I played in the league. I actually did a pretty good job on each of them. I just try to tell them what I use to try to help myself out.

"It's hard to stop those superstars. You can always try to be there as much as possible and make your presence felt. I just try to show them what I do."

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has been all smiles in public when discussing his rehab from Achilles surgery. He has even remarked how smoothly this recovery has gone compared to others he's underwent in the past.

But his road back from a ruptured left Achilles has not been entirely free of obstacles. He revealed to NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast recently that he dealt with an infection that delayed him getting out of his walking boot.

That was already weeks after he first had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel in January. He had a series of infections following that procedure, one of which helped doctors discover his Achilles had torn during a fall in his home.

Wall can admit now after the fact it was a difficult time for him.

"I've just put in a lot of hard work," he said. "For me to be where I'm at right now, with all the setbacks and infections and then finding out my Achilles was ruptured and then going through another infection, it was like 'man, when can I ever get past that point of just getting out of the boot and walking?'"

What made that last part particularly frustrating was where Wall makes his offseason home. He summers in Miami, a place notorious for its humidity.

"I was in Miami during the summertime in a boot. Like, man, I don't want to be in hot Miami in a boot, sweating," he said.

Nowadays, things are much better for Wall. He is doing on-court work at the Wizards' practice facility. He can shoot jumpers and do individual ball-handling and passing drills. He can jog and lift weights.

After months of waiting to just have his walking boot come off, Wall is very appreciative to simply be able to do anything on the basketball court.

"Just to do the ball-handling and be able to shoot and do the weight-lifting, that's a great aspect [of my progress]. It makes it easier for me because I'm in a great space where it's fun," he said. 

"I'm able to do what I'm able to do, even if I'm not playing at a high speed and running up and down, I'm able to shoot and do ball-handling. That's what I love to do."

Wall continues to make progress, now nine months removed from the Achilles surgery he had on Feb. 12. He is likely to be out at least three more months, and he could miss all of the 2019-20 season.

At some point, Wall may get restless, but he continues to preach patience towards his return. When asked by Chris Miller if he will start bothering the coaches soon to play, he said he's just happy to be back on the court in practice.


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Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

With the grind of the NBA season preparing to get underway, the Washington Wizards are spending some time off the court as a way to relax and have some fun. On Monday, the team headed to Top Golf to take some hacks, and we were treated to a breakdown of each player's swing.

As you can see, some like head coach Scott Brooks have a pretty smooth swing. However, the same cannot be said about others.

Take for example Moe Wagner. 

The newly acquired Wizard started off promising with a solid stance, bent knees and all. But, the wind up showed that there were clearly some quirks in his mechanics. Then, the worst thing possible happened: a missed ball. No one will really judge if the swing isn't the prettiest, considering his job is to play basketball, but to come up empty hurts.

Wagner wasn't alone in his misfortunes, however. Jordan McRae also had some trouble getting his club to connect with the ball. But, as they say, third times the charm.

As for other poor swings, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant had success hitting the ball, it just didn't look all too pretty.

For Bryant, he may be taking the concept of getting a low, solid base, quite too literally. With Bertans, the movement on his back leg followed by a quick swing is, well, interesting to say the least.

But, fear not, Washington does have a few players who at least look like they've picked up a golf club before. 

Even rookie Rui Hachimura showed off a pretty decent stroke.

While the videos did provide a good laugh, it's safe to say that most of these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs.