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Wittman explains why certain players can't crack Wizards' rotation


Wittman explains why certain players can't crack Wizards' rotation

TOWSON, Md. -- Though there was no discussion about Kevin Seraphin's comments, after he said that he didn't feel that he had a fair shot to get playing time with the Wizards under coach Randy Wittman, there was a related topic covered Wednesday after a second day of training camp at Towson University.

Wittman was asked about remarks made by DeJuan Blair, who was distraught after seeing less playing time than Seraphin last season as a backup center to starter Marcin Gortat. Blair was told to be more professional if he hoped to get on the court in his second season in Washington.

"You’ve got to maintain and be ready at all times, physically, mentally, attitude, all that. You’re not always going to be happy. Even the people you call stars, they aren’t always going to be happy but you got to be professional," Wittman explained. "I've probably got a couple guys pissed at me today. … If you’re not happy with playing time you got to force playing time on me. Those kind of things."

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Wittman pointed to what happened last season, when Bradley Beal didn't start the first nine games after he broke his left wrist in preseason. The Wizards went 7-2 with Garrett Temple in the starting lineup at starting shooting guard. Then later in the season, it was Kris Humphries who missed a lot of time with a hamstring strain and had Drew Gooden take over.

"Bradley Beal is hurt at the start of the year last year, who was ready? Temple. Temple played as good as he’s probably played in his career, he was ready," Wittman said. "Hump went down with a hamstring injury. He was playing good and Drew was ready. Drew stepped in and played. Drew wasn’t playing very much when Hump was playing like that. That’s being professional. I’m sure Temp wasn’t happy wasn’t getting the minutes he wanted to get but he was ready."

Seraphin had a rollercoaster five-year tenure with the Wizards before signing with the New York Knicks as an unrestricted free agent this past summer. He told CSNmidatlantic.com after they were eliminated in six games of the East semifinals last season that he wouldn't come back. 

He often drew Wittman's ire for not being in top physical condition (he dropped 20 pounds before 2014 training camp), blowing defensive rotations, committing turnovers because he was overdribbling and goofing off on social media and while sitting on the bench during games. Seraphin even skipped joining the French national team to work out with Wittman two summers ago where he began to show significant improvement with his basketball IQ, but when Gortat received a five-year contract for $60 million that meant he could be nothing more than a backup in D.C.

Even though there'll be a healthy competition for playing time for Seraphin in New York, with Robin Lopez also a major free-agent signing for them, he has a chance to get more time. And the change of scenery is probably worth him taking short money ($2.8 million) in order to prove himself so that when he becomes a free agent in 2016 maybe he can cash in when the salary cap goes up from $90 million to about $108 million.

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

The start to the 2018-19 NBA season did not go smoothly for a handful of teams. The Wizards started 2-9, but have since won three straight. The Lakers, with LeBron James leading the way, started 2-5 but have won six of their last seven games.

Even the Rockets, considered one of the top contenders for the 2018-19 NBA championship, started slow, losing five of their first six games. But since the calendar switched from October to November, the Rockets turned things around, having won six of eight.

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What about the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry and company lost just once in their first 11 games, but have dropped three of their last five games amid turmoil between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors are still clearly the favorites to win the NBA title again, but are they still perched atop our power rankings?

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Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards (5-9) look to extend their win streak to four games when they host the Brooklyn Nets (6-9) at Capital One Arena Friday night (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

A brutal west coast trip to start, along with the absence of Dwight Howard, provided an early-season setback for the Wizards. But thanks to consecutive wins over the Heat, Magic and Cavaliers, a 2-9 start is now quickly trending upward.

The Nets enter the Friday night game with a 3-6 road record and have lost their three previous games. Brooklyn will also be without the services of leading scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in the team's 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday night.  Brooklyn's start big man, Jarrett Allen, is questionable for the game having missed the Nets' previous two games with an illness.

Tune into NBC Sports Washington for pregame, postgame and live game coverage of Wizards vs. Nets. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2018 NBA Regular Season, Game 15

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards-Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Wizards vs. Nets live on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. After the game tonight, Wizards Postgame Live and Wizards Outsiders are streaming exclusively on the MyTeams app. Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (MyTeams App Exclusive)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (MyTeams App Exclusive)


Wizards: NONE

Nets: Caris LeVert (OUT, leg), Jarrett Allen (Questionable, Illness), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Questionable, ankle)


Number of all-time Meetings: 187 games (2 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Wizards lead series 99-86

Playoff Record: Wizards lead series 2-0

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Nets 119-113 (OT) on 1/13/2018

Last 10: Wizards lead 8-2