As the Washington Mystics wrapped up practice Thursday morning at Verizon Center ahead of their Game 1 playoff matchup in New York, a group of rather tall men entered the practice court. The Washington Wizards don't begin training camp until later this month, but many of the players are already working out together.
Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were part of the group getting their conditioning game on. Roster mainstay Garrett Temple, rookie Kelly Oubre Jr., newcomers Gary Neal and Alan Anderson were on hand. Also part of the 10 or so players, training camp invitees Toure Murry and Josh Harrellson.
John Wall wasn't in view for the start of this session, but we know the All-Star point guard is in town. Last month Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com that he encouraged teammates to show up two weeks early. Entering his sixth season, Wall also flashed his leadership skills by organizing a player mini-camp in Los Angeles in August.
"Now is my time," Wall explained to CSNmidatlantic.com. "I’m setting up all these things. Making sure guys are getting to training camp two weeks early. Make sure we’re playing pickup, getting into shape, doing those types of things. That’s what I’m willing to do and have some fun with it."
Perhaps the jump start ahead of training camp will help the Wizards get off to a good start despite a challenging early schedule. Washington faces NBA title contenders San Antonio, Atlanta and Oklahoma City within the first seven games. The regular season opener takes place Oct. 28 at Orlando.
The Wizards will hold media day Sept. 28 at Verizon Center before heading to Towson for training camp and playing seven preseason games.