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Wizards speak up on Baltimore riots


Wizards speak up on Baltimore riots

In the midst of watching, cheering and banging on the glass during the Capitals series-clinching win on Monday, members of the Wizards could not ignore the reports of unrest coming out of Baltimore.

Via his Twitter account, John Wall spoke out against the violence. 

Paul Pierce also expressed concern and the need for calm over social media and following practice on Tuesday.

"I just think it’s really upsetting when you see a community just go out and burn down stores and trash cars. Those are some  of the things that I saw on the news but I also saw some positive things. Some of the people rallying together for a cause," he said.

Pierce, 37, grew up in Los Angeles. He was 14 when riots broke out in the area.

"It’s funny because I sent out on Twitter yesterday that it reminded me of the LA riots. I was living in LA during that time when we were tearing up our own community and it really didn’t have a cause. It really didn’t serve a purpose. At the end of the day, the riots were all over and you looked up and the stores that we go to weren’t there anymore. It’s pretty much a lot of vandalism and it really didn’t help the cause.  So I understand the mindset but it really isn’t helping the cause when you destroy the things in the places that we know and that we live in. So the people of Baltimore, I just wish there could be some resolve to this."

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was asked about the turbulent scene.

"It's tough. it's sad to watch that," the head coach said. "There is a lot of things that go on that need to be addressed, looked at. Continue to grow as a group of people no matter what your background is. Being able to get along. It's hard to watch when your neighborhood is torched or destroyed because of something that that neighborhood really had nothing to do with. That' the hard thing. Guys that work hard to have a business and then it's taken away from you in a matter of minutes. That's hard to look at.

"I'm all for protests. That's part of who we are. Stating what your beliefs are. You just hope it can be in a peaceful way. I hope that gets rectified.

Rasual Butler joined Pierce, Wall and Marcin Gortat along the boards for Game 7, his first ever hockey game. He also joined his teammates in stating concern for the people and neighborhoods in Baltimore.

"It was just really disturbing," Butler said Tuesday. "I understand the anger. I just don't understand the way they're going about displaying their anger. It's almost like rage now because it's uncontrolled anger. Tearing up your own property, it doesn't make sense to do that. But, I understand where they're coming from. They're upset, they're angry. They want answers. Justice needs to be a real thing in our society. Right now, I don't think it is because of the way that people, particularly of color are being treated by people who are supposed to serve and protect. It's not OK."

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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