The Wizards held their first day of 2017-18 training camp on Tuesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Here's what you need to know...
Robinson is injured
The NBA career of Wizards' forward Devin Robinson did not get off to a great start. He has an unspecified foot injury that is expected to sideline him for the foreseeable future. Robinson wasn't walking with a limp, but sat out of practice and Brooks said the rookie does not have a timetable to return.
Scott is a huge Redskins fan
New Wizards forward Mike Scott is a massive Redskins fan and not just in a casual sense. The guy plans to get a Redskins tattoo some time in the near future (he has tons of tattoos already, including lots of emojis) and probably speaks for the rest of the fanbase when he says he's taking a wait-and-see approach. When someone (me) mentioned how the Skins finally have a defense, he cautioned that it was just one game. He has to see them repeat that performance on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs before he completely buys in. Though Scott is now playing for his hometown team in the Wizards, he will be outnumbered by Cowboys fans in the Wizards' locker room. John Wall and Markieff Morris are huge Dallas fans and are not afraid to show it.
Brooks did better this time
The Wizards met as a team on Monday night after media day on the eve of training camp and there is a big difference in Brooks from Year 1 to Year 2, at least in the players' eyes.
"John [Wall] brought to my attention how I did a much better job at the team dinner. He said I looked a little nervous last year," Brooks said.
"Last night with our team meeting, I even told him last year 'you seem like you're a little bit more comfortable," Bradley Beal added. "Last year he didn't know what to expect from us and we were just trying to get to know him. We know who he is and what he's capable of. We know what he wants from us so everything is a lot smoother."
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Oubre added two inches to his vertical
Kelly Oubre, Jr. mentioned at media day on Monday how he added to his vertical this offseason. He revealed today that he added two inches. It was all through hard work, but extra impressive considering he began the offseason recovering from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
Beal comments on FBI case involving college coaches
A major sports news story broke just before the Wizards took the court on Tuesday, that four NCAA assistant coaches and others like an apparel company executive have been implicated in an investigation of bribery and other charges. Beal was a star player at the University of Florida before the Wizards drafted him third overall in 2012. He was asked about the allegations. They didn't involve his former school or anything, but he had an interesting take:
"I was always by-the-book, even in my recruiting process. I had coaches who wanted to offer me stuff or offer my family stuff, but that wasn't what I was about and that wasn't what my family was about. At the end of the day, I went to a program where Coach [Billy Donovan] didn't guarantee my anything. He didn't guarantee I was going to start or that I was going to play. That was something that I respected. Coming out of college, I was actually about to go back to college. I decided to come out on the last deadline day. For me, it wasn't like that. It's crazy what today's generation is like. Kids are taking stuff in high school, taking things in college and stuff like that. For me, my story wasn't like that."
Frazier is fitting in well
Tim Frazier is already one of the more vocal guys on the team, trash-talking both on the court and off of it. He was also hitting his three-point shot consistently in practice. Perhaps he has improved that part of his game from year to year.
Beal already thinks Frazier will help the Wizards' bench fix their reputation.
"You guys are going to be surprised. You killed our bench last year. You killed our bench," he said. "These guys are really working their tails off. They know the game and they play it the right way. That's what we need. Guys are going to defend, for sure, and get after it. They challenge us as starters... last year it was like one of us always had to be on the floor, but it won't be like that this year... last year was definitely tough on us and it weared on us down the line."
Morris still absent
Markieff Morris is not with the team yet following the sports hernia surgery he had on Friday.
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