It may not have seemed like much at the time, and it certainly wasn't as bad as what happened in the other professional sporting event involving a Washington team on Sunday night, but there was an argument between Wizards players Davis Bertans and Deni Avdija during Sunday's loss to the Sixers that head coach Wes Unseld Jr. felt was worth addressing the following day at practice.
After Bertans attempted a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter with the Wizards down by 23 points, he seemed to confront Avdija about something. Bertans pointed his finger, said some words and walked to the bench. Afterward, Avdija was shown on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast being talked to by a team staffer and teammate Spencer Dinwiddie, away from Bertans.
Again, it didn't amount to much, but Unseld Jr. was asked about the incident and acknowledged it was a matter big enough to speak with the players about.
"You have to address it and we addressed it this morning. We addressed it during the timeout last night. It’s not necessarily what you say, it’s how you say it. I think it’s important for those guys to understand that," Unseld Jr. explained.
"There’s a degree of accountability and I think it’s important we can be constructive when it comes to those relationships and try to hold each other accountable. But on the flip-side, it’s gotta come from a place of respect and at times frustration can get the best of you and it doesn’t go well."
The Wizards were getting blown out and were missing several key players due to COVID-19 protocols. Unseld Jr. explained how it was just tensions boiling over.
In that way, it somewhat mirrored what happened Sunday night with the Washington Football Team. Though, their disagreement - between defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - actually resulted in a punch being thrown and physical contact between players.
Given the Wizards' situation was so minor and because it has been addressed, Unseld Jr. believes it will remain an isolated incident.
"I don’t think it’s an underlying problem or it’s going to be a recurring issue. Just put it on notice and these are what the expectations are and this is how we handle it," he said.