October 1st, 2014 at 12:18 PM
By Matt Graber
That escalated quickly. It only took one day of NBA training camp for the Wizards and Cavs to begin trading barbs, showing that the Wizards-Cavs rivalry is back in a big way. After years of irrelevance, both teams are now contenders, the Wizards led by their stellar young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal and the Cavs bolstered by the additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love. But rather than an off court feud involving Jay Z and Soulja Boy, this new iteration of the rivalry looks like it will focused on on-court action.
It all started Monday at Wizards media day, where Beal claimed that he and Wall "we're definitely the best backcourt in the league". A bold statement, sure, but it's media day, what was he supposed to say? Cavs shooting guard Dion Waiters, unsurprisingly, disagreed with Beal, responding after Cavs practice Tuesday:
"That's nonsense. He's supposed to say that, but but I know deep down they're not messing with me and Ky (Kyrie Irving). I think me and Ky are the best young backcourt".
Wall inserted himself into the feud rather quickly, firing back at Waiters:Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 1st, 2014 at 2:19 AM
By Matt Graber
Las Vegas' Westgate Superbook posted it's 2014 NBA Win Totals Tuesday, and Wizards fans should be happy with the projections. The Superbook has the Wizards winning 49.5 games this season, which would be the tied for the sixth highest total in the league. The six-game leap was one of the biggest of any NBA team and shows that yet another source is predicting big things from the Wizards this season.
If the projections were to hold, the Wizards's 49.5 wins (let's call it 50), would be tied for third in the East with the Toronto Raptors, behind only the Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5) and the Chicago Bulls (55.5). That would give the Wizards homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs and a matchup with either the Hornets or the Nets.
These numbers aren't a perfect indicator of these teams' actual records, as there will undoubtedly be surprises and disappointments. But the projections should provide a reasonably accurate indication of the East's pecking order, and it looks like the Wizards will be right in the mix. While the Cavs and the Bulls will be in a class of their own, the Wizards could be nipping at their heels, ahead of the fellow upstart Hornets and fading veteran like the Heat, Nets and Pacers.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 27th, 2014 at 11:21 AM
By Matt Graber
The Washington Wizards' national profile is set to get another boost this preseason, as Turner Sports has announced that the Wizards will be among the five teams featured on this season of NBA TV's Real Training Camp. The show will give an inside look at the team's training camp and practices, incuding interviews and analysis. From the official press release:
NBA TV’s NBA Real Training Camp will go all-access with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards as they prepare for the upcoming season. The preseason series will provide exclusive access to practice sessions, players, coaches and front office executives, along with interviews and analysis live from training sites around the NBA.
The series will tip off with the Timberwolves on Monday, Sept. 29, at 12:30 a.m., with the network covering the team’s special late night event – “Dunks After Dark” – live from the campus of Minnesota State University. NBA TV analysts Greg Anthony and Isiah Thomas will be on site as the new-look Timberwolves and first overall NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins take the floor for a scrimmage and team dunk contest. Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 26th, 2014 at 4:43 PM
By Matt Graber
After a flurry of recent additions, the Washington Wizards' 20-man training camp roster looks to be finalized. In addition to the 14 players the Wizards have already signed to the regular season roster, six new signees will be competing for the 15th and final roster spot. With a Ray Allen signing looking less and less likely, the Wizards will most likely choose their 15th man from among these six (or leave the spot open). Here's a closer look at the six men vying to become the newest Wizard.
Xavier Silas, SG/PG Age: 26 College: Colorado, Northern Illinois NBA Career: Main Red Claws (D-League, 2011-2012, 2012-2013), Philadelphia 76ers (2012) NBA Statistics: 19.5 MPG, 5.5 PPG, 1.5 APG, 2.0 RPG
Silas was a training camp invitee last season and will be hoping to make it a step further this season. After suffering a gruesome facial injury in 2012, Silas hasn't been able to stick on an NBA roster. But his size and shooting ability could help elevate him above his competition. He was sixth in the nation in scoring as a senior at NIU, and he's familiar with the Wizards' team and organization. He's the most likely to earn the 15th roster spot, where he could potentially replace the injured Garrett Temple as a third string combo guard.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 23rd, 2014 at 12:08 PM
By Matt Graber
The Washington WIzards have added three more names to the competition for their final roster spot. Shams Charania of RealGM is reporting that the team has signed veteran Rasual Butler to a non-guaranteed contract, while Jorge Castllo of the Washington Post notes that Vander Blue and Jamaal Franklin have been working out at the Verizon Center. Unlike Butler, Blue and Franklin haven't formally been invited to camp, but with the Wizards having a couple spots still open, they seem like likely additions. The trio will join Xavier Silas and Damion James in the competition for the team's 15th roster spot.
As previously noted, the team has continued their pursuit of free agent Ray Allen, reaching out to him yet again. But with Allen still unsure of whether he will return for another season and with several other teams vying for his services, he still seems like a long shot. The Wizards could add one of the aforementioned players as the 15th man, or they could choose to leave the spot open.Read more... Join the Conversation...