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The Wizards let Trevor Ariza walk in free agency and added Paul Pierce, who still has something left in the tank. They also re-signed Marcin Gortat, and added DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries.
The Wizards are surely hoping Marcin Gortat duplicates the year he had last year. Is there a world, though, where he could be even better? This is our third Summer Checklist piece where we break down an area of weakness each player on the roster can improve.
Feb 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall talk in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports We're still a couple of weeks away before teams start heading to training camp.
Apr 27, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Wizards guard Bradley Beal celebrate in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 98-89.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are both still playing professional basketball in the NBA, and it's still not for the Celtics, unfortunately. Even weirder: It's not even together.
The Wizards made a surprising playoff run last season. Will they be able to build on their success this year and take the next step to serious contention? What role should the playoffs play in setting our expectations? Should teams be judged based on their accomplishments in May and June or their accomplishments from November through April? Should a team be expected to replicate or surpass their previous season's playoff record or their regular season record? The Golden State Warriors won 51 games, outscored opponents by nearly five points a game, and lost in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson scores the game-tying basket as Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat defends in the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Bobcats won 94-88 in overtime.
But after a visit to Ryan Middle School's Baylor College of Medicine Academy for the Rockets' Clutch City Checkmate Challenge, he is more confident in his game. Ariza, along with guard Troy Daniels and general manager Daryl Morey attended the event at the middle school where Morey spoke about strategy to the school'd chess club and then all three joined the players to play against American Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar.
Stephen Curry dribbles the ball up the court, crosses up his overmatched defender, rises with picture-perfect form and uses his quick release to splash a self-created triple through the basket to give his Golden State Warriors a lead. Simultaneously, but all the way across the country, John Wall is using his speed to help the Washington Wizards.
Sep 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard Xavier Silas poses for a portrait during Wizards media day at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports We're a few weeks away from the start of training camp, and for the most part, we know what each NBA roster will look like before the regular season begins.
John Wall is normally a Cowboys fan , but he's also willing to take one for the team, especially if a customized jersey is involved . Thus, you get him watching yesterday's Washington-Jacksonville game with a special guest: Kevin Durant.
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Apr 11, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario waves to the crowd as the Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 96-86 at Amway Center. Hilario finished with a team-high 17 points.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:10 pm
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