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Wizards Insider: June, 2012

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Wizards hope Satoransky will play in Las Vegas Summer League

Wizards hope second-round pick Tomas Satoransky will participate in Las Vegas.

By Matt Breen and Mark Giannotto  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Live blog: Bradley Beal news conference

A day after he celebrated his 19th birthday by being drafted third overall in the NBA draft, Bradley Beal is introduced by the Wizards

By Matt Breen  |  01:59 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/29/2012

John Wall to Bradley Beal: ‘Stay strong’

Wizards point guard John Wall offers some advice to the team’s 2012 top draft pick.

By Matt Breen  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman: Bradley Beal’s a character person

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman feels lucky to get a player like Bradley Beal.

By Matt Breen  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Wizards take Tomas Satoransky in second round

Washington goes overseas to draft Czech guard Tomas Satoransky.

By Matt Breen  |  10:58 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Wizards relieved to get Bradley Beal

President Ernie Grunfeld, Coach Randy Wittman were keenly aware of trade rumors before making pick.

By Gene Wang  |  09:16 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Wizards select Bradley Beal with No. 3 pick in the NBA draft

Washington needs an offensive pulse and they may have found it by taking shooting guard Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in the NBA draft.

By Matt Breen  |  07:50 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Wizards’ Ernie Grunfeld: ‘We feel good about where we are’

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld spoke to Mike Wise on Wednesday about the upcoming NBA draft, the trade, and plans for Andray Blatche.

By Michael Lee  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Harrison Barnes hopes his ‘game is more suited to the pro level’

Harrison Barnes discusses Michael Jordan, how his game might translate to the NBA and how he might fit in with the Wizards if selected third overall.

By Michael Lee  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 06/28/2012

Bradley Beal to wear different number in NBA

Bradley Beal is considered the favorite to go third to the Wizards in Thursday’s draft and he has already decided that he won’t ask to wear the number Michael Jordan wore in Washington.

By Michael Lee  |  09:50 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/27/2012

2012 NBA draft: Bradley Beal boasts an all-around game

Bradley Beal’s AAU coach praises the guard’s versatility and strong family ties. Several mock drafts have him going to the Wizards.

By Matt Breen  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Wizards’ draft position attracting attention

As Thursday’s NBA draft draws near, teams are contacting the Wizards about possibly moving up to No. 3 to take Thomas Robinson.

By Michael Lee  |  12:46 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Jay Bilas: “It’s not a draft of a lot of superstars”

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas discussed Thursday’s NBA draft in a conference call and said the “best-scenario” for the Wizards is having Bradley Beal fall to them at No. 3.

By Michael Lee  |  08:22 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

How Ernie Grunfeld has used the NBA draft in Washington

Looking ahead to Thursday’s NBA draft by looking back at the past eight NBA drafts under President Ernie Grunfeld: The trades, the quality picks, the busts, and the yet-to-be determined.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Trevor Ariza impressed with John Wall, thinks Wizards can be a playoff team

Trevor Ariza says John Wall’s jumpshot has improved.And he believes the Wizards can make the playoffs.

By Matt Breen  |  12:24 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Emeka Okafor says his health is fine

Emeka Okafor says the left knee injury that caused him to miss the final 39 games was simply a result of the lockout-shortened season.

By Matt Breen  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Highlights from Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza news conference

Veteran players Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza talk to reporters after trade from New Orleans.

By Matt Breen  |  05:08 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  emeka okafur, trevor ariza, wizards, wizards trade, rashard lewis

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Wizards putting big investment in next two years with trade for Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza

From the contracts of John Wall and Coach Randy Wittman to the trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, so much has been tied into the next two years.

By Michael Lee  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Henry Sims is third GU player to work out for Wizards

Ex-Hoyas center among four college players to work out at Verizon Center

By Gene Wang  |  02:46 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Kevin Durant: Trainer praises superstar’s maturity

Kevin Durant’s personal trainer at Montrose Christian recalls how much the lanky player disliked working out, but also how hard he worked.

By Matt Breen  |  10:46 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Wizards draft plans haven’t changed with trade

President Ernie Grunfeld says newly acquired Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza won’t alter what the team does with the No. 3 pick.

By Michael Lee  |  09:49 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Wizards trade Rashard Lewis, No. 46 draft pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza

Washington sends Lewis and No. 46 draft pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.

By Michael Lee  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Harrison Barnes works out for Wizards

Wizards bring in last of top prospects for pre-draft evaluation.

By Gene Wang  |  01:47 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Harrison Barnes quiets concerns about athleticism

Harrison Barnes was known as a consistent and steady scorer in the college, but he proved his elite level athleticism during a surprising showing during the NBA combine.

By Michael Lee  |  10:17 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Wizards audition Andre Drummond

Washington continues evaluation of potential players whom it could select with the No. 3 pick.

By Gene Wang  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Drummond

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Andre Drummond, a high risk and possibly high reward prospect

Connecticut freshman center Andre Drummond will work out for the Wizards on Monday, but he is ready to shed perceptions that he doesn’t have passion for the game.

By Michael Lee  |  10:32 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Drummond

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/17/2012

Kevin Durant: ‘Nothing is guaranteed’

Kevin Durant hates when people tell him that Oklahoma City will have many more chances to win an NBA championship. He believes the Thunder has to seize the opportunity now.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Seven not so lucky for Austin Rivers

Guard stays positive after tough shooting day during workout for Washington Wizards.

By Gene Wang  |  02:53 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist works out for Wizards

Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is among Wizards’ prospective choices at No. 3 overall

By Gene Wang  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist thinks Wizards are “a playoff team” if they draft him at No. 3

Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist discusses how he could help the Wizards, his first time watching Michael Jordan and his burning desire to win.

By Michael Lee  |  06:37 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Wizards get look at Hollis Thompson

Former Hoyas forward was back at Verizon Center to work out for Washington Wizards.

By Gene Wang  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Wizards announce NBA summer league schedule

Five games in six days highlights trip to Las Vegas

By Gene Wang  |  03:19 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Wizards work out Bradley Beal

Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal shows off jumper in Wizards pre-draft workout at Verizon Center.

By Gene Wang  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Bradley Beal hopes to establish own identity in NBA

Bradley Beal, the highest-rated shooting guard prospect, will work out for the Wizards on Thursday, but he’s ready to shed the Ray Allen comparions.

By Michael Lee  |  08:34 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Wizards

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Thomas Robinson works out for Wizards

District native, former Kansas star is prospecitve No. 3 overall pick in NBA draft.

By Gene Wang  |  04:19 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Thomas Robinson wants to get drafted already

Kansas junior and D.C. native Thomas Robinson says he can’t wait for the opportunity to prove that he is the best player in the draft.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma Thunder: NBA Finals breakdown

A position-by-position breakdown of the highly-anticipated, all-weather NBA Finals matchup between LeBron James’s Miami Heat and Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

By Michael Lee  |  04:06 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Jason Clark back at Verizon Center for workout

Ex-Hoyas star works out for Wizards at Verizon Center

By Gene Wang  |  02:48 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Kentucky’s Darius Miller wouldn’t mind playing with friends John Wall, Shelvin Mack

Kentucky guard Darius Miller is among six players, including Georgetown’s Jason Clark - to participate in workout for Wizards. Miller wouldn’t mind playing with John Wall & Shelvin Mack.

By Michael Lee  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Harrison Barnes can’t control the expectations

North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes has had to deal with high expectations for the past two years, but he has learned to not criticism affect him.

By Michael Lee  |  10:31 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 PM ET, 06/10/2012

Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to work out for Wizards this week

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, Florida guard Bradley Beal and Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will work out for Wizards this week at Verizon Center.

By Michael Lee  |  11:01 PM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ‘not worried about my age’

Questions remain about his jumper, but 18-year-old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist answered concerns about his age and maturity in his one season with Kentucky.

By Michael Lee  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Florida’s Bradley Beal not caught up in the hype

Florida freshman Bradley Beal didn’t expect to be a top five pick when he declared for the draft, but he said his rising draft stock will force him to work harder before entering the NBA.

By Michael Lee  |  10:53 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Kevin Durant embraces the moment

Kevin Durant isn’t trying to wait his turn to win an NBA championship. With his steely annihilation of the San Antonio Spurs, Durant showed that he’s going for it.

By Michael Lee  |  09:38 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:53 PM ET, 06/06/2012

NBA draft: Wizards face crucial decision with No. 3 pick

Needing a perimeter player to complement John Wall, the Wizards can’t afford to make a mistake with this year's draft pick.

By Michael Lee  |  07:53 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Highlights from Randy Wittman news conference

Randy Wittman and Ernie Grunfeld explain decision to stick with Wittman and the direction of the team.

By Michael Lee  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Wizards announce that Randy Wittman will remain coach

The team announces that it will retain Randy Wittman as head coach for the 2012-2013 season. A news conference will take place this afternoon.

By Washington Post sports editors  |  11:36 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Flip Saunders on Randy Wittman: ‘He had the guys believing’

Former Wizards coach, now a consultant for the Celtics, applauds decision to extend his successor.

By Michael Lee  |  08:44 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington wizards

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/02/2012

What retaining Randy Wittman means for the Wizards

The immediate goals for the franchise aren’t very high, but the Wizards have to hope that keeping Randy Wittman is the right move.

By Michael Lee  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/01/2012

UPDATE: Randy Wittman to return

After weeks of rumors that Randy Wittman will be retained, two league sources confirm that the Wizards are negotiating a deal that will keep him as coach.

By Michael Lee  |  02:05 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Wizards

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Thomas Robinson would have an interest in playing for the Wizards

The District native and Kansas standout says it would mean a lot to him to play for his hometown team.

By Michael Lee  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thomas Johnson, Wizards, NBA draft lottery

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Ted Leonsis: ‘I don’t want to be in the lottery anymore’

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis says he would rather be elsewhere in May, instead of waiting for Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver to pull a placard from an envelope.

By Michael Lee  |  12:09 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Wizards have several options at No. 3

The Wizards will have several interesting choices after New Orleans takes Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Charlotte goes second.

By Michael Lee  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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