On game days after morning shootarounds, the Wizards’ Martell Webster and Jan Vesely have begun a tradition of trying to make extreme baskets before heading to the locker room. They stand in the far corner of the arena and shoot at the near basket, a shot that forces them to clear the backboard from behind before going in.
“I don’t know how it started,” Jan Vesely told Monumental Network. “I think Martell just tried shooting once and the we just continued doing it after every shootaround before we leave.”
Vesely said that the two have gotten pretty good at it.
“At first it took us a lot of shots,” he said. “But in the end it takes about six or seven shots to make it. We’re getting better at this.”
As for who is better, Vesely is taking those honors for himself.
“I am,” he said. “I think I get lucky with this one. It’s just a trick shot. I think I have more luck than him.”
Webster would probably disagree.
Here’s the video. Trick shots start at the 1:45 mark.
KIDS WRITING LETTERS
Adam Gettis tweeted a pic of a note that a young fan sent to Redskins Park for him. At least we assume it’s from a kid.
— Adam Gettis (@NotOnDuty__) January 15, 2014
Antonio Pierce Instagrammed this pic of himself and Ryan Clark with a dig at the Redskins in his message: “Started from the bottom (undrafted & REDSKINS) Now 2 champs back together SUITED AND BOOTED.” Sure, they both began their careers undrafted. But Ryan Clark started with the Giants, so take that however you like.
GEORGE MASON IN TANZANIA
A basketball team in Tanzania is competing while wearing old George Mason women’s basketball jerseys from the early 2000’s. George Mason travels well.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
The Wizards host the Heat at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. Caps at Penguins, 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. All TV/Radio listings here.