Jan Vesely, the Wizards’ top pick in the 2011 draft, practiced fully Wednesday for the first time since Saturday but couldn’t finish because of a nagging right hip injury that relegated him to the exercise bike.
Vesely said he wasn’t sure when he tweaked his hip but thinks it may have happened during last Thursday’s practice. The 6-foot-11 Czech native played 22 minutes in Friday’s preseason opener and contributed, notching seven points, three rebounds and two steals. But the injury limited him near the end of the contest. He was held out of Tuesday’s 101-94 preseason finale loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite finishing Wednesday’s practice on the sidelines, Vesely said there was improvement in his condition. “I think it’s better,” he said. “Been working every day on it so I think it’s been getting better.”
Wizards’ Coach Flip Saunders described the injury as a “twinge” in Vesely’s hip and said the rookie had told him he had felt it before. The hip has been tested and X-rayed, which have come back negative, Saunders said. Vesely participated fully at the start of Wednesday’s practice but had to stop.
“When he went out to sit and watch a little bit, it tightened up,” Saunders said. “So we pulled him and didn’t take any chances. We just have to make sure now that when we sit him we’ve gotta make sure that he’s active and gets on a bike or something.”
Vesely will try Thursday to practice fully again but will be limited if the twinge sensation returns, Saunders said.