Washington Wizards forwad Jan Vesely participated in three-on-three drills at the end of practice on Thursday, and the No. 6 overall pick said he’s getting close to making his debut as he heals from a hip ailment that has plagued him since the last day of training camp.
Vesely dressed for but did not play in Wednesday night’s 103-85 loss to Orlando that dropped the Wizards to 0-6, their worst start in franchise history. Earlier this week Vesely took part in light workouts before joining teammates in the pregame shootaround on Wednesday.
“I’m not sure that I’m the guy that can make some miracles,” said Vesely, who played in the Euroleague from 2008 through last season. “I just want to start playing when I feel good, and I hope I can help the team. I’ll do my best to play hard and put everything on the court.”
Vesely got a shot in his right hip last week and was evaluated further when the Wizards arrived in Orlando. Coach Flip Saunders determined Vesely was not ready to play, thus pushing his first NBA game to perhaps Friday night against the New York Knicks at Verizon Center.
Vesely didn’t travel with the Wizards for the first two road games last week after developing the flu, but he credited the illness for allowing him to rest and heal.
“I’m feeling good for tomorrow,” Vesely said. “It's on the staff and tomorrow’s practice and how I feel tomorrow. If coach decides to play me and to put me in the game, that’s up to him and of course up to me if I feel good.”