And, they consistently fed the ball inside to McGee to let him work on his low post moves. The team finished with a 2-5 record, but Wall was encouraged that the players continually battled and fought.
“That’s one thing we got to learn as a young team, when you’re down 20, 15, there is always a way to come back. You get a couple of stops here and there, a couple of points. We’ve got to not get our heads down,” Wall said. “I think we can have a good year whenever it starts and everybody is fully healthy.” Aside from the games, the players spent considerable time after games, laughing and joking, discussing the lockout, plays that worked and didn’t. The day after the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight, Crawford hung out in Lewis’s hotel room and the two talked about life, and Lewis’s experience as a newlywed.
“The Wizards, they knew me as a basketball player, but they didn’t how I was off the court, how I act,” said Crawford, who joined the Wizards in February after the team made a deadline deal with Atlanta. “That camaraderie off the court is going to help and I think that’s why the [NBA champion Dallas] Mavericks worked so well. If you look at all their interviews, they always said Dirk [Nowitzki] was the best player, without no controversy. They didn’t try to take no shine, so, I think that’s the main thing we’ve got to overcome.”
Blatche said that he would try to organize another players-only workout session next month with more players if the lockout continues. Lewis said Blatche’s last training session didn’t pan out because of “a little bit of bad communication,” and added that players tried to convince Blatche to come to Las Vegas. Abunassar plans to set up another training series in Las Vegas if the lockout continues, but Lewis felt the Wizards would also do something on their own. “Most definitely, we will get together and do something in D.C.,” said Lewis, whose family is already in Washington and alternates back and forth from Houston.
Wall has suggested that the Wizards organize a session in Los Angeles, since Wall, Crawford, McGee and Nick Young train there in the offseason. First-round draft pick Jan Vesely is expected to arrive in Los Angeles next week to work out during the lockout as well.
Crawford doesn’t care where the Wizards train, so long as they get together more often. “I think it needs to happen,” Crawford said. “To me, it just seems like the owners got us by our — I can’t really use the word, but they got us. It’s complicated really. With how serious the owners are about taking it to the players [with the lockout], we have to start now, so they can take us serious. I just want to be taken serious. That’s the only thing.”