Pierce on Wizards contending: ‘Why not us?’

(Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

It took a strong recruiting pitch from since-departed Sam Cassell, but Paul Pierce has arrived in Washington ready to guide his team’s young stars to new heights.

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Pierce on Wizards contending: ‘Why not us?’

Pierce on Wizards contending: ‘Why not us?’

It took a strong recruiting pitch from since-departed Sam Cassell, but Paul Pierce has arrived in Washington ready to guide his team’s young stars to new heights.

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There’s Wall, plus a foundation

There’s Wall, plus a foundation

For the first time in quite a while, the Wizards enter camp seemingly with more answers than questions.

Martell Webster isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared to play

Martell Webster isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared to play

Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years in late June.

Bradley Beal: Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA

Bradley Beal: Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA

Beal and John Wall make for one of the sport’s top backcourts

Rajon Rondo swears he broke his hand when he slipped in the shower

Rajon Rondo swears he broke his hand when he slipped in the shower

At any rate, he’s out six-to-eight weeks.

Little kids ask Kevin Durant about his free agency plans

Little kids ask Kevin Durant about his free agency plans

There’s no escaping the KD2DC questions for Oklahoma City Thunder star.

Otto Porter Jr. is confident as he enters his second season

Otto Porter Jr. is confident as he enters his second season

Porter says his goal is to be “ultra-aggressive” this season.

Rebuilt Wizards roster reflects built-up hopes

Rebuilt Wizards roster reflects built-up hopes

The Wizards enter training camp with their most talented roster in years, one built during a frenzied free agency period.

Billboard crunches Facebook data to chart NFL fans’ music tastes

Billboard crunches Facebook data to chart NFL fans’ music tastes

New York Giants fans have a soft spot for Jay-Z, while Green Bay Packers fans prefer LMFAO.

James still has a lot to prove

James still has a lot to prove

In his first official day back with his old team, LeBron James remains subdued as he focuses on building a contender in Cleveland.

Verizon Center introduces new concessions, including crab cakes, fish and chips, expanded canned beer and bottomless souvenir sodas

Verizon Center introduces new concessions, including crab cakes, fish and chips, expanded canned beer and bottomless souvenir sodas

There are lots of new concession items at Verizon Center this year. Here’s a quick summary.

The NBA’s domestic violence policy could be tested after Jeffrey Taylor’s arrest

The NBA’s domestic violence policy could be tested after Jeffrey Taylor’s arrest

Charlotte Hornets forward was arrested just days after commissioner Adam Silver vowed to “take a fresh look” at the league’s policy.

Playing better at home a priority for Wizards

Playing better at home a priority for Wizards

Including the playoffs, Washington was just 23-23 when playing at Verizon Center last season.

Paul Pierce is already earning rave reviews

Paul Pierce is already earning rave reviews

The veteran free agent acquisition is being lauded for his leadership before training camp even starts.

With a new deal in hand, Gortat settles in

With a new deal in hand, Gortat settles in

A lot has changed in the past year for center Marcin Gortat, who landed a five-year, $60 million extension in the offseason after helping lead the Wizards to their best season in more than 30 years.

Fort Belvoir Army Base to host Wizards practice Oct. 13

Fort Belvoir Army Base to host Wizards practice Oct. 13

The session will satisfy the NBA’s mandate requiring all teams to hold at least one open practice

Charlotte Hornet arrested for domestic violence

Charlotte Hornet arrested for domestic violence

The news involving Jeffery Taylor comes as NBA commissioner Adam Silver reviews his league’s policies toward domestic abusers.

Wizards add John Stockton’s son to finalize training camp roster

Like his father, David Stockton was a point guard at Gonzaga

Kevin Durant uses LeBron James’s avatar when he plays ‘NBA 2K15’

Kevin Durant uses LeBron James’s avatar when he plays ‘NBA 2K15’

The Oklahoma City Thunder standout doesn’t use his own because “that’d be arrogant.“

Top five Eastern Conference storylines

Top five Eastern Conference storylines

With training camps getting underway on Friday, a few personalities and teams will be at the center in the Eastern Conference.

Wizards GM believes Eastern Conference ‘is wide open’

Wizards GM believes Eastern Conference ‘is wide open’

Grunfeld believes the Wizards can compete with any team in the league.

Martell Webster’s return date from back surgery remains unknown

Martell Webster’s return date from back surgery remains unknown

Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years in June.

Wizards sign Vander Blue to training camp contract

Blue appeared in three games for the Celtics last season

Wizards land in unfamiliar territory

Wizards land in unfamiliar territory

With less than a week until training camp begins, Coach Randy Wittman and the Wizards will be burdened with expectations a season after advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Got previous dunking experience? The Wizards are hiring a new mascot

Got previous dunking experience? The Wizards are hiring a new mascot

The team’s last mascot helped John Wall win the dunk contest. Who’s got next?

Wizards’ Marcin Gortat has a mohawk now

The team’s most valuable offseason acquisition may have been Paul Pierce, or it may have been Gortat’s mohawk.

Magic Johnson says Danny Ferry “deserves a second chance“

Magic Johnson says Danny Ferry “deserves a second chance“

Johnson’s issues a series of tweets after talking to the Hawks general manager, who is on a leave of absence.

Wizards sign Daniel Orton to training camp roster

Orton played on the Wizards’ summer league team

Wizards might bring in David Stockton for training camp

David is Hall of Famer John Stockton’s son

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