But Webster has a grasp of what he has been asked to do, and he also wants his teammates to understand what it is going to take for the Wizards to be competitive with so many missing pieces — specifically John Wall and Nene.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re all we got,” Webster said. “Nobody is going to come in here with a cape and save us.”
While observing the Wizards from afar last season, Webster said he could see that the team was fun to watch but was too inexperienced to know what it took to finish games. He said the Wizards should use the past few seasons of mediocrity as motivation.
“Losing,” he said. ‘When you get enough of that, you see attitudes start to change. With me, I’m always going to have a smile on my face, always joking and keeping things loose. But when we get on that court, it’s business.”
Webster scored 14 fourth-quarter points in Charlotte and helped the Wizards cut an 18-point deficit down to six when he stole the ball from Bobcats guard Kemba Walker and converted a three-point play on the other end. After making the free throw, he backpedaled and shouted, “Let’s go!
Wittman was aware of Webster’s shooting ability when he arrived, but he has been pleasantly surprised by his ability to put the ball on the floor and do some of the little things that go unrecognized in the box score.
“He likes playing basketball. I can tell that, just being with him a short bit of time,” Wittman said. “I’m sure it’s a fresh start for him. This is probably one of the first time he’s been healthy through a camp, so far.”
Then, thinking about all of the injuries have already encountered this season — and perhaps recalling Webster tripping over Beal a few minutes before — Wittman leaned against the new mahogany wall in front of the Wizards’ locker room and said, “Knock on wood.”