Nick Young, Jan Vesely, Shelvin Mack, Chris Singleton and Jordan Crawford visited season ticket holders in the District, Maryland and Virginia on Monday afternoon, personally delivering tickets for games 6 through 33 in person and thanking the fans for their continued support of the team despite a dismal start. (Tickets for the first five games were delivered separately because of the lockout.)
Young made five stops in the District, including the law firms of Schertler & Onorato and Kirkland & Ellis. At Kirkland & Ellis, Young signed a handful of pictures and talked about basketball with attorney Craig Primis, a partner in the firm.
“My kids love you,”Primis said of his children ages 12, 9 and 7. “They love your fadeaway jump shot.”
“Have they tried it?” Young said.
“Only one tries it on a 10-foot rim,” Primis replied.
Young personalized an autographed photo to each one of Primis’ children, Sam, Luke and Helen.
“I almost pulled them out of school for this,” Primis said.
Young made roughly a half dozen stops in the District, as did Crawford. Vesely visited season ticket holders in Reston, and Singleton covered Alexandria. Mack handed out tickets in Potomac and Bethesda.
The efforts of those players is part of Wizards’ community outreach that comes at a time when the team can use all the good will it can foster. Washington is off to an 0-8 start, the worst in franchise history, and this season has included several instances of players voicing their frustration.
There was a players only meeting, for instance, last week after the Wizards lost to Orlando, 103-85, to drop to 0-6. On Monday, starting forward Rashard Lewis sat out a 93-72 loss to Minnesota with what the team called a sore right knee, but CSN Washington reported he had gotten into an altercation with assistant coach Sam Cassell before tip-off and decided not to play.
On Monday Lewis denied that the confrontation occurred, saying he missed the game to receive treatment. Coach Flip Saunders said of the report, “That’s not true.”
Then after the first game of the season, starting forward Andray Blatche told reporters he should be getting the ball inside more often. His comments came shortly following a 90-84 loss to New Jersey in which the Wizards blew a 21-point lead.