When Wizards players returned to the locker room after Friday’s open scrimmage, they were greeted with a pair of Beats by Dre studio headphones with a little note that read, “Bom jogo. Let’s get it!”
Bom jogo is a Portuguese phrase that means “good game” and is clearly a reference to the team’s upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro, where the Wizards will take on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 12 in the first ever NBA exhibition game in Brazil.
“We came back in the locker room, they was sitting on our chairs,” forward Trevor Booker said. “They were special Brazilian ones. I thought they was just the regular ones, but I opened them up and was like, ‘Those things tough.’ ”
John Wall provided the headphones for all of his teammates, as he did earlier this year. Back in February, Wall got all of his teammates Beats by Dre headphones and the Beats Pill. He also got them Samsung Galaxy Notes, personalized with the team logo and their uniform numbers.
The Wizards will begin the exhibition season Tuesday against Brooklyn, but Wall is clearly looking forward to the team’s first international trip since it traveled to Berlin and Barcelona to play exhibition games against the New Orleans Hornets in October 2008. Wall has already taped a few videos in advance of the trip, with Brazilian native Nene assisting him with his Portuguese.
“The only place I’ve been overseas is China,” said Wall, who went on a promotional tour with Adidas over the summer. Going to Brazil “will be exciting. My mom is going with me so that’s good.”
Veteran forward Al Harrington laughed when he was asked if the trip to Brazil was extra incentive to sign with the Wizards as a free agent. “You know what, man?” Harrington said, pausing to chuckle. “Nah, it didn’t have nothing to do with it. We’re bring our families and stuff, so it’s going to be a good trip. Good bonding time for not only the guys but the wives and stuff. So we’re looking forward to it.”
Harrington was impressed with Wall’s generosity. “I always love when someone is thinking of me. I don’t get too many gifts too often,” he said. “I guess that was from John that was a good gesture from a young player. They was just Beats by Dres. The good fancy ones. Might can flip ‘em on the corner for about $300.”