Aside from several team-building activities and community relations events, the Wizards have experienced some encouraging developments on the practice court as well this week in Brazil.
The first became obvious when the team arrived at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo facility in Rio de Janeiro for its first practice and reserve forward Chris Singleton stepped on the court without the assistance of crutches – just three weeks after suffering a Jones fracture in his left foot. Singleton has been taking stand-still jumpers in his sneakers after practices and wears a protective walking boot when moving around in street clothes.
The Wizards announced last month that Singleton would miss six to eight weeks with his injury, which would make his earliest return in late October. Coach Randy Wittman will remain cautious with him.
“He hasn’t done anything, but he’s got a shoe on,” Wittman said with a shrug. “I don’t know what the timetable is, but he’s making progress.”
The timetable for forward Trevor Booker appears clearer. If he is able to get through Saturday’s morning shootaround without complications with his sore right knee, Booker stands a strong chance of getting some action against the Chicago Bulls.
“We’ll see. I think so,” Wittman said of Booker’s chances of playing. “Two days, he’s practiced full. As long as he doesn’t have any soreness, we’ll probably give him some minutes.”
Booker missed the preseason opener against Brooklyn and has been eager to get out on the court after having his training camp interrupted with injury for the second season in a row. The Wizards could certainly use another rebounding forward in the absence of Emeka Okafor and Booker has been an aggressive, high-energy player when healthy.
“I’d say I’m about 90 percent, so that’s a real good sign for me,” Booker said of his knee injury. “I’m hoping, going forward, I can keep it that way. I’m not sure how many minutes I’m going to play but I guess we’ll see.”