In an attempt to bring more excitement to D.C. for the upcoming Wizards season, Ted Leonsis announced a plan today in which the team will open training camp at midnight on September 28.
ASHINGTON — Midnight madness in the NBA?
The Washington Wizards are stealing an idea from the colleges. They announced Thursday that their first practice at training camp will start at midnight on the morning of Sept. 28.
The Wizards say that the event will have all the fanfare associated with the college version: an open practice for the fans with player introductions and prizes.
It will be the first training camp for the Wizards under new owner Ted Leonsis, whose innovative marketing helped bring in new fans to the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
It’s also the first training camp for the Wizards at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The team wanted a venue closer to Washington after training in Richmond, Va., for six years.
Nice little twist. I’m sure John Wall will be called upon to do his dance for the second straight season as a way to pump up the fans.
Hopefully both Andray Blatche and Yi Jianlian will be ready for the “midnight madness.” Blatche wants to return but may have to sit out longer after having surgery this offseason. Jianlian has an inflamed Achilles from the FIBA World Championships but the injury doesn’t appear serious.