The Washington Wizards were reportedly interested in setting up a ‘mini-camp’ prior to the start of their actual training camp in September, but from the looks of it, they’ve already begun working out together at the Verizon Center.
Instead, John Wall, Martell Webster and rookies Otto Porter and Glen Rice have been working out there this week.
Nene, Bradley Beal and most players on the roster are expected to be training together after the Labor Day weekend.
Washington is obviously trying to fulfill their playoff aspirations for the first time in half a decade. John Wall, who recently signed a 5-year contract extension with the Wizards, has showed his ability to lead the team by setting up a camp during the off season. Most NBA teams are reluctant to begin the process before it’s necessary, so I’m extremely glad the Wizards are getting a head start before the competition.
Even though some are skeptical about how much these mini-camps actually help, it certainly doesn’t hurt for the team to mesh a bit before the regular season. For Otto Porter and Glen Rice, these organized workouts give them an opportunity to get a feel for some of their new teammates prior to the start of this upcoming season. Porter has stressed the difficulty in learning the change of pace in the NBA, especially since he’s entering his first season, so having John Wall around definitely couldn’t hurt.
The Wizards will begin their actual training camp with the coaching staff next month, so we’ll keep you updated on the latest.