Oct 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Al Harrington (center) talks with shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) and point guard John Wall (2) on the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Nets won 111-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: John Wall on USA, Al Harrington To China And More Wizards Updates

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We’re almost midway through August and there still hasn’t been a shortage of Washington Wizards news. Here are the Wizardly Links for August 11th, 2014.

Enjoy.

- Wall wasn’t too surprised that he got cut from Team USA. He recently spoke about his experience. (via Wiz of Awes)

Although Team USA typically likes to add point guards that could shoot from the outside consistently, they also needed defense and distributing–something that John Wall is better at than arguably any other guard on the roster.

- It looks like Cheddah won’t be playing for the Washington Wizards after all, but he’s still interested in coaching. (via Wiz of Awes)

Al Harrington has dealt with injuries for the past two seasons and hasn’t really been able to contribute much on the floor. With that said, he’s been very valuable in the locker room and even got the opportunity to become an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas.

- Is John Wall an elite defender? (via HoopsHabit)

While Wall is obviously stout as an individual defender, playing team defense is crucial to being a good defender. Everyone has to be crisp on their rotations, quick on their feet, and ready to communicate in order for a defense to run smoothly.

- Remembering when the Washington Wizards dominated the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the semi-finals. (via Bullets Forever)

Often times, a team being down, 3 to 1 in a best-of-seven series generally means that it’s the end of the road. Especially after three straight losses, with the last two at home.

- There’s been lots of debate about whether or not playing international basketball is a smart thing to do. So, the WizardsXTRA crew debated it with a Wizards twist. (via WizardsXTRA)

 I guess it’s good for the experience and to practice with and against the top players in the world. Plus, playing with a team where shooting is important, maybe some of that skill will rub off on John Wall.

That’s it for today’s Wizardly Links.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Hang on. You’ll make it.

 

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