February 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) moves to the basket against the defense of Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) and small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half at Staples Center . Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Kobe Bryant Studies Paul Pierce's Game, Trevor Booker Salute and More

Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce have been rivals for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t learn from each other. That and more on today’s Wizardly Links.

Enjoy.

- Kobe is studying new Washington Wizards forward, Pierce, to become more efficient at an older age. (via Sports Illustrated)

In preparing for this season, Bryant told friends that the player he is analyzing, as an example of adjusting your game as you get older, is fellow 36-year-old Paul Pierce. This is a part of his goal to become “more efficient” on the court.

- Booker is no longer with the Washington Wizards, but he did help turn the franchise around. (via Wiz of Awes)

Trevor Booker may have been undersized at the power forward position (only 6’8″), however he more than made up for it with tenacity and perseverance. He improved immensely this season and it will be tough to see him enhance his skills in an opponent’s uniform.

- The Washington Wizards are expected to be a much better team this upcoming season than they were in the season prior. (via Wiz of Awes)

Although I think the Wizards could meet those expectations, especially because John Wall and Bradley Beal will continue to grow, nothing is given in the NBA and the team still has some question marks heading into this season.

- Porter needs to show some improvement for the Washington Wizards this season. (via HoopsHabit)

It would be an understatement to say that Otto Porter Jr. is excited to turn the page and look ahead to 2014-15. He’ll have the opportunity in training camp to demonstrate to the Wiz coaching staff that he deserves to be a contributing role player off the bench behind an aging Paul Pierce.

 

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