WASHINGTON (CBSDC)–The Wizards held practice today one day after being “embarrassed” at home by the San Antonio Spurs.
“Today was the best practice we’ve had, probably all year,” Rookie Bradley Beal said.
As Head Coach Randy Wittman explained that he let the players speak their mind on what they are feeling after an 0-12 start.
“We had a good day today,” Wittman said and added that he had a “good back-and-forth” with the players.
Wittman wouldn’t get into what was said, but Beal said that veteran Martell Webster told Wittman that he needs to stop taking full responsibility for their play.
The Wizards “should” have point guard Shaun Livingston back tomorrow, who was available yesterday if needed, but since it was a blowout wasn’t used and Wittman gave him an extra day to rest his injured right shoulder.
“Shoulder’s good, feels a lot better today,” Livingston said.
Nene (soreness/foot) also could be back tomorrow after missing yesterday’s game. He fully practiced along with Livingston.
Trevor Booker (knee) didn’t practice today and is unlikely to play tomorrow.
John Wall still hasn’t practiced, but continues to make progress doing rehab.
“[Doing] A little bit more each day, progress is being made,” Wittman said on Wall. “No setbacks…that’s a good sign.”
Still no timetable on when Wall or Booker could practice and play.
Former Wizards forward Andray Blatche joined Holden Kushner & Danny Rouhier earlier today to talk about his time with the Wizards among other things. You can listen to the full interview here, but he said the Wizards never had his back. Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman disagreed with that.
“We did everything we could to help him and as we will with every player that ever comes through here.”
The Wizards (0-12) look for their first win tomorrow as they host the Portland Trail Blazers (6-8) who come off a 108-101 loss in Detroit last night.
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Bradley Beal & Shaun Livingston had to say following practice today.
Randy Wittman Practice Audio
Bradley Beal Practice Audio
Shaun Livingston Practice Audio