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Report: Veselý Blames Poor Play on Confidence, Nearly Demanded Trade

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Jan Veselý has been a massive disappointment for the Wizards since being selected 6th overall by Ernie Grunfeld in 2011, a relationship which may be on life support if quotes from a recent Czech interview were translated correctly.

According to Lukas Kuba of TruthAboutIt.Net, in an interview Veselý gave in his home language, the former first-rounder ripped the Wizards organization for stifling his growth in the NBA, contributing to his crippling lack of confidence by cutting his minutes, and placing unreasonable weight room expectations on him — all of which nearly resulted in him demanding a trade out of Washington.

All translations [sic] offered by Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow):

“I didn’t want to shoot free throws because I knew that I’d miss them,” Veselý said, according to Kuba. “I didn’t have confidence cuz I knew that I’d play just five minutes.”

It’s true, Veselý’s minutes were cut from almost 19 minutes a game his rookie season, to less than 12 minutes his sophomore year, and his free throw percentage dropped accordingly, from 53 percent to 31 percent.

“At one point of last season, my agent told me if I’d want to ask for a trade, we could try something,” he said.

It gets crazier.

Veselý also refuses to oblige the team’s request for him to gain more muscle mass, according to the report.

After gaining seven pounds following his first year in the league, the 23-year-old forward says he’s doesn’t want to play at more than 253 pounds.

In a nutshell, Veselý summed up his time so far with the Wizards fairly succinctly with the following comment:

“People think when you got to the NBA, then it’s just easy [to stay there] … It’s a lot tougher than anywhere in Europe,” he said, according to Kuba.

Apparently Veselý also had some insight into when fellow Czech Tomas Satoransky, whom the Wiz selected 32nd overall in 2012, plans to depart the Spanish League he’s currently playing in for D.C.

The Wizards organization declined to comment.

If you’re lost in all the attribution, or just feel lost in translation, let 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny explain it to you below.

Read the full array of quotes on Lukas Kuba’s timeline.

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