Questions linger as ‘new team’ gathers for Wizards media day
had never been as pronounced as it was Monday.
The scene wasn’t just foreign for Mahinmi, who signed a four-year, $64 million contract in July, and the other new Wizards.
Just allow Marcin Gortat, the locker room megaphone, to explain. “We’ve obviously got a new team, and what I mean by that is not only the players, but we have a new [public relations] guy, we have a new guy in the weight room, we have a new trainer, we have a few new guys in marketing. I mean, we do have a completely new team,” Gortat said.
“And just because we’re called Washington Wizards doesn’t mean that everything is the same thing,” Gortat continued. “We have a lot of new things in the team, including the carpet in the locker room. It’s fresh. We have a nice logo.”
Gortat even noticed that players now have access to not one, but two coolers filled with Regular-season opener
Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi followed a team aide to the various photo backdrops set up across the practice court. On Monday morning, he was asked to pose like an emoji, lip sync to a Justin Timberlake song, smile then grimace with and without a basketball — as well as meet 17 new teammates for the first time.
In an strange way, Mahinmi understood what it felt like to be a 4-year-old girl.
“I just dropped off my oldest this morning at school,” Mahinmi said of his daughter, Camille. “Today was her first day, too.”
For the first time, the 2016-17 Wizards gathered as a whole in the same space during the team’s media day. Though the organization pressed the reset button in April (hiring a new coach) and through the offseason (bringing in six players, not including the training camp signees), this renovation stage Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Wizards guard John Wall, at right with Bradley Beal in November, said Monday he was “just taking my time” after offseason surgeries on both knees. Gatorade.
Though John Wall continues to work out and coach Scott Brooks expects him to participate in some activity as the team starts training camp in Richmond, Va., this morning, there still is no indication if he will appear in one of the team’s preseason games.
“I’m doing great, I’m feeling great. I’m in no rush. I’m just listening to what our doctors and training staff say,” said Wall, who had surgeries on both knees. “I’m just taking my time.”
Just as he did during the summer, Wall fielded questions about expectations for training camp and beyond. The Wizards have not publicly shared a timeline for Wall’s return.
“I want to play the whole season, but it’s all up to [how] my body is reacting when I’m on the court,” Wall said.