Wizards Minicamp Kicks Off Today
The Washington Wizards will start minicamp this morning at Verizon Center in preparation for the Las Vegas Summer League next week. The Wizards will have two-a-day practices today and Sunday and one practice on Monday before heading off to Las Vegas, where the summer league squad opens against Cleveland.
The Wizards young players -- Nick Young, Javaris Crittenton, JaVale McGee and Dominic McGuire -- will be the focal point for this team, which will be coached by assistant Randy Wittman. Flip Saunders will lead the practices and establish his system, although most of the young guys have been getting familiar with it and learning it the past few weeks in voluntary workouts.
I touched on the skills of McGee (a.ka. bigdaddywookie) with video equipment in my story today, but TruthAboutIt.net recently pointed out another surprising side of the 7-foot center. He's actually a decent beat maker. I clicked on his page on ReverbNation, a website for music and social networking, and McGee has been uploading some music under the name, JMAC. The music is raw, some of the beats are okay.
It seems like a decent hobby, but I'm sure most of you would rather see him dunking on somebody or developing a go-to move in the post than hearing him become the next Kanye West or something.
Ernie Grunfeld told me earlier this week that the Wizards will keep an eye on several of the big men they've invited to camp, including Gonzaga 6-foot-11 forward/center Josh Heytvelt, who went undrafted after some boards had him going in the late first round. I also heard that former Wizard James Lang, who played 11 games in 2006-07, has lost some weight since he was last here.
The funny thing about the Wizards' summer league roster is that it wouldn't be much different had they decided to keep the No. 5 pick and drafted Ricky Rubio. Rubio's complicated buyout situation with his Spanish team has his NBA future in limbo and may force him to stick around for a while. The Minnesota Timberwolves seem okay with waiting on him, but the Wizards didn't have that luxury. I know it doesn't matter anymore, but also I found out that the Wizards had Oklahoma City's James Harden ahead of Rubio on their draft board.
I'll have an update after practice, but for a good chuckle, you can check out McGee's video for "Transformers 3: Rise of The McGee."
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