Links: Randy Wittman impressed by Wizards' conditioning on first day of training camp

Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In today's Washington Wizards links, Randy Wittman is pleased with his team's conditioning during the first day of training camp.

Looks like everyone stopped smoking over the offseason links:

  • Randy Wittman was impressed with the Wizards' conditioning on the first day of training camp. When was the last time we heard that? [Wizards Insider]
  • The race to (temporarily) replace John Wall is on, and Wittman wants those vying for the starting point guard spot to simply play within themselves. [Washington Times]
  • No surprise here, but Bradley Beal is ready to accept more responsibility than should be expected of a 19-year-old rookie. [Washington Post | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington]
  • If Beal had his choice, sounds like he agrees with Jake that Jordan Crawford might be the best option to start at point guard in Wall's absence. [Truth About It]
  • Somewhat surprisingly, Shelvin Mack ran with the ones to open camp, but that might just be due to his familiarity with Wittman versus newcomers A.J. Price and Jannero Pargo. [Washington Examiner]
  • Highlights and interviews from the first day of camp. [Wizards.com]
  • Wall may be on the sidelines, but Wittman doesn't plan on slowing the Wizards down any. [CSN Washington]
  • Is there a possibility this team could be even faster than we're used to? [Wizards Extreme]
  • Wall is hurt and Nene still isn't healthy enough to play, so the last thing Wizards coaches and fans wanted to see was Beal take a hard fall on the first day of camp. Don't worry thought, he was fine. Phew. [Washington Times]
  • Sounds like the Wizards' veteran "Trevor" will be known by his first name while the youngster will go by "Book." [Washington Examiner]
  • It's tough to be an optimistic Wizards fan these days. No worries, the players will look on the bright side for us. [Washington Times]
  • Crawford isn't too stoked for two-a-days. [Wizards.com]
  • Ted recalls the terror which seized the region a decade ago when the D.C. snipers went on their three-week killing spree. [Ted's Take]
  • Serialized fiction is becoming a thing, and a new digital novel is experimenting even further with the concept by releasing certain episodes based on where the reader is located. One of those episodes is told by a Wizards' bench player who's meeting the president after winning the 2015 NBA championship. So at least in some universe the Wizards will be winners soon. [TrueHoop]
  • When he was head coach of the Cavaliers, Mike Brown always thought that Eddie Jordan's Wizards teams were the toughest to defend. So when it came time to revamp the Lakers' offense, Brown decided to bring in Jordan and install the Princeton system. [SI]
  • Dwight Howard recently said his aim was to be ready for the Lakers' regular season opener. Now he thinks he might be able to play in the preseason. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The Knicks are about to become the oldest team in NBA history. Dayum. [SI]
  • Shane Battier isn't so sure about the NBA's new flopping rule, partially because refs have told him he needs to flop in order to get legitimate foul calls. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • If there were such a thing as a "must watch" preseason game, here's a list of some good ones, including the Oct. 15 Brooklyn-debut of the Nets versus the Wizards. [SI]
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