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In today's Washington Wizards links, the team scrimmages before a couple hundred season ticket holders and team owner Ted Leonsis speaks to the media about his expectations for the season.

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Eat-your-heart-out training camp links:

  • The Wizards scrimmaged before a couple hundred season ticket holders yesterday. The "white" team, comprised of Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Trevor Booker, A.J. Price, Cartier Martin, Earl Barron and Brian Cook emerged victories, defeating the "blue" team, 32-14. [CSN Washington | Highlights]
  • After sitting out media day, Ted Leonsis spoke at length with the media last night and touched on a number of subjects, including his expectation that the Wizards vie for a playoff spot despite John Wall's knee injury. [Wizards Insider | Washington Times | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington | Truth About It]
  • Ted also swished a couple practice shots during practice. Sign him up!! [Wizards.com]
  • Hey! Look who joined Matt Moore of CBS Sports to chat about Wall's injury and how the Wizards plan to cope with his absence for the first month of the season.
  • The Wizards are having fun practicing and getting to know each other out in Fairfax, which Chris Singleton astutely points out isn't all that far from D.C. [Wizards Insider | CSN Washington]
  • A new crop of veterans has made this training camp feels a bit more serious and focused than in recent years. [Washington Post | Washington Times | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington | CBS DC]
  • We've talked about this before, but the Wizards are actually pretty good at making corner three-point shots, and no one was better at finding open shooters in the corner last season than John Wall. I'm guessing they should try and shoot more corner 3s. [Truth About It]
  • Randy Wittman went out of his way to praise Jordan Crawford on the second day of training camp. [Us | Wizards Insider | CSN Washington]
  • Wittman also likes what he's seen from the Wizards' second-year players so far. [Washington Times]
  • Kurt Helin sees the Wizards finishing well under .500 this season and a spot or two out of the playoffs. [ProBasketballTalk]
  • Per usual, John Hollinger has almost nothing good to say about the Wizards. [ESPN]
  • Part of ESPN The Magazine's awesome D.C.-themed issue is this story on Wall and whether he's still in position to save the Wizards franchise. [ESPN]
  • Wittman's most immediate task is finding a temporary replacement for Wall, and it sounds like Price, Shelvin Mack and Jannero Pargo will all get an honest shot at the job. [Washington Post]
  • The potential battle for the starting shooting guard spot between Crawford and Beal could be rendered moot if Wittman tabs the veteran to fill in for Wall at point guard. [Washington Times]
  • Since Caron Butler left town, the Wizards cycled through Josh Howard, Al Thornton and Rashard Lewis at small forward before drafting Singleton last year. This season, Wittman has some options at the position with Singleton, Ariza, Martin and Martell Webster all vying for minutes. [Washington Post | CSN Washington (Singleton, Martin)]
  • Thomas wonders whether age and injury are catching up with Nene and if Singleton can develop his offensive game enough to earn major minutes this season.
  • Jan Vesely's pops believes his son can start for the Wizards if he has confidence in his outside shot. [Truth About It]
  • Kevin Seraphin's continued development will go a long way towards giving the Wizards an offensive threat to complement Nene in the post. [CSN Washington]
  • After suffering the same injury as Nene last season, Trevor Booker is healthy and hoping to pick up some the minutes if his veteran teammate can't go on opening night. [Washington Examiner]
  • The Wizards's potential barely makes this list of 10 things to watch for in the Eastern Conference. [ESPN]
  • I'm not the biggest JaVale McGee or Nick Young fan, but this video of them playing paintball with Gilbert Arenas is pretty awesome.
  • Speaking of McGee, he comes in at No. 12 on #WizardsRank. [Truth About It]
  • Dominic McGuire was among those shipped out of town in the aftermath of GunGate, and he's still trying to re-establish his place in the NBA. Sounds like the Raptors are keen on keeping him around. [Toronto Sun]
  • Here's an update from Mike on the improvements the SB Nation product team has made since launching the site's redesign.
  • The Rockets have worked out a travel plan that will allow rookie Royce White, whose anxiety disorder and subsequent fear of flying have kept him from joining the team for training camp, to take a bus on some road trips. [MyFoxHouston | Washington Examiner]
  • Most NBA players seem to like the the league's new anti-flopping policy, but their union isn't taking it lying down, probably because doing so costs up to $30,000 now. ZING! [SB Nation | TrueHoop | Yahoo! Sports | ESPN | Dallas Morning News]
  • Could Dwight Howard finally be growing a backbone in L.A.? [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Sounds like Peyton Manning is about to become a part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. [SB Nation | ESPN | Ball Don't Lie]