It's been a long week for me, though I hope it wasn't quite so bad for you. Let's go through some of the top stories of this week.
Wizards go 2-2 in the last seven days, play Philly tonight
On Fiday, the Wizards beat the Pistons, 98-86 in Markeiff Morris' Washington debut in the second game of that back-to-back-to-back. On Saturday, they played the Miami Heat and lost badly, 114-94. I wouldn't be too harsh on them for it though.
After a couple days off, the Wizards beat the Pelicans at home, 109-89, but they followed that up with a disappointing 109-105 loss on the road to the Chicago Bulls who have been even more injury depleted than the Wizards as of late. On the bright side of the loss, Alan Anderson finally suited up and played a few minutes.
The Wizards will remain on the road tonight as they play the Philadelphia 76ers.
Welcome to D.C., J.J
Hickson that is. Since the Wizards traded both Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for Markeiff Morris, the roster was at 14 players. Hickson's addition finalizes the roster.
Gortat gives fans tickets at the Polish Embassy
Last Monday, Marcin Gortat gave three Wizards fans a pair of tickets for the March 5 contest against the Indiana Pacers which is Polish Heritage Night. I had a chance to ask Douglas Reyes-Ceron, the first winner of the contest, a few questions on his experience.
I would have expected tot just receive my tickets, take a selfie with Gortat and Polish Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf, and go about his way. I would have never expected to see the Embassy staff wave flags and treat me like a hero on the way.
Kevin Durant doesn't apparently want to be a Wizard
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports dropped a notable quote last weekend on Jason McIntyre's radio show that the Oklahoma City Thunder was not interested in playing for the Wizards or any team where he couldn't win a championship quickly. Take it for what it is.
Mystics News: The Washington Posts fulfill International commitments
Emma Meesseman is ballin' for Belgium
On Saturday, she scored 29 points and 14 points in a win over Poland for Belgium in EuroBasket qualifiers. The video tape shows just how good she can be when a team's system is revolved around her strengths. Check out our StoryStream to read more on how she's been doing.
Stefanie Dolson participates in USA Basketball Training Camp
While Emma Meesseman was rollin' with Belgium, Dolson traveled stateside to her old stomping grounds at UConn. No, she wasn't there to hang out with the current crop of Huskies players, but rather to take part of the American national team's training camp.
The camp was closed to the public, but we did get to see her make one highlight here
and "officially" end camp.
Again, I'm not holding out hope that Dolson becomes the Mystics' first Team USA Olympian since Chamique Holdsclaw and Nikki McCray back in the 2000 Olympics. But I like her positive attitude and think that she will have a great chance be on the 2020 Olympic team for sure.
To check up on what Team USA did over the week, click here to get to USA Basketball's site.
Best features outside of Bullets Forever
Michael Lee of The Vertical spent four days with the Wizards and had a chance to chronicle the Wizards' first three-games in three-day stretch for the year. Our own Mike Sykes added more analysis here.
Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post had a feature on Markeiff Morris and what the impact of his trade will have on a more personal level. He is from Philadelphia, so playing on an Eastern Conference team will give him more opportunities to be near home.
Osman Baig of Wiz of Awes wrote that the Wizards should consider making some changes to their core players and other key figures. He didn't go so far to say that Wall should be traded, but the Chicago loss on Wednesday certainly shows that there are moves that should be made, even toward the top of their organization.
That's all I have in this last week of news. Enjoy your weekends.