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John Wall to host unofficial Wizards minicamp in Miami

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The Wizards are not going to let the dog days of summer in August get to them.

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On Saturday, John Wall held his annual backpack giveaway in Washington. It’s the fifth time he has done this for the D.C. area community, in particular for those from underprivileged neighborhoods. Kids who otherwise may not have the supplies they need to do well in school now can thanks to Wall’s generosity. Check out this video snippet from Hoop District:

Wall also talked about the Wizards’ offseason plans now that the roster is more or less set. In another video, he said that there will be an unofficial minicamp in Miami sometime next week after working out privately. Among the attendees? New center Dwight Howard.

Wall, like Ted Leonsis last week, believes the 2018-19 Wizards are the deepest team he’s had. Normally, that means that many assume that the Wizards would be a Top-3 seed at least. But ESPN, among other outlets believe the Wizards will finish seventh. That’s barely making the playoffs like last season.

Preseason expectations for the Wizards tend be rather extreme. When the masses count Washington out, the Wizards have a chip on their shoulder and often hit very close to their potential. But when people start getting on the Wizards bandwagon, the team starts to feel entitled and ultimately disappoint. Considering that the national media doesn’t think very highly of Washington, here’s hoping that the Wizards have a successful unofficial minicamp and a strong 2018-19 season.