Today is Wizards Media Day! Scott Brooks will speak to the media at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET at the Medstar Wizards Performance Center in Congress Heights. From there, players will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.
Diamond Holton and Desmond Hester are there. So am I. Check this thread regularly for updates throughout the day!
10:25 a.m. — Welcome to the MedStar Wizards Performance Center in Congress Heights! Scott Brooks is expected to speak with the media shortly. In the meantime, we are locked and loaded!
10:43 a.m. — Scott Brooks is now speaking to the media. As you might expect, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and Troy Brown aren’t practicing due to injuries they suffered. CJ Miles is also not practicing.
Also, the players are coming out just a little early.
11:02 a.m. — Here are some more tidbits from Brooks’ session with media, especially with the forward rotation.
Coach Brooks anticipates Hachimura playing the Power Forward position most of the time. Also can see using Rui as the ball handler up the court to set up plays.#WizMediaDay— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) September 30, 2019
“The small forward starting spot is currently wide open” - Coach Brooks#WizMediaDay— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) September 30, 2019
11:30 a.m. — Diamond has been in the main room for some of the player press conferences. Here are some quotes from them.
“I’m looking forward to the Olympics for sure, but right now I want to focus on the upcoming basketball season and help the team wherever I can” - Rui Hachimura#WizMediaDay— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) September 30, 2019
Bradley Beal on Rui:— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) September 30, 2019
He hasn’t been taught Japanese phrases yet, but likes that he’s a 3/4. “We can mold him into why we want him to be.”
Also noted that Rui is more soft spoken than he is!#WizMediaDay
And here is John Wall talking about the Mystics’ runn
12:15 p.m. — There is a lull in game action in-between photo shoots and one-on-ones which we will have out later this week.
In the meantime, seeing the process behind how players pose for the cameras is quite interesting.
And also, Chick-Fil-A is a hit with the reporters and maybe even the players as well.
The MedStar Wizards Performance Center is also home of the Mystics. A couple notable players were in the background while all the photos were going on.
Saw LaToya Sanders and Elena Delle Donne walking by the gym.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) September 30, 2019
The Mystics are probably practicing at the arena with Game 2 of the WNBA Finals tomorrow.#WizMediaDay
12:35 p.m. — Wizards Media Day is starting to slow down a bit. This may be the last post of this running blog and we want to share some more pictures and video from it!
Desmond captured this video of Troy Brown interviewing Bradley Beal about who has the best shoes. This is one snippet from our relaunched Instagram account @BulletsForever!