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The Wizards get a head start to training camp this year due to their Japanese preseason games

Media Day is on Sept 23 and training camp begins Sept. 24.

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The Wizards will be traveling to Japan this year and get a head start to training camp.
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The Washington Wizards will host their Media Day on Sept. 23 and begin training camp on Sept. 24. This is a few days earlier than the NBA’s normal date of Sept. 27 because Washington will play two preseason games in Japan this year.

The Wizards will play the Golden State Warriors on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 at Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo. This should be a very exciting set of games for two reasons. First, these games allow forward Rui Hachimura to play two games in his home country. And second, the Warriors are the NBA’s defending champions. While these are preseason games, the Wizards’ starters should get some time against their Golden State counterparts for various stretches. That will allow them to see how well they stack up against a top ranked team.

Are you glad that the Wizards are starting their preseason a little early? And do you think the crowd for the Wizards vs. Warriors games will be a bit more friendly than a similar game at Capital One Arena? Let us know in the comments below.