Amidst a President Obama grassroots event at George Mason University and the forthcoming Columbus Day weekend, the Washington Wizards begun Day 4 of their 2012 Training Camp. Friday’s media-accessible morning session from the Patriot Center focused on maintenance rather than contact drills, after a Wednesday rib injury to newest Wizard guard Jannero Pargo set things back a step.
“He (Pargo) sat out this morning. He has some soreness in the rib area,” said Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman. “This morning was more of a maintenance day for our guys, re-doing everything we put in, no contact at all this morning.” While the media was unable to witness any kind of drills or scrimmage-type play, franchise player John Wall–who is battling his own injury–could be seen shooting free throws with rookie teammate Bradley Beal.
Without Wall (knee) or Pargo (ribs), the Wizards employed Jordan Crawford at point guard during a Thursday night scrimmage. “When coach asks me to play point, I’m going to play point,” said Crawford. “Simple as that. Just being a coach on the floor.” The question is whether or not Coach Wittman will keep Crawford, who wants to be more of a leader this season, on the bench for lead guard duties.
A.J. Price will likely grab the starting point guard role with both Wall and Pargo out, while Shelvin Mack, who backed Wall all of last season, is in a tough spot. Crawford could certainly be used in a combo-guard capacity over Mack, and it’s a role Crawford feels he can fill with ease. “I’m a basketball player,” said Crawford, “you know, you put me out there, Coach wants me to do something, I can do it. I’ve been doing it all my life and now I’m trying to bring it to the NBA.”
The Wizards will seek X-rays in order to see how Pargo’s strained ribs look, but it’s the type of injury which could keep the veteran out for the rest of training camp if not longer.
From Washington Examiner:
“It just kind of hurt even making pass, running up and down the court,” Pargo said. “Hopefully we get it checked and it’s not too bad.”
[…] “I think it’s something only time can heal. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it seems.”
The Wizards will continue training at George Mason University (GMU) Saturday then visit the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday afternoon for their first exhibition of the 2012-13 Preseason. After the game, the Wizards will resume training camp at GMU until Tuesday night.