The first unofficial game of the year is here and Wizards lockers have been shifted around just like the roster, for the most part. Gilbert Arenas still has his corner real estate, but no longer an extra, empty locker next to him … Kevin Palmer is there, while he remains on the team.
Sean Marks and Adam Morrison are the only two players sharing a locker … read into that what you will. The French-speaking duo of Hamady Ndiaye and Kevin Seraphin are placed next to each other … the former having a firm grasp of English after four years at Rutgers, the latter not so much.
And John Wall? Well, he’s on the far opposite end of the locker room from Arenas, which should make Tony Kornheiser happy. But also keep in mind, Wall takes over Antawn Jamison’s old corner locker right near the training room. A captain is a captain.
As you’ve probably heard, Gilbert Arenas won’t be making his home debut tonight … to see what the fans think of him. Evidently he told Flip Saunders that his knee was sore this morning. Who hasn’t called in to their boss with a mental health day before? (If that’s the case.) In his place, Nick Young will be starting, which is a pretty big chance for him to grasp.
The other starting lineup adjustment will be Yi Jianlian starting at the center spot instead of JaVale McGee — either a reward to Yi for his good play in the preseason so far, or a challenge/message to young Epic Vale. However you want to chop it up.