Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said he would release it on DVD, but footage of Washington Wizards rookies singing karaoke last Wednesday remains unseen. Still, it was the talk of the Verizon Center on Media Day Thursday.
Flashback to the Tuesday before, Wizards rookie guard Shelvin Mack was asked if he had been hazed yet, and if he had a song ready to sing (as singing in front of an audience is tradition for team rooks during training camp).
“I had to get some donuts, it wasn’t too bad, but I haven’t had to sing anything in front of anyone … I got one [song] prepared just in case they try to pop one out on me.”
That “in case” happened during dinner at Hill Country Barbecue Market near DC’s Chinatown/Penn Quarter section. Mack, along with fellow rookies Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton, were made to bellow out tunes, karaoke style. According to Leonsis, Vesely brought the house down with a Serbian polka, while Andray Blatche revealed that the Singleton and Mack duo butchered a rap song.
The media peppered Vesely about more details on the polka, but he played coy. Rashard Lewis had one verdict on Jan’s version of Serbian Idol, “It sounded like he was just screaming up there the whole time.”
Jordan Crawford said Vesely had the audience involved: “He got into it, got the whole crowd into it.”
Lewis also relayed that Mack and Singleton’s song was “Riding Around, Getting It.” The Google machine spits out “Spend It” by Tity Boi, but it still is unconfirmed if this was the actual song. Of Mack’s lyrical skills, Lewis said, “Shelvin did get a little tounge twisted with the words, but it was all out of fun.”