Wizards Look Back On The 2011 NBA Lockout Offseason, Good and Bad
Remember the NBA lockout that commenced in mid-Summer 2011 and extended into fall, making all league fans anxious over whether they’d be able to see professional basketball? Seems like a long time ago now that we are at the end of February 2012 and at the halfway point of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. And for the Washington Wizards, whatever has become of this year and whatever is left almost can’t end soon enough, so the franchise can move forward into the next stage of rebuilding and beyond, whatever that entails.
Wizards players certainly remember life during the lockout, and it wasn’t fun. Now, how much non-fun compared to playing on a 7-26 team? Who knows. It’s easy to imagine that they’d all rather be playing the sport they love, and making money doing so. Earlier this season, before the Wizards faced a Jeremy Lin-less New York Knicks team in what would be their seventh straight loss to open the schedule, I spoke with several Wizards players — Roger Mason Jr., Nick Young, Ronny Turiaf, Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche, Jordan Crawford, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker — about the toughest aspects of the 2011 lockout offseason, and about portions of the time off that weren’t all that bad. Watch…
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