Washington Wizards Media Day is humourously organized chaos woven together with an atmosphere of hopeful optimism for a new season. Players are shuffled from various photo, video and interview stations as they crack jokes with teammates, mingle with organizational staff and mug for the cameras. Many of the fresh faces are also publicly doning their full Wiz uniform for the first time. One of the last stops is the main media scrum where reporters of all stripes jockey for position to quiz the players on a range of topics. How was your summer?; What are your goals for the season?; Can this team make the playoffs?; What is your role? – These are just a few of the routine ways of inducing quotes.
I enjoy this annual show. The overwhelmingly positive and pleasant environment provides an opportunity to dig a little deeper on certain questions that you normally would not ask on game day, off-beat questions that sometimes produce unique responses. This year was no different, as the guys I spoke to are rested and ready for training camp. Below is a compilation of interviews with several Wizards that should get you excited and entertained for the new look season.