Fresh 'Pixel-and-Roll' Podcast Show: Evaluating the Preseason Storylines | Wizards Blog Truth About

Fresh ‘Pixel-and-Roll’ Podcast Show: Evaluating the Preseason Storylines

Updated: October 21, 2015

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Training camp for the Washington Wizards started 23 days ago. The season opens a week from today. The early returns have been mostly positive, and the Wizards sport a 4-1 record in their exhibition campaign. The transition to the new small-ball offense has been smoother than many of us expected, although now the defense could be an issue. Otto Porter, with an improving 3-point shot (5-9, 55.6% in the preseason), continues to show that he can be the replacement for Paul Pierce. John Wall and Bradley Beal look ready to play at elite levels. Marcin Gortat, now wearing No. 13, is prepared to drop his Polish Hammer. Ramon Sessions and Gary Neal are lined up to be key contributors off the bench. Nene’s transfer to the second unit could be a blessing. Rookie Kelly Oubre has shown flashes of his gifts. Even DeJuan Blair is showing signs of life.

This past Sunday night, TAI EIC Kyle Weidie and I recorded another “Pixel-and-Roll” podcast show from the glorious studios in my Mount Pleasant, D.C., residence. In our hour-long (or so) discussion, we assessed the team’s overall performance throughout the preseason but focused more on themes than individual results of these fake games.

Topics include:

  • Overview of preseason games.
  • Impact of current injuries.
  • Role of Nene.
  • Otto Porter’s ascension.
  • Evaluation of Kelly Oubre, including a potential nickname.
  • Analysis of what Bradley Beal needs to do to reach the next level. (Plus “Yea” or “Nay” on his new headband.)
  • John Wall being John Wall.
  • Ramon Sessions’ effect on a surprisingly solid bench.
  • A breakdown of the new offense.
  • Wizards lottery ticket winner.

Continue to look for weekly shows and other ad hoc episodes throughout this season. Feedback? Hit us up on Twitter or email us (Adam’s bio, Kyle’s bio). We appreciate you listening! Subscribe below. And, of course, GO WIZ!

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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.