Wizards Owner Says Players Can’t ‘Use Injuries As An Excuse’
Just a couple days into Wizards training camp, and the nagging injuries are already beginning to add up. But Wizards owner Ted Leonsis says that he no longer wants to hear injuries used as an excuse. Per CSNWashington.com:
“[Leonsis] doesn’t want to hear any apologies for his team not qualifying for the playoffs, despite Emeka Okafor (herniated disk) being out indefinitely and Chris Singleton (left toe/foot surgery) on the shelf for almost two months. He wants results.
‘We have 13 healthy players and the one thing I’m not allowing anybody to do is use injuries as an excuse,’ Leonsis said at a news conference. ‘We have 15 players under contract. Two can’t start the season. That means we have 13. That’s all you can dress anyway.
‘Last year, there was a pass given. We didn’t have Nene and John Wall, our two best players. Understandable.’
The Wizards held an open practice and scrimmage in front of season ticket-holders at Verizon Center, without rookie Otto Porter (sore right hip flexor) and Trevor Booker (sore right knee).”