Booker sneaking in all the work he can

Booker sneaking in all the work he can
October 5, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Brooklyn Nets small forward Tornike Shengelia (20) goes up for a shot as Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) defends during the second half at Barclays Center.

(Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Shhh, keep this Trevor Booker update between us. Well, at least don't let the Wizards' training staff know what the injured forward did at Saturday's practice

"I wasn't supposed to today, but I snuck in one drill while the trainers weren't watching," said a grinning Booker. "I'm sure they're going to read this...I felt pretty good."

Just for clarification, the feeling good wasn't about any deception, but rather playing even a little on a sore right knee that has sidelined him throughout training camp.

"I thought it looked a little more," Randy Wittman said of Booker's time on the practice court. The Wizards coach said rookie Otto Porter remained out with a hip flexor.

Opportunity for playing time exists with center Emeka Okafor (neck) and forward Chris Singleton (toe/foot surgery) out. However, the fourth-year forward has not participated in live contact drills, which makes Booker doubtful for Tuesday's preseason opener against Brooklyn at the Verizon Center.  For now, it's all about progressing with his physical training and the hope of taking the court fully in the coming days.

"Just keep building up muscles around my knee," Booker said. "Hopefully (Sunday) I can participate in some live drills. See how it goes from there."

Booker, who missed 34 games last season with various ailments, admits the sitting and watching part is getting old.

"It's tough because I'm a competitor," said the 6-foot-8 forward. "I'm out there talking junk, but I can't participate in it so it's tough."

Adding to the frustration, Booker spent the offseason working on his fitness, not to mention his offensive game.

"My jump shot and getting healthy. When I'm healthy, I can bring a lot of energy. Just fly around the court. That's how I make my money."