Confidence suits Otto Porter for summer league

Confidence suits Otto Porter for summer league
July 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

LAS VEGAS -- If there's one thing that Otto Porter appears to lack, it's confidence. If there's one thing that Glen Rice appears not to lack, it's confidence. The rising second-year players are tasked with leading the Wizards in their first summer league game Saturday vs. the Atlanta Hawks (CSN, 4:30 p.m. ET). 

Neither had a memorable rookie season. Both had injuries. Both were used sporadically. Porter, however, has a presence at least when he speaks that he didn't have when he was the No. 3 overall pick out of Georgetown. Assistant coach Sam Cassell wants to reinforce that. 

"I just want Otto and Glen to walk away from this feeling overly confident," said Cassell, who is in command of the summer league team. "'Coach, I deserve to play. You saw what I did in the summer league.' That's what I want from them two guys."

Everyone wants playing time in hopes that some team, even if it's not the Wizards, recognizes them. That's not going to be possible.

"I said, 'All you guys are going to play. How much you play depends on you. Simple as that," Cassell said. "I'm coaching this game to win. Thirteen guys are not going to play. That's how it is."

For Porter, who went down with a thigh strain in mini-camp last season and couldn't play the full schedule or at full-speed, he wants to be able to be on the court as much as possible.

"No excitement," he said of the anticipation of playing the Hawks. "Just eager. Last year, I didn't really play much. One of my goals now is to play every game."

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