Now that Labor Day has passed and school is back in session nationwide, the same will soon hold true for the NBA as players will start reporting to their cities and rounding into shape for training camp.
For the Wizards, newcomers Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair will have less than a month to get acclimated to their new surroundings before camp commences at Verizon Center at the end of September.
As of last week, none of the three had been on the court with teammates for actual practice or worked with coach Randy Wittman yet. That's not unusual. Humphries, like Pierce, has spent most of his time off in Los Angeles. Pierce has been running stairs in nearby Santa Monica. Their new teammates have had other business to tend during the offseason as well.
John Wall, on tour with Adidas, recently visited South Korea and has a basketball camp in two weeks in Springfield, Va. He trained with Bradley Beal in July for USA Basketball before both were released. Nene is playing from Brazil's national team in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. Kevin Seraphin had a minor procedure to clean out his right knee.
Everyone should be at optimum health, but remember last season? The Wizards appeared healthy until Chris Singleton had a fractured bone in his left foot, Otto Porter strained his right hip flexor and Emeka Okafor was lost for the season with a disk injury to his neck.
Good fortune can turn quickly.