Key for any summer league success often lies with those running the offense. Thats a tricky task regardless of a point guards experience considering rosters are a collection of random players thrown together for a short time. When the job falls on a player still learning the position and another adjusting to a new league and culture, the degree of difficulty is even higher. Welcome to the Wizards scenario with Shelvin Mack and Czech rookie Tomas Satoransky.Its a learning process for them, its a learning process, Cassell said. Mack, hoping to show enough point guard savvy to keep the team from adding another one this offseason, finished with nine points, three assists and three steals in 28 minutes. Beyond the stats, the former Butler star seemed stuck trying to play floor general and in turn, his offense stagnated, as passer, dribbler and shooter. Even after beating his original defender, Mack struggled getting all the way to the rim for shot. He missed 4 of 5 inside the 3-point line, but made 2 of 5 beyond it.I dont think Shelvin from last year never really had a long stint at the point guard position. This year hes going to have to do that in order to be good on this team. Hell be fine; first game jitters, theyre out the way, theyre out the window now. We got spanked today, but tomorrow well have a better effort and a better showing.As for Satoransky, the 6-foot-7 combo guard played 15 minutes off the bench and had four points, two assists and three turnovers.Its all new for him, Cassell said of the 20-year-old rookie. Now hes playing with the best players in the world now. So its all new to him. Hell be fine, I just want him to stay aggressive. Make mistakes, just make them aggressive.The final box score showed the Wizards on the wrong end of a 30-27 rebounding battle and both teams grabbing 10 of their own misses.To those involved, it seemed more decisive."We just got beat on the boards today, we got man-handled today," Cassell said.Part of the disconnect comes from when the boards occurred. Many of the Rockets rebounds, especially off the offensiveglass,led to big runs.It was the offensive rebounds. I say they were inthe 20's,"said the miscalculating Singleton, who led the Wizards with eight rebounds"I say they were in the 20s. Offensive rebounds, it was ridiculous. Their big man were just outhustling our big men. We didnt rebound collectively."As I quipped immediately after the game, Jan Vesely performance was of the bizarre world type. Brutal on any shots outside of dunks and layups last season, the 6-foot-11 forward knocked down his first three perimeter attempts and looked comfortable doing so, though his attempt at four consecutive ended with the ball getting stuck between the rim and backboard.However, the player with a penchant for soaring high and then slamming balls home oddly missed multiple dunk attempts.Ive never seen Vesely miss three or four dunks, Cassell said. I told him earlier today, miss em during the summertime, dont miss em during the wintertime.Also rarely seen, a player fouling out despite the summer leagues 10-foul limit. Vesely reached that mark in the fourth quarter, leading many in the non-partisan crowd to rise for a standing ovation.
Wizards notebook: point guards in training
July 14, 2012, 2:29 am