Vesely trying to keep up with new team

Vesely trying to keep up with new team
December 13, 2011, 4:11 am
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Wizards rookie forward Jan Vesely is the first to admit that even after four days of training camp, he is still getting used to the speed of the NBA.

"Yeah, a little bit," Vesely said with a sheepish grin Monday night. "I think every day I am getting into better shape, so I think I can get into rhythm."

The 21-year-old Czech Republic native played the last three seasons in Europe and was the sixth overall pick by the Wizards this past summer. The Wizards believe his size (6'-11") and athleticism, plus his ability to run the break, make him ideal for speedy point guard John Wall in the open floor.

"I knew that he (Wall) was fast so I didn't expect anything more, so it's nice," Vesely said.

Wiz Coach Flip Saunders isn't worried about Vesely's speed on the floor but rather his jumper, because over in Europe Vesely relied heavily on flying around the rim -- but certainly it won't be as easy to get to the basket in the NBA.

"For him, it's constantly working on his fundamentals and working on his shooting," Saunders said.

Vesely said his new teammates are making him feel at home and it helps that there are two other Europeans on the team in Rony Turiaf and Kevin Saraphin.

"We are working hard and trying to get things done and I think it's going well," Vesely said.