Wizards get down to business

Wizards get down to business
November 30, 2011, 5:39 pm
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It's almost time to get back to basketball for the the Wizards, as players, coaches and fans now turn their attention from the labor issues to team issues, with training camp set to start in just over a week.

After the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified in the next few days, the opening of training campfree agency will be on the horizon and then, almost immediately, the season will start.

The lockout abbreviated everything related to the upcoming season, from the actual schedule -- down from 82 games to 66 starting Dec. 25 -- to a mini-free agency period, to just two preseason games.

The Wizards, like every other team in the NBA, will have a much shorter amount of time to prepare for the season as everything has been condensed. A lot of logistics will have to be decided in a short period of time, including just where to start practices.

The Wizards are expected to hold training camp at either Verizon Center or George Mason University, which is where the team held it last year.

Official word of where training camp will be held, and if there will be any fan events, cant be released until after the new CBA is approved.

Then, Wizards coach Flip Saunders and his staff will finally get to bring the team together and have a chance to assess where each player is, specifically with their conditioning.

Since players are barred from any contact with team officials and team facilities during the lockout, the overriding theme of training camp certainly will be to get players in game shape. Under terms of the tentative agreement, the league will allow players to use facilities beginning Thursday -- but players still will not be able to have contact with coaches or team officials until the CBA is ratified.