MORNING TIP: Waking up with the Wizards, who are in Rio de Janeiro preparing for their second preseason game with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (NBATV, 5 p.m. ET) and in need of better low-post play.
Kevin Seraphin admits the obvious. He was out of sync in the first preseason game with the Wizards.
He fumbled the ball. He wasn't sharp. He didn't look like a starter.
"It's been a long time (since) I played," Seraphin, who came off the bench, told CSNWashington. "In the beginning I had to catch up. In the second half, it was better. I was kind of nervous. It's been a long time (since) I played. Usually I play (for) the national team. This summer I did not play with them. It was weird. It's been six months since I played. I just needed to (get) back. In the second half, I was more comfortable. It was the speed. Everybody was excited. Everybody was playing fast."
Seraphin gathered himself offensively, finishing 6-for-12 shooting for 13 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of that 111-106 overtime loss vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Coach Randy Wittman talked up the Frenchman's progress in training camp. After all, Wittman and his staff worked with the backup center all summer. Seraphin will have to be better from the jump if the Wizards are going to overcome the indefinite loss of starting center Emeka Okafor (herniated disk). And if Wittman is to be proven correct.
"We need to prove we can play and we need to do it early," said Seraphin, who averaged 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in eight starts last season. "We can't wait after the All-Star game to start playing well."
Jan Vesely started vs. the Nets at power forward. Nene was pushed to center. Seraphin had a team-high four turnovers which isn't pleasing to Wittman.
While starting would be accomplishment for Seraphin going into his fourth season, he's not dwelling on it.
"It's not especially a big deal," he said. "I just want to play. That's all."