When a team holds a players-only meeting the expectation is that issues will be discussed, resolved and the players will come together to move forward.
That’s what the Washington Wizards anticipated when a players-only meeting of their own was held, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
In fact, it may have backfired.
“At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way,” Wizards guard John Wall said of the meeting, via Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Washington. “It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit.”
Bradley Beal was a bit more harsh with his analysis of the meeting.
“It was tough. I try to keep all our stuff as personal as possible but I think in a way not everybody got a chance to speak whenever they wanted to,” Beal said, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
“They didn’t want to bring up an issue or something they had a problem with on the team. Regardless of what may be going on, as men we’ve got to be able to accept what the next man says, be respectful about it and move on from it. I think it was one of those situations where we didn’t necessarily get everything that we wanted to get accomplished.
“Honestly, it was probably — I won’t say pointless, but we didn’t accomplish what we needed to accomplish in that meeting.”
The Wizards (26-20) are not performing as many expected them too and head coach Scott Brooks has openly questioned their effort.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.
Bulls’ Zach Lavine Meets Privately with Jim Boylen
Amid the division within the Chicago Bulls organization between new head coach Jim Boylen, who took over recently for the fired Fred Hoiberg, and a number of players on the roster, has taken another turn.
According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Ramona Shelbourne, Bulls guard Zach LaVine spoke with Boylen one-on-one following the players boycotting of Sunday’s practice imposed by Boylen, which they felt was excessive.
“You just want to be real with people,” LaVine said, per the report. “There shouldn’t be any clouds. I think of myself as one of the leaders on the team. I just wanted to voice my opinion to them.”
“This is a business, this isn’t a dictatorship. We are all grown men, so everybody has a voice.”
Boylen has said that he has spoken with the team regarding the purpose of the practice on Sunday, but it is clear that the dysfunction runs deep in the organization.
Knicks Could Trade Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter’s days as a member of the New York Knicks could be coming to a close as the veteran big man could be traded by the Knicks ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
If they choose not to trade him, the Knicks could renounce him during the offseason to maximize their cap space so that they could be major players in free agency next summer.
“If the Knicks are going free-agent shopping in July, they will likely do it without Kanter,” Marks speculated. “The impending free agent has a $27.9 million cap hold, and the only clear path for New York to create max room would be to renounce Kanter or let him walk in the summer.
The question leading into the deadline: Will the front office decide to maximize Kanter’s trade value now or keep the center as an insurance policy if they miss out on their free-agent targets?”
Kanter has posted 14.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for New York this season.
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