Dec 3 - Wounded Warriors at PracticePosted on January 14, 2013 by FantasticWiz
Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com
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On Monday, the Wizards had some special guests on hand as Wounded Warriors were at Verizon Center to take in Wizards practice.
The team invited a few of the soldiers to watch practice, which was held on the main court, and then interact with the players and coaches at the conclusion of the session.
While the Wounded Warriors were appreciative of this opportunity, the Wizards' players and coaches echoed their thank yous to these brave men and women who serve their country.
One of the soldiers, Chris Powell, even got a private shooting lesson from Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell.
He spent about 10-15 minutes with Cassell, shooting a lot of free throws and working on his form.
Cassell joked afterwards that he had to speak Powell's language, so he told him it was just like shooting a weapon and to keep his eye on the target at all times.
It's not everyday that you get a shooting lesson from a former NBA champion, so Powell took advantage of the moment and cherished every minute of it.
Powell spoke afterwards about what Cassell taught him, about his experience at practice, and what it was like being a soldier:
And then Cassell spoke about what these warriors meant to him and then talked about what he taught Powell in the lesson:
Bradley Beal and Randy Wittman also spoke to the media about having these soldiers in attendance and what they mean to this country:
This was a nice moment for many of the Wizards' players and coaches to step back, put basketball in perspective and realize how lucky they are to be in the position they are in.
The Wizards usually reliable defense did not have the same intensity in Friday's loss in New York. Regardless, the Wizards bigger concern is on offense. Today's Wizards Report takes a closer look at what the Wizards need to do. The Wizards shot 44 percent from the field Friday night, but missed some good looks early that allowed the Knicks to open up a double-digit lead.