Brooks, Wizards downplay internal conflict
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WASHINGTON — In the wake of multiple stories detailing infighting, outbursts at practices last week and the possibility of trading any player on the roster — including All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal — the Washington Wizards attempted to put a brave face on the situation Tuesday.
Following the team’s morning shootaround at Capital One Arena ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the LA Clippers, head coach Scott Brooks, along with Wall, Beal and Otto Porter, tried to downplay the obvious tension surrounding the franchise after a 5-11 start.
“It happened last week,” Brooks said, part of a three-minute opening statement to the media before he took questions. “We moved on from it as a team. Not trying to minimize what happened, but in all sports, all teams I’ve been on — I’ve been in the league for almost 30 years as a player, as an assistant coach, as a head coach — that has happened.
After getting fired up at practice last week, John Wall yelled “f— you” at coach Scott Brooks and has now been fined for it, league sources told ESPN.
Every Wizards player,