Leonsis wants Wizards to push for playoffs
The last time Josh Childress made an appearance in an NBA regular season game, it was with the Brooklyn Nets.
It'll only be the preseason Tuesday when his new team, at least for now, has its opener vs. the Nets at Verizon Center (NBATV, 7 p.m. ET).
"I don't know what's going to happen," said Childress, a small forward hoping to find a roster spot with the Wizards even though they already have the maximum of 15 players under contract. "I don't know what coach is going to decide. I hope we kick their butts."
Childress, who spent 14 games with the Nets before he was cut in December and returned to Stanford to complete his degree in sociology, kept his feelings about the Nets in check. Instead, he's focusing on how he can carve out a niche for himself in coach Randy Wittman's system.
Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster will eat up most of the minutes, but Otto Porter (right hip flexor) and Chris Singleton (left foot/toe) won't play.
"There's a lot of wings here. There isn't a lot of times guys want to come out of practice," said Childress, who was a lottery pick in 2004. "There's always guys jockeying for that stuff. I think that's something that probably coaching staff and (president) Ernie (Grunfeld) wanted. They wanted guys to come in and compete and really push each other. I'm all for the competition and I enjoy that."
Whenever Childress gets in the game, he'll have to make an impact quickly and make it difficult for Wittman to take him out.
"Rhythm-wise, it's been up and down. Over the course of the next few weeks it'll get a little more consistent for me," he said. "You can do drills, you can run around, you can work out but unless you're playing against guys …you don't really have that sort of rhythm that you can replicate."