Wizards dealing with injuries early in training camp
FAIRFAX, Va. -- For the second day in a row, Otto Porter and Trevor Booker didn't partake in practice during training camp at George Mason University.
Porter, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, is nursing a sore right hip flexor while Booker has a sore right knee.
Both are day-to-day, though the Wizards are expected to be cautious with both given their recent injury histories.
Porter had right hamstring soreness from mini-camp in July that limited him in the Las Vegas summer league. Booker only played 48 games last season, the fewest of his three-year career, because of injuries.
"We're basically putting our stuff in, really focusing more on execution defensively and offensively," coach Randy Wittman said after the three-hour session at the Patriot Center. "Doing things the right way."
Wittman isn't as concerned about the physical part for Porter as he is with catching the rookie small forward up to speed.
"It's hard to explain to him ... because it's such a fast-paced, quick thing, tempo," Wittman said. "The quickness of the game is something you can't comprehend. What little bit he experienced in summer league isn't even close to what it would be right now with these guys being out there. Hopefully it wouldn't be too long and he can get out there."
Booker, who is entering his fourth season, isn't worried about being left behind even though the Wizards have a lot of options at his position.
"I think I'll be OK if I come back healthy," said Booker, who added there was no swelling in his knee. "I'm a pretty good player when I'm healthy."
The good news for the veterans is that Wittman likely won't put them through two-a-days.
Al Harrington, entering his 16th season and walking with icepacks on both knees, was glad to hear that.
"I"m am so happy," he said. "If we had two-a-days, I probably wouldn't be able to do them. Me and coach would have to work out a deal."