Wittman: "We're our own worst enemy right now."
Glen Rice frequently is referred to as a first-round talent taken in the second round of June's draft.
And for good reason.
It comes with the expectation that he'll play like his father, Glen Rice Sr., a lethal three-point shooter who spent 15 years in the NBA.
Son, a 6-5 guard who the Wizards traded for on draft night, has yet to showcase shooting accuracy in four preseason games (10-for-29), but that shouldn't minimize what he has brought to the table.
"Glen's been great. He's playing within himself. He's not rattled. He's not forcing the issue," said Bradley Beal, who Rice backs up at shooting guard. "He's doing terrific. It all starts with his defense. He gets going on defense, his offense is slow and smooth. He's efficient. As long as he keeps doing what he's doing he's going to get minutes."
Rice came off the bench to grab six rebounds in 19 minutes of Thursday's 98-89 loss to the New York Knicks. He embraces the gritty identity. Coach Randy Wittman often has praised him for it.
"Defensively, it's all about effort. I just make sure I get out there and give 100 percent on the defensive end. Offensively, that stuff will come to you," Rice said. "It'll come in time. I wouldn't say concern. I'm doing the things I have to do to make sure I make more shots. … You don't dwell on that part."
Despite being a rookie, he doesn't lack in bravado. His teammates can attest to his trash-talking ability.
"You have to be confident, not cocky, or else you go out there second-guessing yourself," Rice said. "You won't be as comfortable. You just won't play as well."