The Washington Wizards re-branded in 2011, with "a familiar yet modern twist" reminiscent of Washington's franchise history as the "Bullets." They added an alternate jersey for 2014-15 Tuesday, with none other than Summer League "MVP" Glen Rice, Jr., as the model. Washington's new jerseys will available for purchase on October 1.
The Washington Wizards announced today that the team will add an alternate uniform to their collection for wear during the 2014-15 season. The new jersey will be primarily navy blue with red color-blocking at the top and “Washington” listed on the front while the navy shorts will feature the secondary “Monument” logo.
Rice averaged 25 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.5 steals per game after six games in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is looking like a solid prospect to compete for minutes off the bench, no matter what jersey he's wearing. With his often aggressive play and his nose for the ball, he might even factor in as a small forward for Washington during certain line-ups, as the Wizards look to replace the services provided by former wing Trevor Ariza and integrate former NBA Champion Paul Pierce.
Teammate Otto Porter, Jr., also impressed during Summer League play, and finished with 19 points and 5.8 rebounds in Washington's 5-1 outing. He impressed as a mid-range shooter, often finding the contact and finishing regardless. He also demonstrated his ability to knock down the long ball, and went 7-for-18 (38.9%) from deep.
While Coach Sam Cassell's Wizards did well in Las Vegas, they were no match for the Sacramento Kings in a 74-62 loss. Rice led Washington to a second half surge, earning 4 of his game-high 6 steals in the third quarter, but the Kings pressed on and ended up the 2014 Summer League Champions.
The 2012 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers did not have much success with their Summer League squad, going 2-3 in 2014. With Kobe Bryant (achilles) on the comeback trail, Los Angeles could not grab the attention of any A-listers like Carmelo Anthony, or Dirk Nowitzki. They were, however, able to re-sign former Wizards guard Nick Young, who recorded a special message for Lakers fans. Former Wizards teammate JaVale McGee also recorded a fan video recently, in which he "dreams" about dunking. Nothing unusual for the tandem of Swaggy P and Pierre, who created the viral video series "The Nick and JaVale Show" while in Washington.