Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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January 26, 2008 5:03 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Wish I could report on today's practice, but I can't. When the media arrived at Furtado Center, the workout had ended and only a few players were taking shots on the court.
As soon as I got there, Wally Szczerbiak made sure to bust my chops about an error in yesterday's post. I wrote the guy is 33-years-old and he repeatedly reminded me that he's 30. Geez, he's a little sensitive. But that was my mistake and it's one I won't repeat again. More on Wally World later.
Practice was cut short because four Sonics were unable to practice. Most of the injuries are minor, including Kevin Durant's right quadriceps contusion, however, Kurt Thomas underwent X-rays on a right knee contusion.
Coach P.J. Carlesimo said Thomas' injury was the most serious.
The other wounded include: Nick Collison (right knee contusion) and Delonte West (right foot soreness).
Back to Wally Z.
He's one of the guys who's wants a bigger role. In an interview with ESPN's Marc Stein, the Sonics sharp-shooter said he hopes to be traded. Wally expressed to me a few times about his frustrations, but he never said he wanted to be traded. Initially I thought this was news, but was reminded that Jayda was all over this story last week.
Trading Wally just doesn't make sense for the Sonics. His contract (he's owed $12M this season and $13M) may seem bloated, but it's off the books next year. And he's Seattle's second-leading scorer averaging 13.1 points. I don't see him leaving unless he really starts complaining or else one of the playoff contenders believe Wally is the missinig piece to a championship and makes the Sonics an unbelievable offer.
Before leaving the practice facility, ran into former Seattle Prep star and UW standout Spencer Hawes and talked to him about playing his first NBA game at home. Hawes missed the first four games of the season while recovering from knee surgery and the 7-0 center is averaging 2.7 points and 2.1 rebonds as a reserve in 35 games.
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