Most nights this season Jan Vesely has been dressed and gone well before reporters arrive inside the Wizards' locker room after games.
The contributions of the sixth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft have been rare enough that when he does stick around for the media, he's inevitably asked about how he has managed a difficult second year in the NBA.
"It's tough, but you have to stay ready and wait for your chance," Vesely said after Sunday's 109-92 win over Toronto. "When you get your chance, you have to use it in the right way."
At this point, it's not making much difference. While Vesely (2.6 points, 2.5 rebounds per game) had nine points and a season-high eight rebounds against the Raptors -- his 43rd appearance in 73 games -- he missed three out of four free throws, including two after a flagrant foul call put him alone on the line. His highlight alley-oop finishes continue to be canceled out by weak hands and often wild putbacks.
"He's had an up-and-down year," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "It's a bit different this year, with the additions we have, with some of the vets that we've added to this team. Rotations are different. Minutes are different."
Wittman said he still trusts Vesely. But when the 6-foot-11 Czech was asked about the chance to play again for the Wizards in the Las Vegas Summer League, he mentioned representing his country at the EuroBasket 2013 tournament in Slovenia in September.
Unlike his place in the Wizards' rotation, that's one place Vesely knows he will get his chance.
- Craig Stouffer