Wizards coach Randy Wittman has instituted a rule for minicamp and Las Vegas summer league, where his team will play their first game on Friday: English only between Czech players Jan Vesely and Tomas Satoransky.
"I don't understand the other stuff," Wittman said. "I told them I don't know what they're saying, if they're talking bad about me or not."
It's much easier to see how comfortable the European duo are together on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Vesely said they've played together in the Czech youth national team program for six years. At Verizon Center, they've ended every minicamp practice working together on jump shots and free throws.
Satoransky, 20, who is still under contract with Cajasol Sevilla in Spain, won't play in the NBA next year and didn't think he would play in the summer league while focusing on national team preparation for EuroBasket 2013 qualification. After talking to his agent following the NBA Draft, he quickly changed his mind.
"I didn't expect that Washington would draft me, so I think I've got to give something back to them," Satoransky said.
In Las Vegas, he'll get a chance to show off unique 6-foot-7 size for a point guard alongside Vesely and Bradley Beal in the hopes that he'll be able to do the same in a real NBA setting down the road.
There's also the chance of a Czech dunk contest. Vesely said he would win for sure. Satoransky said he doesn't want Vesely to injure himself trying. Especially for Wittman, they will make sure to translate the trash talk.
- Craig Stouffer