Q&A with Wizards PG Chris Chiozza: playing with John Wall, his first NBA camp and what his parents mean to him
Undrafted point guard Chris Chiozza is one of several players the Wizards have participating in training camp as the team aims to fill the 15th and final spot on their roster. Chiozza spent time with the organization in the Las Vegas Summer League before coming to camp and is expected to play for their G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, this season.
NBC Sports Washington caught up with Chiozza this week to get to know him a little bit. Here is that conversation...
Chase Hughes: What has the experience been like at your first NBA training camp?
Chris Chiozza: It's been a great experience. Coming in, you're not really sure what to expect, but luckily with this team, the older guys are really good people on and off the court. They did a lot to help me and the other guys that hadn't been through this process before. Just to come in there and prepare every day, make sure that we're ready and we understood what was going on. They took us under their wing and made sure that we fit in.
CH: How did this training camp opportunity come about?
CC: I wasn't really too sure [after Summer League]. I stayed in contact with them, the front office people and the coaching staff. We've been in contact since I graduated. I kind of had a feeling that I was going to end up in the organization somehow, but I wasn't really sure. You never really know at this level what will happen. I'm just thankful and grateful that they gave me this opportunity to be here in Summer League, preseason and training camp.
CH: What do you think has made you stand out for the Wizards?
CC: Just being myself, playing my game and coming in every day ready to work. Just building relationships with the coaches, the staff and the team. Just making sure that I'm a good teammate and everything. Just focusing on the right things and not worrying about myself. I'm worried about making the team better and helping in any way that I can.
CH: What has it been like scrimmaging against John Wall?
CC: It's still a little surreal, being here with a guy that you looked up to growing up. Having a guy like that who has been in the league for so long and I looked up to, being on the court with him on the same team or going against him every day is a humbling moment. Just being out there and seeing how good he really is in person, I'm looking forward to learning a lot from him and a lot from all of these guys.
CH: How has the Florida Gator connection been with Bradley Beal and Devin Robinson?
CC: You know, we Gators are good people and we stick together no matter what. Having two other guys, you know I went to school with Devin for three years, so having him here, he's showed me around and told me things to do and not to do on the court. He's shown me how to come in and be ready to work, and what the coaches are looking for and everything. It's just good to have guys like that, who I already know and am pretty close with.
CH: What are you like off the court away from basketball?
CC: I'm a funny person, I'm fun to be around. I'm a people person. I'm always that guy people can lean on when they need something if they ever need anything. I'm really more of a person that likes to see other people happy.
CH: What was it like having your parents attend practice this week and how far did they travel?
CC: I'm from Memphis, I was born and raised in Memphis. They've been supportive my whole life. Any time they get a chance to come to where I'm at and watch me play, it's a great feeling knowing that I have parents that are so supportive. They're willing to take time out of what they're doing and how hard they work just for me to be able to play basketball and get to where I am today. It's always been a dream of mine to play basketball at a higher level and get paid to do it. Hopefully, they won't have to work much longer. It's my turn to take care of them.
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