Wizards' Porter, Wall have some extra C's support

Wizards' Porter, Wall have some extra C's support
April 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON - Make way for two more Wizards fans this postseason.

Well, fans may be too strong of a word - but how about supporters?

Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo each have a reason to be interested in how Washington does in the playoffs, and it all ties back to their college days.

Green and Washington's Otto Porter are both Georgetown Hoyas, and while the two never played together in college - as Porter is just a rookie this season - they do have a strong relationship.

"Of course. That's like my older brother," Porter told CSNNE.com Wednesday after the C's lost to the Wizards. "It doesn't get any closer to that. We always talk on a regular basis. I keep up with him, he keeps up with me. It's kind of like a Georgetown thing."

Porter and Green met before Porter's freshman year on the team, but he says Green didn't play a recruiting role in his going there - Georgetown alone was enough to get him to go.

During the NBA lockout, Green was back on campus taking classes to earn his English degree. He was also spending time working out with the Georgetown team, including Porter. Porter couldn't help but smile when thinking back on how cool that was.

"He was definitely on campus taking classes and practicing with us trying to stay in shape," Porter said. "Him, Greg Monroe, and Roy [Hibbert] also came back. So I played against all three of them my freshman year. It was crazy. Good experience."

Porter keeps in touch with all three of those guys. Hibbert is another Hoya in this year's playoffs.

"It's like a brotherhood," Porter said of the alums. "We want to see each other do good. So we keep tabs on each other all the time. And also I go back to Georgetown and try to mentor their younger kids that's coming up in college."

So who is the other Celtic with a little rooting interest in the Wizards? None other than Rajon Rondo, who will get to watch fellow Kentucky Wildcat John Wall do his thing.

Wall appreciates getting Rondo's support.

"It's a great relationship," Wall said of he and Rondo. "That's somebody that I definitely look up to. Another Kentucky guy. He's done a lot of things I want to do: be a multiple-time All-Star, win an NBA championship, all those things that you set your goals to, and that's what he did."

Both Wall and Rondo also keep in touch to an extent over the summer, but being at different stages in their lives don't necessarily go out.

Wall thinks Rondo's return from a torn ACL was a success.

"He did pretty good," Wall said of Rondo. "It's tough when you can't play back-to-backs and things like that, but he's come in and been confident, taking more jump shots and just trying to figure out his game and where he wants to be."