WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.
Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.
But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.
While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.
Here are some photos to put it in perspective...
Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...
On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...
Wizards Summer League head coach Robert Pack is doing a second media scrum, this time with Japanese reporters, to discuss Rui Hachimura. pic.twitter.com/Pljvmypd8Z— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) June 26, 2019
With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.
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