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David Aldridge honored with Curt Gowdy Media Award

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David Aldridge honored with Curt Gowdy Media Award

BY BRIANNA WILLIAMS

DC native and longtime NBA sports reporter, David Aldridge was named a 2016 recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award on Friday night.

The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame President. This annual award is presented to members of the print and electronic media who have made significant contributions to the game of basketball. Along with Aldridge, Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst for ESPN was also a recipient.

Upon graduating from American University with degrees in journalism and history in '87, Aldridge went on to be a reporter for the Washington Post for nine years, where he covered Georgetown University athletics, the Washington Redskins and the Washington Bullets. After leaving the Post, he reported for ESPN for eight years, primarily covering the NBA and becoming one of the most admired basketball journalists as an NBA Insider and as an ESPN.com contributor.

In 2004, Aldridge became a contributor for The Philadelphia Inquirer and lead reporter for Turner Sports and Turner Network Television.

National Association of Black Journalists president, Sarah Glover had this to say about the DeMatha Catholic High School alum's work ethic:

"I can think of no one who deserves this honor more than David Aldridge. He has been a pioneering journalist since starting at the Washington Post sports desk immediately after graduating from American University," said Glover. "It is a true testament to his hard work and being an example for a generation of sports journalists that he has received this high honor."

Some took to Twitter to congratulate the honoree:

 

During the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events, September 8-10 in Springfield, Mass., Aldridge and Bilas will be recognized for their dedication to the game.

 

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Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

The biggest surprise of the Wizards-Raptors series through two games, at least from Washington's perspective, has to be the fact Ty Lawson has very quickly earned a prominent role in Scott Brooks' playoff rotation.

Lawson, 30, was signed the day after the regular season and after he played much of 2017-18 in China with the Shandong Golden Stars. He did not appear in one game with the Wizards or any other NBA team during the regular season, yet he was the first point guard off the bench in Game 2.

When John Wall picked up two quick fouls, it was Lawson who got the nod, not Tomas Satoransky. Lawson ended up playing 31 minutes, more than Satoransky and fellow backup point guard Tim Frazier have earned combined through two games.

Though the Wizards had three point guards on their bench behind Wall before Lawson even signed, he has apparently surpassed them all on the depth chart. Satoransky is the most surprising, given he played quite well during the regular season.

Satoransky averaged 7.2 points, 3.9 assists and shot a team-best 46.5 percent from three. He had the highest offensive rating (124) on the team.

Lawson, though, played quite well in Game 2. He put up 14 points, eight assists and three rebounds while shooting 4-for-5 from three.

Lawson outscored four of the Wizards' five starters. Not bad for his first game.

"He did everything I knew he was capable of doing," Brooks said. "I’ve seen him do it for many, many years. He’s tough, he’s a competitor. He competes and pushes the pace. He plays defense. I liked the spirit."

Lawson provided a noticeable spark. He is still quick and aggressive with the ball, not afraid to look for his own shot, and played physical defense against the Raptors. Lawson ended the night plus-8 in the box score in a game the Wizards lost by 11.

"It’s good to see him get into a game and be able to produce for us," guard Bradley Beal said.

Given the Wizards lost Game 2 and face an 0-2 deficit in their series, it is likely that Brooks continues to alter his rotation in the coming games. He could go back to Satoransky more often, knowing he had some solid games against Toronto in the regular season, including on March 2 when he had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Satoransky could see more time at shooting guard or small forward and could play alongside Lawson. That might be Satoransky's best bet because Lawson did nothing in Game 2 to squander the opportunity.

For a team whose effort has been questioned by their head coach, Lawson's energy and urgency was noteworthy. He brought the edge of a guy playing for his NBA career, knowing a good playoff series could earn him a contract next season. 

Clearly, the way Lawson played was refreshing for Brooks given how long he kept him out on the floor. He may have come out of nowhere, but it looks like Lawson is here to stay.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!