For many USA basketball fans, the news of Blake Griffin having his summer ended by a torn meniscus in his knee was devastating. Yeah you can watch LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant during the Olympics on London, but Griffin can put on a show like few can. After seeing Vince Carter dunk over a 7'2" Frenchman in the 2000 games, who knows what the Blake Show is capable of on the international stage.
Now that the dust has settled from Griffin's withdrawal from the team some even more unsettling news has surfaced, at least for Wizards fans. It turns out it was none other than John Wall who played a role in Griffin damaging his knee.
Watch this play via YouTube where Wall, wearing number 25, tries to split the defense and ends up stepping on Griffin's foot. The result is an awkward fall that left Jerry Colangelo calling for Anthony Davis as an emergency replacement.
Of course Wall didn't do this on purpose and you can't really fault him for the play at all, it was a freak accident. But still, Wall's name is being brought up in context of the play, and what became the end of potentially a lot of fun before it even got started.
On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
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An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.
Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.
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Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.
That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.
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The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week.
That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.
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