Since beating the Pistons 97-95 on Nov. 21 to move to 6-4, the Wizards have found themselves in a rut. Losers of four straight, Washington is now 6-8, and the skeptics are starting to sprout up and question whether the team is heading in the right direction.
As it turns out, many of those skeptics are making noise in John Wall's Twitter mentions. And while the point guard sees the criticism, he feels like those fans will soon be singing a different tune.
"I know people are gonna panic, and I get a lot of Twitter trash-talks, but that doesn't bother me, because when we get back to playing well, and I'm playing well, they'll all be back on the bandwagon," Wall said on Monday.
NBA seasons are 82 games long, and the Wiz aren't even one-fifth of the way through their schedule, meaning there's plenty of time for Randy Wittman and Co. to fix what's ailing them. It's clear that Wall has confidence that a turnaround is coming soon, and it's also clear he's expecting the franchise's supporters to get back in Washington's corner when that happens, too.
If it doesn't however, the bandwagon's seats will continue to collect dust, and Wall's social media mentions will keep heating up. All it takes is a few of the Wizards' shooting strokes to heat up again, though, and if they do, positivity should sweep through the Verizon Center again.
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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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