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John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase


John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase

John Wall showed up for USA Basketball's two-day workout session in Las Vegas but won't play in Thursday's Showcase game.

No, he didn't get cut, again. In fact, the majority of the top NBA players won't play in the Blue-White scrimmage at UNLV, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. And Chris Paul. And Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook and you get the point. However, the Washington Wizards will have representation as USA Basketball announced the nine-player teams for Thursday's scrimmage (10:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Bradley Beal will play for the Blue team along with Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton.

Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson headlined the White team. Arron Afflalo, Michael Carter-Williams, Draymond Green, Terrance Jones, Mason Plumlee and C.J. Watson.

Wall did miss time during the NBA playoffs after fracturing his wrist, but there is no indication the injury relates to his absence. He participated in Tuesday's workout.

Players were invited if not summoned to Las Vegas if they wanted to remain in consideration for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wall is among a deep group of point guards while Beal's perimeter shooting gives him a puncher's chance considering the perimeter-heavy aspect of international competition.

If you're wondering, no, C.J. Watson is not really in play for the Olympic team. Some of these players - Johnson, Payton, Afflalo Jones and Watson - were late additions to play in the scrimmage. 

Don't put any weight into game performances with regards to Rio. The main objectives are put on a good show and most of all, stay healthy.

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


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!

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.