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The NBA is getting rid of 'home' and 'away' jerseys, and that is a great thing

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The NBA is getting rid of 'home' and 'away' jerseys, and that is a great thing

When the 2017-18 NBA season begins, one of the longest traditions in sports will be broken.

When Nike takes over as the new sports apparel company for the NBA on October 1, the "home" and "away" jerseys are a thing of the past.

You can read about it in full detail here, but just know this: The change is a great one. 

Instead of having a designated "home" and "away" jersey, the teams will have "The Association" and "The Icon" to choose from on a nightly basis.

There will be two additional uniforms, dubbed "The Athlete Mindset" and "The Community" and while the naming of the different uniform types reek of the Big Ten's failed "Leaders" and "Legends" division names, the change is a good thing.

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Getting away from having designated jerseys based on game location is important because not all "home" and "away" uniforms are created equal. 

Take the Wizards for example. The team decided to exclsuively wear their white "Stars and Stripes" uniforms for home playoff games. Those uniforms are spectacular and should be worn not just at home playoff games, but nearly all games. Instead of the Wizards wearing road red uniforms in Boston against the Celtics in their home whites, the Wizards can now wear their "Stars and Stripes" uniforms against the Celtics' iconic green uniforms. That's how it should have been and how it can be going forward

Not everyone is a fan of uniform creativity. We are not here to tell you that NBA teams should wear jerseys with sleeves.

In fact, NBA teams should never wear jerseys with sleeves. Ever.

But what we are here to tell you is that teams should be able to decide to wear jerseys like we decide when playing video games. Wear alternate uniforms as much as possible. Mix things up. Just because a team is playing at home does not mean the team has to wear whites. 

Traditions were made to be broken, and we're glad the NBA is leading the charge.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

[RELATED: MORRIS IS A BIG FAN OF MIKE SCOTT]

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

Listen to the full interview right here:

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