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Taunt towards Wizards' bench fires up John Wall


Taunt towards Wizards' bench fires up John Wall

Watch the full exchange between Canaan and the Wizards' bench in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

Isaiah Canaan, a second-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 2013, is in basketball purgatory, otherwise known as the Philadelphia 76ers. He led them back from a 12-point halftime deficit vs. the Wizards, but gave his foes motivation after his three-pointer swished in front of their bench.

Canaan, hyped about the surge and feeling good, stared them down for an unconscionable long period of time when Wizards coach Randy Wittman called a timeout. 

From that moment on, it was John Wall 21 points to 0 for Canaan as the Wizards pulled out a 116-108 victory on Monday. 

"I told him don't do that any more. He made me mad," said Wall, who finished with a game-high 37 points on 13 of 26 shooting, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals, a blocked shot and just two turnovers. "It sparked me. I don't know what he did. I just told him don't stare at my team like that again. He was backpedaling to his bench. He was smiling.

"We're good friends but that's like disrespect. You don't do that. He made me mad. When I'm mad I play better."


Everyone else in the Wizards' locker room brushed off the incident as minor. Wall had 16 points alone in the Wizards' 37-point fourth.

"I Just looked," said Canaan, a 36.6% shooter from three-point range for his career. "They said something. Before I shot it, they were just like, 'He ain't gonna make that. He missing.' When I made it I just turned around and just looked at them. I didn't even say nothing. I just stared at them."

Canaan, a spot starter on a historically bad team who finished with 13 points, scored as many points after his three-pointer with 6:36 left in the third as Kelly Oubre, Drew Gooden and Jarell Eddie for the Wizards who didn't play at all.

"He didn't say anything," said Wizards forward Markieff Morris, confirming Canaan's account. "He just looked. He felt hot. Made a big shot, I guess."

Canaan was 0-for-3 in the fourth as the Sixers (8-52) lost for the 13th time in 14 games. The Wizards (29-30) won their sixth in a row at home to move one game away from .500.

Wall looks for the slightest motivation as an excuse to put his foot on the gas pedal. That moment, no matter how small, was it. 

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.


**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.


**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.