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Wall declares his choice for NBA's Rookie of Year


Wall declares his choice for NBA's Rookie of Year

Without prompting, John Wall makes it clear who he believes should be the NBA's Rookie of the Year. Not Kristaps Porzingis or Jahlil Okafor. It's the big man he'll be facing tonight when the Wizards try to get back to .500 for the first time in more than a month at the Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN+, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 8).

And why should Wall be an accurate gauge of how the voting will go. Last season, going into the All-Star break, he said everyone would be shocked how good of a dunker Zach LaVine is and he's now a two-time Slam Dunk champion.

"Great young team. I love (Andrew) Wiggins and LaVine and how they're playing together -- and Karl-Anthony Towns," Wall said. "To me he's rookie of the year. You haven't seen too many bigs that can come in, shoot, pass, finish around the basket. He's having a heck of a season so far."

Towns, a 7-0 center who went to Kentucky like Wall, is averaging 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, shoots 53.8% from the field and 35% from the three-point line.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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.


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.


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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