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Wall wants Alan Anderson back, but does he yearn to return?


Wall wants Alan Anderson back, but does he yearn to return?

Alan Anderson is one of the three free agents who John Wall definitely wants back with the Wizards, even though he's coming off the worst season of his career and will be 34 in 2016-17.

Anderson wants back in, too. "Even though I'm an energy player, it's hard to bring energy when you've got a suit on," he said after averaging a career-low 5.0 points in a 41-41 season for Washington after signing a one-year, $4 million deal.

Anderson played in fewer games with the Wizards (13) than he did earlier in his career when he was an undrafted free agent struggling to find a home with the then-Charlotte Bobcats and Toronto Raptors (17 each).

It was his left ankle that required surgery for bone spurs after his season with the Brooklyn Nets concluded last May. He signed with the Wizards to help fill the void behind Otto Porter, who ascended to the starting role with the departure of Paul Pierce, but Anderson began having irritation once he started working out again and wasn't ready for training camp.

The worst-case scenario happened and he was required to have another surgery in early October to remove a loose bone fragment. Terrence Ross (Raptors) had surgery in May as well and played 73 games this season. 

"I wasn't able to show a lot of what I was capable of doing," Anderson said. "I'm definitely a totally a different player than what Iv'e shown. I definitely would love to be back.

"I expected to be back around January, then January went to February then February went to (late February) then I came back and got hurt again."

Anderson had a few brief stints that showed why the 6-6 forward was vital. He's physically stronger and is a solid three-point shooter. He had a season-high 18 points in a March 2 win in a road game vs. his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves. Two weeks later, he landed awkwardly in a game and injured his groin to ruin any momentum he'd gained.

Why does Wall want him back? Aside from the belief that Anderson will be better, he's the type of imposing personality the Wizards need off the floor, too. The Wizards don't have many. He not only coached from the bench but entered the fray to silence bickering that became a distraction. When he's not able to be on the court, however, that limits his influence. 

"I think me not playing kind of hurt us. I didn't travel the first two months," Anderson said. "We had no consistency. We'd beat tough teams and we'd lose to teams we should beat. We didn't take care of home court as good as we should have. We were just like a roller-coaster. In this league you can't be that."

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

Bradley Beal may have had a slow start in the three-point contest on Saturday night, but in Sunday's All-Star Game he worked quickly to make the most of his relatively small window of playing time.

Beal checked in for the first time with 5:45 left in the first quarter and less than 25 seconds later had his first points on a two-handed dunk assisted by LeBron James.

In his All-Star debut, Beal helped lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory over Team Stephen as the league utilizied a new format for the annual showcase.


Beal finished with 14 points and a steal in a productive night. He shot 5-for-10 from the field and an impressive 4-for-8 from long range. 

Beal also tried to get a travelling call from the refs on Karl-Anthony Towns. Yeah, that's not likely to happen in an All-Star Game:

Beal more than held his own and only played 16 minutes, which was good considering he has logged the fifth-most minutes of any player so far this season. A realistic best-case scenario was a strong showing and a short night and that's exactly what he got.

Not only does Beal play a lot of minutes, the Wizards need him now more than ever with John Wall's injury. He needs whatever rest he can get during this All-Star break.

Speaking of Wall, he was in the house despite being in the middle of his rehab from left knee surgery. Per usual, Wall was shining bright:


The All-Star Game wasn't all about Beal, of course. Here are some other things that stood out...

*The new format and increased financial incentive were intended to make the game more competitive and that's what happened late in the fourth quarter. Usually, that's how these things go where the players will start trying at the end. But this time it seemed to be up a few levels and it was fun to watch. 

Both teams scored in the 140s, so it wasn't exactly a defensive battle. No matter what the league does, the players will only try so hard for so long. The main goal of everyone's is to not get injured in a game that ultimately doesn't count for anything. Still, this was different and appears to have been a success.

*While everyone was focusing on the reunion of LeBron and Kyrie Irving the best beef was Joel Embiid vs. Russell Westbrook. Those two have traded waves to taunt each other at the end of wins in head-to-head matchups and it was clear on Sunday they still don't like each other. Westbrook tried to dunk all over Embiid in the first half, only to get blocked at the rim.

Westbrook's determination to dunk on Embiid was out of the ordinary for an All-Star Game. It was obvious what was on his mind:

*Irving's handles are simply ridiculous. Check out this fake behind-the-back move he pulled with Giannis Antetkounmpo guarding him. Yes, it didn't fool the defender but it was impressive nonetheless:

*LeBron is 33 years old, yet he was still running up and down the court faster than anyone and leaping above the rim to thrown down alley-oop after alley-oop. It is truly amazing and everyone should enjoy watching him while they can, regardless of whether they like the guy or not.

This was one of his dunks:

LeBron took home MVP with a game-high 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

*The pregame show was quite bad. It was anchored by comedians Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle and, though they had some funny jokes, it lasted nearly 30 minutes. The whole thing was pretty much universally panned on social media. Fergie's national anthem was also roasted by the masses.

*The halftime show was much better. It began with N.E.R.D taking it back to their older days with 'Lapdance,' went to Migos performing 'Stir Fry' and swung back to N.E.R.D. who did their latest hit 'Lemon.' 


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The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do. 

The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around.  The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it. 

Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do.