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Wiz move forward with Okafor

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Wiz move forward with Okafor

Despite a rash of young forwards on the roster, newly acquired Emeka Okafor fully expects to be the Wizards' starting power forward at the begining of next season.

Okafor made that clear at his and Trevor Ariza's introductory news conference Friday at Verizon Center.

"I assume we would come in right away and start," Okafor said.

The 6'-10" Okafor has averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds in his eight-year career and is set to make 13 million dollars next season, so it's hard to argue with him that he wouldn't be a starter.

Okafor only played in 27 games last season because of a left knee injury, but insisted he will be 100 percent when training camp rolls around in October.

The 30-year old Okafor also knows he was brought to D.C. to provide leadership in a youthful locker room. The Wizards struggled to a 20-46 record a season ago.

"They want us to take a veteran role and provide leadership," Okafor said. "Just bring a sense of professionalism and show the young guys how to work and how to conduct themselves."

Okafor and the small forward Ariza came over from New Orleans in a trade this past week for Rashard Lewis and the Wizards' 46th pick in the NBA draft.

New Orleans tumbled to a 21-45 record after dealing away all-star point guard Chris Paul.

"When I found out I was coming here I was happy," Okafor said.

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

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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

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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. 

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