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Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' coach Scott Brooks confirmed on Tuesday that he did receive an apology from his Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr following the incident between the teams on Sunday that saw Washington guard Brandon Jennings shove Golden State center JaVale McGee to the floor for shooting a three late in a blowout win.

Brooks understands why Kerr wanted to apologize, but said he will not hold what happened against the Warriors organization.

"We've exchanged text messages. I have great respect for their organization. They are a championship team," Brooks said. "The last minute did not take anything away from how they play. You don't want their five-man shooting a three when they're up 20, but that's not of my business. But they won the game fair and square. We had a chance to play better for the 48 minutes before that and we did not do that."

Brooks went on to say acknowledge that there are some unwritten rule sin the game of basketball. In-game policing between players may be more prevalent in other sports like baseball, but there's no question in Brooks' mind that goes on in the NBA.

[RELATED: McGee said he was glad he got pushed late in Wizards' loss]

Brooks, for one, subscribes to those ideas and standards for his own team.

"I have some rules. The guys know," Brooks said. "When you're up [big], you don't want to shoot threes and run alley-oop plays or run the score up. Golden State doesn't do that. They took one bad shot, but that's not who they are. I'm not going to look at them and wish bad luck for them."

In Sunday's loss, the Wizards had essentially conceded the game by emptying their bench late in the fourth quarter and down over 20 points. The Warriors decided to leave Stephen Curry and Draymond Green on the floor as both were chasing personal statistics. Green was going for a triple-double and Curry eclipsed the 40-point mark. Then, there was McGee's shot.

All of that happened after the game was well in hand, hence the problem. Brooks understands that, but takes issue with people calling that time in a game "garbage time."

Here's why:

"There's no garbage time. I don't call it garbage time because I was in there a lot [as a player]. So, I take offense to garbage time. I always told people that 'it's my garbage time and you wish you could be in there playing during those minutes.' Players that were calling it that were not quite good enough to make a team. So, that was my jab back at them."

There you go. Follow the game's unwritten rules, just don't call it 'garbage time.'

[RELATED: Kerr wishes McGee handled his shot differently]

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."

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It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.

[RELATED: WIZARDS AND SIXERS SET TO OPEN SEASON]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

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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