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Wizards Summer League roster includes Beal, Satoransky


Wizards Summer League roster includes Beal, Satoransky

Denied a trip to the Las Vegas Summer League last year because of the NBA lockout, Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack now have their opportunity for a full and "normal" professional offseason.First round pick Bradley Beal will make his debut in a Wizards jersey as will the Wizards second-round selection, Tomas Satoransky.The quintet are among the 14 players invited to the Wizards mini-camp starting on Monday before the team heads to Las Vegas. The entire roster, released by the Wizard son Friday,is listed below.Let's note the following: The Wizards will open summer league against Atlanta on July 13, their first of five games in six days. Players invited to the mini-camp will not necessarily travel with the Wizards to Las Vegas and others could be added. The only true class of 2012 rookies from American colleges on the roster are Beal and LaRon Dendy, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Middle Tennessee State and the last season's Sun Belt Player of the Year. All others have played at least some professional basketball.There was some mystery as to whether the 6-foot-7 Satoranky would show. Seeing as Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said within minutes of drafting the combo guard that it could be multiple seasons before the Czech Republic product plays in the NBA, this could be our only chance to see him live on U.S. soil in quite a while.

Otherwise...not exactly a list of household names. - Steven Gray played four seasons for Gonzaga and as a senior averaged 13.9 during the 2010-11 campaign. - Shavlik Randolph entered college in 2002 with those high expectations one expectsfrom a Duke recruit.The 6-foot-10 forwardturned pro after three suspect seasons and later would be dubbed the biggest recruiting bust of the decade by Seth Davis (ht TruthAboutIt.net).- Earl Calloway averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 assists at Indiana...during the 2006-07 campaign. More recently he has played for Sevilla in Spain's ACB League, the same team as Satoransky. Something tells me the media will be asking Mr. Calloway questions about the young Czech.Truth is, this team is all about the trio of second-year players and the two rookies. Seeing if Vesely now has a semblance of a jumper, if Singleton's confidence has returned, if Mack can run the offense, how Beal handles his first taste of pro competition and simply what Satoransky is all about, that's what matters. Finding additional regular season help, bonus.

2012 Washington Wizards Summer League Roster

Bradley BealGFlorida40Jeff Brooks
FPenn State51Earl CallowayGIndiana16LaRon DendyCMiddle Tennessee St.19Steven GrayGGonzaga30Ravern JohnsonGMississppi State22Shelvin MackGButler32Shavlik RandolphFDuke14Tomas SatoranskyGCzech Republic21Mike ScottFKent St.9Garett SilerCAugusta St.31Chris SingletonFFlorida State34Kim TillieCUtah24Jan VeselyFCzech Republic

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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.