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Wizards training camp: Wall on guarding Beal, reaction to Kara Lawson joining CSN

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Wizards training camp: Wall on guarding Beal, reaction to Kara Lawson joining CSN

The Wizards held their second day of 2017-18 training camp on Wednesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Here's what you need to know...

Details on Robinson's injury

Rookie Devin Robinson will be out for the foreseeable future as he deals with a stress fracture in his left foot. It's something he has had in the past and hopes it doesn't keep him out too long, but it has certainly thrown a wrench into the start of his NBA career.

For more on Robinson's injury, how his contract came together, how he became a great dunker and how he grew up a Wizards fan, check out yesterday's Wizards Tipoff podcast.

Beal and Wall on Lawson

CSN announced on Tuesday that former Olympic and WNBA star Kara Lawson will be joining the broadcast booth as the color analyst replacing Phil Chenier. Bradley Beal recorded a video message for Lawson on CSN's social accounts. It's great stuff:

Wall also shared some thoughts:

"I welcome her with open arms. I'm excited for her. It's sad to see Phil leave, but it's the next person up. I hope she does a great job and has some fun with it. Things will be a lot different. It's like adding a new player. I'm so used to having new teammates. It ain't nothing new."


Wall on guarding Beal

Wall and Beal are the Wizards' two best players, so it's not surprising that they have some battles on the practice court. Wall shared some insight into how they match up and why it's good they can guard each other:

"Whenever I'm not on his team, I try to guard him just so I can get better defensively. He's going to compete and make me a better person. It's vice versa. He's going to guard me and fight over screens to be able to keep chasing somebody. At times I have to guard two-guards because guys like Steph [Curry] come off a lot of screens to shoot the ball. I have to get used to guarding things like that. Guarding Brad makes things a lot tougher and helps me get in even more better shape for guarding guys like that for a full 48 minutes," he said.

Wall also said that he knew Beal would be good back in 2012 when he was drafted, saying that even before the Wizards picked him it was a "no-brainer." That led to questions about them having disagreements in the past and Wall had a funny retort:

"I'm the point guard, so even if I'm mad at someone I still have to pass them the ball if they're open. If I don't, I look like a selfish person. Like, what am I doing?"

Mahinmi's weight loss

Ian Mahinmi shared some details about his weight loss on the Wizards Tipoff podcast, saying he dropped 10 pounds and did so by paying to have his personal chef, trainer and coaches to travel with him across the world. He had to cut out chocolate and sweets, which was the hardest part of changing his diet. But things got very interesting at Disneyland when he took his two daughters. It's a funny story, so check it out:



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Wizards vs. Grizzlies: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Grizzlies: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans, Chandler Parsons and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards may be getting their best player back on on Wednesday, as John Wall inches closer to his return from a left knee injury. Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections on Nov. 25 and has been working his way back in the weeks since. If Wall can  come back, it will be at a good time. The Wizards have lost two straight games to sub-.500 teams and are 4-5 since he went down with the injury.

Ian Mahinmi has a right knee strain and missed his first game of the season on Tuesday against Brooklyn. It's unclear how serious his injury is, but Jason Smith did play well in his absence.


Can the Wizards beat a bad team?

The Grizzlies are certifiably bad, but so are the Nets and the Wizards lost to them. The same could be said about Saturday's game when they lost to the Clippers. Losing to lesser teams has been a trend for the Wizards this season, as they are 5-7 against sub-.500 opponents.

Memphis has lost 15 of their last 16 games and are 8-19 overall on the season. However, they have beaten the Warriors, the Timberwolves, the Blazers and the Rockets twice. The Wizards should beat them, but we've said that about other teams. 


No Conley for the Grizzlies

The Wizards may be getting their star point guard back, but the Grizzlies will definitely be without theirs. Mike Conley, Jr. is sidelined with a left Achilles and heel injury and the Grizzlies aren't much without him. Conley went down 14 games ago and Memphis is 1-13 during that stretch.

With Conley out, the Grizzlies have relied heavily on Tyreke Evans (18.2 points, 47.4% FG) and of course Marc Gasol (19.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg). 


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After being forced to change, Kelly Oubre suspects NBA can't handle 'too wavy' Supreme sleeve

After being forced to change, Kelly Oubre suspects NBA can't handle 'too wavy' Supreme sleeve

Is there such a thing as "too wavy?" Kelly Oubre – a.k.a. Wave Papi – doesn't think so, but the NBA just might. 

That was his best guess when asked why he changed leg sleeves at halftime. He had been wearing one by Supreme, a New York streetwear brand, in collaboration with Nike. 

"It was just what I got informed from one of our trainers. He was like ‘switch leg sleeves,’ so I switched no questions asked."

Maybe no questions asked at the time, but Oubre had plenty of questions (and a few statements) afterwards. 

"It had the NBA logo on it, has a Nike sign on it. The NBA is sponsored by Nike, it’s just Supreme, so I don’t really know what’s the quarrel," he said.

"They shouldn’t have sold it to me or they shouldn’t have dropped it if we can’t wear it and it has the NBA logo on it, because I play in the NBA right? I should be able to wear anything that has the logo of what I represent."

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Not a terrible point considering Nike is the official apparel partner of the NBA. 

So there must be some other reason. The one that Oubre suggests, though, is the most Oubre statement in his 22 years of life. 

"It’s just something wavy, honestly. I don’t know if it’s too wavy for them, but honestly I had fun." 

The league must just be threatened by the waviness of the whole thing. Too wavy to handle. The packaging should say, "Warning: Contains extreme levels of waviness. Wear with caution." 

The NBA might have been overwhelmed by the sheer wave factor, but NBA Twitter was here for it. Oubre wore the sleeve long enough for pictures of it to get picked up by national media outlets.

Hypebeast mode activated.