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Your favorite Wizards players now have their own emojis

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Your favorite Wizards players now have their own emojis

Ever wonder what John Wall would look like as an emoji face? The answer is here thanks to the new Monumental Sports Keyboard, rolled out Wednesday as part of the first ever #WizSocial night at Verizon Center. 

The Monumental Sports Keyboard is a free application available for both iPhone and Android that allows users to text Wizards- and Capitals-themed emojis. 

Brad Bobrow, Digital Media Coordinator at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, masterminded the project in conjunction with a company called MakeSnaps Creative. 

The featured Wizmojis are player faces, which Bobrow says were created by in-house designer Chuck Kacsur. 

The team started with a simple design template, then tweaked each face based on the player's individual features. Right now the keyboard includes Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kelly Oubre Jr., Garrett Temple and Jared Dudley. 

"[Kacsur] came back with John's emoji first and I loved the way the face looked," Bobrow said. "You don't need too many details."

"We started thinking about what makes each player unique. Nene has the hair. Brad has the birthmark and the headband.

"Gortat, the widow's peak was great. We thought about adding in a little mohawk bit, but we decided to leave that in 2014-15," Bobrow said. "Oubre was a lot of fun, he's actually my favorite I think."

Players have reacted well to their emoji portraits, for the most part. 

"John came back and asked for his mustache to be straight, which was fine -- easy fix!" Bobrow said with a laugh. "Kelly loved his. Brad said 'Oh I think that looks better than me!'" 

So who's next? The Monumental team is working on a Ramon Sessions face, with the possibility of Drew Gooden down the road. 

Beyond the faces, the keyboard offers player jerseys, team logos, gifs and even highlight plays. 

There's only one catch to the Monumental Sports Keyboard -- it only works for texting, not social media like Twitter and Instagram.

And those platforms are out of Monumental's control. Twitter and Instragram code only supports one emoji keyboard -- the standard one with yellow smiley faces that most users are familiar with. 

For the moment, users can work around the problem by taking screen shots of their Wizmojis and sharing them as image files on social media. 

But the Monumental team is hopeful to see Wizmojis on social media one day. They're also planning to add more Capsmojis in the near future. 

"There are a couple different ways we've been thinking about approaching the Caps," Bobrow explained. "Helmets, visors, sticks, we'll see. There have been some requests for Holtbeards."

And what about Alex Ovechkin's face, will he be sporting one or two front teeth?

Bobrow wouldn't tip his hand. "Trade secret," he said. 

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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