Wizards

Walsh picks Karras Jr. as head coach

Walsh picks Karras Jr. as head coach

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) Ted Karras Jr., fresh from winning the NAIA championship at Marian, is the new head coach at Walsh.

The Northwestern graduate and nephew of the late former NFL star Alex Karras takes over for Jim Dennison, who started the program and then returned to guide it before resigning at the end of the 2011 season.

Ted Karras spent the last seven seasons at Marian, going 48-23 including a 12-1 record this year. He led the Knights past Morningside College 30-27 in overtime to win the NAIA title.

He also was head coach at Rose-Hulman and an assistant at St. Xavier, St. Francis and Lake Forest and at the high school level.

Karras' father, Ted Sr., also played in the NFL.

Quick Links

Wizards coach Scott Brooks says AAU workload is too high, effects are seen in NBA

Wizards coach Scott Brooks says AAU workload is too high, effects are seen in NBA

It is common on draft night for NBA general managers to address the media and reel off selling points for each of their picks. On June 20 of last year, after taking Rui Hachimura from Gonzaga with the ninth overall pick, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard took a unique angle.

Sheppard remarked how Hachimura had less mileage than other draft prospects not only because he picked up the game of basketball at 14, but because he did not come up through the AAU ranks. AAU basketball has become notorious for grueling schedules and Sheppard is among those who feel it plays a factor at the NBA level.

NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh and I set out to take a deep dive into Sheppard's theory. We interviewed a host of subjects in the NBA, ones with AAU experience and ones without, plus people from Hachimura's past.

With the story out today, I wanted to highlight a section which includes some honest thoughts from Wizards head coach Scott Brooks.

"A lot of these programs play 60 games in a summer and four games in a day,” Brooks said. “Two things; the wear-and-tear on the body and the win-losses don’t really mean as much. If you lose a game at 10 a.m. it’s ‘Hey, don’t worry we’re going to come back at 12:30 [p.m.].’ If you lose that game [it’s the same thing], so there’s no value in playing for the win because you’ve got a game in two hours. When you grow up in that, then it becomes [meaningless].

"Good players and good teams, the losses hurt. You can’t live in it and dwell in it, but you’ve gotta learn from it. It has to hurt and then you move on.”

While some might look at Brooks’ comments as the complaints of a long-time NBA coach, it’s much more than that for the basketball lifer and father of two. 

"I think it’s too much,” Brooks said of the AAU workload. “I know I wouldn’t put my kids in that situation to play that many games at that young an age where their body is still growing.”

Brooks has been in the NBA since 1987 when he joined the league as a player. He has been a coach for nearly two decades. He has seen how AAU has changed the NBA and he clearly has some concerns.

Read the full story here.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.

MORE WIZARDS NEWS:

Quick Links

Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

There's no such thing as too much celebrating when you're the World Series champions, so it's hard to blame the Nationals for hosting a second championship parade on Thursday.

However, this one wasn't on Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it wasn't even in Washington, D.C. The Nationals rode down the streets of West Palm Beach, the home of their spring training facility.

There was a smaller crowd than the one that flocked to the District last November, but the Nationals had plenty of fun throughout the evening.

Here are some of the highlights from the Nationals' latest parade.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.

MORE NATIONALS NEWS: