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27 things that happened in the world since the last Wizards loss


27 things that happened in the world since the last Wizards loss

It was bound to happen. Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The Washington Wizards lost a game.

That hadn't happened since April 15.

Things that did happen in the world since the Wizards last felt such pain:

  1. Three days of the NFL Draft
  2. The British royals had a baby
  3. The Nationals played 20 games
  4. Joel Ward's caboose scored at least one goal
  5. Kevin Love suffered a season-ending shoulder injury
  6. Kevin Durant got a new head coach
  7. Jimmy Kimmel ended up the clear winner at the Floyd Maywather-Manny Pacquiao fight
  8. Bryce Harper walked 23 times
  9. Georgetown and Maryland two-year series announced
  10. Protests broke out across Baltimore
  11. Stephen Curry selected 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player
  12. Star Wars: Episode VII trailer
  13. Perhaps the final game of Tim Duncan's career
  14. Certainly the final game of Rajon Rondo's career with the Dallas Mavericks
  15. Derby Day
  16. Cardale Jones made up May Fool's Day
  17. Beyonce wore this
  18. James Harden wore that
  19. Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn
  20. Rich Tandler wrote 873 blog posts about the Redskins (approximate numbers)
  21. Folks made 372 "There's a new Scherff in town" jokes (also, approximate numbers)
  22. Adam Jones batted .389 (actual number)
  23. The New York Knicks owner re-hired Isiah Thomas
  24. The Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager
  25. Bruce Jenner gave an interview
  26. Paul Pierce answered questions about "It"
  27. Braden Holtby revealed he has it

Frankly, so have the Wizards. Despite the loss for the first time in six playoff games, Washington returns home tied 1-1 with Atlanta and having stolen home court advantage. Now they just hope John Wall can return from his left wrist injury for Game 3 rather than some time in the distant future. Nobody wants to compile a list of what took place in the world with the point guard's absence in mind.

MORE WIZARDS: Fast break: Minus Wall, Wizards lose for 1st time in playoffs 

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NBA Draft 2019: Rumors, predictions, and a preview of draft night

NBA Draft 2019: Rumors, predictions, and a preview of draft night

The day we have been waiting for has finally arrived. Sixty prospects will be selected and their careers will begin.

This year’s draft has a lot more anticipation than many others in recent memory, and that can be attributed to one man who needs no introduction. Zion Williamson took the NCAA by storm. Duke last season and New Orleans is prepared to add him to their core as soon as the draft commences.

There will surely be surprises, trades, storylines, and a lot of emotion when the 2019 NBA Draft begins, and NBC Sports Washington has everything you need to know to get you ready for the big night.

2019 NBA Draft Preview

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. The Wizards hold the ninth overall pick. Here's everything you need to know...

When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV: NBC Sports Washington will have Wizards-centric draft coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on TV and the MyTeams app, the official broadcast is on ESPN

Final Mock Draft: READ

Final Big Board: READ

I Am the Prospect:

Bruno FernandoFrom Angola to the NBA Draft, Bruno Fernando is about to make NBA history. FEATURE.

Ty JeromeTy Jerome's relationship with his hard-driving father shaped him into a bona fide NBA prospect. FEATURE.

Isaiah Roby: Isaiah Roby's journey from small-town unknown to potential NBA Draft steal. FEATURE.

Nickeil Alexander-WalkerVirginia Tech's Nickeil Alexander-Walker is ready to elevate Canada's profile in the NBA. FEATURE.

DeAndre HunterNBA Draft prospect De'Andre Hunter is ready to make his family proud at the next level. FEATURE.

Wizards Draft Prospects by Position:

Guards: The Wizards have worked out multiple prospects that will be able to assist them in the backcourt from the get-go. With John Wall sidelined for the foreseeable future, Bradley Beal can't do it all. Hopefully, some reinforcements will lighten his workload.  READ

Wings: In this era of NBA basketball, there is no such thing as too much wing depth. After adding Troy Brown Jr. in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Wizards could look to add to their arsenal. READ

Big Men: Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant are free agents. Jabari Parker may not be back in D.C. next season. The Wizards could opt for some help down low. READ

2019 NBA Draft Prospect Profiles:

Zion Williamson, F, Duke: The freshman sensation may be the most talked about prospect heading into the draft since LeBron James. Profile.

Ja Morant, G, Murray State:
The mid-major star broke onto the scene in his sophomore campaign, and the Memphis Grizzlies look to be sold.  Profile.

R.J. Barrett, G, Duke:
The Canadian swingman was the presumed No. 1 pick for a long stretch prior to Williamson’s arrival, and is slotted to go in the top four. Profile.

DeAndre Hunter, F, Virginia: After a strong showing in the NCAA Title Game, Hunter has a lot of buzz going in his favor. Profile.

Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt:
The biggest wild card of the 2019 Draft, Garland has been gaining a lot of traction ahead of the big night. Profile.

Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech:
An impressive 2019 season and Final Four run has propelled Culver into a lottery prospect. Profile.

Coby White, G, North Carolina:
Breaking Michael Jordan's freshman records at UNC, White is near the top of most big boards. Profile.

P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky:
Don't call him a one-and-done from Kentucky. Washington raised his stock with a second year in college. Profile.

Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga:
Hachimura was one of the best players in the NCAA last season, but evaluators see flaws in his game. Profile.

Cam Reddish, F, Duke:
Reddish took a backseat behind Williamson and Barrett at Duke, how much will it cost him? Profile.

Jaxon Hayes, F, Texas: 
He's considered the best center of this draft class. Profile.

Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland:
You're not going to find a better rebounder in the draft than Fernando. Profile.

Bol Bol, C, Oregon:
The Oregon star dazzled when he was on the court, but that wasn’t often. Profile.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech:
The Hokies’ star is ready to contribute from the get-go. Profile.

Keldon Johnson, G, Kentucky:
One of the many Wildcats projected to go in the first round, Johnson has a very high upside. Profile.

Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga:
The tip transfer last season in Spokane, Clarke provides a lot to like as a prospect.  Profile.

KZ Okpala, F, Stanford:
The Cardinal looks to be one of the more NBA-ready prospects in this class. Profile.

Romeo Langford, G, Indiana:
The Hoosiers missed the tournament in March, and Langford’s draft stock may have taken a hit as a result. Profile.

Sekou Doumbouya, F, France: 
The French forward has a lot of suitors and will surely be one of the first international players off the board. Profile.

Kevin Porter Jr., G, Southern California:
A major wild card, Porter showed flashes at USC of a bona fide star, but couldn’t stay on the floorProfile.

Grant Williams, F, Tennessee:
After a solid career in Knoxville, Williams will look to elevate his game at the biggest level. Profile.

Wizards Pre-Draft Workouts:

There were not many players expected to go around the ninth pick that worked out for the Wizards. However, there are several prospects expected to go in the later rounds, or perhaps would not be drafted at all.

-Coby White, G, North Carolina
-Nassir Little, F, North Carolina
-Keldon Johnson, G, Kentucky
-Brandon Better, G, Southern Utah
-Joe Cremo, G, Villanova
-Jon Davis, G, Charlotte
-Malik Dunbar, F, Auburn
-Paul Eboua, F, Africa
-Kaleb Johnson, F, Georgetown
-Aubrey Dawkins, G/F, UCF
-Jordan Caroline, F, Nevada
-Justin Robinson, G, Virginia Tech
-Kavell Bigby-Williams, F, LSU
-Elijah Thomas, F, Clemson
-William McDowell-White, G, Australia
-Bryce Brown, G, Auburn
-Jessie Govan, C, Georgetown
-Frank Howard, G, Syracuse
-Anthony Lee, G, Kutztown 
Myles Stephens, G, Princeton
-Harry Froling, C, Australia
-Shizz Alston, G, Temple
-Shannon Bogues, G, Stephen F. Austin
-Jamall Gregory, G, Jacksonville State
-Trey Mourning, F, Georgetown
-Ed Polite Jr., F, Radford
-Trey Porter, Forward, Nevada
-Corey Davis, G, Houston
-Jaylen Hands, G, UCLA
-Lyle Hexom, F, Peru State
-Jonathan Kasibabu, C, Fairfield
-V.J. King, F, Louisville


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'The Basketball Tournament' 2019: meet the TBT field, bracket and local DMV stars

The Basketball Tournament

'The Basketball Tournament' 2019: meet the TBT field, bracket and local DMV stars

Whether you're thrilled or disappointed about the Wizards' first pick, July 19th should give you hoops to look forward to. 

It's "The Basketball Tournament."  A field of 64 teams comprised of has-beens, what-could-of-beens and international players will vie for a $2 million winner-take-all prize. The bracket has eight regions, with each region's top seed being "capable of drawing loud, passionate, sizeable fan bases," per TBT's website.

The remaining 56 teams were chosen from the application pool. 

One of those host regions is Richmond, Va.,, joining Syracuse, NY,, Greensboro, NC, Lexington, Ky., Memphis, Tenn., Wichita, Kan., Columbus, Ohio and Salt Lake City, Utah.. 

Games begin Friday, July 19th, with Greensboro, Lexington, Memphis and Columbus playing to completion through Sunday. The remaining four regions will do the same the following weekend, setting up an eight-team quarterfinal round at Wintrust Arena in Chicago (Ill.) beginning August 1st. The championship will be held Tuesday, August 6th at Wintrust. Team Overseas Elite has won the last four titles, amassing $7 million in total winnings. 

All regional games can be streamed via ESPN3. Quarterfinal games will air on ESPNU, ESPN or ESPN2, and the semifinals and finals will all be on ESPN. 

Here are some notable teams and players with DMV ties that you can watch close to home:

Richmond Regional:

No. 2 Ram Nation (VCU alumni):

  • Bradford Burgess, Coach (VCU)
  • Chris Evans (VCU)
  • Javonte Green (VCU
  • JeQuan Lewis (VCU)
  • Eric Maynor (VCU, Wizards) 
  • Brandon Rozzell (VCU)
  • B.A. Walker (VCU)
  • Reggie Williams (VMI)


No. 3 Green Machine (George Mason alumni): 

  • Bryon Allen (GMU) 
  • Lamar Butler (GMU)
  • Folarin Campbell (GMU)
  • Erik Copes (GMU)
  • Corey Edwards (GMU)
  • Austin Freedman (Georgetown)
  • Mike Morrison (GMU)
  • Ryan Pearson (GMU)
  • Isaiah Tate (DeMatha, GMU)
  • Will Thomas (Mount St. Joe's, GMU)


No. 5 Seven City Royalty (Old Dominion alumni)

  • Nik Biberaj (ODU)
  • Aaron Bacote (ODU)
  • Jordan Baker (ODU)
  • Trey Freeman (ODU)
  • Randy Haynes (ODU)
  • Keenan Palmore (ODU)
  • Richard Ross (ODU)
  • Brandon Stith (ODU)


No. 6 The Web (Richmond Alumni)

  • Terry Allen (Richmond)
  • Darien Brothers 
  • TJ Cline
  • Darrius GarrettJahron Giddings 
  • LG Gill (Maryland)
  • David Gonalvez
  • Justin Harper 
  • Shawndre' Jones


No. 7 Team DRC:

  • Joseph Katuka (GWU)


Other notable participants: 

Jordan Adams, PG – Sons of Westwood (Oak Hill) 

Michael Anderson, PF – Boo Williams (VCU)

Ray Barbosa, SG – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

Earl Barron, PG – Bluff City (Wizards)

Julius Brooks, PF – Showtime (Loyola Univeristy at Maryland)

Demarcus Cousins, GM – Loyalty is Love (It's Demarcus Cousins)

Will Darley, PF – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

Juan Dixon, Coach – Team Hines (Maryland, Wizards PG)

Jourdan Grant*, PG – Hilltop Dawgs (Archbishop Spalding, UMBC)

Megan Gustafson, SF – Iowa United (First active woman's pro player to participate) 

Brian Hodges, Coach – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

Dru Joyce III, PG and Romeo Travis, PF – Mid-American Unity (HS teammates of Lebron James)

Eric Mann, C – Primetime Players (VMI)

Charles Mann Jr, PG - Showtime (Son of former Redskins' DE Charles Mann)

KJ Maura*, PG – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC) 

Du'Vaughn Maxwell, SF – Boo Williams (Hampton)

Jeff McInnis, Asst. Coach – Primetime Players (Wizards)

James Michael McAdoo, PF – Eberlin Drive (2x Virginia's Mr. Basketball, USA Basketball's Male Athlete of the Year in 2009)

Toure Murry, SG – Aftershocks (Wizards)

Chase Plummer, SF – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

Bobby Portis, C – Team Arkansas (Wizards)

Sam Schweitz, C – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

Joe Sherburne, SF – Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC)

DJ Strawberry, PG – Fort Hood Wounded Warriors (Maryland)

* – orchestrated the first-ever 16 v. 1 seed upset