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4 former Wizards players trying out to play in new BIG3 league

4 former Wizards players trying out to play in new BIG3 league

A few former Wizards players are hoping to break into a new basketball league.

Etan Thomas announced Saturday on Twitter that he, DeShawn Stevenson, Kwame Brown and Michael Ruffin are all trying out for the BIG3, a 3-on-3 league involving former NBA players.

The league held a combine Saturday, one day before having its draft Sunday at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

More than 70 players have signed up to play in the eight-team league, including Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, Charles Oakley, Chauncey Billups and Steve Francis.

Gary Payton, George Gervin, Julius Erving, Rick Mahorn, Rick Barry, Clyde Drexler will be coaches. Iverson and Oakley will be both players and coaches.

The league, created by rapper and actor Ice Cube, begins play June 25, with the first game set to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 10-week season also will have games held in Charlotte; Tulsa; Philadelphia; Nashville; Dallas; Lexington, Kentucky; Los Angeles; Seattle; and Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, on Aug. 26 in Week 10, will be the site of the championship game.

Former Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. is the BIG3 commissioner.

Thomas, 39, played for the Wizards from 2001-09 and last played in the NBA with the Hawks in 2011.

Stevenson, 36, played for the Wizards from 2005-10 and last played in the NBA with Hawks in 2013.

Brown, 35, played for the Wizards from 2001-05 and last played in the NBA with the 76ers in 2013.

Ruffin, 40, played for the Wizards fro 2004-07 and last played in the NBA with the Trail Blazers in 2009. He last played professional basketball in 2011 in Spain.

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John Wall nails seated trick shot, sits back and sips his coffee

John Wall nails seated trick shot, sits back and sips his coffee

John Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December of 2018, but that hasn't stopped him from doing ridiculous things with a basketball. 

Ath the Wizards' shootaround Tuesday ahead of a big matchup with the 40-6 Bucks, Wall launched a baseline three while sitting on a chair and drilled it. 

Sure the shot was cool, but the best part was when he leaned back with his coffee in hand like he'd done it a thousand times before. 

Wall has been sidelined all season recovering from Achilles surgery, and while the team has yet to completely rule him out for the rest of the year, there isn't an expectation he returns before next season. 

Meanwhile, Wall's been showing promising signs in his recovery process, most notably his time at practice driving past defenders and trash-talking with a trainer

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Giannis Antetokounmpo out against Wizards with shoulder injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo out against Wizards with shoulder injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t play against the Wizards on Tuesday night after the Bucks announced that he’s dealing with shoulder soreness.

There was no indication from Antetokounmpo before the announcement that he was dealing with any sort of injury. He played in Milwaukee’s previous game, a 116-103 win over the Hornets on Friday, in which he scored 30 points and recorded 16 rebounds after playing 32 minutes.

Tuesday’s contest represents the Bucks’ first game since the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

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