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Basketball age limit 'unlikely' for 2016 Olympics

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Basketball age limit 'unlikely' for 2016 Olympics

Before these Olympic games have concluded, we may have learned that David Stern's hopes of a 23-and-under format for the 2016 games have already been dashed -- and in turn, John Wall's chances of playing for Gold remain alive.From SI.com's basketball writer Ian Thomsen:"These Olympics are not expected to bring an immediate end to the "Dream Team'' era of men's basketball, a source told SI.com on Thursday.

"The NBA's interest in pursuing an age ceiling for Olympic basketball is "unlikely'' to be instituted in time for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the talks involving the International Olympic Committee and FIBA, the international ruling body for basketball."Stern, with the backing of at least some NBA owners, desires the age change so as to protect his top players, but also to boostthe newly labeled FIBA World Cup. If LeBron James, Kevin Durant and others are no longer in the Olympics, thenon-Olympic four-year event and one withoutage restriction would then be promoted as thepremier basketball event from a talent standpoint. Think World Cup soccer compared Olympic soccer (though I'm guessing most of you already made the connection.).Wall could have been in the mix for a spot in 2012 if the 23-and-under format was the rule. Should the age-limit angle be shelved for now, then Wall, part of the Select team that practicedagainst this edition of Olympians,is back in the mix for 2016. Of course, while getting into the Olympic system certainly cannot hurt his chances, it's also not a lock makes the Rio squad. As I wrote earlier this year, Chris Paul and Deron Williams will both be over 30 by the time 2016 rolls around. That hardly means the pair won't be at an All-Star level, but the combination of wear-and-tear plus the been there, done that aspect could have the passers passing. Russell Westbrook should still be in his prime. As for those not in London, Derrick Rose might want his chance at gold after missing out this time due to injury. Rajon Rondo should still be rocking and rolling and what not. Then you have the next waves of point guards including Wall, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Jennings, Damian Lillard, Kendall Marshall and plus four years worth of college players entering the pro ranks. If he plays up to his draft slot, Wizards rookie off-guard Bradley Beal should also be the backcourt discussion.

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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Gary Payton II, also known as 'The Mitten'

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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Gary Payton II, also known as 'The Mitten'

The Wizards are set to add guard Gary Payton II on a 10-day contract to fill their 14th roster spot. Here are five things to know about the Wizards' newest player...

1. Payton II is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton Sr. His father made nine All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, won a title with the Heat on 2006 and is considered one of the best defensive players of all-time. Payton starred for the Seattle Supersonics in the 1990s, so naturally Payton II is originally from Seattle.

2. His father also had one of the best NBA nicknames of all-time. He was known as 'The Glove.' So, according to Basketball Reference, Payton II is sometimes referred to as 'The Mitten.' 

3. Payton II, a point guard, is listed at 6-foot-3 and shoots left-handed. He has appeared in 29 total NBA games split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. He was Thomas Bryant's teammate in L.A. 

Payton II also spent time with the Portland Trailblazers in 2018-19 training camp before getting released in October. Since then, he played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G-League where he averaged 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.4 steals in 13 games.

4. Just like his father, Payton II played his college ball at Oregon State. With the Beavers, Payton II became the first player to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. He averaged 2.8 steals per game in college.

5. Payton goes by Payton II, not by Payton Jr. That's because his half-brother is Gary Payton Jr. Payton Sr. named two of his sons after himself. There is also a third Payton brother named Julian, according to Payton II's college bio.

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Wizards vs. Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After a dramtic victory in London over the Knicks, the Wizards (19-26) return home Monday afternoon to take on the Pistons (20-25). 

Washington has won three of its past four, fighting hard every night to get into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Wizards are currently sitting three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Detroit is in a similar positon, just ahead of 10th place Washington in ninth and two games out of playoff contention. The Pistons seem to have righted the ship somewhat after a four-game losing streak, winning three of their past five. 

Here's everything you need to know about Wizards vs. Pistons.

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons, 2018-19 NBA Regular Season Game 46

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET, Jan. 21, 2018

TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS TV SCHEDULE

1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons 
4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live
5:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out, lumbar microdisectomy procedure), John Wall (Out, heel), Markieff Morris (Out, transient cervical neuropraxia) 

Pistons: Ish Smith (Day-to-day, groin), Andre Drummond (Day-to-day, concussion), Jon Leuer (Day-to-day, illness)

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards: Since John Wall was shut down for the season, Beal is averaging 29.3 points and 6.3 assists a contest, asserting himself as the Wizards' go-to scorer and floor general. He's more than deserving of an All-Star spot, and perhaps even All-NBA consideration if he keeps it up.

Blake Griffin, F, Pistons: In a mediocre season for the Pistons as a team, Griffin has been nothing but exceptional, averaging 25.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. With the likes of Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris injuried, the Wizards will have their hands full trying to keep Griffin quiet. 

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 290 games (8 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Pistons lead 160-130

Playoff Record: Pistons lead 6-2

Last Meeting: Pistons win 106-95 on Dec. 26, 2018

Last 10: Wizards lead 6-4

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