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Former NBA tough guy Stephen Jackson admires Wizards' edge and toughness

Former NBA tough guy Stephen Jackson admires Wizards' edge and toughness

A familiar face walked into the Wizards' locker room after their 121-102 win over the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday night. Wearing a John Wall jersey, in walked former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Markieff Morris spotted him and yelled across the room: "what's up OG?"

Jackson, a notorious NBA tough guy through 14 seasons in the league, is a big fan of the 2016-17 Wizards, it turns out. Jackson sees an old school team that talks trash and plays with toughness. Naturally, he likes that.

"I wish I was playing for them," he told CSN. "They play with that edge. They've got guys on the team that play for each other and you don't have that a lot in the NBA."

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Jackson said he's long been a fan of head coach Scott Brooks and he considers Wall to be a "little brother." He's also a big fan of Morris, who has taken the lead at times when it comes to talking and physical play.

"I know John and Beal love having him on the team," he said. "You need a tough guy. He's a guy that's going to put his body on the line for his teammates and stand up for his teammates."

Jackson said the Wizards resemble a team he used to play on.

"They kind of remind me of my Golden State team," he said.

That would be the Baron Davis-led Warriors who also boasted plenty of guys who loved to mix it up with other teams like Jackson, Matt Barnes and Al Harrington. Now, in the Wizards, he sees a team he can root for.

[RELATED: True to his word, Morris warms up in 'Death Row D.C.' shirt]

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Cavaliers reportedly parting ways with coach John Beilein ahead of matchup with Wizards

Cavaliers reportedly parting ways with coach John Beilein ahead of matchup with Wizards

As the Wizards continue to enjoy the All-Star break and prepare for the stretch run toward the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, their first opponent following the break just made a significant change to their team. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd, the Cavaliers and head coach John Beilein have agreed to part ways after 54 games. It was Beilein's first year on the job after a 12-year run at Michigan. 

Cleveland is expected to promote associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to replace Beilein. 

According to The Athletic's report, several factors weighed on Beilein and the Cavaliers' decision to part ways, including the team's on-and-off-court struggles, and his son's resignation at Niagra University. The Cavs were 14-40 under their new head coach this season. 

For the Wizards, they're in a position to build off a two-game winning streak they built going into the All-Star break with a matchup against a bad Cavaliers team going through major structural changes. Though it's possible the Cavs could play better under new leadership. 

Entering Friday's clash with the Cavs, Washington sits three games behind the Magic for the last playoff spot in the East. 

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Monumental Sports auctioning off Wizards, Capitals gear in tribute of Kobe Bryant

Monumental Sports auctioning off Wizards, Capitals gear in tribute of Kobe Bryant

Capitals, Mystics and Wizards gear, including those worn in tribute of the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant, are being auctioned off by the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation with all proceeds going to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation and the MambaOnThree Fund.

The auction began at noon Tuesday and will be open until the end of the second intermission of the Capitals’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Some of the items available include an autographed No. 24 jersey Alex Ovechkin wore during pregame warmups Jan. 29 and signed Wizards “City Edition” jerseys that feature No. 8 or 24 with Bryant's name on them.

The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation assists children and families in low-income communities by carrying out charitable initiatives through sports in memory of the Bryants who died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.

The MambaOnThree Fund was set up to provide financial assistance to the other families who lost loved ones in the crash.

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