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Highlights from Wizards media day: Injury updates, new jersey numbers, Oubre's fashion line, Gortat's mohawk

Highlights from Wizards media day: Injury updates, new jersey numbers, Oubre's fashion line, Gortat's mohawk

It had been months since many of the Washington Wizards players spoke to the media to update the world on their summer and how they spent their offseason. So, there were plenty of questions to ask at media day on Monday and plenty of information for them to share.

There was a lot of stuff on President Donald Trump that can be found here. And we'll have more on Markieff Morris' absence in a separate post. But here is a rundown of the miscellaneous highlights from Wizards media day 2017...

Mahinmi had his meniscus repaired

Details about the procedure Ian Mahinmi had done earlier this offseason were finally revealed. Mahinmi had his left meniscus repaired, much like he did last October. The timing of this surgery was much better, of course, as it allowed Mahinmi to rehab the whole summer. He says he "drastically changed" his diet and has lost a considerable amount of weight. Mahinmi was so serious about it that he paid for his nutritionist and personal trainer to travel with him and his family. Among his travels included a stop at Disneyland for his daughters.

Oubre is starting a fashion line

Kelly Oubre, Jr. takes his personal style seriously and now has plans to start a clothing line called 'Dope Soul' that should be ready for release as early as 2018, depending on his contractual obligations with Adidas. Oubre already has the name tattooed on his arm and is excited to show the world what he has designed. On his personal style, Oubre had this to say:

"I style myself. I don't have a stylist. I take this very seriously. This fashion stuff is not a game. A lot of these dudes up here want to say their the freshest in the league. But they have a stylist and I'm just like 'how?' I do it myself. It's all organic. I really love to look nice and dress nice and be trendy. I have a lot of young fans that look up to me and want to see what I have on... I have my own brand that I'm trying to get off the ground... it's a community of young individuals who aspire to be great and are into all the hip stuff, but also who want to send the right message to help this world to be a better place."

Oubre also adjusted his shooting mechanics, moving his arm away from his line of sight so he can see the rim better when elevating.

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Porter feels no pressure with new contract

When John Wall sat at the podium, he said he thought Otto Porter would have a lot of pressure alleviated after signing a max contract, which is perhaps contrary to what most would expect. Now that he is among the highest paid players in the NBA, there is less pressure for Porter? Well, Porter agrees wholeheartedly. 

"I definitely feel what he's talking about. That part is over. Now you can just go out there and have fun. I feel like that's what he did. He went out there, played and had fun and enjoyed the process."

Porter, by the way, was asked if he bought anything for himself after signing his $106 million deal. His response was pretty good:

"I didn't really buy anything for myself, a new house I guess. I got out of my small apartment."

Gortat's new... er... old hair

The mohawk is back and Marcin Gortat says it will be here for the rest of the season. Gortat, in fact, could end up doing a Dennis Rodman thing where he dies his hair different colors.

"I was just bored. I was bored and had too much time," Gortat said when asked why he brought it back. "I've gotta do something with the extra time before I leave the house and go to the court. I have to go to the bathroom and put the wax on it, spike it up. It's an extra hour a day, but it's alright... it will stay the same way, but I might throw some colors on it. I might go red, blonde maybe. I will do something crazy, maybe. But I've gotta stay with the mohawk for the whole season."

Gortat also had one of the funniest quotes of the day when asked about how the center position has changed and whether he plans to adapt his game:

"There are no plans. I've got two or three more years in me and then I'm gone. I'm glad I'm at the end of my career right now. I'm not going to shoot threes or develop threes. I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to bring back real centers. I'm just going to try to survive for the next three years."

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New jersey numbers

There were plenty of new numbers passed around for media day following an offseason that saw the Wizards revamp their bench, add two players with the NBA's new two-way contracts and sign two more as training camp invites. Here are those numbers: Tim Frazier (8), Jodie Meeks (20), Mike Scott (30), Devin Robinson (7), Mike Young (4), Carrick Felix (21) and Donald Sloan (15).

Wall's goals are specific

When asked about the high expectations for the Wizards this year following the 2016-17 season, the best for the franchise in decades, Wall offered some specific goals. He said that similar to last year, the Wizards want to win more than 50 games and reach the Eastern Conference Finals. They fell just short of those things this spring. Head coach Scott Brooks said he thinks Wall "should be in the MVP conversation" this year.

Meeks and Frazier

The Wizards backup backcourt is already getting to know each other quite well. They have moved into the same building and live just a few floors away from each other. The two have already been spending time together off the court and have had some late night shooting sessions.

Chik-Fil-A promotion gets mixed reviews

Several Wizards were asked about the Chik-Fil-A promotion in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena and the responses varied. Sure enough, all have noticed when the crowd goes nuts when the opponents are at the free throw line. Brooks, for one, doesn't mind it.

"I kind of like that. I wish we did it every quarter. I didn't know what was going on [the first time], but I loved it. It's exciting... I like the spicy chicken."

Beal likes the promotion, but only if the Wizards are winning.

"As long as we're winning, it's cool. But if we're losing, I hate it," he said with extra emphasis on the word 'hate.'

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

Despite being a brand new franchise with a new roster and new facilities, the Capital City Go-Go will carry into their inaugural season a level of continuity. Both their general manager and head coach are familiar with what they are getting into and the people they will be working with.

GM Pops Mensah-Bonsu is no stranger to the D.C. community and the Wizards franchise. He made a name for himself starring at George Washington University, spent time with the Wizards as a player in their 2013 training camp and remained a frequent visitor to Wizards games as a scout for the Spurs in recent years.

"To be back in the community and the first general manager of the G-League team is special," Mensah-Bonsu said. "This is D.C.’s team. I want them to embrace us."

Head coach Jarell Christian played college ball in Virginia and goes back several years with Wizards coach Scott Brooks. Christian joined the Oklahoma City's G-League staff when Brooks was in his final year as head coach of the Thunder.

Christian began his coaching journey with an eye trained on how Brooks goes about his job.

"My introduction to pro basketball was under Coach Brooks and his philosophies. A lot of that stuff, I believe in wholeheartedly. That’s my foundation," Christian said. "I got a chance to know him through training camp and throughout that season. He and I developed a bond and a relationship that stood the test of time. To this day, we still talk often. It’s just another chance for me to reconnect with him and to continue to grow our relationship."

The Go-Go intend to make what they do as similar to the Wizards as possible. When guys like Devin Robinson, one of their two-way players, is called up he can step right in without a learning curve of the playbook or how they practice.

Having Christian in place will help that process in particular.

"There won’t be any issue or any slippage with guys going up and down to know what’s in store for them," Christian said. "A lot of the stuff that the Wizards will do, we will implement with the Go-Go. Just some offensive and defensive concepts. Some of the playcalls and the terminology will be the same."

"Whatever you see the Wizards doing, you will probably see the Capital City Go-Go doing, too," Mensah-Bonsu said.

The symmetry between the G-League and the NBA teams will also be helped by the fact they will share the same practice facility. Their proximity will come with many advantages from the Go-Go perspective.

"I think it’s going to help motivate these guys. We’re going to be practicing in the same place that the Wizards do and the Mystics do," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I think if these guys can see Dwight Howard and John Wall and Bradley Beal walking around every day, it will help motivate them to get to that next level."

"The exposure our players get with the Wizards [front office], the Wizards personnel, being able to watch them practice daily, watching their practice habits and what their routines may be, is really big," Christian said.

That element will also apply beyond the players. Christian, who is just 32 years old, will get to watch how an NBA coaching staff operates on a daily basis.

Christian has yet to take a tour of the new building in Ward 8, but he has seen blueprints. Among the amenities the Go-Go will enjoy that other G-League teams do not usually have is a dedicated dining area.

Many G-League teams do not go to that length.

"A lot of organizations do not provide food for their players on a daily basis, but we will. That’s the No. 1 thing in my opinion that’s gonna set us apart from our competitors," he said.

The Go-Go won't take the floor for their first game until November, but it seems like a good foundation is starting to take place.

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John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

When John Wall re-signed with Adidas this past January, it was time to stock his shoe closet with all the newest, most exclusive Three Stripes designs. 

The brand is known for its designer collaborations and limited releases that can push the pricetags up into the hundreds. 

Cost is no object for Wall, who invited Chris Miller into the shoe closet of his Miami mansion. You can watch the full closet tour in the video player above.

Wall keeps thousands of dollars of footwear organized inside specially lit display cases. But what are his favorites? He pulled out six Adidas designs he's been loving this the summer. 

1. Raf Simons Replicant Ozweego Independence Day – These sneakers are the product of Adidas's collaboration with Belgian designer Raf Simons, who has worked as creative director of fashion houses Christian Dior and Calvin Klein. Wall got his hands on the Independence Day colorway of these sneakers before they were released in July. They're available retail for $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Yeezy Boost 700 "Wave Runner" – Designed as part of Kanye West's Yeezy collection, the "Wave Runner" has been a popular model since its first release in February 2017. A third release is scheduled sometime later this year, but to purchase them now, Flight Club sells pairs ranging from $575 to $1,320

3. Twinstrike ADV – Wall has the Twinstrike in multiple bold colorways. The shoe debuted late in 2017 and is more attainable than the first two pairs he showed off. They're available at Barneys New York for $180

4. EQT Support Ultra King Push “Bodega Babies” – These EQT Support sneakers got an update in collaboration with rapper Pusha T. The sock-style primeknit has been a popular design feature for Adidas. The sneakers are limited release, but retail at $220 at Barneys New York.

5. Pharrell NMD Hu Trail “Holi" in Pink Glow – This exclusive collaboration with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams was inspired by the Holi festival of colors in India. Released in limited quantities in early March of 2018, the shoe's retail price was $250. To buy a pair now, it'll cost anywhere from $325 to $480 at Flight Club

6. Originals Gazelle – Finally, Wall gets to a classic! The Gazelle was originally designed in the mid-1960s and became one of Adidas's most recognizable, popular designs throughout the brand's history. They're popular, easy to find and affordable. The Adidas website has a whole section devoted to the Gazelle, which comes in men's, women's and kids' sizes. A standard pair of men's costs around $80 at retail

For those not keeping track, the six shoes above combine to cost around $2,000 or more. But whether people can afford them or not isn't the point. 

Wall told Miller how he couldn't afford the sneakers he loved as a kid, but still kept track of all the new releases and special styles. As he made money and started to build his shoe collection, he treated it like collecting fine art.

But also like art, you don't have to own designer sneakers to appreciate them. 

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