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John Calipari tells Colin Cowherd to lay off John Wall

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John Calipari tells Colin Cowherd to lay off John Wall

Remember that time John Wall did the Dougie? Of course you do, ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd will never let you, or John, forget it. Cowherd has insistently brought up John Wall's dance moves throughout the year, and finally someone may have put an end to it. 

Wall's former college coach John Calipari was a guest on Cowherd's show on Friday and put him in his place, saying "You have to stop on John Wall". He also told Cowherd that he is "out of his mind" and that the Dougie happened years ago and it's time to let it go.

Calipari praised his former point guard on his talents on the court and the strides he has made off of it as well. He told Cowherd "Listen, he has come so far. There’s not one time that he doesn’t text me or call me that ends with ‘Coach, I love you.’".  Calipari also commended Wall for the work he's done in Washington by helping turn the Wizards into a playoff team.

After letting Calpari say his peace, the two also discussed the point guard position in the NBA and how it has evolved throughout the years. Cowherd saying he is a "old school guy" and needs to get use to the style of play that is popular now, a style that is similar to what Wall brings to the court.

But Calipari didn't let Cowherd off the hook too easily, towards the end of their conversation Calipari also jokingly added Cowherd should "go to church and ask for forgiveness". Well done Cal, we thank you.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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