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John Wall hosts back to school giveaway for D.C. kids

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John Wall hosts back to school giveaway for D.C. kids

It's about that time again when summer vacation starts to dwindle away and a brand new school year is on the horizon. Getting back into a school state of mind may be hard, but thanks to John Wall, many area students are all set for a brand new year.

John Wall and the John Wall Family Foundation hosted their second annual Back 2 School #2Squad Giveaway on Saturday and helped D.C. area kids get back to school ready. 

At the Boys & Girls Club in D.C, over 300 area students were given Adidas backpacks filled with everything they'll need once the school year starts back up, pens, pencils, notebooks, and swag. In addition to the regular school essentials the students also received Adidas apparel and pretty awesome t-shirts courtesy of Sean John. 

The event featured a DJ, an appearance by G-Wiz, and of course photo opportunities with John Wall. 

Thx you @jbcreativeservices for donating our volunteer shirts! #wallway #GIVEBACK #Community #adidas #JWFFBack2School #ACEvents #JWFF

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on Aug 15, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT

My partner @seanjohn came through with the #SJDreamBig shirts! The kids loved them! #JWFF #JWFFBack2School #ACEvents #SJDreamBig #adidas #Community #GIVEBACK #wallway

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:20am PDT

Thx @adidashoops @adidas @seanjohn for your donations to ! 300 DC 3rd-8th graders received backpacks filled with school supplies and gear! #JWFF #JWFFBack2School #ACEvents #SJDreamBig #adidas #Community #GIVEBACK #wallway

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:36am PDT

S/O #DjGrizzly #5Deep !!

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:01am PDT

Thx u @adidas for the custom made backpacks and shirts! Today in DC we donated 300 backpacks to 3rd-8th graders! #JWFF #JWFFBack2School #ACEvents #SJDreamBig #adidas #Community #GIVEBACK #wallway

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:17am PDT

.@johnwall and the back to school squad. Lots of kids left with backpacks and gear. And, yes, smiles.

A photo posted by Ben Standig (@bmstandig) on Aug 15, 2015 at 10:16am PDT

Wall also hosted a similar event in Raleigh, NC earlier in the week. 

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

Next to actually signing LeBron James himself, there is another scenario involving the NBA's best player that should sound great to Eastern Conference teams. That is if James decides to leave the conference altogether for a team in the West, and it sounds like Chris Paul is trying to make that dream come true.

Paul, according to ESPN, is actively recruiting James to join the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 games in the 2017-18 season and fell one win short of reaching the NBA Finals.

Here is what Adrian Wojnarowski said as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk:

Chris is going to return there. And listen, right now, Chris Paul’s focus isn’t so much on his own free agency. He’s trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston, and somebody close to him said to me he is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he’s done in this league. He wants to find a way.

There's no doubt Houston would give James an opportunity to contend and maybe even win championships. They were up 3-2 on the Warriors in the conference finals before losing the final two games. Paul missed the last two games of the series due to injury.

If the Rockets were that close without James, adding him would likely push them over the hump. Even with the Warriors being as good as they are, the Rockets would be a super team on a level rarely seen in NBA history. James and Rockets guard James Harden are the two frontrunners for MVP. Then there's Paul, a perennial All-NBA guard who is a surefire Hall of Famer once his playing days are over.

If James went West, that would break the streak of his teams winning the Eastern Conference playoff bracket eight years in a row. The conference would be more wide open than it has been in nearly a decade, giving teams like the Sixers, Celtics, Raptors, Wizards and others a better shot at reaching the Finals.

One alternative is James leaving Cleveland to form another titan within the East. That could happen if he goes to Philly or Boston or somewhere else with some pieces already in place. It's conceivable that James stays in the East and does so with a team that is much better than the Cavs squad he led to the Finals this past season.

On the face of it, James would probably be smart to not go to Houston. As good as the Rockets are and as stacked as they would be if he joined them, he would then subject himself to battling the Warriors in the conference finals or earlier. If winning is his No. 1 goal, he is better off continuing to dominate the East and focus on improving his chances of beating the Warriors once he sees them in the Finals.

Still, Paul can dream. And if James does go West, no one in the East will complain.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller talked all things NBA Draft.

They gave their picks for the best options for the Wizards, the safest and riskiest prospects, plus what they expect the team to do. Texas A&M big man Robert Williams also joined the show in a 1-on-1 interview.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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