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John Wall jawed at Julio Jones, Gucci Mane and Migos's Quavo at Wizards-Hawks Game 6

John Wall jawed at Julio Jones, Gucci Mane and Migos's Quavo at Wizards-Hawks Game 6

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Where do you find an NFL All-Pro wide receiver, and two of the largest hip-hop figures in the country? Why, Game 6 of the Wizards vs. Hawks series of course.

In Phillips Arena, located in downtown Atlanta, Julio Jones, Gucci Mane and Quavo (a member of Migos) were spotted courtside as the Wizards clinched the first round series. Don't bet on any of them rooting for the Wizards though as all three have ties to Atlanta.

-Jones, playing for the Atlanta Falcons
-Mane, hometown is Atlanta
-Quavo, hometown is Lawrenceville, Georgia

To make it even better, John Wall started jawing with them in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Scoring 42 points, 19 in the fourth quarter, Wall comanding a win, was on the higher ground.

Both Jones and Quavo are currently partnered with Champ Sports in their newest advertising gig. As a native of Atlanta, no surprise that Gucci Mane joined the party, which ended with Wall sending them home early.

After the game, he told assembled media what he said to the trio. And his play backed it up. 

MORE WIZARDS: Takeaways from Wizards' close out of Hawks in Game 6

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Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.

After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.

That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.

But Hachimura wasn't finished.

He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.

With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.

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Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.

Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.

“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”

Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.

“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”

Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.

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