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John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase


John Wall to sit out Team USA showcase

John Wall showed up for USA Basketball's two-day workout session in Las Vegas but won't play in Thursday's Showcase game.

No, he didn't get cut, again. In fact, the majority of the top NBA players won't play in the Blue-White scrimmage at UNLV, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. And Chris Paul. And Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook and you get the point. However, the Washington Wizards will have representation as USA Basketball announced the nine-player teams for Thursday's scrimmage (10:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Bradley Beal will play for the Blue team along with Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton.

Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson headlined the White team. Arron Afflalo, Michael Carter-Williams, Draymond Green, Terrance Jones, Mason Plumlee and C.J. Watson.

Wall did miss time during the NBA playoffs after fracturing his wrist, but there is no indication the injury relates to his absence. He participated in Tuesday's workout.

Players were invited if not summoned to Las Vegas if they wanted to remain in consideration for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wall is among a deep group of point guards while Beal's perimeter shooting gives him a puncher's chance considering the perimeter-heavy aspect of international competition.

If you're wondering, no, C.J. Watson is not really in play for the Olympic team. Some of these players - Johnson, Payton, Afflalo Jones and Watson - were late additions to play in the scrimmage. 

Don't put any weight into game performances with regards to Rio. The main objectives are put on a good show and most of all, stay healthy.

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Wizards’ First Round draft pick, Troy Brown is a Vegas Golden Knights fan


Wizards’ First Round draft pick, Troy Brown is a Vegas Golden Knights fan

Uh, oh it may get awkward in Capital One Arena.

The newest draft pick for the Washington Wizards, Troy Brown is a Vegas Golden Knights fan.

Brown, who went to high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, wore a Golden Knights’ jersey on draft night.

The 18-year-old must not have known he was going to Washington, the home of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. He would have known better, right? Either way, we can't hold it against him because again he's from Vegas.

It’s a good thing it only took the Capitals five games to win the Cup, otherwise, that might make it a little tense. At least he wasn’t wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey right?

Ted Leonsis will get him rocking the red in no time.


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Troy Brown's reaction to becoming a Wizard was absolutely priceless

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Troy Brown's reaction to becoming a Wizard was absolutely priceless

The NBA Draft is a special night for a select few young men and their families. Being drafted into the NBA is a life-altering moment.

The reactions players have are often heart-warming moments. Troy Brown's reaction to becoming a Washignton Wizard with the No. 15 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft was one of those moments.

With his family and friends in a bowling alley (!!!) Brown celebrated the right way: with immediate exuberance and then by hugging his family. This is a moment he and his loved ones will remember forever, and now there's a video for him to watch over and over again.