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Kevin Durant the only local athlete on list of candidates for new Ben's Chili Bowl mural

Kevin Durant the only local athlete on list of candidates for new Ben's Chili Bowl mural

Ben's Chili Bowl, one of Washington D.C.'s iconic eateries, is undergoing a facelift. 

For the past five years, the U Street diner has displayed the images of former President Barack Obama and longtime patron Bill Cosby. The management team for Ben's Chili Bowl has decided it is time for a new mural, and are asking you, the people to decide who should go up next.

If you take a look at the names on the voting list you may notice that it includes a wide variety of people. There are 59 names on the list, with a wide variety of historically significant people (Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi), local icons (Chuck Brown, Russ Parr), celebrities with local ties (Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle) and a wide variety of famous musicians, artists, politicians and chefs.

There's also four athletes on the list, but only one with local ties.

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Joining Muhammad Ali, Misty Copeland and Simone Biles is Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, a native of Prince George's County, Md.

There's a slight problem here: Durant hasn't played basketball in the DC area since high school. Additionally, there's a bit of sour grapes among DC sports fans after Durant didn't consider Washington, D.C. as a landing spot during his offseason free agency.

Perhaps an athlete that represented Washington, D.C. sports more than Durant was worth nomination.

What about Redskins legend and NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green? On top of being an elite cornerback, he was and still is an outstanding person, who gives back to the community on a consistent basis. 

What about John Thompson Jr.? The towering former Georgetown coach led the Hoya program to national prominence, with three Final Four trips and a National Championship in 1985, in which he became the first African-American coach to capture a major sports championship.

Washington, D.C. has a solid history of athletic success, and some of the people responsible for that deserve the recognition.

You can visit the official website of Ben's Chili Bowl to look at the candidates and cast your vote

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Rui Hachimura is set to miss his 16th straight game with a groin injury, and his return to the court doesn't seem close. 

Before the Wizards took on the Raptors Friday night, head coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure if Hachimura would return before the start of February. 

Previously, Hachimura was set scheduled to be reevaluated in mid-January, so it appears after that checkpoint, the Wizards aren't ready to bring back their promising young forward. 

Hachimura originally sustained the injury by accidentally getting kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga on December 16. Before going down, Hachimura was flashing plenty of promise as a versatile offensive weapon at the power forward spot. 

As one of the top rookies in the game before the injury, Hachimura seemed like a lock to play in the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star weekend. That's about a month away, so this new timeline would put Hachimura's availability for that game in doubt. 

Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Ian Mahinmi have helped fill in for the rookie, but in a season where development was arguably more important than winning, the Wizards and Hachimura caught a really tough break with this injury. 

In the meantime, Washington will have their hands full with Pascal Siakam and the defending champion Raptors on the road. 

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