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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.


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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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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