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LeBron James confirms what media already knows: Verizon Center is freezing

LeBron James confirms what media already knows: Verizon Center is freezing

NBA arenas each have a different feel. Some are extra loud, others are hot and stuffy and some have really good food. Verizon Center is known to local media as being really cold.

Like hair-blowing-in-the-air-conditioning, finger-tips-purple cold.

The temperature is probably affected by the Capitals' ice rink that sits just below the Wizards court. But the arena is also drafty. 

On Friday, the visiting Cavaliers were not prepared for the icy atmosphere. LeBron James in partcular was affected. 

In the locker room after Cleveland's 105-94 win, he said he could "absolutely" feel the chill.

"You could tell. Your hands take a long time to warm up, and pretty much my whole pre-work out before the game started, I was cold the whole time," he said.

"I was happy I was able to get out there and at least get my body going a little bit, but absolutely you could feel it."

James, who set an NBA record as the youngest player to score 27,000 points in this game, has put a lot of miles on his body since entering the league as an 18-year old. Getting warmed up and loose is probably more important to him than most others on his team. 

But James logged 38 minutes (and scored 27 points) against the Wizards Friday night, so the number on the thermometer couldn't have troubled him too much. 

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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