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NBA has amnesia, leaves Wall out of Best 100 Dunks of 2015 video


NBA has amnesia, leaves Wall out of Best 100 Dunks of 2015 video

Something strange happened in basketball today. The NBA released a video misleadingly titled "Best 100 Dunks: 2015 NBA Season." It's a very entertaining 19 minutes for the ball-is-life set, but includes nary a John Wall dunk. Not even one. 

Anyone who watched the 2014-15 Wizards knows that no dunk compilation is complete without the Wall Star. The guy won the 2014 slam dunk contest, for goodness sake. 

After a painstaking examination of the video -- tough job, but someone has to do it -- this writer can confirm that Wall DEFINITELY belongs in there. 

In fact, here are five of his best jams from last season, in chronological order and recommended for immediate addition.

1. Wall stuffs a one-hander off Paul Pierce's steal. Nominated for vertical leap and single-handed coolness. 

2. Beal feeds Wall in transition for an emphatic jam. Points for explosiveness. You can't deny that explosiveness. 

3. Wall gets back-to-back steals and dunks. That reverse was sick, but to follow it up with another slam? Twice as nice. 

4. Kevin Seraphin's block sets up Wall's dunk on the other end. Note the pair of much taller defenders right there with him. 

5. Wall grabs the steal and two-handed stuff. Even better? The Hawks hadn't even crossed half court. 

In conclusion, the NBA should either add some of the dunks above, or rename the video "Best 100 Non-John Wall Dunks: 2015 NBA Season."

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Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League


Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, John Wall went 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, the celebrity softball game and the Summer League.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the parallels between Wall and Harper and why Wall has chosen to stay loyal to Washington in his own contract decisions. Plus, can the Wizards really tone down the talking this season?

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!