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Nene returns to practice, game-time decision vs. Pacers


Nene returns to practice, game-time decision vs. Pacers

Nene practiced on Tuesday morning with the Wizards, increasing his chances of playing vs. Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

The backup center, who has had a sore right calf during the preseason and back spams that caused him to miss one regular season game, had soreness in his left calf after Saturday's win in Detroit.

"We'll see," he told CSNmidatlantic.com as he left the court. "It feels better. I'll test it out tonight before (the game)."

If Nene is unable to go, DeJuan Blair or Drew Gooden could come off the bench to fill the void with the second unit. Blair is undersized but more of a center than Gooden, who is about three inches taller at 6-10 but a stretch big because of his three-point range. 

The team is calling is availability for tonight "questionable."

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All-NBA teams announced: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden earn most votes

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All-NBA teams announced: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden earn most votes

The All-NBA rosters for the 2018-19 season were unveiled on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and James Harden of the Rockets, both MVP finalists, received the most votes and headlined the first team. 

The third MVP finalist, Oklahoma City's Paul George, also made the first team, along with Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. This is Jokic's first All-NBA selection. 

The second team includes Sixers center Joel Embiid, Portland guard Damian Lillard, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, and Warriors forward Kevin Durant, earning All-NBA honors for the ninth time. 

LeBron James of the Lakers made the third team, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan for the most All-NBA selections in league history with 15. Rounding out the third team are first-time All-NBA recipient Kemba Walker of the Hornets, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Pistons forward Blake Griffin, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert. 

By earning All-NBA, Lillard and Walker are now eligible to sign supermax contracts this summer. Lillard and the Blazers are expected to agree to a $191 million extension this summer, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

Among those narrowly missing out on All-NBA honors were Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, and Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns. By falling short of All-NBA, Beal does not qualify for a supermax contract. 


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Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas was an attention-grabbing, electric player on the court. That's equally true off it, where Agent Zero has made a name for himself saying outrageous things and playing the jester. 

Arenas was back at it with another controversial take on his No Chill podcast this week. This time, he took aim at bench mobs.

"[The] only thing that irritates the s--- out of me, is when someone scores and they're like shooting the arrows and they havin' this big ole hype party on the bench ... f--- that ... I want your position. I don't want you to do good."

Bench celebrations have to be some of the most fun, light-hearted and beloved parts of an NBA game. Just look at this. 

Sure, players are drawing attention to themselves by cheering on their teammates, but who begrudges guys for rooting for their own team's success?

Arenas, apparently.

It might sound odd that a guy like Gil couldn't relate to goofy antics. Take a closer look at his history, though, and it makes perfect sense. 

Arenas was one of the most ball-dominant guards in the NBA at a time when Kobe Bryant dominated. That's saying something.

Just compare him versus Bradley Beal, for example. 

Arenas averaged 19 or more shots per game in four of his eight seasons with the Wizards. Beal, by contrast, has only done that once.

Arenas also logged 39 minutes per game while playing for Washington. Even last season when Beal's playing time was a concern, he played 37 minutes a night. 

Of course Arenas can't relate to sitting back and watching his teammates take his minutes or his shots. He had no experience doing either of those things.

There's also the indisputable fact that Agent Zero loves to stir up controversy. If the general consensus is one thing, Arenas gets attention by saying the other. 

Look no further than a few weeks ago. When most NBA players and fans were excited about Vince Carter deciding to try to play another year, Arenas came out opposed to the idea on his podcast.

He said Carter should retire to make room for younger players to prove themselves in the league. 

At this rate, if Arenas uses next week's podcast space to argue that Zion Williamson should go back to Duke, no one should be surprised.