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Otto Porter play voted top 'Shaqtin' a Fool' blooper of 2014-15


Otto Porter play voted top 'Shaqtin' a Fool' blooper of 2014-15

Back on March 3, Otto Porter, Jr. zoned out while defending Bulls wing Tony Snell. A good five seconds passed before he realized Snell was gone. By then Snell had moved all the way across the court to take an open jumper (he missed). 

The whole NBA took notice, including Inside the NBA's "Shaqtin' a Fool" segment. In case you haven't seen it, Porter's defensive lapse will play in the video window above. 

Three months later, the blooper is back in the national spotlight thanks to NBA.com's end-of-season voting for the top "Shaqtin' a Fool" videos of 2014-15.

The Wizards forward's dazed moment was voted the No. 1 "Shaqtin' a Fool" clip of the year by a landslide -- in fact, it got more votes than any other clip from the segment ever. 

Paul Pierce gave his own commentary on the play, which wasn't as funny at the time. The Truth won't let Porter forget it, either. 

MORE WIZARDS: Grading Kevin Seraphin's play for 2014-15 season

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Scott Brooks shuffles Wizards starting lineup, inserts Kelly Oubre Jr. and Thomas Bryant

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Scott Brooks shuffles Wizards starting lineup, inserts Kelly Oubre Jr. and Thomas Bryant

Scott Brooks has apparently reached a breaking point. For the first time in his three years on the job, the Wizards head coach has made significant changes to his starting lineup.

With Dwight Howard out on Tuesday against the Clippers due to his strained piriformis muscle, Brooks is calling on second-year center Thomas Bryant to start in his place. Kelly Oubre Jr. will also take Markieff Morris' spot in the starting lineup, as the Wizards aim to shake things up amid a disastrous 5-11 start.

This is the first start in Bryant's NBA career. The 21-year-old has played spot minutes in six games so far this season with the Wizards, who signed him off waivers this past summer.

Brooks usually goes with backup center Ian Mahinmi to start in Howard's place. But with his team lacking energy, he believes Bryant can provide it.

"He plays with a high motor and he plays with a lot of enthusiasm," Brooks said. "We need better effort. We need better energy and we need better play."

Brooks said he hopes Bryant's eagerness will rub off on the other starters. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. have been part of a Wizards' rotation that has far too often produced listless efforts this season, particularly on defense.

Bryant will have his shortcomings and a learning curve, but Brooks saw something in the team's game on Sunday he hopes translates to the starting lineup. Brooks emptied his bench with his team down big to the Blazers and Bryant helped key a near comeback.

There was one play in particular that caught Brooks' eye. Bryant threw down an alley-oop and ran over to the Wizards bench, smiling and pointing at his teammates. He was making the most of a rare opportunity to play, and he was having fun.

Oubre, 22, will get his first career start that wasn't created by an injury. He has made 26 starts in his four NBA seasons, but usually in the place of Porter or Morris when they were out.

Like Bryant, Oubre can infuse some much-needed life into the Wizards' lineup. He plays an emotional style and tries as hard as anyone on the team on the defensive end.

"Coach's decision," Brooks said of sitting Morris. "I just feel like we need to try a different lineup."

Morris is averaging just 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 34.7 percent in his last 10 games. He is being demoted mostly due to the simple need for a change and the fact he hasn't been playing well.

But Brooks believes Morris can help improve the bench by becoming a focus of their offensive sets.

"We're gonna try to stabilize that unit a little bit," Brooks said.

These are undoubtedly the most drastic lineup changes Brooks has made in his tenure so far in Washington. The team needed a shakeup, and this certainly qualifies as one.


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Bradley Beal to Charlotte? Hornets reportedly interested in Wizards SG


Bradley Beal to Charlotte? Hornets reportedly interested in Wizards SG

The Wizards' struggles have been on full display to the public this week, and the rumor mill continues to churn out news and gossip at a hectic pace. 

Days after ESPN reported that every Wizards player is available for trade discussions following a dismal 5-11 start, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the Hornets had expressed interest in Bradley Beal.

From the Observer's Rick Bonnell:

The Charlotte Hornets have inquired with the Washington Wizards about the possibility of acquiring shooting guard Bradley Beal, an informed source confirmed Tuesday. The source didn’t identify what the Hornets have offered for Beal, a 6-foot-5 guard averaging 21.5 points this season, or whether any progress has been made toward a deal.

A day prior, Beal was asked about the swirling rumors

"Ernie has a job. Ted has a job," he said. "The organization has a job and they're gonna do whatever it takes to make sure that the organization is going in a direction they need to. All we can do is continue to work hard every day, continue to - you know - put in work until something changes." 

The 25-year-old, who made the Eastern Conference All-Star squad in 2017, is averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 boards and 3.5 assists through 16 games this season. 

Washington (5-11) plays host to the Los Angeles Clippers (11-5) Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. It will air at 7 PM on NBC Sports Washington.