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Wizards impressed by longevity of Bucks' Jason Terry

Wizards impressed by longevity of Bucks' Jason Terry

With an average player age of 25.5 years old, the Milwaukee Bucks are the seventh-youngest team in the NBA and that is despite featuring guard Jason Terry, who at 39 years and 85 days old is the third-oldest active player in the league. Only Vince Carter (39 years, 318 days) and Manu Ginobli (39 years, 134 days) are older.

Terry made his professional debut in 1999, just one year after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, 51, played his final NBA game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now 18 NBA seasons later, Terry is still logging 17.4 minutes a night for the 11-10 Bucks, who visit the Wizards on Saturday night (6:30 p.m. on CSN).

"For being a smaller guard, that's really incredible. That guy, his career should be celebrated," Brooks said.

"That's amazing. That's amazing to see a guy like that in this league still getting after it. He's an O.G.-vet," 23-year-old forward Otto Porter said.

"He's an OG, man. All the respect to him," 21-year-old forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. said. "J.R. [Smith] showed his respect when he was in the game and he went to go shake his hand. Everybody likes to show respect to the guys who have been doing it in this league longer than us. So, it's nothing but love over here."

Oubre was referring to Smith's infamous lapse in focus in a November game against the Cavaliers when he allowed an easy basket because he was out of bounds embracing Terry on the Bucks' bench. The Wizards won't go that far to show their respect for Terry, but they are impressed with the longevity he has created for himself in the NBA.

"It's a testament of his commitment to prepare every day," Brooks said. "It doesn't happen just because a player wants to stay in this league for a long time. You have to prepare every single day. Every day is a work day. Knowing players that played with him and coaches that coached him, he does his job every day. It's a full-time job to be an NBA player. You just don't practice for an hour-and-a-half. You have to get in early, you have to stay after. You have to upkeep your body and put good stuff in your body. You have to train all summer long."

John Wall, 26, says he has learned a lot about maintaing his body through his seven NBA seasons. The process has changed since he was a rookie back in 2010.

"Massages, sleep and eat healthy. It's all the little things," Wall explained. "You have to change your diet as you start to get older because the stuff you can eat when you're young you can't when you're older because it takes a longer time to lose weight and get it off of you."

Wall and his teammates would like to stick around as long as Terry has. But they know it's not easy to do.

"I'm pretty sure everybody would love to be in the league that long, but only a few have the opportunity," Porter said.


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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 


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Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

WASHINGTON -- It is not often you see a rookie find initial success in the NBA to the degree Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has, already with borderline All-Star numbers at the age of 20. And oftentimes, opponents are careful throwing out player comparisons for guys his age, wanting to see more before they anoint anyone.

Morant, though, is a different case and questions from media members at Wizards practice this week as the team gets set to face him for the first time naturally led to parallels to great players. On Thursday, Brooks brought up unprompted how much Morant reminds him of Russell Westbrook, his former player in Oklahoma City.

And on Friday, Bradley Beal invoked a teammate of his when breaking down what makes Morant so good.

"He loves to get up and down. He's really fast with the ball. It reminds you of John [Wall] in a lot of ways. He plays with his pace," Beal said.

Through 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2 percent from three on 2.2 attempts.

The threes have been surprising to most, as he shot a relatively modest 36.3 percent his final year in college at Murray State. But also surprising maybe just how lethal he has been at attacking the rim.

Sure, that was a big part of his game in college. But this is the NBA where athletes are much bigger and stronger. And he isn't the biggest guy either, weighing in at 175 pounds according to Basketball-Reference.

But despite lacking in size, he has shown an ability to finish through contact rarely seen from any player.

"I think he has a no-fear type of mentality. So, you have to respect his aggressiveness," Beal said. "He'll get respect from a lot of players in the league, a lot of refs in the league because of his aggressiveness and... with all the posters he has. So, he's an assassin. You gotta respect his game."

Beal likely won't draw the defensive assignment on Morant. That will probably go to Ish Smith and back-up point guard Chris Chiozza, who is with the team while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a left calf injury.

Beal knows it is going to be tough for the whole Wizards team to contain Morant. He said the trick will be trying to stay in front of him, though he knows that is easier said than done.

Really, Morant is such a unique player that the Wizards can only gameplan and prepare so much until they actually experience facing him for the first time.

"He's gonna be a handful," Beal said.