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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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John Wall shares fear of being pulled over by police, experiences growing up with racial discrimination

John Wall shares fear of being pulled over by police, experiences growing up with racial discrimination

As people around the country continue to protest police brutality and racial injustices against black people, athletes continue to add their powerful voices and experiences to the cause.

Wizards guard John Wall joined in the conversation, discussing the fear he continues to have about being pulled over by the police. For many black Americans, the reality of racial discrimination makes the mere thought of being pulled over more daunting than it should be. Apparently that anxiety doesn’t dissipate just because you’re a star athlete.

“If I get pulled over right now, I’m terrified,” Wall said on Thursday’s episode of The Athletic’s “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast. “To be realistic. If I’m in a dark area, or a back street, I’m not stopping. I’ll go to a high-speed chase to get to a spot where it’s a grocery store, or somewhere where there’s a lot of lights at, because that’s how terrifying it is.”

To some, it may be jarring to hear a recognizable, millionaire athlete discuss his fear of the police, but the money and acclaim don't provide a shield from racism. And for many black people, the fear is instilled at a young age, either through personal experiences or those of people with the same skin color. In the age of camera phones, more and more incidents are being recorded for the world to see.

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George Floyd was suffocated and killed by a white police officer in Minnesota who put a knee to his neck for over eight minutes. Breonna Taylor was shot at least eight times and killed in her own home by police in Louisville. Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death by a white father and son while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood.

“You’re telling me if I want to be a black kid to jog in a neighborhood, and I say, ‘Ok, I want to cut through this white neighborhood, this rich neighborhood,’ and then all of a sudden, I’m targeted to get killed?” Wall continued. “Because I don’t belong there? Those are the kind of things I grew up with, like you wouldn’t go to this side of town where you wasn’t allowed. Why? We breathe the same air.”

Wall, who grew up in Raleigh, N.C., said the constant acts of racial discrimination have been frustrating and that all people want to see is justice. 

“I feel like this has been going on for decades, been going on for so much longer than the time I’ve been on this earth,” he said. “But if we didn’t have social media or camera phones right now, we wouldn’t be able to see this act going on.”

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver confident one positive COVID-19 diagnosis won't derail NBA's return plan

NBA commissioner Adam Silver confident one positive COVID-19 diagnosis won't derail NBA's return plan

The NBA now has a concrete plan to return to action, but there are still obstacles that will need solving when play resumes. One of the most important will be the health and safety of players amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, the league will need to know how to handle the possibility of a positive COVID-19 virus diagnosis. With a large number of individuals destined to be in close proximity in Orlando, could one player testing positive derail the entire plan? Would that team then have to be eliminated due to the potential risk they carry?

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, that will not be the case.

“The answer is we don’t believe we would need to," Silver told Charles Barkley on TNT's Inside the NBA, referring to the idea of having to eliminate a team due to a positive coronavirus result.

Silver's confidence stems from the vast amount of research and preparation the league has done to get to this stage in the return process. Not only have NBA officials detailed plans of action, but SIlver and others are working closely with health experts in Florida to make sure things go smoothly.

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Based on what they've heard so far, one positive test won't be the end-all for the NBA. If a player were to be diagnosed with COVID-19, the league knows the exact procedure to keep others safe.

“The view is that if we are testing every day and we are able to trace, in essence, the contacts the player has had," Silver said. "We are able to, in essence, contain that player and separate that from his team.”

The commissioner explained that the NBA is continuing to test on a daily basis, and that won't change anytime soon. The threat of coronavirus impacting the league's return is strong, but Silver and the NBA are confident that they'll be able to overcome any issues and have the season play out in a safe manner.

"The belief is we would not have to shut down if a single player tested positive," Silver said. 

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