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Wizards melt down after John Wall's ejection for 'inappropriate language'

Wizards melt down after John Wall's ejection for 'inappropriate language'

John Wall's ejection couldn't have come at a worse time with the Wizards desperate for a win to stop from sliding down a black hole just six games into the season. But with 33.6 seconds left and momentum building, head official Marc Davis issued him his second technical foul -- and third of the season -- to speed up his exit from the Verizon Center floor.

The explanation from Davis in a statement: "For inappropriate language and using vulgarity towards a game official. He already received his first technical foul. After granting the team a timeout, I felt that there was contact and that he bumped me. I wasn't certain of his intent. I told him to watch himself. He looked over his shoulder and used vulgarity and inappropriate language and was ejected on his second technical foul."

For his part, Wall was mum about what transpired in a 114-106 loss to the Rockets that got away. Replays show that the bump was minimal -- and likely incidental -- and Wall could not be seen moving his lips. The league office in New York does have the authority to rescind the technical foul and the fines that come with them, but that will provide little solace to a 1-5 team.

"I'm just letting it go," Wall said. "I mean we lost a game, that I'm frustrated about. I didn't go a great job of helping us win. Move on to the next game. We've got practice tomorrow and a game on Wednesday so I'm past that."

In the past when Wall has been hit with technicals, he's admitted if he felt he deserved it. But he has long been agitated by what he perceives as a lack of respect and the no-calls on him going to the basket. When he was given his first technical at 5:52 of the third quarter, Wall missed a transition layup in which he clearly thought was foul-worthy. The whistle didn't blow and Davis assessed that one, too. The score was tied at 66.

Wall was at his boiling point last season when he reached a season-high 12 technicals. Once a player gets 16, he has to serve an automatic one-game suspension. Wall has as many as 76 games left.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks appeared disgusted by it all. On top of it, his team allowed the Rockets to shoot 51.9% from the field and 45.9% from three-point range.

"I haven't talked to John about that yet nor have I talked to Marc," Brooks said. "(Davis) wanted to explain it to me but I wasn't interested in listening to it."

Each technical foul comes with a $2,000 fine. If Wall reaches six, it'll grow to $3,000 per infraction and then $4,000 per starting with the 11th. If Wall were to reach 16, he'd get a $5,000 fine on top of a one-game suspension.

The only player in the NBA coming into the week with at least three technicals is Wall's college teammate, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. 

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' 5th loss in 6 games vs. Rockets]

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Mystics star Kristi Toliver excited to officially join Wizards coaching staff

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Mystics star Kristi Toliver excited to officially join Wizards coaching staff

After months of serving a variety of roles for the organization, Kristi Toliver now has an official title with the Washington Wizards. The Mystics star has joined Scott Brooks' staff as an assistant coach and assistant for player development.

Toliver, 31, will remain a member of the Mystics, who play their season during the summer. The lack of overlap will allow her to focus much of her time on the Wizards and what she hopes becomes a long and successful coaching career.

She chose joining the Wizards over continuing to play professionally this year overseas, an option many WNBA players use in the offseason. But she has a coaching dream and happens to have caught on with the hometown team.

"This is the opportunity of a lifetime. When it came about, I wanted to be involved in any capacity that I could," Toliver said.

Toliver is the first active WNBA player to serve on an NBA bench and just the second woman after Becky Hammon, who is an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. Toliver plans to reach out to Hammon after getting her phone number from Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird.

Toliver is honored to be in the same category with Hammon, whom she looked up to first as a player and now as a coach who has become a trailblazer in the profession.

"I know she's going to be somebody that I can ask questions to," Toliver said. "I will pick her brain about how she played and I will pick her brain about how she is coaching."

Hammon joined the Spurs' coaching staff in 2014 after years of helping the team out in other ways. Now that there are two female NBA assistants, the logical question is when one will become a head coach.

Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal can already attest to Toliver's impact and said there could be a female head coach "very soon."

"I wouldn't be surprised if it happened sooner rather than later," Beal said. "If you know the game, you know the game. Plain and simple."

Toliver has served as a coach in the Wizards' 5-on-5 scrimmages at practice. She has also been particularly helpful with ball-handling, which makes sense given she's the starting point guard for the Mystics. Toliver has helped a variety of Wizards players in dribbling drills including the big men like Jeff Green and Dwight Howard.

Coaching has required an adjustment for Toliver, who is used to having the ball in her hands running the offense. But just as being a player can help her as a coach, she expects to become a better player now seeing the game from a new perspective.

"I'd much rather be playing, I know that. But it's good to think the game in a different way and from a different point of view," she said.

Brooks has been effusive in his praise of Toliver ever since she began helping out in the Las Vegas Summer League in July. He invited her to join the staff over the phone shortly before the Summer League began and will admit he did not know at the time the relationship would get this far.

But over the summer, Brooks lost two assistants to other teams in Chad Iske and Sidney Lowe, paving the way for some movement on his staff. He promoted several positions from within and an opening was created for Toliver to come on board.

"She's a special talent. She's going to be moving through the ranks pretty quick," Brooks said.


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Mystics' Kristi Toliver joins Wizards coaching staff for 2018-19 season


Mystics' Kristi Toliver joins Wizards coaching staff for 2018-19 season

It's certainly not uncommon for professional athletes to make the transition into coaching following their playing days. We have seen more and more of this in recent years throughout sports, especially with younger coaches getting the chance to lead teams. 

What is uncommon is when a professional athlete begins their quest for life after playing while they're still playing. 

Washington Mystics veteran guard Kristi Toliver is joining the Wizards' coaching staff, the team announced Tuesday. 

The news comes after the 10-year WNBA pro got her feet wet on the Wizards' bench during Vegas Summer League play in July. 

Along with Elena Delle Donne, Toliver helped lead the Mystics to the 2018 WNBA Finals, before ultimately falling to the Seattle Storm. 

The 31-year-old was drafted third overall by Chicago in 2009 after leading her Maryland Terrapins to a national championship in 2006. 

Toliver will serve as an assistant coach and focus on player development for head coach Scott Brooks. 

Coach Brooks also welcomes Robert Pack and Ryan Richman to the front of the bench. Pack served as assistant coach under Brooks for two seasons during their Oklahoma City Thunder days while Richman led the team during summer leage play and is entering his fifth year in Washington. 

The Wizards open their 2018-19 regular season Thursday against the Miami Heat inside Capital One Arena. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.