BY PETER HAILEY
Because of something related to the Earth's rotation that is harder to explain than Inception and last season's True Detective finale combined, a "leap second" will be tacked on to everyone's clocks on Tuesday.
And while an extra second seems like a relatively innocuous addition to people's schedules, there are a lot of instances in the sports world where one more tick of the clock would completely alter the course of games, seasons, and sometimes, even legacies. The Wizards, for example, are one such team that knows the importance of every second, and on Tuesday afternoon, they sent out a funny yet heartbreaking tweet to prove that they're well aware of that fact:
That play, of course, was the play that ended Washington's season, as Paul Pierce's apparent game tying buzzer-beater in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Hawks was waved off because it came just a beat late. If only the leap second occurred on May 15th, then "The Truth's" shot would've been true, and the Wizards would have had a chance to extend the series in overtime.
It would appear, however, that by sending the tweet, the team has moved on from that painful moment and can look back and laugh at it. And, you know what? It is kind of funny now that we...
Nope, nevermind. That shot will always hurt, and thanks to planet Earth, Wizards fans now have an extra second today to stew over the memory.
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The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. The Wizards hold the ninth overall pick. Here's everything you need to know...
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
TV: NBC Sports Washington will have Wizards-centric draft coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on TV and the MyTeams app, the official broadcast is on ESPN
Wizards' picks: Ninth overall in first round with potential to add a second round pick via trade or by purchasing one from another team
Wizards needs: Rim protection, perimeter defense, forward depth, guard depth
What to watch for: The Wizards' best bet is probably to trade down for more picks, but it all depends on how the board shakes out. There is a chance a top prospect falls unexpectedly.
Point guard Coby White of North Carolina is one to keep an eye on. The Wizards worked him out this week in Washington despite him ranking higher than ninth on most mock drafts. Many expect him to go to Phoenix or Chicago ahead of the Wizards. But if he falls, that could become an easy decision, even with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the mix.
If White isn't there, their best choice may be either Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Jaxson Hayes or Bol Bol. All four would help them defensively and offer high upside.
The most controversial player is definitely Cam Reddish, who is a boom-or-bust prospect that may or may not be there when the Wizards are on the clock.
4. Pelicans (trade with Lakers)
10. Hawks (trade with Mavericks)
14. Celtics (trade with Kings)
1. Zion Williamson, Duke
2. Ja Morant, Murray State
3. R.J. Barrett, Duke
4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
5. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
6. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
7. Coby White, North Carolina
8. Cam Reddish, Duke
9. Sekou Doumbouya, France
10. Nassir Little, North Carolina
11. Jaxson Hayes, Texas
12. Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
13. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
14. Bol Bol, Oregon
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WNBA players have had zero problems voicing their displeasure with how they're treated, not only in comparison to their colleagues in the NBA but as basic human beings.
That continued Wednesday morning as Mystics' forward, Elena Delle Donne posted an uncomfortable picture of her squeezing her 6-foot-5 frame between the seats of the coach section, as the team flew to Los Vegas for their game against the Aces.
"We're sick of it," Delle Donne said. "We deserve more."
The disrespect didn't stop there as Delle Donne stated: "a 50-60-year-old man told me he could cross me up."
Travel arrangements for WNBA players have been the latest topic of concern for the league. Los Angeles Sparks' head coach Derek Fisher posted a photo of disgruntled and displaced Sparks' players waiting for transportation after a nationally televised victory.
The caption read: "So after a hard fought win on national television @la_sparks are right back to reality that these women are not being treated like the best athletes in the world!! #facts #hastochange#comeonnow"
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