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2019 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Who are the Wizards taking?

2019 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Who are the Wizards taking?

The 2019 NBA Draft is one week away, and the Wizards have pick No. 9. But who will they take on June 20?

Let's take a look at what some experts believe the Wizards will do with their first-round pick.

NBC Sports Washington Mock Draft 13.0: Jaxson Hayes (Center, Texas) Ben Standig's latest mock has the Wizards going big with their pick, taking the lanky Longhorn Hayes. As Standig observes, "Hayes stood out during his freshman season with his mobility, length, rim protection (2.2 blocks) and highly efficient offensive game (72.8 FG%)."

CBS Sports' Kyle Boone: Sekou Doumbouya (Forward, France) Boone has the Wizards going international with their selection and taking Doumbouya. He's the youngest player in the 2019 class, but Doumbouya already has the physical tools to someday become an impact player in the NBA. 

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor: Sekou Doumbouya (Forward, France) If the Wizards take Doumbouya as Boone and O'Connor predict, fans could be in uproar given the team's inconsistent past with developing prospects from overseas. Doumbouya is raw but has incredible athleticism and the ability to play both forward spots.

Bleacher Report's Joe Tansey: Nassir Little (Forward, North Carolina) Tansey predicts the Wizards will go for the hyper-athletic Little at No. 9. Little struggled to find his role during his lone season at UNC, but he's got tons of upside and the Wizards have a desperate need for wing depth. 

Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo: Sekou Doumbouya (Forward, France) Woo agrees with Boone and O'Connor and has the Wizards taking Doumbouya. The French teenager would be more of a long-term project than some other players in this draft class, but he's certainly got the makings of a good NBA player. 

SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell: Cam Reddish (Forward, Duke) He's not the Duke freshman the Wizards would have dreamed of getting before the lottery, but Reddish would make a nice addition to a Washington roster in need of perimeter scoring. He's got a smooth shooting stroke and a 7'1" wingspan, and if his shots start to fall with some consistency, Reddish could turn out to be the steal of the draft.

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Report: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

Report: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed, according to a newspaper report.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash. He said the photos showed the scene and victims' remains.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Lucero told The Associated Press on Friday that "the matter is being looked into."

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the union that represents rank-and-file deputies, did not immediately return requests for comment.

The Times reported that it's unclear how widely the photos might have been disseminated and who was involved. It's additionally unclear whether the deputies had taken the photos themselves or received them from someone else.

Capt. Jorge Valdez, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the department had contacted the victims' families because of the newspaper's inquiries.

Bryant and the others were killed in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles were traveling to a youth basketball tournament at Bryant's sports facility in Thousand Oaks. The cause of the crash is undetermined.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna, whose team was coached by her father, were honored at a public memorial Monday at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board stated there weren't any signs of engine failure from the wreckage recovered from the crash site. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, had nearly navigated the helicopter out of blinding clouds when it turned and plunged into the mountainside.

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday, alleging that Zobayan was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions and should have aborted the flight. The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters Inc., operator of the service, and Island Express Holding Corp., owner of the craft. It also targets pilot Ara Zobayan's representative or successor, listed only as "Doe 1" until a name can be determined.

Also killed in the crash were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the girls' basketball team; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Keri and Payton were Gianna's teammates.

 

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Mic'd up: Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in Chicago hotel

Mic'd up: Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in Chicago hotel

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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