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A brace-less John Wall, alongside Doug Williams, takes in a Mystics game

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A brace-less John Wall, alongside Doug Williams, takes in a Mystics game

As the Washington Mystics battled it out with the Dallas Wings on Sunday, a couple of pretty well-known D.C. athletes took in the game from courtside.

Both Wizards point guard John Wall and Redskins legend Doug Williams took in some WNBA action to round out the weekend.

Wall, like many other of his Wizards teammates, has always been supportive of his WNBA counterparts, so seeing him take in a game doesn't come as much of a surprise. However, what is interesting about this picture is the lack of a brace on Wall's heel.

The nine-year NBA veteran suffered a torn left Achilles earlier this year, forcing him to have surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season and a good chunk of the foreseeable future.

Since his road to recovery has begun, Wall's public appearances have featured him sporting a cast, brace or some kind of support for the heel. Yet in this picture, he seems to be sitting comfortably without a brace, which could be a positive sign as he continues to work back toward getting on the court. 

Both Wall and Williams are in the midst of important offseasons. While the Wizards star is in full rehab mode, the Redskins VP of Player Personnel is hoping to see his team build off a positive 2019 draft as Washington hopes to make a return to the playoffs in the upcoming season.

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Kevin Love is connected to the late Wes Unseld through his game and his name

Kevin Love is connected to the late Wes Unseld through his game and his name

As the news broke Tuesday morning about the death of Bullets legend and Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, one player with no connection to the Wizards was the first to pay his respects to the five-time All-Star on social media.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love posted a photo of Unseld on Instagram, expressing his gratitude for the impact that the former NBA champion made on the people he met. One of those people? Stan Love, a former teammate of Unseld who named his son Kevin Wesley Love after the basketball great.

Love, an NBA champion himself, modeled part of his game after his namesake. He adopted the two-handed outlet pass after watching film of Unseld use it to produce fast-break opportunities. As two centers who are among the best rebounders of their era, the pass was a natural fit for their games.

“I’ve never seen an outlet passer like Kevin Love, except when I was kid watching Wes Unseld play,” then-Cavaliers coach David Blatt told The New York Times in 2015.

Of course, the always-humble Unseld was never going to take any credit for the way Love implemented the technique into his game.

“I can’t sit here and pat myself on the back,” Unseld said to the NYT. “That young man has done the work himself.”

Unseld’s memory will live on in many forms, but perhaps one of the most prominent is Love’s approach in transition. Even though he doesn’t have LeBron James or Kyrie Irving to chuck the ball toward anymore, it’s a part of his game that isn’t going anywhere.

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NBA community reacts to the passing of Bullets legend Wes Unseld

NBA community reacts to the passing of Bullets legend Wes Unseld

Five-time All-Star, 1968-69 MVP and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning after “lengthy health battles,” his family announced via the Wizards’ Twitter account.

Unseld, one of two players ever to win MVP in his rookie season, spent his entire career with the Bullets franchise. He helped guide the team to D.C.’s sole NBA title in 1978, winning Finals MVP after averaging 9.4 points and 12 rebounds per game throughout the playoffs.

Players and executives alike weighed in on social media to honor Unseld’s memory.

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