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Dwight Howard says winning with Wizards would mean more for his legacy than with Warriors

Dwight Howard says winning with Wizards would mean more for his legacy than with Warriors


While meeting with reporters following his introductory press conference in July, Wizards' center, Dwight Howard, dropped the news that the defending-champion Golden State Warriors had also reached out, and that he chose the Wizards in part because of John Wall's recruitment

This week, Howard shared some more details about why he liked Washington over Golden State. Howard believes winning with the Wizards would do more for his legacy than winning with the Warriors, who already have a title team in place.

"I just think Golden State, they've won a couple championships in the past couple of years. So, me going there and winning it's like 'well, you went to a team that's already won.'  In D.C., I think the last time the Wizards won they were the Bullets if I'm not mistaken. So, I think that impact would be bigger for the city," he said.

Howard was correct in saying the franchise has not won an NBA title since they were the Bullets. Their lone championship came following the 1977-78 season.

The Wizards/Bullets, in fact, haven't advanced past the second round of the playoffs since the year after that, when they lost in the 1979 NBA Finals. There is no question Washington is more starved for an NBA winner than Golden State, as the Warriors are in the midst of one of the most dominant dynasties in the league's history.

In comparing the Warriors' recent success to the past few decades in Bullets/Wizards history, there is certainly a major contrast. But Howard citing the potential criticism of winning with the Warriors is interesting, in that it's a departure from the stars who have joined them like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

Durant has become vilified by many fans and even other players for his decision to join the Warriors after they were already a title team. Cousins is likely to be looped into that, if he gets a ring this season.

Howard, 32, hasn't won a championship in his career, but he has been to the Finals, having led the Orlando Magic there in 2009. He has already visualized what it would be like to have a deep playoff run in Washington, D.C.

"I saw what the Nationals did, the [Capitals] and the Mystics. I watched what they did for the city. For all of us who are on this team, it would be crazy," he said.

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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice.

In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of "ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

"Black lives matter," the statement said. "This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people."

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Jordan, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great, is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant that earlier Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support the black community.

Jordan also released a statement Monday on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said. "I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Washingon, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser had "Black Lives Matter" painted Friday on a street that leads up to the White House, an effort to honor those who have peacefully protested throughout the week following the death of George Floyd.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who has been active off and on social media in the fight against racial injustices, took to Instagram on Friday to thank Bowser for her act.

"There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city," Bowser said during a press conference Friday, via NBC News.

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Bowser posted a video to her own Instagram account on Friday, officially naming that section of 16th street 'Black Lives Matter Plaza.'

Earlier this week, the Wizards released a strong, unified statement on social media condemning social injustice, racism and police brutality. Multiple players, including Beal, reposted the statement on their respective Instagram story.

The message had four different statements:

"We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

"We will no longer accept the abuse of power from law enforcement."

"We will no longer accept ineffective government leaders who are tone-deaf, lack compassion or respect for communities of color."

"We will no longer shut up and dribble."

Beal's Instagram post on Friday should not come as a surprise to anyone. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Wizards guard John Wall explained that Beal was the one who led the charge regarding the team's statement.

"We got a group chat that we have with our team,” Wall said. "Brad [Beal] started off with, like, this is what he was going to post, so we all agreed to it. We all agreed to it. We felt like it was a powerful message. We wasn’t going to force the organization or anybody to join us; this is the players coming together, and the organization came and did their thing."

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