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How the Wizards came up with the name Capital City Go-Go for their G-League affiliate

How the Wizards came up with the name Capital City Go-Go for their G-League affiliate

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and those at Monumental Sports and Entertainment had an important goal in mind when they set out to create the name and branding around their G-League franchise, set for the 2018-19 season.

They wanted something that would connect with the city of Washington and those who don't just live here, but are from here.

In their deliberations and research, one name continued to emerge with a nice ring to it: the Go-Go, a reference to a genre of music that was born and bred in Washington, D.C. decades ago.

It combines funk with R&B, is heavy on off-beat percussion and is often played late on weekend nights by local radio stations. 

The Wizards first went out and talked to Wizards fans, many of which suggested Go-Go as the name. Roger Mody, a co-owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, received the same suggestion from a good friend in a text. He showed the message to Leonsis who took it as another sign that Go-Go was a good idea.

Before settling on the name, the Wizards wanted to make sure those who live in and around Ward 8, where the Wizards are building a brand new practice facility that will be home to the G-League team, were down with the Go-Go name. 


"It just was a name that we wanted to be respectful [with]. We went into the community and asked fans, asked people who would be our neighbors, did they think this was an appropriate homage to music that we kind of grew up with, music that we felt good about," Leonsis said.

The reaction was positive and that helped bolster a feeling Leonsis already had about the music itself. The Wizards have held go-go nights over the years and Leonsis has been impressed with the reaction from fans.

"The bongo sound, the percussion sound is very, very natural to our city," Leonsis said.

On Friday, Dec. 1, Capital City Go-Go became the official name of the Wizards' NBA G-League team, as Leonsis and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Go-Go Night at Capital One Arena.

Any fan of go-go music can tell you that Chuck Brown is the 'Godfather of Go-Go.' He rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s and remained a local legend until his death in 2012.

Leonsis saw Brown's impact over the years in his music and his personality. The Wizards have been in contact with Brown's family throughout the team-naming process.

"I remember the first year I bought the Wizards and moved into the office here, looking out my window and just seeing Chuck walk the streets," Leonsis said. 

"He was just the coolest, just the coolest looking guy. I remember he had this great black hat on and the way he strode up the street, everyone running around him and giving him a handshake. It just feels right for us and I feel like the city will bond with it."


Leonsis can speak to go-go's place in Washington, however, most of the Wizards players cannot, as none of them are from the city. Several shared their reaction to the name and their thoughts on go-go on Friday night after the announcement was made.

"I'm not a fan of go-go," guard Bradley Beal said. "I'm not from D.C. Some is all right. I listen to a few [songs]. My boy Quinn Cook used to put me in go-go all the time. It's some stuff I can listen to and some I just can't get down with. For the most part, I'm in D.C. now so I guess I have to adapt to it."

"I don't even know any of [the songs]," forward Markieff Morris said. "It's funny, but I'm rolling with it. D.C. is all about go-go, so it is what it is."

For those who aren't familiar with go-go, it may take some getting used to, like any new team name. For those who are familiar with go-go, the team will be a nice tribute to a pillar of D.C. culture.


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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.


What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.


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Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

According to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on March 1 when the Golden State Warriors host the Washington Wizards.

This game will be second of a four-game West coast swing, starting in Utah and hitting San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before returning home.

Curry has been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken left hand. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and was ruled out at least three months.

If he does indeed return on March 1, he could play in 22 more regular season games this year. There were rumors that he would sit the entire season, but apparently Curry is focused on a return this spring, according to more from Thompson II. 

"I've been making progress," Curry said via NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors game vs Orlando on Saturday. "No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

The Wizards vs Warriors game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. EST.