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Jerry Stackhouse says he regrets time with Wizards, playing with Michael Jordan

Jerry Stackhouse says he regrets time with Wizards, playing with Michael Jordan

From an outside perspective, it seems like Jerry Stackhouse would have cherished his time with the Washington Wizards, as he was given the opportunity to share the floor with Michael Jordan, an admitted idol whom he was at times compared to as a 6-foot-6 star guard from the University of North Carolina.

But Stackhouse, now the head coach at Vanderbilt, views that time with deep regret. He looked back on those days on the latest episode of the 'Woj Pod' hosted by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and explained why he still isn't over the frustration he felt at the time.

"Honestly, I wish I never played in Washington and for a number of reasons," Stackhouse said. "I felt we were on our way in Detroit before I got traded there. It was really challenging to be able to be in a situation with an idol who at this particular point, I felt like I was a better player.

"Things were still being run through Michael Jordan," he continued. "[Head coach] Doug Collins, I love Doug, but I think that was an opportunity for him to make up for some ill moments that they may have had back in Chicago. So, pretty much everything that Michael wanted to do [we did]. We got off to a pretty good start and he didn't like the way the offense was running because it was running a little bit more through me. He wanted to get a little more isolations for him on the post, of course, so we had more isolations for him on the post. And it just kind of spiraled in a way that I didn't enjoy that season at all. The kind of picture I had in my mind of Michael Jordan and the reverence I had for him, I lost a little bit of it during the course of that year."

What made matters worse for Stackhouse is that his previous team, the Detroit Pistons, won a title in 2004, just two years after he left in a trade. The Wizards sent promising young guard Richard Hamilton to Detroit for Stackhouse in a six-player deal. Hamilton was the leading scorer on that Finals-winning team while playing the same position Stackhouse did.

"[Jordan] had a young guard there in Rip Hamilton, who I was traded for to Detroit, that he didn't feel like he could get it done with. So he was like, 'Let's go get Stackhouse, I know he's tougher and he can score, let's go bring him in here,'" Stackhouse said.

"Watching a team I helped kind of build a foundation for in Detroit go on to win a championship a couple years later, it left a bad taste in my mouth, so I was pretty happy to get out of Washington and get on to Dallas."

Stackhouse was traded by the Wizards in 2004 to the Mavericks in the deal that brought Antawn Jamison to D.C. Stackhouse would play five years in Dallas, only to see them win a title two years after he left. Two years later, he played for the Miami Heat, who would win a championship the year after he left there.

That's some bad timing on multiple accounts. Stackhouse feels like he missed out on a ring, but you could argue he missed out on several.

You can listen to the full interview with Stackhouse right here.

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NBA G League cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

NBA G League cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

Though the NBA got positive news on Thursday that the 2019-20 season would resume, the NBA G League did not.

In a statement, the NBA G League announced that it would be canceling the remainder of the 2019-20 season, including the playoffs. The league had halted action on March 12, just 16 days before the regular season was scheduled to come to an end. The Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards' G League affiliate, were 22-21 when play paused. 

“While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in the release. “I extend my sincere gratitude to NBA G League players and coaches for giving their all to their teams and fans this season.  And to our fans, I thank you and look forward to resuming play for the 2020-21 season.”

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At this point in time, there is no concrete plan for when the NBA G League's 2020-21 season will begin. Coronavirus concerns coupled with the fact that the NBA will have to delay the start of its next season most likely mean it will be a little while before a date is determined.

Awards for the 2019-20 season, including Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year, will be announced in the coming weeks, according to the press release.

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Proposed NBA draft lottery odds rules could hurt the Wizards

Proposed NBA draft lottery odds rules could hurt the Wizards

The news the Wizards are among the 22 teams invited to resume play in Orlando, FL is good, as more basketball is always a positive thing. But on Thursday, as the rest of the league's return-to-play proposal was released, there was a small note in the fine print that could end up hurting the Wizards.

It involves the draft lottery odds. The eight teams whose season ended are locked into their lottery position. That means the Wizards, who are currently ninth, can now only hurt their chances, not improve them.

If they were to bottom out and lose a bunch of games in Orlando, they can't move any higher than ninth. Given they are only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Charlotte Hornets, who hold the eighth-best lottery odds, there is a possiblity they go into lottery night with fewer ping-pong balls than a team that holds a higher win percentage.

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Even with only eight games left in the new regular season format, the Wizards could have moved up to have the seventh-best odds. That would have given them a 31.9 percent chance at a top-four pick. If they stay at ninth, they will have 20.2 percent odds to pick in the top four.

It is also important to note the Wizards will be playing those eight games against all good teams. The 22-team cutoff took out the league's bottom-dwellers.

There is, however, a flip-side that has some positives. The fact they can't improve their lottery odds means they have no reason to tank. That allows them to go to Orlando and battle for a playoff spot without keeping one eye on their future. They don't have incentive to shut down players or anything of the sort.

But if they make the playoffs, they would be taken out of the lottery. And in that scenario, they would pick at 15th or lower.

The new lottery odds rule is one of the more unique changes the NBA made to resume play. And it could arguably end up affecting the Wizards more than any other team.

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