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John Wall and Bradley Beal have decided on a nickname for Capital One Arena

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John Wall and Bradley Beal have decided on a nickname for Capital One Arena

The debates, as spirited as they were, can now effectively end. Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal have agreed on a nickname for Capital One Arena.

Drumroll, please. The building formally known as the Verizon Center, formally known as the MCI Center, now officially known as Capital One Arena will now unofficially be known as 'The Vault.' Capital One is a bank and, with the help of some Twitter crowd sourcing, Beal found 'The Vault' and he likes the sound of it.

"I like the name, you know 'vault,' you lock it down. For us, we want to be a defensive-minded team," Beal explained. "We got to lock up the defense. We got to lock up our house. This is our house. We have the mindset that no one comes in here and beats us and no one comes in here and puts up a lot of points. I think that's a good motto for us."


It certainly makes sense. It works within banking terminology and it represents something the Wizards are striving for as a team on the basketball court. 

Beal seems to be the ringleader in all of it and went through the trouble of seeking a nickname on Twitter. He got many suggestions including 'The Bank' and 'The Loan Booth.' It was 'The Vault,' though, that stuck.

"Hopefully, it can trend a little bit more in D.C. for us," he said.

Wall has already bought in.

“[Beal] is the leader of this team. He is another captain so I am rolling with it with whatever decision he makes. I am rolling with it. 'The Vault.' You come in here, you are walking into the vault. You get locked in," Wall said.

Okay, now it's time for some self-promotion. 'The Vault' was suggested as a nickname soon after the story broke that Verizon Center would be renamed. It was thrown out there by a certain reporter who happens to be pretty awesome and some might argue handsome, too. Oh wait, that was me.

Surely there were plenty of people who had the same idea, but opportunities for shameless self-indulgence are hard to pass up. So, there you go. 'The Vault' it is.


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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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