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John Wall rooting for Carmelo Anthony to get his farewell tour, says Nuggets could be the spot

John Wall rooting for Carmelo Anthony to get his farewell tour, says Nuggets could be the spot

Count John Wall among those who are hoping Carmelo Anthony catches on with an NBA team this season for a final farewell tour.

The Wizards guard has been paying attention to the offseason saga for Anthony, who has been a free agent since Feb. 1. While NBA free agency began for many players about a month ago, it has been over six months since Anthony was on a team.

Wall would like to see that change soon, though he can list some reasons why Anthony hasn't found a home quite yet.

"The NBA has changed," Wall told NBC Sports Washington. "You have to find that role where you might have to come off the bench. Melo has a resume that [says] 'I don't want to come off the bench.' It's the same as [Allen Iverson]."

Wall explained how Anthony's midrange game doesn't work as well as it used to. He believes Anthony would be best off playing the style he did for the U.S. Olympic team. 

Anthony is the only three-time Olympic gold medalist in men's basketball history. He is one of the best players ever to suit up for Team USA, a legitimate standout among a long list of greats.

Anthony accomplished that by playing team basketball and as a small-ball big. Wall thinks that approach could work in today's NBA.

"The Melo that we saw in the World Cup and the Olympic Games was the Melo everybody wanted to love," Wall said. "In this new NBA, that's what Melo has to be."

What Wall asserts has been said by others before. The idea of 'Olympic Melo' has been elusive in the NBA. It just hasn't worked in practice like it has in theory.

But Wall thinks there is a home out there for Anthony that would make sense. He would like to see the 10-time All-Star go back to where it all began, in Denver. He notes how Dwyane Wade had to return to Miami for his farewell tour and how Paul Pierce got his in a familiar place by reuniting with coach Doc Rivers.

"The only way it is really going to work for Melo is if he goes back to the Nuggets. It has to be a franchise you built something with," Wall said.

Now, that would be interesting.


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Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

When you know, you know.

Washington Wizards starting point guard Isaiah Thomas gave his take on former teammate Marcus Smart's reputation for flopping. Spoilers: he flops.

Thomas, who is returning to Boston on Wednesday for the first time as a starter, was teammates with Smart during his run with the Celtics from 2014-17. He didn't hold back from interrupting reporters to make sure everyone knows that Smart flops. (See the entire sequence play out in the video above.)

Despite being familiar with Smart, don't expect Thomas to know everything about how the Celtics will prepare for the Wizards. Thomas pointed out that only two of his former teammates are still with the team.

His history with Boston means a lot to Thomas, but his only focus on Wednesday will be earning the victory.

"The love is genuine between me and the city," Thomas said. "Hopefully we can just win the game. That's the most important." 


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Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Beating the Boston Celtics is always special, but this one likely means a little more for Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas will be returning to Boston for the first time as a starter, where he became a scoring sensation and MVP candidate during the 2016-17 season.

The Wizards will be looking for a win against the Celtics, as the team has played to the tune of a 2-6 record so far in the young NBA season. Boston, on the other hand, has won seven straight after dropping their season opener.


What: Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics, Game 9

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards at Celtics will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Celtics on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:30: Wizards @ Celtics (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), Jordan McRae (OUT, Finger)

Celtics: Gordon Hayward (OUT, Fractured hand)


Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.5 apg): Across 35.8 minutes per game, Beal is scoring 26.1 points per game, a career-high. Watch out for some buckets from Beal.

Isaiah Thomas, G, Wizards (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 6.2 apg): Thomas made his first start for the Wizards a week ago, and now he is set to return to Boston for the first time as a starter. Look out for a potential vintage performance.

Kemba Walker, G, Celtics (24.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.5 apg): The newest Celtic is leading the way in scoring for Boston and has been the Celtics' most efficient starter. Watch out for Walker in this one.