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John Wall wants to help the Wizards bring another Championship to Washington, D.C.

John Wall wants to help the Wizards bring another Championship to Washington, D.C.

College basketball season is finally upon us, and for many NBA players, it means a chance to show their school spirit once again.

John Wall wasted no time getting out to support his No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats, as he took in their first game of the season against the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans in the 2019 Championship Classic at Madison Square Garden. Wall was also present for the earlier matchup between No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 Duke.

Wall starred at Kentucky as a freshman in 2009 before being selected by the Wizards, and has continued to bleed blue ever since. 

Fellow NBA Star Kevin Durant was also in attendance. The two were seen chatting, as they both work to come back from Achilles injuries.

Wall was also interviewed by ESPN's Holly Rowe during the first half of the game, during which he spoke highly of other Washington teams' recent championships and his own aspirations for the Wizards. 

"It's the dopest thing ever," he said. "To see the Mystics, to be there for Game 5 to see them win. To see the Nationals...it was great to see those guys make a run. [And] you can't [forget] the Caps that won it a year or two ago."

"I think it's time for us to get a championship," Wall added. "I'm not promising anything, but that's my ultimate goal...to bring a championship there for the Wizards. The city has been on fire."

As for his continued rehabilitation after suffering a season-ending injury last year, the point guard continues to progress in the right direction. Most recently, Wall was seen getting some shots up and sprinting at practice, and he looked pretty healthy doing it.

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Pelicans' star rookie Zion Williamson out vs. Wizards

Pelicans' star rookie Zion Williamson out vs. Wizards

The Wizards will have to wait until next year to face Zion Williamson for the first time.

The Pelicans' star rookie will sit out on Friday night as the Wizards face New Orleans at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Williamson is resting on the second night of a back-to-back. The Pelicans played the Kings on Thursday night.

The Wizards also missed Williamson last July in the Summer League after he suffered a knee injury in his first game in Las Vegas. They also had one of their games this season against the Pelicans cancelled due to the NBA's long hiatus because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Someday, the Wizards will see Williamson and when they do, it will be interesting to watch him match up with Rui Hachimura, who was in the same draft class and plays the same position. Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick and Hachimura was picked ninth.

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For now, the Wizards will battle a Pelicans team headlined by Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball.

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How to watch Wizards vs. Pelicans

How to watch Wizards vs. Pelicans

In their fifth game inside the NBA's Disney bubble, the Washington Wizards will get their first look at New Orleans Pelicans rookie phenom Zion Williamson. The question is how much will Williamson play?

After losing, 107-98, to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, the Wizards (24-44) dropped to 0-4 in bubble play, severely hurting their playoffs, as well as their lottery odds. While not officially eliminated from the playoff picture, they now trail the Orlando Magic (32-37) by 7.5 games for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Pelicans (29-39) have their own ground to make up as trail the Memphis Grizzlies (32-37) by 2.5 games for the final spot in the Western Conference with four other teams between them. With fierce competition for the final few playoff spots, will the Pelicans be willing to increase Williamson's playing minutes

Friday's broadcast will be a special one, as five-time Wizards All-Star John Wall will join Justin and Glenn on the broadcast. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
 

WIZARDS vs. PELICANS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Where: Visa Athletic Center, Orlando, Fla.

When: Friday, August 7, 8 p.m. ET

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


WIZARDS vs. PELICANS TV SCHEDULE

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE) (NBCSW)

8:00 PM: Wizards at Pelicans (LIVE) (NBCSW)

10:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE) (NBCSW)

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WIZARDS VS. PELICANS WHAT TO WATCH

The Wizards will likely have their hands full with former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Despite only playing in 23 games this season, Williamson is averaging 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in just 27.9 minutes. The minutes will be the thing to watch as the Pelicans have kept a watchful eye on their superstar's workload.

Despite competing in the NBA bubble without their three top players John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Davis Bertans, the Wizards have been remained competitive despite their record. Thomas Bryant's performance, particularly his recent defensive play, is an example of how the Wizards' bubble experience will likely be measured on the growth and development of its young players.

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WIZARDS VS. PELICANS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Thomas Bryant, C, Wizards (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 apg): There's no denying Thomas Bryant's physical skill set. In Wednesday's matchup against 76ers center Joel Embiid, Bryant held The Process to just 3-of-11 shooting. Bryant will need to continue his defensive momentum on Friday against a Pelicans team averaging 115.8 points per game, good for fifth-best in the NBA.

Zion Williamson, PF, Pelicans (22.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg): This one is easy. If the Pelicans are going to make noise in the Disney bubble, it;ll have to be Zion Williamson leading the way. On Thursday against the Kings, Williamson recorded 24 points on 12 shots in 21 minutes. That kind of efficiency is not something you see often, especially by a rookie.

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