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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

After missing the first two weeks of training camp and the preseason, Markieff Morris walked into Capital One Arena on Thursday following a month that featured the birth of his first child, an acquittal of a three-year legal case and sports hernia surgery. Though much had changed in his life recently, his return brought familiarity for a Wizards team that often boasts of their commitment to continuity. Their starting power forward, a man who refers to himself as the team's enforcer, is officially back.

Morris remains sidelined after surgery, hoping to ramp his rehab up to light shooting work in the coming days. But his mere presence is something the Wizards were waiting for, knowing he can still make an impact in a leadership role.

"He looks great, feels great. It's good to have him back," head coach Scott Brooks said. "Our guys are excited to see him."

As mentioned above, there was a lot to catch up on with Morris. As for the surgery, he said his abdominal wall was repaired. He didn't start feeling discomfort until late in the offseason when his preseason workouts were intensified. He remains weeks to a month away from returning, but is excited to be back with his teammates. 

Morris believes he can still help out despite not being in the actual games.

"I will still talk a little s*** to the other team," he said in typical Morris fashion. "That's going to be the most important thing, letting those guys know I have their back regardless of whether I'm in the game or not."

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Morris is of course thrilled to have the legal case behind him. Both he and his twin brother Marcus were acquitted of allegations they jumped a man at an exhibition basketball game. Morris says he was confident the whole time they would get off and "be victorious."

On top of all that going on, Morris' daughter Jyzelle was born in early September. He is still getting used to the lifestyle change.

"It's funny that I have a daughter now. It doesn't really hit you until you're waking up every morning or staying up all night to care for all her needs. She's beautiful and I love her to death," he said.

Morris also offered some additional thoughts on the Wizards-Celtics rivalry now that his brother Marcus plays in Boston. Markieff spoke on the matter in August, but this time was asked about his personal feud with Al Horford. Morris and Horford became enemies during the second round playoff series between the Wizards and Celtics this past spring after Horford undercut Morris on a shot in Game 1, injuring his ankle.

"S***, I'm still gonna kick his ass. We've still got that rivalry," Morris said.

Even so, Morris does think things will be changed now that his brother is in Boston and much of the Celtics' roster has been turned over.

"Ever since that trade, it's kind of felt a little different. Not only with him being traded, but with [Isaiah Thomas] and [Jae] Crowder and all those guys. It feels a little different," he said.

The rivalry may be different, but Morris remains his quotable self.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey makes huge donation to John Wall's coronavirus charity

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey makes huge donation to John Wall's coronavirus charity

John Wall is getting some major help in reaching his fundraising goal to provide rent assistance to residents of Ward 8 amid the coronavirus, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged $200,000 to the cause.

Dorsey, who has the handle @Jack, tweeted his plans Wednesday evening. His donation is two-thirds of Wall's goal to raise $300,000.

It is a very generous donation and also a testament to the work Wall is doing to help others during this time. He picked a cause, used his platform to get the information out there and has caught the attention of someone with the money to help.

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Wall's intention is to help those in the D.C. area who have been affected most by the coronavirus and the toll it has taken on the economy. Wall said residents in need will receive rental assistance for as long as possible and necessary as the country works to eradicate the virus.

For more information, go to the website for Wall's foundation called '202 Assist.'

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Brian Windhorst: 'The vote tomorrow is not going to decide whether or not there is NBA basketball'

Brian Windhorst: 'The vote tomorrow is not going to decide whether or not there is NBA basketball'

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the next news to come out of the NBA world will not be if there's basketball - it will be if it's safe to play basketball.

“We’ve had a very long run of dark days, and this is a good moment. I don’t want to rain on that moment," he told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. "The vote of owners tomorrow is not going to decide whether or not there is NBA basketball. I know that’s what it’s going to seem like. What is going to decide NBA basketball is if the virus continues to recede…I’m already sensing that people are forgetting the whole reason it is going on this way, and that is safety.”

While global riots in response to the murder of George Floyd have one-upped the coronavirus pandemic in major news cycles, Florida, where the NBA is reportedly planning to resume play, saw it's largest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since mid-April. 

Another health concern that has risen in return to play conversations is that of physical shape -- not all players have had access to personal basketball courts and training facilities during this time of nationwide quarantine. 

“Everybody that you talk to in the NBA on the training side are worried about these players who went cold turkey or vastly reduced their normal workout loads and haven’t been able to play any five-on-five basketball," Windhorst said.  

"They all have said you have to have time to build back up.”

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After reports with more details on the timeline surfaced, the next order of business will be to figure out how the eight-game schedule, prior to the play-in games/playoffs, would be assorted. Windhorst had a very strong opinion on the proposed idea of teams just finishing out the remainder of their schedule with the 21 teams eligible to play. 

"This schedule is going to be unfair," Windhorst said. "There’s 13 teams in the West playing eight games. Guess what? Not everyone is going to play the same schedule."

"There’s going to be an inherent unfairness and fans and teams are going to complain about it and they’re all going to be right, but they’re all going to have deal with it," he continued. "My expectation is that there will be five or six games per day…I think you could have afternoon playoff basketball."

Possibly the biggest takeaway from Windhort's appearance on Lunch Talk Live was the fact that Thursday's vote should go fairly seamlessly and unanimously. 

“Adam Silver has kept (President of NBAPA Chris Paul and Executive Director of NBAPA Michele Roberts) alongside the entire way here," Windhorst reported.

"Michele Roberts is so confident in the working relationship with Adam Silver that she said she doesn’t even think they’ll take a vote."

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