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NBA Twitter explained: Why Macaulay Culkin is tweeting at Drake

NBA Twitter explained: Why Macaulay Culkin is tweeting at Drake

Welcome to the first edition of NBA Twitter, explained, where we try to break down what weird tweet just took the NBA world by storm. 

Is this the most ‘meta’ moment of 2019? 

Firstly, google ‘meta’ and come back. Pause. Ok, now that you’re caught up, let’s get to what might be the weirdest and quite possibly the coolest moment of the 2019 NBA Finals that happened to be captured in the Roman Colosseum of social media apps, Twitter. 

As we all know, Drake is a courtside staple at Toronto Raptors games. He never misses a chance to show his support for ‘the 6’, regardless of the circumstances. As expected for the NBA Finals, the first for the Raptors, we knew Drake would elevate his troll ... I mean support for his team. 

For Game 1, he showed up wearing an autographed Toronto Raptors Dell Curry jersey. Troll level 7/10.

Sunday night, however, he took courtside trolling to new heights, surpassing the attention garnered by the attendance of former President Barack Obama, by donning a custom hoodie with the iconic image of Kevin McAllister from ‘Home Alone’, aka Macaulay Culkin, plastered on the back. 

So what did this gesture mean?

It was an obvious jab a Kevin Durant, who didn’t play in Game 2 due to a calf injury.

The hoodie managed to get the attention of Culkin himself who then tweeted to Drake, “Hey @Drake I'm right here, bro. DM me. See you at the BBQ.”

What does that tweet mean?

Though it seems weird that Culkin wasn't sitting courtside right next to Drake if he was at the game -- which the tweet seems to imply (after all, doesn't he also have an endless amount of money?), it's a pretty good shot at Drake's ever-wavering loyalty to his team. "See you at the bbq" is a hilarious reference to Drake being friends with the Warriors, even as he attempts to troll them.

Whether or not you’re into this sort of thing, one thing is for certain: the NBA in 2019 has just as much action off the court as it does on it. It’s anyone’s guess as to what lies in store for Game 3. Perhaps Drake shows up in a Louisville Cardinals jersey in honor of his best friend Draymond Green? We can hope, can’t we? 

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Moe Wagner had to get creative to train during quarantine with a hoop in his driveway

Moe Wagner had to get creative to train during quarantine with a hoop in his driveway

Playing basketball in your driveway, that is relatable. Doing so to prepare for NBA games while in the middle of a league shutdown due to a worldwide pandemic; well, that is unusual.

But for Wizards center Moe Wagner, training during quarantine required some creativity before the team reopened their practice facility in early June. First, he rented out the townhouse below his to set up a workout space. It was vacant, allowing Wagner to use training equipment with enough space for a 7-footer to move around.

"We set up a little gym," Wagner said.

Wagner's schedule was regimented by Zoom workouts hosted by the Wizards trainers and coaching staff. But eventually, that wasn't enough.

Wagner had his brother, Franz, with him. Franz plays for the University of Michigan, where Wagner starred before becoming a first round draft pick in 2018.

"Eventually my brother and I got a little eager to shoot a ball, so my agent had us sent a basketball hoop for outside which we built. It took us like three days," Wagner explained.

"We played a little bit in the garage in the middle of the city. It was kind of an absurd situation, but you will take what you can get, I guess."

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The garage Wagner and his brother played in was without a roof. They are common in Washington, D.C., especially in Northeast. So, it was technically a garage but more like a walled off driveway.

"[We] set it up in my back alley. Every time a car drives by, you have to wait. Obviously, it's very old school. You're going back to the roots a little bit. But after six weeks of not touching a ball, you're like 'we've gotta do something, man.' I'm a professional basketball player and I haven't touched a basketball in six weeks. That ain't right," Wagner said.

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Waiting when cars drive by makes sense. Driveways are big enough for kids to shoot around in. But Wagner requires a bit more range to spread out and practice NBA threes.

Wagner indicated he did not shoot a ball for roughly six weeks. That would mean he set the hoop up around the end of April. If that is the case, he was likely more fortunate than many other young players who went longer without being able to shoot.

That's the big variable with the league's hiatus; who had the resources to train, either to just stay sharp or potentially even improve. Wagner was able to keep working on his game, it just took a good deal of creativity. 

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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