Quick Links

Real pain in Wizards' loss to Lakers is seeing villainous LaVar Ball emerge victorious

Real pain in Wizards' loss to Lakers is seeing villainous LaVar Ball emerge victorious

LaVar Ball is a villain, make no mistake about it.

As fans, we yearn to see the good guys thwart the bad guys, to see the heroes rise above and send the villains back to the depths of where they came from. It's the basic structure of good vs. evil.

We invest in stories of good vs. evil because we lust for seeing the villains get their comeuppance.

The above is why the Wizards' Wednesday night loss to the Lakers is such a tough pill to swallow.

Losing to the Lakers isn't bad because the Lakers haven't won a playoff game since 2012.

 Losing to the Lakers means LaVar Ball wins. It means the villain only gets stronger, their head filled with more confidence, and in LaVar's case: hot air.

It was just the fourth game of the season, but as a fan, it hurts. It hurts bad, and basketball really doesn't have a lot to do with the hurt.


Take the Super Bowl for example.

For the first three quarters, every non-Patriots fan in the country was starting to imagine a world in which the good guys actually won. A world where the villainous Patriots finally got put in there place. This would finally be the year the team everyone loves to hate gets their comeuppance, and in front of the entire world. Then 28-3 happened, and we had to slink back to the corner of the bar while every person with even a lick of Bostonian in them cursed up a jubliee of wild celebration and profanity. The villains won.

The list of sports villains goes on and on: Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Kentucky basketball, Alabama football, the Dallas Cowboys, just to name a few.

Heck, Michael Jordan was a villain. Not because he was a bad person (which many will debate), but because — dangit — he never lost. All we wanted was to see Jordan lose. It's why the 1998 NBA Finals against the Jazz was so painful. Not only was Jordan on the cusp of defeat, but his opponents — led by John Stockton and Karl Malone — we're wildly likeable. Then Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell. The villain won.

It's not so much that we hate them personally. We just want to them fail because very rarely are the best teams also the most liked. It's part of the human complex. We're haters by nature, whether you're "the jealous type" or not.

We seek the return of the status quo, for a hero to ride in and save the day, vanquishing the villain and finally making them realize they are not some sort of unstoppable, superhuman force.

LaVar Ball is very stoppable. 

He will be wrong at some point, and it will be glorious.

We just really wish it would have happened on Wednesday night. 


Quick Links

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

The city of Washington, where he grew up near and was a star in college at Georgetown University, isn't the only factor that makes joining the Wizards familiar for Jeff Green. He is also reuniting with his former coach, Scott Brooks, who now leads the Wizards.

Long ago, Brooks was cutting his teeth on the sidelines while Green was finding his way on the court. When Green was a rookie on the Seattle Supersonics in 2007, Brooks was a 42-year-old assistant coach. The team moved to Oklahoma City the following year and by late November of 2008, Brooks was the head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped oversee Green's first four seasons as an NBA player and Green remembers those days well.

"He looked way better than he does now," Green joked.

Brooks, now 53, has a knack for taking playful shots at those he works with, whether that be players, fellow coaches or the media. Green is clearly on that level and feels comfortable ribbing his head coach, knowing he can both dish it out and take it.

All jokes aside, Green is still appreciative of the tutelage he received from Brooks back in the day.

"Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me. He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league," Green said.

The NBA has taken Brooks and Green to very different places in the seven years since they split ways. Green left for the Celtics and has since played for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic and most recently the Cavaliers. Brooks stuck around with OKC through the 2014-15 season before he was let go. After taking a year off, he joined the Wizards.

Much has changed in Brooks and Green's lives. They have lost and gained jobs. Their families have grown. Now, they are back on the same team and Green is excited about it.

"We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact. So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed. We just have to do our part on the floor," Green said.

Green spoke with Brooks on the phone before deciding to sign with the Wizards as a free agent in July. His presence was one of the many reasons he felt Washington was a good fit.

NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!


Quick Links

NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

USA TODAY Sports Images

NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

Bovada's 2018-19 NBA MVP odds were released, and there's a few head-scratchers on the list. 

First, let's keep in mind that these odds are to get you to place a bet more than anything. They want you to see something, and tempt you to throw your money at it.

That being said, John Wall comes in tied for 14th, while Bradley Beal doesn't show up on the list.

Now, let's look at who else was on the list over Beal.

Lonzo Ball has 100/1 odds to win MVP, DeMarcus Cousins who is still recovering from a torn Achilles, and  Kristaps Porzingis, recovering from a torn ACL also appear over Beal.

Just thinking out loud here, but that seems like maybe a bit of a stretch right?

Porzingis may not play at all for the Knicks this coming season, and Cousins is expected to miss months before making his debut in Golden State. 

Cousins also plays on a team with Steph Curry (15/1) and Kevin Durant (9/1). 

Also missing from the odds was Klay Thompson. So, yeah. 

New Raptor Kawhi Leonard also comes in at 11/1. 

2018-2019 - NBA MVP - Odds to Win

LeBron James                        10/3
Anthony Davis                         4/1
Giannis Antetokounmpo        9/2
James Harden                         11/2
Kevin Durant                            9/1
Kawhi Leonard                        11/1
Russell Westbrook                  14/1
Stephen Curry                         15/1
Joel Embiid                              16/1
Kyrie Irving                               16/1
Ben Simmons                           35/1
Damian Lillard                          45/1
Karl-Anthony Towns                50/1
DeMar DeRozan                       80/1
John Wall                                  80/1
Donovan Mitchell                     85/1
Jimmy Butler                            100/1
Nikola Jokic                              100/1
Victor Oladipo                          100/1
Chris Paul                                 100/1
LaMarcus Aldridge                   125/1
Paul George                              125/1
DeMarcus Cousins                   150/1
Gordon Hayward                      150/1
Jayson Tatum                           175/1
Blake Griffin                              225/1
Devin Booker                            275/1
Kristaps Porzingis                    275/1
Kyle Lowry                                325/1
Lonzo Ball                                 450/1

NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!