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Should the Wizards do less talking? John Wall and Marcin Gortat weigh in

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Should the Wizards do less talking? John Wall and Marcin Gortat weigh in

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the Wizards' and their talking.

Following their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last Friday after some big claims were made by John Wall and Bradley Beal, center Marcin Gortat has now twice suggested the team as a whole should tone it down.

Gortat himself is guilty of it after he engaged in a war of words with LaVar Ball, father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, last month.

But now the Wizards big man thinks the team should keep the bragging to a minimum.

It was before that Cavs game that Wall and Beal said the Wizards were the best team in the Eastern Conference and earlier in the summer Beal told NBC Sports Washington that he thought Cleveland didn't want to see them in the playoffs after the Wizards were eliminated by the Celtics.


"We've gotta stop showing off our muscles and speaking to the media and saying how great we are. We've gotta come out and do it, bottom-line," Gortat said.

Gortat stopped short of saying the Wizards had hurt themselves by what they put out there in the media. 

"Social media doesn't lose games. We lose games," he said.

But Gortat does believe the team would be better off keeping their boastful claims to themselves. That's how many teams operate, but that hasn't exactly been Wall's style over the years. He is as open and honest as you will find among professional athletes. If he believes something, he will say it.

That includes his opinion of how good the Wizards and how great of a player he is, whether that be proclaiming them as the best team in the East or saying he is the best point guard in basketball or the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history.

That's just how he feels.


"I don't think it's about calming down talking too confidently. The reason why it got out of hand was because March said something first, know what I mean? He's probably the one on that," Wall joked, referencing Gortat's comments on Ball and the Lakers.

"I'm confident. Some people might call it cocky, but I'm not cocky. I'm just a confident person. I'm a humble person, but I'm confident in my ability and confident in what I believe in this team."

Where Wall does agree with Gortat is on the subject of backing it up. He understands it's not the best look when he says how great the Wizards are right before they get beaten by an Eastern Conference foe, like the Cavs.

"Until you do that on the court, it doesn't mean anything. Everybody talks about what they want to be," he said. "We were doing the same talking [before] and sneaking up on teams. Now teams are sneaking up on us. We've gotta be prepared and take the mental approach to be ready for those situations. You've gotta talk, you've gotta believe, you've gotta be confident in yourself; but if you're not backing it up, then there's no point in doing it."



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2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night as the newest wave of potential superstars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mo Bamba and Luka Doncic enter the league. Here is everything you need to know for the big night...


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Wizards draft picks: 15th overall in the first round, 44th overall in the second round

First round order:

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24.Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks

Top prospects:

1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Jaren Jackson, Jr., Michigan State
5. Mo Bamba, Texas
6. Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri
7. Wendell Carter, Duke
8. Trae Young, Oklahoma
9. Collin Sexton, Alabama
10. Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Three things to watch...

Will Leonard get traded?

Last year's draft featured some big trades including Jimmy Butler going to the Timberwolves. This year, there seems to be at least a decent chance it happens with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He wants a trade and they have been meeting with him in recent days, perhaps for a last-ditch pitch to remain with the team. If he gets dealt on draft night, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.

Who will the Kings pick?

A consensus has built for Ayton to go No. 1 to the Suns. After that, it's a major crapshoot and whomever the Kings select will produce a domino effect from there on down. Will they take Bagley, the safe pick, or go a riskier route with Doncic or maybe even Porter, Jr.? The best bet at this point appears to be Bagley, but nobody truly knows.

Where will Young and Porter, Jr. go?

The two most interesting prospects in this draft are Young and Porter, Jr. Young was a sensation in college basketball, but is undersized and appears to be boom-or-bust. He could flame out quickly at the next level or be some iteration of the next Stephen Curry. Porter, Jr. played only three games in college due to a back injury and now has hip issues as well. His talent is undeniable, but his injury history represents significant risk.


For more on the NBA Draft, check out our preview special episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.