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Wizards announce NBA Draft Party at Entertainment & Sports Arena

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Wizards announce NBA Draft Party at Entertainment & Sports Arena

As the 2019 NBA Draft draws near, so does a celebration that you don’t want to miss.

The Wizards will be hosting a Draft Party on Thursday, June 20th, at the Entertainment & Sports Arena at Congress Heights. 

Fans are invited to join the Wizards in the celebration, starting at 7:00 p.m. 

The draft party is free to the public and the first 500 fans to arrive will receive a t-shirt. 

Wizards players Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae will make special appearances and Senior VP of Basketball Operations, Tommy Sheppard and Head Coach Scott Brooks will share updates following the team’s selection. 

Members of the Wizards Bullets Alumni Association will conduct Q&A sessions and Wizards DC 12 Club members will be granted access to exclusive VIP areas including complimentary food and beverages and chances to meet VIP guests in attendance. 

Fans interested in attending should RSVP at http://info.washingtonwizards.com/draftparty2019web

Washington holds the ninth pick in the 2019 draft. Previous ninth overall selections in NBA history include Andre Drummond (2012), Kemba Walker (2011), Gordon Hayward (2010), DeMar DeRozan (2009), Andre Iguodala (2004), Amare Stoudemire (2002), Shawn Marion (1999), Dirk Nowitzki (1998) and Tracy McGrady (1997). 

As part of their coverage of the NBA Draft, NBC Sports Washington will offer a  ‘Wizards On the Clock’ live stream special available on the NBC Sports MyTeams app from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Kevin Durant, Al Harrington: It's time for the NBA to treat cannibas more like alcohol

Kevin Durant, Al Harrington: It's time for the NBA to treat cannibas more like alcohol

The recreational use of cannibas is banned on the federal level, but is legal in Washington D.C. (along with 11 other states). Major League Baseball doesn't treat it as a banned substance. The National Hockey League has no automatic punishment for a player who tests positive for it. So why is it still on the banned list in the NBA?

When speaking to NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh and Monte Poole for a wide-ranging article on cannibas and the NBA that was published on Thursday, many former and current NBA players questioned the policy.

One-time Wizard player Al Harrington, when speaking to Haberstroh and Poole pointed to the superstars like LeBron James posting themselves with a postgame glass of wine and were celebrated for their good taste.

“This is what bothers me about this conversation,” Harrington said. “People think that players come to the game high. If that were the case, and they were that irresponsible, why don’t players play drunk? We all know there’s a time and place for everything. We go out and compete at the highest level in the world.

“If I’m going to play against Kevin Durant tonight, why would I get as high as I can and come to the game and play Kevin Durant high? It’s so stupid to me. It’s like, you’re policing us like we’re kids. We have access to liquor, it’s the same effect. That’s one of the things that really bothers me about the whole perception that players have access to it, they’re going to come to the games high. We have access to liquor but players don’t show up drunk to games.”

When appearing on a recent podcast, All The Smoke, Durant said that it should be treated more like alcohol or coffee than a banned substance. 

“Everybody on my team drinks coffee every day," the Maryland native said. "Taking caffeine every day. Or guys go out to have wine after games or have a little drink here and there. Marijuana should be in that tone,

“Why are we even talking about it? It shouldn’t even be a conversation now. So hopefully we can get past that and the stigma around it and know that it does nothing but make people have a good time, make people hungry, bring people together — that plant brings us all together.”

You can read Haberstroh and Poole's article here.

 

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Former Wizards wing Kelly Oubre Jr. reportedly suffers torn meniscus

Former Wizards wing Kelly Oubre Jr. reportedly suffers torn meniscus

According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Suns wing Kelly Oubre Jr. suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is in the process of seeking a second opinion from a specialist before moving forward. 

A timeline for recovery is not yet specified, though depending on the severity, could end his season. 

In his first full season with the Suns, Oubre was enjoying himself a career-year, averaging 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 45% from the field. The Suns acquired him in the infamous Brooks trade between Phoenix, the Grizzlies and Wizards. 

Washington sent Oubre and Austin Rivers to the Suns in exchange for Trevor Ariza, who eventually signed with the Kings this past summer. Oubre flashed his scoring potential on the wing during the second half of last season, so the Suns decided to give him a two-year extension worth $30 million. 

It appears their investment in Oubre is paying off so far, and even if Oubre misses the rest of the year, a torn meniscus is not a torn ACL or MCL. The bad news for Wizards fans, other than the injury of course, would be the fact they probably won't be able to see Oubre in person on March 25 when the Suns visit the Wizards for a late-season matchup. 

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