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Wizards guard Tim Frazier has confidence in Sheldon Mac after his own Achilles tear

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Wizards guard Tim Frazier has confidence in Sheldon Mac after his own Achilles tear

Many in the Wizards organization were saddened by the season-ending injury to Sheldon Mac on Sunday, knowing it's a major setback for a well-liked guy who is trying to carve a niche for himself in the NBA. For point guard Tim Frazier, it all hit very close to home.

Frazier and Mac are both from Houston, Tx. and because of that held an instant connection when Frazier was traded to Washington. They were in contact all offseason, even checking in on each other after Hurricane Harvey in August. 

Frazier can also relate to Mac now on a different level than most. He too tore his Achilles once, back in college when he was at Penn State. He has since made it back to find lasting power in the NBA, exactly what Mac would like for himself.

"He's tough," Frazier said. "He will be able to bounce back. I was. You hear stories all the time like Kobe [Bryant], Rudy Gay right now, guys tearing their Achilles and coming back. Sheldon is going to do the same. He is going to work his tail off to get back and help us as much as possible. It's very unfortunate."

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Mac, 24, hurt himself making a move towards the basket in the first half of the Wizards' win over the Cavaliers. He pushed off on his left foot, only to tear the tendon and lose his balance while dribbling.

The rest of the Wizards team met him at halfcourt as he writhed in pain. Mac was then lifted off the ground by trainers and into the locker room. Frazier, having been in that spot before, had a feeling it was the Achilles.

"I knew after he talked to me and told me the symptoms at halftime," Frazier said. "Obviously, for me to see it, I knew it because it happened to me. You kind of shed a tear because he was playing so well and had worked so hard all summer. But everything happens for a reason and he'll bounce back strong."

Frazier missed his the majority of the 2012-13 season when in college. He tore his Achilles in the fourth game of his junior season. Frazier returned for his senior year after a medical redshirt season and put up numbers good enough to sign with the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent.

Frazier knows Mac can battle through this as well. The key, he says, will be remaining patient.

"That's the biggest piece, the mental piece. Your body can heal up well and the trainers will do their job in getting you back," he explained. "It's the mental piece in going through the surgery and the pain, learning how to walk all over again. Then, when you get back on the court, it's the mental aspect of getting over it. Doing the same things that you were able to do. He's athletic. He's got one of the best stepbacks I have seen in our camp. I went through the injury and it's healed now."

Mac is unlikely to return to the Wizards this season with a recovery timeline of six to eight months. In the meantine, the Wizards' final roster spot will come down to guards Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan. Like always, it's next man up.

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

Despite being a brand new franchise with a new roster and new facilities, the Capital City Go-Go will carry into their inaugural season a level of continuity. Both their general manager and head coach are familiar with what they are getting into and the people they will be working with.

GM Pops Mensah-Bonsu is no stranger to the D.C. community and the Wizards franchise. He made a name for himself starring at George Washington University, spent time with the Wizards as a player in their 2013 training camp and remained a frequent visitor to Wizards games as a scout for the Spurs in recent years.

"To be back in the community and the first general manager of the G-League team is special," Mensah-Bonsu said. "This is D.C.’s team. I want them to embrace us."

Head coach Jarell Christian played college ball in Virginia and goes back several years with Wizards coach Scott Brooks. Christian joined the Oklahoma City's G-League staff when Brooks was in his final year as head coach of the Thunder.

Christian began his coaching journey with an eye trained on how Brooks goes about his job.

"My introduction to pro basketball was under Coach Brooks and his philosophies. A lot of that stuff, I believe in wholeheartedly. That’s my foundation," Christian said. "I got a chance to know him through training camp and throughout that season. He and I developed a bond and a relationship that stood the test of time. To this day, we still talk often. It’s just another chance for me to reconnect with him and to continue to grow our relationship."

The Go-Go intend to make what they do as similar to the Wizards as possible. When guys like Devin Robinson, one of their two-way players, is called up he can step right in without a learning curve of the playbook or how they practice.

Having Christian in place will help that process in particular.

"There won’t be any issue or any slippage with guys going up and down to know what’s in store for them," Christian said. "A lot of the stuff that the Wizards will do, we will implement with the Go-Go. Just some offensive and defensive concepts. Some of the playcalls and the terminology will be the same."

"Whatever you see the Wizards doing, you will probably see the Capital City Go-Go doing, too," Mensah-Bonsu said.

The symmetry between the G-League and the NBA teams will also be helped by the fact they will share the same practice facility. Their proximity will come with many advantages from the Go-Go perspective.

"I think it’s going to help motivate these guys. We’re going to be practicing in the same place that the Wizards do and the Mystics do," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I think if these guys can see Dwight Howard and John Wall and Bradley Beal walking around every day, it will help motivate them to get to that next level."

"The exposure our players get with the Wizards [front office], the Wizards personnel, being able to watch them practice daily, watching their practice habits and what their routines may be, is really big," Christian said.

That element will also apply beyond the players. Christian, who is just 32 years old, will get to watch how an NBA coaching staff operates on a daily basis.

Christian has yet to take a tour of the new building in Ward 8, but he has seen blueprints. Among the amenities the Go-Go will enjoy that other G-League teams do not usually have is a dedicated dining area.

Many G-League teams do not go to that length.

"A lot of organizations do not provide food for their players on a daily basis, but we will. That’s the No. 1 thing in my opinion that’s gonna set us apart from our competitors," he said.

The Go-Go won't take the floor for their first game until November, but it seems like a good foundation is starting to take place.

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John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

John Wall's sneaker closet is next-level – here are his favorite Adidas

When John Wall re-signed with Adidas this past January, it was time to stock his shoe closet with all the newest, most exclusive Three Stripes designs. 

The brand is known for its designer collaborations and limited releases that can push the pricetags up into the hundreds. 

Cost is no object for Wall, who invited Chris Miller into the shoe closet of his Miami mansion. You can watch the full closet tour in the video player above.

Wall keeps thousands of dollars of footwear organized inside specially lit display cases. But what are his favorites? He pulled out six Adidas designs he's been loving this the summer. 

1. Raf Simons Replicant Ozweego Independence Day – These sneakers are the product of Adidas's collaboration with Belgian designer Raf Simons, who has worked as creative director of fashion houses Christian Dior and Calvin Klein. Wall got his hands on the Independence Day colorway of these sneakers before they were released in July. They're available retail for $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Yeezy Boost 700 "Wave Runner" – Designed as part of Kanye West's Yeezy collection, the "Wave Runner" has been a popular model since its first release in February 2017. A third release is scheduled sometime later this year, but to purchase them now, Flight Club sells pairs ranging from $575 to $1,320

3. Twinstrike ADV – Wall has the Twinstrike in multiple bold colorways. The shoe debuted late in 2017 and is more attainable than the first two pairs he showed off. They're available at Barneys New York for $180

4. EQT Support Ultra King Push “Bodega Babies” – These EQT Support sneakers got an update in collaboration with rapper Pusha T. The sock-style primeknit has been a popular design feature for Adidas. The sneakers are limited release, but retail at $220 at Barneys New York.

5. Pharrell NMD Hu Trail “Holi" in Pink Glow – This exclusive collaboration with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams was inspired by the Holi festival of colors in India. Released in limited quantities in early March of 2018, the shoe's retail price was $250. To buy a pair now, it'll cost anywhere from $325 to $480 at Flight Club

6. Originals Gazelle – Finally, Wall gets to a classic! The Gazelle was originally designed in the mid-1960s and became one of Adidas's most recognizable, popular designs throughout the brand's history. They're popular, easy to find and affordable. The Adidas website has a whole section devoted to the Gazelle, which comes in men's, women's and kids' sizes. A standard pair of men's costs around $80 at retail

For those not keeping track, the six shoes above combine to cost around $2,000 or more. But whether people can afford them or not isn't the point. 

Wall told Miller how he couldn't afford the sneakers he loved as a kid, but still kept track of all the new releases and special styles. As he made money and started to build his shoe collection, he treated it like collecting fine art.

But also like art, you don't have to own designer sneakers to appreciate them. 

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