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Wizards interim GM Tommy Sheppard is expected to make NBA Draft decisions

Wizards interim GM Tommy Sheppard is expected to make NBA Draft decisions

The Washington Wizards are still without a general manager with the 2019 NBA Draft less than three weeks away, and Tommy Sheppard is now expected to make the franchise's pick on June 20.

Sheppard -- the Wizards' senior VP of basketball operations -- has been the interim GM since the team parted with long-time president Ernie Grunfeld at the beginning of April. And NBC Sports' Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller explained why he anticipates Sheppard making the team's draft decisions. 

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Citing sources he spoke with over the weekend, Miller said Sheppard will still be acting as Washington's GM, which also implies that the position will still be vacant by the time draft day rolls around. 

"I would not be surprised if Tommy Sheppard makes this pick," Miller explained on NBCSW's Wizards On the Clock Mock Draft show Monday. "That doesn't necessarily mean he's going to get the job, but I feel like he -- and his staff -- has already done all of this due diligence, they've done all this leg work, and maybe it would be a proxy move also."



While Sheppard making the Wizards' decisions in the NBA Draft doesn't guarantee anything about his future with the team in that role, he is a serious option to replace Grunfeld, as NBCSW has previously reported.

Team owner Ted Leonsis previously praised Sheppard, calling him a "highly regarded" candidate while also explaining the team was interviewing outside options.

But for right now, Miller continued explaining why he thinks Sheppard calling the shots for the draft is a very reasonable possibility. 

"The only person that was relieved of their duties was Ernie Grunfeld," Miller said on NBCSW. 

"Everybody else in that front office has been going about the business of basketball in the offseason, so I would not be surprised if we get to draft night, and Tommy Sheppard and obviously his staff that's still there right now make the pick."

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On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

The Michigan Wolverines were down two points to the North Carolina Tar Heels with 19 seconds to play in regulation in the second half of the 1993 NCAA National Championship game.

After grabbing the rebound off the missed free throw attempt, Michigan star Chris Webber (23 points, 11 rebounds) established his pivot foot, re-angling his body towards the basket, locked in a one-possession game with the championship on the line. 

Webber attempted to dish the ball off to a teammate, but after seeing a lurking Tar Heel, the future No. 1 pick continued his dribble towards halfcourt. 

The travel call was missed by the officiating staff, but not by the broadcast crew.

"Oh, he walked," Bill Packer exclaimed on the broadcast. "He walked and the referee missed it!"

CBS announcer Jim Nance continued on with the gameplay, as only 12 seconds remained on the clock in regulation.

"Webber brings it into the frontcourt," Nantz said. "They have no timeouts remaining."

If only someone had told him.

Webber, trapped in the left corner by a UNC double-team, signaled for time, resulting in a technical foul shot for the Tar Heels as well as possession.

"He called a timeout," Nantz said. "Michigan doesn't have any!"

At the opposing foul line, UNC's Donald Williams (25 points) knocked down both free throws, increasing their lead to four points with 11 seconds remaining. 

From there it was all over.

North Carolina 77, Michigan 71.

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On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

Before he departed on a very successful NBA career, former Wizards center Emeka Okafor was a standout member of the UConn Huskies.

In 2004 the Huskies went on to win their final nine games of the season before they captured the Big East championship.

After making their way through the NCAA Tournament bracket, the only team standing in coach Jim Calhoun's way were the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, lead by future Wizards guard Will Bynum (17 points, five assists).

Georgia Tech didn't back down early, taking a 12-11 lead over the Huskies with 13:41 to go in the first half. 

Okafor (24 points, 15 rebounds) scored to give UConn the lead right back, and they never trailed again.

At halftime, the Huskies lead the Yellow Jackets by a staggering 15 points and they kept their foot on the gas to start the second half.

The Huskies were able to extend their lead to 25 during the second half before Bynum at Georgia Tech came roaring back, but by then, the game was out of reach.

UConn emerged with an 82-73 victory over the Yellow Jackets, led by Okafor and future NBA journeyman Ben Gordon (21 points).

Okafor was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

UConn's women's basketball team would go on to win its national championship a day later against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Connecticut became the first school ever in Division I to win NCAA titles in men's and women's basketball in the same season. 

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