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Wizards, Mystics have discussed turning Capital One Arena into a place to vote

Wizards, Mystics have discussed turning Capital One Arena into a place to vote

With a growing list of NBA teams offering their arenas as presidential polling places for this November's election, members of the Wizards and Mystics are hoping the same can be done in Washington with Capital One Arena.

Wizards center Ian Mahinmi said there have been discussions on the matter among Wizards and Mystics players, as well as members of the front office. He mentioned several by name: Bradley Beal, Natasha Cloud, Ish Smith and LaToya Sanders, a group he described as leading the charge on using the teams' platforms to create social justice change.

"This is something that we have talked about and that would be amazing," Mahinmi said.

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Voting rights and awareness has become a central issue for Mahinmi, who is originally from France. He has been studying social justice matters worldwide and feels voting can create necessary change in the United States. Mahinmi has been motivated, as many have, by recent events such as the death of George Floyd in the custody of police officers in Minneapolis.

"I think it's our job to provide a platform and to help the people that are lacking space and time to do and exercise their right. When you look around the country, across the country, and what's going on as far as the ability to vote, providing this for the people would be such a great move. I think it would be the right move for our organization," Mahinmi said.

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Mahinmi said recently he plans to wear the word 'vote' on the back of his Wizards jersey when NBA games return in Orlando. The league is allowing players to replace their names with nessages centered around social justice.

Clearly for Mahinmi, it's about more than a slogan. He, his teammates and his friends from the Mystics are looking to take action.

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Rui Hachimura out for Wizards' season finale, bringing his strong rookie year to a close

Rui Hachimura out for Wizards' season finale, bringing his strong rookie year to a close

Rui Hachimura's rookie season ended abruptly on Thursday, as just before tipoff against the Boston Celtics it was announced he would miss the game due to soreness in his right quadriceps.

That put a bow on what was a strong rookie year for the 2019 ninth overall pick. Hachimura, 22, enters the offseason having averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 46.6 FG% from the field, 28.7% from three and 82.9% from the free throw line.

Hachimura proved to be one of the most consistent rookies in the NBA. He ranked sixth among rookies in scoring and third in rebounding.

There is now a strong likelihood Hachimura earns All-Rookie honors. If he does, he would be the first Wizards player to do so since Bradley Beal in 2013. Beal and John Wall are the only Wizards who have made All-Rookie since 2004.

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Hachimura's rookie season was full of positives, as he quickly emerged as a building block for the team moving forward. Next season, he will aim to expand the range on his jumpshot and to be a more reliable defensive player.

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And next season Hachimura figures to play an important role. He profiles as one of the team's top-four scoring options and will be relied upon to take pressure off of Wall and Beal as the team aims for a playoff berth.

This year was about player development. Next year will be about returning to the team's previous level as a perennial playoff contender. Hachimura will be a key ingredient in that effort.

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John Wall shares priceless workout video with his son, Ace

John Wall shares priceless workout video with his son, Ace

It's hard to imagine a better way to work out than how John Wall enjoyed his regimen Wednesday. 

Wall posted a video on Instagram doing pushups on a BOSU ball while his son, Ace looked on. All he wanted from his dad was a hug, though. 

It really doesn't get any better than that. 

Wall continues to work toward the 2020-21 season and his much-anticipated return to the floor after missing all of the 2019-20 campaign recovering from Achilles surgery. 

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In his absence Bradley Beal became one of the most consistent and prolific scorers in the NBA, the Wizards found a gem in sharpshooter Davis Bertans and saw key developments from young players such as Troy Brown Jr., Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura. 

Wall will return to a much different Washington team next season than the one he was forced to leave midway through the 2018-19 season. From all accounts, he looks ready to give them the boost necessary to become a legitimate force in the Eastern Conference. 

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