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Wizards name Jarell Christian head coach and Pops Mensah-Bonsu GM of Capital City Go-Go

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Wizards name Jarell Christian head coach and Pops Mensah-Bonsu GM of Capital City Go-Go

The Washington Wizards' new G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, now has a head coach and general manager.

The Wizards announced on Tuesday that Jarell Christian will be the team's first coach and Pops Mensah-Bonsu will be the first GM.

Both of them have local ties. Christian played at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and Mensah-Bonsu starred at George Washington University in D.C.

Both also have connections to the organization. Christian comes to the Wizards from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he worked under Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. Christian spent the past four seasons as an assistant on the Thunder's G-League affiliate.

“I am proud to represent the Wizards and the D.C. community, especially Ward 8, as we head into our inaugural season,” Christian said in a press release. “The organization has expressed their confidence in me to lead these young men at such an influential time in their careers and I am excited about doing so as a part of such a close-knit community. My family and I look forward to meeting the individuals that make D.C. such a special place.”

Mensah-Bonsu was with the Wizards as a player for the 2013 preseason. Since his days playing professionally, Mensah-Bonsu has worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs.

“I am humbled to be entrusted with this position and would like to thank the Wizards organization for the opportunity,” Mensah-Bonsu in a statement. “Washington is my second home and the city has embraced me ever since I stepped on the George Washington campus.  I am excited to be able to give back by making sure that the Go-Go is a pillar in the community and a team that the city can get behind.”

The Go-Go will play their inaugural season this fall at a brand new facility in Ward 8.

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You may see John Wall riding his bike through D.C. on a nice day

You may see John Wall riding his bike through D.C. on a nice day

If you go (somehow) outside in the D.C. area these days, there is a chance you might see Wizards point guard John Wall riding his bike.

As he aims to stay in shape during the NBA's hiatus, he has incorporated long bike rides throughout the region as part of his routine. Wall has even highlighted some of his routes on Instagram.

He discussed the bike rides on Tuesday while addressing the media about his coronavirus charity program called '202 Assist,' which provides rental assistance to low-income D.C. residents.

"I love when I go out there and people be surprised it's me. They don't think it's me riding a bike," he said.

Wall recently shared an Instagram post from one Wizards fan who filmed him out and about. He says he has enjoyed hearing from fans when he's out in the city.

"It's something that I love to do. I like to interact and see other people out there riding when it's a nice day outside in D.C.," he said.

One route Wall put on Instagram showed he biked nearly 40 miles. He started in north Arlington, VA and traveled all the way down into southern Alexandria. That's not your run-of-the-mill bike ride, so good luck trying to match it.

Wall also indicated he has biked through D.C. around the Wizards' practice facility in Ward 8. And it helped inspire him to launch '202 Assist.'

"Me riding around, I get to see everything," he said. "Going through the Ward 8 area, I see a lot of people that are sometime waiting in lines to get meals or people that can't afford anything."

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How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, some much more than others, and John Wall is ready to help.

The Wizards point guard has set up a charity initiative called '202 Assist' which will provide rent money to people living in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C. Ward 8 is where the Wizards' practice facility is located.

Wall understands how the staggering economy has affected those who were already less fortunate and is hoping to raise $300,000 by June 22 to provide help.

"I know Ward 8 is the most devastated place in D.C. They are going through tough times as a less fortunate area," Wall said. "I want to make sure they can pay their rent for the next month or two, or for however long we can make it can happen."

Wall believes Ward 8 is a good place to hone in on because many of the residents live in poverty and may not have the money to make rent, especially if their jobs have been affected directly by the city's stay-at-home order.

"I'm always over there every day constantly seeing what's going on in the community. I think it's a great idea to help them out," he said.

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Wall is partnering with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on this initiative. He has also donated protective masks and meals to hospital workers recently through his charity foundation. The hospitals he focused on were the ones that treated his mother during her battle with cancer.

Wall has a tendency to give back to those in areas that have hit close to home. In the case of '202 Assist,' he is helping out those who are in situations he lived through as a kid in Raleigh, NC.

"I just know at times you might not have a roof over your head or nothing to eat at times. That was a big factor for me," he said.

Wall also recently donated to the 'Pros for Heroes' charity program helmed by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Wall said he would love if Zimmerman helped out with '202 Assist' to return the favor.

For more information, and to donate to the cause, visit the '202 Assist' website.

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