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    In this week’s NBA Power Rankings, Tyrese Maxey has energy and the idea of Bradley Beal squares off with his reality. Our new look NBA Power Rankings are back, a non-traditional structure for a non-traditional era of professional basketball. The world is no longer just about wins and losses and teams are no longer the primary crucible of basketball power. So each week we’ll be dissecting how basketball power is presently distributed — between players, teams, friendships, diss tracks, aesthetic design choices, across leagues and whatever else has a temporary toehold in this ever-changing landscape. Who has the power in this week’s NBA Power Rankings? 5 Tyrese Maxey has energy By all accounts, the James Harden situation will be resolved in the next few hours after this is published and there’s a good chance rookie Tyrese Maxey is in the middle of it, either as a high-value piece headed to Houston or as a sticking point with Philadelphia’s unwillingness to include him complicating things. Maxey has benefited tremendously from the 76ers quarantine-depleted roster, averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NBA says Wednesday’s game between the Utah Jazz and the Washington Wizards has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols. The league says because of contact tracing, the Wizards don’t have the required eight available players to take the floor for their scheduled home game against the Jazz. The Wizards said earlier Tuesday that two players had entered the league’s protocols meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and the team canceled practice. The postponement is the fifth in the NBA since Sunday, including three involving the Boston Celtics. ___ The National Hockey League says 17 of the 27 players that have tested positive for the coronavirus are on the Dallas Stars. The league announced COVID-19 testing numbers from Dec. 30-Jan 11 on Tuesday. That included 12,000 tests administered to more than 1,200 players. Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday said the testing numbers so far were very good. The NHL says most of the 17 Stars players are asymptomatic and all are recovering without...
    Dragonlance co-creators Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis have voluntarily dismissed their $10 million lawsuit against Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast. In 2020 the pair alleged breach of contract related to a new series of novels set in their famous role-playing universe. How exactly the disagreement has been resolved is unknown. News Brig has reached out to all parties for more information. The Dragonlance Chronicles originated at TSR in the 1980s with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, spawning additional books and RPG supplements set in the high-fantasy world of Krynn. The novels star iconic characters such as Tanis Half-Elven, Raistlin, Flint Fireforge, and Goldmoon — all of which have been largely absent from the reinvigorated 5th edition of D&D. Court documents had claimed that Hickman and Weis were approached in 2017 by Wizards to write a new series of novels. Negotiations included a new licensing agreement between the authors and the publisher, plus an additional agreement with Del Rey Books. Novels titled Dragons of Deceit and Dragons of Fate had already been completed, with a third manuscript...
    The man, who everyone talked about back in the 80s and 90s and even now, ruled the NBA for many reasons. It wasn’t just that he stood out and had skills that the league might never see again. A lot of the attention also went to Michael Jordan because of his peculiar ways of getting retired and then returning. In fact, Netflix gave fans an opportunity to relive his journey with the Chicago Bulls by coming out with his documentary ‘The Last Dance’. Even Jordan’s former coach from the Washington Wizards, Brian James, has tons to say about the way they portray everything in this doc-series. Brought back all the memories So far, there have been a lot of mixed reviews from people who were part of the journey with Jordan and saw ‘The Last Dance’. While some are negative, Brian only has good things to say about it. In an interview with James, Gordon Voit asked how he felt watching Jordan’s  career laid out on TV. He started off, “It was like I was there. I saw all the...
    In the 2020 offseason, the Washington Wizards parted ways with their long-term superstar John Wall in hopes of winning some hardware. The organization brought in Russell Westbrook in exchange for Wall. But so far, this new experiment has not been fruitful for them. After just a single season with the Rockets, Westbrook demanded a trade. Although his request was fulfilled, Westbrook is not playing at the elite level he was expected too. In their recent fixture against the Celtics, Westbrook went just 4-of-16 from the floor, resulting in an abysmal 25% field goal percentage. Westbrook is averaging below 20 ppg in the season while not even draining 40% of his shots. As a result, we can see the Wizards struggling to find a solid footing early in the season. They have won only 2 games so far and currently hold the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal – The one-man army for the Washington Wizards While the Wizards as a whole are unable to win games, Bradley Beal is giving his 100%. Against the Celtics, Beal...
    The NBA’s COVID-19 situation is rapidly spiraling out of control now. The NBA failed its first test of playing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with Seth Curry and the Philadelphia 76ers. It seems as though matters are only getting worse. The Heat play both the Celtics and Wizards back-to-back this weekend, and the Phoenix Suns face the Wizards on Monday. That means there’s an incredibly high risk of this situation getting worse unless games are rescheduled or postponed imminently. The league left itself room to reschedule games by only putting out the first half of its schedule; how many more cases do we need to see before commissioner Adam Silver actually does something about it? SUBSCRIBE: Get The Whiteboard delivered daily to your email inbox
    Getty Heat sharpshooter Tyler Herro has seen his percentages dip from deep during his second-year in the NBA. Miami Heat sharpshooter Tyler Herro has been a deal-breaker in a few reported trades, so the 20-year-old knows the pressure is on. He’s not worried. In fact, Herro’s confidence is through the roof. Herro, who went 13th overall in last year’s draft, is shooting just 29.7% from three-point land through the first seven games. That’s down from the 38.9% he posted during the 2019-20 campaign, although his two-point attempts are slightly up from 42.8% to 44.4% this season. Some have pinned last year’s breakout on less pressure in the NBA Bubble, but Herro isn’t making excuses. The Wisconsin native believes he’s one of the best shooters in the “entire world” after earning second-team All-Rookie honors in his first year. “I have one of the purest shots in the whole entire world, in the league,” Herro said, via Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson. “And I feel like shooters go through slumps when they can’t make a three, can’t make a shot, but...
    Getty Images Tacko Fall blocks Russell Westbrook in the first half Friday night It was Tacko Fall’s opportunity to shine. No Tristan Thompson, no Grant Wiliams, or Robert Williams – three out of four of Brad Stevens’ favorite options at the center position. Due to the NBA‘s health and safety protocols; all three will be required to quarantine for at least seven days. In many ways, Tacko’s much-anticipated appearance may have stunted any high expectations, given he played only six minutes this season, prior to the Boston Celtics‘ matchup against the Washington Wizards Friday night. But when Fall checked into the game for Daniel Theis, his block on All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook sparked a momentum-shift for the Celtics – one that triggered a 10-3 offensive scoring run that, in the end, had Tacko’s fingerprints all over it.Brad Stevens On Tacko Fall’s Performance Vs. Wizards: ‘In A Lot Of Ways, He Changed The Game’He followed his block on Westbrook with an alley-oop from Jaylen Brown. Then, he blocked Wizards center Robin Lopez on one play, Davis Bertans on...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers used his voice to condemn the riots in Washington much in the same way he denounced racial injustice in the NBA bubble as teams grappled with how to deal with issues far more important than basketball.He was invited to speak at a Joe Biden rally after the President-elect used Rivers' words in an October speech, calling for racial unity at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.SEE ALSO: Tri-state area lawmakers react to chaos at US Capitol, 'I didn't know if there were weapons'Rivers again decried the riotous mob Wednesday in Washington, though he cautioned, "democracy will prevail.""I'll say it because I don't think a lot of people want to: Could you imagine today if those were all Black people storming the Capitol and what would've happened," Rivers asked. "That to me is a picture worth a thousand words for all of us to see. It's something for us to reckon with, again, no police dogs turned on people, no billy clubs hitting people. People peacefully being escorted out of the Capitol. It shows you can disperse a...
    The 2020 offseason certainly gave the fans a few exciting moves to cheer about. The most captivating trade was between the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets, and there’s hardly any introduction needed for the players involved.  Russell Westbrook was sent to the Wizards, while John Wall had to bid adieu to his beloved city of Washington. He took up the challenge to open up a new chapter in his life, but never will the point guard forget the memories he created at the Capital One Arena. Washington Wizards will always remain The Wizards jumped on Wall and used their #1 overall pick and selected him in the 2010 NBA Draft. It all started there for the talented point guard, but his journey in Washington didn’t come to the happiest of endings.  The disappointing part about his trade was that Wall never got to play for the Wizards after recovering from his injuries. He last played a game in Washington’s colors on December 26th, 2018, after which a ruptured Achilles tendon effectively shelved him. Hence, he was asked to...
    "Wizards of Waverly Place" lasted for four seasons. Disney Channel "Wizards of Waverly Place" premiered on Disney Channel in October 2007 and ended in January 2012. The show starred Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin as siblings with magical powers.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On October 12, 2007, "Wizards of Waverly Place" premiered on Disney Channel. The show centered on the Russo family living in New York's Greenwich Village. On the sitcom, siblings Alex (played by Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin) inherited magical powers from their father (David DeLuise).  The kids trained to become the superior wizard throughout the sitcom's four seasons, while learning lessons from their parents (who owned the Waverly Sub Station). The show came to an end in January 2012. Here's what the cast has been up to since the Disney Channel series ended nine years ago. 
    When a player resumes playing after being away from the game even for a few months, he takes time to dust off the rust and get back in form. But what about a player who was the face of a franchise and sat out for almost 2 years because of injuries? Well, one is bound to give him the benefit of the doubt for playing averagely on his return. But no, that’s not John Wall. The last time Wizards’ fan saw John Wall was during the 2016-17 season. He was averaging 20+ points and was inches away from taking the Washington Wizards into the Conference Finals. Who knew that his Game 7 against the Boston Celtics will be his last for a long time. Not only that, but also he will be playing with the Wizards for the last time. An Achilles injury took over John, and from there, his struggle began. This season, when the possibility of his return was announced, fans were thrilled to see him back in action alongside former teammate Bradley Beal. However, the Wizards weren’t...
    The Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls were in the same sinking boat when they clashed on Tuesday night. However, Zach LaVine’s phenomenal play ensured that Russell Westbrook and his men did not find their life jackets. As a result, the Wizards tasted their fourth straight loss of the season. It is quite surprising and agonizing to see how the talents like Russ and Bradley Beal cannot bring a W for the Wizards. Against the Bulls, they lost the first three quarters in the game, despite genuine efforts from Westbrook.  When Russell Westbrook tried very hard to bring about a change in play Just as the third quarter began, the Wizards bounced back with a 4-0 run which made the scores 50-52. However, that’s when Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan felt the need for a timeout. But, it was Russ on the bench who took the advantage of the situation and tried to coach the Wizards. Take a look: The Chicago Bulls almost took all the chances away from the Wizards at the beginning of the fourth quarter when they...
    Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook is the first player who pops up when thinking about NBA triple-doubles. Brodie enjoyed a historic and third consecutive triple-double of the 2021 season when the Wizards took on the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. He became the first player since Oscar Robertson to record triple-doubles in the first three games of the season. Robertson achieved this feat in 1961 while playing for the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings). Westbrook missed the third game against the Orlando Magic but came back in the subsequent fixture to replicate his brilliance. He is currently averaging 19 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 12.7 assists per game. That puts him at the #3 spot for rebounding leaders in the league, and the #2 spot for assists leaders in the league. Russell Westbrook needs to provide more than just triple-doubles The Wizards have lost every game they’ve played this season, despite Westbrook scoring a triple-double in each fixture. He has been stuffing the stat sheet individually, but the Wizards are yet to open their account this season. The main reason behind the...
    Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg Separate After 22 Years of Marriage These home improvements are a waste of money Robin Lopez sank the most bizarre over-shoulder shot as he fell out of bounds and it looked like a trick straight out of H-O-R-S-E © Provided by INSIDER Shawn Thew/Pool Photo viaUSA TODAY Sports Robin Lopez made the most bizarre, H-O-R-S-E-esque shot on Sunday. During the Washington Wizards loss to the Orlando Magic, the 7-footer flung the ball over his shoulder as he fell out of bounds, and somehow the "shot" fell in the basket. The Wizards lost 120-113 to fall to 0-4 on the year, but Lopez made SportsCenter's top-10 with the miraculous play. Check out the replay below: Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. —Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 28, 2020Here's another angle:—NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2020 Read more: Iman Shumpert had a vendetta against Paul Pierce after the Celtics star refused to give him a high five as a kid Fran Belibi only needed 2 steps from the free-throw line for her dunk on UCLA and...
    Opinion: The Trump appointee Biden needs to get rid of on day one Kushner pardon revives loathsome tale of tax evasion, sex Four takeaways from 76ers win over the Wizards NBA opening night might have been put on the back burner somewhat due to news coming from Houston. However, that didn’t stop the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards from playing one heck of a game. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Wednesday night's game between the Sixers and Wizards marked Westbrook's regular-season debut in Washington. With Russell Westbrook making his Wizards debut, Washington led pretty much from the opening jump ball to the final minutes before Philadelphia came back with a flurry in the fourth quarter. The 76ers outscored the Wizards 40-24 in the fourth quarter with stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way. Meanwhile, the Wizards’ star-studded backcourt of Westbrook and Bradley Beal combined for 52 points in the narrow loss. Here’s our look at the top takeaways from the 76ers season-opening win against a game Wizards team.Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris in jeopardy of losing starting job...
    The Washington Wizards resisted the urge to blow things up and brought in Russell Westbrook to flank Bradley Beal. Here are their five biggest questions for 2020-21.1. Russell Westbrook + Bradley Beal = ??WASHINGTON’S GLORIOUS RETURN TO THE POSTSEASON! Yes, the Eastern Conference continues to grow stronger but those bottom-rung playoff seeds are ripe for the picking. Beal and Westbrook have an MVP and 11 All-Star appearances between them and could certainly make that 13 this year. Being able to lean on each other’s strengths should only help their production.5. Which wizard from books, movies or television is the best comparison for Deni Avdija?Tall? Handsome? Well-liked heartthrob? The only answer as Avdija’s fictional wizard comp is Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter. Next: Meet the 2020 NBA 25-under-25 Just like Diggory in the Potter Universe, Avdija should play a key, but secondary role for Washington. Neither are the best wizard/Wizard in their respective worlds but both had/will have their moments in the sun. If you don’t buy it, just do a side-by-side of these square-jawed studs. See what I mean? The...
    In The Loop: Wizards arrive for 1st game, Bills electric slide originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   First up in our look around the sports world, the Washington Wizards were dressed to impress while arriving to their first preseason game of the season against the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately the fits only took them so far and they fell by a score of 119-114.   A post shared by Washington Wizards (@washwizards) Next up, the Buffalo Bills took full advantage of their Sunday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After one of their three touchdowns on the night, the guys took to the showtime cam to have a full on electric slide moment.   A post shared by Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) Lastly, the Toronto Raptors have a new home this NBA season in Tampa, Fla. and their Raptor mascot is fully embracing their new culture by sporting a tropical suit ahead of game day.   A post shared by The Raptor (@95theraptor)
    Russell Westbrook, who was traded to his second team in two seasons, said Saturday he had no plans of changing his ultra-competitiveness as he looks to help the Washington Wizards to the playoffs. Westbrook spoke to the media for the first time since being traded and was asked about the fire and fury he takes onto the court with him. JOHN WALL REFLECTS ON TIME WITH WIZARDS AFTER TRADE TO ROCKETS “The way I play the game kind of misconstrues people of who I am as a person, who I am and what I believe in and what I stand for,” the talented guard said, according to ESPN. “Obviously, how I play and off the floor are two different people. When I am on the floor, I don't have any friends, I am not trying to be friendly, I'm trying to bust somebody's a--. I ain't got time to try to shake hands and do all that. I don't have time for it, and I am never changing that.” While his career is in its twilight, Westbrook addressed his legacy...
    It seems like the end of an era, as John Wall is no longer a Washington Wizards player. The 5x All-Star has been traded to the Houston Rockets, where he will team up with James Harden. Everyone in Washington is dejected, and Wall’s former teammate mentioned how he spearheaded the roster with immense love and respect.  Wall spent ten years with the Wizards before he was traded. The North Carolina native earned immense love from fans during his time in D.C. and he earned a reputation among teammates as well.  Wall’s ex-Wizards teammate Sam Dekker recently appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio and mentioned how he made him feel welcomed at the franchise.  WASHINGTON, USA – DECEMBER 19: John Wall (2) of Washington Wizard in action during the NBA match between Washington Wizard and New Orleans Pelicans at the Capital One Arena in Washington, USA on December 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) “I love John. He was great to me. I got traded in December (2018) and it is tough being traded mid-season. I tried to fit in...
    Russell Westbrook will look really different this season. The former league MVP has changed teams — and changed looks for the upcoming season. A few weeks before the 2020-21 NBA season’s scheduled tip-off, the Wizards and Rockets engaged in a blockbuster trade sending Westbrook to D.C. — Westbrook’s third team in the past three seasons. In addition to the change of scenery, Westbrook will be changing his jersey number. MORE: Grading the Russell Westbrook trade from Rockets to Wizards Westbrook made No. 0 famous with his brand. In a 2017 piece for Air Jordan, Westbrook explained why he chose to wear 0. “I decided to wear the number zero when I entered college because it represented a new beginning, a fresh start,” Westbrook said. “The same when I entered the NBA.” Now that Westbrook has another fresh start, he decided to use a throwback. Why is Russell Westbrook wearing No. 4 for the Wizards? Russell Westbrook is wearing No. 4 for the Wizards because that’s the jersey number he wore in high school. It’s also a number he enjoys, as it represents...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Much like the Houston Rockets are trying to keep James Harden happy with the John Wall trade, so too are the Washington Wizards hoping to satisfy Bradley Beal by adding Russell Westbrook to their backcourt. The situation is much less dire in D.C.; Beal, while admittedly a star, is not a perennial MVP candidate searching for his first title before his prime is over. Beal also isn’t seeking a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Even in a top-heavy conference, that could be enough to doom Washington’s playoff hopes. Barring catastrophic injuries, the Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, Heat, Pacers, Sixers and Nets all figure to be playoff teams. That’s seven spots right there. All it takes is one unexpected team like the Magic, Bulls or Hawks to cast a pall on Washington’s already gloomy outlook. If the Wizards miss the postseason in 2021, after trading away a beloved D.C. icon like Wall, Beal would only...
    The Washington Wizards have made one of the biggest trades in the off-season. The Wizards traded star point guard John Wall and a 2023 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The move comes off the back of trade requests from both players wanting to leave. Wall had been a Wizard since he entered the league in 2010 and has been the face of the team. His departure significantly changes the look of the Wizards. They haven’t made many moves in the off-season, but they are looking like a good team going into the new season. Washington Wizards – Incoming Players 1) Russell Westbrook SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: Russell Westbrook #0 of Houston Rockets dribbles up court against the Toronto Raptors on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) This trade is a huge move for both teams. For the Wizards, they get an upgrade in Westbrook since he doesn’t have the injury concerns that Wall does. But Westbrook’s contract will be a concern for the Wizards. Westbrook...
    San Francisco bans smoking tobacco inside apartments — but smoking pot is still OK Ask me that in a number of weeks: Trump refuses to say if he has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr Heres why the John Wall trade hurts Washington, D.C. more than the Wizards Everything about yesterday’s John Wall trade is exactly why sports has become such a struggle for me these days. © Provided by For The Win For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Wizards fan. I’ve been a Wizards fan for as long as I can remember. I was here for the Jordan era. I remember Antonio Daniels getting crossed up by Allen Iverson twice in one play. I was there for Gilbert Arenas. All of it. This is my team, for better or for worse. And I’ve been through it all with them. But when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Wizards had finally traded Wall and a protected 2023 first round pick to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook, I felt like I was done. This team had...
    U.S. pandemic death toll mounts as danger season approaches HK media mogul denied bail The Rockets and Wizards are both losers in the Russell Westbrook and John Wall trade It was the swap that had been much-rumored in the 2020 NBA offseason: the Houston Rockets would send star point guard Russell Westbrook and his giant contract to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and his enormous deal. It didn’t make the most sense for either team, but it was a change of scenery for both. © Provided by For The Win Well, it happened! Wall is now a Rocket and Westbrook is headed to D.C., so of course it’s time to hand out some trade grades. Spoiler alert: neither fanbase is going to be very happy about how we see this one. Here’s how we see it: MORE:That Wednesday afternoon NFL game was the weirdest thing ever NBA fans react to the Rockets trading Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall #2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions NFL fans...
    Russell Westbrook has been traded to the Washington Wizards. The Wizards announced late Wednesday night that they had traded for the Houston Rockets superstar. Houston will receive John Wall and a future lottery-protected first round pick. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Washington Wizards (@washwizards) I think it’s safe to say that this is by far and away the biggest roster move in the NBA since the draft happened. I was scrolling through my phone, saw this move and was a bit shocked. Wall is headed to Houston and Westbrook is coming to the Wizards. I didn’t see that coming at all.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Washington Wizards (@washwizards) I’m a huge fan of Russell Westbrook. The man always keeps it real and doesn’t really have much of a filter. He’s an absolutely electric scorer and he drops amazing quotes when it comes to his talent level. Now, he’s bringing that energy to the...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook is headed to the Washington Wizards and John Wall is moving to the Houston Rockets in a significant swap of point guards — one an MVP, the other a No. 1 overall draft pick — just weeks before the season starts. The Wizards shipped a future lottery-protected first round pick to the Rockets on Wednesday night. “Having the opportunity to acquire a player of Russell’s caliber and character was something that we could not pass up when looking at both the immediate and long-term future of our team,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a release. “With that said, the decision to part ways with John, one of the greatest players in franchise history, was extremely difficult. What he has meant to our organization and our community is immeasurable and will not be forgotten.” While Wall has played his entire professional career in the nation’s capital, the move ends Westbrook’s tenure in Houston after just one disappointing season. He arrived from Oklahoma City in July 2019 for Chris Paul and draft picks. The Rockets...
    In California: Prisons report record high COVID-19 infections. And porpoises bounce back. Oregon doctor, staff refuse to wear masks, calling Covid common cold Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall and a first-round pick For the second straight year, Russell Westbrook (seen at right above during a September game) has been involved in a blockbuster trade. Last July, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent him to the Houston Rockets, his “preferred destination,” in return for Chris Paul and four first-round picks. But while Westbrook showed some promise at times in Houston, it was somewhat of an awkward fit at other times, especially with him alongside another high-usage player in James Harden. And while the Rockets finished first in the Western Conference, they needed seven games to get past the eight-seeded Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, then fell in five games to the eventual-champion Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. And Westbrook asked for a trade late last month, and he’s now received it, being sent to the Washington Wizards for John Wall (seen...
    The Houston Rockets have traded superstar point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards. David Zalubowski/AP Images The Houston Rockets have traded superstar point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards. In exchange, the Rockets will receive five-time NBA All-Star John Wall and a first-round draft pick. Washington's and Houston's GMs agreed to a deal in mere hours Wednesday after weeks of stagnation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Russell Westbrook is headed to DC. The Houston Rockets have traded the 2017 NBA MVP to the Washington Wizards in exchange for five-time All-Star John Wall and a first-round draft pick. The move marks one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the league's shortened offseason and sends two superstars to new cities mere weeks before the 2020-2021 season tips off. Russell Westbrook. Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the trade, wrote on Twitter that Washington general manager Tommy Sheppard and Houston GM Rafael Stone came to the agreement in mere hours Wednesday afternoon after discussions on...
    The Washington Wizards are in a tough spot at the moment. After waiting two years for their star, John Wall, to return from injury, they tried to trade him unsuccessfully. After hearing about these rumors, Wall himself reportedly asked for a trade. But when he was recently asked about these reports, Wall simply said, “No comment,” and brushed it off. If he really wasn’t leaving the Wizards, he could have denied the rumors, but he chose not to. Wall later also said, “Since Day 1 when I stepped here, June 25, this city, these fans ain’t do nothing but show me a lot of love. That’s the same thing I want to give back to them. Give my same love back, and that’s what I’m always going to continue to do no matter what goes on. We can’t control certain things that happen in life, but one thing I can control is my heart will always be in this city.” Did John Wall request a trade from the Wizards? @ScottABC7 asked the guard to set the record straight. pic.twitter.com/j0jFHF6vzw —...
    A few days, there were reports about the Washington Wizards being close to trading John Wall to the Houston Rockets. While the trade never finalized, Wall has now officially asked to leave. As Rockets/Wizards talks on Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall stall, Wall has made it clear he wants trade out of Washington to happen, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020 The Wizards’ star has not played a single minute for two years, after suffering from repeated injuries. The team still tried to stay patient, even after the $170 million extension they gave him just a few years back. But when a video of Wall displaying gang signs went viral, it was reportedly the last straw for the Wizards. “The incident that John had in Brooklyn is probably one of the reasons why this is probably being moved forward,” Wizards insider Chris Miller said. “Although John has apologized for it, that incident kind of rubbed a lot of people within the organization the wrong way.” Where can the Washington Wizards ship Wall off to? Since Wall has...
    NBA fans look back now on past drafts and wonder how Luka Doncic fell to the No. 3 pick in 2018 or how Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped to No. 15 in 2013. Could Deni Avdija be the next international star to slip and be a steal? The Wizards drafted the 19-year-old Israeli forward with the No. 9 pick in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft, and the hype is already growing for what he could become. “I think this is going to be the steal of the draft, to be honest,” ESPN analyst Mike Schmitz said on the broadcast. “I think Deni Avdija, when we look back five years from now, we’re going to see a guy who could be the best player even to come out of this draft. And it starts with his basketball IQ and his versatility. He’s tremendous in the open court and he has great size, [6-foot-9]. He’s a fiery competitor, 225 pounds. “He’s tremendous getting downhill to his right. He’s great at attacking closeouts. He can really facilitate and an underrated defender as well. He’s very multi-positional...
    4 guards the Wizards could target in free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington The Wizards will not be big spenders in free agency, as they don’t have a ton of cap room and it is their hope to spend it on re-signing Davis Bertans. That said, whether they ink Bertans or not, they will have some room to operate via exceptions and minimum contracts. Here are four options for the Wizards to explore in free agency, starting with the biggest reach and working our way to the more realistic options. Joe Harris Age: 29 Team: Brooklyn Nets 2019-20 stats: 14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.6 spg, 48.6 FG% (5.5/11.4), 42.4 3PT% (2.5/5.9) 2019-20 salary: $7.7M General manager Tommy Sheppard clearly covets shooters and Harris is among the best three-point marksmen in the NBA. Going after him probably only makes sense if they can’t re-sign Bertans, as they almost certainly wouldn’t be able to afford both. But there is always room for someone who can spread the floor like Harris can. He’s a 42.6 percent career shooter...
    Leadership is not just about leading from the front. At times, it is about stepping aside and allowing a potential successor to take the lead. Star players have the wisdom to understand when the time is right for them to step aside. Former Wizards’ player Gilbert Arenas definitely knew and respected this concept.  Arenas played for the Washington Wizards for eight seasons and helped the team reach the EC semis in 2004-05. His win share remained the highest for three back-to-back years during this period, but his performance dramatically dropped in 2008 after an injury. The next thing he saw was the entry of a star rookie in John Wall. When Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas showed true sportsman spirit John Wall was the first overall pick in 2010. Conventionally, he would have been seen as ‘just another rookie’ by his team, but the Wizards were different. Specifically, veteran Gilbert had different plans for John. In an interview, the 38-year-old remembered the approach and said, “I’m an assassin. He’s a point guard with vision, give him the ball, he gonna find...
    Michael Jordan is most widely known for his time with the Chicago Bulls. MJ won 6 championships with the Bulls and retired for the second time in his career after title #6. However, MJ made a comeback to the league in 2001, this time as a Washington Wizards player. But the stint was unsuccessful for Jordan, and it was clear it was time to hang his sneakers up for good. When MJ played for the Wizards, he brought back former Bulls coach Doug Collins to lead the team. However, it didn’t work out with Collins at the helm. Former Wizards player Larry Hughes discussed this issue in detail on The Rematch podcast. “I think I really do think it’s different personalties. Coaching has something to do with that. We played you know MJ was there, we had Doug Collins. “We knew that MJ brought Doug Collins in there so he could play for Doug Collins and Doug Collins knew that MJ brought him there so he could coach how MJ wanted to coach. That was a problem, I think...
    Authors Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are suing Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast for breach of contract. According to court documents, the pair were working on a new trilogy of novels set in the Dragonlance universe, and at least one manuscript had received approval when the publisher pulled the plug on the project. Hickman and Weis are seeking damages in excess of $10 million. The Dragonlance Chronicles began at D&D’s original publisher TSR in the 1980s. The novelization kicked off in 1984 with the publication of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, and the original trilogy was rounded out with Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning. The action takes place in the high-fantasy world of Krynn, and stars characters such as Tanis Half-Elven, Raistlin, Flint Fireforge, and Goldmoon. The franchise also included numerous tabletop role-playing adventures that were designed and published contemporaneously. According to documents filed in a United States District Court on Oct. 16, Hickman and Weis allege that in 2017 they were approached by Wizards to write a new series of novels. A...
    Bradley Beal enjoyed a season to remember with the Washington Wizards. Beal posted career-high averages but was unfortunately snubbed out of the All-NBA team. However, his glittering display of talent has opened up trade speculations to the Lakers. But Beal has other options in mind.  Beal landed in Washington in 2012, when was selected as the #3 pick in the draft. The explosive guard settled in quite comfortably ever since joining the Wizards. Beal joined hands with John Wall to line-up a formidable back-court for the team over the past few years.  Even without John Wall on the team for nearly two years, Bradley Beal rose to the occasion and carried the team on his back. He averaged nearly 31.0 points per game in the 2019-20 season, which marked his breakthrough as a deadly scorer.  The 27-year-old recently joined the ‘On the Road with Buck & Phil’ podcast, where he pledged his loyalty to the Washington-based franchise. Beal recently signed a 2-year contract extension, and he doesn’t have plans of moving elsewhere. What would it mean for Bradley...
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    "Wizards of Waverly Place" lasted for four seasons. Disney Channel "Wizards of Waverly Place" premiered on Disney Channel in October 2007. The show starred Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin as siblings with magical powers.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On October 12, 2007, "Wizards of Waverly Place" premiered on Disney Channel. The show centered on the Russo family living in New York's Greenwich Village. On the sitcom, siblings Alex (played by Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin) inherited magical powers from their father (David DeLuise). The kids trained to become the superior wizard throughout the sitcom's four seasons, while learning lessons from their parents (who owned the Waverly Sub Station).  Here's what the cast has been up to since the series debuted on Disney Channel 13 years ago. 
    With the highly-anticipated return of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to the court, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to be more aggressive in finding their third superstar in the 2020 offseason. Though they are yet to see their roster at its full strength, the Nets believe that they still need to surround Irving and Durant with more star power in order to have a better chance of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA championship title next year. In the past months, they have already been linked to several big names that are expected to be available on the trading block this fall, including All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. In a recent article, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report created a list of trades to get every eliminated playoff team to the 2021 NBA Finals. For the Nets, it’s the blockbuster deal that would enable them to acquire Beal. Though it remains a big question mark if the Wizards would entertain offers for him this fall, Buckley believes that Beal is the “ultimate target” for...
    The next set of cards for Magic: The Gathering arrives at retail stores on Sept. 25, and it’s called Zendikar Rising. This collection of 280 cards is being distributed in an entirely new way, with a different kind of booster pack. Called Set Boosters, they boast a tremendous collection of full-card art and the chance to get up to four Rare cards — including one or more Mythic Rares — inside each pack. Wizards of the Coast sent News Brig an early box containing 30 of these new Set Boosters. Here’s what we found inside. A graphic showing the composition of a Set Booster, new with Zendikar Rising.Image: Wizards of the Coast via YouTube The most important thing to know about Set Boosters is that they’re not intended for use in drafting. That’s a style of play where players open up fresh packs of cards and pass them around the table to create new decks. Set Booster packs are aimed squarely at collectors, and command a premium price tag to match. Wizards...