The dirt’s finally flying in DC where multiple reports about internal dissent among the Wizards came out on Monday. Good. Finally. The Wizards have been maddening and terrible all season — 5-11 with a roster that should be top-five in the East — but at least now they are interesting. Now we have names and incidents to explain the evident malaise.
Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Zards are listening to trade offers for John Wall and Bradley Beal, then a deluge of reports on recent yelling matches during practices fell out. Beal reportedly lamented the seven years he’s had to deal with the same shtick and blamed management to general manager Ernie Grunfeld’s face. Wall reportedly f-bombed Scot Brooks when Brooks told his stars to raise the intensity of practice. (“Raise your intensity.” “F--k you.” “Not like that, John.”)
We thought this team had a bunch of Cedric Diggorys and maybe even a Hermione Granger or two, but it’s Crabbes and Goyles all the way down. What a shame.
Matt Ellentuck has five steps to fix the team. Jake Whitacre sees Beal’s complaint about seven years of the same s--t and raises him to 30. Dan Devine has a diagnosis and a prescription.
Celtics 112, Hornets 117
Cavaliers 102, Pistons 113
Jazz 94, Pacers 121
Suns 114, Sixers 119
Clippers 127, Hawks 119
Mavericks 88, Grizzlies 98
Nuggets 98, Bucks 104
Spurs 126, Pelicans 140
Thunder 113, Kings 117
Raptors at Magic, 7 p.m. ET, League Pass
Clippers at Wizards, 7 p.m. ET, League Pass
Nets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET, League Pass
Blazers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
I wrote that, over seven years, the Hornets have failed Kemba Walker. The question isn’t whether they should offer him all of the money. The question is whether he should decline it.
Luka Doncic is really, really good. WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING?
Sam Amick unwraps the shroud around recent reports the Kangz could Kangz up a decent situation by firing Dave Joerger. Greg Wissinger explains why these names matter and exactly how the Kings made this mistake before.
Kevin O’Connor pegs the Pelicans as the next team to swing a big trade.
Great Howard Megal breakdown on the disagreements about agreements as the NBA and WNBA enter negotiations with WNBA players.
Players who tweet after 11 p.m. play worse the next day. MAKES YOU THINK.
Be excellent to each other.