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Josh Martin weighs in on the Wizards lack of fan support

Posted on 18 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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J. Michael weighs in on Wizards training camp

Posted on 14 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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Jerry’s Collision Center Presents WNST Wizards Hoops Bustrip to D.C. vs. New York Knicks (April 3)

Posted on 05 December 2014 by WNST Trips

We’re trying to get more aggressive and do even more WNST trips to Wizards games in D.C. than usual this season but can only do these trips based on demand. If you love the Wizards and the NBA and don’t like the drive before and after games, our trips have an eight-year track record of being easy, fun and affordable. We appreciate you supporting all that we’re doing to grow the hoops  community in Baltimore. If you know of other NBA and Wizards fans in Baltimore, please help us spread the word and fill some buses with hoops fans.

All aboard another Jerry’s Collision Center Wizards Bus to D.C. as Washington takes on the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015. Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:30 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 5 p.m. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hoops and fun aboard the Jerry’s Collision Center WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to join us! It’s a great night out!

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket and we always throw you an email 48 hours before the game to confirm everything. All you need to do is purchase and we’ll see you at the bus. We bring the game tickets with us. Nice and easy!

If you have any questions, throw me a note: nasty@wnst.net

COST: $90 per person

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Jerry’s Used Car Superstores Presents WNST Wizards Hoops Bustrip to D.C. vs. Miami Heat (March 6)

Posted on 05 December 2014 by WNST Trips

We’re trying to get more aggressive and do even more WNST trips to Wizards games in D.C. than usual this season but can only do these trips based on demand. If you love the Wizards and the NBA and don’t like the drive before and after games, our trips have an eight-year track record of being easy, fun and affordable. We appreciate you supporting all that we’re doing to grow the hoops  community in Baltimore. If you know of other NBA and Wizards fans in Baltimore, please help us spread the word and fill some buses with hoops fans.

All aboard another Jerry’s Used Car Superstores WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. as Washington takes on the Miami Heat at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015. Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:30 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 5 p.m. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hoops and fun aboard the Jerry’s Used Card Superstores WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to join us! It’s a great night out!

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket and we always throw you an email 48 hours before the game to confirm everything. All you need to do is purchase and we’ll see you at the bus. We bring the game tickets with us. Nice and easy!

If you have any questions, throw me a note: nasty@wnst.net

COST: $125 per person

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Jerry’s Collision Center Presents WNST Wizards Hoops Bustrip to D.C. vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Feb. 20)

Posted on 05 December 2014 by WNST Trips

We’re trying to get more aggressive and do even more WNST trips to Wizards games in D.C. than usual this season but can only do these trips based on demand. If you love the Wizards and the NBA and don’t like the drive before and after games, our trips have an eight-year track record of being easy, fun and affordable. We appreciate you supporting all that we’re doing to grow the hoops  community in Baltimore. If you know of other NBA and Wizards fans in Baltimore, please help us spread the word and fill some buses with hoops fans.

All aboard another Jerry’s Collision Center WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. as Washington takes on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:30 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 5 p.m. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hoops and fun aboard the Jerry’s Collision Center WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to join us! It’s a great night out!

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket and we always throw you an email 48 hours before the game to confirm everything. All you need to do is purchase and we’ll see you at the bus. We bring the game tickets with us. Nice and easy!

If you have any questions, throw me a note: nasty@wnst.net

COST: $125 per person

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Christmas day trip to New York highlights Wizards’ 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 SCHEDULE

Team Opens Home Slate on Saturday, Nov. 1, vs. Milwaukee
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Washington Wizards announced their 2014-15 regular season schedule today, including their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 1, against the Milwaukee Bucks. 
 
The Wizards tip off the season with a two game road trip to Florida when they visit the Heat on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Miami, then travel to Orlando to face the Magic the following night.  Overall, the Wizards will play 18 of their 41 home games on the weekend (Friday-Sunday), with 18 of those coming on Friday (six games) and Saturday (eight games).
 
The Wizards 2014-15 schedule features ten nationally televised games including a Christmas matchup versus the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on ESPN at noon, which marks the teams first Christmas game since 2008 when they faced the Cavaliers in Cleveland. 
 
The home schedule features a visit from the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 13, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 21 and Feb. 20, the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 23 and Jan. 9 and the lone visits of the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 3), Los Angeles Clippers (Dec. 12), Oklahoma City Thunder (Jan, 21) and the Houston Rockets (Mar. 29).  The Wizards will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a Martin Luther King Day matinee matchup on Jan. 19. The home finale will take place on April 12 when the Wizards host the Hawks prior to finishing the season with back-to-back road games against the Pacers (Apr. 14) and Cavaliers (Apr. 15).
 
The Wizards longest home stand is five games from Mar. 25-Apr.3, while the longest road trip will take place from Dec. 29-Jan.5 and consists of five games.  The team will also embark on two four-game west coast swings.  The first one will send the Wizards to Portland, Denver, Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Phoenix from Jan. 24-28.  On the second west coast trip from Mar. 18-23, they will face the Jazz, Clippers, Kings and Warriors. 
 
Each team in the Eastern Conference will visit Verizon Center twice with the exception of Milwaukee (Nov. 1) and Toronto (Jan. 31), while the Wizards will visit Boston (Dec. 7) and Detroit (Jan. 22) only once during the regular season. 

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Wizards announce return of Baltimore Classic October 20

Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff

WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Second Annual Baltimore Classic Highlights Eight-Game Slate 

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Washington Wizards announced today the teams eight-game 2014 preseason schedule, which includes three home games at Verizon Center.
 
The teams exhibition slate is highlighted by the second annual Baltimore Classic against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Baltimore Arena on Oct. 20.  The game in Baltimore marks the teams second consecutive preseason game played in Charm City following last seasons sellout game against the New York Knicks.  Prior to last seasons Baltimore Classic, the Wizards had not played in Baltimore since 1999. 
 
Washington will begin its preseason action with a rematch against their 2014 first round playoff opponent the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 6 at United Center. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 4-1 in the first round of the 2014 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The team will then head to Jacksonville, FL, where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 8 and then travel to Greenville, SC, where they will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10.
 
The Wizards return to Verizon Center for three straight home games when they host Detroit on Oct. 12, Maccabi Haifa on Oct. 15 and Charlotte on Oct. 17.  Maccabi Haifa plays in the Winner Sal League, the top basketball league in Israel, where they won a league championship in 2012-13 and were runners up in 2013-14.  Washington will head north on Oct. 20 for the Baltimore Classic and wrap up their preseason schedule in New York with a game against the Knicks on Oct. 22.
 
Tickets for the 2014 Baltimore Classic will go on sale Monday, August 18, for Wizards DC 12 Club Members and Wednesday, August 20, for the general public.  On-sale dates for the teams home games at Verizon Center will be announced at a later date. Fans can visit WashingtonWizards.com to purchase tickets and for more information about the 2014 preseason.
 
 
DATE
OPPONENT
LOCATION
TIME  (ET)
Monday, Oct. 6
at Chicago
United Center (Chicago, IL)
8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
at New Orleans
Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 10
at Charlotte
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, SC)
7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12
vs. Detroit
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
vs. Maccabi Haifa
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
7:00 p.m.
Friday , Oct. 17
vs. Charlotte
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
7:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20
vs. New Orleans
Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
at New York
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
7:30 p.m.

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Dorsey's Dugout - Durant to DC and Capitals Potential Forward Lines

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Durant to DC and Capitals Potential Forward Lines

Posted on 01 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Durant to DC Talks Must Settle

With LeBron James going back to his hometown team, discussions around the country have escalated regarding another NBA star heading back to his hometown in the near future. Kevin Durant, arguably the leagues best player behind James, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and already talks have begun on the possibility of the Thunder star coming back home.

There is a legitimate shot that the 2014 NBA MVP could wind up in a Washington uniform for the start of the 2016-17 regular season, but the chatter must settle for now.

The former Longhorn standout still has two more seasons in Oklahoma City and his deal is not similar to what LeBron James had in Miami. When Durant signed a five year contract extension in 2010, his deal did not include an opt out clause after the fourth season. So unfortunately for Wizards fans, he cannot opt out after the upcoming season.

The coming back home hype for Cleveland fans was warranted after the conclusion of the 2012-13 season because there was a chance that James would opt out of his final year in Miami. The city of Cleveland remained patient for a whole season and the Akron native did what they had hoped.

Wizards’ nation is now feeling what Cavs fans did over a year ago, but it is a different situation. Washington must be patient due to the fact Durant cannot opt out of his final year and hit free agency.

As enticing as it may sound to land one of the biggest stars in the game, Wizards fans must play the waiting game. The game will not be too difficult because of the potential this team has for the upcoming season. With all the pieces added to the puzzle from the off-season, there are high expectations. So for now, Washington fans should just live in the moment because this season has a chance to be something special.

Washington Capitals Potential Forward Lines

With training camp on the horizon, everyone will await to see how new head coach Barry Trotz tinkers with the Capitals forward lines. Since Washington did not address the hole left at second line center by Mikhail Grabovski, there is uncertainty how the top six will shake up.

Trotz recently dropped hints regarding potential replacements for Grabovski, who signed a deal with the New York Islanders in free agency. The former Predator head coach mentioned the possibility that players like Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky could fill that center void.

With Brooks Laich back in the swing of things assuming he stays healthy, the top six can get tricky. Even the top nine becomes crowded with some of the younger prospects trying to climb their way into the lineup. With that being said, it is time to sort out the four forward lines and evaluate the possbilities.

1: Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2: Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Troy Brouwer
3: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward
4: Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle

As of now, the above line up could set up to be the top four forward lines for the Washington Capitals. It is possible, but there are several different ways these lines could change and it begins at the top.

Brooks Laich has seen his time on the wing playing along side Ovi and Backstrom in his career, but he was given a contract extension years ago based on his ability to be a quality two-way center. So if Laich can stay on the ice, he could find himself filling the void at second line center.

The third line should remain in tact because that combination above was consistently the most productive line throughout the season. Ward and Chimera had career years and their chemistry on the ice would be tough to separate.

The biggest problem that arises from this current lineup is Tom Wilson playing on the fourth line. Wilson is a young promising player and it is now his time to see increased minutes. Remaining on the fourth line will not help Wilson get those minutes, so he could find his way into the top three lines.

The wildcard of all this could be last years first round selection Andre Burakovsky. The 2013 first rounder had a tremendous season for the Erie Otters in the OHL, so there is temptation to bring him up to the big league. If he shows flashes of promise in training camp, Burakovsky could find himself on the big roster.

With all that being said, here is another look at how the lineups could unfold for the upcoming season:

1. Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2. Tom Wilson, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer
3. Jason Chimera, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward
4. Eric Fehr, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle

The first line does not see much change except for the swap of MoJo and Laich. This second line is assuming that Trotz hopes for Laich to hold onto the second line center position. This top six seems ideal for a couple of reasons.

Tom Wilson gets a lot more experience cracking the top six, which will be imperative for his growth. The second line has the make up of a Trotz style in which accountability is a priority. Laich is a very good two-way center while Wilson brings another dimension of physicality. Troy Brouwer got hot scoring toward the tail end of the season and this line would depend on him to continue providing points.

The third line had a minor change in dropping Fehr to the fourth line. Kuznetsov did not play a lot of center last season and with this lineup, he would get the much-needed experience at playing that role. Ward and Chimera were the constant point producers from the third line last season with the center position being interchangeable between Grabovski and Fehr. Kuzy could find his way to become the second line center if Laich re-aggravates past injuries.

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Wizards guard Wall added to USA men’s basketball roster

Posted on 27 July 2014 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, DC  Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been selected to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Mens National Team, USA Basketball announced today.   Wall will join 18 other players, including teammate Bradley Beal, who have been selected for the 2014-2016 USA Mens National Team pool.  The 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, will be selected from that pool.

 
I am honored to be invited back to participate with USA Basketball and to have the opportunity to represent my country, said Wall.  I am also proud that Bradley and I will be able to represent the Wizards organization together while competing for roster spots against our peers from around the league.
 
Wall participated in the 2013 USA Basketball National Team mini-camp and recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase. He was a member of the 2012 USA Mens Select Team Roster that trained against the gold medalist 2012 USA Basketball Mens National Team and was a member of USA Junior National Select teams that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2009.
 
We are excited that John is now able to participate in our training camp. He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last years National Team minicamp, said USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry ColangeloAs we’ve said in the past, we can only extend the invitations to be part of the USA team; the players have to make the final decision and sometimes that decision changes because their circumstances have changed.
 
In 2013-14, Wall led the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals by averaging career highs of 19.3 points (20th in the NBA), 8.8 assists (second in the NBA) and 1.81 steals (eighth in the NBA) to go along with 4.1 rebounds while playing in all 82 games.  He earned his first All-Star selection and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice while joining Chris Paul as the only two players in the NBA to average at least 19 points, eight assists, four rebounds and 1.8 steals.
 
Previously named 2014 USA National Team members who are expected to participate in the Las Vegas training camp include: BRADLEY BEAL (Washington Wizards); DEMARCUS COUSINS (Sacramento Kings); STEPHEN CURRY (Golden State Warriors); ANTHONY DAVIS (New Orleans Pelicans); DEMAR DEROZAN (Toronto Raptors); ANDRE DRUMMOND (Detroit Pistons); KEVIN DURANT (Oklahoma City Thunder); KENNETH FARIED (Denver Nuggets); PAUL GEORGE (Indiana Pacers); JAMES HARDEN (Houston Rockets); GORDON HAYWARD (Utah Jazz); KYRIE IRVING (Cleveland Cavaliers);KYLE KORVER (Atlanta Hawks); DAMIAN LILLARD (Portland Trail Blazers); KEVIN LOVE (Minnesota Timberwolves); CHANDLER PARSONS (Dallas Mavericks); DERRICK ROSE (Chicago Bulls); and KLAY THOMPSON (Golden State Warriors).
 
All 19 players have prior USA Basketball experience and the group includes Davis, Durant, Harden and Love who were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that brought home gold, while Curry, Durant, Love and Rose were part of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that also claimed gold. 
 
The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke Universitys Naismith Hall of Fame mentor MIKE KRZYZEWSKI. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach JIM BOEHEIM, Chicago Bulls head coach TOM THIBODEAU and New Orleans Pelicans head coach MONTY WILLIAMS.

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Rice scores 24 but Wizards bow out to Kings to Summer League semis

Posted on 21 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Kings 74, Wizards 62

The Sacramento Kings (5-1) earned a spot in the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship with their convincing 74-62 victory over the Washington Wizards (5-1) Sunday at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Sacramento used a 39-10 run that spanned the first and second quarters to outdistance itself from Washington to earn its fifth straight victory in Las Vegas.

The Kings will square off against the Houston Rockets (5-2), who are also riding a five-game winning streak of its own, in Monday’s title bout at 6:00 pm.

Trailing 7-4, Sacramento scored six straight points to turn the game’s momentum in its favor. Nik Stauskas, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, got things going — a 14-4 run — with a game-tying 3-pointer moments before Quincy Acy sank a go-ahead free throw. The Kings wound up outscoring the Wizards 10-4 the remainder of the period.

Sacramento kept the pedal down in the second as its lead grew to as much as 26 points — 43-17 — with a 25-6 run that lasted the initial 7:29 of the stanza.

In all, the Kings had nine different players contribute at least two points in the massive 39-10 outburst. Stauskas (five points), Acy (two), Eric Moreland (two) and Ray McCallum (five) combined for the first 14 points that sparked the first-quarter offensive. MarShon Brooks scored 14 in the second quarter alone to couple with 11 more from a combination of Jared Cunningham (three), Ra’shad James (two), Brendan Lane (two) and Ben McLemore (two).

Sacramento took a 21-point lead into intermission and maintained a healthy distance until Washington rattled off a 19-5 run to pull within seven in the early stages of the fourth quarter. The spurt began with 5:11 remaining in the third and the Wizards trailing by 21. Otto Porter (seven), Glen Rice Jr. (five), Jarell Eddie (five) and Daniel Theis (two) combined to pull their team within single digits for the first time since early in the second frame.

That seven-point margin was the closest Washington would get to Sacramento as the lead grew to as much as 17 midway through the final stanza.

Sacramento was paced by a quartet of players in double figures. Brooks paced the team with 14, while McCallum added 11 to 10 apiece from Acy and Cunningham. Moreland, who had six points, led all players with 12 rebounds — 10 of which came on the defensive boards.

Rice Jr. had a game-high 24 points for the Wizards behind an 8-for-23 day from the field. He sank one 3-pointer and made all seven free throws.

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