Zach Leonsis Believes Professional Sports Can Learn from Esports

"Esports is growing so rapidly that esport athletes can and likely will be paid just as much as professional athletes in the major leagues within the next 10 years."

Late last month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment added another championship to its collection—this time in the burgeoning world of esports. Wizards District Gaming, the Wizards’ NBA 2K League affiliate team, defeated the Golden State Warriors-backed team, Warriors Gaming Squad, 3-1, to win the NBA 2K League Finals. The executives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, led […]

John Thompson Jr. Represented D.C. to the Fullest

He started here, stayed here, built here, and never considered any other pastures to be greener than these.

John Thompson Jr. represented so much to so many people—basketball excellence, Georgetown University, his players and his program, uncompromising Blackness. But he also represented D.C. He was the face and heart and soul of the District, more so than anybody in our lifetime, maybe more so than any sports figure ever. Or any figure, period. […]

How the Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Got Involved With the NWSL’s Racial Justice Efforts

"It's beautiful to see all athletes of all backgrounds and everything coming together."

On Thursday, Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud received a text from U.S. women’s national soccer team and North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn with a request. Dunn wanted about 40 T-shirts made to illustrate the NWSL players’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and she needed them in time for the NWSL Fall Series […]

The Mystics Have Been at the Forefront of the Protests and Fight for Racial Justice

And the players deserve more credit than they get.

For four minutes, Ariel Atkins spoke from the heart.  Flanked by her teammates and one of their young sons, the normally reticent Atkins explained to ESPN’s Holly Rowe why the Washington Mystics had decided to sit out of their Aug. 26 game against the Atlanta Dream, hitting pause on the WNBA season just days after […]

John Thompson Jr. Made Georgetown Basketball His Own

“It’s always important to get a boguarder on your team … The boguarder is generally the guy who wins the argument. If you don’t have a big guy with a reputation, you’ll lose.”

The news that legendary Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson Jr. had died Sunday at 78 released a rush of memories dating back 50 years. I first met and interviewed “Big John” in his tiny office at St. Anthony’s High School in Northeast Washington. The small Catholic school no longer exists, but that’s where Thompson’s […]

Mystics Guard Ariel Atkins: ‘We’re Not Just Basketball Players’

"If you have a problem with saying Black Lives Matter, you need to check your privilege. Because yes, all lives matter, including the Black lives we're talking about."

Ariel Atkins isn’t known for being particularly talkative. On and off the court, the third-year Mystics guard prefers to let her game do the talking. But on Wednesday night in Bradenton, Florida, Atkins had plenty to say as she stood with her teammates in front of a TV camera after the Mystics decided to sit out […]

Makur Maker’s Game-Changing Commitment to Howard University

“I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow.”

Howard men’s basketball hasn’t had much to celebrate for decades. The Bison haven’t had a winning season since 2001. Their last NCAA tournament appearance came in 1992—six head coaches ago. Last season, the team finished 4-29 in coach Kenneth Blakeney‘s first season. But earlier this month, Blakeney scored a big, potentially program-altering win. Makur Maker, a consensus […]

Wizards, Mystics Players Honor Juneteenth With Black Lives Matter March in D.C.

"There's no more sweeping these harsh realities under the rug, putting on Band-Aids over the scars. It's time we held everyone accountable."

In 2014, a White police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, igniting protests and riots in the city 10 minutes from where Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal grew up. Beal had seen Brown around St. Louis and told ABC7 in a pregame interview that Brown’s killing and the events […]

Remembering Wes Unseld’s Quiet Dominance

The Hall of Famer clearly was the strong, silent type—a man who did most of his talking with his exploits on the basketball court.

In the mind’s eye, there is one lingering memory of Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld above all else. On defense and lurking near an opponent’s basket, he would snatch a rebound in mid-air and pull the ball over his head to launch a two-handed outlet pass to a fast-flying teammate streaking well past half […]

John Wall Starts Rent Relief Initiative for Ward 8 Residents

"This is why I wanted to do this, to try and take that burden off your back."

John Wall sees the posters of himself around town, and knows that he’s one of the highest paid players in the NBA. But he hasn’t forgotten about what Frances Pulley, his late mother, sacrificed to make sure he could participate in basketball camps. Wall’s father, John Carroll Wall Sr., died of cancer at age 52 when Wall was […]

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