The Wizards Navigate Their Way Through Mediocrity as NBA Trade Deadline Passes

On the court, their performance indicates a team clearly in the process of a franchise rebuild, despite exuding the bravado of a club that fancies itself a playoff contender.

In a never ending cycle of mediocrity, the Washington Wizards constantly find themselves stuck between barely contending for a bottom playoff seed or strategically positioning themselves for advantageous draft lottery odds. The past 24 hours were just a microcosm of the frustration that surrounds this team. The Wizards are at a crossroad as an organization […]

Kristi Toliver Sees Similarities Between This Year’s Terps and the 2006 Champs

"As a fan, as an alum, it's really fun to watch and just to see the spirit they have on the floor and the joy that they're playing with."

Few people understand what it’s like to be on a basketball team that competes with unselfish joy while dominating its opponents. Even fewer people can say they led one of those teams. Kristi Toliver is one of those people. “That’s the only kind of basketball I ever want to be a part of, and to […]

Elgin Baylor Was a True Original Who Inspired Generations

He was a living resource of NBA history and a bottomless reservoir of knowledge.

I’m not old enough to have seen Elgin Baylor in his prime as a Laker, and definitely not old enough to have seen his days as a high school and playground legend in D.C. I know that not so much from my birth date, as from the number of times I’ve seen, heard, or been […]

A ‘Gritty’ Maryland Men’s Basketball Team Exceeded Its Own Expectations This Season

"I think we go down in my record books as the grittiest team ever to put on that Maryland jersey. I can't do nothing but applaud these guys."

Maryland senior Darryl Morsell fought back tears during his virtual post-game press conference with reporters Monday night. The Terps’ season had just ended in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament after the team fell to Alabama, 96-77, but Morsell spoke emotionally about his pride in this year’s team. “It’s the grittiest group […]

‘A God Around Here’: Elgin Baylor Built His Legendary Status in D.C.

"When people talk about the best ever to come out of Washington, you need to put Elgin at number one," the late John Thompson Jr. wrote in his autobiography.

While working together on the book I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography, the late John Thompson Jr. shared countless stories about his life with his co-author, Jesse Washington, a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Many of those stories focused on Thompson’s time in D.C. and his special connection with the city. The longtime […]

Even With Legal Sports Betting, the March Madness Experience Is Still Not a Reality in D.C.

This should be the biggest weekend of the year at the local sportsbooks, but a full year after legalized gambling arrived in D.C., there is still only one actual sportsbook.

The world endured a very different kind of March Madness in 2020. Just as everything else in society came to a screeching halt, so did the sports calendar. One year later, the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are back, but the March Madness experience—and the experience of a live sportsbook in the Las Vegas […]

Ashley Owusu Fuels Maryland Women’s Basketball With Her All-Around Game

“She already knows what she’s going to do to the defender … And she’s just so shifty with her choices with the ball.”

The Maryland women’s basketball team faced an early exit from the Big Ten Tournament late in its quarterfinal game against Nebraska. The Huskers kept pace all afternoon, and though Maryland was heavily favored as the No. 1 seed, the team only led by four points with 3 minutes and 30 seconds to play. That’s when, […]

How Georgetown and Patrick Ewing Became the Surprise Story of March Madness

Ewing’s team won four games in four days and appears to have completely shifted the narrative around the program.

In the final stretch of his fourth season as head coach at Georgetown, Patrick Ewing has silenced doubters and confirmed that he has the Georgetown men’s basketball team moving in the right direction. Georgetown won the Big East Tournament on Saturday in Madison Square Garden, crushing a top-25 Creighton team in the final, 73-48. Ewing’s […]

Russell Westbrook’s Relentless Energy and Intensity Have Stabilized the Wizards’ Season

Coach Scott Brooks and several Wizards players credit Westbrook with keeping the team focused even as the losses piled up.

In December, the Washington Wizards gathered on the court for a 10 a.m. shootaround before a 7 p.m. preseason game when NBA veteran Russell Westbrook, the team’s newly acquired point guard, asked his teammates a rhetorical question. What time, Westbrook wanted to know, did the game start? One of the players, head coach Scott Brooks […]

A Remote Rebuild and Virtual Hangouts Helped Maryland Women’s Basketball Form Its High-Powered Offense

“Once it got to in-person [practices], it was just so easy to click with each other and we just had fun.”

Once a week last spring and summer, Chloe Bibby would wake up early, make some coffee, and join a Zoom call with her new Maryland women’s basketball teammates and coaching staff. It would be 5 p.m. on the East Coast, but it was morning in her native Australia, where Bibby had retreated at the start […]

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