Wizards’ New Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. Arrives in D.C. Emphasizing Defense

"The one thing that always stood out with Wes is his intelligence about the game, where the game is headed, the modern NBA, and certainly his proficiency on the defensive side of the ball, which is an area that we absolutely must address immediately."

On multiple occasions during Wes Unseld Jr.’s introductory press conference on July 19, the Wizards’ new head coach and the individuals sitting to the left and right of him—team owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Tommy Sheppard—mentioned the need to improve the team’s defense. The Wizards finished the 2020-2021 regular season ranked 20th out of […]

Deni Avdija’s Future With the Wizards Hinges on Their Next Head Coach’s Philosophy

Avdija should be at the forefront of the team’s conversations with prospective head coaches.

The days of an NBA team dominating the entire league behind the effort of just one or two players have been replaced by fluid, dynamic offenses involving the bulk of the roster. But watching the Washington Wizards during the 2020-21 season required second-guessing reality and questioning whether you were somehow trapped in the past. The offense […]

The Wizards Remain Undecided on Their Coach as the Rest of the NBA Moves On

The longer the team waits to sign a coach, the less certain the direction of the team becomes.

The Washington Wizards’ season ended two weeks ago after a 4-1 first-round series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, yet the team still technically remains without a head coach.  Washington looked outmatched, out-played, and out-coached against Philadelphia, and while other teams like the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, and Orlando Magic have already made changes to their […]

Mike Thibault Believes Mystics Can Extend the District of Champions Era

"If Elena's healthy and Emma Meesseman is back, we will be back in that favorites group."

When reporting for this month’s print sports column about the status of D.C. sports a few years removed from the 17-month stretch of winning championships in 2018 and 2019, I knew I wanted to interview someone who had intimate knowledge of what it takes to be a sports champion. One person that fit the description […]

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard’s Decision on the Team’s Coach Will Shape Its Future

In defeat, the Wizards learned just how far away they are from competing with the best teams in the league.

The Washington Wizards are at a crossroad. After the team lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs in five games, reporters pressed Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard about the topic on the mind of anyone who follows the team: the status of head coach Scott Brooks, who finished the […]

Wizards Stay Alive With Game 4 Win Over the 76ers

"We just got back to playing Wizards basketball the way we know how."

Bradley Beal had never been in this position before. In seven previous playoff series Beal had played in, none included an 0-3 start. But in their first round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs this season, the top-seeded Sixers thoroughly outplayed the Wizards to win their first three games. Being down 0-3 […]

Sports Betting in D.C. Enters Another Phase With Capital One Arena’s William Hill Sportsbook

Despite the delay in opening, the in-arena sportsbook is still the first of its kind here in America, and could serve as the template for other teams across the country.

The timing of legal sports betting’s arrival in the District could hardly have been worse. It landed just as the sports world went into a months-long hibernation, and only now is it starting to approach normalcy. Perhaps nothing signifies that more than the opening of the William Hill Sportsbook at Capital One Arena this week, […]

Wizards Need to Adjust Their Playing Style and Rotation Against the 76ers

Down 2-0 in the series, the Wizards have had trouble combating the Sixers' size.

Heading into their playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, reporters asked Wizards head coach Scott Brooks about how his team planned on combating the Sixers’ size. “It’s not how big you are. It’s how your heart ticks,” Brooks said. With the Wizards down, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series, Brooks’ response has left the team with […]

After Difficult First Half of the Season, the Wizards Are Finally Heading to the Playoffs

As a reward, the Wizards will get an opportunity to challenge the Philadelphia 76ers, the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Making the playoffs was always the goal for the Washington Wizards this season, even though that appeared doubtful much of the year. The team bottomed out on April 5, when, at 17-32, the Wizards had a 0.6 percent chance of making it to the playoffs. It was around then, when the team seemed to be […]

Wizards Head Into Play-In Tournament With Momentum

Sunday’s chaotic win over the Hornets served as a microcosm of this season’s Wizards team.

As the final buzzer sounded inside Capital One Arena on Sunday afternoon, fans treated the home team to a standing ovation. The energy in the building was palpable as the Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets, 110-105, to favorably position themselves heading into the NBA’s new play-in tournament. With the win, the Wizards secured the […]

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