If you judge a players’ character, you have to acknowledge the forces which shaped his choices

If you judge a players’ character, you have to acknowledge the forces which shaped his choices

Tom Verducci has a major piece on PEDs and baseball today, all of which serves as a preface to his Hall of Fame choices. Obviously he and I disagree on the issue, but his take is cogent, well-reasoned and strong. Which makes sense given that Verducci was way, way ahead of all of his media brethren when…

With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes


With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes

Although John Wall still was a long-shot to make the 2016 Rio Olympics for USA Basketball, even with Chris Paul recusing himself from the team, it's certain he won't be an option to participate after Monday's surgeries to both knees and the now Wizards will consider a plan to preserve him during 82-game seasons, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.

Wall had calcium deposits, or bone spurs, removed from his left knee tendon. His right knee had to be flushed out of loose bodies that also caused him discomfort for most of the season. That was on top of soreness in both ankles, too.

Wall missed the last five games of the regular season because of right knee swelling. He is expected to be ready to play when the 2016-17 regular season begins. The Rio Games are Aug. 5-21 and Wall was listed among those in consideration for the 12-man roster though it was difficult to see him beating out the likes of Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Mike Conley at point guard.

Under then-coach Randy Wittman, if Wall wanted to play through pain -- and consider he put himself at risk by playing two playoff games a year ago with five broke bones in his left wrist and hand -- he'd be allowed to play. The same was true for Bradley Beal, who has had four consecutive seasons of stress reactions in his lower right leg.

In part because the Wizards have been so inconsistent and unable to put enough room between themselves and others in the playoff race, Wall doesn't get chances to rest the way other elite players tend to in season. This was part of a discussion had during exit interviews for Wall with managment, physicicans and his representatives.

During the 2014-15 season, Wall contemplated resting going into a West coast trip before the All-Star break but they were struggling and he played through it. The Wizards lost 6 of 8. After starting 6-5 in 2015-16, the Wizards were never able to get over .500 again and Wall consistently played during stretches in which he would've been better served resting.

How are these situations managed under coach Scott Brooks?  

For his career, Wall averages 36 minutes per game and exactly that for the last two seasons. By comparisons to other All-Star point guards, Curry has averaged 32-34 minutes in the last two seasons and Westbrook is at 34.

Paul averages 36 for his career but he is at 34 in his last two NBA seasons, too. 

Wall is entering his seventh year. He has played 82 games, 79 and 77 in each of the last three seasons.

Redskins get a draft pick in the fold


Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.

Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.

The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.

He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.

“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”

Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens


Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens

The Secretary of the Navy expressed confidence Thursday that sixth-round draft pick Keenan Reynolds will be able to play for the Ravens next season. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Ray Mabus said there should be ways for Reynolds to fulfill his Navy obligations while pursuing his NFL career.

“If I was an NFL team I would want Keenan Reynolds in my locker room,” Mabus said on the show. “Keenan Reynolds is a great ambassador for not only the United States Navy but the United States military. I’m confident we can work something out so Keenan can do both, play and serve…I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he can do both.”

The Ravens were hopeful that Reynolds would be allowed to play, but said they would abide by whatever decision made by the Navy. Reynolds was a star quarterback at Navy, but will try to forge an NFL career as a wide receiver-punt returner. Reynolds is scheduled to participate in this weekend’s Ravens rookie minicamp.

A precedent for Reynolds being allowed to play has already been set. The Patriots drafted long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round last season, and he played all of last season while also working at a Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island.

Reynolds could be a busy man as well next season, juggling Navy responsibilities with football. However, Reynolds has long dreamed of playing in the NFL, and Mabus’ comments were a positive sign.