Ovechkin's advice for RGIII

Ovechkin's advice for RGIII

Today in New Orleans, the long-waited and much-anticipated Robert Griffin III era officially begins.

It is arguably the most hyped rookie debut of a Washington professional athlete since Alex Ovechkin first suited up for the Capitals on Oct. 5, 2005.

Ovechkin, who turned 20 a month earlier, made quite a splash in his rookie debut, scoring two goals to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished that rookie season third in the NHL with 106 points, tied for third with 52 goals and was a landslide selection as Rookie of the Year.

So what advice does Ovechkin have for RGIII as the 22-year-old quarterback prepares for his Redskins debut?

I think hes good right now, Ovechkin said. He has to be himself, thats the most important thing. It doesnt matter what other people say or if hes going make a bad play or a good play. He just has to concentrate on his own game.

Capitals coach Adam Oates was already an established star in the NHL when he arrived in Washington in 1997. He said the pressures of playing football for the Redskins are far different than those playing hockey for the Caps.

The Redskins are a different franchise, Oates said. Theyre looking for him to obviously be a little bit of a savior right now. Being a young guy Im sure hes getting taught by the coaches to go slow, learn the game.

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An argument for keeping Wall and Beal above Harden and Paul in top backcourt debate

An argument for keeping Wall and Beal above Harden and Paul in top backcourt debate

With 14 All-Star game appearances between the two of them, the newly-created Chris Paul and James Harden backcourt is about as talented a pair as you'll find in the NBA.

Sure, like a lot of things in pro basketball today, the two are still behind the Warriors, who boast Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But after them, are they the best in the league?

On Wednesday's SportsTalk Live, CSN's Brian Mitchell made the argument that John Wall and Bradley Beal still deserve to be ranked higher than Paul and Harden. And he gave one clear reason why, which can be found in the video above.

Some may scoff at the suggestion that Washington's duo — who has four All-Star nominations to their names, all of which belong to Wall — beats Houston's. But as the STL segment shows, Mitchell isn't one of them.

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