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Brandon Jennings' 5 best moments in his brief, but memorable time with Wizards

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Brandon Jennings' 5 best moments in his brief, but memorable time with Wizards

Brandon Jennings played only 36 games with the Wizards including the playoffs. That's not even half of a regular season schedule. But though his time was brief, it was very memorable.

It's not often you could come up with a best moments list for a player who spent that little time in one place, but for Jennings you can. Here are the five best moments for Jennings during his time with the Wizards in honor of him signing with China Shanxi on Friday:

5. "John with the shades"

Jennings and John Wall had a decorated history of not liking each other dating back to their days as high school phenoms. But it didn't take long for the two to get along once the Wizards signed Jennings as a free agent on March 1. In the second week of April, Jennings penned a long letter in The Players' Tribune about Wall and why he should be considered for MVP. He also told a great story of how he first learned of Wall as a prospect in high school.

Jennings later read passages from his letter in a video for CSN:

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4. Game 2 vs. the Hawks

This was Jennings' best moment that took place on the court and within the confines of actual gameplay. With the Wizards needing a lift in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their first round playoff series against the Hawks, Jennings went on a run where he accounted for eight consecutive points, three on made shots and another on an assist to Jason Smith:

3. Ejection No. 1

It took Jennings just three games (three games!) to get ejected as a member of the Wizards. His first dismissal came in Phoenix on March 9. Smith laid a hard screen on Suns guard Tyler Ulis. Former Wizards forward Jared Dudley then got in Smith's face. Several players converged, including Jennings who was tossed and later fined for pointing in a way that the refs thought looked like a gun. Little did we know that was just the start of Jennings getting himself into scraps for the Wizards.

Pushing. Shoving. Ejections in Phoenix.

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[RELATED: Celtics players genuinely surprised Jennings messed with Rozier]

2. "He's a young boy, so I had to do some vet moves​."

Jennings' second ejection was amazing not just because of the incident itself, but his quotes afterwards. First, Jennings was tossed for scrapping with Celtics guard Terry Rozier on a series of plays during Game 3 of the Wizards second round playoff series against Boston. The two got tangled in a shoving match and both were tossed. Jennings essentially baited Rozier into confrontation:

There were many, many good quotes that came from that dustup, including Jennings' explanation for what happened:

"He's a young boy, so I had to do some vet moves and try to get into him mentally. It actually worked," Jennings said of Rozier. "As long as I can get the edge. If I can get you to not think about playing basketball and you want to do other things, I feel like I won. That's what I did."

The great quotes didn't end there. Jennings had been ejected after teammate Kelly Oubre, Jr. was already tossed for shoving Kelly Olynyk to the ground. The story of Jennings and Oubre running into each other afterwards was hilarious:

"That's my brother. It's kind of like we are on the same string some times. Third quarter, I took a shower because it was intermission and I came out the shower and he was just sitting there at his locker. I'm like, 'Oh, you too, bro?' It was one of those moments, one of those bro moments... Kelly's my young boy, so it's kind of like: when Kelly gets kicked out, I'm probably next. Probably the organization is like 'listen man, we've got these two crazy dudes coming off the bench and we don't know which one is gonna get kicked out tonight.'"

1. "Any drama, I'm with it."

As good as that whole incident was, and it was very good, Jennings' most memorable moment has to be his shove of JaVale McGee late in a Wizards' loss at the Golden State Warriors in March. McGee took a three with less than a minute left and the Warriors up by 22 points. Jennings did not like that one bit and pushed him down to the floor:

Jennings, of course, then delivered with some excellent sound bites in the locker room afterwards, saying that if McGee had gone to the rim "it probably would have been worse" and of confrontation in general "any drama, I'm with it." That push then ignited a wide-reaching debate on the unwritten rules in basketball, something Jennings found hilarious.

For a guy who played just a few months with the Wizards, Jennings sure left his mark. He will missed most by the reporters who got to cover him and his amazing quotes.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, we focused entirely on sneakers and how they intersect with the culture of basketball. Chase Hughes and Chris Miller were joined by CSN producers (and sneakerheads) Ajay Atayee and Terrence Stroder in studio.

The four of them brought on two expert guests on the phone. First was Cool Kicks sneaker store owner Daniel Habtemariam. Second was Michael Sykes, a blogger at SB Nation.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

[RELATED: Keef and Dolph: an odd couple friendship within the Wizards' organization]

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Jason Smith's season...

Player: Jason Smith

Position: Power forward/center

Age: 31

2016-17 stats: 74 G, 14.4 mpg, 5.7 ppg, 0.3 apg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.7 bpg, 52.9 FG%, 47.4 3P%, 68.6 FT%, 58.5 eFG%, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Smith's first season in Washington didn't get off to a great start, much like the team as a whole. He was among several players struggling on the Wizards' bench early on, shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in 11.8 minutes a night through 16 games. Smith ultimately found his niche despite inconsistent minutes as a key player on the bench with Ian Mahinmi out most of the year due to injury.

Smith made his impact as an energy guy off the bench. At his best, he disrupted shots in the lane and spread the floor with an improving three-point shot. Smith hit two threes in October, November and December. From January on, Smith made 35 of them at a 46.7 percent clip. By March he was knocking down multiple threes per night on a regular basis.

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Smith's emergence as a three-point threat was unexpected, as it happened in his Age 30 season. But it wasn't just luck and it didn't happen overnight. For years Smith practice threes and he had already developed into a solid midrange shooter. It was last year that his range extended beyond the three-point line.

Whether the Wizards can count on Smith to hit threes at a high rate this season is unclear, but that versatility is what could help him remain in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation. If Mahinmi can stay healthy, that will likely mean less minutes for Smith. But if Smith can spread the floor, he can be a nice complement to Mahinmi or Marcin Gortat as a stretch-4.

For as much continuity as there will be in the Wizards' starting lineup, their bench has many new faces. That group also includes Mahinmi, who played only 31 games last year. Smith have a full season in Brooks' system will help him hit the ground running this season in a second unit that will require an adjustment period.

Potential to improve: Chemistry with other bigs, free throw shooting, rim protection.

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Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

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Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

[RELATED: WHO WILL BE MOST-IMPROVED ON THE WIZARDS THIS YEAR?]

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