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John Wall: NBA has gone 'softer' by allowing healthy players to 'rest'

John Wall: NBA has gone 'softer' by allowing healthy players to 'rest'

Before having to sit out the last five games last year because of bad knees that would soon require surgery, John Wall missed 13, 16 and 33 games in his first three seasons with the Wizards. To miss a game when 100% healthy? Unacceptable.

"That’s the difference about our league now. It’s kind of gotten a little softer," Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com, comparing today's NBA to previous eras. "Guys sit out and rest. I understand the coach made a decision, you can’t go against what the coach said or the doctor said."

Now he's faced with missing Friday's game vs. the Chicago Bulls because of injury. He already has missed two under "rest" precautions set forth by the medical staff after knee surgeries May 5.

"I'm not the type of guy who wants to sit down and rest. I think you owe it to the fans," Wall said. "They paid money to come see us play. That's how a professional goes out there and competes. If nothing is hurt, you can play go play.

"I missed games I didn’t want to miss in the past because I was injured.  I make up for the time I can make up."

Last weekend, the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs sat multiple star players each for a national TV game that lost its luster immediately. 

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Cavs' J.R. Smith learned of Chris Paul's trade while playing golf with Adam Schefter

Cavs' J.R. Smith learned of Chris Paul's trade while playing golf with Adam Schefter

POTOMAC, Md. -- Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith is an NBA star first and a golfer second.

But with the 2016-17 NBA season in the books, and Smith's Cavaliers on the wrong end of an NBA Finals loss to the Warriors, Smith now turns to his second love, golf.

That's why when news of Chris Paul's trade from the Clippers to the Rockets broke on Wednesday afternoon, Smith was far away from the hardwood.

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The 3-point marksman was sauntering down the fairway on No. 13 at TPC Potomac, where he was taking part in the 2017 Quicken Loans National Pro-Am.

Smith, an avid golfer who tries to play every day during the offseason, was paired with PGA star Rickie Fowler, ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter and Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson.

But on Wednesday, Smith had a caddie, which means the NBA world wasn't too far away. "Yeah, my caddie Paul just got word from a buddy," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic." It's crazy, right?"

Even when Smith is focusing on his long irons and not his jump shot, the 31-year-old New Jersey native keeps up with the news cycle as much as he can. But if he's on the course, his cell phone is on silent. "I always got my phone off when I play, but my caddy got me covered today."

So what were Smith's thoughts on the trade that sent Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick to Los Angeles for the nine-time all-star?

“My thoughts? I gotta clean up my short game. It’s been awful today.”

Even during the offseason, Smith continues to shoot his shot.

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Wrong Bogdanovic: Twitter freaked out thinking the Wizards had lost Bojan to Kings

Wrong Bogdanovic: Twitter freaked out thinking the Wizards had lost Bojan to Kings

On Wednesday, the Sacremento Kings signed a Serbian guard named Bogdan Bogdanovic to a three-year deal.

Why is this news? Twitter got confused and many people made the mistake of thinking the Kings signed the Wizards guard, Bojan Bogdanovic.

But fear not Wizards fans, they are completely different players. 

Bojan and Bogdan are unrelated and are from different countries.

The Wizards guard, Bojan, is from Croatia while Bogdan is from Serbia.

For the time being, Washington still has their own Bogdanovic. Time will tell if he goes anywhere. 

The Wizards recently extended a qualifying offer to Bojan, making him a restricted free agent to the team. 

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