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The NBA is getting rid of 'home' and 'away' jerseys, and that is a great thing

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The NBA is getting rid of 'home' and 'away' jerseys, and that is a great thing

When the 2017-18 NBA season begins, one of the longest traditions in sports will be broken.

When Nike takes over as the new sports apparel company for the NBA on October 1, the "home" and "away" jerseys are a thing of the past.

You can read about it in full detail here, but just know this: The change is a great one. 

Instead of having a designated "home" and "away" jersey, the teams will have "The Association" and "The Icon" to choose from on a nightly basis.

There will be two additional uniforms, dubbed "The Athlete Mindset" and "The Community" and while the naming of the different uniform types reek of the Big Ten's failed "Leaders" and "Legends" division names, the change is a good thing.

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Getting away from having designated jerseys based on game location is important because not all "home" and "away" uniforms are created equal. 

Take the Wizards for example. The team decided to exclsuively wear their white "Stars and Stripes" uniforms for home playoff games. Those uniforms are spectacular and should be worn not just at home playoff games, but nearly all games. Instead of the Wizards wearing road red uniforms in Boston against the Celtics in their home whites, the Wizards can now wear their "Stars and Stripes" uniforms against the Celtics' iconic green uniforms. That's how it should have been and how it can be going forward

Not everyone is a fan of uniform creativity. We are not here to tell you that NBA teams should wear jerseys with sleeves.

In fact, NBA teams should never wear jerseys with sleeves. Ever.

But what we are here to tell you is that teams should be able to decide to wear jerseys like we decide when playing video games. Wear alternate uniforms as much as possible. Mix things up. Just because a team is playing at home does not mean the team has to wear whites. 

Traditions were made to be broken, and we're glad the NBA is leading the charge.

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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!

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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?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

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

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