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Notes and numbers on the Wizards' time playing at the 'Verizon Center'

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Notes and numbers on the Wizards' time playing at the 'Verizon Center'

For the second time in just 11 years, the Washington Wizards' home arena has undergone a name change. No longer will they play at the Verizon Center. Instead, it will be known as Capital One Arena. That may take some getting used to.

It feels strange to do a full retrospective on a building that isn't closing. All they are doing is changing the name. That shouldn't mean much to fans other than the building's facade in Chinatown looking a little different. That said, the Wizards had some good memories at the 'Verizon Center.' Consider these notes...

*The Wizards made the playoffs six times in the 12 seasons they played at the Verizon Center. They made the postseason just once in the eight years it was called the MCI Center.

*In 2007, the first ever indoor HD, LED scoreboard was unveiled at the Verizon Center.

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*John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter have each played every one of their NBA home games at the Verizon Center.

*The last NBA game played at the arena under the name Verizon Center ended with Wall beating the Celtics on a game-winning shot in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 playoffs. 

*Wall holds the record for the most points scored at the Verizon Center with 52 against the Magic on Dec. 6, 2016. The most points scored by a Wizards opponent at the Phone Booth was Stephen Curry, who dropped 51 points on Feb. 3, 2016.

*The most points scored by the Wizards as a team at the Verizon Center was 136 against the Kings on Jan. 11, 2011. The most points scored by any team was 140 by the Cavaliers in the overtime classic on Feb. 6, 2017.

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*The last time the arena changed names it happened during the regular season for the Wizards and Capitals in 2006.

Now that the building will be known as Capital One Arena, it needs a nickname. The Verizon Center was the 'Phone Booth,' as mentioned above, and that was a good one. What should we call Capital One Arena?

Plenty of suggestions have been thrown out on Twitter from 'Cap One' to 'the ATM' to 'the Cap Center.' Others include 'the Bank' and 'the Vault.' Surely we can do better than those, but nicknames are hard.

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


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.


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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