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Wizards' Jason Smith gives hilarious explanation of Shaqtin' A Fool moment vs. Bulls

Wizards' Jason Smith gives hilarious explanation of Shaqtin' A Fool moment vs. Bulls

Reserve big man Jason Smith is quietly finding his groove with the Wizards. And the more fans get to know him, the more there is to like. Just take Tuesday night's win against the Bulls. 

Smith finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, plus solid defense in 23 minutes off the bench. But he also had a blooper reel moment that made Shaqtin' A Fool. 

Take a look at Smith's stumbling dive out of bounds while defending Bobby Portis:

Funny in a clumsy kinda way, but not as funny as his explanation after the game. 

Speaking to Rob Carlin, Brian Mitchell and Chris Miller on SportsTalk Live, Smith ran through what happened in shameless fashion. He fell kind of on purpose to rattle Portis? Maybe?

"So, I might have been a little gassed and I was like, you know what, I gotta get out there. But I was going to contest high, and my legs said no. And, uh, I just gave him like, you know the field goal kicker when you kinda dive past him?"

"Hey, it worked! It worked. He didn't shoot the ball and he didn't make it, so it worked," Smith said. But he admitted his coach might not have been so impressed.

"Coach Brooks might have just covered his head. 'Oh, what is he doing out there?' But it worked!" 

You can watch his full interview in the video player above. And next time you're watching a Wizards game, make sure to pay attention to Smith. It's worth it. 

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Otto Porter not fazed by Wizards' interest in Paul George or John Wall's comments

Otto Porter not fazed by Wizards' interest in Paul George or John Wall's comments

John Wall's comments to ESPN's Marc Spears back in June brought all sorts of reactions, some honing in on his reference to Otto Porter and how his position at small forward could potentially be upgraded if the Wizards were to trade for Paul George, as at the time they were linked to the then-Pacers superstar. What Wall meant was that as good as Porter is, George is a superstar and therefore better. He even couched his comments by saying of Porter: "you can't take nothing away from what he did."

Many saw those quotes how Wall intended them and Porter can be included in that mix.

"We're talking about Paul George here. If we could get him on our squad? We could definitely contend for a championship," Porter said after the press conference to announce his new four-year contract worth $106.5 million on Wednesday.

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George has since been traded to the Thunder and is not in the Wizards' picture, while Porter is here to stay. He will remain a key cog in the Wizards' operation alongside Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and others.

No one has to tell Porter that he himself can improve. He highlighted his ballhandling skills, for example, during his press conference as something he would like to work on.

If Porter takes more steps in development, he could close the gap between him, George and the other All-Star small forwards.

"It's just motivation. I will continue to get back into the gym. I didn't take anything personal. I'm just going to continue to go out there and work and play my game," Porter said.

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Ted Leonsis predicts John Wall will sign extension with the Wizards

Ted Leonsis predicts John Wall will sign extension with the Wizards

On Wednesday, the Washington Wizards held a press conference officially announcing Otto Porter's four-year, $106.5 million contract extension with the franchise.

The announcement comes almost exactly a year after owner Ted Leonsis, team president Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks sat with Bradley Beal to announce a similar contract extension.

Beal and Porter are two-thirds of the Wizards' superstar core.

John Wall, the face of the franchise, is the third piece to the long-term puzzle and was recently offered a four-year, $170 million "supermax" contract. Wall still has two years and $37 million remaining on his current deal, but the team would love to be able to lock up all three of their core players for the foreseeable future.

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Following the Wednesday press conference, Leonsis was asked about the offer to Wall. He predicts Wall will re-sign with the team.

“I told everybody that we would keep Bradley Beal, and already everyone is talking about the John Wall extension,” Leonsis said to a group of reporters following the press conference. â€œSo my prediction is John Wall will sign his extension. He wants to be here and my goal is to have no drama.”

“I told everyone that when John was coming off his rookie contract, we would sign him and he would be our bedrock player." The Wizards did that in 2013, when they re-signed him to a five-year, $80 million deal. But with the Wizards one game shy of 50 regular-season wins and one win shy of the Eastern Conference Finals, the future is as bright as it has ever been for the Wizards. 

But when a potential Wall re-signing happens is still up for debate. The team is still moving it forward, but it's not urgent. "We're moving forward. We're still talking about that," Grunfeld said on Wednesday. "There's no urgency to it. Obviously, we would like to have John finish his career here."

Keeping Wall in D.C. long-term is the goal, and Leonsis is hopeful that it will get done.

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