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Wizards' Markieff Morris sees Kyrie Irving's situation with Cavs as 'unfortunate'

Wizards' Markieff Morris sees Kyrie Irving's situation with Cavs as 'unfortunate'

Kyrie Irving's current stance in wanting a trade from the Cavaliers so he can get out from under LeBron James' shadow is perplexing to many from the outside looking in, including his NBA peers. Irving has everything most NBA players would want. He's on a perennial title contender and reaps the benefits of the exposure that brings him.

Wizards power forward Markieff Morris, for one, is surprised Irving isn't happy with what he has.

"It's unfortunate, man. Me personally, I don't know what's going on in the organization or what, but if you're going to back-to-back [NBA Finals] I would try to find something to better the team and not try to get away from it," he said.

[RELATED: Morris says Celtics rivalry should continue, even with brother in Boston]

Like his teammate John Wall, who commented on Irving's ordeal earlier this month, Morris was sure to point out he does not know all of the facts. Still, he wonders why things have gone wrong when they are competing for championships each year in Cleveland.

"I'm not there. I don't know what the organization is like. But just from the outside looking in, it looked like it's a good situation for everybody playing next to the king," Morris said of James.

Meanwhile, Wall has been working out with both Irving and James, though in separate sessions, in Miami. He posted photos of he and the 4-time MVP playing together at the University of Miami on Sunday:

Wall talked about Irving and James before working out with the two All-Stars. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts now, having spent some time with each of them.

[RELATED: Wizards Tipoff podcast - Shaquille O'Neal on the Wizards]

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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!

[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.


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.


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