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Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' Scott Brooks confirms Steve Kerr's apology, says he doesn't hold it against Warriors

Wizards' coach Scott Brooks confirmed on Tuesday that he did receive an apology from his Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr following the incident between the teams on Sunday that saw Washington guard Brandon Jennings shove Golden State center JaVale McGee to the floor for shooting a three late in a blowout win.

Brooks understands why Kerr wanted to apologize, but said he will not hold what happened against the Warriors organization.

"We've exchanged text messages. I have great respect for their organization. They are a championship team," Brooks said. "The last minute did not take anything away from how they play. You don't want their five-man shooting a three when they're up 20, but that's not of my business. But they won the game fair and square. We had a chance to play better for the 48 minutes before that and we did not do that."

Brooks went on to say acknowledge that there are some unwritten rule sin the game of basketball. In-game policing between players may be more prevalent in other sports like baseball, but there's no question in Brooks' mind that goes on in the NBA.

[RELATED: McGee said he was glad he got pushed late in Wizards' loss]

Brooks, for one, subscribes to those ideas and standards for his own team.

"I have some rules. The guys know," Brooks said. "When you're up [big], you don't want to shoot threes and run alley-oop plays or run the score up. Golden State doesn't do that. They took one bad shot, but that's not who they are. I'm not going to look at them and wish bad luck for them."

In Sunday's loss, the Wizards had essentially conceded the game by emptying their bench late in the fourth quarter and down over 20 points. The Warriors decided to leave Stephen Curry and Draymond Green on the floor as both were chasing personal statistics. Green was going for a triple-double and Curry eclipsed the 40-point mark. Then, there was McGee's shot.

All of that happened after the game was well in hand, hence the problem. Brooks understands that, but takes issue with people calling that time in a game "garbage time."

Here's why:

"There's no garbage time. I don't call it garbage time because I was in there a lot [as a player]. So, I take offense to garbage time. I always told people that 'it's my garbage time and you wish you could be in there playing during those minutes.' Players that were calling it that were not quite good enough to make a team. So, that was my jab back at them."

There you go. Follow the game's unwritten rules, just don't call it 'garbage time.'

[RELATED: Kerr wishes McGee handled his shot differently]

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John Wall reacts to narrowly missing cut for NBA All-Defensive Teams

John Wall reacts to narrowly missing cut for NBA All-Defensive Teams

John Wall narrowly missed out on being named to the NBA All-Defensive Teams, according to the lists released today. He previously made the All-Defensive Second Team in 2015.

This year, Wall received 38 votes, including 14 first-team votes, which was the third-highest vote total of the players left off. Only Boston's Avery Bradley and Golden State's Klay Thompson were closer to making one of the teams. 

Reading the list of players who made the cut, it's hard to say which guy you'd leave off. But it's worth noting only one player from the Eastern Conference – Giannis Antetokounmpo – was named to the lists. That's pretty odd, right?

Wall, whose third team All-NBA selection was the first of his career, shared a bemused reaction on Twitter. 

In the Wizards star's defense, he did lead the NBA with 157 steals this season. He also finished with 49 blocks, fourth most among all guards. 

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How Wizards handle next offseason steps will shape course of 2017-18 season

How Wizards handle next offseason steps will shape course of 2017-18 season

Established players such as John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris have already been in and out of Verizon Center to work out with Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu and Chris McCullough, all of whom will head up the summer league roster in Las Vegas.

Free agency opens July 1 and while that goes on coach Scott Brooks and his staff will focus on mini-camp to prepare for the summer event.

Except this year instead of holding it at Verizon Center they’ll hold mini-camp at Las Vegas before playing their first game July 8 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.

President Ernie Grunfeld took the first step to reshaping the roster with acquiring Tim Frazier for the No. 52 pick in last week's draft to address the backup point guard need behind Wall.

Here's what needs to be addressed:

--Qualifying offers. They’ll need to extend them to keep Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic restricted free agents. Grunfeld will qualify both which basically gives the Wizards the first right of refusal in the market. But will he re-sign them immediately to take them off or allow them to bring back an offer sheet that he’ll have 48 hours to match? It’ll likely be the latter because the Wizards can exceed the cap to retain their own players exercising their Bird Rights.

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--Minicamp. Before summer league begins, there usually are a few players who won't make the final roster. Some are cut for performance, others leave because they're not receiving guaranteed money and found another option and are given release. It'll change a little.

--A shooter. There needs to be a reliable one behind Beal – a much better option than Marcus Thornton a year ago – but this player has to be acquired, it appears, in free agency. The trick is the Wizards don’t have a lot of cap room, especially after it is projected to lower from $102 million to $99 million.

--Contract options. The Wizards have to decide by October if they’ll pick up 2018-19 on McCullough and Kelly Oubre.

--Men in the middle. Marcin Gortat made his feelings known about his role in the offense and pondered out loud if he should/would play elsewhere. Grunfeld made it clear that he expects Gortat to remain. But the Wizards still have to figure out how to have him co-exist with Ian Mahinmi or is it redundancy? Neither is comfortable being out on an island constantly defending stretch bigs on switches.

--The schedule. The league will release it for all 30 teams in the first or second week of August. Training camp begins the following month. The Wizards likely will be in Richmond again on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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