New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wants to cut down on all the in-game shenanigans

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“EVE-RY-BOD-Y-CLAP-YO-HANDS!” (suburbanites disjointedly attempting to clap like Steve Martin in “The Jerk.”)

If new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has his way, the Wizards won’t be filling Wizards’ fans ears with the constant pleads for chants and booming music throughout the game.

Leonsis told the AP that he wants to “get rid of the chants and stuff and put more emphasis on the game
itself.” It’s a move that will likely be met with approval from not only Wizards fans but coaches and players. No one seems to know where the over-the-top NBA experience came from, filled with chants for “D-Fense!” and other pleas came from, but that atmosphere has pervaded very arena in the league.

But we’ve seen this postseason in places like Milwaukee and Oklahoma City that fans don’t need that kind of prodding in order to maintain a loud atmosphere. ‘They can provide the kind of intensity that those chants are supposed to, on their own. And that’s the kind of fan experience Leonsis wants to bring to the Wizards.

Doing so will make the NBA a more enjoyable game for sports fans. The question is if it will be too unbearable in places with low attendance like Memphis when there’s no sound to fill the void of sneakers and players yelling out instructions, or expletives, depending on the situation. Either way, doing so will make Leonsis a hero with the league’s truest fans.

Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.