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Report: John Wall expected to make season debut in the next two weeks


The Wizards, at 4-27 on the season, will take any good news they can get. This would most certainly qualify.

John Wall has been practicing with the team and is expected to make his season debut within the next two weeks, according to a report from Chris Mannix of

Wall has been out the entire season with a stress injury to his left knee, but he’s looking good to his teammates as he’s making his way back.

“He’s still the same player,” A.J. Price told the Washington Post. “Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self. He was extremely active. Just talking. You could see that he really wanted it. And that’s always good to see, especially from your franchise player, coming back off injury, to show how enthused he was to be back out there and how aggressive he approached the situation.”

Whether or not Wall is the type of player the franchise can build around remains to be seen, but he’s shown flashes of All-Star level talent at times in each of his first two NBA season.

Wall has career averages of 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.6 steals in 37 minutes per game. He is a difference-maker, even on a Wizards team as dreadful as this.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.