1. SCHEDULE RELEASE. SCHEDULE RELEASE. SCHEDULE RELEASE.
Five national TV games, one 4-in-5 stretch, and 19 back-to-backs. No Christmas Day game for the Wizards this year, probably because the NBA secretly hates 360 layups or something. Michael Sykes has your full breakdown here. Just two and half more months to go, y’all.
2. More Team USA
Thursday night was the Blue vs White showcase game. It was like an All Star game, but with even less defense (seriously – the last 45 seconds turned into a dunk contest, with all the defenders chilling out at the three point line). Bradley Beal started for Team Blue, sharing point guard duties with DeMar DeRozan. He finished with 8 points and 4 assists on a way to a 128-134 loss. John Wall joined a rather large list of players with an excused absence from the showcase, though he did attend the mini-camp. Wall is generally considered a long shot to make the final 12-man roster, and while that’s still the case Derrick Rose removing himself/being removed from the pool may improve Wall’s chances. For more on Wall and Beal’s Team USA minicamp experience, check out their interviews with Jumoke Davis.
3. Tayler Hill is starting to look like a former lottery pick
Hill had a slow start to her career, but the third year pro has had a great week, getting a career high 20 against Connecticut. More on Hill in last week’s Mystics recap. Ivory Latta predicted a breakout season for Hill back in May, telling the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan: "We played pickup a couple times, and I’m like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute. You’re going to do the old lady like that?’ I’m seeing a lot of great things out of her so far."
4. It’s Chris Webber Appreciation Week!
5. He might be trolling us
Kelly Oubre Jr. does a spot-on Nick Young impression. For what it’s worth, Frank Kaminsky’s Nick Young was pretty convincing, too.