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Top Stories of the Week: Wizards coaching staff takes shape, Meesseman shows out for the Mystics

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Summer is finally coming!

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The weather is getting hotter and hotter. And the NBA Draft is next week (even though that is totally irrelevant for the Wizards anyway). It’s still a little light on Wizards news, but let’s check out what's been going on around the nation's capital.

Wizards coaching staff news: Chad Iske and Sidney Lowe to be assistant coaches, according to reports

NBA: Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

CSN Mid Atlantic’s Ben Standig wrote about a list of assistant coaches who may join the Wizards’ coaching staff beyond Tony Brown, who we talked about last weekend. They include

  • Chad Iske, former Sacramento Kings Associate Head Coach - Iske worked extensively with then-head coach George Karl in both Sacramento and previously with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Sidney Lowe, former Minnesota Timberwolves assistant and NC State Wolfpack head coach - Lowe will probably be best known as the point guard of the 1983 NC State Wolfpack team that won the national championship despite low odds — hence then-head coach Jimmy Valvano’s “survive and advance” mantra. Lowe has also spent time as an NBA head coach, where he led the Timberwolves from 1993-1994 and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies from 2000-2002 where he had a combined record of 79-228. Neither the Wolves or Grizzlies were particularly great teams during his time coaching so I don’t know if you can hold his losing record too much against him. Finally, he went to DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, so the local connection helps.

Mystics news: Emma Meesseman is playing the way we need her to be

The Mystics are currently 5-7, thanks to a big triple overtime over the Connecticut Sun last Tuesday. Do-it-all forward Emma Meesseman scored 23 points, including 11 in just the first six minutes of regulation.

In fact, Meesseman has averaged 21.7 points per game in her last three games, and scored in double figures every game since their regular season opener. I don’t want to go fanboy over her just yet because she doesn’t have a signature crossover like Bria or signature hair like Stef. But Emma doesn’t roll that way.

At least when it comes to basketball, Meesseman has shown a great deal of consistency this season and is a well oiled machine. For that, she won Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Speaking about signature things, Meesseman does have a signature “motivational line” and sponsored jerseys. So, the “MeesseMANIA” movement is a real thing — even if people don’t get it in America.

emma meesseman sponsored jerseys for the Ieper Blue Cats basketball team in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium Screenshot from Fanatico.be video

Check out our list of free agent rankings

The Wizards aren’t drafting anyone next week, at least as far as we know. But we do have a ranking of free agents for you to check out.

Other BF pieces

tioseco Anton Tioseco

Jake was on the podcast this week alongside CSN’s Ben Standig, when they talked about all things Wizards.

Courtney gave her evaluation on Marcus Thornton and his two-month stint in D.C.

I chatted with Anton Tioseco, our latest internationally-based Wizards fan we featured.

Some food for thought in the FanPosts: should the Wizards pick up Drew Gooden’s team option?

Wizards/Mystics pieces outside of BF

Unlike most years, we haven’t really looked too deeply at the NBA Draft. But that doesn’t mean that the Wizards have stopped looking at prospects altogether. J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic writes that Washington has looked at a number of possible options, and they may get back into the draft next week.

Speaking about the draft, Ben Mehic of Wiz of Awes advocates that the Wizards should buy a draft pick. Or in snarky terms, a “reverse Jordan Clarkson” deal.

Last Saturday was Star Wars Night at Verizon Center for the Mystics’ game vs. the Lynx. Hannah Yasharoff of Monumental Sports has a recap of what went down.

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These aren't the only links around D.C. pro basketball though they do give a broad overview. If you have another link you’d like to share, please share it in the comments or do so in a FanPost.

Have a safe and happy Father’s Day weekend everyone!