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Weekend links: Wall bids adieu to Garnett, Meesseman talks about her hearing loss, more

Some cool stories on the Wizards and Mystics’ best players to start your Saturdays.

Washington Wizards v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It’s been a busy few weeks for me and I didn’t get a chance to review too many links outside of BF. Also, many great stories seems to get released on Friday too. Is that for the PR cycle? Anyway... let’s get to them.

Wall gives tribute to retired NBA star Kevin Garnett

The 21 year NBA veteran and Timberwolves star retired on Friday. Canis Hoopus’s Drew Mahowald wrote a nice tribute just as the news was becoming official. Wall gave his take in an Uninterrupted Video, calling him “one of the best trash talkers I ever played against.”

I also admired Garnett’s ability on the court and his intensity. He was one of the most versatile posts in the 2000’s, when it was not uncommon to see him score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds, and dish five assists as well. Though his best team accomplishments came during his tenure with the Boston Celtics, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves where he earned his “Big Ticket” nickname.

Emma Meesseman opens up about her hearing disability

Earlier this month, Scott Abraham of WJLA-TV in Arlington, Virginia gave a report on Mystics post Emma Meeseman in the station’s “Rising Star” series. I didn’t have a chance to watch the video until this week, but it focused quite heavily on something you may not be fully aware of: she’s 50 percent deaf:

This isn’t the first time where this has come to light. In her rookie season, Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post wrote that she had this condition her entire life. Also in the video, GM and Head Coach Mike Thibault said that her hearing loss may also influence how she approaches the game compared with other players.

I’m not sure exactly how much hear hearing loss affects Meesseman’s play or personality. But I do think that and her non-American upbringing has some influence though.

Wall gave his rationale for wearing a Cowboys jersey last Sunday

I wish the Wizards were the “number one team” in town. But the reality is that the NFL runs the show in any major city, so it’s no surprise that the Redskins run Washington, D.C. That’s just the way it is.

Since the Dallas Cowboys are the Redskins’ number one rival, I get that seeing Wall in a Dallas jersey can be considered blasphemy, even if he’s a fan of a team. Wall explained his decision in an interview to CSN Mid Atlantic’s Chris Miller that he was deliberate about wearing an Emmitt Smith jersey instead of current players.

Wall also explained that he will support all D.C. teams when his personal favorite teams aren’t involved, including the Redskins. He even clarified about his feelings on road team “fans” hijacking Verizon Center for Wizards games.

He explained that if someone was a fan of a team his or her entire life, he gets that and pointed back to his Cowboys fandom. But if someone is a “frontrunner” or just became a Warriors fan since 2014, that doesn’t sit well with him.

Seems like a reasonable explanation to me.