Sprung: The evolution of John Wall begins with his jump shot

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After his team’s second win in three nights in the city of New York, John Wall was dressed impeccably in the visitors’ locker room, down to his $1,100 Red Bottom shoes, which elicited gawks and compliments from players and onlookers alike. But one thing was missing to complete his look: his gray bow tie. Unable to get help from teammates, Wall said the final piece to his outfit would have to wait.

JOhnWallSH1Wall seems to be as dedicated to his performance on the court as he is to his fashion, but his game, just like his postgame outfit, is incredibly impressive, yet still seems to have a piece or two missing.

Sprung: Now Woodson is on the hook for Knicks’ mess

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WoodsonThroughout the mess of the New York Knicks’ season thus far, one person who has remained essentially blameless is coach Mike Woodson.

The Knicks – now 7-17 and 13th in the Leastern Conference – have fallen victim to poor roster construction, injuries, selfish play and bad luck, none of which could be pinned on Woodson.

Not anymore. Monday’s 102-101 home loss to Washington gets dropped squarely in Woodson’s lap. And the next thing dropped in his lap may be a pink slip.

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Five Things To Watch: Washington Wizards

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Rorschach TestThe Washington Wizards are the NBA’s Rorschach Test team.

Coldly visualize last season’s 29-53 record. In the context of a fifth straight year without a postseason appearance, we’re talking demolition time. Yet others – most notably, the team’s ownership – warmed to the clear improvement over the second half of last season after ingloriously bottoming out early on.

Washington kept its primary core of players and inked some – including point guard John Wall – to lucrative deals. Coach Randy Wittman and president Ernie Grunfeld also are back, though both enter the final year of their respective contracts.

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SH Blog: CP3 to return to Clippers; Iguodala, Josh Smith have significant interest; Bargnani to Knicks?

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Dwight bannerTick-tock, tick-tock … less than six hours left until teams can contact players and free agency begins. Check out Moke Hamilton’s top 50, and the podcast where Moke discusses what could happen with them, to get ready.

One thing we probably won’t have – to the massive relief of probably everyone in the world – is an immensely protracted drama regarding Dwight Howard’s next destination. The All-Star center will only visit five teams, and hopes to have decided by the time he makes his last visit. That means we could know where D12 is heading by the end of the week. Which will be a nice change from the last two summers.

We’ve got plenty of free agency news and rumors, starting with one superstar staying put, so let’s get right to the latest from around the NBA:

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SH Blog: Amnestying Kobe “not something we’ve discussed,” says Kupchak; Dwight new Lakers leader

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Dwight Howard Steve NashWe’ve still got a handful of games that really matter in the NBA regular season, and maybe the biggest is tonight, with the Spurs heading into Staples Center to face the Lakers.

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