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The Washington Wizards are very “grateful” to be included in the NBA’s return, as GM Tommy Sheppard told the local media, including, during a zoom conference call. Sheppard said that the team has “nothing to lose” with regard to the remaining games left in the season and their pursuit of making the playoffs.

“We’re trying to manage expectations…but what are we there to do? We’re there to win games…with the opportunity to (win games) and make the playoffs, that’s all we can ask for,” Sheppard said.

The GM said that he considers this a “pressure situation,” which is something he likes to see players in to properly evaluate them. With only eight games in the regular season (and with the Wizards needing to make up 1.5 games in the win column to force a play-in game), the franchise should get to see its players in those types of situations.

Who Will Travel With the Wizards to Orlando?

All teams are limited to bringing 35 people to Orlando and Sheppard touched on who will travel to Florida.

“We haven’t zeroed in on the final list,” Sheppard said while adding that he’ll go to Orlando and he expects about 15 people split between the medical staff and coaching staff.

Sheppard added that outside of Davis Bertans, he hasn’t received any indication that other players will bow out. NBA players are not required to attend and Sheppard cautioned that he didn’t “want to look too far ahead” in regard to any player not attending.

Sheppard says he hasn't received any indication that any player (other than Davis Bertans) won't head to Orlando to play for the Wizards, though he left the door open.

"I don't want to look too far ahead on any player," adding that with Bradley Beal, the team will be cautious.

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England cricket team latest to publicly distance themselves from Black Lives Matter group after controversy

ENGLAND'S cricket team have distanced themselves from the Black Lives Matter movement following recent controversy.

The players will wear the logo on their shirts during the three-match Test Series against West Indies.

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But the England and Wales Cricket Board have made it clear they reject any politicising of the movement.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: "The England and Wales Cricket board fully support the message that Black Lives Matter.

"It has become a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change.

"There can be no place for racism in society or our sport, and we must do more to tackle it.

"Our support of that message is not an endorsement, tacit or otherwise, of any political organisation, nor backing of any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.

"We are aware of certain aspects of the movement that promote their own political views, and their actions are not supported in any way by the ECB and our players."

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra recently ditched their BLM badges for a live broadcast.

And the BBC have reportedly told presenters not to wear the badge as it can be seen as a political campaign.

Crystal Palace have also become the first Premier League to distance themselves from the movement.

This comes after BLM leaders posted their beliefs in defunding the police, ovethrowing capitalism and "targeted sanctions in line with international law against Israel's colonial, apartheid regime."

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England Men's Test captain Joe Root added: "It is important to show solidarity to the black community and to raise much needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice.

"The England players and management are unified in their approach and will use the platform of international cricket to fully support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.'


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