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Wall & Nenê With Fans During Wizards Early Season Trips To Detroit (Video)

John Wall signing autographs, Nenê signing autographsIn a downright bizarre quirk of scheduling, the Washington Wizards have paid a visit to the Detroit Pistons, during both the preseason and now very early 2013-14 NBA regular season. In fact, the squad from Our Nation’s Capital took the court in The Motor City twice, within the span of just eight days. This quick turnaround allowed hoops fans ample opportunity to mix it up with the suddenly playoff contending Wiz. Below are multiple pieces of video, courtesy of a Michigan based contributor to   

Now in his forth NBA season, John Wall (former first overall pick) has really come into his own. After averaging 18.5 points and 7.6 assists last season (albeit in just 49 games), the Kentucky alum has upped his game this campaign, tallying 19 points and 8.7 assists per game (entering Wednesday). If he is able to finally keep himself on the court, the now 23-year-old has every chance in the world of becoming an All-Star, for many years to come.

Below is original video of Wall, signing autographs at The Palace of Auburn Hills, prior to the preseason matchup with the Pistons on October 22.

Brazilian born Nenê is already in his twelfth NBA season. The first-ever Brazilian native to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft has put together a very solid career, posting averages of 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest, with his best years coming as a member of the Denver Nuggets. In 2008-09, the 6’11 big man netted nearly 15 points, while corralling just shy of 8 boards per game (both career highs).

Below is an original clip of the 31-year-old, signing for fans gathered outside Washington’s Birmingham, Michigan hotel, prior to his team’s season opening loss to the Pistons.

Wizards fans can also check out behind the scenes videos of Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell. All of which were captured at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, last July.


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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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