13 Year NBA veteran Larry Hughes and Wizards insider Matt Modderno give you in-depth insight into your Wizards every week with premium analysis, commentary, and guests!
Ron Oakes-Cunningham and Kevin Broom of the #SoWizards Podcast (@So_Wizards) joined forces with Matt for a special crossover episode! The episode will appear on both feeds so make sure to subscribe to both shows. Kevin and Matt start out by evaluating the Capital City Go-Go so far this season, based on a recent article they wrote for Bullets Forever. Once Ron joins, the conversation covers: top NBA prospects in the world, filling out a roster with specialists vs utility guys, whether the Wizards would amnesty Davis Bertans if they could, and if they'll end up overpaying for Montrezl Harrell. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sowizards/id1518440828
Ryan Oliver (RyanBOliver) joins the show to discuss what Wizards' fans have to be thankful for this season. We also covered who needs to step up more for the Wizards in close games, Bradley Beal's next contract, the lack of cohesion on offense, how much time it takes for new teams to gel, and a preview of upcoming games.
The Wizards are much better defensively this season. Deni Avdija has made an especially big jump on that end of the floor. But how and why has that happened? Larry Hughes, the last Wizard to make an NBA All-Defensive First Team, breaks down what specifically the team and Deni are doing differently. If you're at all interested in the ins-and-outs of NBA defense, this is the episode for you. Larry also talks about his firsthand experiences with Wes Unseld Jr. and Tommy Sheppard. Additionally, we discuss Spencer Dinwiddie's offensive approach when Bradley Beal is out vs he's in.
Matt is joined by Troy Haliburton of the Washington City Paper to talk about the Wizards parting ways with Scott Brooks. They discuss potential replacements, including Denver's Wes Unseld Jr. They also close out the show by breaking down the All-NBA team selections and what makes a report credible
Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington joins Matt Modderno to break down what fans should expect from the Wizards this offseason. They discuss the idea of trading for a third star and whether Kristaps Porzingis, Jerami Grant, or DeMar DeRozan could be realistic targets. They also covered tanking vs making the playoffs, why the Wizards don't attract free agents, Russell Westbrook's impact on the locker room, Bradley Beal's perimeter shooting decline, and how the addition of Dr. Katherine Evans might influence the front office's decision making. Chase also shares what it was like to cover the team this season and some of the upcoming content coming from NBCSW. Make sure to check Chase out on twitter @ChaseHughesNBCSPresented by BetOnline.Ag and Moinkbox.com
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno tie a bow on the Wizards' 2020-2021 NBA season. They discuss GM Tommy Sheppard's postseason comments, top offseason priorities, players endorsing Scott Brooks, and whether or not Bradley Beal will be actively recruiting this offseason. Larry shares his experiences playing for different NBA coaches and how he spent the offseason during his career. They also discuss Daniel Gafford's concerning comments regarding his fitness and Russell Westbrook challenging Rui Hachimura to be more consistent next season.Presented by BetOnline.ag
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno discuss what went wrong for the Wizards in Games 2 and 3 against Philadelphia and if they can avoid being swept. They also talk about the Wizards' defensive breakdowns, misusing Rui Hachimura, if you can win when your 2 best players don't defend, the 4-guard lineup, why the Wizards can't shoot, the Bertans problem, and Daniel Gafford's conditioning. Larry also provides a player's perspective on what you'd want from whoever coaches this team next and gives his take on the recent string of poor behavior from fans. Presented by BetOnline.ag!
In this episode, former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno break down game 1 of the Wizards' first round series with the Philadelphia 76ers and the adjustments they need to make to win the series. They also discuss if it's easier to win game 1 or 2 on the road, Scott Brooks partially attributing the loss to inexperience, words of wisdom for Rui in his first playoff series, the three guard lineup vs playing more wings, better ball movement and game management, how to defend Embiid, and DeMar DeRozan rumors.Brought to you by BetOnline.ag
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno preview the Wizards vs Celtics play-in match-ups, other potential play-in opponents if the Wizards were to lose to Boston, and possible first-round matchups. Hughes gives the scouting report on the Celtics and the recipe for trying to slow down their star Jayson Tatum. They also discuss Russell Westbrook's leadership, Bradley Beal playing through an injury, Scott Brooks returning as coach next season, and whether or not Westbrook is the best play-maker in the NBA. They close out the show by answering fan questions.Brought to you by BetOnline.ag
In a very Russell Westbrook heavy episode, former Wizard Larry Hughes talks about just how impressive Russell Westbrook's NBA-record 182 triple doubles is and how early he could tell Westbrook was going to be a special player. The guys also discuss Bradley Beal's injury status, Beal's twitter beef with Kent Bazemore, Westbrook's insane stats against the Pacers, what makes for a successful NBA coach, and the Wizards' playoff prospects. They close out the show by answering some really timely fan questions! Brought to you by BetOnline.Ag
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno break down the Wizards' recent late-game execution issues that have caused them to drop a couple of close games lately. Larry and Matt evaluate the job Scott Brooks has done coaching the team and some of his lineup choices like having Davis Bertans covering Pascal Siakam late in the game. They also discuss Russell Westbrook's late-game play, Bradley Beal's continued issues with how he is officiated, Westbrook's legacy and place on the all-time point guard list, playing through serious injuries, the job the front office has done, and who the Wizards would want to see in the playoffs.Brought to you BetOnline.ag!
The Wizards' win streak might have ended at 8 games but the team is still playing inspired basketball over the last month. Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno discuss what went wrong in the team's loss to San Antonio and how they can get back on track. Larry also breaks down Daniel Gafford's impact, what Anthony Gill can bring to the table, and what he saw from Deni Avdija this season prior to his season-ending injury. Larry also shares some stories about being in locker rooms that had bad vibes regardless of the team's record and why it's such a positive that the Wizards seem to have good chemistry.
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno discuss the Wizards' latest win streak, the impact of Daniel Gafford, how to continue to improve the defense, and Russell Westbrook's "clutch gene" and mindset. Larry also explains how valuable a competitive playoff series can be for everyone in the organization. Plus, we talk about the departure of Jerome Robinson, the addition of Jordan Bell, Davis Bertans' improved play, how nagging injuries can start to pile up, and the return of fans to Capital One Arena.
Are the Wizards rushing Bradley Beal back from his injuries just to chase the 10-seed? Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno give their perspectives on it. They also discuss Russell Westbrook's statistical impact, the play of Daniel Gafford, the Wizards' putrid offense when Beal sits, and what to expect over the remaining 20 games. Plus, Larry tells some great stories about partying with teammates like Allen Iverson.Brought to you by Sunday Scaries and Betonline.ag!
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno evaluate the job Scott Brooks has done so far this season. They also break down the Wizards' poor shooting, Robin Lopez's comments about trust, Troy Brown Jr.'s comments about never knowing his role in DC, the lack of a defensive identity, and whether it's time to start tanking. Plus, Larry offers his perspective on the Stephen A. Smith and Russell Westbrook back-and-forth. Presented by BetOnline.AG, Sunday Scaries, and Kaenon
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno discuss the Wizards' trade for Daniel Gafford and whether or not it helps the team this season. Larry also talks through what it's like to be traded midseason and everything that goes on off the court. We also discuss Troy Brown Jr.'s new fit in Chicago, Bradley Beal's postgame comments and leadership, and how playing 1v1 games with Gilbert Arenas really helped Gilbert's development. Brought to you by eBay, Sunday Scaries, and Betonline.ag!
Patrick Crossan, the team manager of Wizards District Gaming, joins the show to talk about the NBA 2K League, being the reigning champions, and their latest draft. eSports is a rapidly growing industry and Patrick gives us great insight into that environment. Larry and Matt also discuss the Wizards' remaining schedule, the recent play of Rui Hachimura, and potential trade deadline moves. Plus, Larry tells a few really cool stories about playing AAU against other top guys. Brought to you by eBay, Sunday Scaries, and Betonline.ag!
Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the podcast by talking about their favorite moments and dream guests for year 2. They also break down some potential trade candidates for the Wizards and discuss whether or not Rui Hachimura has turned a corner. The Washington Post's Ava Wallace also joins the show to offer her insight into the Wizards' season so far, how the trade deadline might play out, and what it's like to cover an NBA team during a global pandemic. Brought to you by eBay and Betonline.ag!
Jimmy Patsos joins the show to recap the 1st half of the Wizards' season and preview the second half. Patsos was the head coach at Siena, Loyola (Md.), and an assistant coach at the University of Maryland when they won the National Championship. He is now a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports Washington. The conversation included: how to build a winning roster, finding an 8th man in the rotation, how the Wizards have turned things around, Scott Brooks letting young guys play through mistakes more now, Bradley Beal coaching his AAU team, what he learned from Gary Williams, and so much more! Plus, Larry and Matt discuss the players who were pleasant surprises so far and the ones who underachieved. Brought to you by eBay and Betonline.ag!
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno discuss the Wizards' recent improved play followed by the head-scratching loss to the Celtics. Bradley Beal described the final minutes of the game as "some of the goofiest sh*t I've ever seen in my life" and we don't disagree. We also evaluate Scott Brooks' late-game decision making, the recent play of Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis to DC rumors, an Isaac Bonga sighting, 38 games in 68 days, and getting snubbed by the National TV schedule. Brought to you by eBay and Betonline.ag!
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno discuss the Wizards' transformation into a top 10 defensive team (over the last 10 games). How did this happen and can they keep it up? Larry also explains why he was so high on Rui Hachimura's defensive potential coming into the season and why we are finally seeing him make the jump on that end. Plus, Russell Westbrook's leadership, Bradley Beal as a primary ball-handler, Shaq's comments about Donovan Mitchell, Draymond Green's remarks about players being treated unfairly, and whether or not they should play the All-Star game.Brought to you by eBay and Betonline.ag!
Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno recap the team's most recent games and preview their upcoming slate, including a matchup with John Wall and the Rockets. Did the Wizards owe it to John Wall to be more upfront and honest with him? As someone who has lived through being traded, Larry weighs in on how both sides handled things. We also break down the recent play of Moe Wagner, Garrison Mathews, and Davis Bertans. Plus, we get into the psychology of being left wide open and dip into the Bullets Forever mailbag to answer some fan questions. Presented by eBay, the world's best destination for discovering great value and unique selection. Also brought to you by BetOnline.ag
Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno discuss why the Wizards keep making the same mistakes, their need for more leadership, playing video games instead of watching film, expecting to lose, and who should be held responsible for their issues. Larry also describes the signs that a team has tuned out a coach. Plus, some good stories about weird pregame rituals and rookie duties!
The good news: Russell Westbrook looked like his old self in a miraculous comeback win against the Nets. The bad news: the Wizards still gave up 146 points. Former Wizard Larry Hughes explains what it takes to be a good defensive team in the NBA. We also discuss the latest rotations, Rui Hachimura's trouble focusing on basketball, Deni Avdija's learning curve, and Bradley Beal's body language. Plus, listen in for details on how to win an autographed picture of Bradley Beal!
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno break down the Wizards long awaited return to the court. Larry walks us through how tough it is to play after an extended layoff and what it's like for Russell Westbrook to try and play through a quad injury. We also discuss the additions of Alex Len and Jordan Bell, shutting Westbrook down, who should be in the Wizards' rotation, and if the team should consider "blowing it up" based on what we've seen so far. Plus, stories about guarding LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and going to the club with Steve Blake.
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno break down the Wizards lack of an identity and resulting defensive struggles. This episode contains everything you need to know about the Wizards' issues on offense and defense so far. We address the thing fans want to know: who is really to blame? Plus, we talk about what the Wizards should do to replace Thomas Bryant's production
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno discuss the Wizards' two-game win streak to start the new year, Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook's confidence in their teammates, Davis Bertans' shot selection, Defense 101 with Professor Larry Hughes, Rui Hachimura's defensive improvements, and guys going from starters to out of the rotation overnight. Plus, Larry and Matt give their New Year's resolutions for each player, Head Coach Scott Brooks, and GM Tommy Sheppard.
The Wizards are 0-3, is it time to panic? Former Wizard Larry Hughes provides a player's perspective into the rotations, the best lineups so far, what the players must be thinking, the team's body language, Scott Brooks' strategy, Russell Westbrook's health, Bradley Beal's mindset, and answers some fan questions.
13-year NBA veteran Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno get you ready for the Wizards' 2020-2021 season. How many games will they win? Can Russell Westbrook or Bradley earn any MVP votes? Do either of them retire as Wizards? Can Thomas Bryant win Most Improved Player? Does Davis Bertans have a shot to be 6th Man of the Year? What are Deni Avdija's chances to win Rookie of the Year? Who gets left out of the rotation? Tune in for the answers!
Former Wizard Larry Hughes shares his thoughts on the Wizards' first preseason game and Deni Avdija's strong debut. Wizards center Moe Wagner joins the show to discuss his offseason, the energy around this year's team, the Wizards needing to improve defensively, finally being back on the court, and, most importantly, what show he is currently binge-watching
Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno are joined by Michael Lee of The Washington Post. Lee covered both the Gilbert Arenas and John Wall eras and was able to provide a unique perspective on the parallels between the two marquee guards. We also discussed Tommy Sheppard making moves to differentiate himself from Ernie Grunfeld, the case for a full rebuild, the relationship between Wall and Bradley Beal, the fit between Beal and Russell Westbrook, and much more.
Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno break down the John Wall for Russell Westbrook trade. They discuss Wall's surprisingly complicated legacy in DC, Westbrook's fit, whether the team improved, Beal's involvement in the trade, a Scott Brooks contract extension, Deni Avdija's media session, Eddie Jordan's comments on Ernie Grunfeld low-balling Larry, and the Nate Robinson knockout.
Larry Hughes offers a player's perspective on the validity of the John Wall trade rumors. Larry and Matt break down each of the free agent signings and give their projections for how many games the Wizards will win. They also discuss the big names in next year's NBA Draft worth keeping an eye on if the team decides to rebuild (Cade Cunningham, Jonathan Kuminga, BJ Boston, Evan Mobley, etc.)
Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno are joined by Matt Babcock, draft analyst for Babcock Hoops and former NBA agent, to break down the Wizards' draft. Babcock is very familiar with Deni Avdija's game and gives us some real insight into what Wizards' fans should expect. He also explains why he's less optimistic about Cassius Winston, why Avdija and Hachimura would actually pair well together, and why Avdija is not the next Jan Vesely.