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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!

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    #SoWizards Podcast crossover and special G League episode!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 79:20

    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

    There's a lot to be thankful for this Wizards' season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 68:57

    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.

    All-NBA defender Larry Hughes breaks down the Wizards and Deni Avdija's defensive jump

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 60:59


    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.


    10 fan overreactions after 10 games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 80:20

    Matt Vazzana joins the show to break down 10 fan-submitted overreactions after 10 Wizards' games. The overreactions include: the Wizards will the championship this year, Bradley Beal will get MVP votes, Deni Avdija will be on the NBA's All-Defense team, Beal should never shoot anymore threes, and Wes Unseld Jr. should be the NBA's Coach of the Year. Matt and Matt weighed in on all of these and more!Presented by BetOnline.ag See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The "Next Man Up" Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 42:10

    Ed Oliver (@EDtoooFLATT) of the Locked On Wizards podcast joins the show to discuss the Wizards' hot start, Bradley Beal's improved defense, Rui Hachimura's absence, whether Montrezl Harrell should stay the starting center, and of course, the new jerseys. Ed and Matt also breakdown how much of the credit for the Wizards' strong play goes to Wes Unseld Jr.Presented by Betonline.ag.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    82-0 is now out of the question but I'd still be fine with 81-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 33:04

    Hoop District and Sports Rabbi's Neil Dalal (@NeilDalal96) joins the show to analyze what we've seen from the Wizards through 3 games and what we can expect from them over the next several. We discuss pleasant surprises, major takeaways, and any early season disappointments. Plus, what happens when Rui Hachimura is ready to play, does he regain his starting spot? Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Predictions for the 2021-2022 Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 31:06

    Bullets Forever's Matt Modderno gives you his predictions for the 2021-2022 season, including: how many wins, what place they finish in the Eastern Conference, Beal's stats, will Gafford outperform his contract, who will be the team leaders on and off the court, Wes Unseld Jr.'s ability to get buy-in on roles and responsibilities, and who is in or out of the rotation. Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Which Wizards could win NBA regular season awards?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 75:36

    Matt Modderno is joined by Matt Vazzana (@Matt_Vazzana) of the Beltway Sports Bros. Podcast (@BeltwayBroPod) to discuss which Wizards have the potential to win NBA regular season awards (MIP, DPOY, ROY, etc). They also covered the team already holding a players-only meeting, the first preseason game, Corey Kispert's debut, and which player could be the unsung hero of the team this season.Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    You miss 100% of the (vaccine) shots you don't take

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 54:17

    Matt Modderno and Troy Haliburton (@troyhalibur) of Washington City Paper break down all of the noteworthy comments and storylines from the Wizards' media day. They cover everything from Bradley Beal's vaccination remarks, Rui Hachimura's absence, Wes Unseld Jr.'s emphasis on defense, Daniel Gafford's improved conditioning, and just how many fun personalities are on this year's roster. Presented by BetOnline.ag!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Success criteria for each Wizard this season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 64:52

    Matt Modderno of Bullets Forever is joined by Chase Carroll (@ChaseCarroll_) of the Wizards Walk-through to define what a successful season would look like for each Wizards player. Chase and Matt explain what they'd like to see from each player in 2021-2022 and give their pick for who is most likely to overachieve based on past track record. This is a really comprehensive breakdown of the roster so we hope you enjoy nerding out with us as we get ready for the upcoming season!Presented by BetOnline.ag and Balance7.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Who starts and who ends up out of the rotation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 70:26

    Matt Modderno and Osman Baig of Bullets Forever break down who should start for the Wizards at each position, who belongs in the rotation, and who is most likely to fall out of the rotation entirely. They also discuss whether Deni Avdija or Corey Kispert will spend anytime in the G League, what the team should do with Cassius Winston, and why the Wizards should be better defensively this season. Presented by BetOnline.Ag and Balance7.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Former Gonzaga star Dan Dickau on Corey Kispert's fit in DC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 51:43


    Former Gonzaga star and current broadcaster Dan Dickau has seen most of Corey Kispert's games over the last several seasons. He joins the show to discuss Kispert's fit with the Wizards. Dickau breaks down what makes Gonzaga players so successful in the NBA, Rui Hachimura's development, and the high character of both Kispert and Hachimura. Larry and Matt talk more about Kispert, Isaiah Todd, and NBA Summer League overall. Larry also explains how a player deals with losing for the first time, getting advice from superstars, and why good teams could still use a Ron Artest-type player. Larry and Matt also share what shows they're binge watching these days. Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Inside Summer League with Wizards' guard Jordan Goodwin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 51:50


    Wizards' rookie guard Jordan Goodwin joins Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno to discuss his NBA Summer League experience, his journey to the NBA, being quarantined due to COVID protocols, losing their first game to the Kings, learning from Wes Unseld Jr., what he brings to an NBA team, his teammates, and his pre-existing relationship with Bradley Beal. Larry also gives his thoughts on the Spencer Dinwiddie contract, the Wizards' depth, O/U of 34.5 wins, and the Malice at the Palace documentary on Netflix. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    The Westbrook trade, the NBA Draft, and free agency!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 45:24


    Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno discuss the wild last two weeks of Wizards basketball! They break down the Wizards' trade of Russell Westbrook, the players they got back from the Lakers, sign and trading for Spencer Dinwiddie, Larry's time playing for then assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr., Corey Kispert, Isaiah Todd, Aaron Holiday, and the rest of free agency! This is a jam packed episode no Wizards fan will want to miss!Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Getting to know Corey Kispert and Isaiah Todd

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 50:11


    Richard Stayman (@MavsDraft), host of the Locked On NBA Draft podcast, joined the show to discuss the Wizards' draft picks: Corey Kispert of Gonzaga and Isaiah Todd of the G League Ignite. He also provided some insight into undrafted free agent signees Jay Huff of Virginia and Jordan Goodwin of St. Louis. After the conversation with Stayman, we included the post-draft media interviews with Tommy Sheppard, Wes Unseld Jr., Corey Kispert, and Isaiah Todd. Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    The Ultimate Wizards Draft Preview with Bullets Forever's Kevin Broom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 67:44

    Bullets Forever's Kevin Broom joins Matt Modderno for an hour long deep dive on prospects who make sense for the Wizards at 15 and other guys they should consider making a move for later in the draft. If you want to get up to speed on the prospects in the Wizards' range prior to Thursday's NBA draft, this will be an hour well spent. We covered Alperen Sengun, Miles "Deuce" McBride, Corey Kispert, Moses Moody, Trey Murphy III, James Bouknight, Chris Duarte, Usman Garuba, Jalen Johnson, Kai Jones, Jaden Springer, and more. Presented by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Richmond guard Blake Francis on the pre-NBA draft process and working out for the Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 28:12


    Richmond guard Blake Francis joins Matt Modderno to talk about the pre-NBA Draft process and what it was like to work out for his hometown NBA team, the Washington Wizards. Francis, who is a Northern Virginia native, has worked out for the Wizards twice, along with several other NBA teams. He explains what the workout process is like, who conducts them, and what the actual drills and interviews are like. He also talks about playing against high-major competition in college, beating Kentucky this past season, and what the road ahead could look like for him. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    A 2021 NBA Draft deep dive with Rafael Barlowe of NBA Draft Junkies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 60:15


    Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno were joined by NBA Draft analyst Rafael Barlowe of NBADraftJunkies.com and the Locked On NBA Draft podcast. If you're a draft enthusiast, this is the episode for you. We covered tons of prospects including guys who have worked out for the Wizards already (like Isaiah Todd and Greg Brown), others that make sense at #15 (like Ziaire Williams or Chris Duarte), and some that have been linked to the Wizards in mock drafts already (like Usman Garuba and Alperen Sengun). We also talked about where Deni Avdija would go in this year's draft and how much input Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal will have on the process.Brought to you by BetOnline.agSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    The Wizards' coaching search continues!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 44:01


    Former Wizard Larry Hughes and Bullets Forever writer Matt Modderno break down the Wizards coaching search. Larry provides his insight into what type of coach and personality is best suited for this roster and how the new coach can try to maximize this teams' ceiling. They also react to Chris Bosh's comments about the Wizards being a title contender and Bradley Beal making the Olympic team. Larry shares his experience with NBA Summer League, and why that will be important for Deni Advija, as well as the NBA Draft Combine. Presented by BetOnline.Ag and Moinkbox.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.


    Reaction pod: The Wizards are parting ways with Scott Brooks!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 24:53


    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, NBC Sports Washington's Wizards reporter, previews the offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 40:46


    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


    The Wizards' 2020-2021 season is over. How do they get better next season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 48:44


    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


    Well, we had a good run...

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 73:54


    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!


    Can the Wizards make enough adjustments to beat the 76ers?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 53:29


    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


    Never thought we'd be so happy to be the 8-seed!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 45:22


    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


    Mr. Triple Double makes history!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 46:58


    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


    Will late-game execution issues come back to bite the Wizards in the play-in/playoffs?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 60:10


    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 may be over but the playoff push is still in full effect!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 51:59


    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.


    Daniel Gafford + Westbrook's clutch gene + improved defense = a Wizards win streak!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 42:25


    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.


    Let's not run Bradley Beal into the ground just to chase the play-in game...

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 48:07


    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!


    Evaluating the performance of Scott Brooks so far this season

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 57:57


    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


    Did the Wizards "win the trade"?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 52:58


    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!


    Wizards District Gaming manager Patrick Crossan plus NBA trade deadline chatter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 59:55


    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!


    The Washington Post's Ava Wallace: If you don't get it, you don't get it

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 60:52


    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!


    Second half of the season preview with Jimmy Patsos

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 60:43


    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!


    "Some of the goofiest sh*t I've ever seen in my life" against Boston but the Wizards are trending up overall

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 47:45


    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!


    Are the Wizards suddenly a good defensive team?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 51:34


    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!


    Wall vs the Wizards' front office, Westbrook vs Wall, Wizards vs Rockets

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 46:17


    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


    Blame it on the video games!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 50:18


    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!


    Vintage Westbrook is back! But can the Wizards play enough defense for it to matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 36:28


    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!


    The Wizards are back but with a skeleton crew and a seemingly hobbled Russell Westbrook 

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 47:59


    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.


    The Wizards are having an identity crisis. Who's to blame?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 49:21


    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


    A win streak to 2021! Plus, New Year's resolutions for each player

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 46:32


    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.


    0-3? Is Scott Brooks already on the hot seat?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 57:46


    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.


    Everything you need to know about the Wizards' 2020-2021 NBA season

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 57:50


    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!


    Preseason preview with Wizards center Moe Wagner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 53:29


    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


    The Washington Post's Michael Lee on covering the John Wall and Gilbert Arenas eras

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 70:30


    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.


    Wall for Westbrook

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 40:23


    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.


    Did the Wizards move the needle during free agency?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 32:09


    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.)


    Free agency preview: Wizards' small forward options

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 23:20


    Larry Hughes and Matt Modderno break down the small forwards on the NBA free agent market and evaluate their fit for the Washington Wizards


    Is Deni Avdija the steal of the NBA draft? Draft expert Matt Babcock weighs in

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 31:39


    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.


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