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High Noon Highlights (7/9): James Washington’s roller coaster 2019

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James Washington’s rocky season:

Behind the Steel Curtain did a fantastic film review of the wide receivers 2019 season.

James Washington shows several of his best attributes here, winning the initial hand battle, twice keeping the cornerback’s left hand off of him. If the corner gets that left hand in Washington’s chest, he can use it to limit the route. If the defender tries to slow him down with his right hand, he will end up reaching across his own body, and it will draw a flag almost every time.

After he gets free of the corner’s hands, Washington stacks his defender, stepping in front of him so that he has no chance of interfering with the route legally. {BTSC}

Marcus Smart doing what he can:

The former Cowboy point guard is trying to get people to take the COVID -19 pandemic seriously.

“It could have been me that was affected differently,” Smart said. “I could have been symptomatic. I could have had symptoms and I could have been in certain positions that certain people were. So it really scared me, because no one really knows the extent of this virus. No one really knows exactly what to do.”

Smart, 26, said he does have some concerns about his long-term health, simply because it’s too early to know if there are lasting effects of the coronavirus.

He acknowledged that he was a bit skeptical when he first received the call informing him that he had tested positive, mostly because he felt fine. But he hopes that when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando this month, everyone there will take this pandemic quite seriously.

“At my age group, we feel a little bit of invincibility where we’re young and we feel like we are in the best shape of our lives and nothing can happen to us,” Smart said. “That’s the scary part, because all it takes is one guy to really open everyone else’s eyes. You don’t want it to even get there. You want to try to prevent that.” {Boston Globe}

Interview with Cade Cunningham:

5- Star Cade Cunningham did an interview where he talked about his first interactions with head coach Mike Boynton, and his Brad Underwood not knowing he offered him a scholarship.

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