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John Wall banner raised at Verizon Center

When Ted Leonsis visited The Post's offices a few weeks ago, I asked him about the traditional banner spot on the Verizon Center's East side. It's long been a vehicle for Wizards promotion -- last year there was a Gilbert Arenas banner, which was famously taken down after his incident and replaced by a Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood banner, which was then taken down after they were all traded and finally replaced with an Alex Ovechkin banner during the NHL playoffs.

Anyhow, I asked Leonsis if that spot would still be mostly reserved for the Wizards now that he controls the building and three of its tenants. He said his hope is that the 6th Street spot will reference all the building's tenants simultaneously: the Wizards, the Caps, the Mystics, Georgetown, the entertainment options, and so on. He doesn't want it to be the property of any single team.

But after a No. 1 draft pick, I guess you can briefly make an exception. Not long after the Wizards picked John Wall last night, this banner went up on 6th Street. Hard to miss the symbolism of Wall now occupying Gilbert's old spot.

There were also Wall wraps and signs and posters ringing the entire building, on the windows and columns and sidewalks. Truth About It has as many images as you could want. The ones posted here are via @skins21crew and @thatguyhugs.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 8:21 AM ET
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Give me a break. Owners are their worse enemies.

Posted by: hessone | June 25, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Bad move. Let's see how the guy plays first huh?

Posted by: dbunkr | June 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Wizards understand about his poor shooting, questionable attitude, and VAST NEED for good teammates

He won't change our fortunes right off the bat.

Posted by: Bious | June 25, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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