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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at [email protected]

Articles by Deron Snyder

Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis speaks during a news conference to announce NBA basketball star John Wall's contract extension, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Wizards leave shallow end for deep dive in new structure

Now, with the announcement of several new hires and roles within the organization, the extent of Leonsis' unconventional thinking is clear: He didn't just want a new builder to lead the front office. He wanted a totally new blueprint for the front office. Published July 22, 2019

Washington Wizards' Rui Hachimura speaks with the media after playing the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Rui Hachimura has a role, and goals, beyond the court

Internationally speaking, Rui Hachimura is arguably the NBA's most popular rookie and already one of the league's most popular players regardless of experience. His adherents include about 127 million people, the entire population of Japan. Published July 17, 2019

SNYDER: Running with bulls a bad look for Norman

If you're a Washington fan -- or one of the team's executives, coaches, or players -- you can't be thrilled after viewing a recent video clip from Pamplona, Spain. Published July 15, 2019

In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio.  Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Free agent frenzy changes NBA landscape, reflects society

There has been talk among some NBA observers that the flurry of free-agent movement -- in its anticipation and its actualization -- is detrimental for the league. They say it overshadows the games and creates instability for franchises. I say it merely represents where we are as a society, going hand-in-hand with our affinity for fantasy leagues, instant gratification and channel surfing. Published July 1, 2019

Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard passes during practice for the NBA Finals in Toronto on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors is Thursday in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

SNYDER: Quiet Leonard making noise in NBA's 'best' debate

In terms of media profile, Q-rating and public persona, Leonard is the kind of guy who's easy to overlook. But on the court, Toronto's superstar has loudly inserted himself into arguments about the NBA's top player. Published May 29, 2019

Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL Capitals and NBA Wizards, addresses the American Gaming Association's Sports Betting Executive Summit, at the MGM Grand National Harbor Casino, in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled last May 14 that any state can legalize sports betting if it chooses, and since then the action has been swift. Sports gambling is now legal in eight states, with more than 20 others at least considering legalization. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Leonsis has chance to make splash hire for Wizards

"This is the best important open job in all of sports right now," Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said last month about the franchise's GM vacancy. It's quite possible that no else in the world agreed with Leonsis when he made that statement on April 3. And there's good reason to wonder how much he truly believed it himself. Published May 27, 2019

Brian Garrett stands for a portrait at his home, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Powell. Ohio. Former nursing student Brian Garrett said he worked for a short time at an off-campus clinic Dr. Richard Strauss opened after he was ousted at Ohio State in the late 1990s. But Garrett quit after witnessing abuse by Strauss and then experiencing it himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SNYDER: Yes, add grown men to list of college sex-abuse victims

Now comes word that Ohio State aided and abetted a serial sexual abuser, failing to act against Richard Strauss, who retired with honors nearly a decade before killing himself in 2005. An attorney representing more than 50 former victims said most of his clients played football at Ohio State -- and some later played in the NFL. Published May 20, 2019

Former NBA player Patrick Ewing sits at the edge of the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo) **FILE**

SNYDER: Knicks' misery is a bit of solace for Wizards fans

The Knicks did win a nice consolation prize, the No. 3 pick, in a draft where Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett have separated from the pack. Meanwhile, the Wizards managed to drop from No. 6 to No. 9, their next-to-worst possible outcome. Published May 15, 2019