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Aaron Rodgers rooting for Drew Gooden and the Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 26: Drew Gooden #90 of the Washington Wizards warms up during the second quarter of the Wizards 99-93 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Verizon Center on March 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

While many of the experts have been leery of picking Washington to beat Chicago in their first-round NBA playoff series, the Wizards have found support from someone who knows a thing or two about postseason success.

On Saturday afternoon, Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers tweeted out a picture of a Wizards jersey signed by and donning the name of his good friend, Drew Gooden.


The bond spans back to Gooden’s three-year stint with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010-2013. Rodgers, who attends Bucks games and has speculated of one day owning the team, told Gooden that he often rode the veteran forward’s skills to success in the video game “NBA 2K11.”

“He’s been one of my biggest supporters once I got to Milwaukee and he’s come to a lot of our games,” Gooden said. “I became, I guess, his favorite player on the Bucks. He always came to support us courtside and talk to me after the games and text me after the game ‘Good job.’ It kind of escalated from there.”

Rodgers, a California native who also cheers for the Sacramento Kings, has been known to tweet about his affinity for the midrange game, which plays into his love for Gooden. In fact, he’s so high on Gooden that when the forward signed with the Wizards in February to fill in for the then-injured Nene, Rodgers felt confident enough to place the words “Wizards” and “championship” in the same sentence.


Could the one-time Super Bowl champion and league MVP be onto something? We’ll find out starting with Game 1 in Chicago at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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Brandon Parker · April 19, 2014