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Wizards interim President Tommy Sheppard steps out of Ernie Grunfeld's shadow

Wizards interim President Tommy Sheppard steps out of Ernie Grunfeld's shadow

He studies body language to understand why a player might be in a shooting slump, teaches a sports industry management class at Georgetown and often calls Bradley Beal's father just to check up on him.

Tommy Sheppard has become the team's interim president of basketball operations, elevated to the top job after Ernie Grunfeld's dismissal Tuesday afternoon. Sheppard, 50, has held several titles in the NBA over the course of half of his life and long worked alongside Grunfeld, who the fan base grew to loathe for his personnel decisions over 16 years. But the man simply known around the league as Tommy has largely labored behind the scenes.

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