Basketball: Hachimura predicts Machida to make impact in WNBA


Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura talked up Japan's national women's team guard Rui Machida on Saturday ahead of her arrival in the U.S. capital to play for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. A key member of the women's silver medal-winning Tokyo Olympic team last summer, Machida is set to join the Mystics, the sister club of the Wizards, before the WNBA season starts in May. Hachimura, who starred for the Japanese men's Olympic team, predicted Machida would fit well in Washington. "She's a good player (and) I think she chose a good team," Hachimura said in an online interview. While Machid...

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