HoopsHype John Wall rumors

March 3, 2014 Updates

So I’m not passing judgment, in any way, on Kevin Seraphin for his performance playing $25,000 Pyramid with John Wall at a recent Wizards game. I just found it to be an amazing romp through the various stages of human life and desserts you’d eat with a spoon. Like, has any NBA team ever had players discussing Creme Brulee on its big screen before? I would guess not. Seraphin helped Wall get four of the clues: “Marker,” “Country,” “Credit” and “Number.” Two that stumped them: “Spoon” and “Adult.” Here’s how those went. (“Sashia” is “Sashia Jones,” the team’s terrific senior director of community relations.) Washington Post

February 28, 2014 Updates

When asked afterward if it was the best win of his career, Wall said, “Probably so.” “Feeling is great. We won the game. We’ve proven that we can beat this team,” Gortat said. “It was a tough game, but in the end we was successful and that’s the most important thing. We really build the chemistry. We really build the team spirit with this win. It gave us a lot of energy for the next games.” Washington Post

February 18, 2014 Updates

Wall also gained respect from his peers. According to Hoopshype, Wall has the fifth-highest number of Twitter followers among NBA players with 154. Behind players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Wall is doing his part building his brand. And other players around the league are beginning to take notice of Wall’s growth on the court, specifically opposing point guards. Celtics guard Jerrod Bayless, a journeyman in his six-year career, has seen first-hand just how much Wall has improved. Washington Times

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar mistakenly congratulated John Wall on All-Star Game MVP. But Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the All-Star Game while John Wall won the Slam Dunk Contest Saturday. Congrats #JohnWall on your All Star MVP - it's gonna be a great year!" Sportando

A few hows before he hurdled G-Man for his unforgettable reverse dunk to claim the dunk contest, Wall made a peculiar bet with Bradley Beal about last Saturday’s college basketball game between his 18th-ranked Wildcats and Beal’s second-ranked Florida Gators. Wall declared that the loser would have to wear a footed pajama onesie of the opposing school to practice. “He know what’s up with me. He might not want to want to see me,” Wall said on Saturday morning. “You know how that is, you’ve got a big rivalry going on. He got to wear that Kentucky onesie if we win. I have to wear that Florida onesie if they win. He don’t know that yet. That’s what I made. I’m the big brother so I make the rules.” Washington Post

February 17, 2014 Updates

Still, the weekend represented a turnaround for Wall. He won the slam-dunk contest on Saturday in emphatic fashion which should help his popularity. Just being here for the first time as an All-Star means something. Wall readily admits that he has come a long way not only in terms of his skills but attitude. It was poor. He'd argue with coaches -- Kentucky's John Calipari said as much in a conversation we had last week when he came to Verizon Center to watch his former star -- and even in his fourth pro season Wall has had to work on his abrasiveness in addressing certain teammates. That has been a problem since a young age. "I was always good when I was little. I just never passed. I was only 5-8. I was a little guy. ... I just never really passed and had a terrible attitude," said Wall, now 6-4. "I had the worst attitude you probably could have as a basketball player. I think when I finally turned that switch off, learning how to respect my coaches and stuff like that I finally grew. It helped me out a lot." CSNWashington.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

After a series of much-hyped rule changes, the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was a major disappointment. A disjointed new format and a series of blown dunks took away the excitement that came with the added star power this year. But Washington Wizards point guard John Wall salvaged something rare out of the night: a dunk that had never been performed in the contest’s history. The 6-foot-4 Wall jumped over the Wizards’ mascot, G-Wiz, brought the ball down to his ankles and finished a reverse jam. For The Win

Levelle Moton didn’t see a potential NBA player, let alone a future all-star when he first crossed paths with a short, skinny 11-year-old at the basketball camp he ran in Raleigh. Moton let Wall attend for free — until he became too much of a headache. If Wall got an unfavorable call, he’d toss the ball across the court or disrupt the instructional portion of camp to leave and shoot on his own. After Wall’s behavior got worse and a sit-down conversation went nowhere, Moton kicked him out. Wall admits that he was a “bad kid” but understands the reason for his outbursts back then. “It was kind of around the time that I was still trying to adjust to losing my dad,” he said. “It made me become a man faster than I wanted to. Seeing how my mom had to raise us, and working so many jobs.” Washington Post

Pulley developed a brain aneurysm during Wall’s senior year of high school, which nearly forced him to stay close to home during college. She got better and he attended Kentucky, where Coach John Calipari helped Wall become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. “Every game he comes in, he’s not just out there playing, he’s got a little chip on his shoulder,” Calipari said. “His background. What he’s been through. How some of his anger or rage was based on that, but no one really got deep enough to know. So now, he rebelled a little bit and it created this, ‘Okay, you’re not with me?’ But he’s a great kid.” Washington Post

February 15, 2014 Updates
February 14, 2014 Updates

John Wall talked with NBA TV Thursday afternoon about his pending debut in the league’s dunk contest. And while he refused to give much of anything away, he did say this: “There will be extra bodies involved.” Washington Post

February 10, 2014 Updates
February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster. This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. NBA.com

Sources told ESPN.com that Indiana's Paul George, Washington's John Wall and Portland's Damian Lillard are confirmed entrants in the dunk field that will be officially announced later Thursday on TNT. ESPN.com reported Wednesday night that George, Wall and Lillard were poised to join defending champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors in the competition. ESPN.com

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