HoopsHype John Wall rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

Wall credited Calipari for getting another batch of freshmen to come together this past season, when No. 8 seed Kentucky reached the national championship game, losing to Connecticut. He said that even after picking the Wildcats to lose in the round of 32 before the tournament. So should Calipari return to the NBA head coaching ranks? "I think he'd be a great NBA coach," Wall told USA TODAY Sports. "But he loves Kentucky too much. The Big Blue Nation loves him back. ... It's kind of different (in the NBA) though. The NBA guys are going to do what they do they're playing for checks and stuff like that. He's great at getting young guys to buy in." USA Today Sports

April 11, 2014 Updates

John Wall and Bradley Beal are both learning about the intensity and challenges of battling for postseason position and Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats was a struggle for the duo. Wall, the first-time all-star, and Beal, an invite for Team USA tryouts this summer, combined to miss 23 of 33 shots in the Wizards’ 94-88 overtime loss and Wittman didn’t hold back when asked to critique their performances. “When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down,” Wittman said. “You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.” Washington Post

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John Wall usually takes time after practice to put up some extra shots or do ballhandling drills, and then he heads to the training room for ice and treatment. The process usually leaves Wall as one of the last players to leave the locker room, an hour or so after the team breaks huddle. On Monday, Wall was among the first players to leave the practice court and emerged from the locker room about five minutes later in a Wizards sweat suit. As he hurriedly walked down the hallway, with a gold backpack and two huge boxes, Wall was asked how he felt about Kentucky advancing to the NCAA title game to face Connecticut. “I’m going,” Wall said, stopping to autograph a few posters. He then rushed to the airport to catch a flight to Dallas to watch his beloved Wildcats. Washington Post

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John Wall was perhaps the most attentive and engrossed, politely asking a group of reporters to move out of the way so he would have a better line of sight for the televisions. Wall is four years removed from his days at Kentucky, and failing to win a national championship is the only regret he has about leaving college after one season. “I wanted to stay. I really wanted to stay because my whole goal was to win a national championship,” Wall said. Leaving after one year “wasn’t my intention. You can’t beat going No. 1 anyway. You don’t want to risk injuries or anything like that coming back, so I decided to go.” Washington Post

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One of the craziest NBA stats: John Wall only made three three-pointers while starting all 66 games during the 2011-12 lockout season and playing big minutes (2,386 total). He made five three-pointers in this game and had three during a stretch of less than five minutes in the third quarter. Longtime readers know I've been a big Wall guy for five years now but I won't even begin to try to explain that one away. Blazers Edge

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That’s the only way a triple-double by Thomas could not lead a story. Thomas said it was his triple-double at any level. Thomas had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The rebounds were a career high. “Isaiah is someone that gets a lot of criticism for being a guy that may not be a true point guard,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “You can call him a lot of things but you have to give him his props because he’s a warrior and he has a huge heart. For him to go out there and get 24-11-10 while being the smallest guy on the court was tremendous. The fact that he did it against one of the rising stars in the game, John Wall, is that much more impressive. I’m really proud of Isaiah and his first career triple-double. I’m sure it won’t be his last. We just need more of that from him.” Sacramento Bee

March 18, 2014 Updates

With the NBA playoffs a month away, a handful of all-stars got into the March Madness spirit by filling out NCAA tournament brackets. All of the players, who provided their brackets exclusively to USA TODAY Sports, share one thing in common: They were all March Madness stars during their collegiate careers. Former Davidson star Steph Curry, former Weber State star Damian Lillard and former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and John Wall all shared their brackets, which included some surprises. (i.e. Wall has Kentucky losing early). Who will have the best bracket? Find out by following along on For the Win and USA TODAY Sports for the #NBABracketChallenge. We’ll have posts after each round scoring the players. We’ll share our scoring system and you can determine if your picks are up to par with these all-stars. For The Win

March 15, 2014 Updates
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for inappropriate comments toward game officials. Wall made the remarks on the court after the Wizards' 98-85 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Wall had plenty to say about the officiating. He was particularly upset that was called for fouling Kemba Walker during Walker's three-point attempt in the fourth quarter. "I ain't touch him. All he did is scream," Wall said. "Ref gave him a call all night because he was screaming . . . I think they made some unfortunate calls plenty of times." Wall also said: "Plenty of times I drove to the basket. I think I should have been to the line plenty more." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 13, 2014 Updates
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Within a team meeting pushing hours, John Wall sat and listened to veterans lash out and grumble about misplaced shooting tendencies of younger players. Nene had pressed the issues of selfish play days earlier and Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington hatched a team sitdown nine games into the season, a cleansing of beliefs about distributing offensive touches and roles, about minutes and schemes. Everyone spoke, everyone provided opinions on why another season had started like so many others for the Washington Wizards: unorganized and mismanaged. Final say? The exchanges stopped upon John Wall’s words. RealGM

Essentially, teammates gave Wall the room, centered him in a classroom setting and asked: What should our roles be? You’re the heralded franchise star, the organization’s maximum salary designation. How about you tell us? “From that day forward, I knew I was the guy, the leader, and I knew that they trusted me,” Wall told RealGM. “I let everybody know what I thought about our state. I think we were passing the ball, but when you’re not playing good for a stretch, frustration sets in. So guys find a way to blame it on somebody else or something else. Nene told me to stand up in front of the whole team and told me, ‘You’re our leader, you’re our franchise guy, so tell us what you think everybody’s roles are.’ “My first few years, I didn’t have really great veteran leaders. It was tough on me trying to learn and trying to stay healthy at the same time to improve my game for the NBA. Trevor won a championship – [Marcin] Gortat, Nene, guys who have been to the playoffs – I’m trying to learn from them and be in their shoes. “These past two years, I’ve had great veterans – guys who see how hard I work and trust my talent. They want to see me progress.” RealGM

“Trevor and Gortat already know how I feel about them,” Wall told RealGM. “I talked to Trevor about when he could have opted out this past season and I wanted him to come back. I know it’s a tough situation for him because you never know when your career is over. You want to get closer to winning championships, but I feel like if we stick together, anything can happen. RealGM

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