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John Wall attended and spoke at Miyah Telemaque-Nelson’s funeral Saturday morning before the Washington Wizards practiced at Verizon Center. Wall befriended Telemaque-Nelson last season, a few months after she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. She died on Dec. 8 at the age of six. That same night an emotional Wall led the Wizards to a triple-overtime win over the Boston Celtics with 26 points and career-high 17 assists. Washington Post

December 17, 2014 Updates

After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer: “It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat, and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.” Truth About It

December 16, 2014 Updates

When Nick Young approached Kevin Seraphin, his teammate with the Washington Wizards for a season-and-a-half, at Verizon Center a couple of weeks ago, Young could not conceal his shock. It has been less than three years since Washington shipped Young, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, to the Los Angeles Clippers, but Young didn’t recognize these Wizards. Only Seraphin and John Wall remained from his time in the District, a forgettable epoch in Wizards history. “ ‘Wow, you’re the only two that stayed here,’ ” Seraphin recalled Young commenting before the Wizards trounced the Lakers, 111-95, on Dec. 3. “ ‘Everybody left.’ ” Washington Post

December 15, 2014 Updates

Like everyone else, the Wizards keep track of individual deflections, contest rates on shots and charges taken. It's a board that most young players give a passing glance at en route to finding out how many points they scored. But Wall has taken it to heart. Wall's current defensive numbers are the highest of his career at this point of a season. "We take pride in it," Wall said. "That's what we've got in our board and we see it every day. I'm a competitive person, so I don't want to be the last one on any of those lists. NBA.com

December 14, 2014 Updates

That a max contract offer was coming for John Wall was a slam-dunk, months before it became official going into the 2013-14 season. He hadn't played a full season, led his team to the playoffs or winning record or even been selected to an All-Star Game. Even though Wall believed his skills warranted the money, deep down he knew still had to prove something. "I was still in shock. I thought I was still the player that hadn't developed, hadn't proved anything." CSNWashington.com

"When those players get those type of numbers I knew I really had to show why I deserved it that season," Wall said Saturday, the day after declared he was the league's No. 1 point guard and made a good argument for himself by dominating Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers in a 104-96 victory. "Before that I didn't go to playoff game, didn't (become) an All-Star. I (did) none of those things and I was dealing with injuries two or three years." CSNWashington.com

December 11, 2014 Updates

In five years working under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, Cassell was able to see the Wizards rise from league-wide laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wall and Beal both credited Cassell for helping them improve. Wall ranks second in the league assists and third in steals and Beal has been slowly recovering from a left wrist injury that kept him out the first nine games. “It was great,” Cassell said of working with Wall and Beal. “I don’t think John had a great playoffs last year. He was solid. He was solid. Like I always tell him, ‘John, you’re the best decoy we can have.’ It’s just not him scoring the ball, it’s all the other intangible things John Wall brings to the basketball court that’s going to make him one of the best guards in this league.” Washington Post

December 10, 2014 Updates

"John [Wall] was truly amazing. I'm glad that he had a game like that. He kind of backed what I posted on Twitter a few days ago," Gortat said after the game. "He is definitely the top point guard in the league right now. He is playing tremendous basketball. His finishes around the rim are crazy but he is capable of doing that. As a team we just play better every time he is leading the right way" Bullets Forever

December 9, 2014 Updates

Six-year-old Miyah had lost her battle with cancer, and Wall, who had befriended the girl months earlier, was disconsolate. In a postgame interview, he was unable to hide his grief: Miyah (full name: Damiyah Telemaque-Nelson) was diagnosed in October 2013 with a form of cancer known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. Her relationship with Wall began this past March, after the guard heard about her desire to meet Nicki Minaj. Wall pitched in with the effort, and along the way he and Miyah became pals. Washington Post

December 3, 2014 Updates

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