HoopsHype John Wall rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates
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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

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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

February 4, 2014 Updates

Today, adidas officially unveiled their 2014 All-Star footwear collection, that you'll be seeing on the feet of players like Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. The collection includes new colorways of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and Crazyquick 2. According to adidas, these shoes have been "inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend." The Crazy 8 and Crazy 1 will be worn by adidas athletes during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday night participants. The Crazyquick 2 will be worn on court by John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. And, of course, Dwight will lace up his own signature shoe. Sole Collector

February 3, 2014 Updates

When John Wall was named an All-Star for the first time last week, he told CSN Washington that he was considering invitations from the NBA to participate in the dunk contest and skills competition. He'll make up his mind Monday, but it appears he's learning towards the latter because of injury concerns. CSNWashington.com

Wall is dealing with soreness on the heel of his feet and is worried about the extra pounding, though if the competition involves superstars maybe -- just maybe -- he could change his mind. CSNWashington.com

February 2, 2014 Updates

After the Wizards’ surprising 96-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wall revealed that soreness in his heel could prevent him from participating in either the Slam Dunk contest or the Skills Challenge. Wall is leaning toward entering the slam dunk contest and plans to make up his mind by Monday. He could be swayed to show off his dunking skills if more big name players participate, but he also doesn’t want to risk embarrassment if his heel prevents him from getting the necessary lift on his jams. Washington Post

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In addition to being selected as an Eastern Conference reserve by coaches Thursday to play in the Feb. 16 game at New Orleans Arena, Wall told me via phone that the league has extended him an invitation to participate in the Slam-Dunk Contest and and Skills Competition that will take place the night before. His response: "Yes, both. I'll make decisions (Friday) or sometime next week. They have asked me. I'm not sure. I don't know what I'll do yet. I'm shocked after the news I got tonight so I can't even tell you." CSNWashington.com

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In an awkward moment for the Washington Wizards last week, USA Basketball announced Beal was among the 28 players invited to the U.S. men’s national team pool for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Wall was left off. “It’s a blessing and an honor,” Beal said of the selection. “To be a part of history and knowing that they see something in me, I’m definitely going to take advantage of that and show them what I’ve got and represent the country as best as I can.” Washington Post

“I been through it before. The main thing for me is try to be professional. I went out there and played. I did it the right way,” Wall said of his experiences with Team USA minicamp. “I just use it as more motivation. It’s nothing I could do. It’s nothing I can say, and I don’t want nobody to babysit me or try to make it work for me. They made their list, they made their decision and that’s what they’re happy with, and I just have to look past that. It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game. I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.” Washington Post

January 24, 2014 Updates

Wall took 29 shots in the 113-111 defeat at Verizon Center. That's 13 more than Bradley Beal, 21 more than Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat, 15 more than Nene and 20 more than Martell Webster. Coach Randy Wittman had a sitdown with Wall and went over the video. "John's a competitor. I sat down and talked with him," Wittman said. "It's not a malicious thing. He wanted to try to take over the game for us. Sometimes you try so hard it's counterproductive because he's the one guy that can get a lot of guys shots, get them into a rhythm especially at the start of the game. That's what he's got to try to continue to do. When he does that, they're in a rhythm. John's going to get his opportunities. The ball is in his hands." CSNWashington.com

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