HoopsHype John Wall rumors

February 1, 2014 Updates
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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

January 23, 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.” Washington Times

The improved play led the Wizards to hand Wall a maximum-level five-year contract extension, a deal scrutinized because of the team's lack of success since drafting Bradley Beal. But Wall has validated it with a season likely to put him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. "They put their commitment in me just like I put my commitment in them," Wall said, making clear the contract has not changed his playing style. USA Today Sports

There's another effect to giving Wall that kind of deal: The Wizards haven't had much stability over the years, but they now have a true cornerstone to build on. And his partner is encouraged. "It's good for the team," Beal said. "He's the leader. He's the head of the snake. It just makes my decision that much easier, if I want to continue to play with him over the next couple of years." USA Today Sports

January 22, 2014 Updates

Wizards point guard John Wall will not be among the 28 NBA players who will compete for the FIBA World Cup in Spain, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Wall, who is having the best season of his career, was among the players chosen to participate in Team USA mini-camp last July and spent a week training with several rising talents such as Paul George, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Washington Post

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"We've just got to find a way to be consistent. That's the one thing you've got to be is consistent, and if you lose games, being consistent and playing the right way that your team wants to play, you can deal with that. But when you're not playing the right way and not being consistent, that makes it more frustrating," John Wall said. USA Today Sports

January 10, 2014 Updates

The Suns said in a news release that Bledsoe “will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season.” Generously listed at 6-feet-1, Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent this summer but Wall believes that the 24-year-old speedster proved his true value around the league this season. “It’s kind of sad to see him go down, because he probably was going to be most improved player and he was having a career year,” Wall said. Washington Post

January 4, 2014 Updates

When told of Wittman’s comments about selfish play, John Wall disagreed and credited Toronto with disrupting the offense and creating poor floor spacing. “I don’t think so, I think we try and play the right way. I just give them a lot of credit, they took away things from us and then we didn’t make a lot of shots,” Wall said. “They just outplayed us. They played with more sense of urgency. They played with more aggressiveness, they were pounding us on the glass and making open shots and we didn’t stick to our defensive concepts and we just give them a lot of credit for what they did and the game plan they had against us.” Washington Post

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Has the leadership component, particularly the vocal part, been tough for you? You’re not an older guy and you certainly don’t strike me as a very talkative guy. How hard do you have to work to remind yourself to be a leader in that respect? John Wall: Coach Cal [Kentucky coach John Calipari] helped me work on that. I’ve always been a guy that led by example. The vocal part I worked really hard on at Kentucky. He basically said you have to learn how to talk to certain guys. And you can’t go out and try to fuss and cuss guys out. You have to respect each and every guy in your locker room as a man. So I think that’s something I improved in. It helped that when I came back last year my teammates trusted me to be that guy, both with the ball in my hands on the court and without the ball in my hands off the court. Talking to them helped me improve in that area. NBA.com

December 15, 2013 Updates

John Wall: "I think how we came back as a group when I returned from my injury and just playing with the guys, we all liked each other as a team, even though we weren’t winning as much, and enjoyed playing with each other. It’s a trust thing. It’s the first time I can honestly say in my three years playing here that we all enjoyed one another. Nobody cared who scared who scored. We were all committed to what coach wanted us to do defensively and that’s how we came into this season and knew how good we could be." NBA.com

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