HoopsHype John Wall rumors

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John Wall spent last summer sharpening his acting skills and raising his profile in a skit with comedian Jack Black for Jimmy Kimmel Live and in a Best Buy commercial for Beats by Dre headphones. But Wall either needs to improve as a thespian on the basketball court or stop trying altogether after he became the first player to receive a warning from the NBA for flopping this season. Late in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 113-102 season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Wall attempted to dupe officials into calling a foul by taking a dive during a last-ditch rally in the final minutes. Washington Post

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For his part, Wall has yet to display the shooting touch. He shot 29-for-82 for the preseason for 35.3%. He only made 2 of 17 three-point attempts, or 11.7%. "I feel like there are great shots. They're just not going in right now. I've still got the same confidence," Wall said when I asked him about his accuracy problems after he went 6-for-15 vs. the New York Knicks a week ago. "The same thing I worked on. Just keep shooting. It's preseason. There's other things to work on. Get your kinks out." CSNWashington.com

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The Wizards will take on the New Orleans Hornets and Anthony Davis – who also needed just one season at Kentucky to go No. 1 overall – on Saturday at Rupp Arena. Before arriving in Lexington, Wall couldn’t hide his enthusiasm as he discussed playing his first NBA game in front of the fans who supported him during his one college season and continue to hold him dear. “Oh it’s great. I’m really excited to get the opportunity to be back in Kentucky, in a real game, and not like a scrimmage or anything like that,” Wall said. “I’m excited to see the Midnight Madness and see those young guys improve and keep getting better and see the fans. I’m ready to play on Saturday.” Washington Post

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Leonsis knew it was important to keep Wall in Washington. "We think we have a great person, a great point guard, a great player who we've drafted, developed, retained and will build a team around," Leonsis said. "You hope that that player wants to be here. … John has embraced Washington and embraced me as the owner." USA Today Sports

Wall, the Wizards' 23-year-old point guard entering his fourth NBA season, sees center Nene in the post, shooting guard and star-in -the-making Bradley Beal on the wing, depth and a solid mix of youngsters and veterans. "This is the most exciting team I've played with," Wall said. "They brought back players I enjoy playing with. Al Harrington wanted to join the team. Everybody is professional. Those situations let us know we can be a team that can win." USA Today Sports

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Last season, John Wall gifted Beats by Dre headphones and speakers to his Wizards teammates. Before the team’s trip to Brazil, Wall handed out more headphones, this time Brazilian-themed pairs. Wall’s relationship with Beats by Dre allows him to be so generous. It also means we get to see Wall in Best Buy commercials, where he dances to Lady Gaga and utters his only line of “Woof.” Washington Post

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When the Washington Wizards open the season Oct. 30 in Detroit, Wall will take the court with the word “playoffs” scribbled on his shoes. He will repeat the exercise every day, through 82 games, lest he or anyone else lose sight of the goal. “You will see it on all my shoes,” Wall said last week. “Every game pair is going to have `playoffs’ on it. That’s my main determination.” This will be, Wall quickly noted, his fourth NBA season, and it is time to deliver on the promise of being the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft. He has a new, $80 million contract extension in hand, healthy knees, a sturdy surrounding cast and the full support of the franchise. “I should be in the playoffs,” Wall said. Bleacher Report

Wall’s three-point shooting is so poor—24.3 percent for his career—that defenses hardly need to guard him at the arc. But he struggles from nearly every zone inside the line as well. According to one team’s accounting, Wall last season shot 38 percent between 18 feet and the arc, 37 percent in the 14-18 foot range and just 42.5 percent between 2 and 14 feet. He is at or below average in each of those areas, which hardly suggests stardom. “My first two years, I wasn’t really confident,” Wall said, “because I didn’t believe in myself and some other people didn’t believe in me. But that was just me not being confident in my own ability.” Bleacher Report

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Wall has been trying to mirror Rose’s career ever since he chose to play for John Calipari at Kentucky. Wall also went onto become the No. 1 pick, like Rose, and later hired Rob McClanaghan, the trainer who helped Rose win the MVP award in 2011. This season, Rose and Wall both entered the season with something to prove after recovering from different left knee injuries. Wall missed the first 33 games last season with a stress injury while Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 season to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in April 2012. “I think I have more to show,” Wall said. “I think everybody knows what Derrick is and what he can do, winning the MVP at the youngest age. Everybody going to always try to see what you can do coming off a knee injury. I think he’s doing what he’s supposed to do right now, even though it’s just the preseason.” Washington Post

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New Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro, who has been scouting the EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia, is scheduled to return to Sacramento early this week and resume negotiations that sources say are well under way. Cousins is said to be seeking the five-year max deal in the $80 million range that teams can award their designated franchise player, as already seen with Wall in Washington and soon to be repeated this week with George in Indiana. ESPN.com

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Wall, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday in New York, looked like he will be ready to go full bore during training camp as he lead his Blue team to a 111-95 victory in a game that also featured NBA players Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe, Wall’s good friends and former teammates for one year at Kentucky, were assistant coaches and helped get the most out of him — with a little reverse psychology. “E. Bled told me I wasn’t going to get 40, so I went to go get 40,” Wall proclaimed to reporters after the game. Washington Post

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