LINKS: It’s All About John Wall, faster than a speeding cheetah
In Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post, Eric Prisbell wrote what likely is the most comprehensive profile on John Wall to date.
One part of the piece, where Prisbell revealed to an unaware Wall that his father served time in prison for murder before he was born, has struck a chord with many.
Mike Prada covers this aspect in an interview with Prisbell on Bullets Forever. I also touch on the subject in my weekly media column for SB Nation DC, “Media Sensitivities in a Sports Celebrity World: The Handling of John Wall’s Story.” Check it out.
John Wall can cut as fast as a cheetah’s single top-speed stride.
He’s not a Wizard yet …
So far, Wall has yet to respond publicly to his likely new teammate. Which begs the question, does Wall even know who the hell “bigdaddywookie” is? Likely not. But hopefully he will soon, connecting with young JaVale on many alley-oops and keeping the budding big man in check when he tries to shoot the ball every time he touches it.
In the meantime, Wizard fans, and JaVale it seems, will just have to wait. Jimmy ain’t on the team just yet.
I was recently interviewed about the Wizards and John Wall by the Kentucky/Louisville blog StraitPinkie.com (I previously interviewed Guy Ramsey from SP about Wall’s time at Kentucky).
Check out my interview at StraitPinkie: [Part 1] [Part 2]
Rashad Mobley of Hoops Addict gives a first-hand account of John Wall’s workout, having previously wondered if Wall would suffer from the ‘Jianlian Effect’
Sebastian Prutti of NBAPlayBook.com breaks down why a backcourt of Gilbert Arenas and John Wall might work. Unfortunately in the process he calls Randy Foye a “pure point guard”, Nick Young a “combo guard” and believes Arenas will be the primary ball handler early on. Strike three.
Mike Prada on John Wall’s Wizards workout.
But chances are, the great players, or at least the ones who handle the media correctly, tend to be boring with cliche questions and interesting when you ask them about basketball. John Wall talked for 18 minutes today, and he demonstrated this quality to a T. He had lots of cliche answers to cliche questions, such as how he’ll play with Gilbert Arenas, what it’s like to be in this position with all the attention (“it’s a dream come true) and such. He also found a way to make people laugh without being overly gregarious. But when he truly came alive was when he received basketball-related questions. There, he showed how he’s humble, analytical and always looking to improve. He talked about his strengths in the most general terms, and went into great depth with his weaknesses. It was very encouraging to hear.
Michael Lee reports on the continuance of the Gilbert Arenas-Tim Grover training relationship.
Grover, who earned his reputation working with Michael Jordan, told me that since Arenas is healthy, he is doing a slightly different program than last summer, when he decided to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left knee.
Gilbert Arenas is evidently one of the most 10 disliked figures in sports. I don’t quite buy it, and I’m betting it won’t last much longer.
[DC Sports Bog]
George Diaz doesn’t think Gilbert Arenas is a good fit for the Orlando Magic. Cool.
ESPN’s Chad Ford writes about how discrepancies between the college and pro game affect the evaluation of prospects.
Every prospect has warts — and warts are hard to ignore. If you saw Steve Nash at Santa Clara, it was clear he lacked blow-by quickness. At Arizona, Gilbert Arenas looked like a classic tweener: a 2-guard trapped in a 1’s body. Turns out, neither shortcoming mattered because each player has other attributes that override it. Nash is — and was — a lights-out shooter with a basketball IQ to match. Arenas’ range and ability to attack off the bounce make him an unstoppable scoring force, wherever he plays. Scouts say it takes one elite tool to make it in the NBA. In the cases of Nash and Arenas, some of them missed the obvious because they were blinded by the negative.
Makes you wonder, are people now again blinded by another negative associated with Arenas?
Fabricio Oberto will play for Argentina in this summer’s FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
[A Stern Warning]
When Manute Bol was part of a Big L rap lyric.
[Up North Trips]
Manute Bol didn’t really coin the phrase, “My bad” … so, Dan Steinberg’s bad.
[DC Sports Bog]
Caron Butler and Dwyane Wade, chillin’ in Hawaiian shirts.
[Ball Don’t Lie]
Neil Paine of the Basketball-Reference Blog tweaks the Wizards’ uniforms, not feeling it though.
General managers deserves some respect. says Bethlehem Shoals.
Tom Haberstroh takes a look at pre-draft wingspans …. do they really matter?