Wall is one strong kid-looking dude.
I turn 30 the day after the NBA Draft. Not old, but it still feels kinda weird calling a 19-year old who’s about to be the first overall pick a “kid” at my age (although, I’ve been comfortable calling people two years my junior “kid” before, somewhat facetiously though) … but “kid” more in a sense of seeing Wall’s built-for-basketball body while coming to grips that it’s way beyond where he is mentally. He’s just a lil’ guy, except not so little. Not sure any of this makes much sense.
That jump shot is almost painful to watch.
Sure, end of workout. Sure, stiff back (What’s up with that by the way? You’re 20, this is the first team you’ve worked out for, and yea, while you’ve been training your ass off in LA, how does your back get stiff during your only individual workout?).
Anyway … a lot about Wall’s jumper looks uncomfortable … release point, jump timing, balance. Here in Washington we’ve had Buzz Braman and Dave Hopla … wonder what crack shooting instructor is next?
But Wall says he understands that jump shot will be key at the NBA level.
Oh yea? Prove it.
Wall was like ‘whatever’.
Whatever, media. I’m not going to put on a show for you. I’ll do a couple things because I simply can, athletically. Sorta how you can climb stairs or stand while riding a bus, except my version is dunking. So, don’t expect to see me hoopin’ and hollerin’ at the end of this workout … because it’s whatever. Also, my back was stiff.
Basically, when the media was allowed to enter Wall’s workout, he didn’t really do anything extra to ‘wow’ the room … aside from a couple-three dunks, which were nice, but no dunk contest winners.
He’s a humble kid.
He knows his career is an open slate and is not a know-it-all. Wall is ready to listen and learn. He also occasionally uses ‘sir’ … but not too much.
On advice from Rod Strickland.
“[He told me], ‘In your first year you’re going to have to learn a lot.’ And I know that. I’m not going to come in and be the best player in the world and come in and not have any ups and downs. Basically, I’m just preparing myself for that.”
What if Wall is like ’94-95 Rod Strickland, except for the duration of seven years?
In talking about watching some NBA playoff games, Wall used terminology like “angles”, “getting to the right spots” and “footwork” — the kid has the right ideas.
He’s ready to lead, no matter who he’s playing with.
When I asked Wall about how he might treat a situation of a team with mostly younger players pulling the weight, versus one with more veterans, he said, “At certain times you have to put your foot down, put them in their place … and they’re going to have to do the same thing to me, make sure I’m in the right place and make sure I’m getting better or in the gym working out. And that’s the key to being a leader.”
For a whole lot of better and a tiny bit of worse (at the beginning), I’m ready and excited for the John Wall Era. Are you?
Sam I Am being Sam I Am.
Be happy, Ernie.
7 Day Dray looks happy.
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[Photo Credits: Adam Douglas, Truth About It.net]