Note: Rashad Mobley is in Los Angeles for the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities where he will be chronicling the activities of John Wall and JaVale McGee as they put their great individual talent on display to the world. First up? The Rookie-Sophomore Game…
It feels like an eternity since we’ve seen John Wall outwardly having fun in a Washington Wizards uniform, and no one in good conscience could blame him. At the All-Star break, the Wizards are 15-39 overall, 1-26 on the road, and injuries, trades and flat-out inexperience have kept them from achieving more.
The last time Wall took the court, his Wizards were spanked 101-76 by the Orlando Magic, and he had little help from his teammates. Wall scored 27 points but dished out just one assist — mainly because all others in a Wizards uniform shot just 28-percent from the field.
Tonight at the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge was a bit different. With a record 22 assists, Wall led his fellow rookies to a 148-140 victory over the sophomores, but it wasn’t just how he did it that was refreshing, it was the company he kept while doing it.