John Wall in favor of Wizards becoming Bullets again

washington-bullets-logoFrom 1963 to 1997, the team we now know as the Washington Wizards had a different nickname. They were the Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, and finally the Washington Bullets before adopting their current name.

Over the past few years, fans have suggested the franchise go back to being the Bullets numerous times. At one point, team owner Ted Leonsis was reportedly open to the idea. But, given the decision to do away with the name was centered around its association with violence, it’s hard to see such a change happening.

Connotation aside, the Washington Bullets logo was a fairly popular one and has a fan in point guard John Wall. When speaking with Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the All-Star mentioned his fondness for the old logo compared to the current one.

Never say never, but it’s unlikely we’ll be referring to Washington’s basketball team as the Bullets for anything more than throwback purposes anytime soon.

Ben McLemore on losing dunk contest to John Wall: this is bulls— (GIF)

Apparently Ben McLemore is the only person around who didn’t think John Wall had the best dunk of the night in the Slam Dunk Competition on Saturday.

Wall brought down the house by taking the ball from the Wizards mascot in the air, double-pumping and then dunking. He did it all while jumping over the mascot. It was pretty darn impressive, and it left many people saying that Wall brought the dunk contest back.

But McLemore thought his dunk was deserving of a victory over Wall. As he was waiting to hear from the judges, someone appeared to say something to him and you could see him respond that the judging was bulls–.

McLemore did an entire king-themed dunk that involved Shaq, who is a part-owner of the Sacramento Kings. You can see both his and Wall’s dunks in the video below:

I don’t know what McLemore was complaining about. Even he was impressed by Wall’s dunk. Check out his original reaction:

Ben McLemore reaction

Look at how much air Wall got on his dunk:

John Wall dunk

How could you not pick him? No surprise, the Wizards guard was named the Slam Dunker of the Night. It was definitely deserving, regardless of how McLemore felt.

John Wall made a ridiculous shot falling to the ground (Video)

John Wall shotYou’re not going to see too many shots this season that can top the basket John Wall made on Friday night. Late in the third quarter of the Washington Wizards-Chicago Bulls game, Washington got a steal and passed the ball ahead to John Wall, who went 1-on-1 against Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy fouled Wall to stop the ball and prevent the basket, but Wall threw up a backwards shot anyway, and it went in. As if that wasn’t enough, Wall made his free throw to complete the 3-point play.

Wall finished with 23 points and 11 assists in the 96-93 win, which brought the Wizards to 19-19 for the season.

John Wall: I’m the best point guard in the NBA

john-wallJohn Wall may be on the verge of the breakout many have been expecting since he was drafted first overall by the Washington Wizards in 2010. Over his past three games, the former Kentucky star is averaging 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. Are we ready to say that he is one of the best point guards in the league? Of course not, but we really don’t have to. He’s happy to heap that praise on himself.

“I’m the best point guard in the league,” Wall said Tuesday, via Hoops on FOX. “That’s my statement.”

Wall certainly doesn’t lack confidence. In fact, he can be pretty delusional at times. Shooting has always been one of his weaknesses, but he called himself a great shooter last year before the Wizards signed him to a max contract extension. He’s a career 42.3% shooter.

You could argue that there are at least five point guards in the league who are better than Wall, but it wouldn’t matter. He believes he’s the best, and the Wizards need him to maintain that mentality. Besides, he’s only 23 years old. If Wall continues to develop his shot and Washington puts some talent around him — well, let’s just leave it at stranger things have happened.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

John Wall plans to write ‘playoffs’ on his shoes this season for motivation

john-wallJohn Wall has spent three full seasons in the NBA with the Washington Wizards. The former No. 1 overall pick was supposed to be a savior for the franchise, but he has yet to appear in a playoff game. Wall is aiming to change that this season.

The Wizards proved that they still have faith in their young point guard by signing him to a five-year, $80 million contract extension last season. In return, Wall is looking to break a trend of five straight seasons with a losing record. In order to keep his eyes on the prize, he is planning to write a message on his shoes.

“You will see it on all my shoes,” Wall recently told Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck. “Every game pair is going to have ‘playoffs’ on it. That’s my main determination.”

[Related: Video: John Wall cries after getting contract extension]

Health will obviously be a major factor. Wall appeared in 69 games in his first NBA season, 66 in his second and only 49 last season. Given the way his knees feel and his supporting cast, he feels he “should be in the playoffs” at the end of the 2013-2014 season. And he will use the doubters and critics as motivation.

“I got snappings of all type of rankings,” Wall said. “I like it.”

When Wall came out of Kentucky, the hype was through the roof. Now, most “experts” would not rank him anywhere near the top-10 point guards in the league. At age 23, he has plenty of time to change all that. But before he can, he’ll have to accomplish the goal that’s written on his sneakers.

H/T Eye on Basketball

John Wall added a massive owl tattoo to his torso

John Wall owl tattoo

Someone call Washington Post columnist Jason Reid and tell him to get his laptop out, because John Wall got another tattoo.

Wall caused a controversy this summer when it was revealed that he got a bunch of tattoos on his chest despite previously saying he was remaining ink-free to keep his image clean. The addition of tattoos to his body led Reid to question whether Wall was mentally mature enough for the Washington Wizards to invest in him with a longterm contract (they did).

After starting with some big tattoos on his chest, Wall expanded on his ink throughout the summer. He got a “great wall” on his back, and now he added an owl to his right side. You can see the wall below:

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John Wall cries during press conference when discussing his family (Video)

John-Wall-criesThe Washington Wizards held a press conference on Thursday to officially announce John Wall’s five-year, $80 million contract extension with the team. Wall, who lost his father at age 9 and is very close with his mother, aunts and sisters, became overwhelmed at one point during the media session and broke down crying.

He later explained that he was overcome with emotion when he spotted his mother sitting in the audience with tears streaming down her face.

“It was like a breathtaking moment, seeing my mom and seeing everything she worked for,” Wall told Michael Lee of the Washington Post. “I mean, I do this because I love the game of basketball and I love playing it, but you also do it for her, as a single parent and what she had to do to raise us and I feel I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity, especially, to take care of her for the rest of her life and do other things in the community.”

That’s a different look from him dancing like cousin Terio. Wall also pledged $1 million to Washington charities after the team announce his max extension. Whether you feel that he has done enough in his first three years in the NBA to warrant an $80 million extension or not, his emotion seemed genuine. I’m sure it was hard for Wall’s family to imagine themselves in this type of situation.

Video via DC Sports Bog