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John Wall shows off ‘Great Wall’ tattoo while sitting on Great Wall of China

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John Wall is currently touring China to promote his new Adidas shoe line, which is scheduled to be released in October. One of the many rare opportunities Wall has been presented with while overseas is the chance to show off his tattoo while sitting atop the structure that inspired it.

As you can see from the photo above that he posted on Instagram, Wall put his “Great Wall” tattoo on display while sitting on the Great Wall of China.

If the Washington Wizards point guard comes across an owl during his travels, he’ll have a chance to show off this piece of art.

H/T DC Sports Bog

John Wall does not think he got fair shot at making Team USA

John WallJohn Wall is one of the better players in the NBA and a franchise player for the Washington Wizards, but when it comes to USA Basketball, he’s just another guy.

Wall was one of the first players cut from Team USA last week, along with Wizards teammate Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap. The competition at point guard is steep — Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are the point guards still on the roster.

Wall was asked by CSN Washington’s Ben Standig whether he got a fair shot at making the team and said he didn’t think so, though he does hope the best for his country.

“Nah, I don’t think so, but it’s a part of the game. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be there and represent my country. I wish them the best of luck and hope they can win gold.”

Keep in mind that Wall was not part of the initial 28-man roster for USA Basketball that was determined in January. He was only invited to work out with the team on July 24, a few days before camp began. That was after Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams said they would not be playing. Wall feels like their minds were already made up about the team.

“I’ve been (around) for four years in a row. I think that’s enough time,” Wall said. “Everybody had the same fair amount of time as far as being (in Las Vegas) and playing. I think [Team USA] already had kind of in their mind what they wanted to do and what decisions they were going (to make).”

As good as Wall is, it’s hard to disagree with the Team USA cuts. These are the best American players we’re talking about. There’s no shame in being invited to the training camp and cut. It also doesn’t help Wall that Kyrie Irving, who is Wall’s competition, was one of Coach K’s players at Duke.

Either way, Wall has a good attitude about being cut.

“Not even (against) just those (Team USA point guards), but the NBA, period. I guess I’m overlooked again. I guess have to prove myself one more time.”

If this is motivation for Wall to continue working hard and improving, then he should be in good shape. If he continues to get better, maybe he’ll have a better shot at the team next time around.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

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