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John Wall believes he deserves a max contract, thinks he’s a great shooter

John WallWhen the Washington Wizards selected John Wall with the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, they thought they were getting a player who could put the team on his back and become a game-changer. Wall is only three seasons into his NBA career, but that has yet to happen.

The former Kentucky Wildcat has averaged a decent 16 points and eight assists per game over his young career, but he has not made the type of impact many expected he would. Despite that, Wall still feels he deserves a max contract when he becomes a free agent after next season.

“I feel like I am,” Wall replied when Grantland’s Zach Lowe asked if he is a max contract player. “I do (feel like I am), definitely.”

While we know people like Stan Van Gundy and this NBA agent strongly disagree, it would not be wise for a player to admit they are not deserving of the most money possible. That’s a basic business strategy and there’s no actual way to define what it means to be a max contract player. However, Wall’s shooting ability can easily be analyzed by his career shooting percentage of 41.6%. Jump-shooting has been a problem, but that didn’t stop Wall from displaying confidence when Lowe asked him if the right elbow is his sweet spot.

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John Wall reportedly stares down David Falk after hitting clutch shot (Video)

John WallJohn Wall played the role of hero in the Washington Wizards’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, nailing a clutch jumper to put his team up three points with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game. The shot forced the Sixers to have to attempt a three-pointer to tie, which they were unable to convert.

After hitting the shot, Wall appeared to be giving someone in the stands the death stare. According to several people who were in attendance, the person he was grilling was David Falk.

If you remember, Falk is the agent who ripped Wall a few weeks ago and said the Wizards want him to be someone he will never be. Falk, who is best known for representing Michael Jordan during his NBA career, later apologized for publicly criticizing the former first overall pick.

It would appear that Wall hasn’t forgiven him. Perhaps the next time he hits a clutch shot at the end of the game he should find Stan Van Gundy, who had some similar things to say about Wall a while back, and stare him down. Hey, whatever works.

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Agent David Falk apologizes for ripping John Wall

John WallAgent David Falk, who is best known for representing Michael Jordan throughout the legend’s NBA career, apologized Thursday for ripping Washington Wizards guard John Wall in an article that appeared in The Washington Post Thursday.

Matters began on Sunday when The Post’s Mike Wise wrote a column in which he was supportive of Wall. The theme was that the expectations of being the No. 1 overall pick were too great for Wall, and that the young point guard has been playing well since returning from injury this season.

Though Wise was supportive of Wall, his column contained this paragraph expressing a dissenting opinion:

“A prominent NBA agent, whom I’ll save from embarrassment here, told me a year ago the Wizards needed to unload Wall before the rest of the league found out he didn’t have trade value.”

The agent was Falk, who called Wise on Monday to discuss the Wizards and go off on Wall — on the record.

“I’m going to save you from embarrassment,” Falk told Wise. “You guys are in dreamland. Because this team [stinks] so bad you guys want John Wall to be someone he will never be.”

Falk continued to criticize Wall, saying the youngster doesn’t have a feel for the game.

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Stan Van Gundy: John Wall isn’t good enough for Wizards to build around

One of the reasons the Washington Wizards are off to such a poor start again this season has been the absence of John Wall. A team isn’t going to win many games without its best player, and Washington has won only four of its 29 with Wall having been sidelined with a knee injury for the entire season. To say that the Wizards are missing the former Kentucky star would be an epic understatement.

However, Stan Van Gundy does not feel that Wall is the answer to the Wizards’s problems — this season or in the future.

“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy told ESPN 980′s The Sports Reporters last week, via D.C. Sports Bog. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around. I don’t know who you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.”

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John Wall: Wizards have ‘great chance’ to make the playoffs

The Washington Wizards went 20-46 and had the second-worst record in the NBA last season, but that’s not stopping former No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall from expressing confidence in his team.

Wall has spent the past week in Las Vegas playing for the USA Select Team, and he spoke to The Washington Post about the Wizards’ future.

“We finished the season very strong and then you make those trades in the offseason and drafting the right people, we’re going the right way,” Wall told the Post after practice on Tuesday. “We have a great chance now to make the playoffs, but it’s up to us.”

Keep in mind this is the same Wizards team that was so bad fans were doing homework and sleeping at games last season. The Wizards acquired Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza in a trade and drafted Bradley Beal, so they should be improved. But do they have a “great chance” at making the playoffs? I wouldn’t go that far. Not unless the selfishness on the team that Wall complained about last season is now gone, and not unless their players are as committed to improving as Wall seems to be.

John Wall says he should have played in less charity games and worked out more

Like the NFL lockout, the NBA lockout left players looking for different ways to remain in shape last summer. Some of them succeeded in finding them, but many did not. With the Wizards toting a 15-46 record with five games remaining in the season, it’s hard to point toward one particular thing that has gone wrong for them over the past few seasons. However, John Wall says a lack of preparation during the lockout could be part of it.

“I didn’t think I had a disadvantage (being a young player during the lockout),” Wall told Wizards.com according to Bullets Forever. “I just think that, instead of working out more, I did more of playing in charity events and summer leagues, when I should have been working out more. That’s the only thing I think I should have done differently, but it was a great experience going to different states and venues.”

Flip Saunders may have coached his way out of town in the nation’s capital, but it sounds like he was right about the teams lack of preparation. At the beginning of the shortened season, Flip said he thought one of the Wizards’ problems was that Wall and company played in too many summer league games. As you can see, Wall agrees.

In reality, there are several factors that have contributed to another horrendous season in Washington. Not doing enough to prepare certainly hasn’t helped.

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Reebok selling limited edition gold John Wall shoes with briefcase (Pictures)

If you’re into superstars who play on the worst teams in the NBA, Reebok is coming out with a new sneaker that you’re going to love. According to SLAM Online, Reebok will be releasing these limited-edition gold John Wall sneakers at midnight on Thursday. The package is called “Beyond the Gold” and is selling for $200. We say package because the sneakers come in a briefcase that also holds a FLUD x Reebok “Beyond the Gold” watch and a pair of John Wall-branded sunglasses.

To me, these look like something Mike Myers would have worn when he played Goldmember in the this Austin Powers movie. I’m from Holland, isn’t that veird?

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