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John Wall Has Asked for Mark Sanchez Body Language Fine Treatment

Despite opening up the year to much anticipation and fanfare, all hasn’t gone perfectly for John Wall in his first season in the NBA. The top overall pick in the draft has missed stretches of games because of knee and foot injuries, and his team is last in its division at 12-27. Wall has played well when healthy, averaging 15.4 points and 9.1 assists per game. Beyond simply improving his game, it appears as if Wall is interested in mastering all aspects of being a superstar, and that includes body language on the court.

Much like mark Sanchez who began the same system with the Jets this season, Wall reportedly has asked his coaches to fine him for when he has negative expressions on the court. From The Washington Post via Rotoworld:

[Wall] even asked to receive fines whenever he starts to pout, sulk or show frustration during games.

“It ain’t too much,” Wall said of the fines, “but it’s enough to keep my pockets empty. I don’t want to lose that money.”

That’s just part of John’s quest to be a great point guard. Let’s see, he was a good student in school at Kentucky despite knowing he was going pro, became the top overall pick where he’s progressed nicely, and now he’s asking for body language fines? It seems too good to be true. How can you not pull for him?

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bob Leverone

John Wall’s Dougie at Wizards’ Home Opener Was Kind of Awkward (Video)

When someone does the Dougie Dance either in celebration or just for fun, it usually begins and ends rather quickly.  That was the case with the legendary Dougies of Braylon Edwards, Reid Brignac, and the Oregon Duck.  For some reason it seemed awkward when John Wall broke out the Dougie during the pregame introductions of Tuesday night’s Wizards-Sixers game.  It could be because he did it for like 20 seconds.  It also could be because it was the Wizards’ home opener, yet you could hear a pin drop at the Verizon Center while the No. 1 overall draft pick was being introduced.  In any event, I think Wall should stick to his own dance from now on.  Here’s the John Wall Dougie video:

Video Credit: YouTube user Born2WinMai

Austin Rivers Tools on John Wall

If you can make a No. 1 NBA draft pick look clueless on the court, you probably have a pretty bright future in basketball ahead of you.  We aren’t telling anyone anything they don’t already know, but Austin Rivers — Doc Rivers’ son — must be as good as they say.  Just ask John Wall, whose insane hops were of no use during Boost Mobile’s Elite 24 camp in California.  Check out the video of Austin Rivers crossing up and stripping John Wall, courtesy of The Big Lead:

It’s no wonder Rivers is considered the best player in the Class of 2011.  If you can make a player like Wall look silly on both sides of the court on consecutive plays, you’re headed for a big pay day.

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Austin Rivers Crossed Up John Wall, Then, He Stripped Him at the Defensive End [The Big Lead]
Video Credit: The Rookie Wall

John Wall Has Some Serious Hops

This is the first post we’ve done about John Wall here at LBS and I have no doubt there will be many more to come. Fittingly, it is a post about Wall’s sensational ability on the court. The fabulous Kentucky freshman dished out a school record 16 assists on Tuesday night against Hartford. He also put his incredible leaping ability on display when heading out of bounds following a steal. Check it out:

You have to figure John Calipari used one of his shady recruiting methods to land the superstar point guard (hello Worldwide Wes!) and it’s well worth it. With the loads of talent the Wildcats have on this team, a Final Four run should be in store. In fact, they’re currently my pick to win it all.