While your fearless leader continues his transition to being a Kentucky resident once again, here’s a reminder of why this blog is such a fan of Blake ****ing Griffin. The word “beast” is overused in sports, much like most adjectives in the sports world, but it if there’s ever been a walking definition of what that word means in relation to athletes and their accomplishments, Blake Griffin does just that.
Posts Tagged ‘John Wall’
John Wall was a stat-stuffer supreme for his Washington Wizards against the Houston Rockets, recording an impressive 19 point, 10 rebound, 13 assist triple-double, along with a gaudy six steals. Oh, and Wall only turned the ball over one time in his 42 minutes of play. For young rookie who has the ball in hands as much as Wall does, not to mention, the quality of his teammates not being top shelf, it’s even more impressive.
While a lot of folks are concentrating on John Wall doing “the Dougie” during his introduction — So. Many. Videos. — he also had a stupendous debut for the Washington Wizards crowd: 29 points, 13 assists (although, he did have eight turnovers), and a whopping nine steals, one of which is below:
Last year about this time, John Wall, after months of anticipation, burst onto the scene as a Kentucky Wildcat at the school’s Big Blue Madness celebration. While everyone who has an interest in college basketball had their eye on Wall, the freshman point guard added something to his introduction that made his “phenom star” shine that much brighter: the John Wall Dance. With a little pop of his arms and wrists, the move became Wall’s signature and also, something of a craze.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise to hear another highly-regarded Kentucky freshman, Doron Lamb, has a dance of his own he plans on debuting during the team’s introduction.
“I already got it down pat,” Lamb said. “Some of (my teammates) have already seen it in the locker room. I’m just waiting to bring it out.”
While it’s unlikely Lamb’s dance catches on like Wall’s, at least, on a nationwide basis — his popularity quotient isn’t nearly as high as Wall’s was last season — as a Kentucky fan, I have to say I’m looking forward to it.
While I find most trends either silly or annoying, I actually enjoy seeing all this youthful enthusiasm from the players. There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun, not to mention, trying to make lightening strike twice. As long as Lamb’s dance doesn’t involve flexing your biceps and popping your fist back and forth, it’ll work, if, for no one else, the Kentucky fans who are dying for basketball season to start.
While he’s still turning the ball over more than you’d like a point guard to — you know, being a rookie and all that — it certainly looks a great deal of John Wall’s NBA success will be tied to his ability to become a one-man fast break pretty much at will. If, on the switch from defense to offense, Wall has a step on the opposing team, he’s going to rim and he’s probably going to beat everybody there in the process.
And if he’s not ahead of the pack, his ability to set his teammates up should mean a lot of opportunities for them to finish. All they have to do is fill the lanes and run with Wall. Just ask Nick Young.
While the NBA clearly belongs to the Kobe Bryants and LeBron James of the world, there’s an influx of young talent — not including Kevin Durant either — and they’re not going to simply defer to the established stars. From the looks of this particular preseason, they are going to go right at the “old guard,” as their names become more and more synonymous with NBA stardom.
The question is, who’s going to lead that charge? If the early returns are any indication, John Wall be at the front, setting the pace, while big men like Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins will be there to slam it home, especially if they are being slept on and overlooked.
The John Wall era is well underway in Washington — there’s been a Midnight Madness celebration, a “John Wall Day,” and, as if to prove he’s worth all the attention, Wall has been performing well in team scrimmages.
All in all, the excitement level for the Wizards, thanks in large part to Wall’s presence, is a lot higher than it has been recently.
As you can see in the following video, Wall is doing all that he can to prove he’s worth the attention, and dropping 360-degree layups in traffic is a great way to endear one’s self to a fanbase that’s desperate for a winner.
While it’s doubtful the Wizards will win a bunch of games, giving the fans something to be excited about in relation to the future of the franchise is good form, especially coming off the miserable season they had last year.
While John Wall’s endorsement contract with Reebok may come as a surprise, seeing how Kentucky was a Nike school, the shoe company already has their first commercial for their John Wall model, powered-by-ZigTech basketball shoe ready to go. Undoubtedly, the advertisement will debut during tonight’s NBA Draft, but thanks to the power of the Internet, the video’s already available.
Reebok’s approach is two-fold: First, they capitalize on the popularity of the John Wall Dance, then they feature an outline of their previous NBA superstar, Allen Iverson, passing the ball, and, metaphorically, the responsibility of being the face of the company, to Wall.
While reaction to the shoe has been mixed, you can bet a ton of Kentucky fans will be lining up to buy their first pair of Reeboks, perhaps ever, all to continue supporting their one-year wonder guard.
H/t to KSR for the find.
The soon-to-be top three selection in the NBA Draft, and previous Kentucky Wildcat/Program Savior John Wall might be one of the most popular people in the state of Kentucky — if not all of amateur basketball. The natural evolution of such popularity is to open a Twitter profile allowing the people who love, idolize and devote themselves to anything John Wall-related an opportunity to get a little closer — and much to my enjoyment, Wall did just that, for some reason, however, he’s calling himself JimmyWa11. Now, replacing the letter “L” with ones is understandable, although, I’m not sure of the “Jimmy” significance.
Nevertheless, as the tweet/image leading this post shows, Wall is obviously an incredibly smooth talker. I don’t know, perhaps he’s trying out the Black Dynamite approach to women?
Granted, this could very easily be one of his friends and this is the way they banter back and forth. Admittedly, I have no clue. With that in mind, I’m having a hard time getting rid of the idea of seeing Wall walk up to one of his many basketball groupies and greeting them with such a line. Not only that, but the idea of that happening is, for some reason, pretty damn awesome. I’d love nothing more than to believe Wall deals with his harem in such a manner.
Is such an idea misogynistic? Perhaps? Funny as hell? To me, it is. And to you as well. Peons like us only wish we had the type of “mad game” Wall has, and not just on the court, either.