Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 7:50 pm  |  15 responses

Video: John Wall Wizards Workout and Interview

Video and words by Abe Schwadron / @abe_squad

When the media was allowed in for the last 10 minutes of John Wall’s hour-long individual workout with the Wizards, he looked exhausted. Apparently, though, he had enough left in the tank to throw down a windmill dunk that most people in attendance — including Andray Blatche — could only dream about, eliciting giggles from a crowd of grown men.

Afterwards, Wall was asked about his dance, his sneakers, and his jumper at a makeshift press conference with more than 50 media members in attendance. One brave soul even inquired about his interactions with Gilbert Arenas, to which Wall replied that the two have chatted briefly via Blackberry Messenger. Naturally.

Among the other name-drops were Allen Iverson (Wall’s idol growing up), Rajon Rondo (in reference to running the pick-and-roll), Stephen Strasburg (yes, Wall’s aware of the city’s other No. 1 pick), President Obama (they have a HORSE challenge to settle), LeBron and Derrick Rose (guys whose game he enjoys).

For the most part, Wall looked relaxed and focused Thursday. He rarely cracked a smile during the 20 minutes that he fielded questions, though it was hard to tell if that was because he was all business, or because he was just bored. With most of the Wizards’ brass on hand, including owner Ted Leonsis and GM Ernie Grunfeld, 2010’s top draft pick feels like a formality at this point.

New Mexico’s Darington Hobson, among the hopefuls auditioning for one of the Wizards’ other two draft slots later in the day, openly joked about Wall picking out a house in the DC area. If he hasn’t, he ought to start looking.

Check the video below for highlights from Wall’s workout and media availability:

Abe Schwadron is a basketball fanatic with roots in the DC and Chicago areas, and considers Bullets legend Rod Strickland a personal role model.

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  • Chauncey

    Wall is a beast! He’ll make the Wiz an elite team in the upcoming years.

  • jamaarg

    derrick rose would eat his lunch. rose faster with more elevation at the rim and on his jumper. that looked like eric maynor

  • slamfan4life

    This dude has NOTHING on D.rose…..cosign jamaarg

  • Dubli

    ROse is better

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good stuff, Abe. Thanks!

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Did he say Georgetown was kinda dead at the end?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty


  • e

    i wonder what if this guy flops on some kwame brown type stuff that would be crazy

  • anti-crust

    Whatever, he’d be an upgrade at the position for the “Whizzers”……was that a bullet that just went past?????

  • Robb

    I’m with you jamaarg.

  • jzip

    editor in chief givin a shoutout…atta boy squad!

  • riggs

    did somebody say anything about derrick rose?

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    he’s no derrick rose..

  • logues

    nice lefty windmill, but ya he aint even close to drose

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Where is Derrick Rose?