Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 1:30 pm  |  27 responses

John Wall Asked to Be Fined If He Pouts

Wall demanded that his coach take money out of his pocket whenever he’s not displaying the right attitude. From the WaPo: “Wall had urged Saunders to be harder on him two weeks ago, asking him to keep pushing him to get better, because, ‘I want to be a great point guard.’ He 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.’ Wall didn’t have that problem on Monday afternoon as the Wizards won their fourth straight at home. He was too excited.”

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  • gee

    How bout you fine urself wen you hit ur dougie

  • 80

    Nice one young man, nice one, i really like your attitude. Keep it up, and i dont fear for your future.

  • Tupack Shackur

    He wouldn’t have an issue with pouting if he had a father.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    The midseason is fast approaching. I’m looking forward to all the “The Rookie Wall” articles. In fact, I’m starting one tomorrow.

  • sam

    @tupac his father died when he was young you idiot

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Wow, you can’t say enough about this man, just incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any player asking to be fined for anything. He’s going to be a great PG in this league because he realizes his temperament on the court is where it starts. What else can you say man, great maturity by the youngster

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol @ Demarcus Cousins somewhere going ‘why you gon but me out there like that’

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla


  • KING

    who does that? someone that wants to be great

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He has a good attitude and wants to win but THIS IS FUCCN STUPID!! How about practicing some self control. Or reviewing game tapes to watch himself and see if he gets whiny

  • rich

    wall is a really good guard already. he really needs to tighten his handles and as tarzan said, watch some tape, but oh what he does when he turns it over, cuz he does it the same way most of the time

  • Dre

    Tupack is an idiot that needs to watch his mouth. I know John and he is a great kid. You better check yourself punk.

  • Dre

    Tarzan he does all those things. He is doing what he knows will get his attention. So if he feels that will help that is his money and his way of doing it. Just cause you wouldn’t do it doesn’t mean it’s stupid. He might not be the only one that needs to practice self-control and a little maturity as well. Calling someone stupid for thinking different than you in an action that doesn’t hurt a soul is immature.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Dre, its a weak thing to do. Its like giving up, saying I cant control myself, so I need outside motivation. If he wants to be less pouty, then he just has to watch himself and be more self aware. His desire to have a loss of money as motivation is strange, and weak.

  • bbubbs

    dude’s passionate about the game, he’s a rook for f***’s sake, leave him alone.

  • rob stewart

    does it even matter what his father is doing? Even if his father sells drugs it’s not John Wall’s fault. Your comment was probably top 3 all time most ignorant SLAM comments ever

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Tarzan that couldn’t be further from the truth. What it is saying is I can keep my emotions under wraps and I will continue to try to, but if I am to let my emotions get the best of me I want to be punished for it. so many haters…

  • SwAgg_Sean

    These guys needs fathers, thats why having a father figure in your growing up as a child and into a young man is so important so that you can have develop a some kind of some self control and self image

  • jufu

    for christ’s sake would all the haters just hop off for a second and listen to what a rookie is doing. he’s not going to apologize to anybody for asking a coach for help. i hope nobody’s saying that he needs to practice self-control or watch tapes to look for ‘whiny-ness’. *cough*tarzan*cough*.

  • bob

    now this really great. He’s gonna be a special player. This shows me he wants to be great.

  • dave19

    tarzan, it’s not weak man. you look at things like you have to stand alone… like you have to do it all yourself. that’s a cold world man. jon is accepting the help of those around him… he is asking his coaches to take an almost fatherly extension to their authority in his life, because he is HUMBLE. He is accepting his coaches as a form of family, and that is amazing for someone of his age and place in life. he IS taking care of his problems… by creating an open environment where his coaches can be straight with him. maybe you should think about what HE did, because i’ll tell you plainly that it is you who have lessons to learn in this instance.

  • Dre

    Tarzan, it’s taking the necessary measures to bring about success. No self-control would have been not initiating any measures to encourage your better behavior. Dave19, you are totally correct… people who are short-sighted might not see it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ….why does the term ‘father’ keep getting tossed around here?? John ain’t looking for nobody to be his father, and even if he was are we sure Flip Saunders would be his pops of choice? lol. Anyways the kid is just trying to make sure he is able to provide proper ‘veteran’ leadership for this team from the point guard position as we approach the half way point of the season.

  • Dre

    For the record people… his father passed away. Please stop talking about his father. A loss of money is not a strange motivating factor… let’s think people.

  • tavoris

    why are people criticizing a player who is asking to be held to a HIGHER STANDARD in nan effort to become great?

    People seem to forget that he’s still a kid. When you were a kid, did u ask ur parents to ground you for acting up? THOUGHT NOT.

  • PapaBearATL

    He is literally willing to ‘pay’ for his shortcomings and people are downing him for that? to me that is accountability, sometimes you don’t even realise that your body language and/or facial expressions are showing something, this is a good way to keep it in check. I commend him. It doesn’t seem like enough of these players have mentors to guide them these days, he is mentoring himself.

  • Ganjah Luv

    Wall is putting up better first year numbers than any current PG in the league put up in their respective first years. Sky is the limit.