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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  28 responses

John Wall Practices His Moves Against Strangers on the Street


If John Wall blows up next season — as all signs this offseason point to him doing — he can thank (in part) some of his off-the-court practicing. From ESPN: “I know it sounds a little crazy, but I’ll just be walking down the street and, out of nowhere, I’ll hit someone with an in-and-out move without having a ball. I scare them because they don’t know what in the world I’m doing, but I think this game through so much that it just comes out anywhere. I only work on the moves that I would do in a game though. I had one man tell me that I better not do that again because he got scared when I did a quick crossover in front of him when I was walking down the street. It ends up being pretty funny.’ The Benefit: ‘Basketball is so mental and with me being a point guard it’s all about reaction. How are you going to react to any given situation? So I might be walking and see someone in front of me and do a crossover motion or I might spin. Again, I know it sounds crazy, but it really helps you because it just becomes second nature. I play off my instincts so when you’re constantly working on your handles and your moves it becomes even easier in the game.’”

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  • TheCoolNerd

    I’d be scare too cuz he mite break my ankles with his imaginary ball lol

  • http://www.mvp247.com Greg Tanner

    I do this ALL THE TIME to lamp posts and stuff on the pavement / sidewalk. Not sure about doing it to strangers. Then again, I’m not 6′ 4″ and built like a tank.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HE BETTER BE CAREFUL, SOMEONE MIGHT REACT VIOLENTLY TO THIS. AND HOW IS HE WORKING ON HIS HANDLES IF HE DOESNT HAVE A BALL? FOOTWORK, SURE.

  • John

    @UCL… missing the point. the benefit is mental, not physical.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HOW DOES PRETENDING TO CROSSOVER SOMEONE WHO IS JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET HELP YOU AGAINST SOMEONE PLAYING NBA DEFENSE ON YOU. A DEFENDER WILL REACT MUCH DIFFERENTLY THAN SOME SCHMO ON HIS LUNCH BREAK.

  • gubbins

    Only a matter of time till we see the ‘John Wall arrested for being a public nuisance’ headline. If he puts on a comedy costume he could become a youtube sensation for the second time in his blossoming career. Go JW!

  • Fat Lever

    I’m with UCF. While, on premise, Wall is right, a person on the street isn’t going to try and strip the imaginary ball from Wall. They are going to get the f*(k outta the way. Doubt a NBA defender would run away when Wall does this.

  • Fat Lever

    *Wall is right, BUT a person on the street…

  • Fat Lever

    *I’m with UCL. WTF is wrong with me today?

  • ctkennedy

    he aint lyin either he do it all the time

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Let’s get a goodman – drew L game going without a ball!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Greg Tanner: Neither is John Wall.

  • Robb

    i used to do this coming home from playing ball, but it was to people i knew (mostly everyone in my neighborhood) and they tried to snatch the ball also.

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    He must have watched ‘Above The Rim” recently. ” Yo, That ni99a playing ball with no ball.”

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    ^ funny as hell bryan. but so true

  • bike

    Now I’ll know what to do if I seem him coming down the street. I’ll instruct my pit bull, HellDog, to rip his balls off.

  • Cizzo

    LOl…at all of yall…

  • RobbieJay

    ok wall & linebackers should practice random tackle techniques on people walking on the sidewalks.

  • Red Star

    I would stripe John of that imaginary ball! Maybe give him a hard foul too!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I used to do this with my friends with or without a ball. Usually to elderly people. It would scare the heck out of them, pretty hilarious. Got into a few altercations as a result. lol.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Its funny when you can relate, however if you are across the street and see this young man randomly “fake left go right” on somebody…….I’m just sayin, I seen cats get forced 24hr observation for less.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Crossed over pedestrian calls a cop, cop asks JWall what happened, Wall says “I tried to break homeboys ankles by bussin a bball move” Cop says “wheres the ball?” Wall explains his ‘love of the imaginary game clause’ in his NBA contract. Cop gets suspicious, “What NBA?” the cop asks. News headline “Wall in psych ward for observation”.

  • EtheKnickfan

    It could happen.

  • http://thebleacher jinxcity

    yaull are dumb. its a reaction drill.he does and unanticipated move. practicing that will make it second nature. whoever questioned this, is really not a ball player or you would know.

  • Kadavour

    this shouldn’t come as a surprise to real ballers. we practice in our minds with imaginary balls (pause) all the time (again, pause).

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    He should take a ball with him wherever he goes and clown people 1 on 1 ala Hot Sauce

  • gawe

    in conclusion, everyone in the world will one day know how to defend john wall

  • DukeFromDeep

    Wall is the Pete Maravich of his day. Like someone said..’it’s a mental thing’. Remember he’s only a kid. You tell ‘em JW.

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