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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  4 responses

John Wall Working on Business Management Degree During NBA Lockout


John Wall hasn’t just been working on his game and dazzling in exhibition contests this offseason; he’s also hitting the books pretty hard. Reports the WaPo: “After scoring 38 points in the Goodman League’s 172-169 loss to Team Philly on Saturday at Coolidge High, Wall said he has also enrolled in two online classes to counter his occasional boredom. ‘I think the lockout has really given me the opportunity to go back to school … to get closer to my degree. I’m developing, studying and working on my game,’ said Wall, who is pursuing a degree in business management. ‘It’s not too bad. Ain’t no practice, so I work out in the morning and I’ve got the rest of the day to myself. It’s just video games and homework.’ Wall supports the union in its fight to get a favorable deal in the next collective bargaining agreement and has taken an amplified interest since it will greatly affect his career earning potential. ‘I think it’s really for the young guys. You’ve got to be the ones that’s ready to stick,’ he said. ‘It’s a whole lot to talk about. A hard cap, an extra two years on the rookie contract. Those are things that a lot of people and fans don’t understand.’ The NBA has eliminated the first two weeks of the regular season, and Commissioner David Stern has threatened to wipe out more games if progress isn’t made soon. Wall is unwilling to accept 50-50 split with the owners on basketball-related income. The players have already come down from the 57 percent they received in the previous deal. ‘We at 53 percent. That’s the number we stand at,’ Wall said. ‘It’s 53 percent with a good system.’”

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

    TWO CLASSES, FRESHMAN LEVEL IM SURE. AND THIS IS THE FIRST IVE READ OF THE OWNERS WANTING TWO MORE YEARS ON ROOKIE DEALS, I THINK ROOKIE DEALS ARE JUST THE RIGHT LENGTH NOW.

  • http://offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    This reminds me of something close to heart. I wrote this before, and I’ll write it again: “I will never understand why Vince Carter was criticized so harshly for opting to attend his graduation on the morning of the 2001 ECSF game 7. It’s not as if the Raptors lost by 30 and Carter struggled mightily; the Raptors could have very well won the game with a second left to play. Missing shoot-around during the morning of a Game 7 has 0% relevance to the actual outcome of the game, especially when the player-in-question put up a 20, 9, 7 stat line and was a last-second basket away from victory. Seriously, he could have been at a strip club, a bowling alley, or your local Wal-Mart – it doesn’t make a damn difference. Rather than applauding a superstar professional athlete for diligently balancing both his career and education and celebrating him as a role model, the media chose to ridicule him instead. Says a lot about our society, doesn’t it?”

    Kudos to John Wall – I respect the hell out of athletes who take advantage of the opportunity to pursue higher education.

  • MLK4Life

    Good for John. And I think the vitriol directed towards Vince during the Sixers series shows how some people don’t really think about these guys as being well-rounded. Most of these guys are smart guys.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    big ups to kid. a degree in business mgmt? that’s a great smart choice for learning about managing his own money AND having a post-NBA career. he literally knows where the money’s at.

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