Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 3:51 pm  |  24 responses

John Wall Says He Played in Too Many Charity Games Last Summer

John Wall was a champion of the summer hoops circuit during the prolonged NBA lockout of 2011. And while most thought that would lead him to a monster second season, it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. Last night, after the Wizards beat a banged-up Bulls team in Chicago, Wall reflected on the way he handled his summer, going so far as to admit that he wished he would have spent more time in the gym working out, rather than participating in so many summer league and charity games. Mike Prada of BulletsForever has the details: “Speaking to out-of-town reporters after Monday’s win over the Chicago Bulls, Wall said that, if he could do it over again, he’d spend more time working out and less time playing in these games…Q: “Did you feel like you were at a disadvantage this year? Nobody had a summer, nobody had much of a training camp, but for a younger player, that would seem to be pretty important.” A: “No … I didn’t think I had a disadvantage. I just think that, instead of working out more, I did more of playing in charity events and summer leagues, when I should have been working out more. That’s the only thing I think I should have done differently, but it was a great experience going to different states and venues.”"

You can see video of the post-game interview with Wall at Wizards.com.

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  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    Homie, we all knew this. But it takes a big man to admit he made a mistake and I hope Wall changes things up this summer. He has the potential to be elite.

  • BlackStar

    He better hook up with the guy that trains Westbrook, Love and Rose. He’s helped take all of those players to top 15 status … He can do the same for Wall as long as it puts in the work.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Well, on the other hand, Kevin Durant has been more efficient this year and he played in practically every summer league game. lol

  • bike

    Well John, now you know what to do during the next lockout.

  • Rainman

    It goes without saying…he’s been a disappointment this year.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    But Durant was clearly putting in his work as well. Wall probably thought he was playing against other stars and dominating so everything was good.
    Big mistake.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s a big difference dominating games where no one gives a flying f*ck about playing defense to dominating NBA games. The guy still has time to change his ways because many great players went through a similar sophomore slump. Speaking of which…..just what the hell happened to Reke Evans?

  • Feez_22

    I don’t think wall should train with the guys that trained Westbrook and rose. Wall is a different player than them. Unlike them, I think wall can be an elite passing and floor general type point guard. Wall should work out with a point guard coach… Someone that will help him make better decisions, help him with his midrange jumper and will help him stay in control. That’s who he should train with. No way should his jumper and turnovers be this bad seeing that he has the jumper mechanics and floor general ability

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Dammit Taylor, don’t bring up Evans… WTH…

  • Jerome

    By working out, I hope he means skill wise. He already possesses athetic ability. Go with KG and Chauncey’s trainer and watch S.Nash tapes.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, what do you mean? It’s obvious that dude’s game has taken a step back from what was exepcted from him after such a brillant/historic rookie campaign. I chalked up his disappointing 2nd season to the well known case of “sophomoric slump” but there’s no explaining his play this season.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah exactly what I meant. I had such high hopes for him, but he has really shown himself to not be what I thought he would be. It sucks because he could be one of the best in the league. Him and OJ Mayo I feel are just going to surprise me year after year with their lack of “taking the next step.”

  • T-Money

    Wall already has the point guard skills and instincts… What he needs is a jumper and better teammates.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Reke got that foot injury and lost his first step. He’s still a creative finisher, but defenses are also starting to realize just how far they can back off defending him a la Rondo. Also, he doesn’t have the entire team working to get him to average 20-5-5. The Kings needed to market something so they made damn sure that Reke would put up good stats. Heck, one of their marketing campaigns was the “Race to 20-5-5.” His ceiling is Joe Johnson without a great jumper.

  • that dude

    John you assistant coach is Sam effing Cassell get to know him!!!

  • that dude

    ^^^ your

  • that dude

    I meant “your”

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    ^We gathered that.

  • T-Money

    ^^^did we, caboose? did we?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah I called this after he started putting up monster numbers, he got used to slack D and couldn’t make the adjustment to people actively trying to stop him again. Big different between Durant and Wall was that Durant was working his J in every game he played, so it helped him keep his rhythm, but Wall was attacking the basket, which is like playing in HS again if nobody is defending properly. Bad habits are formed in All-Star game situations.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Wall’s biggest flaw right now is the team he plays on. He could have worked out more, sure, but he has a horrible team with an assistant coach acting as head coach. They traded Nick Young and McGee so the immaturity is gone. Now they need veteran guys who can play and an actual head coach who can challenge John to get better in the areas he needs to get better in.

  • Jer Dawg

    The downside could have been John getting Fat and happy. Sure He hasnt developed his game, but it could have been worse. Maybe that shoe he’s wearing isn’t helping.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No his biggest flaw is having one of the worst jumpers in the League. He has no idea if his shot is going in when it leaves his hand. none.