"When I first cut my hair and all that and didn't get any tattoos, that was the main thing, having a clean image coming into this," said Wall. "That's what they want, to help you to be more marketable. And if you don't stay in the league a long time, it helps you get jobs after this."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Right now, it’s all we got.
The NBA season is months away. And the FIBA World Championships doesn’t get going until late August, so there’s no basketball.
Fortunately, NBA.com has clips of the best dunks during summer league, featuring DeMar DeRozan, Gerald Green, Sonny Weems, and John Wall.
Watch the video below and get at us with thoughts on your favourite aerial antic of the summer run.
-- Oly Sandor.
(Clip initially found on Dimemag.com.)
The New Jersey Nets traded Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards for Quinton Ross on Tuesday.
The Nets sent the Wizards $3 million to complete the deal and also received the Wizards' trade exception, according to league sources.
Yi is scheduled to make $4 million next season. Ross is set to make $1.1 million. The Nets should now have roughly $30 million in cap space to spend after the move, according to sources.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: One team's junk is another team's treasure.
Cap space is king for the New Jersey Nets, as the club needs financial flexibility to sign free agents this summer. And trading Yi Jianlian saves the Nets $3 million and puts them on equal footing with the Chicago Bulls.
Instead of conserving cap space to take a run at a big ticket free agent, the Washington Wizards are taking a different approach. The Wizards are acquiring assets on the cheap from teams who need to cut payroll to compete in the Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and/or Dwyane Wade sweepstakes.
For instance, the Wizards scored Kirk Hinrich on draft day. The cost: assuming the combo guard's $9 million per season salary.
Hinrich can back-up both guard spots and mentor first overall pick John Wall, while Yi will fill in for - and hopefully replace - injured four-man Andray Blatche.
Expect a few more of these deals before the July 1st free agent market opens.
Wizards forward Andray Blatche underwent successful surgery this evening to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ed Magur at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. Blatche is expected to take approximately three months to return to basketball-related activities.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: John Wall is in. Andray Blatche is out –at least for three months.
Days after selecting Wall first overall in the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards announced that Blatche, their young power forward, is undergoing foot surgery.
Opinions are mixed on this. Blatche is talented, but troubled.
For instance, he averaged impressive numbers – 20 points and 8 rebounds per game –after replacing the departed Antawn Jamison in the starting line-up.
Blatche also showed that numbers –as in his individual numbers – were all he was concerned with.
The Wizards rarely won with him starting. He clashed with Coach Flip Saunders and, worst of all, exonerated Ricky Davis with his selfish quest for a triple-double. Perhaps, the less Blatche is around a rebuilding squad, the better.
Still, maybe Blatche has matured this summer. Maybe not.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how he fits with Wall in DC later this season.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Being the consensus first overall pick has perks.
There’s the money -guaranteed money. There’s the notoriety of going number one. And there’s also the shoe deal.
For instance, John Wall - who will be selected first by the Washington Wizards at this afternoon's NBA draft – has signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship pact with Reebok. And the sneaker giant just released his first commercial.
Click the video below to watch J-Wall. And by the way, CYE has a pre-draft feature interview with the athletic point guard, so check back with HoopsVibe later in the day for details.
Got thoughts on the first of many commercials for Wall? Let us know in the comment box below.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Before The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010 begins on July 1st, there's this thing called the NBA draft on Thursday.
Reports indicate this year's class is stacked with talented guards. Of course, John Wall is the consensus first overall pick and will likely wind up at the one-spot for the Washington Wizards. And word is the Philadelphia 76ers want athletic swing Evan Turner.
However, other great perimeter players are available and CNNSI has a video breakdown of the guards who'll be waiting in the green room for their names to be called by Commissioner David Stern.
So watch the clip and tell us what guard you like in the comment box below.
There are a handful of teams with the cap space to sign a major free agent. You know the names. New York, Chicago, New Jersey, etc. ... The Wizards have a ton of space under the cap, too, but are seldom mentioned as possible destinations for the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.
Why is that?
"Because," says Grunfeld, "I don't talk to the media that much."
Does a top overall pick put the Wizards in the free agent conversation?
Grunfeld is coy. "We will see," he says. "The No. 1 pick is a good start. We'll see how free agency goes.
HoopsVibe's Call: John Wall isn't enough.
While talented and athletic, the first overall pick in the NBA draft isn't nearly enough for the Washington Wizards to land an unrestricted free agent like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh.
After all, the Wizards are years from contending. And James, Wade, and Bosh want to win now. They'll have little time, patience, or interest in a rebuilding project -unless it's in Madison Square Garden or across the river in New Jersey.
With considerable cap space, Washington could consider a second tier free agent, specifically at the four or five spots (sorry, HoopsVibe News isn't fond of the talented, but troubled Andray Blatche).
If Carlos Boozer or Amar'e Stoudemire isn't a fit, they can always preserve their financial flexibility and patiently acquire both young and veteran pieces to support Wall.
This, however, would make too much sense for the Wizards, an organization with a track record for hasty and poor decisions.
Does Washington have a shot at James, Bosh, or Wade? Why? Why not? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts?
Today, the NBA held their annual draft lottery in New Jersey. Below is the order those little white ping pong balls were pulled by some suit from league head office who wasn’t Commissioner/Corporal Stern.
14: Houston Rockets.
13: Toronto Raptors.
12: Memphis Grizzlies.
11: New Orleans Hornets.
10: Indiana Pacers.
9: Utah Jazz.
8: Los Angeles Clippers.
7: Detroit Pistons.
6: Golden State Warriors.
5: Sacramento Kings.
4: Minnesota Timberwolves.
3: New Jersey Nets.
2: Philadelphia 76ers.
1: Washington Wizards.
HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: The Washington Wizards wanted a chance to rebuild and they’ll get it, courtesy of the NBA draft lottery.
The Wizards won the first overall pick and the right to select Kentucky point guard John Wall. Wall seems to have it all: athleticism, skill, and size.
Best of all, with Wall in the fold, the club now has the option to slide Gilbert Arenas to the two-spot when the controversial guard returns from suspension for turning the locker room into a good old fashion stand off.
After all, there will be no trade market for Arenas. And buying him out would be an expensive proposition in this troubled economy.
So look for an Arenas-Wall backcourt in the nation’s capital next season, which should certainly be both interesting and entertaining.
Got thoughts on the Wizards winning the draft lottery and the right to draft John Wall? Let us know in the comment box below.
Evan Turner is going to the 2010 NBA Draft once he signed with super agent David Falk. The Kentucky Wildcats starting four, featuring John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, has declared as well. With all the hype surrounding John Wall, it might be difficult to see Evan Turner as the number one guy. He’s not flashy like Wall. He’s not as big as Cousins. He’s not explosive like Vince Carter. Turner does not look like he can score at will like Kobe. He doesn’t scream after dunks like Joakim Noah. Since he’s not any of that then what is he?Read More
Today, they’re the league laughingstock. Next season, they could be laughing.
The NCAA tournament is done for Kentucky. John Wall is thinking about the next move and that’s the leap to the League of Extraordinary Ballplayers. He is projected to be the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft among other standouts such as Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. Many sports outlets have dubbed Wall as a “once in a generation” type player. Some have even gone to claim that “John Wall is the greatest point guard athlete ... ever.” Wow.Read More