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John Wall: Earning Praise From High Places

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John Wall has been on an absolute tear ever since returning from a knee injury which sidelined him for the first half of the NBA season. In the 39 games in which Wall has participated in this season, he’s averaging 17.3 points, 7.6 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. Such a high level of play has drawn the attention of respected peers. Who are these admirers? They’re no other than former Sonic great, Gary Payton, and former Magic coach, Stan Van Gundy.

In an interview conducted this week by Grantland’s Holly MacKenzie, Payton mentioned that he’d been asked by Wall on how to improve his defense.  “He tweeted me and asked for my number and I called him and we’ve been tight ever since. He’s a kid where I like him because he called me to ask me how to get better at playing defense and how to become a good point guard.” 

Wall even earned the admiration of former critic, Stan Van Gundy. Though he still has his criticisms. “I think that he has proven me wrong in terms of his value to a team. I’m still not sure he’s enough to build a team around, but if you could put a great offensive player around him, then possibly that could be enough to start pushing this team to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.”

The entire story on Wall, written by USA Today’s Geoff Burke, can be found here.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

11 Comments for John Wall: Earning Praise From High Places



  1. Ridge Runner
    8:34 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    John doing an awesome job recently for sure!

    hey regs and non regs, I posted this earlier…but we all have seen a rash this year of “blog name impersonations”. …join me again in emailing Matt in asking him to again register our names for this site. Long overdue and we have always had it -but it keeps getting worse. So, shoot Matt an email and lets try again to surface this to him. I think in addition to trolls, it’s perhaps some bad UK fans sprinkled in there too. Hate to say that but it’s how I feel. Won’t hurt to ask and if he hears from several of us yet again…it may at least put it back on the table. Just my 2 cents…



  2. Duke Sucks
    8:37 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know if Wall is selfish enough to be a flashy #1 type of player, but is the type of player you will win with if you put a team around him.



  3. Chad B from Jackson Co
    8:37 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow transfered to Georgia State!!



  4. Billy Ray
    8:38 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    I kicked 6 of my dogs after the tards won.



  5. Ridge Runner
    8:39 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    3, umm Chad…as I mentioned in another post…KSR has this listed earlier today. Check out the scroll down button.



  6. Ridge Runner
    8:40 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    4…but the other 7 in the back pen were fine since Puke lost.
    😉



  7. Chad B from Jackson Co
    8:41 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Oh my bad. Sorry, I just got excited lol



  8. Ridge Runner
    9:28 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Please guys! I really want you to help! Stop Impersonators Now! Love you all <3 Live. Laugh. Love.



  9. Ridge Runner
    9:28 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    You aware?



  10. Ridge Runner
    9:29 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Stop it!



  11. Ridge Runner
    9:29 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    This is exactly what I am talking about!