John Wall has never been shy about his confidence in his abilities on the basketball floor. Back at Kentucky, he jumped to superstardom with “The John Wall Dance,” knocked down a game-winner in his first official college game, and was the face of an Elite Eight team that should have won it all in his one year on campus.
In the NBA, that confidence only spiked.
It started with his first player introduction as a rookie in 2010:
November 2, 2010
Number 1 overall pick John Wall is introduced for the first time at home. He teaches Washington how to Dougie and finishes the game with 29 points, 13 assists, 9 steals, and 8 turnovers. pic.twitter.com/17BbsvdrV5
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Seven years and five All-Star selections later, Wall said he’s the best in the East.
“I feel like I am the best point guard in the Eastern Conference,” John Wall said before the 2017-18 season. “Maybe people didn’t get to see me on national TV as much last year, but they will this year.”
Just a month into the season last year, he then told reporters he was the best two-way point guard in the NBA.
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— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) September 2, 2017
This year, the former Kentucky star has raised his expectations even further. Not best point guard in the division, conference, or even the NBA. He’s going for the biggest individual trophy of all.
“My goal is to be MVP. I don’t care about (being the) best player in the East… If I don’t have no (health) problems, I feel like I can easily be MVP,” Wall said in an interview with BallIsLife.com.
The famous ‘DBC Fitness’ trainer Wall has been working with this summer agrees: Washington’s star point guard is on the path for greatness this season.
“This is our first summer with John so he’s been now a month with us,” David Alexander, personal trainer for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, said. “He’s already exceeded every expectation I’ve had for him. He’s set the bar really, really high and he’s blowing it out of the water. Our mindset now is MVP or nothing this year.”
(But when I walk off the plane with my shirt off, I get tased and put on the no-fly list. And then to top it off Wall rides a stationary bike on a public sidewalk? Unbelievable.)
On a serious note, Wall also discussed DeMarcus Cousins’ decision to join the Golden State Warriors, where he defended his “brother” for making the best decision for him.
“Everybody wants to get mad at him, but that’s my brother,” Wall said. “Like he’s got to do what’s best for him. You know what I mean? He’s banking on himself for one year, trying to get himself healthy.”
“To go to a team like that, to get his confidence and all that back, and he ain’t got to rush himself back knowing they’re still going to be in the playoffs… And have a chance to win a ring?” Wall said with an “I don’t blame him” shrug.
The 6-foot-4 guard isn’t currently in many MVP conversations, but he’s going to do whatever it takes to change that.