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John Wall is Putting his Money where his Mouth Is

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Entering his sixth season in the league (hard to believe it’s been six(!) years already), John Wall is hoping to turn the page.  Perceived as a young talent, it’s time turn into the Wizards’ veteran leader.

The Wizards have contended in the Eastern Conference, but have failed to get over the hump.  Their successes and failures all fall on Wall.  After a broken hand forced him to miss three games, they couldn’t get passed the Hawks in the second round.  He’s steadily improved each year, but he expects to take another jump forward.

The biggest thing holding him back – turnovers.  It isn’t the Achilles heel that used to stop him dead in his tracks, but 3.8 turnovers a game in 2014-15 is still unacceptable.  His remedy?  Wall will pay assistant coach Howard Eisley $100 for every game he commits three or more turnovers.  A worst-case scenario would cost him $8,200, or $6,200 based off last years statistics.

A bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.

[The Washington Post]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for John Wall is Putting his Money where his Mouth Is

  1. KevinM
    10:06 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Wall couldn’t get PAST the Hawks, not passed Nick……..

    I predict they don’t get past the Hawks in ’16 either, unless they add Jorts to the roster.

  2. Woody
    10:21 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Really? You think he is putting his money where his month is…. I hope you are kidding. What a JOKE.
    That’s like someone making an average income saying well I’ll give you a penny a day if I continue to make the same mistake over and over!! That would really be a hardship….

  3. Woody
    10:23 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry about the mouth!

  4. 90 bigguns
    10:55 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Kevin: Surely, you’re being facetious

    Woody: You’re an idiot.

    The truth is that the idea of paying the piper for making mistakes during a game is just embarrassing. This is an embarrassment that any true competitor wants to avoid. If Wall takes this gentleman’s agreement too seriously, don’t be surprised if his productivity (assists / points) decreases year over year. If he made the agreement in jest, or for the media / accountability, then he will maintain his usefulness.

  5. Twinetime
    10:55 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody’s got this backward .. I guess it’s JWall. Wouldn’t you want to give your coach an incentive to help you make less turnovers, not more?

  6. CW
    6:53 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Not sure who the people are commenting on this and why they’re coming across so negative but this is obviously not a lot of money for him, and in no way is this “embarrassing” for him. It’s just a fun way to motivate him because you know his teammates will give him crap if he loses along with his coaches. It’s not meant to be an ultra serious incentive. These other commenters need to lighten up.