Seven NBA point guards were named to USA Basketball’s 28-man national team pool last week, and John Wall wasn’t one of them. Wall, who ranks fifth in points and fourth in assists at his position this season, recently told The Washington Post it’s not the first time he has been looked over and he will use the snub as motivation.
“I just use it as more motivation. It’s nothing I could do. It’s nothing I can say, and I don’t want nobody to babysit me or try to make it work for me,” Wall told the Post. “They made their list, they made their decision and that’s what they’re happy with, and I just have to look past that. It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game. I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.”
The seven point guards named to the player pool are Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. Wall’s teammate in Washington, shooting guard Bradley Beal, also received an invite.