First game back tonight, only played 22 minutes but I liked what I saw. He only shot 5-11, but his jumper did look better, his first 2 shots were quick rushed jumpers, I think he was just happy to be on the court, obviously after that he was 5-9. His drives to the basket were good as usual. He has 14 points and 4 assists.
Now what I really liked, was his game seemed more under control, he has a few fast breaks, and Washington also sent him around some curl screens and made him do some L cuts, so he showed his speed and quickness but, he made some nice looks in the game, such as 1 of his assists to Bradley Beal for a three, he drove to the basket, and stop right by the free throw line and through it to Bradley Beal for a wide open three in the corner. You can tell he got tired, but it was expected.
I'm not going to jump over-board, but I liked what I saw from him tonight for his first game back. He seemed more under control, but he still had his super-fast gear. His jumper looked smoother, but let's see how it looks more under game action and with more full speed practicing. I think he may have actually learned from watching Chris Paul and Mike Conley in the playoffs last year, also this summer with the team USA select team. Hopefully he brings it all together, he has so much talent and he still has tantalizing potential.
Also Bradley Beal and John Wall looked good running together, can't wait to see more of it.
Did he look as fat as that picture made him seem?
No he looked rather svelte lol
Been waiting all year to see Wall and Beal together. Worth the wait, Wall drive and dish game and finding his shooters in transition is what Beal has needed.
I didn't get to see the game but the NBA.com recap video showed most of his highlights, and I liked what I saw. He (along with Kevin Durant) is my favorite player and hopefully he can keep it up and keep improving with every game
Good to see him back, it gives Washington a huge boost, now we await the return of Bynum, Bogut, Grainger and one D-Rose.
It really has been an injury-heavy season, and so many guys have been out for longer than originally expected.
The thing I was most impressed with was Wall's defensive intensity, he was moving so quick laterally it had me gobsmacked a few times, he was very unlucky with a few block calls simply because the referees were unused to someone who could move that quickly. It was great to see him hungry for stops and not just buckets.
He did look a little heavier than normal, but it didn't seem to affect his speed, just his elevation. Great effort in 22 minutes, it's such a great thing for the NBA to have Wall healthy again, I hope we get to see a healthy Wall go against Kyrie, Rubio and Rose this year.
Similar to Eric Gordon, it's going to take John Wall some time to get his legs under him. There are going to be ups and downs. Realistically, it's going to take him about a month to get into game shape. He'll be on a minutes limit for awhile and may not play back to backs for awhile as well.
It was great to see him back on the court though. Hopefully, he won't have any setbacks.
As an aside, does anyone know which adidas shoes he was wearing? I know he swapped from Reebok (which probably saved his knees) but I didn't see a three-stripe on his shoes.
Having Gordon and Wall healthy is great for the League, we just have to hope they can stay that way.
yeah Wall looked really rather stronger and wider that plump..even if he has 5 to 10 lbs overweigh that mean he will get even faster while his first game already showed he hasn't lost a step and he is still in the consideration for the faster man with the ball in his hands..
i mean late in the fourth, in a half-court possession he was guarded by pretty fast Devin Harris and Wall made absolutelly no moves he just went absolutelly straight past him and no one could stop or even foul him he just made and easily layup..
They said Wall was wearing the top 10 2000's.
Washington won't rush Wall back as realistically they are out of play off contention and so whilst they will look to get him back into the starting line up fairly soon as their best player, I don't see them playing him 35 to 40mpg this season, giving him say 30 to 32 mpg would be a sensible move.
Looks like it's time for the annual " his jumpshot looks much improved" talk to start up.
Yeah, dont bother trying to improve your J. Jason Kidd would advise him against it.
Washington will be in a precarious position in a little over a year as someone will probably give Wall a max offer sheet. He really hasn't earned it, but what choice do the Wiz have but to match?
It's really not as big an issue as you'd think; John Wall is still the closest thing the Wizards are going to have to a franchise player, if they have any chance of being successful they'll lock him up with a max contract, his impact on the fans alone will make him worth it, even if he doesn't elevate his play too much more.