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Flip Saunders praises John Wall

Flip Saunders was on the Junkies Wednesday morning, sounding about as happy as he's sounded in six months of media appearances. He didn't exactly say who the team would pick, but when asked about John Wall, he didn't run away and hide either.

"I think there's no question John is by far the most dynamic player in the draft," Saunders said. "He's probably one of the most dynamic guards to come out in a while, when you combine his athleticism, his ability to defend and the speed that he has. A lot of times when players come into our league, you're trying to develop a guy into a point guard.

"Sometimes you're trying to change him from maybe a guy that was a scorer and more of a shooting guard in college to a point guard who tries to run a team. Whereas John is definitely a guy that is definitely a point guard. He averaged a lot of assists at Kentucky and pretty much dominated games with his ability to make plays for other players."

Saunders said he had watched Wall play "a lot" last season, drawn by Kentucky's young stars and the intrigue with John Calipari, and he said that a backcourt with Gilbert Arenas and Wall could work. You know, theoretically.

"Both those guys are 6-4. so they both have size," Saunders said. "But what they do is they put so much pressure on the other team defensively. The thing about Gilbert is Gilbert has the ability to play both positions. He's got super-long arms, so he plays a lot bigger, even being at 6-4, and he can become really a nightmare [against point guards]. You look at Philadelphia when they went to the Finals and they had Eric snow and Allen Iverson in their backcourt. Both those guys were smaller, and not both of them had the same dynamics that our guys could probably have."

Wall actually discussed Arenas on Tuesday night with Yahoo! Sports, and it's worth a look:

"I don't know Gilbert, but I know he's a great player, I'll tell you that," Wall said. "I think he is more of a scoring two-guard who's undersized. You just got to see what happens. If I go there, I'm just going to do whatever I can do to help them win games and make the organization better.

"So much happened this year with them and trades that went on. They have a great coach, but they're basically starting from scratch. It shocked me a little bit. I'm happy with any situation. Coming from where I came from a couple years ago not having nothing, I'm just happy to be in this situation."

Our guys, huh? Anyhow, like I said, the joy was oozing out of the radio dial, and now it was easy for Saunders to say that last season wasn't actually that bad.

"I actually had a lot of fun coaching those guys," he said of the last few weeks of the season. "I thought that our guys really worked hard and learned and actually it wasn't that bad. And I guess the basketball gods reward you. You know, you try to do the right things. We decided to break the team up, go in a different direction and try to rebuild, and we got the right ping pong ball. And that will facilitate our process, for sure."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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First to say deez nutz.

Posted by: efdelaney | May 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Funny azz draft moment: The eye glasses Aaron Brooks had on. Why did Aaron Brooks look like he had two 19 inch sony trinitrons on his face? Those eyeglasses were absolutely horrid...

Posted by: tommycat | May 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I was already chuckling at the first comment by the time I got to the second comment. And then I had to laugh out loud. I had forgotten about those ridiculous glasses until this just reminded me. Solid work, fellas.

Posted by: VeCente115 | May 19, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The wizards will need more than John Wall they need a whole new team.

Posted by: clarencebgreen | May 19, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The wizard need more than John Wall if they are expecting to win anything.

Posted by: clarencebgreen | May 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Wall is a no brainer. Bring back the RED WHITE and BLUE, Add Melo or Durrant next year to Gil, Blatche and McGee, and sign me up for 5 to 10 years of Watchable Basketball. Name Change idea #001- The Washington Capitals...Too Easy and not enough Sales generating possibilities? Help Teddy and I out....

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | May 19, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Flip won't be the coach starting next season.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 19, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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