Stephen A. Smith: Wall "is showtime"
If the Wizards had drawn the No. 2 pick in the draft, fans would have rejoiced. People would be happily watching Evan Turner highlights right now. I'd be quoting experts on how Turner might turn out to be a better pro than Wall.
But Turner doesn't, perhaps, inspire the sort of delirium that Wall has prompted in the minds of the most ardent Wiz fans. They're just kids, obviously, but Wall seems to have something of whatever it is that makes Alex Ovechkin so beloved here. A bit goofy, a bit majestic, a bit larger-than-life and a large bit of excitement.
That all prompted a Stephen A. Smith stream-of-rant on Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live Wednesday evening, and I can't say I disagree with anything he said.
"I mean, there's nothing to debate, there's nothing to speculate about," Smith said, when asked whom the Wiz will take. "If the Wizards are trying to be intriguing, that's because they're trying to find an excuse to be intriguing. The reality is is that John Wall will be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, because it makes absolute sense, because he's far and above exactly what everybody needs at that spot.
"You find a way to make sure you get him on your roster. Not only is he a sensational point guard, but the reality is is that he is box office, and we all know how desperately the Washignton Wizards need that after the season that they have had. There is no intrigue, there is no speculation, there is no anything. Come June, they will be drafting John Wall, period....
"What I would hearken y'all back to is when Magic Johnson came out in the NBA draft approximately 30 years ago. If you remember, there was a guy that was No. 2. That guy was Sidney Moncrief. He went to the Milwaukee Bucks. He could ball, ok? He was a perennial all-star. Some felt that had he not gotten injury and his career continued on, he would have been considered for the Hall of Fame.
"But there's a difference between somebody that can play and somebody that's showtime. And what I am saying to y'all is that y'all are sitting here talking about just basketball. I am telling you, the city of Washington, Washington D.C, this nation's capital, after what it's been through this past season? The fact that Caron Butler is gone, that Brendan Haywood is gone? You look at the talent that they have on this squad, which is suspect at best, just a bunch of little puppets, little kids running around. And all you've got is Gilbert Arenas, who's coming off the year that he's had? You need a box-office attraction. You need a star. Y'all are talking about basketball. I'm talking about a star. That's what I'm talking about."
(Really, that was all one sentence, but I provided punctuation out of courtesy. I guess Eric Prisbell technically gets a few seconds to talk in the video below, but you know SAS wanted to interrupt him.)
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