John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and the gym
Here's one interesting nugget I forgot to mention last week: John Wall wants to live as close to Verizon Center as possible, "so I can come here any time I want," he told reporters. And he also wants to have the sort of all-hours access to the arena's practice court that Gilbert Arenas famously has. Because he's the kind of guy who, like Arenas, sometimes decides he needs to get in the gym at non-conventional hours.
Make of that what you will, but it sounds like he could very well wind up with a District of Columbia mailing address.
In fact, during an appearance last week on the John Thompson Show, Wall talked about how hard it had been for him to go so many days without getting in the gym during draft madness:
"It's been difficult lately," he said. "You know, especially this week, I couldn't really get into the gym. I got in Monday and that was the only day. I like to get in the gym, even if it's not putting a hard workout in, but getting shots up or doing some ball handling. I like to not miss a day, because I know other guys are working hard, trying to get better. It's pretty tough right now, but I'm gonna make up for the time that I missed."
Makes it sound like he sort of enjoys playing basketball, right? Liz Drabick asked him that very question on the Mike Wise Show:
"I don't enjoy it, I love the game," he said. "I can watch it all day. I can play it all day. Sometimes my mom kicked me out the house because I watched it too much and she wanted to watch her soap operas."
The best part of his dual radio appearances, though, came when John Thompson raised the GA word. Dialog is necessary.
Thompson: Have you had a chance as of yet to meet Gilbert Arenas and to sit down and talk with him?
Wall: No sir, I talked to him through BlackBerry Messenger, that's the only time I talk to him.
Thompson: What the hell is that?
Wall: BlackBerry Messenger. BBM. It's like a chat
Thompson: Y'all sit down and like them little text things?
Doc Walker: It's like Facebook.
Thompson: C'mon, man. C'mon, John.
Wall: No no no no, it's on your phone, it's on your phone, it's on your phone.
Thompson: John is a brother from the hood. Go talk to the man, man. Go ahead, John, go sit down with that man and talk with him.
Wall: Yeah, he's supposed to come to D.C. soon, so hopefully I can sit down and talk to him face to face and see how we can try to work this out for next season.
Wall also discussed his other new teammates on both shows. From the Wise show:
"Andray Blatche, I heard he's a big-time player," he said. "I've seen Nick Young working out in L.A., I played a little two-on-two and three-on-three with Al [Thornton], and he's a very talented guy, too."
And on Thompson:
"I feel like we've got a chance to make a run," he said. "The East is strong, but not as strong as the West is, so I feel like we've got a great opportunity to make a run. The key is gonna be coming together as a team. I think we need an extra big man to come off the bench to give us some playing time, and an athletic wing that can run the floor. We have the pieces then; it's basically just coming together."
Just as long as he doesn't use the slogan, "Our Time." Thompson also invited him to play pickup at Georgetown, and promised to guard the doors with a baseball bat. Maybe he could just throw BlackBerrys at any intruders.
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