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John Wall flexing at Summer League



If you've been watching the Wizards play in the NBA Summer League, you've likely noticed that John Wall is fairly demonstrative. His shouts are easily heard on the TV broadcast. He raises his arms or kicks his legs after assists. He shimmies and dances up-court.

And at least twice already, he has displayed the John Wall flex made famous in his dance. The latest came in the third quarter Tuesday night, after an and-one on the fast break.

"Showing some muscle there," observed Phil Chenier from the Comcast SportsNet studios.

"Wall made a difficult, hanging layup and was fouled before he lifted his arms to flex his muscles," Michael Lee wrote. "With the rout worsening with Wall on the floor, [Clipper Darrell] eventually said, 'Hey, John. You stop that.' "

A Vegas writer has already dinged Wall for his flexing, noting that one flex came after he drove by a guard from North Dakota State, and that "he had trouble defending guys in the Summit League. Wall is going to have to do it against better competition before he can start posing."

Which is true, but it's been a long time since Wizards fans have had something to celebrate, and meaningless summer games more than qualify. I haven't heard any complaints.Tuesday's flex, I should note, was of the backwards-walking variety, and was held for several strides. That was a long flex.

(Here, by the way, is a new Wall t-shirt concept: We Are Wall Witnesses.)






By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
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Comments

Flex while you can, homie. With four teams in your division that all made the playoffs last season, your opportunities may be few and far between. Good luck...

Posted by: walkdwalk | July 13, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I love when he jumps up in the air after throwing an assist. Last night he left his feet and threw an ally-oop and then jumped up in the air again in celebration as it got thrown down. I like when people jump for joy.

That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | July 13, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Young guy is just out there having fun and as usual, some has been/never-was has to give him flack for it. The only ball in Vegas IS summer league ball, ain't nobody checking for UNLV...they shouldn't even have a sportswriter out there unless he's covering Poker

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 13, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Young guy is just out there having fun and as usual, some has been/never-was has to give him flack for it. The only ball in Vegas IS summer league ball, ain't nobody checking for UNLV...they shouldn't even have a sportswriter out there unless he's covering Poker

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 13, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

this is nothing to celebrate and teh coverage of this kid and "summer league" has been overblown. he blew by a guy from North Dakota state and he blew by a guy from Kentucky taht shouldn't have been a 1st round pick. he got to the rim because their teammates on this summer league team won't be in the NBA either this season.

honestly, i am wishing i was 25 years younger and could get a try out in Europe or somewhere myself. Many of these NBA summer league guys are SORRY! Half the big men are lame because they are scared to be physical. i've never seen so many 6-10 guys run away from the basket or jack up 3s all game.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If Wall does that crap against any self respecting team hes going to get fouled real hard next time he goes to the cup.

I love his excitement for the game but flexing after something like that isnt warranted. He'll learn, sometimes from a strong foul or words from a wise vet.

Posted by: DMoney28 | July 13, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, what's with the "If you've been watching the Wizards play in the NBA Summer League..." Uh, where? Shouldn't that be in the newspaper? I thought I'd read every Wapo article with the word "Wizards" in it. And before anyone jumps on me with some MASM,CASM1,2,3 crap, I don't live in DC currently, but born and bred.

(And this is a website, so expecting it to be catered a bit more to people who are DC-oriented but not currently living in DC is not that outrageous. I mean, last time I wrote, I got reemed for not knowing all the hick MD satellite staions like CASM,MASM,1,2,3 - as well as not knowing "Strausmas" as if that term makes any logical sense at all.)

Posted by: Urnesto | July 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it have been fun to watch him play with Greivis Vasquez, with all that emotion pouring out?

Posted by: spqr2k | July 13, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

yeah you tell him walkdwalk those big bad guys in the southeastern division will teach you! ummm ok ah anyway.

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | July 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I understand he's young, but young or not, showboating (especially against the lackluster competition of the summer league) is not a good sign for Wall. It's a sign of immaturity, and will surely go away as Wall's experience in the league accrues. Wall needs to focus on cutting down on his turnovers--not his celebration dances.

That being said, I miss the Grevis shimmy-shake!!

Posted by: jkahn001 | July 13, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I understand he's young, but young or not, showboating (especially against the lackluster competition of the summer league) is not a good sign for Wall. It's a sign of immaturity, and will surely go away as Wall's experience in the league accrues. Wall needs to focus on cutting down on his turnovers--not his celebration dances.

That being said, I miss the Grevis shimmy-shake!!

Posted by: jkahn001 | July 13, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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