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John Wall on LeBron's decision

John Wall is friends with LeBron James and has previously marveled at the hype James's free agency choice has generated. Friday, he was asked about the more pressing concern: James and his Miami Thrice superteam are now in the Wizards' division. Good for ticket sales, possibly not for division titles.

"You're always gonna play against good players every night, but that, you have three All-Stars on one team," said Wall, who delayed his Thursday media session so he could watch LeBron make his choice on ESPN. "You're basically gonna be watching an All-Star game, but like I said, it's gonna be a challenge. You go out there, you have friends, but when I step on a basketball court I have no friends. Everybody's my enemy. I'm here to win.

"We can talk trash in the game if anything happens, but after that, you've got mutual respect for each other, and that's how you can tell who your real friends are. You show respect, but I don't want to be a person to say if I was guarding Dwyane Wade, you feel like you've got to shy away because of who they are. You've just got to take your own time to go out there and play basketball, and that's gonna be the key, is all of us to go out there and play and try to win games."

Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller then asked Wall how closely he's followed all the big-name free agency development, and Wall said he's been fixated.

"I took a big note about it -- that's all I've been seeing, since basketball ended," he said. "You look at free agents, a lot of people wanted max contracts. It's kind of crazy how people want so much money. Instead of being about playing and just trying to win games, it seems like people want more money, and there's nothing wrong with that. But people got to do what they want to do to get what they want. It's tough. So whenever I get in that situation I'm gonna look at that thing, but right now I'm happy where I'm at."
Then I asked whether he could ever imagine himself announcing his free-agency choice in a one-hour ESPN special.
"No, that's just LeBron James," he said. "But he did it for a good reason. They gave some money back to the people, so it wasn' t like he did it just for himself to be out there. It was the first time I've ever seen somebody have their own TV show for an hour just to make a decision. That was big time."

WTOP's Craig Heist also asked Wall about the whole hoopla around James's decision to leave Cleveland, and Wall was sympathetic to his friend.

"Some people are disappointed by the decision and some people are happy, but it's a tough decision for him," he said. "He's been in Cleveland for seven years, it's a tough decision basically to leave home where he grew up from, [where] they changed it around for your high school team to play in certain arenas. I know it was a tough decision, but as long as you go with your heart -- and he talked to his mom about it - you go with your heart, wherever made him happy. He made his decision, I'm happy for him, and just wish the best of luck for him."

Wall, I should note, was addressing the local media for the third straight day, and he didn't seem in any hurry to cut the session short. It's a fairly unique way to interact with a No. 1 overall pick, and I'm not sure whether it'll continue, but it's great for now.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  NBA , Wizards  
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Comments

Why in the world did Wilbon agree to be a part of this silliness? I guess when ESPN is your overlord, you do their bidding.

Posted by: rdpinva | July 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I thot Wilbon sold out a little just to get the post-decision interview.

Posted by: tundey | July 9, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity...The wiz have about 9 mill in cap room to sign another free agent(s) right? I know we have alot of young talent on the team, and our backcourt looks more or less good with Wall and heinrich, correct? It seems our most obvious flaw would be our big men, blache, who's an adequate, but still raw, young talent, and Yi Jianlian, who...well, who knows what his deal is.
Point being, wouldn't it be a solid idea to pick up a veteran big man? Someone who would act more as a mentor to our good young talent, someone like...Shaq? Following two mehhh years, it would seem as if he wouldn't ask for more than 7 or 8 mill a year, which would fit perfectly with our cap space...so what are the chances of the big aristotle joining the Great Wall of china??

Posted by: bigtizzle03 | July 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon is a jock sniffing, name dropping tool. Why WOULDN'T he do this?

Posted by: carver9 | July 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world did Wilbon agree to be a part of this silliness? I guess when ESPN is your overlord, you do their bidding.

Posted by: rdpinva | July 9, 2010 2:12 PM

Wilbon is a jock sniffing, name dropping tool. Why WOULDN'T he do this?

Posted by: carver9 | July 11, 2010 2:42 PM

Exactly. Wilbon used to be one of the best sports columnists in the country. Now he's just a tv celebrity who obsessively sucks up to sports icons. It's depressing to watch a formerly great writer turn into ESPN's Larry King.

Posted by: scrutineer | July 12, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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