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.
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