John Wall, Wizards rookies "don't want no scrubs"
John Wall is already known as a skilled dancer -- he started a craze at Kentucky and Al Thornton said that Wall and JaVale McGee do "the Dougie" better than anyone else on the team -- but the No. 1 overall pick wanted to show off his singing chops after practice on Friday.
"A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me/hanging out the passenger side of his best friend's ride/trying to holler at me," Wall sang, although his voice didn't make anyone want to rush him to a recording studio.
Wall was recreating his performance from Thursday night, when Wizards rookies were required to perform in front veterans during a team dinner at Hard Times Café in Fairfax. Wall, Trevor Booker and Kevin Palmer performed the old, TLC R&B/Pop single, "No Scrubs," with each player taking turns to do the verses from T-Boz, the late Left Eye and Chili, and took to Twitter shortly thereafter.
"Yo, we put on a show," Wall said.
Coach Flip Saunders was asked if he was familiar with TLC before the team dinner. "I've heard of them," Saunders said, cracking a smile, "but not like they sang."
And it wasn't necessarily the best show among the rookies. One witness told me that Hamady Ndiaye had his teammates in stitches as he decided to bring back one of my personal favorites from the movie, "Coming to America." From what I hear, Ndiaye emphasized his accent from his native Senegal and burst out, "She's your queen to be..." It was so hilarious that Nick Young fell to the floor.
Kevin Seraphin did a rap in Creole that everybody confused, including Seraphin possibly, but he also got some praise for his performance. It was long, so no one knew if he was doing the extended remix or not.
"I didn't know what he was saying, but he was singing real good," Lester Hudson said.
"Kevin was maybe the longest in rookie reviews," Saunders said. "I think it was seven minutes, all in Creole. But he was dancing. He was singing and he was sweating."
Wall said, "He was getting into it. He was sweating like he was in a basketball game, out there dancing."
Andray Blatche said Ndiaye was the best of the rookies. "H was funny. Had a good delivery to it, a story behind it," Blatche said. "It was good."
When asked about Wall, Blatche said, "He can't sing."
The Wizards have had a number of team-building exercises this week, including meeting with Bullets legend Earl Monroe and a member of the Army's Delta Force. Blatche said those activities and the team dinner have been good to help develop team chemistry, but said the team is already establishing camaraderie on its own.
"To me, honestly, that kind of stuff is good for us, but we don't need it," he said. "We all have a good bond together. We're all the same age. We're young. We hang out on and off the court. Sometimes, when we leave here, we go to John's room. Nick's room, my room. We all hang out together and have a good time with each other."
| October 1, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
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