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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.


If you live at home with your mama, oh yes, son. I'm talking to you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

"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."

By Michael Lee  | October 1, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
 
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Please tell me somebody taped this. I want to see Hammy Thatguy singing the coming to america song. He should make the team off that alone. Very clever.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | October 1, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Coming to America is one of my all time favorite movies. That part is one of the funniest in the movie, I would love to see that. I might die of laughter but I'd watch it anyway lol..

Posted by: wizravterp | October 1, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

On Carmelo's future:
"According to ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has lined up a deal to acquire a first-round draft pick in 2011. Before pulling the trigger on the deal, though, the Knicks are waiting to hear if Denver will send Anthony their way. The pick and other assets would then head to Denver to kick-start the Nuggets' rebuilding plan."

"While the Knicks have grown confident they can create a palatable package for Anthony, Denver's unwillingness to give Melo his wish of playing in New York appears to be the primary holdup in completing a deal, according to Newsday's Alan Hahn."

Just thinking where Melo would fit best: in Jersey next to Lopez, or at MSG across from Stoudemire.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 2, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what angle the Delta Force guy gave.

Blatche has a disconnect.

How can bringing in Earl The Pearl and the Delta Force guy and things like that be good as he says, but in the next breath he says they really don't need it.

He underestimates or shall I say misunderstands that the comraderie he describes with his teammates is different from the insights from outside the Team.

I hope he realizea rather quickly that they need everything they can get and from as many sources/inputs as possible.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 2, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

'realizes'

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 2, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

When say Larry Bryd's Celtic's, or Jordan's Bull's, or Majic's Laker's, Reed's Knicks, or Russel's Celtics, or Wilt's Sixers, and in some cases you can add a player or two along with that, as in Jordan and Pippen and Duncan and Robinson and so on.

That statement in general means that the Teams were dominated and driven by their Stars.

There input and play was just as important as the coaching, if not moreso.

Understanding the wisdom in that, does anyone think that Arenas and Wall can reach this level in regards to our current coach Flip Saunders, or will Flip Saunders will be dominant force driving this Team?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Does Wall and Arenas even understand the dynamics in leading your team to a championship like the stars of the past.

Arenas clearly did not, but now after all the trials he has been through will he and has he truly gotten it.

I said before that the greatnest we ascribe to Wall can be had with Arenas realizing what a real leader is.

Can they do it and will they do it?

The irony in all of this though, is that it isn't up to Flip, it is up to them. If Flip doesn't though help facilitate it then they must move him aside.

Greatnest and true leadership waits on noone.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone posted a Highlight reel of Hilton Armstrong from YouTube yesterday. A). I hope someone shows it to Hilton during camp. B). I'd like to see a special situation line-up of McGee, Armstrong and Blatche (SF). There should be no reason why we couldn't pull down EVERY freakin' rebound with those three under the basket.

-over simplified, but true.

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | October 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Arenas previous approach to the game is way far from shampionship.His ego is dominating his game, he also had limitation on the defenssive side of the game.Now after the microfracture left knee surgey,i have no vision to say he can lead a team to shampionship.I can not denay his talent to score, I see him as a6th man for teams like, boston,LA,or Orlando.This season he will do it all at the expense of jhon all and the rest of the young players in the team, hopefully he will get a place soon.
I am not trying to be negative, it is a fact that we will learn soon.

Posted by: gtefferra | October 2, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"There should be no reason why we couldn't pull down EVERY freakin' rebound with those three under the basket.Posted by: WestCoastBullet"

LOL except for the other team, maybe.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"LOL except for the other team, maybe. "

And the fact that none of them are great rebounders. Other than that, though . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 2, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what angle the Delta Force guy gave.

Blatche has a disconnect.

How can bringing in Earl The Pearl and the Delta Force guy and things like that be good as he says, but in the next breath he says they really don't need it.

He underestimates or shall I say misunderstands that the comraderie he describes with his teammates is different from the insights from outside the Team.

I hope he realizea rather quickly that they need everything they can get and from as many sources/inputs as possible.

LarryInClintonMD.
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Larry,

I absolutely agree with you! AB needs to learn to maximize every opportunity to glean something especially when a legend is in your midst; or someone who has learned to perform under INTENSE pressure like a Delta Force member. It frustrates me to read such remarks; hopefully the others on the team understand the value of such opportunities.

~Humen8r

Posted by: humen8r | October 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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