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More of the same from Wall?

By Alexa Steele
Morning brew

In today's newspaper, Gene Wang explains the challenge of John Wall topping Wednesday's dazzling performance. On the blog, Wang describes two sides of Wall.

The Wizards face the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at Verizon Center.

On the absurd side, Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog chronicles another anti-Wall rant from Colin Cowherd.

In non-Wizards news, columnist Michael Wilbon says playing in Turkey could be a golden opportunity for Allen Iverson.

AROUND THE WEB
There were plenty of kudos for Wall on the interwebs after his first career triple-double, including from CBSSports,com's NBA Facts & Rumors and Bullets Forever's Mike Prada.

Truth About It sings the praises of "Cowboy Al, The Unsung Hero."

At Press Coverage, Dan Levy unloads on Cowherd.

Off-topic but interesting: True Hoops' Henry Abbott finds inspiration in the Utah Jazz, Maurice Lucas ... and rocks.

Also off-topic, but topical: After last night's loss to the Celtics, CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel says the Heat are not worthy of our hate. And Paul Pierce mocked LeBron James via Twitter after the game.

By Alexa Steele  | November 12, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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Some unrelated bits on the Bobcats:

They're 2-6, with both wins coming on the road, including the last game (Toronto). The Cats have won 8 of their last 9 against Washington, not that this means much. They're last in the NBA in scoring at 91+ (the Wiz are at 97), but 8th in scoring defense -- Washington is 24th. Gerald Wallace and Steven Jackson lead them in scoring at around 17 per game. They're still looking for their point guard.

For Shaun Livingston fans (you know who you are), he's coming off the bench for 15 minutes per and averaging 3 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 TOs.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 12, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse


For Shaun Livingston fans (you know who you are), he's coming off the bench for 15 minutes per and averaging 3 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 TOs.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 12, 2010 8:56 AM

Please don't get Larry started. I'm sure he'll tell you that Livingston is struggling in Charlotte because Flip didn't teach him enough to be able to play for Larry Brown.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 12, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

It would sure seem like the Bobcats are going no where sloowww...
Jordan the owner really should fire his
GM...
Signing Livingston isn't going to win any GM of the year awards...
The TV show Mike & Molley did a great routine on MJ the pickup artist. "Damn that Micheal Jordan!" But Molley's sister came home with an autographed MJ Basketball...

Hey MJ, you're even being lampooned in Chicago...

The way Cowherd has picked out Wall to be his whipping boy, it's almost like he must have had a big bet on Kentucky last spring in the NCAA's...

Next, he'll be checking out Wall's house to see if he has a pool out back. He could probably hire somebody local with experience to stalk the kid...

If the Wiz could just teach that John Wall to walk the ball up the court to limit possessions, I bet they'd could jump right up there to the top 15 in defense. They'd drop to last, or next to last in scoring. But defense wins titles...

According to some, the sooner we get in 1/2 court sets, the faster we'd be on the right track.
Yeah right.
To being the Bobcats of the Mid Atlantic Region...
Run Baby, Run...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | November 12, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse


The way Cowherd has picked out Wall to be his whipping boy, it's almost like he must have had a big bet on Kentucky last spring in the NCAA's...

Posted by: flohrtv | November 12, 2010 9:41 AM

Colin Cowherd knows that Wall is the next big thing so he has carefully staked out territory on the other side in order to be polarizing and get publicity for himself and his show. That simple.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 12, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

shaun livingston as a third PG off the bench behind wall & hinrich isn't even worth talking about. Although that was insane how he got 64% FG last year under flip's two guard system.

Posted by: jefferu | November 12, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

If the Wiz could just teach that John Wall to walk the ball up the court to limit possessions, I bet they'd could jump right up there to the top 15 in defense. They'd drop to last, or next to last in scoring. But defense wins titles...

According to some, the sooner we get in 1/2 court sets, the faster we'd be on the right track.
Yeah right.
To being the Bobcats of the Mid Atlantic Region...
Run Baby, Run...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv

Nah, I think we should really just avoid teaching Wall anything about executing in the half-court, just run a lot, and make sure we get all of our shots up --good or bad -- within the first half of the shot-clock. Because even though teams have been trying to run and play uptempo for at least 40 years, yet none of those teams have been able to win a title, J-Wall and the Wizards are somehow going to be different.

Posted by: ts35 | November 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The Bobcats lost close games to Boston and Orlando, they are better than their record.

....and running is our only chance to win games this year.

Posted by: closg | November 12, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

It's Wall's first year in the league, let him run as much as he wants. He's got to feel out the limits of his athleticism on this level, push the extent of what his insane quicks can do, see how much he can take over games through scoring, penetration, ballhawking, etc. Dont reign him in until he knows just what he is when let loose.

Not saying there is no place for halfcourt sets, not saying that at all. But the kid has got to know where he stands in the L first and foremost.

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Will be interesting see how much burn Yi gets tonight. Does Flip hook the guy up for taking 20ft Js all night from the C position? Or will Javale get more PT now that millions Chinese folks are watching something else?

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The Nets and the Springfield (Mass.) Armor of the NBA D-League have entered into a single affiliation partnership -- a "hybrid affiliation." Under the arrangement, which will start with the 2011-12 season, the Nets will run all aspects of the Armor's basketball operations and Springfield's local ownership will continue to maintain the off-court operations. "The one thing we're very excited about [is] it allows us to develop players, coaches, trainers," Nets general manager Billy King said. "If we want to send players down, it will allow us also to be running Avery's [coach Johnson] system. So when guys come back up, they'll know exactly what we're doing." NY Post via HoopsHype

Posted by: djnnnou | November 12, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

In a perfect world, after Magic spoke to the Wiz he handed McGee Jabbar's celly and told JaVale about the wonders of the Sky Hook.

Posted by: bozomoeman | November 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers never were worth a lick. If my abacass is still working properly Magic came in the league in 1979. Darned even on my fingers that doesn't add up to 40...

You run when you have the talent to run. Jason Kidd was the next major talent at point and he was never a very good team player. Not a guy that anyone has ever been able to build a winner around. And even he got close.

The Kings and the Suns are two more teams that got a hair breath away, but team's with better bigs kept them away from the title. That and some bum luck or bum calls. And neither had a supremely talented point guard. Nash is a great point guard, but he's no where near Wall in physical ability.

Again we can go over and over teams that have played "crawl ball" and came up short.

Never said a word about not teaching Wall to play within a half court offensive, but if you have a guy that excells in the open court, you get him there...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | November 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Never said a word about not teaching Wall to play within a half court offensive, but if you have a guy that excells in the open court, you get him there...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv

Strangely, I never said a word about playing "crawl ball" but that didn't stop you either. Half-court does not equal crawl ball.

(Posted all of this a couple of Insiders back)
Magic and the Lakers ran, but they also excelled in the half-court. Unless you somehow think Kareem's sky-hook was the best 'fast-break' weapon ever. In the playoffs, the pace slows, because the teams are better, and the defense is more disciplined, meaning they actually get back on D to slow the fast break. In order to win, you have to be able to execute in the half-court.

The biggest fault in your logic is that because Wall excels in the open court, he can't also be just as devastating in the half-court. In case you haven't noticed he kind of has been. Magic may be the best fast-break passer ever. He also may be the best half-court passer ever. Why are we trying to pigeon-hole and limit what the kid can do?

Never said they shouldn't run when they get the chance. That's different than being a running, uptempo team.

Btw, the Kings excelled in the half-court as well, mainly because they featured some of the best passing big men of their generation.

Posted by: ts35 | November 12, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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