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John Wall: "I wanted to be out there with them"

By Michael Lee

By Michael Lee  | November 14, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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If we are going to analyze Javale then at least do it fairly. We are no better with Armstong or Yi at defending the rim.

I'm guessing part of the coaching microscope on Mcgee is that the organization has much higher hopes for him than Armstrong or Yi. Both those guys would have to be re-signed if they play well, and neither is the 'natural' Javale is anyway...and Mcgee is already under contract. So it's more important to try and mold Mcgee than it is the others.

The fact a significant part of our defensive problems are due to the unacceptable perimeter defense displayed by Wall and Hinrich is not lost on Flip- he's just never going to mention it publicly. But he knows, and you have to assume he's been very upfront with Wall/KH about the need to stay in front of opposing guards better than they have to this point. I wouldnt worry too much about what Flip says to reporters, that's all coachspeak that sounds more and more canned as the games wear on. He'd set his face on fire before giving an honest critique of KH, or stating Wall is often lost defensively- but he's been far too successful to not fully realize the team's defensive woes are just that, a team defensive problem.

Posted by: divi3 | November 14, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, I can't believe somebody is criticizing Kirk Hinrich's perimeter defense. As Pat Riley once said, "I think he's one of the top defenders in the game, in the league. He reminds me of Jerry Sloan, he reminds me of Michael Cooper." If everybody on the team defended like him, the Wiz would be better than Orlando on D.

As for Wall's defense, he's got the physical tools, the intelligence and the desire, but remember, he's only played 7 games in the NBA. He's inevitably going to make mistakes in defensive rotation, and he's going to get schooled on his first go-round by a lot of veteran PGs. By midseason, he'll be
on to those guys' tricks.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"And, in the process of sitting JaVale McGee during a critical stretch in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row. "Our guys off the bench played off the stretch and you need those guys to help you. They deserved to play, the way they played," he said. "There's going to be competition for playing time. Our guys have to understand that there is not entitlement. You have to produce".
- Flip Saunders

Really...???? Does that apply to Kirk Hinrich also...???? Now maybe I was watching a different game, but where in the game did McGee play that bad where he had to sit again in crunch time....??

The dude was very active, when in the game mind you, and he was hitting the boards hard. What more does the young fella have to do to stay on the court.

Again, saw this movie before with Eddie Jordan and Brendon Haywood. Same plot but this time different actors.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Next year's draft is week, very week. Just our luck!!! Oh well...

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-afterthebuzzer111210

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant "weak" both times... hahaha

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

homonyms... gotta love 'em...

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Next year's draft is week, very week. Just our luck!!! Oh well...
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-afterthebuzzer111210
Posted by: MeviousMan

That was the general consensus regarding the 2009 draft and that ended-up being one of the deepest in recent memory. Where we will be picking next draft (Top-5, we will have good choices. Problem is that Ernie Grunfeld will be making the picks.

Posted by: closg | November 14, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"The fact a significant part of our defensive problems are due to the unacceptable perimeter defense displayed by Wall and Hinrich is not lost on Flip- he's just never going to mention it publicly. But he knows, and you have to assume he's been very upfront with Wall/KH about the need to stay in front of opposing guards better than they have to this point. I wouldnt worry too much about what Flip says to reporters, that's all coachspeak that sounds more and more canned as the games wear on. He'd set his face on fire before giving an honest critique of KH, or stating Wall is often lost defensively- but he's been far too successful to not fully realize the team's defensive woes are just that, a team defensive problem.Posted by: divi3"

This is a new approach -- the backhanded compliment. Have any actual inside knowledge, or is this all projection?

Posted by: Samson151 | November 14, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Notice how divi's critiques always end at the same place? -- KH is a terrible player. Maybe he could just come out and post that -- "KH is a terrible player" --- every hour on the hour. More honest.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 14, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Samson151,

I see KH playing aggressive-D, playing with hustle, hitting 3's, getting some assists. Sure he's not worth 9 million, but give the guy his due is what I say.

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

closg,

I hope you are right about this draft not being so awful.

We need a few years of quality picks to follow the OKC plan.

Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"That was the general consensus regarding the 2009 draft and that ended-up being one of the deepest in recent memory."Posted by: closg

It was certainly better than the pundits expected. Everybody thought Blake Griffin would be a player, and most observers thought Thabeet would be better than he turned out, but Evans, Jennings, and even Curry were something of a surprise. The rest to this point look like complementary players rather than stars, although someone like Ty Lawson or Rod Beaubois could emerge.

The '08 crop IMO was better. Rose, Westbrook,and Eric Gordon were key parts of the US team, Brook Lopez would have been if he hadn't scratched, and Beasley and Love seem to have hit their stride in Minnesota. Down the list are Hibbert and Hickson and fan favorite Javale McGee.

The next class could be stronger than scouts think, too, but Harrison Barnes is more of a competent, dependable player than a prospective superstar. No Rose, no Griffin, no Wall in this group, at least that we can see.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 14, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"Again, saw this movie before with Eddie Jordan and Brendon Haywood. Same plot but this time different actors....."

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 14, 2010 7:44 PM

Would that be the same Brendan Haywood who, after being traded to Dallas to be their presumptive starter was quickly relegated to the bench in favor of 103-year-old Erick Dampier? The same Brendan Haywood who, less than a week after signing a fat new contract with the Mavericks, saw the Mavs trade Dampier for yet another starting C, who, like Dampier, has taken over the job that was supposed to be Haywood's, relegating him to the bench?

Or are you talking about a different Brendan Haywood?

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 14, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"Notice how divi's critiques always end at the same place? -- KH is a terrible player. Maybe he could just come out and post that -- "KH is a terrible player" --- every hour on the hour. More honest."

Posted by: Samson151 | November 14, 2010 8:54 PM

Except for those times when he wants to take a shot at Flip Saunders. Then he can tell us how Hinrich is such a cagey vet who's often more beneficial to the team than Wall and how Flip's refusal to bench Wall immediately in favor of Hinrich whenever Wall makes a mistake is incontrovertible evidence of bias.

(Then, after a couple of days, he can go back to telling us how badly Hinrich sucks and pretend like he never said any of that other stuff.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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