John Wall back to work after brief visit at Kentucky
John Wall was at shoot-around on Wednesday after returning to Rupp Arena the night before for Kentucky's win over rival Tennessee. Wall flew to Lexington after practice on Tuesday, sat courtside at the game, and formed the honorary "Y" in Kentucky's cheer. He offered words of encouragement and hung out with the Wildcats in the locker room after the game.
"It was a great feeling, felt like home," Wall told reporters after the game. "It's tough watching. I wish I was out there, but I reached my dream and I'm happy for these young guys to seem to do good."
He then hopped on a private jet and made it back home late Tuesday night.
Kentucky Coach John Calipari said that Wall still follows Kentucky games and offers tips to the players. "I talk to them as mostly throughout the season, as much as possible," Wall told reporters. "I know they are busy and I have a busy schedule. Whenever they need advice or need me to tell them something, I'll tell them about it. If I can't watch it, I record it. I watch DVR a lot."
Wall also talked about his rookie season with the Wizards. "It's alright," he said. "I've had a couple of injuries in the beginning. I'm really getting use to just trying to win, you know, understand how to become a better leader and win close games. It's tough, but it'll get better. It's a learning experience."
Coach Flip Saunders didn't have a problem with Wall's short getaway to his school. "He's got his people or whatever," Saunders said. "Big game, as long as he's here, it's the main thing."
When asked how he was able to attend a Kentucky game and show up on time for practice the next morning, Wall said, "I'm smooth."
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