Tag:John Wall
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:18 pm

Grunfeld: Wall should've won Rookie of the Year

Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin was selected as the first unanimous Rookie of the Year since David Robinson in 1990. Griffin was spectacular not just in terms of highlight plays and dunks, but on the stat sheet too. There really was no question who the top rookie was this season.

But Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld thinks his man should've won the award. Grunfeld told the Washington Post that John Wall should've been awarded Rookie of the Year.

"He should’ve been rookie of the year, except for the rule of a second-year player being eligible ... “Last year, I think Blake did play in a couple of preseason games and he traveled with his team, so he got a feel first. But that’s the rule, and he was deserving, obviously. He had a tremendous year. I thought John had a terrific year, also.”

It was evidently pointed out to Grunfeld that both Larry Bird and David Robinson didn't play the first year they were drafted either and won Rookie of the Year. Grunfeld pointed out that Boston chose Bird without him declaring and that Robinson was serving in the Navy. So neither were actually with their respective teams.

Wall averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 assists in 69 games, was a near-unanimous choice for the all-rookie team and finished second to Los Angeles Clippers all-star forward Blake Griffin, the 2009 No. 1 pick, for rookie of the year.

Grunfeld's not the only person to take the stance that Griffin shouldn't have been eligible. A writer from the New York Post boycotted the voting because he felt that an ineligible player was on the ballot.

My take? All of that is pretty silly. Why should Griffin be eliminated from contention when an injury is what removed him? He didn't play a game so why wouldn't he be a rookie? Sure he got to travel and practice some, but was that really all that advantageous? Griffin was indeed part of a different draft class than Wall. I understand the argument. But in terms of definition, Griffin was a rookie player. This was his second season, but he was still a rookie.
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 3:46 pm

Griffin, Wall top NBA All-Rookie team

Blake Griffin and John Wall headline the 2010-2011 NBA All-Rookie team. Posted by Ben Golliver.


The NBA announced its 2010-2011 NBA All-Rookie teams on Wednesday with 2009 No. 1 pick Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and 2010 No. 1 pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards leading the way.
Griffin, who was selected first overall in the 2009 NBA Draft but missed the entire 2009-10 season due to injury (stress fracture, left knee), recorded a rookie-and team-leading 22.5 ppg (12th overall), 12.1 rpg (fourth overall) and 63 double-doubles (third overall). Griffin became the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand (20.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg) in 1999-2000. A six-time T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month selection, Griffin became the first rookie to appear in an NBA All-Star Game since Yao Ming in 2003. 

Wall, a four-time T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selection, ranked seventh overall in assists (8.3 apg) and steals (1.75 spg), and finished second among rookies in scoring (16.4 ppg).
The duo was joined on the first team by New York Knicks forward Landry Fields, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal. The second team included Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe, Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson and Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe.

Here's a look at both the first and second team rosters and how the voting broke down. 


Blake Griffin   L.A. Clippers   58        
John Wall       Washington    57
Landry Fields   New York       56
DeMarcus Cousins  Sacramento 54
Gary Neal       San Antonio  44      


Greg Monroe     Detroit  42
Wesley Johnson  Minnesota 26
Eric Bledsoe    L.A. Clippers  19
Derrick Favors  Utah  18
Paul George     Indiana 12

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Ed Davis, Toronto, 10 (1); Evan Turner, Philadelphia, 12; Jordan Crawford, Washington, 12; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 7; Omer Asik, Chicago, 6 (1); Patrick Patterson, Houston, 5; Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers, 3; Tiago Splitter, San Antonio, 3; Trevor Booker, Washington, 1; Christian Eyenga, Cleveland, 1; Ekpe Udoh, Golden State, 1.

A few notes:
  • Gary Neal was the only undrafted player to make either the first or second team.
  • Landry Fields was the only second round pick to make either the first or second team.
  • Evan Turner was the only top-5 pick not to make either the first or second team.
  • The highest ranked pick to not receive a single vote was Oklahoma City Thunder big man Cole Aldrich, who was taken No. 11 overall. 
  • Three other top 16 picks -- Xavier Hendry, Larry Sanders and Luke Babbitt, also did not receive a single vote.
  • Three members of the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats -- Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe -- found there way onto the first and second team.
  • The entire first team plus Monroe, Johnson, Bledsoe and Favors competed in the Rookie Challenge at 2011 All-Star Weekend.
  • Of the second team guys, Monroe has the best argument for inclusion on the first team. He started more than half of Detroit's games and was the lone bright spot on a pretty horrific season, posting averages of 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Still, Cousins posted bigger numbers -- 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds -- and has the name recognition thing going for him.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 3:28 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard says he plans to appeal his fine for a recent scrap with the Washington Wizards. Posted by Ben Golliver. juwan-howard

Back on Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall punched Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. While the blow barely faced Ilgauskas it did set off a chain reaction of pushing and shoving that would up seeing Wall, Ilgauskas and Heat forward Juwan Howard ejected from the game. On Thursday, the NBA suspended Wall for one game and fined both Ilgauskas and Howard.

On Friday, Howard told the Sun-Sentinel that he plans to appeal his $35,000 fine because he didn't think he should have been ejected in the first place and because he thought the amount of the fine was "very harsh."
"I wouldn't regret doing it if I had to do it again," said Howard, who said he merely was trying to protect a teammate. "Unfortunately, I just thought that the penalty was very harsh."
"I respect the fact that the NBA, of course, wants to take a stance as far as cleaning up the game," the veteran forward said, "but, unfortunately, a situation like that happened. Hopefully, we don't have to deal with it again.
Howard, who at 38 years old is one of the league's oldest players, has likely reached the point where this is all about principle. More power to him for standing up to the league office and exercising his right for a review. 

With that said, the judgment handed done seemed to be fairly consistent with other recent situations involving escalation. These situations do seem to be a point of emphasis for officials and the league, who are looking to crack down on the aftermath as much as they are the original hard fouls.

Or we could look at it this way: Howard is so old that he has a son in college. $35,000 is a year's tuition! Of course he's going to appeal.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 8:04 pm

John Wall suspended after altercation with Heat

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was suspended one game for an incident that occurred in a game on Wednesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.


On Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall threw a punch at Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, which set off an altercation that involved Wizards center JaVale McGee and Heat forward Juwan Howard

On Thursday, the NBA announced that Wall would be suspended over the incident. The league further ruled that Ilgauskas and Howard would be fined.
John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay, and Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat has been fined $35,000 for their roles in an incident during a game on Wednesday, March 30. Additionally, Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been fined $25,000. The penalties were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
Wall has been suspended for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, which included throwing a closed-fist and forearm into the midsection of Ilgauskas, and Howard has been fined for escalating the altercation. The incident occurred with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s 123-107 victory at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   

Ilgauskas, who received a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, for an elbow to the face of Wall, has been fined for making an obscene gesture following his ejection. 

Wall will serve his suspension on Friday, April 1 when the Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Wizards are way out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase so the suspension is meaningless from a basketball perspective. For Wall, this is simply a sign of youthful frustration. While his defenders will paint this as Wall's attempt to establish that he won't be punked by veterans, established stars in the NBA never, ever respond to something as common as a swinging elbow by throwing a close-fisted punch during the second quarter of an unimportant game in March. Wall's actions proved nothing except that he is easily rattled, and they left his team without its best player.

Wall, the 2010 No. 1 pick, is better than this mess. Hopefully, the time off will help him see that.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 7:31 pm

John Wall punches Zydrunas Ilgauskas video

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall throws a punch at Miami Heat big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Posted by Ben Golliver.

During the second quarter of a Wednesday night game between the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat in Washington, Wizards point guard John Wall threw a punch to the body of Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Wall was retaliating after Ilgauskas twice swung his elbow in Wall's direction at the top of the key. The exchange occurred with the Wizards leading 37-36 with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter.

In the aftermath of the exchange, Heat forward Juwan Howard came flying in and pushed Wizards center JaVale McGee as well.

Here's video of the sequence.

Following a lengthy video review, Wall and Ilgauskas were each assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected from the game. Howard and McGee were given a double technical and Howard was then ejected from the game as well for "escalation".
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:17 pm

Wizards F Trevor Booker (foot) out for season

Washington Wizards rookie forward Trevor Booker will "likely" miss the rest of the season with a cracked foot. Posted by Ben Golliver. trevor-booker

This time of year, teams like the Washington Wizards have nothing to play for except the future. Unfortunately, one somewhat promising member of that future is about to get shut down. 

The Washington Post reports that Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders said that rookie forward Trevor Booker "is likely done for the season after MRI revealed a crack below his right foot."
Saunders said Booker will seek another opinion on the foot that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss on Friday in Denver. An initial X-ray in Denver didn’t show any fractures, but Booker missed the past two games and complained of continued soreness in his foot. The Wizards (18-55) have nine games remaining.
“He might have a little crack on the bottom of his foot,” Saunders said. “He might have a CAT scan today, so we’ll know more probably tonight. But it looks like he might be done for the year.”
On a roster stocked with players that probably shouldn't be in the NBA -- Mustafa Shakur, Hamady Ndiaye, etc. -- Booker made a good name for himself this season. While Wizards fans continually called for the rookie out of Clemson to get more playing time, he finished the season averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounders in 16.4 minutes per game, shooting 54.9% from the field. BulletsForever.com points out that his advanced stats look even better.

As Washington's season got more hopeless and injuries stacked up, Booker moved into a starting role in March, posting a career-high 26 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on March 18. 

The Wizards are in search of building blocks to surround franchise point guard John Wall with. While the team's roster could continue to see a lot of roster shuffling this summer, Booker seems like a surefire keeper. 
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:17 am

Shootaround 3.21.11: Andrew Bynum apologizes

Andrew Bynum apologizes, DeMarcus Cousins contacted an official, Marcus Camby sprained an ankle, the Denver Nuggets are selling tickets and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • The New York Knicks, in desperate need of a big man, continue to be linked in rumors to big man Earl Barron, who may be released by the Milwaukee Bucks. The latest rumor comes from the New York Post.
  • Miami Heat president Pat Riley tells the Palm Beach Post that all the stories about his team have been written and that it's time to "forget about all the prognostication."
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:10 am
Edited on: March 14, 2011 8:30 am

Shootaround 3.14.11: Dwyane Wade wins in court

Dwyane Wade wins in court, David Lee holds Kevin Love in check, Tracy McGrady takes a swing at being a labor leader, Chauncey Billups preaches patience and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • The San Francisco Chronicle writes that Golden State Warriors forward David Lee was the key to ending Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love's consecutive double-double streak. "The player guarding Love tonight was not going to be involved in the game on offense," coach Keith Smart said. "He had one objective: That was to make sure Love didn't get the glass. David Lee did a great job of sacrificing. ... "I call David Lee a good basketball player. He was locked in to do a job that was necessary."
  • In case you missed it over the weekend, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger investigates how the NFL Players Union's decision to decertify might influence the negotiations going on between the NBPA and NBA owners.
  • New York Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups says the new-look Knicks are still feeling each other out after the blockbuster trade that brought Billups and Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, writes the New York Daily News. "I don't know at what point it becomes a problem," Chauncey Billups said. "We had one real practice yesterday. The trade was weeks ago. We have five new players on the team. It's not that easy. We end up practicing in the games."
  • On Sunday night, we took a look at Boston's historic defeat of the Milwaukee Bucks, in which they allowed just 56 points. The Journal Sentinel quotes Bucks coach Scott Skiles calling the loss "about as humiliating a defeat as you'll ever see."
  • It's come to the point where writers are asking the Utah Jazz whether they've quit on the season. The Deseret News quotes Al Jefferson who says things are still all good. "No. Heck no," Jefferson said. "I hope no one in here have quit, because there's a lot of games to be played and we have a job to do. I can speak for myself and I can speak for a lot guys in there (the locker room), and I know they haven't quit."
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