WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In the recent release of the All-NBA first, second and third teams, there was one name missing: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.
Thusly, Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Damian Lillard were all deemed better point guards by the collection of NBA writers and broadcasters charged with selecting the league’s 15 best players.
Wall took notice, telling 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Monday he posted a list of the guys, who play his same position, onto his refrigerator for added motivation as he prepares for next season.
“John, the NBA All teams came out – first, second, third team – you were left off the third team; guys like me and Danny sit here and rant about how you were wronged. Do you care about that stuff at all? Is that something that motivates you going into next year, or is that not even a blip on your radar?” Paulsen asked.
“Oh, yea, you see all those things,” Wall answered. “I felt like I was an All-NBA type point guard this season, but I don’t talk bad about nobody, or look at them and be mad at those guys; I just put it on my refrigerator and use it as more motivation.”
“So you’ll put like the list of the third team up there? How does that work?” Paulsen followed up.
“No, I just look at everybody that was up there, every point guard, and in my situation, and I just look at it as motivation to try to be better and come back and have a better year than what they had,” Wall said.
Also noteworthy, Wall gave some possible insight into the direction the Wizards may be leaning, with respect to which players to re-sign.
The Wizards have a lot of players coming off the books this offseason: Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton, Garrett Temple.
“Well, I think we have a great starting five,” Wall hinted, possibly. “I think we have one of the best starting five in the league, and you gotta bring those two guys back, without a definite question. I would love playing with them again. That’s the main goal is to try and get ‘em back and keep our main core the same, but I mean, it’s a part of the business and you never know what happens.”