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Despite what you’ve heard, John Wall’s pretty good

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That radio guy for ESPN? What’s his name? The one on in the morning who is about to pull a hammy the way he goes out of his way to goad Kentucky fans? You know, the one who said that John Wall will never amount to anything in the NBA?

The one the cute and fun Michelle Beadle has to put up with on TV? (As Letterman told Beadle on a recent Late Show appearance: That guy with you, what’s his deal?)

I can’t seem to think of that radio guy’s name.

Anyway, wonder if ol-what’s-his-name was watching John Wall last night.

The ex-UK point guard put up a triple-double in Washington’s win over the Houston Rockets.

From Scott Gleeson of USA Today:

With Magic Johnson in attendance Wednesday, No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards became the second rookie to post a triple double with at least six steals within his first six games – joining the Los Angeles Lakers great.

Wall’s 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, six steals, one blocked shot and one turnover came in 42 minutes of the 98-91 home victory vs. the Houston Rockets.

“I wasn’t forcing it too much, just finding my teammates and making the right read,” Wall said. “Sometimes I get too excited and try to make a spectacular play instead of a simple play.”

From Gene Wang of the Washington Post:

Not that Wizards brass necessarily was demanding more evidence it made the correct decision, but on night’s such as this, it’s clear why optimism reigns despite the team’s early travails.

“It’s fun to watch,” Coach Flip Saunders said of his star pupil. “The thing tonight he did is that he did it very much under control. One turnover is impressive, to have as many assists as he had to just one turnover, so it does show you one, his intelligence and how coachable he is.”

What was that? Did Saunders say coachable?


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