During his first three games at the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, Wizards’ point guard John Wall has displayed his exceptional speed and athleticism. But he has also found himself getting knocked around, and some veteran players have noted that he still has to learn how to protect himself.
For example, Wall scooped up a loose ball at halfcourt on Tuesday and was ready to take off, but former Wizard Roger Mason Jr. decided to stop him the only way he could but holding Wall up with two hands.
Late in the game, Wall attempted to take a charge on Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels but got kicked in the manhood region. Wall collapsed to the ground, crawled around a bit, then hunched over near the bench until he gathered his wits. He quickly responded by taking the ballup the court and getting knocked down on a drive. After hitting the deck hard so many times throughout the game, New York Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups and former NBA player Damon Jones shouted from the bench as Wall went to the foul line.
“I said, ‘Man you got to start wearing pads or something man, man, like [Dwyane] Wade or something, man. You can’t be hitting the deck that much. You’re going to be in the training room, boy,” Billups said after the game.
Jones slapped parts of his body and shouted, “You need knee pads. Elbow pads.”