John Wall is certainly making the rounds this July, staying busy, bouncing coast-to-coast and playing basketball at every stop along the way. He scored 41 points in his Goodman League debut, dueled recent draft pick Isaiah Thomas in the Seattle Summer Pro Am, held a basketball camp in Philadelphia and made his way back home to play on Tuesday in the Greater North Carolina Pro Am in Durham.
Being back in the league that made him a bit of a legend after he dunked on Jerry Stackhouse while still in high school, Wall brought out the celebration he made after hitting the game-winning shot over Boston and proved with a windmill dunk that he still has some bounce — regardless of what he might say on Twitter (He recently joked with a follower, “I [don’t] got bounce no more.”)
And, Wall is hardly finished. He told reporters in Durham that he intends to go to Los Angeles and play in the Drew Summer League, where Nick Young and JaVale McGee have been playing with several other NBA players (and McGee continues to show his gravity-defying skills). He also told Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls that he plans on taking his talents inside the gates and would play at Barry Farm before the summer is over.
It’s hard to get overly excited over these streetball, defense-is-optional games, but Wall clearly loves to play. From the select highlights that I’ve seen, he also appears to be shooting his jumper with more confidence and getting to the basket with relative ease. As for the NBA lockout, Wall has given the same stock answer every time he’s been asked it: “I’m just preparing myself like the season is starting on regular time.”