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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Wizards’ John Wall on being silly and serious

John Wall wearing gigantic lime-green glasses as he watched Kentucky defeat North Carolina was probably one of the more surprising or odd images of the weekend.


Just be serious on this court, Nick. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
CBS repeatedly captured Wall in the stands at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., sporting the ridiculous look as he chatted with his good friend and former teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

Wall explained on Monday that he saw the glasses laying around, punched out the lenses and put them on for fun. He kept them on for superstitious reasons, because they appeared to be working, with the No. 1-ranked Wildcats staging an exciting comeback win over the Tar Heels.

“We got the win, by the way. I think they came out and played,” Wall said with a laugh.

Wall has been known to do the Dougie but he has rarely revealed his goofy side in public appearances.

The silly look came a day after Coach Flip Saunders requested more maturity from Nick Young and JaVale McGee and said their attempt to eat spoonfuls of cinnamon on You Tube “doesn’t cut it.” When asked about his playful teammates, Wall cracked a smile and shook his head.

“I don’t know what they got going on. They got their own little stories, and their own little movies and they rap sometimes during the season. They got songs; they just don’t let y’all know about it,” Wall said. “Basically, as long as they being serious and doing the right things and not playing around when it’s game time or when we’re having a meeting or on the road, anything like that, that’s all I can really focus on.

“You’re your own man, your life is your own life,” Wall said. “I can try and do as much as possible to keep them out of trouble, but when it’s throughout the season or anything like that, my job is to be a leader on and off the court.”

Young is a restricted free agent and Wall would like to have him back. “I think it’s important,” he said. “He’s somebody that can score the ball. It’s tough to see. Him and Jordan [Crawford] can do both the same things scoring, but whoever is coming off the bench or whoever is starting, you still need firepower off the bench that can be a big time scorer for you, and that’s something that Nick brings.”

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