“That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” he said at the time. “I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around.”
Ben Standig of Comcast SportNet caught up with Van Gundy last week and asked him to clarify his feelings about Wall. Perhaps a few wins have changed his mind?
“I said this: John Wall is a talented guy, a very good player. I don’t think he’s good enough that you can build a franchise around him,” Van Gundy said after serving as television analyst for George Mason’s home game against Drexel last Thursday night. “I don’t think he can be your best player, certainly not clearly your best player. You need one guy better than him or a couple of guys at his talent level for them to win.
“To me that’s not a negative. I didn’t say it as a negative. I think some people took it that way. I just don’t see John Wall as a franchise player because – a lot like Rajon Rondo; I don’t see him as a franchise player even though he’s an All-Star – he’s not a good enough shooter yet and he’s not a reliable go-to scorer.
“In the NBA, your franchise guy has got to be a guy you can put the ball in his hands late in the game and he can get you a basket. I don’t see that from John Wall at this point in his career. Maybe it will develop, but I don’t see it.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* National Signing Day was a dream come true for one Maryland recruit.
* 14 of Maryland’s 22 recruits are local talents.
* U.S. Men’s team lost late to Honduras during a World Cup qualifying match.
* The Wizards beat another top-tier team, besting the Knicks, 106-96.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Really bad, I guess?
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) February 7, 2013
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Troy Brouwer, trying out some new facial hair.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Caps at Penguins, 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.
GANGNAM BABY OF THE DAY
This has been everywhere, but it makes me giggle so it’s going here too.