Wizards’ John Wall will involve ‘extra bodies’ in the dunk contest

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

John Wall talked with NBA TV Thursday afternoon about his pending debut in the league’s dunk contest. And while he refused to give much of anything away, he did say this:

“There will be extra bodies involved.”

Extra bodies!

Now, “extra bodies” makes it sound like Wall might be creating some sort of  human-limbed obstacle course he will jump through while greeting each of these bodies on the way and maybe dancing with them, but he actually picked up the phrase from host Matt Winer, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that. The important thing is that we now know for certain that Wall will have help on Saturday night.

If extra bodies means extra Web traffic, I vote for some combination of Kevin Durant, Gheorghe Muresan, Robert Griffin III, David Falk, Kirk Cousins, Jason Reid, Rex Grossman, Gilbert Arenas, Cousin Terio, Kevin Seraphin (riding a Segway), Ernie Grunfeld (riding a Segway), a hologram of Alex Ovechkin (riding a Segway), Jan Vesely, Oleksiy Pecherov, Vladimir Veremeenko, Tomas Satoransky, Peter John Ramos and Colin Cowherd. Mostly Cowherd.

More clues from Wall.

Winer: I ask this question every year and nobody ever tells me anything, but what do you have planned?

Wall: I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve, that’s all I can really tell you.

Winer: Here’s what I want to ask, are there props involved?

Wall: Might be, might be. You’ve got to be creative nowadays, you know what I mean? Basically everybody’s done every dunk you can do, so you’ve got to have some creativity to it, so that’s what I’m trying to add to my flavor.

Winer: Are there extra bodies involved?

Wall: Yeah, there will be extra bodies involved.

Winer: You like to go to the left hand when you dunk; will the left hand be involved?

Wall: Both hands will be involved in this dunk contest. I think you’re trying to get me to come out and talk about it.

Wall [asked something else about his left hand]: I don’t know man. I grew up and I tried to dunk with my right hand and it never went down. So I just started using my right leg and I was able to dunk with my left hand, so I think that surprises some people.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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