While the NBA lockout has forced many of the league’s top players – and even one of his teammates, Trevor Booker – to look abroad for employment this fall, Wizards point guard John Wall said on Tuesday that he has not given serious consideration to playing overseas should the labor dispute extend well into the regular season.
“I don’t know. I ain’t thinking about it right now,” Wall told reporters in Louisville, Ky., after scoring 26 points in a second exhibition game between former Kentucky stars in the NBA and the Dominican Republic. “I just want to play basketball. You see me in all the summer leagues. I just want to play basketball. That’s all that matters to me right now.”
Wall has been making the rounds this summer, playing basketball in all-star games and recreational leagues across the country, and he is expected to play two more times this week. The Goodman League announced that Wall would make his debut on Thursday at Barry Farm, where he is expected to go head-to-head against Clinton native and Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (who signed to play with Lithuanian power Zalgiris Kaunas). Wall will also represent the Goodman League on Saturday in an exhibition against the Los Angeles-based Drew League at Trinity University.
Wall’s Kentucky Pros team got swept in a two-game series against the Dominican Republic, losing the second game, 91-86, at KFC Yum! Center. After the game, Wall joined his former college teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe for a rather playful post-game interview session with reporters. The three players cracked jokes and giggled but Wall got serious when asked about the lockout.
“It’s kind fun and boring at the same time,” Wall said. “We’re just trying to prepare ourselves like the season is going to start on regular time. Just working out and having fun. Glad to be back here. We’re just getting ready for the season to start, but it’s kind of tough not knowing when it’s going to start. I know it’s even tougher for the new guys that just got drafted. They don’t know when they are going to be with their team and go to the facility to work out. So it’s kind of tough.”
When asked what he has focused on this offseason, Wall replied, “You know me – shooting. That’s real talk.”