Over the summer, John Wall did an interview with SI’s Chris Mannix, which led to this exchange.
“All right, John, where do you rank among NBA point guards?” Mannix asked him.
“Me?” Wall replied, stalling for time.
“Where do you rank, yeah?” Mannix repeated.
“I’d rank myself the best,” Wall said. “Yeah, I’d rank myself the best.”
It made for great blog copy, although it was obviously a loaded question. If he says he’s the best, people say he’s insane. If he says “I rank 17th,” people say he lacks greatness. Ask me where I’d rank myself among sports transcribers, and I’d ask if you want a burrito.
Anyhow, this became a thing again on Tuesday night, when Wall was yet again brilliant in a home win over the Lakers, and then chatted with Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller.
“An unguardable point guard you’ve become,”
Yoda Miller noted.
“Aw man, just hard work and dedication,” Wall said. “I love my teammates, I love the city of D.C. and I love my coaching staff and organization. They see me come in here, putting in work late at night and early in the morning and staying after pratcice. And that’s something I’ve got to do if I want to be a franchise guy and lead this team back to the promised land.”
“What statement are you trying to make to the league right now?” Miller asked.
“[Mumble mumble] the best point guard in the league, that’s my statement,” Wall said.
The video is below, and good luck figuring out what the mumble mumble was. Possibly “To be the best point guard in the league, that’s my statement.” Possibly the beginning sounds were not actual words. Someone else heard it as “I’m the best point guard in the league,” which I’m definitely not hearing.
Whatever the statement is, though, it’s been good. Via Michael Lee:
Wall has had three straight games with at least 30 points, following up the second Eastern Conference player of the week award of his career with another much-needed gem with Bradley Beal sidelined. In addition to scoring, Wall also was a good facilitator as he handed out a game-high nine assists. Wall is now averaging career highs of 19.6 points, 8.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds.