Wizards points guards have a long, proud tradition of hoarding lists of other NBA players to be used as motivation.
Well, at least one Wizards point guard does, anyhow. Remember this nugget about Gilbert Arenas, from Esquire:
[Arenas] steps out of his dressing closet holding a list he keeps there of every player in the 2001 NBA draft who was selected ahead of him. All thirty. He runs his fingers down the page. He has scratched out each player who is no longer in the league. “Hmpff,” he says, pausing on a name. “I got to get the pencil out. Utah. Raul Lopez? Ain’t seen him much lately.”
John Wall might not be as vindictive, but he has a list, too. The guard was on 106.7 The Fan on Monday, and Grant Paulsen asked if he cared about not making any of the all-NBA teams.
“Yeah, you see all those things,” Wall said. “I feel like I was an all-NBA-type point this season. But I don’t talk bad about nobody or look at them and be mad at those guys. I just put it on my refrigerator and use it as more motivation.”
On his refrigerator?
“I just look at everybody that was up there, every point guard in my situation,” Wall went on. “And just look at it as motivation to try to be better and come back and have a better year than what they had.”
Wall said he is working on “jump shots, floater, post-up game, just everything” over the offseason.
Fifteen players make the all-NBA teams; Wall finished 17th in the voting, one spot ahead of Tim Duncan and five spots ahead of Russell Westbrook. The guards who finished ahead of him included Chris Paul, James Harden, Steph Curry, Tony Parker, Goran Dragic and Damian Lillard.
(Via 106.7 The Fan)