NEW ORLEANS – John Wall’s first all-star weekend as a Sunday night participant was equally memorable, stressful and successful. But while he became the Wizards‘ first slam dunk champion, got the encouraging news of his mother’s release from the hospital and helped the Eastern Conference win the highest-scoring all-star game in NBA history, not everything worked out well for Wall in New Orleans.
Wall decided to make an unnecessary wager in support of his beloved Kentucky Wildcats. Now, he’ll have to pay in embarrassing fashion — with an emphasis on (questionable) fashion.
A few hows before he hurdled G-Man for his unforgettable reverse dunk to claim the dunk contest, Wall made a peculiar bet with Bradley Beal about last Saturday’s college basketball game between his 18th-ranked Wildcats and Beal’s second-ranked Florida Gators. Wall declared that the loser would have to wear a footed pajama onesie of the opposing school to practice.
“He know what’s up with me. He might not want to want to see me,” Wall said on Saturday morning. “You know how that is, you’ve got a big rivalry going on. He got to wear that Kentucky onesie if we win. I have to wear that Florida onesie if they win. He don’t know that yet. That’s what I made. I’m the big brother so I make the rules.”
Wall never shared those stakes with Beal, whose Gators defeated the Wildcats, 69-59, around the time that Beal was finishing second in the three-point shootout and Wall was preparing to lead the Eastern Conference to a dunk contest win.
After scoring 12 points in his all-star debut for the victorious East, Wall said he still planned to make good on his essentially self-made bet.
“I got to go buy me a onesie…and I will wear it to practice and I will wear it all day long,” Wall said. “I got to go find one. When I find one, I’ll let you know, before I walk in there. The day I get there, I won’t wear it, I’ll tell you and then I’ll wear it the next day.”
When told that he probably didn’t have to go through with it since he never told Beal about the deal or the stakes, Wall shook his head and said, “I’m the older brother, so it’s whatever I say goes. I’m a man of my word and it’s all in the newspaper now.”
Wall then chuckled to himself. But since he was in New Orleans all weekend, Wall did manage to come out on top against at least one gator – the alligator he ate for dinner.
Ever since he had some of that bayou cuisine during the NCAA regional tournament in 2010 with Kentucky – on a dare, no less – Wall has been a fan. And that’s saying something for a Wall, who is known to be a finicky eater.
“I like New Orleans. That’s one of my favorite foods down here,” Wall said. “Tastes like chicken.”