Wall has developed into one of the best point guards in the NBA, lightning fast with the ball and a quality defender. Wall probably think that sells him short, just like when he finally made the All-NBA team last season and thought being on the third team was him being disrespected. So it should be no shock that when asked during his workout with LeBron James this summer Wall said he was the best two-way point guard in the NBA.
Did anyone expect Wall to say anything less?
As I’ve written before, I’m not a fan of the term “two-way player” because of what it implies. Most of the time “two-way” is used to knock down more offensive-focused players. To me, you’re either a valuable player or you’re not — James Harden is a valuable player, Russell Westbrook is a valuable player, irrespective of their level of defense.
If you want to have this debate, I think Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul are more valuable and better point guards than Wall (and all three were in front of him on my All-NBA ballot last season, I had Isaiah Thomas and Wall on the third team). And that’s not an insult to Wall, we are talking about the very elite of the game, and all three of those other guys look headed to the Hall of Fame. Wall has risen to be elite in a golden era of NBA point guards, although his defense took a slight step back as he took on more offensive load last season (which is normal). Also, his three-point shooting, while improved, holds him back a little and he still takes to too many long twos (23.8 percent of his shot attempts last season were from 16 feet to the arc, and he shot 38.9 percent on those, opposing teams will take that compared to how dangerous he is when he drives).
If Wall wants to use all this for fuel, go for it. He’s a great player, and many of the great players use perceived insults and straw men as motivation. With the Wizards needing internal improvement on their roster to take a step forward this season, even more will be asked of Wall.
DMV in Cleveland tapes a photo of LeBron to their camera to stop people smiling
A trip to the DMV is never at the top of anyone’s list of ways to spend an afternoon. Still, it’s a necessary evil of adult life.
The DMV is a place for rules, one of the most common ones is that you are not allowed to smile in your picture for your driver’s license. In Cleveland, the DMV there has decided to make a small alteration to their camera setup to ensure that citizens follow this rule.
Specifically, they taped a photo of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey to the camera that takes the driver’s license photos.
You're not supposed to smile in your driver's license photo … so one Cleveland DMV attached this to the camera. pic.twitter.com/lHdMNgZqrC
At least for this year, putting a photo of LeBron on a camera at the DMV in the Cleveland should keep straight faces on people getting their photo taken. However, seeing as the Cavaliers probably won’t be very good moving forward, it might be just as easy to tape a photo of the team logo up there.
It appears that everyone is upset about Lebron leaving for the LA.
He will eventually warm to San Antonio and the Spurs, but for a franchise that has seen star after star push their way out of town — Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Damon Stoudamire, and on down the list — DeRozan was the one guy who embraced the city, repped it, and not only said he wanted to stay but did just that. DeRozan was all in on Toronto and loyal, and they shipped him out anyway. It may well have been the right basketball move, but it was cold. And a lot of Raptors fans were not happy about how it went down.
DeRozan, classy as always, thanked the Raptors fans in a heartfelt Instagram post.
LeBron James has been up front about this before: He wants to play with his son LeBron Jr. for a couple of years in the NBA before retiring. That son, about to enter ninth grade, would graduate in 2022 — the year the NBA is expected to go back to allowing teams to draft players out of high school, and the year LeBron’s Laker contract ends.
(Does LeBron Jr. want this? Of course he’ll say publicly he does, but would you want your dad with you in the locker room and on the road with you when you’re an NBA rookie finally out of the house and able to explore life a little?)
Taking that to the next step, Twitter user @Shady00018 pieced together an NBA 2K mixtape of LeBron playing with his son. LeBron saw it and LOVED it.
Kawhi Leonard is a member of the Toronto Raptors now. There’s no way of getting around it. Even with rumors swirling about whether or not he will be happy in Canada, the truth is that we have already seen some embrace of Leonard in the six.
Likewise, DeMar DeRozan is a member of the San Antonio Spurs whether he likes it or not. Now, each have been seen for the first time in their new jerseys.
The only catch? It’s via a video game.
2K Games decided to tweet out new rendered images of both players in their respective jerseys. To be honest, I don’t think they look all that bad.
It’s going to feel a bit like a real life franchise mode of NBA 2K19 when we see these guys on the court in their new kits next season. But eventually we will get used to it, much in the way we will no doubt get used to LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey or Tony Parker in a Charlotte Hornets jersey.
We’re going to have the matchup between the Raptors and the Spurs circled on our calendar next year. That is, if Leonard ends up playing in it. There still might be some doubts in that department.