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Stan Van Gundy says John Wall not good enough for Wizards to build around


 Stan Van Gundy says John Wall not good enough for Wizards to build around
24 topic by T.O.N.Y. - 01-02-2013, 11:47 AM - Boxden > BX SportsCenter


The Wizards are unquestionably the worst team in the league this season. At a record of just 4-25, Washington has four fewer wins than the Bobcats team that just finished up an 18-game losing streak.

Things are not only dismal in Washington, but few see any sign that the franchise has even begun to put the pieces in place to begin the long climb to legitimacy.

Go ahead and count Stan Van Gundy among the non-believers.

Appearing on ESPN 980′s The Sports Reporters last week (via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post), Van Gundy was clear in his a$sessment — not only does he not see a fit with the current players on the Wizards roster, but he also doesn’t believe that John Wall, whom the team selected with the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is good enough to build around as a franchise player.

“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around. I don’t know WHO you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.”

“I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.”

Noe exactly what you want to hear if you’re a Wizards fan.

Wall has yet to play a game this season due to injury, so kicking a guy when he’s down doesn’t necessarily feel all that great here. But he didn’t show marked improvement a season ago, finishing with averages that were either right at or a hair below those of his rookie campaign in nearly every statistical category.

We don’t know if Wall will turn into that cornerstone player once he gets healthy, and it’ll take even longer to evaluate Jan Vesely and Bradley Beal, the team’s two lottery picks that followed. Time will tell, but the start to this season hasn’t been all that encouraging.

With that in mind, the fact that one of the more respected former coaches in the game isn’t a fan of the combination of young talent that’s been compiled so far shouldn’t be much of a surprise.


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 01-02-2013, 11:49 AMonline - #2
Blkboipurp 

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Wall stans lost
 01-02-2013, 11:50 AMaway - #3
TattooedMPsz 31 heat pts31

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kyrie>>>>wall
 01-02-2013, 11:52 AMaway - #4
Two02x3 

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He's telling the truth. Wall is extremely athletic but that's about it. How can you build around talent that hasn't really show you anything?
 01-02-2013, 11:56 AMaway - #5
Rico23 15 heat pts15

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 01-02-2013, 11:58 AMaway - #6
That Guy Fly 17 heat pts17

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What's with all these Stan quotes lately? Nothing he has said is news, we all knew this ####.
 01-02-2013, 12:00 PMaway - #7
T.O.N.Y. 2216 heat pts2216

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Wall is trash ni##a can't even shoot the rock
 01-02-2013, 12:01 PMaway - #8
ManWithoutFear! 2 heat pts

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Tell us something we didnt already know Stan
 01-02-2013, 12:01 PMonline - #9
wtr1906 30 heat pts30

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Its Stan Van Gundy though.......
 01-02-2013, 12:02 PMaway - #10
Ca$h Out 33 heat pts33

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Better trade for cousins to pair with em....

welp to bad he gonna be a celtic.

 01-02-2013, 12:04 PMonline - #11
Blkboipurp 

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Originally Posted by Phonk$
Better trade for cousins to pair with em....

welp to bad he gonna be a celtic.

2k doesn't count
 01-02-2013, 12:09 PMaway - #12
AnyGiven 39 heat pts39

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You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
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He may be right... Wall is real flashy and fast, but he can't really shoot. People keep taking shots at him, including Shaq (rookie challenge) and that's for a reason. He has an overly confident demeanor. People like humble guys (Curry, Kyrie, Chris Paul, D-Will, D-Rose, Parker etc...) unless your game consistently speaks for itself, and you're just a known #### (Kobe, Rondo, Garnett). Wall is far from all those guys, but you wouldn't think so by looking at him
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Originally Posted by TattooedMPsz
kyrie>>>>wall
lol obviously
 01-02-2013, 02:18 PMaway - #15
Dee Grande 868 heat pts868

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lebron should go to the nets and help him out
/2009
 01-02-2013, 02:25 PMaway - #16
X_WunderKind_X 848 heat pts848

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Wall cool to me but damn, Stan #### on that ni##a
 01-02-2013, 02:37 PMaway - #17
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Couldn't disagree more. #### Stan Van Gundy. Its not Wall, its the organization.

The kid, just like any other kid was drafted off of potential and he's still got that. Good size, great athletic ability, great speed, great handles. He has to work on his J and his decision making ability. His J will improve with practice and repetition. His decision making ability will improve with maturation. Wall would be light years ahead of where he is now if they had an old crafty vet that could teach him the nuances of the game but they don't have that. Not a lot of young PGs can walk into a situation and change it for the better with unproven coaches and talent around him. That's the organizations job. Wall is good enough. It's his support system that's weak.

And they actually pay Stan Van Gundy for his opinion?!? What a joke.
 01-02-2013, 02:44 PMaway - #18
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Originally Posted by hood135
Good size, great athletic ability, great speed, great handles
so he can run, jump & dribble you really showed stan
 01-02-2013, 02:51 PMonline - #19
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 01-02-2013, 03:02 PMonline - #20
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Originally Posted by Dee Grande
so he can run, jump & dribble you really showed stan
 
 


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