Washington Wizards point guard John Wall thought he’d have a very good chance at making the Team USA basketball roster this summer so he was a bit shocked to hear that he was cut from the team last week.
Some have speculated that Wall was axed from the squad due to a problematic left knee, though the former Kentucky Wildcat says he’s healthy and ready to go. Regardless, he won’t be playing for Team USA this year though that doesn’t mean he won’t have some extra motivation in the tank.
Speaking to CSN Washington, John Wall hinted at his disappointment regarding being left off the Team USA roster though stated it will only help his season with the Washington Wizards.
“Yeah, definitely, always. You want to make every team you try out for. When you don’t, it’s more motivation for me.
“Not even (against) just those (Team USA point guards), but the NBA, period. I guess I’m overlooked again. I guess have to prove myself one more time.”
I’m not sure John Wall needed any extra motivation but it seems like he has it.
Still, there’s never been a question about John Wall’s desire or heart but rather his skills (or lack of). One of the quickest players in the league, Wall has previously struggled with his jumper allowing defenses to lay off. Assuming he can improve his shooting, there’s no reason to think Wall can’t be among the elite guards in the NBA this season. For now though, his flaws seem to be holding him back from mega-stardom.