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Purple&Gold24
03-30-2011, 10:47 PM
It happened with the guy who leads President Obama’s favorite team. Perhaps it will occur with the one who directs his neighborhood team.

Derrick Rose entered the NBA as the 2008 No. 1 pick but with an erratic jumper after playing just one year of college ball for John Calipari at Memphis. Since then, the Chicago point guard has improved his shot dramatically, becoming an All-Star last season and currently the leading candidate for MVP.

Now, John Wall, who plays down the street in Washington from the White House, would love to have a similar story to the one Rose is having for Obama’s beloved Bulls. Wall, the point guard who was the top pick in last June’s NBA draft after playing just one year for Calipari at Kentucky, is having a fine rookie campaign with the exception of a jumper that remains shaky.

“My goal is to get to his level and get better,’’ Wall said in an interview with HoopsHype about wanting to improve his game similar to the way Rose has. “It took time for him to progress. That’s something I’m trying to do.

“I know a lot of teams are giving (open shots) to me. In some games, I’m hot and I’m making it. In some games, I make one out of four. But I think if I’m making it more consistently, it’s going to be tougher for guys to guard me. That’s something Derrick really did, and now it’s tougher for teams to stop him.’’

Through hard work, Rose was been able to improve his mid-range game and his three-point shot. After clanging away at a meager 22.2 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie and making just 16 all season, Rose is a 32.9 percent marksman this season and on pace to drill more than 125.

Wall, shooting 29.0 percent on three-pointers after having missed eight straight, might not have as far to go with his shot. Regardless, he vows he’s going to come back next season with an improved jumper.

“I try to shoot a thousand a day,’’ Wall, averaging 16.3 points and 8.6 assists and shooting 40.5 percent overall, said of his offseason regiment. “But I want to do it more where I’m really jumping. (Last) summer, I wasn’t really jumping on my jump shot. Just shooting a set shot. You can’t do that in this league. Guys are fast and they’re closing out. So you’re going to see me work and I’m going to come back with an improved jumper next year.’’

When it comes to defenses playing off him, Wall says his desire is to “make them pay.’’

If he can improve his jumper, watch out NBA.

“Once he really develops a more consistent outside shot and gets more confidence in that, he’s going to be a terror in this league because of his speed, ballhandling, all the other intangibles, his athleticism,’’ said Wizards guard Maurice Evans.

Wall already has spooked teams. He had games last week of 26 points and eight assists against New Jersey and 32 points and 10 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin in a showcase involving the league’s top two rookies.

But how did Wall do in his other two games last week? He pretty much hit the wall, shooting a combined 5-of-22 against Portland and Denver while averaging 11.0 points.

“Wall is going to be an All-Star player,’’ said Nuggets coach George Karl. “He’s had inconsistent games but he’s also had really pretty impressive games in certain situations.’’

Wall’s inconsistency was summed up in Monday’s 100-95 overtime win at Utah. He shot 10-of-11 and scored 24 points in the first half. In the second half and overtime, he went 0-of-9, not scoring again until hitting four free throws in the final minute of overtime to finish with 28 points.

It’s not surprising Wall has been uneven at times. He’s just 20, but already has been handed the leadership role on the rebuilding Wizards (18-55), who are 2-35 on the road and at least with the win over the Jazz assured they won’t break Sacramento’s 1990-91 mark of 1-40 for worst-ever NBA road record.



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nitric
03-30-2011, 11:04 PM
Getting ejected isn't a good start

IversonIsKrazy
03-31-2011, 12:05 AM
Good to hear about the work ethic he will be displaying during the off-season. Good to see the young guys of the NBA working hard!

CowboysKB24
03-31-2011, 12:09 AM
Sure why not. Rose has good character and work ethic.