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John Wall lights up the “lockout league” in Las Vegas

Sep 15, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

John Wall

The first few days of the “lockout league” in Las Vegas — officially named the Impact Competitive Training Series but the nickname stuck — has been pretty interesting, but it lacked real star power.

Wednesday, John Wall showed up.

As he has been doing all summer long at pro-am leagues, Wall showed up and showed off his athleticism (pinned a block on the backboard), his healthy knee and an improved jumper, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

Here are his list of stars from Wednesday.

John Wall, G, Washington — The former No. 1 overall pick put on a scoring show, tallying 42 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds.

Marreese Speights, C, Philadelphia — Speights has been putting up big numbers all week, but getting it done against another young, up-and-coming center like JaVale McGee (19 points, 10 rebounds) was impressive. Speights finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds, including a couple of monster dunks, one of which was a powerful jam over McGee.

DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto — DeRozan can get it going offensively at any moment, and that certainly was the case on Wednesday when he scored 35 points to go with six rebounds.

Remember these are high-level pickup games, so they favor the freakishly athletic. Which seems to be who keeps showing up on these lists.

  1. edmazeing1 - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    A (Kurt) where are the pictures of John Wall in the Stripclub with $10,000 one”s in his hand, I seen them on another site, thought u would have been the first to post about that!!!

  2. florida727 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Glad stories like this give people something to talk about, but the reality is there’s virtually no defense played in these games. All these guys fear injuries in games like these, so the level of defense certainly doesn’t represent anything you’d see in an NBA playoff game. Good point though: these types of games do favor the freakishly athletic, and Wall certainly qualifies.

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