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Miami’s big three tell John Wall to work hard, stay positive

Feb 11, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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There was a time when LeBron James was trying to figure out how to get the Cleveland Cavaliers into the playoffs, when Chis Bosh was not near enough to get Toronto over .500, when Dwyane Wade was trying to figure out how to fit is game into the NBA.

Basically, a time when those three were where John Wall is now.

They understand what he is going through as the young face of a struggling franchise.

When the Heat took on the Wizards, the Heat’s stars offered advice to Wall, via Brian Jackson at CSNWashington.com.

“Just get better every day and keep working,” said Bosh who scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Miami’s win. “There’s not too much you can tell guys in that situation. Especially as a young guy, you just have to focus every day on learning something new. Be professional and play hard every game. Even though it is tough, that’s what’s necessary.”

“As much pressure as there is, he’s a good enough player to be able to handle it,” said Wade. “He’s a good kid as well. I think he’ll be fine as long he keeps the mentality this is my franchise. And as he continues to get better and better everyone around him will also get better.”

“He’s got to keep his head up,” said James after scoring 18 points and handing out nine assists. “He’s a great player, he’s going to be a star in this league for a lot of years. It’s definitely tough for him right now. I went through that my first couple years in the NBA. He’s got to continue to lead. Even though he’s a young guy they take his leadership. He’s got to continue to play basketball the right way and try to lead his team.”

Wall’s numbers year-over-year are very similar, and while he is slightly more efficient this year — he’s taking fewer long jumpers — it’s not dramatic. It’s not the big step forward myself and many others expected from him this season. His jump shot has not improved.

The Wizards need to change the culture in the locker room, there needs to be a commitment to professionalism from the players that has not been there consistently in the past. Wall will improve in that environment. But he has to be the change he wants to see. The advice from those Heat players is spot on.

  1. asublimeday - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    “If you’re not good enough to carry a team, team up with a few butt-buddies and choke the playoffs away while the nation ridicules and laughs at you. And be sure to do it in a city in which everyone is completely apathetic about sports. That way, even if you win a championship, everyone can just discount it as you forming a cheap ‘super team’ and the city won’t even care”

    • trbowman - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Lol, real talk.

      • david8726 - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:01 AM

        More like really jealous, butthurt talk.

  2. explosionsauce - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Hang in there and you too will have a chance to sell out.

  3. nickswish33 - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Wouldn’t a good wizards team be kinda cool?

  4. goforthanddie - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Sounds like recruiting to me…

  5. trbowman - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    John Wall cannot wait to get out of DC, that team is so terrible.

  6. skinsdiehard - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    The team will be better soon, even next year. They now need scorers. McGee, Young, Singleton and Booker are decent backup players, just not starters. They just need two scorers and they will be drastically different. They can add one next year in Anthony Davis or Harrison Barnes. If they also add one significant free agent, then their fortunes are turned. Basketball rebuilds are easier than football.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM

      I seriously doubt they could be worse next year. Then again, Wall was supposed to make a big jump this season too, but bad/no coaching and no talent around him sorta screwed that pooch.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    ” It’s ok John, work hard, stay positive, and don’t sign your extension! You can join us in a couple years… winning!…”

  8. losangelasbasketball - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Hang in there little bro… Chalmers is keeping your spot warm until u get here…

  9. ogre2010 - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Then when things get bad for you, latch on to other NBA Superstars and have a pep rally.
    -the Heat Trio

  10. cowboychris5xchamps - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    mavs.com

  11. cowboychris5xchamps - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Wow! People are still killing Lebron for leaving Cleveland as if we, as humans don’t have the right to change our mind. If your wife gained 30 pounds wouldn’t you change your mind about her and wanna leave? That’s what I thought…

    • goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Wouldn’t it be easier/cheaper to get her gym membership?

    • explosionsauce - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      What an amazing human being you must be.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      come on guys…that was hilarious. nice one cowboychris.

  12. blueintown - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    “Your life sucks.” -LeBron James, to all of you. #truth

  13. ogre2010 - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Hey cowboychris5xchamps, because your wife is fat, nasty, given up on life and you wish to leave her; doesn’t mean we are as shallow as you are. Also, you knew the rules; if you want to know how your mate is going to look, look at her mamma

  14. ericdinosaur - Feb 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Everything about this just makes me shake my head. How talented is John Wall really? Jeremy Lin and a roster with equal or lesser talent (leaning towards the latter) went to Washington and outplayed this team. John Wall hasn’t taken the next step and he’s going to regress with people in his ear telling him that he isn’t at all to blame for the crap basketball in Washington.

  15. cowboychris5xchamps - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    ogre2010 apparently you’re describing your sloppy wife, I’ve never been married and if I was married my wife wouldn’t look like yours…

  16. steelerswin6 - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Maybe LeLoser can give him some advice on how to win playoff games…LOL

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