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John Wall: Kemba Walker gets calls because he screams

Mar 13, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

With the Bobcats clinging to a three-point lead over the Wizards midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday, Kemba Walker rose for a corner 3-pointer. John Wall appeared to contest the shot cleanly, but the refs called a foul.


Wall, via J. Michael of CSN Washington:

“I didn’t touch him. All he did was scream,” Wall said. “The ref gave him calls all night because he was screaming.”

Walker made all four free throws – an extra, because Wizards coach Randy Wittman got a technical foul – to make Charlotte’s lead seven. Wall drew a foul on the other end, but he missed both free throws. The Bobcats pushed the run to 11-0, essentially icing the game.Charlotte is a solid and pesky team and already had the lead. I doubt the Wizards would have won this game regardless of their little meltdown.But they’ve fallen to sixth in the Eastern Conference, and although they have a 2.5 game lead over the Bobcats to avoid a first-round series with the Heat or Pacers, the Wizards are running out of time to make a run for the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the first round. It’s time for Wall, their leader, to get them re-focused. First, though, he’ll have to get himself re-focused.

  1. bubbalynch - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Same thing Kobe does, each and every drive to the basket! Don’t believe me? Review all tapes

    • borderline1988 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Exactly, I’ve been saying this all along, these are the flops that matter.

      Who cares if once every 15 games, Chris Bosh exaggerates an elbow to the face. How about the fact that every single time Kobe drives to the net (Paul Pierce also does this), he screams with the sole purpose of getting the ref to blow the whistle on impulse. Those flops don’t look as bad to the viewer watching the game, but they have 10X the impact on the result of the game than an obvious dive which happens relatively rarely.

      It’s getting to the point where young basketball players (I see this all the time) grunt every time they drive to the net, as if they’re tennis players. It’s the legit way of flopping

      • money2long - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I’m dying in laughter because I noticed that about pau and for you to phrase it as a tribal scream is PERFECT. oh man. I’m still laughing. And reenacting it is even funnier.

      • bjswoosh805 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Ah yes this reminds me that womens tennis is the closest thing to phone sex.Anyways i do agree players do it for the call. But grunting/yelling has been part of the game for so long now.It’s like 2nd nature to ball players and it’s contagious everyone does it even in college, high school or regular pick up games.

    • k3nn3k - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I would actually say it’s what Pau does all the time. Maybe not during those 10ft jump shots, but whenever Pau is down low, EVERY TIME, he puts out a tribal scream. Pretty annoying. But I know lots of players do it to sell the foul.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        It’s almost coming to the point where playeres are informally taught to do that in order to sell calls, just like you’re taught to fall back when taking a charge. You don;t look as bad when doing it, because it’s become accepted for athletes to scream when extending themselves (sort of like Maria Sharapova screams every time she hits the ball).

        But in basketball, the scream/grunt is a conscious effort to get the ref to blow the whistle.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Pau does it too…ALL THE TIME.

      It’s a form of flopping but the NBA can’t enforce it. The refs just have to be more disciplined.

  2. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Screaming should result in a T.

  3. cbking05 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Moaning > Screaming

  4. turkbox420 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Jamal Crawford has a similar approach , he falls down on every 3. b.s. flopping

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