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John Wall doesn’t believe he was given a fair shot at making USA Basketball roster

Aug 10, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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It seems fairly clear that USA Basketball has seen enough of John Wall to know that for whatever reason, he isn’t a fit for their rosters.

And Wall knows it, even though he keeps going back to try to prove otherwise.

Wall was left out of the initial pool of players who were being considered to play for Team USA this summer at the FIBA World Cup, and subsequently, at the Olympics in 2016. He was similarly left off of the expanded roster, before receiving an invite to participate in the Las Vegas mini-camp just days before it was set to begin.

But Wall, along with Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap, was part of the first round of cuts. And he believes that his fate might have been predetermined before camp ever got started.

From Ben Standig of CSN Washington:

The NBA leader in total assists this past season spoke with on Saturday at his charitable foundation’s “Back2School” event for children in Washington. Asked if he was given a fair shot to make the final 12-player roster, Wall said, “Nah, I don’t think so, but it’s a part of the game. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be there and represent my country. I wish them the best of luck and hope they can win gold.”

“I’ve been (around) for four years in a row. I think that’s enough time,” Wall said. “Everybody had the same fair amount of time as far as being (in Las Vegas) and playing. I think [Team USA] already had kind of in their mind what they wanted to do and what decisions they were going (to make).”

Part of this, of course, is due to just how deep at the guard position Team USA is. Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are all still there, and one of them is likely to get cut before the final 12-man roster to play in the Worlds is announced.

But it does feel like Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have already drawn conclusions about Wall, despite giving him a late shot to change their minds.

  1. rrhoe - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    And if I’m John Wall next time,thanks but no thanks…….

    • chicagosports2014 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      I don’t think Kyrie gonna make the cut, it’s either him or lilliard.

      • balsagna - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I have a hard time believing Coach K picks Lillard over Kyrie considering their relationship.

      • chicagosports2014 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Your right didn’t think about that

    • spthegr8 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Learn how to shot John & you might make the team. IJS!! I like Wall but, he has NO jumper!!

    • charlescub80 - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      We are all glad you are not john wall.

    • imakcds - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      and when DeMarcus Cousins was asked about the possibility of being cut, his ultimate reply was “I don’t quit, I’ll be back”.

    • urallstupid - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      probably cause wall just isnt that good.

  2. digbysellers - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Good. Say no thanks then. It’s obvious by the names listed above they don’t necessarily need him anyway.

  3. innovativethinking87 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Well it’s tough to make it with that group. John Wall is an excellent player but I think it really came down to his lack of a jumper to help spread the floor.

    • bealwithit - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      I think it just comes down to basketball politics.

      John Wall shot 35% from 3 last season and made over 100 3’s. Derrick Rose and Russel Westbrook have never shot that well from 3 in their careers, but got more consideration.

      I think this idea of Wall not having a jumper will go away once the Wizards play more national TV games next season.

      • Aberam - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        He’s not nearly as good as some of the other shooters, and Westbrook is clearly a better player. That said, the fact that DRose is there after not playing for two years, and Wall is not, is ridiculous.

  4. montrealknowledge - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    USA going to try a little more Euro ball, Wall doesn’t fit that. All about dynamics and match ups. Not a comment on how good a player he his, coach K, just has an idea in his head.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      OK, but if the plan is to play “Euro ball”, then we’ve already lost.

  5. pharohislife - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    This was the same case with Rondo a few years ago

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      But Rondo CAN’T shoot.

      Wall was terrible but the dude has improved his 3 pt shooting as he did well from 3 last year.

      Rondo on the other hand… scary how bad his stats are shooting threes and free throws…

      here ya go.

      Josh Smith is a terrible 3 point shooter and yet his .264% from 3 pt range last season is still better than Rondo’s career .252% from 3 pt range.

      oh, Rondo shot .568% from the free throw line at age 24 and .597% at age 25.

      how bad is that? Dwight Howard’s first seven years in the league he shot higher than that from the free throw line.

      Wall is a better shooter than Rondo…

  6. savvybynature - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I’d take Wall over Irving definitely, and probably Lillard, but it does seem that Team USA is going to try to spread out the floor and run a lot of motion while Wall is more of a pick-and-roll player.

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Why would you take him over Lillard? He’s a 3rd team All Pro for a reason. I don’t see John Wall nowhere in that list. IMO Lillard needs to make it but it’s going to come down to him or Irving and Irving will get the nod because coach K is his buddy

  7. justapak - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    John Wall’s game just doesn’t fit what Team USA wants to do. Coach K has the team play press D so they can run and shoot. All of the PGs on the team are known shooters except for Derrick Rose who is better than John Wall. If he wants to get a shot at making the roster, he needs to be as good or better than Russel Westbrook.

    • arrondior - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      How is a guy who has been riding the pine for 2 years better than wall? Wall is absolutely right about consideration. Rose is a former MVP. The other players come from bigger markets and have more exposure. This year was Walls first strong year in the league IMO where he showed that he could be productive and stay healthy. He just needs to keep growing his game and brand. Damian Lillard is not a point than wall but he does shoot the 3 ball well. That’s the ONLY reason I can think of for keeping him over Wall.

      • arrondior - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Damian is not a better point than Wall*

  8. kb2408 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Wall and Beal both got cut, if they’re a little salty over it, use it as motivation this upcoming season. The Wiz have the talent to make a lot of noise in the East, having an angry, highly motivated starting backcourt could go a long way in that regard.

  9. ravenswhat - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Coach ratface vouched for his boy and Thibs wanted absolutely nothing to do with the guy who led the Wiz over and through his bulls in the playoffs.

    Politics, how does it work.

    • arrondior - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Here is the thing. It looks to me that they want a PG who can shoot and help space the floor, and they also want a PG who will attack the hoop. If you have Steph Curry and Derrick Rose as options, I’m sorry but John Wall is the odd man out. Those guys are flat out better at shooting (Curry) than John or penetrating (Rose). A rusty Rose came back from his last injury putting up better numbers than Wall (before getting injured again). I way that just to point out that even when he took an entire season off, his mid-range jumpshot is better than John’s. I’m sure that if Rose proved to be worse than John, which is why John was extended his late invite, Rose would have been sent home. Anyways, John and Beal need to just use this as motivation. John is a fantastic player and I know that he can improve his game. Just needs to put the work in.

  10. reeggss - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Didn’t wall lead the league in turnovers?

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      They still have some excellent points guards, it’s not like you’ll notice Wall missing from competition

  11. klinickal - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    The thing is we know who fits into USA ball before training camp because we watched them all year and their career. John Wall is an unreliable shooter and you need those in international ball hence 2004. Lillard and Curry already had that over Wall going in.

    John Wall chose Memphis / Kentucky over Duke so now he expects Coach K to pick him over Irving, who by the way is about even with John Wall! If he was clearly better than Irving I would say foul but he isn’t.

    He is better than Lillard tho, as a point guard but you can’t discount Lillard’s clutch shooting factor.

    So yes Wall we knew you was never going to make it, maybe next time stay home and get some jumpers up bro. Jason Kidd was a terrible shooter in the earlier stages of his career but worked so hard on that 2011 happened.

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