John Wall Benched as Wizards Lose

Wizards fall short of a perfect summer league

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    John Wall works out for the Wizards.

    The Wizards No. 1 pick and the top pick overall, John Wall, finished his summer league campaign in sweats and a t-shirt and with a great view from the bench. After just four games, the rookie wet the appetite of Wizards' fans and gave us hope for a new season. But instead of risking injury, the guard took a seat next to assistant coach Sam Cassell and listened as Cassell talked him through Game 5 of the summer league.

    The new "big man" in D.C. watched his Wizards, sorry Gilbert Arenas, blow a 20-point lead and lose 109-107 in overtime to the New York Knicks. The loss was the first of the summer for the Wizards as they fell one game short of going undefeated in Las Vegas.

    John Wall Works Out for Wizards

    [DC] John Wall Works Out for Wizards
    Probable No. 1 pick John Wall works out for the Wizards. (Published Thursday, June 17, 2010)

    Wall scored 31 points in the game on Friday against the New Orleans Hornets. The former Kentucky star was leading the Summer League in assists and was second in scoring coming into Saturday, but the night off might shake up the standings.

    Cartier Martin, the well-traveled star from Kansas State who is trying to secure a spot with the Wizards, scored 24 points, while Kevin Palmer, former Parkville High standout, added 21 points and eight rebounds for Washington, in the losing effort.

    John Wall Meets the Press

    [DC] John Wall Meets the Press
    John Wall has his first news conference at the Verizon Center. (Published Friday, June 25, 2010)