Posted by Art Garcia
LAS VEGAS — John Wall begins the next phase of a potentially special career today as Washington tips off its five-game Summer League schedule against Golden State. The No. 1 pick in last month’s Draft is over the groin injury that kept him out of Friday’s practice and ready to go.
“It’s going to be great,” Wall told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m sure there are going to be a lot of butterflies, but I just want to go out and play and run the team.”
Wizards fans are looking for a leader in more ways than one after last season disintegrated with the Gilbert Arenas mess. The 6-foot-4 point guard from Kentucky understands the expectations placed on his 19-year-old shoulders, and sounds up for the challenge.
“Basically, I want to play my game, get to know my teammates and learn the system,” Wall said. “It’s like what I went through in college — I was a freshman who was coming into a new system with a new coach and new teammates.
“I think it might be a little easier this time because this is my job now. It’s just basketball.”
Washington’s squad also includes rookies Trevor Booker and Hamady N’diaye, and JaVale McGee and Cartier Martin from the Wizards’ regular-season roster. But all eyes at the COX Pavilion, which has enjoyed solid attendance the first two days, are going to be focused on Wall. Game time is 5 p.m. PT.
“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “They always get nice crowds in Vegas, and you always like having people in the stands there to watch you play. It makes it a little more exciting.”