HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — John Wall is struggling.
Maybe you’ve heard.
In addition to his shooting issues, he was taken to the shed Wednesday night in Chicago, not by Derrick Rose but John Lucas III, who had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. No offense to JL3, but this was a new low for Wall, the former No. 1 pick who came into the league with “star” stamped on his forehead.
If it’s any consolation to Wall, he isn’t alone. A few other young-uns are finding it rough as they try to take that next step to being established and bona fide stars. And why is this? Maybe they played too many summer league games during the lockout.
Maybe they were overhyped.
Or maybe they just need time.
Whatever, here’s a sampling:
– DeMar DeRozan, 22 years old: Double D is shooting 41 percent and had three straight games where he didn’t get double figures. The Raptors were hoping he’d be at least a borderline All-Star this year, and he might still break out. But it’s coming very slowly at the moment for a guy with obvious skills. Here’s DeRozan on his issues, courtesy of Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun:
“I just got to play better,” DeRozan said after an 11 point game that saw him hit just one of his first 10 field goal attempts.
“I take a lot of the (blame) when we’re not doing as well because I got to step up and start being consistent on both ends of the floor.”