From Comcast SportsNet
BEIJING (AP) -- NBA star Jeremy Lin says he hopes to boost young players' enthusiasm for basketball at a four-day camp he plans to host this month in southern China. Lin said Thursday at a news conference in Beijing that he expected 80 kids to attend. His Asian heritage makes him a huge draw in the homeland of former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming. Lin says "I want every kid to leave the camp feeling like they had really fun time" and "they can't wait to go back home and continue to play." His visit to China is his first since emerging as an NBA star with the New York Knicks. He will move to Yao's former team next season on a three-year deal worth 25 million.
Most rankings put out by online outlets are simply material for page clicks and fodder for debate among fans. Few carry the weight of a survery of league general managers.
But even the opinions of those who construct rosters can't necessarily be taken as gospel. This year's NBA GM survey put out by NBA.com included some things Wizards point guard John Wall just doesn't agree with.
Wall wasn't even listed among the best four point guards in the league. While he was ranked as the second-fastest player with the ball, he was nowhere to be found among the best passers. Not even under the honorable mentions of the 'also received votes' category.
That last one irked Wall more than any. He spoke on the subject after the Wizards' win over the Raptors in their preseason finale on Friday night.
"I see it every day on my Twitter. It's funny. I enjoy it. A guy that finished in the top two of assists last year can't pass? I guess so," he said.
Wall, who has averaged 10 assists per game in each of the last two seasons, says he is no stranger to being overlooked.
"I've been an All-Star and have done this and that in my career. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of something," he said.
"Everything anybody has to say about John Wall, it's never in the top of five category of anything. That's just more motivation for me. They have their opinion. I know what I do. My teammates believe in me. They trust me and see everything I do and all the hard work I put in. One day they will respect me."
[RELATED: NBA GMs pick Wizards for playoffs, but overlook John Wall]
Rookies Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House didn't play much to end the preseason for the Wizards, but all three free agents made the cut as the roster now stands at the league maximum of 15, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Wizards finished the preseason 4-3 after Friday's 119-82 rout of the Toronto Raptors. Ochefu played only six minutes and House and McClellan didn't touch the court.
All three have non-guaranteed deals, meaning the Wizards have the flexibility to waive them at any time without penalty before the second week of January when their deals become fully guaranteed.
Casper Ware, Johnny O'Bryant and Jarell Eddie, who appeared to have an inside track because he played here last season, had a $175,000 guarantee and shined in Las Vegas summer leauge play, were waived.
Ochefu, McClellan and House all received partial guarantees to attend training camp.