Wall still intent on training with Gary Payton

Wall still intent on training with Gary Payton
August 5, 2013, 7:00 am
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Who will benefit the most from John Wall's extension?

LeBron James extended his shooting range to the three-point line and became a better mid-range shooter. He even developed a more reliable post-up game.

Consequently, he became unguardable and the Miami Heat have won the last two NBA championships.

No one is expecting that transformation to happen overnight with John Wall and the Wizards, but for them to reach the next level –- the playoffs –- he has to make similar adjustments. He has the athleticism and capability at his position as a 6-4 point guard.

Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals.

“Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,” Wall said about what he has done this off-season in addition to refining jump shot. “Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series."

Wall also is going to lobby coach Randy Wittman to allow him to do something else. 

“Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to post up this year,” he said.

That’s where Payton, who also stood 6-4 and could be too physical for opposing point guards, could help most. Like Wall, he wasn't the best jump shooter to start his career but became a solid one. By his fourth season, Payton shot better than 50% from the field. He only was a career 31.7% shooter from three.

Wall said he has been talking to Damian Lillard, the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year for the Portland Trail Blazers, about coordinating workouts with Payton. 

There's not a lot of time left for Wall to get in the work with Payton before he returns to D.C. The Wizards open training camp in the last week of September. 

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