Before having to sit out the last five games last year because of bad knees that would soon require surgery, John Wall missed 13, 16 and 33 games in his first three seasons with the Wizards. To miss a game when 100% healthy? Unacceptable.
"That’s the difference about our league now. It’s kind of gotten a little softer," Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com, comparing today's NBA to previous eras. "Guys sit out and rest. I understand the coach made a decision, you can’t go against what the coach said or the doctor said."
Now he's faced with missing Friday's game vs. the Chicago Bulls because of injury. He already has missed two under "rest" precautions set forth by the medical staff after knee surgeries May 5.
"I'm not the type of guy who wants to sit down and rest. I think you owe it to the fans," Wall said. "They paid money to come see us play. That's how a professional goes out there and competes. If nothing is hurt, you can play go play.
"I missed games I didn’t want to miss in the past because I was injured. I make up for the time I can make up."
Last weekend, the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs sat multiple star players each for a national TV game that lost its luster immediately.
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There's been a lot of hype around this year's rookie class in the NBA. Now, we've had a chance to hear from the rookies themselves, and they're apparently very high on Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.
39 rookies took part in a survey for NBA.com, and Smith was voted most likely to win Rookie of the Year, receiving 25.7 percent of the vote. Lonzo Ball came in second at 20 percent, and Markelle Fultz followed at 17.1 percent.
Smith spent one year at North Carolina State before being taken 9th overall by the Mavs.
Keep in mind though, the history of this poll doesn't have much success when it comes to predicting the award. The rookies surveyed have predicted the Rookie of the Year just once since 2007 when Kevin Durant won the award.
Last year, they picked Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn, who already was traded to the Bulls this offseason, and the award went to Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon.
Granted, there were very few who would've predicted a second round pick like Brogdon to win Rookie of the Year.
Vegas also has a slightly different idea as to who will win the award too.
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Utah's Donovan Mitchell was voted as the "biggest steal" in the draft based on where he was taken. Mitchell was picked 13th by the Jazz.
Phoenix's Josh Jackson was voted as the top defender in the rookie class. The former Kansas star received 26.3 percent of the vote, followed by Golden State's Jordan Bell (23.7 percent) and Mitchell (21.1 percent).
Ball and Jayson Tatum were also voted the rookies that will have the best career.
The Wizards will play the New York Knicks two times during the 2017-18 preseason, once at home at the Capital One Arena and again on the road at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks confirmed the news on Tuesday in a tweet of their full schedule, though the matchups with New York were previously reported by CSN. Now that we have the dates for their games against the Knicks, here's how the Wizards' preseason schedule looks:
Oct. 6 vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
The Wizards then start their regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18. That will be the first NBA game for No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.
It's always hard to predict who will actually play in the preseason, but the Wizards' preseason set is pretty decent. The Cavs are the defending conference champions and have several stars in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving (for now) and Kevin Love. The Knicks have Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, making them worth watching despite their record. And the Heat just barely missed the playoffs last season and could be the Wizards' biggest threat to defending as division champs.
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