In a column I wrote about John Wall for Sunday’s paper, in which I essentially said the Wizards’ 22-year-old point guard is a work in progress but is also worth keeping in Washington and appreciating anew, this paragraph was typed:
“A prominent NBA agent, whom I’ll save from embarrassment here, told me a year ago the Wizards needed to unload Wall before the rest of the league found out he didn’t have trade value.”
It turns out David Falk didn’t want anonymity. He just wanted to go off on Wall.
And Emeka Okafor.
And Trevor Ariza.
And the Wizards’ alleged rebuild.
But he mostly wanted to go off on any perceived homer who believes Wall can eventually make Washington a contender.
“I’m going to save you from embarrassment,” Michael Jordan’s former agent said as an introduction Monday night when he called.
A Wizards season ticket holder, Falk added: “You guys are in dreamland. Because this team [stinks] so bad you guys want John Wall to be someone he will never be.
“Before Wall becomes Nene, I would trade him and get rid of him.”
Come on, really?
“I’m serious. He doesn’t have a feel for the game,” Falk said. “He only knows how to play one speed. Magic Johnson had a great feel, a court sense, by the time he was a sophomore in college. Chris Paul had it by the time he was a sophomore in high school.
“You can develop your jump shot all you want, but if you don’t know how to play more than an up-and-down game by the time you’re about 20 as a point guard, the chances of learning are very slim. I don’t see it happening.”
“Let me ask you a question,” Falk said, maybe 28 times over 30 minutes, often answering for you. “Who’s bigger, Kyrie Irving or John Wall? John Wall. Who’s a better athlete? John Wall. Who’s faster? Who’s stronger? John Wall.
Agent David Falk slams John Wall, Washington Wizards
Washington Post | Feb 15