Following a historic playmaking performance in his team’s 101-87 romp over the New York Knicks on Friday night, the Washington Wizards point guard dug deep into Twitter archives and favorited a 2010 tweet from the ESPN buffoon decrying his lack of natural court sense.
Wall dished 18 assists in only 29 minutes of play versus New York, becoming the first player since Nick Van Exel in 1998 to manage that many dimes which registering so little court-time. How’s that for the “natural passing gift,” Skip?
Bayless is entitled to his opinion, of course, and Wall hadn’t developed the reputation as one of basketball’s keenest table-setters during the 2010 pre-draft process. But any questions related to his NBA potential following one season at Kentucky surrounded his shaky jumper and lack of off-dribble wiggle. It was evident during his few months under John Calipari that Wall was a nuanced and intuitive passer.
Stating the obvious doesn’t make headlines, though, and even a tepid take from a personality like Bayless merits widespread attention. Clearly, Wall thinks so about this one in particular – even almost five years later.