On the night he arrived in the city where he trained before the Washington Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall, Wall was presented a challenge by Orlando Magic all-starcenter Dwight Howard at the celebrity pool tournament hosted by Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. Howard dared anyone to get on the stage and show who could do the best rendition of the popular dance, the Dougie.
"I think I did," Wall said, having already learned from his Dougie battle with R&B singer Chris Brown at a New Year's Eve party.
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"I was keeping count through the whole game," Wall said of his assists. "I asked before the game what the assist record was and throughout the game my teammates were telling me, 'it's four away' or 'it's five away'. After I got it, we were just trying to get the win."
"I'm just trying to get better every game. I think we have a great coaching staff and we've lost a lot of tough games. I want to take over the team more an lead it, not just by scoring, but getting in the offensive set, and learning how to close out games in the fourth quarter."
"Wasn't anybody playing defense," he said. "That's good. You don't have to worry about Coach Flip [Saunders] or nobody yelling at me."
It wasn't a coincidence that DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe all sat within arm's length of each other during media availability following their Rookie Challenge practice. The three have been separated for a few months, but if just for a weekend, it's like the good old days in Lexington.
"It's great for us to all be on the floor again together," John Wall said. "It's probably for the last time too unless something happens in the future with some trades or something. So it's cool."