The first sighting may have been when he made Luis Scola of the Indiana Pacers weak in the knees back in November. Another was spotted in Friday's ESPN showdown with the Chicago Bulls that even faked out commentator Mike Breen, who thought John Wall lost the ball but luckily got it right back. The most recent sighting was Tuesday's clash against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, when Wall was dribbling baseline as Marcin Gortat rolled to the hoop on the left and two defenders readied themselves to clamp down on Wall.
Then he seemed to make a pass that somehow came right back to him, forcing his defender -- and in this case, defenders -- to react to his ball fake, giving him just enough space to pull up for another floater, a shot he had hit numerous times on the night.
Here's the move in the fashion he pulled it off in against the Spurs on Tuesday night, via Hoop District:
He first broke out the move in November, when he put Luis Scola on skates:
And finally, here's when he pulled it off against Derrick Rose and the Bulls last Friday:
Did it fake Rose out? Maybe not, but he was still trying to catch up to Wall, anyways, so that's irrelevant. What it did do, though, was get Taj Gibson to react to a potential pass to the rolling Gortat for that split second Wall needed, which gave him space to pull up for a jumper without Gibson getting a hand in his face. He had to respect the pass to his own man, Gortat. Wall was smart enough to take advantage of the space and hit the jumper instead.
So after all this, we here at Bullets Forever were wondering...
Just what kind of move was Wall pulling, exactly, and where did it come from?
I was able to ask Wall himself after the Spurs game about where the idea came from in the first place, how often he practices it, and where the motivation came from to learn, and use, such a move. While cracking a wry smile, clearly enjoying the fact that people are noticing his ever-expanding skill set, here's how he replied:
"It's just something I've worked on in practice. Me and Drew talked about it and [he] helped me. Just an opportunity to get guys off balance and try to make a play."
John Wall's humble nature knows no boundaries.
But without a doubt it gets guys off balance, and he's not just doing it for the highlight reels. Wall is past those days of "Me first" ball, if they were ever there to begin with. He genuinely wants to succeed and adding to his repertoire in any way he can will help him reach his goal of holding the item of which a picture hangs in his locker.
The Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy.
(P.S. Wall did not admit to having a nickname for the move, so go nuts in the comments section with nicknames you'd like to hear it be known as.)