John Wall has been in Miami this past week — if not longer — to train for next season. Last week, he kicked off a “passing challenge” that may be just a bit too hard for your average joe at the University of Miami’s practice facility.
But in between passing drills and other conditioning workouts, Wall also met up with both of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstars ... in South Florida ... in just a few days.
Earlier this week, Wall played some pickup basketball at Johnson and Wales University in North Miami against Kyrie Irving when he made a shot in Irving’s face (video from Hoop District via David Best, Wall’s friend and bodyguard):
John Wall casually draining a three in Kyrie Irving's face during a pick up game also featuring Marcus Smart and Hassan Whiteside #WallWay pic.twitter.com/76Lb9BTTh7— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) August 11, 2017
To make the shot, Wall gave Irving some of his own medicine. A little isolation, crossover dribble and ... swish!
Like the video above mentions, you may be surprised to see that Wall is played on the same court as Marcus Smart in the offseason. Remember this tender moment last November when the Wizards’ season was looking bleak?
Well, I’m glad they’re at least on speaking terms now after that and a tough playoff series.
Anyway, after working on his isolation game on Kyrie, Wall worked out with Rob McClanaghan, one of the NBA’s most highly regarded skills trainers. While in South Beach, the Wizards’ franchise player took a picture alongside McClanaghan and his Cavaliers counterpart, LeBron James:
As you may be well aware, the Cavaliers have a little drama going on this summer despite being the three-time defending Eastern Conference Champions. Kyrie Irving apparently wants to get traded to another team so he can be a franchise player, like Wall. And the funny thing about these social media shares is that both guys haven’t been around each other that much since the 2017 NBA Finals ended, despite being with John Wall at some point during their offseason training.
I’m not going to speculate about what’s gonna happen in Cleveland or ... “The Land” as they call it. So, maybe John Wall is the NBA’s best point guard and diplomat? Makes sense to me because Washington is home to many foreign embassies!