Cowherd Slams ‘Out Of Control’ Wall For Dancing

Wednesday nationally syndicated ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd harshly criticized Washington Wizard rookie John Wall’s pregame dance routine and “out of control” play Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Along with the audio of Cowherd’s comments, his remarks about Wall are transcribed below in italic. My response to his comments are in bold.

Cowherd: “I’m gonna call out John Wall….Before the game started, he spent 34 seconds doing the Dougie. That tells me all I need to know about J-Wow. Then he opened his mouth later and confirmed it: not a sharp guy. All about him. In that line last night, that 29-point line, when he was out of control, he had 8 turnovers. By the way, Rajon Rondo had 17 assists last night, 0 turnovers. Rajon’s got rings, Wall will never have one.”

Here’s the first thing Wall said after his 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals helped the Wizards defeat the 76ers 116-115 in overtime:

“Yeah, it was great, man, the one thing I want to really work on, though — great win for the team — but turnovers. I came back in and had nine or eight. That’s too many turnovers for this team.”

Wall’s Coach Flip Saunders addressed Cowherd’s criticism of his player to the media Thursday:

“John’s very professional, and so he wasn’t doing anything disrespectful to the game. I think the people probably enjoyed it.

“I’ll tell you what, if he has to dance to get 29 and 13 and 9 steals, and cut down on the turnovers, he can dance all he wants.”

Cowherd: “You all, go read the John Wall box score. Everybody’s fascinated. ESPN SportsCenter will probably do like 9 minutes on it. I’ll take the Rondo box score: 3 boards, 9 points, 17 assists, 4 steals, no turnovers….”

The game before Cowherd referenced, Rondo had seven turnovers against the Knicks on Oct. 29. In Wall’s first two NBA regular season games, he had a total of six turnovers.

Wall has played three games in his NBA career. Rondo has played over four seasons.

Cowherd: “Folks, when you rob a bank, it’s not just the act of it, it’s that you sat down for weeks and planned it. That tells me you’re an idiot. The act is just the final icing on the cake. The cake is you sat down for weeks and planned it.”

Did Ray Lewis plan this dance before the Super Bowl?

“Oh, I’m gonna get a lot of callers — Colin, he’s just having fun. What he did last night, Rondo never would, Isiah never would, J. Kidd never would, Stockton never would, Nash never would, Magic never would. Point guard is like the quarterback. it’s an IQ-judgment position. The great ones are not about themselves. They’re about the others. Leadership is IQ, it’s not skills.”

76ers head coach Doug Collins on Wall after the Wizards-Sixers game Tuesday night - the same game in which Wall danced during pregame introductions. Read more…

Video: New Wizards Guard On Point With Dougie

In his home debut, a 116-115 overtime win over Philadelphia Tuesday night, rookie Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 29 points, had 13 assists and added a remarkable nine steals.

John Wall does The Dougie

But though it was an amazing game all-around for Wall, what will probably be most remembered from last night in the years to come will be his first regular season introduction to the hometown D.C. crowd.
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Source: NCAA Investigating Wall’s Link To Agent

TMZ.com reported early Friday “the NCAA is taking an aggressive look at University of Kentucky basketball players — past and current — and their possible involvement with professional agents.

John Wall Tweets About Reebok deal negotiated by Brian Clifton

(Wall’s former AAU coach negotiated new Reebok deal for former UK player)

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In the case of one former Wildcat, we’re told the NCAA wants to know about his relationship with his current agent. We’re told the investigator asked about multiple meetings the agent allegedly had with the player … dating back to the player’s senior year in high school.

The insinuation is the agent had an arrangement with the player before he went to Kentucky.

Such an “arrangement” would constitute an NCAA violation.

Today I looked into TMZ’s report and subsequently confirmed a former Kentucky player the NCAA is indeed investigating.

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Video: Lexington Hit With Massive Vehicle Recall

As if the news can’t get any worse for the good people of Lexvegas, now comes word that the town has been hit by a massive bandwagon recall.

John Calipari John Wall Minivan Rear Wiper Fail

Brought on by repeated mechanical failure, passengers report windows suddenly and unexpectedly closing after exactly one year of vehicle use.

John Calipari is now reportedly on a mission to procure replacement parts, which apparently can only be found in East Rutherford, NJ.

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John Wall Jersey Misspelled For UK Photo Shoot

John Calipari sets the scene on his Twitpic.com account today: “At a photo shoot for Slam Magazine. Look for the issue in March.

John Wall Misspelled Jersey For Kentucky Slam Magazine Photo Shoot

(Shocked to find out there’s precedent)

In other UK hoops news, the school’s championship banner audit is nearing completion.

Cowboys Scout Left Paralyzed From Tent Collapse

• The collapse of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice tent has caused scouting assistant Rich Behm (inset) to be paralyzed from the waist down.

Rich Behm Cowboys practice tent collapse

• The family of b-ball recruit Renardo Sidney were expecting to be paid big bucks for steering their star son toward USC.

• Rehab or TV reunion? Which one do you think Dennis Rodman chose?

• The banishment of TCU student reporter Brian Smith from Mountain West TV was actually the work of Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson.

• The best thing about being named NBA MVP? Getting a brand new Kia! LeBron James must be thrilled.

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#1 B-Ball Prospect Charged w/Breaking Into House

John Wall is a star basketball standout for the Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many big-time college programs like Duke, Kansas and Kentucky have been pursuing the point guard who’s been ranked #1 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

John Wall

And someone else has been pursuing Wall - the police. For John apparently failed to heed some of the more important words of God, such as “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods”, and “Thou shall not steal”.

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