Wizards’ John Wall to train with legendary retired NBA guard


Gary-Payton-John-WallThe Washington Wizards franchise is banking heavily on John Wall, by re-signing him to a max-level contract extension of $80 million over five years. But to minimize risk, the club has called on Hall of Famer Gary Paton to tutor the point guard.

Wall has suffered injuries that made him miss about half the games in the season, but on top of that, he has shot only 24.4 percent from three-point range and 42.3 percent from the field in his professional career.

Wall might now have the perfect tutor, J. Michael of CSNwashington.com states:

“Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals.”

“‘Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,’ Wall said about what he has done this offseason, in addition to refining his jump shot. ‘Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series.”

“Wall also is going to lobby coach Randy Wittman to allow him to do something else.
‘Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to post up this year,’ he said.

“That’s where Payton, who also stood 6-4 and could be too physical for opposing point guards, could help most. Like Wall, he wasn’t the best jump shooter to start his career but became a solid one.

“By his fourth season, Payton shot better than 50 percent from the field. He only was a career 31.7 percent shooter from three.”

Time will tell if Payton’s lessons will have any effect on Wall. If they are noticeable there might be life after the NBA for many retired NBA ballers.

Payton enjoyed a successful 17-year NBA career, and he’s best known for his 13-year tenure in Seattle, where he established himself as one of the best defensive point guards of all-time.

Payton played 1335 games in the NBA (1233 started), averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 assists over the course of his career. He averaged over 20 points in seven of his 17 seasons, with his career-high average of 24.2 points coming in the 1999-2000 season.

The point guard reached three NBA Finals, appearing in one each for the Sonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Payton finally got that elusive first ring as a member of the 2005-06 Heat. He will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in September 2013.

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