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Kobe Bryant issues challenge to John Wall to make First Team All-Defense

Kobe Bryant issues challenge to John Wall to make First Team All-Defense

Retired Lakers great Kobe Bryant challenged John Wall to make the All-NBA Defensive first team next season.

He has been issuing various challenges to athletes and other celebrities as part of his #MambaMentality campaign with Nike. 

For example, he asked Isaiah Thomas to make the All-NBA first team next season, then called on Kendrick Lamar to help "revolutionize" the music program at his high school in Compton. 

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Wall wasn't one of Bryant's initial targets, but answered a request for a challenge. 

It seems Wall – who made the All-NBA third team last season and wasn't please to have narrowly missed the All-Defensive teams – heard Bryant loud and clear. 

Challenge accepted. If Wizards fans weren't counting down the days to October 18 yet, it's time to start. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 47 - John Wall explains Wolf Season, talks Lonzo and LaVar Ball

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 47 - John Wall explains Wolf Season, talks Lonzo and LaVar Ball

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Wizards star John Wall joined the show for a 1-on-1 interview. Wall explained Wolf Season and how it relates to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'

Wall also discussed his upcoming matchup with Lonzo Ball and why Ball is being targeted by other NBA players because of his dad, LaVar.

After talking to Wall, host Chase Hughes broke down the upcoming road trip. 

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including John Wall's amazing blocks

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including John Wall's amazing blocks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

1. Much of the attention going into any Wizards-Pistons game these days will be on John Wall and Reggie Jackson, as the two have had a mini-rivalry over the years. It was a long night for Jackson, as you'll see throughout this post, and it started with this putback jumper by Wall that left Jackson in the dust:

2. Wall finished with 26 points, 10 assists and two blocks. Both of his blocks were amazing. The first was this one, on Tobias Harris who is a power forward:

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3. Wall's 28 points were much quieter than in the season-opener when he was dunking all over everyone. In this game, though, he did have this sick layup on the fastbreak:

4. Bradley Beal was also an offensive standout with 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. One of his best plays was this and-1 late in the game:

Here's a bonus clip. Beal (25 points) had a few nice crossovers that ended in missed shots. This was one of them:

5. Okay, here's the second Wall block. It was on Jackson and it came at the perfect time. This helped seal the win:

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