Wizards guard John Wall has highlighted defense as an area he would like to improve in significantly this offseason and it goes much further than his acceptance of Kobe Bryant's Twitter challenge to make NBA first team All-Defense for the 2017-18 campaign. Just listen to his teammate Sheldon Mac, who has been working out with Wall this summer at the University of Miami.
Mac has played both with and against Wall this summer and can already tell a difference. He discussed Wall's defense on the Wizards Tipoff podcast last week:
"[I've seen it] in the times we've been working out, but we've been playing pickup, too. We've been playing pickup against Kyrie [Irving] Hassan Whiteside and guys like that. Me and him have been fighting about trying to guard Kyrie. Like, he always guards him, so let me guard him. He let me guard him a couple of times and I did a great job on him. He's been taking it personally. That's what he needs to do to make that first team. I definitely think that he is going to make it. Even in the game in Houston. James Harden had a week out here. He was playing against Chris Paul and James and he was D'ing up like crazy. He was taking it like it was a real game. He was talking all sorts of crap, you know how he gets. It's good to see. He looks at everything as a challenge and I definitely think he's taken a step forward in that direction, to get first team. I think he will achieve it, for sure."
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