John Wall isn't one to keep his feelings to himself when it comes to what he perceives as a lack of respect around the NBA, from not getting the whistles from game officials to All-Star voting by fans to voting for end-of-season awards by media.
Last week, he was not only left off the three All-NBA teams to end the season, he only registered seven total points in media voting.
"I'm pissed the last two years about that," Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com on Thursday, when asked if the recognition he received for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award softened the blow. "I got snaked twice."
Wall said despite his career-high stats of 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 49-double-doubles, he deserved to make All-NBA, which has a first, second and third team, more following 2014-15 when the Wizards won 46 games and advanced to the East semifinals. Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), who was Wall's backup on the East All-Star team, edged him out though by objective standards he didn't have a better season.
This past season, the Wizards were 41-41, out of the playoffs and defensively Wall wasn't the same player as he required surgeries on both knees May 5. But he still had a better season than Irving, who'd only played three games because of surgery by the first All-Star ballots and trailed him, too.
Kyle Lowry, who was the All-Star starter for the East as was Wall when he was overlooked the previous year for Irving, made the third team.