Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

John Wall thinks individual agendas will undermine Players Choice awards

2015 White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 6: President Barack Obama and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards during an NBA Fit Clinic at the White House during the 2015 Easter Egg Roll on April 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBAE/Getty Images

The players union is introducing the Players Choice Awards.

That should please plenty of players, including Kevin Durant.

But John Wall is not on board.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

Wall is correct.

However, the media and coaches who pick awards also face biases.

Subconsciously – or sometimes even consciously – media members vote for players they like personally and/or against players they don’t. Coaches have their own conflicts of interest.

There’s no perfect way to handle awards.

The Players Choice Awards could be more or less credible than the mainstream awards, and we’ll have to see how this plays out over the years. I think competitive NBA players will have a harder time setting aside their biases, but they don’t have to be perfect for their awards to matter.

They have to try, though – and it’s unclear how many of the are willing to do that. It doesn’t sound as if Wall is.