The coronavirus shutting down the sports world has produced one small silver lining for Wizards point guard John Wall. He may now have a chance to play in the Olympics for the first time.
Wall joined ESPN's The Undefeated for an interview on Instagram Live on Wednesday and explained how the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics to 2021 has him hoping he can crack the Team USA roster.
Wall has participated in camps for Team USA, but has never represented them on the Olympic stage. In fact, the Wizards/Bullets franchise has never had an active player on the Olympic roster.
"Definitely," Wall told Marc Spears when asked if he was interested.
"When you put that Red, White and Blue on, you're representing your country. It doesn't matter if 'Wall' is on the back or whatever name is on the back, I want to represent my country. I know how much this country means to me and I would definitely love to have an opportunity to play for it."
Wall went on to say those in charge already know he wants to play for Team USA. He said he feels like this is a rare and unique opportunity for him to be involved.
And he thinks he can help the team win it all in Tokyo.
"I feel like I'm the perfect player that can match [the type] of point guard they need. Someone who defends, runs the team; I'm not looking to score or shoot all the time. I just want to get guys involved. There's nothing better than being able to come back with a gold medal. That's something I would love to have on my resume," he said.
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Winning a gold media would indeed go a long way for Wall. He is a five-time All-Star with some impressive numbers, but injuries have altered the trajectory of his NBA career.
Winning gold would help bolster his case for the Hall of Fame someday, as all basketball levels are taken into account. Wall's resume would include stardom in college, the NBA and then success at the highest level of international competition.
Making the cut, however, is no small feat. There are many talented players, especially at the guard position, from the United States.
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