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John Wall embracing role as mentor to Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre

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John Wall embracing role as mentor to Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre

John Wall dropped by the CSN Mid-Atlantic offices on Friday for an interview on SportsTalk Live. He also took the time to answer a few questions about the upcoming season after wrapping up his on-camera work.

When asked about his relationship with Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre, Jr., Wall described a budding mentorship.

"Me and Kelly, we’ve been hanging out. That’s my rookie," he said. "I have him around me a lot so, yeah. He was just at my house a few minutes ago."

For example, Wall brought Oubre along for an appearance at the Howard-Hampton football game a few weeks ago.

The transition to the NBA is a dramatic adjustment for any rookie player. The challenge could be even greater for Oubre, who spent just one year at Kansas before declaring for the NBA draft. That means he'll make his professional debut at 19 years old. 

Wall said Oubre has been pacing himself. "He’s just to himself you know, he’s just trying to figure out things."

He added that veteran guidance should benefit Oubre, but that's not a luxury every first-year player has.

"I can be a veteran to him and teach him. I didn’t have that when I came," he said. Fans will remember that Wall overlapped with Gilbert Arenas for only half of a season before Agent Zero was traded to the Orlando Magic.

"I just try to teach him the little things and the little ropes that can get him over the hump because he’s going to play a key role for us early on," Wall explained. 

Injuries to newly acquired swingmen Jared Dudley (back) and Alan Anderson (ankle) could force Washington to lean on the rookie more than expected. Dudley could be out until November or December, while Anderson will likely miss the start of training camp at least. 

Thankfully for the Wizards and Oubre, Wall is ready and willing to help. 

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Wizards vs Blazers featured Moe Harkless' impressive Chappelle Show themed Halloween costume

Wizards vs Blazers featured Moe Harkless' impressive Chappelle Show themed Halloween costume

The Portland Trail Blazers are setting the bar high for NBA Halloween. 

Maurice Harkless made his arrival in style turning a corner dressed as Tyrone Biggums from the American sketch comedy television series "Chapelle's Show." 

But it got better. Bosnia native and seven-footer Jusuf Nurkic turned the corner as Beast from Walt Disney's classic romance film Beauty and the Beast. 

The bar has been set. 

Washington looks for its first win tonight after falling to 0-2 right out of the gate, while Portland aims for a 3-0 start after defeating the Spurs 121-108 Saturday night. 

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Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Here's an important thing for the Wizards to avoid when facing off against Portland on Monday night: This CJ McCollum crossover.

As seen in this video by our friends at NBC Sports Northwest, the Trail Blazers' player sent a Spurs defender flying - much to the delight of the Portland bench - with the move.

 

"It wasn't even one of my better crossovers," he said after his team's win. "Honestly, he just reacted."

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