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John Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters

John Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters

While John Wall continues to have ground to make up in All-Star fan voting, the Wizards point guard believes he should be a starter and hopes that will be the case once all the fan votes are counted, plus those coming from media and his NBA player peers.

Wall, when asked on Friday for whom he believes should start for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, included himself, naturally. He also went into specifics as to why others around the East should be in that starting five:

"You've got a lot of people. I'd say me. Kyrie [Irving] or Isaiah [Thomas], one of those two. They are playing great," Wall said. "LeBron [James]. However you say the guy from Milwaukee's name, I don't know how to say his name. I don't want to say it because I'm about to embarrass myself. Then probably Kevin Love. It's great to see him back to playing at a high level since he got traded from Minnesota. You understand what he was on that team, so to get back to averaging double-doubles, that's good for him."

That "guy from Milwaukee" would of course be Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is stacking up well so far in fan voting. He is second among frontcourt players and behind only LeBron.

Wall may need some help from media and NBA players, as he currently places seventh in fan voting. That said, Wall does not plan to lobby his teammates or anyone else to vote for him:

"No, [I won't ask anyone]. They're just trying different ways to not let all the fans to be the reason why guys are starters. We'll just see how it goes. There's a first time for everything. You've just gotta see how it goes and how it pans out. Certain guys, you can vote for your teammates or you can vote for other guys. We'll just see how it goes. I'm sure you have certain guys calling this person and that person, like 'vote for me, vote for me,' but I just sit back and see what happens."

Wall, 26, is likely to get plenty of love from his teammates. Backup guard Marcus Thornton already said he was voting for him.

[RELATED: Wall, Beal still lagging behind in NBA All-Star voting]

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Isaiah Thomas ready to return to Boston for first time as a starter

Isaiah Thomas ready to return to Boston for first time as a starter

WASHINGTON -- It is not easy to carve out a legacy with the Boston Celtics, the team that owns the most NBA championships (17) and the most Hall of Famers (33). Good players come and go. Only the greats are remembered.

Isaiah Thomas, though, left a unique imprint behind. He was the best player on a team that reached the conference finals, a small feat in the context of Celtics history. But the way he played and the way he persevered through off-court tragedy and injury endeared him to fans in a special way.

Thomas only played two-and-a-half seasons with the Celtics, but he feels secure in the memories he left as he looks ahead to Wednesday where he will return to Boston for the first time as a starter. Being in the Wizards' starting lineup, Thomas' name will be announced before the game. And he has a good feeling for how it will go.

"They're gonna cheer. They're definitely not gonna boo," he said. "I love them just as much as they do."

Thomas made two All-Star teams with the Celtics and earned All-NBA honors in the 2016-17 season. That year Boston outlasted the Wizards in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

Late in the 2016-17 season, Thomas' final in Boston, he lost his sister, Chyna, in a car accident and he tore the labrum in his right hip. The injury has continued to affect his career in the years since, as he has yet to reclaim his All-Star form.

So far with the Wizards, Thomas has played well. He signed as a free agent in the offseason and this year has averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 assists while shooting 36.4 percent from three. 

He is looking forward to Wednesday as an opportunity to show he can still play at a high level in the arena he had his best NBA years.

"Before the game it will be all fun and games and after the game. But once the game starts, they're the enemy. I'm just gonna try to win," he said.

"I visualize going for 50 on them. That's the plan and to win the game. But I hope that night is not about me and it takes away from what this team is all about."

Most of the Celtics' roster has been turned over since Thomas left. The only two remaining teammates of his are Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. When asked for the scouting report on them, Thomas quipped about Smart: "he flops."

Thomas may not know most of the players on the roster, but he knows head coach Brad Stevens well. Stevens is considered one of the league's best coaches and Thomas can list the reasons why.

"I think it's his preparation," Thomas explained. "He puts every player on the roster in position for them to be the best player they can possibly be and that's tough. He has a great system. He's an overall great coach. It's tough to go up against a coach like that because he's unpredictable."

Now, this won't be the first time Thomas has returned to Boston. It is just the first time as a starter, but it is also at a point where he has made some notable progress on the court towards being the player he once was.

The Boston fans have cheered him since he left and he's looking forward to seeing them again.

"That was a special moment, for real," Thomas said of going back last year while he was with the Nuggets. "The love they showed me, you would have thought I won a championship and was there 10 years-plus. I was only there almost three years."


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John Wall fires back at FS1's Nick Wright over comparison to Jared Goff

John Wall fires back at FS1's Nick Wright over comparison to Jared Goff

FS1's Nick Wright went in on Rams' quarterback Jared Goff Monday after a poor performance in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and linked the former No. 1 pick to another No. 1 pick, John Wall. 

Wall promptly responded to Wright's criticism and the latter clarified his claims.

With Wall expected to be sidelined for the entirety of the 2019 NBA season, his contract has been under constant scrutinization. Goff, on the other hand, is fully healthy and has been struggling mightily this season.

Goff has thrown for 2610 yards this season with 12 touchdowns and an alarming 9 interceptions. 

He recently agreed to a four-year, $134 million contract and has not lived up to it thus far.

The Wizards are hopeful that Wall can get back to full health and rejoin this group when he is ready.

With a depleted roster, the Wizards are currently sitting at a 2-6 record, but anyone who follows this team knows the fight they've put in game-in and game-out and that their record doesn't tell the full story. 

The Wizards travel to Boston for a Wednesday night showdown with the Celtics who are currently boasting the best record in the NBA at 8-1.

This will be a matchup that you do not want to miss.