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John Wall: 'It's shocking' that Otto Porter, Bradley Beal aren't in 3-point contest

John Wall: 'It's shocking' that Otto Porter, Bradley Beal aren't in 3-point contest

When the NBA released their list of participants for All-Star Saturday Night competitions, there was one major omission that many Wizards fans noticed. Where was Otto Porter?

The league picked eight guys, yet they didn't reserve a spot for Porter, who leads all players with a 46.3 three-point percentage. They didn't pick his Wizards teammate Bradley Beal, either, despite the fact he has done the contest before and is 14th in three-pointers made, ahead of Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, who was picked.

Wizards point guard John Wall thinks both should have been included.

"It's shocking to me. Otto's shooting the best percentage in the NBA right now. It would be great to have him in there," Wall said. "Brad has been in before, the last time it was in New Orleans. It's kind of shocking that neither one of them are there."

Wall, who will participate in the All-Star skills challenge, was rooting for Porter and Beal, as he knows exactly how deadly they can be from three-point range. They are the two best shooters on a Wizards team that now ranks sixth in the NBA in three-point shooting (36.9%).

"I just wish one of my teammates would get the invite. It didn't work out," Wall said. 

Here is the full group set for the three-point contest on Feb. 18: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Wes Matthews (Mavericks), Kemba Walker (Hornets), Nick Young (Lakers), C.J. McCollum (Blazers), Eric Gordon (Rockets)

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 


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Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

WASHINGTON -- It is not often you see a rookie find initial success in the NBA to the degree Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has, already with borderline All-Star numbers at the age of 20. And oftentimes, opponents are careful throwing out player comparisons for guys his age, wanting to see more before they anoint anyone.

Morant, though, is a different case and questions from media members at Wizards practice this week as the team gets set to face him for the first time naturally led to parallels to great players. On Thursday, Brooks brought up unprompted how much Morant reminds him of Russell Westbrook, his former player in Oklahoma City.

And on Friday, Bradley Beal invoked a teammate of his when breaking down what makes Morant so good.

"He loves to get up and down. He's really fast with the ball. It reminds you of John [Wall] in a lot of ways. He plays with his pace," Beal said.

Through 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2 percent from three on 2.2 attempts.

The threes have been surprising to most, as he shot a relatively modest 36.3 percent his final year in college at Murray State. But also surprising maybe just how lethal he has been at attacking the rim.

Sure, that was a big part of his game in college. But this is the NBA where athletes are much bigger and stronger. And he isn't the biggest guy either, weighing in at 175 pounds according to Basketball-Reference.

But despite lacking in size, he has shown an ability to finish through contact rarely seen from any player.

"I think he has a no-fear type of mentality. So, you have to respect his aggressiveness," Beal said. "He'll get respect from a lot of players in the league, a lot of refs in the league because of his aggressiveness and... with all the posters he has. So, he's an assassin. You gotta respect his game."

Beal likely won't draw the defensive assignment on Morant. That will probably go to Ish Smith and back-up point guard Chris Chiozza, who is with the team while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a left calf injury.

Beal knows it is going to be tough for the whole Wizards team to contain Morant. He said the trick will be trying to stay in front of him, though he knows that is easier said than done.

Really, Morant is such a unique player that the Wizards can only gameplan and prepare so much until they actually experience facing him for the first time.

"He's gonna be a handful," Beal said.