Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall made his on-air debut Friday night when the Wizards took on the Mavericks at Capital One Arena.
He joined Justin Kutcher and Drew Gooden on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast before the game and for the entirety of the first quarter, and the Wizards did not disappoint during his short stint as an analyst.
Let's start with Isaac Bonga giving Rui Hachimura a birthday gift.
Come for Rui's birthday dunk, stay for John Wall's reaction😂 pic.twitter.com/61g3c3GNXc— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 8, 2020
Friday was Hachimura's second game back from a 22-game absence due to a groin injury he sustained in December.
Bonga was the one who's inadvertent kick caused the rookie's injury, so it's good to see these two involved in a positive play on the court. Ironically enough, Wall was so locked in watching the game that he barely reacted when Hachimura threw down the slam.
Nobody on this year's roster has played more with Wall than Bradley Beal, so while his longtime backcourt mate is out for the season and making his TV debut, Beal made sure to give him a highlight to talk about.
Wall mentioned earlier in the broadcast that he's been impressed with Beal's performance leading the Washington offense despite playing shooting guard most of his career. Wall mentioned he himself is working more on his 3-pointer so that when he returns next season, he'll be able to play off-ball while Beal initiates the offense.
When the Wizards traded Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers in exchange for Jerome Robinson, they needed another point guard. That's when Tommy Sheppard swung a deal with the Nuggets, sending Jordan McRae to Denver for Shabazz Napier.
Napier's played for six different teams in his first six seasons in the NBA even though he's been productive everywhere he's been.
On the Wizards, he'll have the chance to share point guard minutes with Ish Smith and perhaps even start some games down the stretch. For a player set to hit free agency this summer, it's hard to ask for a better situation.
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