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Washington Wizards star John Wall out indefinitely with injury

John Wall (2012 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Every NBA team has one player that they can’t play without.

Take the Washington Wizards.

The one player they can ill-afford to lose for any length of time is point guard John Wall.

The 24-year-old, 2-time All-Star is out indefinitely as his team is in a 1-1 dogfight with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA’s other Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.

Wall has five nondisplaced fractures in his left wrist and hand.

The University of Kentucky product was hurt in Game 1 against the Hawks.

Game 3 is on Sunday at Washington and head coach Randy Wittman says the team is prepared to go ahead without Wall.

Washington misses much without the 6’4, 195-pounder. Wall is known for his blazing speed and explosive athleticism. Along with his ability to get to the rim using his speed, Wall also has a tremendous ability to pass the ball.

LA Clippers’ star Griffin top NBA rookie

 

Blake Griffin LA Clippers vs Washington on March 12, 2011 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after a landslide vote, becoming the NBA’s first unanimous choice for the award in 21 years.

Griffin received every first-place vote from all 118 media members, easily beating Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

The 6-foot-10-inch former Oklahoma star is the first to win the award unanimously since David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in 1990, and just the third unanimous selection in NBA history since Ralph Sampson in 1984.

Griffin’s season one one to remember, as he led all rookies in scoring, finishing 12th in the league at 22.5 and rebounding, finishing 4th in the league at 12.1. He played all 82 games for the Clippers, won the NBA’s slam dunk contest and was the NBA’s first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming in 2003.

 

compiled from Los Angeles Clippers & NBA news

With only a 10.3 chance of winning NBA lottery, Wizards are #1

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

Irene Pollin was present at the NBA Lottery with fellow Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and all she wanted waqs to make one of her husband’s dreams come true and that was win an NBA Lottery.

Well, the Wizards won the draft lottery Tuesday night in Secaucus, New Jersey, moving up from the number 5 spot to earn the top pick in next month’s draft, when it will likely choose between Evan Turner of Ohio State and John Wall of Kentucky.

Irene Pollin (file)

Mrs. Pollin wore the 1978 Bullets championship ring of her late husband, longtime owner Abe Pollin, who died at age 85 in November.

The Philadelphia 76ers moved up from number 6 to the second pick and New Jersey will draft third.

The Wizards management are trying to pick up the pieces after the Gilbert Arenas gun episode and the trading away of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler.

Kentucky Wildcats lose 5 to the NBA Draft

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

When John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton enrolled at the University of Kentucky, they wanted to return the basketball program to the national spotlight.

They accomplished that and now the national spotlight will fall on them in the NBA.

On Wednesday, those four plus junior forward Patrick Patterson pulled a mass exodus and entered the upcoming NBA draft.

John Calipari (UK)

Wall and Cousins are expected to be among the first few players selected after leading Kentucky to a remarkable turnaround season in John Calipari’s first season on the job.

The Wildcats went 35-3 this season, winning the Southeastern Conference regular season and conference tournament titles before losing to West Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.

Players have until May 8 to change their minds, as long as they don’t hire an agent. However, it’s highly unlikely any of the five players will come back for another season with the Wildcats.

There is no question that John Wall, who was the SEC player of the year after averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds while providing highlight reel plays everytime he handled the ball.

If all 5 of the players leave, Coach Calipari will be faced with a rebuilding project on the same level with the one he inherited a year ago. Those departures combined with the graduation of Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson and Mark Krebs leaves Kentucky with just five players returning next year, only three of whom, guards DeAndre Liggins and Darnell Dodson and forward Darius Miller, played significant minutes during the just completed season.

Kentucky already has commitments from center Enes Kanter and Stacey Poole and are one of several schools in the hunt land guard Brandon Knight.

The awards keep piling up; Turner named AP Player of the Year

compiled from staff, wire, internet and Ohio State Athletics

Evan Turner (OSU)

Ohio State star Evan Turner has won another trophy. This time he has been selected as the Associated Press Player of the Year.

Turner, a 6-foot-7 junior swingman who averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky freshman John Wall was second with nine votes.

The awards ceremony was in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of this year’s Final Four. Coach Thad Matta was there, but Evan Turner didn’t expect two of his teammates, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale  to make the 175-mile, 3-hour trip across interstate 70 to be in attendance.

Turner said of the gesture by his teammate, “They are really family and this shows it.”

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