John Wall is the best basketball player on the best basketball team in the country, with the most adoring fans in the country, and a team of talented superstars as his supporting cast.â†µ
That’s about as good as it gets, no?
Given all that, what follows should probably be taken with a grain of salt. College kids say stuff that make no sense, and a 19-year old like Wall is prone to emotional peaks-and-valleys just like any other college freshman.â†µ
In recent weeks, UK coach John Calipari has been critical of Wall’s play. Here’s what Wall said about Calipari, and his general mindset, after Kentucky’s 85-71 win over Vandy:â†µ
He said I played awful. I didn’t think I played that bad. I don’t know what to expect. He’s probably going to say I played bad today too, so I don’t know. I just try not to listen to him and go out and play basketball and try and help my team win.â†µ
To be honest, I really haven’t been having fun for the last two weeks. It’s just being frustrated and things like that so, I just got to figure it out before we go further in league play.â†µ
Umm… Trouble in paradise? Maybe, but just as likely, this is a case of a college freshman that’s not used to being criticized by his coach. Given Calipari’s history coaching impressionable young stars exactly like Wall, something tells me he’ll figure this out without too much trouble.â†µ
But in case Wall's actually unhappy, here's an open letter to the wunderkind:â†µ
Dear Mr. Wall,â†µ
You’re John Wall! THE John Wall. That's pretty much the coolest thing ever.â†µ
Andrew Sharp, on behalf of America.