John Wall set to play basketball far, far away

This should be his breakout season. A time for John Wall and his near prodigious talent to make that sophomore season leap into excellence. The Wizards should be entrenched in the arduous process of surrounding him with all the appropriate pieces he  needs. Instead, all of the hope and joy his ability places in the hearts of Washington’s fan base has been placed on undetermined hold. Thanks, lockout!

Wall is scheduled to play in an exhibition on December 1…in Anchorage, Alaska. These type of contests aren’t anything new to Wall, but something about it being in Alaska is especially gloomy (no offense, loyal Alaskan reader). There’s something final and extreme about going all the way up there, and despite games being cancelled through December 15 (at least) it still makes me feel even more pessimistic about any semblance of an NBA season happening. Hit up Hawaii instead?

From the Anchorage Daily News:

“It’s gonna be like a giant NBA all-star game in Alaska that has never been seen before,” said Buddy Bailey of Alaska Hoops, Inc.

Bailey, a former Alaska high school star who went on to play at UAA, came up with the idea. He sent a text message to Chalmers’ father, Ronnie Chalmers. After Chalmers made about 15 minutes of phone calls, he told Bailey he had six players interested and everything took off from there.

There are 19 players committed to playing, who will split into two teams and play each other in a 48-minute game, like a regulation NBA game.

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