John Wall, who was competing against the likes of Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard, was a late addition to the pool of players invited to USA Basketball Camp in Las Vegas and was considered to be a long shot to make the final roster. Bradley Beal had just completed his second season in the NBA, and it seemed like the USA coaching staff would like to get more experience on their team.
So, with that said, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not John Wall and Bradley Beal even got a realistic shot at making the team. Although Team USA typically likes to add point guards that could shoot from the outside consistently, they also needed defense and distributing–something that John Wall is better at than arguably any other guard on the roster.
When asked if he received a fair shot at making the roster, John Wall responded with this;
Nah, I don’t think so, but it’s a part of the game. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be there and represent my country. I wish them the best of luck and hope they can win gold.
Everybody had the same fair amount of time as far as being (in Las Vegas) and playing. I think [Team USA] already had kind of in their mind what they wanted to do and what decisions they were going (to make).
John Wall struggled during the televised scrimmage that ended after Paul George suffered the unfortunate injury, but according to USA Basketball chairman, Jerry Colangelo, both Wall and Beal could be a part of the team in the future.
I honestly didn’t expect John Wall and Bradley Beal to make the team, but I was very surprised that both were cut early in the process. Like John Wall, I didn’t think either player had much of a chance to make the roster, given their inexperience with Team USA and late invitations.
I think we’ll see John Wall and Bradley Beal wear USA jerseys in the future, but it’s not surprising that Wall didn’t think he had much of a chance. Like he has in the past, I think we’ll see John Wall prove the doubters wrong…again.