John Wall's Turnover Wager with Howard Eisley Disallowed by NBA

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

Dec 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on from the court against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall never got a chance to make good on a vow to pay assistant coach Howard Eisley $100 for every game this season in which he had more than two turnovers. 

According to J. Michael of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the NBA informed Wall in mid-October that his wager was in violation of league policy. 

Wall told Michael the NBA considered the wager to be a form of gambling. 

"They (the NBA) squashed that early in the season," Wall said Friday. "[They] called us. I guess it's betting. (They said) it's league protocol."

Wall's wager with Eisley, which was first made public in an article by Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post on Oct. 10, stemmed from the All-Star point guard's desire to improve his overall performance and become a better leader. 

(Wall) also wants to improve his shot selection and turnover rate. To incentivize the cause, Wall will pay assistant coach Howard Eisley $100 for every game he commits more than two turnovers. Worst-case scenario, that's a $8,200 loss.

"So that means take care of the ball," Wall said.

It's a good thing the NBA did put a halt to Wall's wager because his quest to stop turning the ball over has not panned out so far this season. The 25-year-old is averaging a career high 4.3 turnovers per game and has 26 games with at least three turnovers.

Even though Wall can afford to pay out the $2,600 he would have lost to this point, the bigger concern for the Wizards is his biggest flaw continues to be a problem six seasons into his career.

The Wizards have struggled with a 15-18 record thus far, so getting Wall back on track has to be their top priority if they hope to make another playoff run. 


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