John Wall vs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas: What Does Scuffle Say About Wall?

Joye Pruitt@joyethewarSenior Analyst IApril 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 of the Miami Heat (C) and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards (R) are restrained by referee Monty McCutchen #13 (L) during the first half at the Verizon Center on March 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. Ilgauskas, Wall, and Juwan Howard #5 of the Miami Heat were ejected from the game during the incident.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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John Wall has long been looked as the smiling, dancing, young point guard that could pick the franchise up off of its knees. He has not been able to achieve anything close to that, and the road record that he has “led” the Wizards through will make even the strongest cringe.

Before anyone jumps to any brash conclusions, it is not time to compare him to his former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins as far as his temper goes.

The rookie was probably more upset at the season than at Zydrunas Ilgauskas directly. Being tossed and bossed around by an opponent who clearly outweighs and outplays may have been a factor in his temper tantrum as well.

The one-game suspension doled out by the NBA should not worry Washington fans. Why? The outcome of the game does not rest on whether or not Wall is active. The real leaders of the team, JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Andray Blatche will be in play, so no need to fear.

Besides, the game against Cleveland is going to be nothing more than a measuring stick of whose season has been not so bad.

The Cavaliers have attempted to gain momentum towards the end of the season, even though they have no possible pathway to the playoffs. The motto has always been, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.”

The Wizards have just been at a standstill.

Wall has some growing to do as far as attitude and on-court athletics go, but to refer to his age and level of maturity as a reason as to why he overreacted in the situation is above and beyond misleading.

Juwan Howard is a constant variable in tussles involving the Miami Heat, and he is how old?

As entertaining as the scuffle was, it has no long-term repercussions or telltale signs of either side. We are still waiting for John Wall to play like he is in the NBA and Zydrunas is still a human tower.

See, nothing’s changed.