Up to this point in his NBA career, John Wall is probably best known for an amazing pregame Dougie dance. But things are improving on the court for the 2010 No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky. After missing 33 games to start this season, Wall is shooting and passing better than ever. We caught up with the Washington Wizards point guard (looking dapper in his new adidas Crazyquick basketball shoes) during All-Star Weekend to talk pro competition, denim and sleeves. But not dance teams.
I love DC, but it’s cold, so I like hoodies. I like anything with a hood on it so I can cover up my head sometimes. Not that I don’t want to be bothered, I just like to be warm.
MADE MAN: For all the aspiring ballers out there, what’s the key to being a No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft?
JOHN WALL: Well, I don’t know because I never thought I’d be the number one pick. I was always small growing up. Then I finally grew into my body. Find somebody good to really work out against, so you can develop a lot faster. And just focus on your game, keep trying to get better every day.
MM: Do you ever wish you were drafted by, like, a playoff team?
JW: No. I don’t think so. You get put in certain situations when you get drafted high, so you know what you’re getting into. And they pick you for a reason, to try to help change the organization and the team. I feel like we’re going in the right direction.
MM: Coming into the NBA, what was the biggest surprise for you?
JW: The biggest surprise to me is how every night you have to play against a tough point guard, you know what I mean? In college or high school, you might have an off night at (the opposing) point guard. Every night in the NBA you have to go against a top point guard. They might not be an All-Star, but they’re good enough to be here.
MM: What’s the best part about life in the NBA?
JW: You’re reaching your dream. But it don’t stop there. You got to keep playing, you know? You have a great chance to put a whole city and team on your back and change everything around.
MM: The Warriors are playing three games this season in sleeved jerseys. Can you imagine an NBA where every team is wearing sleeves?
JW: Yeah, I can see it. Some people say it might get in their way when they’re shooting, but the shirts we shoot around in during pregame is the same. They’re just thinner and fit to your body better.
MM: What would be your NBA all-style team? You can include yourself if you want.
JW: Yeah, I’m top. Me… LeBron’s up there, D-Wade, Carmelo and I’ll say Amar’e.
MM: Do you have a go-to outfit? A signature style look?
JW: I love DC, but it’s cold, so I like hoodies. I like anything with a hood on it so I can cover up my head sometimes. Not that I don’t want to be bothered, I just like to be warm. So probably hoodies and some G-Star jeans, or Nudie jeans.
MM: Is there one item of clothing that every guy should have?
JW: You gotta have G-Star in your closet. That’s what I like to wear.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about women, and who gave it to you?
JW: My sisters, I got six sisters. They taught me how girls are, and just watching them growing up, I seen all the tricks and traits. They taught me to be careful, don’t trust every girl.
MM: What’s the hottest NBA dance team?
JW: I don’t even look at the dance team, really, to be honest. I have no hottest NBA dance team. You see them because you’re shooting around, but I don’t really focus on them.
MM: Got any parting words of wisdom?
JW: Stay humble and hungry, always.