Wall and Saunders (Ned Dishman/Getty)Anyone who appreciates both joy and basketball, especially simultaneously, found something to like in the NBA player takeover of America's summer leagues. There were highlights, moments of community outreach, and a general sense that these men who play basketball for a living would be in love with the sport even if they weren't paid millions of dollars. Truth be told, it was a nice respite from the overwhelming corporatism of the NBA experience.
Now it's the real season, though, and the joy of barely organized basketball must give way to the demands of professionalism. If you haven't noticed, the Washington Wizards are having a rough season, with rising star John Wall seeing his stats regress in a year when most people expected him to make a major leap. So, with so much going poorly for Wall and his colleagues, head coach Flip Saunders decided it would be a good idea to say his best player played too many summer league games during the lockout. From Benjamin Standig for CSNWashington.com:Read More »from Flip Saunders thinks John Wall played in too many summer leagues