Rockets rookie Jalen Green credits John Wall with helping his development

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Though he remains under contract with Houston, five-time All-Star John Wall is not playing for the Rockets this season as part of a mutually agreed-upon plan to prioritize the development of younger players.

One of those players, of course, is rookie guard Jalen Green — the No. 2 overall pick from the 2021 NBA draft. After Wednesday’s practice at Toyota Center, reporters captured video of Green and Wall playing against each other in a heated one-on-one battle, and the 19-year-old was asked in a subsequent interview about their relationship.

Here’s how Green responded:

Yeah, that’s like my big bro. He gives me a bunch of advice. We’re always talking on the court. When we’re at the crib, we watch film and stuff together. We break stuff down and watch games.

It’s good to have a big brother like that. He’s been in the league for so long that he has a lot of knowledge, on the court and off the court. It helps out a lot.

See below for extended videos of some of Green’s one-on-one battles with Wall following Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

Through his first four NBA games, Green is averaging 14.5 points (40.0% on 3-pointers), 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 32.5 minutes. Green and the Rockets (1-3) will return to action when the Utah Jazz (3-0) visit Toyota Center on Thursday, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. Central.

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