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09:41 AM ET 02.19 | John Wall has had to get accustomed to losing in Washington, and this week, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick had to deal with what felt like a rejection. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal chose teams for the Rising Star Challenge from a pool of 20 rookies and second-year players and Wall was selected 12th overall. "It's a joke to me," said Wall, who is averaging 16.9 points and 7.5 assists in his second season. "If they think there are 11 guys better than me, then that's their decision. But I know what I think in my mind and all I can do is go out there and play basketball the way I know how to play."

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February 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Does It Matter, Bro?

February 19, 2012  10:01 AM ET

So Wall is taking the "fantasy GM" work of Barkley and Shaq as a rejection? Really? I'm not sure how to even respond to that.

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February 19, 2012  10:03 AM ET

[Disclaimer: This comment is directed towards John Wall's comments and do not reflect my thoughts on Jeremy Lin at all. I couldn't be happier for him. Now...]

Dude... When you are consistently played to a stand still or outplayed by Jeremy Lin, you need to re-examine your game and who you think you are. Just like your ex-teammate out Left in Sacramento.

February 19, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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there is no question he has talent-but basically all of the top pgs today- pal, dwil, rose, rondo were all WAY further along than he is nowSome guys take longer to 'get it'...but some never docurrently- he doesn't make anyone better and he doesn't help them winIts too early for them to give up on him-but I would absolutely listen to offers if some team wants himas they'd get back ALOT

Ca-ching!!! On the money comment.

February 19, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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There are 2 ways to react to being jilted.1. Run to the media and tell the media how great you are compared to some others.2. Run to the gym and make yourself a better player. The superstars do number 2.

Ca-ching!!! On the money comment... Part II.

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February 19, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Another dumb selfish Kentucky player.

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February 19, 2012  11:38 AM ET

What John Wall intended to say was that he was blessed and honored to be selected 12th for this event... but what came out his mouth was crap he learned at Kentucky.

February 19, 2012  11:39 AM ET

What John Wall meant/intended to say was that he was blessed and honored to be selected 12th for this event... but what came out his mouth was crap he learned at Kentucky.

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