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07:22 AM ET 10.15 | With a max deal, John Wall can afford to send some messages. [Wall] is sending messages to himself, mapping out an agenda in scribbles and snapshots: reminders of goals not yet achieved and slights both real and imagined. There are rankings to set straight, doubts to squelch, expectations to manage. So Wall is utilizing every available tool -- a cell-phone camera to capture the insults, a Sharpie to spell out his mission. When the Washington Wizards open the season Oct. 30 in Detroit, Wall will take the court with the word "playoffs" scribbled on his shoes. He will repeat the exercise every day, through 82 games, lest he or anyone else lose sight of the goal. "You will see it on all my shoes," Wall said last week. "Every game pair is going to have 'playoffs' on it. That's my main determination."

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October 15, 2013  07:25 AM ET

When did he learn to write? Didn't think they taught that at Kentucky

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October 15, 2013  08:47 AM ET

It's stupid! Just play one game at a time and the goal will come. You can't control injuries and bad lucks. What happens if you find out halfway through the season that your team still sucks?

October 15, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Be a leader dude, don't be stupid. This is why I hate max deals for immature young athletes with little leadership skills.

October 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Don't You Mean 'Payoff', Bro?

October 15, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Reminding himself to check StubHub for tickets?

October 15, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Don't write it, show me!

October 15, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Be a leader dude, don't be stupid. This is why I hate max deals for immature young athletes with little leadership skills.

Couldn't have said it better. I mean, why not have these goals all those years before? It takes a max deal for guys like this to get "motivated". This is why I didn't like him getting a max deal in the first place. What a brat...

October 15, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Maybe he should write "get traded" on his shoes.........

October 15, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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I like what he's trying to do.....But I mean....are you that stupid that you're going to forget the goal?

No need to imply stupidity. Athletes have used this kind of motivation for......decades.

When he was with the pre-championship Bulls, Michael Jordan used similar forms of self-motivation.

Jus' sayin'.......

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October 15, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Good that he's trying to motivate himself. Sad state of affairs for the team when his motivation is to just make the playoffs, something that half the teams in the league do. Did anyone ask him what he's going to write on his shoes when the Wizards are eliminated from playoff contention?

October 15, 2013  12:59 PM ET

BUST.

October 15, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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Good that he's trying to motivate himself. Sad state of affairs for the team when his motivation is to just make the playoffs......

1. Gotta crawl and walk before you can run.

2. Goals should be somewhat realistic.

October 15, 2013  03:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No need to imply stupidity. Athletes have used this kind of motivation for......decades. When he was with the pre-championship Bulls, Michael Jordan used similar forms of self-motivation. Jus' sayin'.......

Did you just throw in Wall and MJ in the same argument?

October 16, 2013  12:19 AM ET

Kyrie OWNS John Wall

October 16, 2013  12:20 AM ET
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BUST.

he would be the best Knick not named Melo in the last decade

i mean- he is no kyrie irving that is for sure.....

but he is a solid player

October 16, 2013  12:20 AM ET

half way through the year itll be completely clear to Knicks fans that Tristan Thompson would be by far their best big man

 
October 16, 2013  02:47 PM ET
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he would be the best Knick not named Melo in the last decadei mean- he is no kyrie irving that is for sure.....but he is a solid player

Ok then. Hopefully the Bulls will trade Rose for Wall straight up. You would love that right? I mean since you're so into him and all.

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