John Wall had a harsh introduction to USA Basketball protocol last week

John Wall - photo by Kevin C. Cox | Getty
John Wall – photo by Kevin C. Cox | Getty

had a harsh introduction to USA Basketball protocol last week when confusion over the departure time for the first Select Team practice led to him being about five minutes late for the bus from the hotel. The punishment: USAB Chairman Jerry Colangelo told Wall that he would have to pay a $600 fine.  “I didn’t know the time. Didn’t nobody send me the time,” Wall said, explaining his tardiness, after concluding practice on Monday at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus.  A panicked Wall was concerned for two reasons: He didn’t want to leave a negative impression on the body that will select future senior national teams – and since he is already avoiding the casino tables in Las Vegas, Wall definitely wasn’t trying to just give away his money. Colangelo later put him at ease.

 

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