John Wall has shooting role model in Jason Kidd

John Wall has shooting role model in Jason Kidd
February 8, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Regardless of how the Wizards fare in their homestand finale Friday night against the Nets, they will have no worse than a .500 record with John Wall in the lineup.

There is no debate about how much improved Washington is with their playmaking point guard in the lineup. On the other hand, the bar room-level argument about whether the third-year player is a "franchise" player continues - and will, as noted here, eventually get kicked up to the board room

At a basic level, the negatives against Wall stem from his perimeter shooting struggles. It's also why Jason Kidd is a player frequently used in comparisons because the future Hall of Famer entered the league with a lacking touch.

Over the second half of his career, Kidd, who faced Wall Wednesday night, has turned evolved into more than simply a competent shooter. He made over 40 percent of his 3-point attempts in three consecutive seasons.

Asked about how he improved his shot, Kidd stated what you might assume. Practice, we're talking practice.

"Just a lot of shots, working on it, that's all," said the current Knick and former Mavericks guard.

As for his Wizards' counterpoint, Kidd noted, "When you have the speed that John Wall has, you don't really have to rely on the 3-point shot because you can get to the basket. That's your job. His 3-point shot will come."

Kidd downplayed his own physical attributes, but stated there was a certain evolutionary component that helped energize his pursuit of a better jumper.

"Just the game changing for me. Not being the fast guy - and also being the guy they were going to leave a lot of times to double-team Dirk [Nowitzki] or Melo [Anthony]. You want to be able to be on the floor so you have to knock down shots."

Notes...Randy Wittman was non-committal about playing Bradley Beal (sprained right wrist) against the Nets Friday night, though all signs points to the rookie returning after a five-game absence. Beal stated as much following Thursday's practice and he was also not listed as "out" on the pregame lineup sheet.