John Wall takes off before training camp tips off

John Wall takes off before training camp tips off
August 15, 2014, 12:15 pm
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With the preseason schedule tipping off on Oct. 6, the Wizards are expected to open training camp for the upcoming 2014-15 season in the middle of September. That leaves a month or so for the players to finish their offseason agenda. That could mean time in the weight room, putting up thousands of jumpers, hanging with the family. In the case of John Wall, it means...going on his first true vacation?

"Going to Hawaii for my birthday. first vacation -- ever," Wall told "Most (trips) are business trips/vacations. This one is just full vacation. Hopefully I'll have fun."

The year of first continues for Wall. He made his first All-Star game appearance in February, his first postseason appearance in April. 

While I've never actually been to Hawaii, finding fun shouldn't be an issue based on what I've learned from movies and television. Though he should avoid any bad luck tiki idols (If you don't know this Brady Bunch reference, ask you parents, but don't tell me you're doing that).

Wall turns 24 on September 6 at which time all of us who pay attention to the Wizards will surely utter, "Wow, he's still only 24 -- and Bradley Beal is just 21." Yes, the backcourt is very young and very good.

Proving Wall's point about his usual out of town adventures, he will leave for China on Saturday as part of a 14-day tour sponsored by his shoe company, Adidas. The goal, "to push my line." Wall has a signature shoe line coming out for the upcoming season.

For the record, the first thing that Wall said remained on his to-do list this offseason involved training. Not on the list, taking a page out of the Ron Artest/Metta World Peace/The Pandas Friend name-changing playbook. The former Lakers star announced his latest name change before he heads to play basketball in China this season.

"I like my name," the Wizards point guard said through a smile. "My name is perfectly fine."