John Wall Hopes to Emulate Derrick Rose?
John Wall squared up against the player whose career he would most like to duplicate and did his best to trade him acrobatic layup for head-scratching layup. And for a half, Wall held his own against Derrick Rose, the reigning league’s most valuable player, unwilling to get upstaged on his home turf.But as the game dragged on, and the Washington Wizards continued to miss shots and Rose continued to share the ball with his more-than-capable teammates, the gap between the two players and their respective teams became more magnified.
Rose got stronger as Wall disappeared. The Chicago Bulls kept finding ways to fend off the Wizards’ feeble attempts to make the game competitive. And Rose was able to leave town with fans at Verizon Center serenading him with “MVP!” chants, while Wall had to accept a 98-88 loss — and another reminder of how far he is from Rose and how far the Wizards are from being a serious threat.
“It all depends. It all depends on my development and it all depends on how your team carry on,” Wall said, when asked if he looked at Rose and saw himself in two or three years.