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John Wall advises Lonzo Ball on how to deal with rookie struggles

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Now in his eighth year in the NBA, John Wall believes he's the best two-way point guard in the league and exudes confidence whenever he steps onto the floor.

Coming off a career year, the 27-year-old has now firmly established himself as a star but he had to go through some hard moments to get to this point.

There were times when Wall was not so confident in his game and during his rookie campaign, he wished he was back in college, per the L.A. Times.

After being selected with the number one overall pick in 2010 by the Washington Wizards, the Kentucky product couldn't handle the losing in his debut season- he lost 59 games, more than he'd lost in all of his other seasons of basketball combined before entering the pros.

He was under pressure to turn the fortunes of the franchise around and become a leader but he initially struggled with the responsibility early in his Wizards career.

Seven years on, Wall is now a four-time All-Star and Washington are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and will once again be contending this year.

On Wednesday night, the All-NBA man will face another young point guard who is faced with the same pressure as a rookie in Los Angeles and has the hopes of an entire team on his back as they look to him to bring the glory days back to the Lakers.

Wall knows exactly what Lonzo Ball will go through and how he can get through it.

“He’s a humble kid,” Wall said. “Doesn’t say too much. Just plays the game. Plays with a low demeanor. That’s something you can respect about him. He lets his game do the talking.

“I think he’ll be fine. People gotta be patient, let him deal with it how he deals with it. Everybody wants him to be an angry, aggressive type of guy. That’s not his demeanor. His demeanor is laid back, quiet and don’t say much.”

The two players were in the headlines this week but not because of anything either of them had said.

After the Lakers' home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball's father LaVar warned the Wizards to beware as his son wouldn't be losing twice in succession.

This led to Washington big man Marcin Gortat replying on Twitter saying Wall would "torture" Lonzo for 48 minutes.

Wall, however, doesn't plan to compete against the 19-year-old any differently than he would against any other rookie.

“You want to show rookies what this league is about, point blank, period,” he said. “That’s what I’m all about. That happened to me coming in. Every point guard I played.

"Even the guys that weren’t a top 10-point guard, top-15 point guard, those guys are going to target you.”

This will certainly be the toughest matchup yet for Ball on both ends of the floor and it'll be interesting to see how he fares against an elite player in his position.

Topics:
Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kobe Bryant
John Wall

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