John Wall talks MVP, two-way play, and more with Jim Rome

With six steals in last night’s 118-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now has the most steals by a Wizards’ players in a single season. Wall joined The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday and talked about how he’s focusing more on both ends of the court this season, his first with head coach Scott Brooks.

“Coach tells me every game I could be the best two-way guard in the league at point guard, and I just got to do it on a nightly basis,” Wall said. “I can’t get bored with it. And it’s something I’m just trying to get better and better with it, just learn how to lock in and be better for 48 minutes and not just turning it on when I want too.”

Along with his focus and the play of his teammates, Wall says being healthy after the surgery he had on both knees in the off-season is the most important reason for his team’s play. The four-time All-Star talked about the frustration of not being healthy last year and the lengths he had to go to just to get on the court.

“I’m a guy who likes to work on my craft and after having a bad game or watching film I like to go work on what I feel like I can get better at, I couldn’t do it,” Wall said. “It was frustrating to have to get here, really three, four hours before practice and even three, four hours before a game just to prepare myself. So it was frustrating, but it’s a lot easier now that I can go in there 15-20 minutes, get right, and then go get my job done.”

For the third straight season, Wall is averaging .6 blocks a game to go along with more than 10 assists per contest, the first player to do so in a season since Magic Johnson in 1984. Wall feels honored to be mentioned along with the former Lakers star in any stat, but covets something else the Hall of Famer has five of.

“It’s great, can’t get no better. That’s one of the greatest point guards of all-time. He has championships, something I’ll hope to bring here one day,” Wall said about Johnson.

Wall also weighed in on the NBA MVP race, where most believe it’s a two-man race between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Wall said you can’t give the award to just one.

“For me, its tough man. I would go Co,” Wall said, suggesting a co-MVP situation. “Because you got a guy (Westbrook) that’s averaging a triple double and you have a guy in James that’s two rebounds away from averaging a triple double, so that’s what I would do, because it’s too tough to kind of decide.”

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