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« on: August 22, 2010, 01:54:37 am »
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR2010082005582.html

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Wizards rookie guard John Wall has been in the national spotlight since he was a freshman in high school and understands the value of a clean image.

Wall, the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, took part in the league's rookie transition program recently.

A presentation was given by NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver. He showed a poll from fans that revealed that NBA players have the greatest image problem of athletes in the three major sports.

"That ain't good," said Wall.

He has been conscious of his image since he joined the D-One Sports AAU program. His advisers Brian and Dwon Clifton had a strict policy of no cornrows or tattoos. Wall, who had braids at the time, was initially reluctant.

"When I first cut my hair and all that and didn't get any tattoos, that was the main thing, having a clean image coming into this," said Wall.

"That's what they want, to help you to be more marketable. And if you don't stay in the league a long time, it helps you get jobs after this."


I'm starting to like this kid.
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