I heard something interesting on the Jim Rome show while driving back from Jazz shoot-around this morning.
Guest host Josh Innes, a Houston-area talk-show host, had former Rockets great and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy on during the second hour of the show. And when Innes asked Murphy, “How good is (Washington Wizards rookie) John Wall,” Murphy said he has incredible talent, but doesn’t yet know how to play the NBA game.
Murphy even invoked the name John Stockton during the discussion.
“He’s a tremendous, tremendous talent,” Murphy said of Wall. “But he hasn’t learned how to play NBA basketball yet. Once he learns how to play the NBA style of basketball, the sky’s going to be the limit.”
Murphy said Wall “is a good player” but that he isn’t “impressed yet.”
“Can you make your team win,” Murphy asked. “You can be an individual, but can you be a Magic Johnson? Can you be a John Stockton? You know, that type thing.
“Everybody starts talking about (Wall’s) potential, and I’m hearing them put his name in with a John Stockton. Let’s not get ridiculous. John Stockton (was) consistent over a number of years and he’s taken his team to heights that Wall hasn’t even thought about yet.”
An interesting take from one of the NBA’s all-time great point guards.