Like a president-elect awaiting inauguration, Kentucky's John Wall is seemingly just biding his time until he can officially begin cleaning up Washington.
Life hasn’t been so simple for DeMarcus Cousins, who has been crisscrossing the country battling Derrick Favors in hopes of getting picked soon after his college teammate.
It’s been a decidedly different draft process for the Kentucky freshmen, but Cousins thinks it will yield the same result once they become pros.
“John’s an incredible player, I believe I’m a pretty good player and we’re going to play our roles,” Cousins said Wednesday.
Never miss a local story.
Though NBA rules prevent them from confirming it, the Wizards have been expected to take Wall from the moment they landed the No. 1 pick for today’s draft.
“I’m excited, but at the same time a little nervous,” Wall said. “I probably won’t get any sleep tonight or tomorrow before the day starts.”
Wall said he let his mother pick the suit he will wear today, but he hasn’t seen it.
“Hopefully, there’s no pink or green,” he said. “I don’t want to be picked on.”
The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly will take national player of the year Evan Turner from Ohio State with the No. 2 pick.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he is leaning toward retirement, but will wait for the results of another battery of medical tests before announcing his decision. … The Miami Heat traded shooting guard Daequan Cook and the No. 18 selection in today’s draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the No. 32 pick. … The funeral for former NBA player and humanitarian Manute Bol will be held Tuesday in Washington.