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John Wall’s feud with Stephen A. Smith over Rosebar is the Wizards’ version of the NBA Finals

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Yeah, John Wall is going to Rosebar. (Brandon Wade/AP)

November 8 at 6:05 PM

One day after calling the Wizards’ situation “an abomination” and “a disgrace,” criticizing Coach Scott Brooks and ripping John Wall’s contract, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had some more harsh words for Washington’s 2-8 NBA team.

“A catastrophe is in the making in Washington, in our nation’s capital, as it pertains to basketball,” Smith said Thursday on “First Take.”

” . . . The situation with John Wall is so bad I’m getting pictures of John Wall off the court, [where] people are seeing him. They’re bringing up Rosebar, one of the most popular nightclubs, if not the most popular nightclub, in Washington, D.C. They’re talking about off-field habits. John Wall, pay attention!”

Wall apparently was paying attention. The point guard got wind of Smith’s comments and shared a message for his critics during an Instagram Live session from Orlando, where the Wizards will take on the Magic on Friday.

“It’s a long season, everybody don’t start off great,” he said. “Stay being a fan, I’m gonna stay hooping. Should you don’t find it irresistible, you’ll hike it. Details!”

A commenter requested why Wall, who was once chilling in a scorching bath, wasn’t within the gymnasium.

“I ain’t within the gymnasium as a result of I simply left follow ‘bout an hour or two in the past, so now I’m enjoyable with my ft up,” Wall mentioned. “However don’t inform the enthusiasts I mentioned that. They suspect I’m meant to stick within the gymnasium all day.”

Later, Wall showed that he does common Rosebar and mentioned he discovered a meme that’s circulated of him with the nightclub’s emblem Photoshopped onto his Wizards jersey “humorous.”

“I do move to Rosebar on Saturdays,” Wall mentioned. “What, now not meant to get together as soon as in a blue whilst? The f—? The place you be at, Opera? Residing Room?”

(Complete disclosure: I to start with interpreted the ultimate a part of the former quote as Wall taking a shot at enthusiasts who love to chill out on the opera or of their residing rooms. Then it dawned on me that those are the names of alternative, it seems that inferior, nightclubs in D.C. I am getting out so much.)

The Wizards’ protection isn’t the worst within the league on account of Wall’s clubbing conduct, however this isn’t the primary time this 12 months he has defended how he spends his time clear of the court docket.

“You were given a Nine-Five, what you do after your Nine-Five?” he mentioned ahead of the season. “You now not about to sit down in the home all day are you? I’m a grown guy and I will be able to do what I need to. I do know what I do and convey to the desk, and that’s 110 % effort. I understand how onerous I paintings on my recreation and I’m going to experience my lifestyles. I’m now not about to sit down at house and be uninteresting.”

I look ahead to Wall and Smith co-hosting a long term tournament at Rosebar, which couldn’t purchase the exposure it won on Thursday.

“I feel I’ve been to the Rosebar as soon as, however I’m now not positive, however I understand it’s the freshest nightclub in D.C. I can inform you this, I’m going,” Smith mentioned on “First Take.” “I’m now not apologizing for that, however that’s a unique matter for any other day. I don’t must play in entrance of the Wizards [fans], I’m now not getting paid over $30 million and I’m now not scheduled to make $46.Nine million within the ultimate 12 months of my contract 4 years from now.”

Learn extra at the Wizards:

In virtually another NBA town, Scott Brooks must fear about his task. No longer in D.C.

The Wizards are too sluggish to select up their tempo in loss to Mavericks

Dwight Howard is looking for to save lots of the Wizards’ season with smiles and excellent vibes

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