WASHINGTON, D.C. - Of all the head coaches in the NBA, few have more wisdom about good point guard play than Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He was an outstanding point guard in his own right back in the day, and he's also nurtured Rajon Rondo's development into one of the league's top players.â†µ
So Rivers probably has a unique perspective on John Wall, the Wizards' young star. When I asked about Wall before tonight's Wizards-Celtics game, Rivers said the one thing he needs to improve is how he manages his speed.â†µ
â†µâ†µ"He's going to learn how to play with the speed," Rivers said. "That's the biggest crutch for all young players. They have speed. They don't know when to use it and when not to use it. He's going to learn that too."â†µ
That probably explains why Wall had so much trouble getting to the basket against Steve Nash, a defensive sieve, last night.â†µ
Rivers also said he sees some similarities between Wall and Rondo.â†µ
â†µâ†µ"I don't know if they're the same type of player, but they both have the speed component, and they both have great vision. I think John has terrific vision and it's going to get better."