Over the weekend, the Washington Post's Mike Wise wrote a column about Wizards point guard John Wall's recent encouraging play. For whatever reason, this made former superagent David Falk very mad, mad enough to call up Wise and go on a tirade against Wall and the Wizards organization. Lucky for us, Wise used his conversation with Falk to write a highly entertaining follow-up column in which Falk comes off like a salty old man. Some highlights:
"I'm going to save you from embarrassment," Michael Jordan's former agent said as an introduction Monday night when he called.
A Wizards season ticket holder, Falk added: "You guys are in dreamland. Because this team [stinks] so bad you guys want John Wall to be someone he will never be."
"Let me ask you a question," Falk said, maybe 28 times over 30 minutes, often answering for you. "Who's bigger, Kyrie Irving or John Wall? John Wall. Who's a better athlete? John Wall. Who's faster? Who's stronger? John Wall.
"Now, who's a better player? Kyrie Irving," he said of Cleveland's all-star point guard who was rookie of the year in 2012. "John Wall will never be good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA.
"I don't think he'll be a much smarter player," he said. "You can't become a smart player. You either are or you aren't."
As Wise points out in his column, it is very strange for an active agent to take such blatant shots at a current player, nevermind the fact that writing off a 22-year-old player who has John Wall's athletic gifts is aggressively shortsighted.
So what's Falk's deal? He's certainly not the power player he once was when he and Michael Jordan and Nike conquered the sports world together, but why take his frustration out on John Wall? Wise guesses that Falk might hold a grudge against Wall because he was picked ahead of Evan Turner, a client of Falk's, in the 2010 draft.
Either way, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind David Falk that John Wall is in fact very good at basketball.
Update: David Falk says that he is real sorry.