Everybody knows that rookie games turn into dunk exhibitions in the final minute and in the final 20 seconds of the 2012 Rising Stars game, John Wall stopped at the 3 point line to throw himself a lob for one last slam dunk contest worthy dunk. Wall tossed the ball up and started to run after the ball but as soon as it bounced, Detroit’s Greg Monroe stole it and threw a full court pass to one of his teammates for a wide open dunk. The crowd and announcers responded with boos and Kenny Smith said “Greg, you better not do that again.”
“It was just a joke,” Monroe said about the steal. “He got another shot at it. The game was over so it wasn’t a big deal… I thought about it right when I did it. It was real quick. I was thinking about letting him go but then …”
Wall was fine with Monroe’s joke but also joked that it’s going to come back and haunt him one day.
“I was going to try the between-the-legs,” Wall said. “I’ve never tried that before. He stole the ball. He messed my up my rhythm. It’s just fun. Don’t get mad at him for it. He did it so I’m going to try to dunk on him when we play them.”
They have played many games since that event, including a game earlier in the year when Greg Monroe dunked on Wall, but during the opening minutes of last night’s game, Wall was able to serve up some revenge for that 2012 night by posterizing Monroe with a left hand jam.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, they weren’t able to beat the Pistons despite a game high 34 points from Wall but I’m sure Wall get his revenge again.