In honor of March Madness, it’s only fighting that one of the top NBA highlights of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament involves two of the most prominent players of college hoops from the past decade.
With the Charlotte Hornets taking on the Washington Wizards, all eyes were on the point guard duel between All-Stars Kemba Walker and John Wall. The Hornets won at home by a final score of 98-93, and both floor generals played well, with Wall scoring 19 points and Walker adding 16.
Wall had the upper hand tonight, though, by pulling off one of the nastiest blocks of the season on a layup attempt by Walker. Clearly fueled by envy toward Walker for his national championship ring that he earned at UConn, Wall took out his latent frustrations by doing his best LeBron impression with the backboard-pinning block.
John Wall ether'd Kemba Walker with this chase-down block. pic.twitter.com/U0jRyRZKRE
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) March 19, 2017
No, Wall never won a natty. In his lone season at Kentucky, the Wildcats were upset in the Elite Eight. Walker, meanwhile, is still known far and wide for practically single-handedly leading the Connecticut Huskies to a Big East Tournament title in 2011 that saw them win an unprecedented five games in five days. Riding on that momentum, the Huskies went on to win the national championship in the ensuing NCAA Tourney, making Walker a permanent college basketball legend.
So this is Wall’s form of vindication during a time of the year that is probably very difficult for him but very enjoyable for Walker. While Wall’s one shining moment never came to fruition while a collegian, his one shining moment of this NBA season might’ve come tonight with one of the most electrifying blocks of the year.