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John Wall's Trip to Turner Studios

December 19, 2013

When the Wizards were in Atlanta to play the Hawks last week, John Wall was invited to Turner Studios to make appearances on two of their shows.

He first was given a tour of the studios before waiting to go on NBATV's "NBA Gametime" with Jared Greenberg and Steve Smith.

After hanging out backstage, Wall had the makeup team do their magic and got him ready to make his first appearance. After answering all the questions about his improvements this season, the team's goals, etc, he walked through some drills with former NBA sharpshooter Steve Smith.

The sets at Turner Studios were really impressive. Sometimes it's hard to tell just how big they are on TV, but they have so much space in front of and behind the desks, which allows for plenty of different cameras and basketball hoops to be placed on set.

After Wall finished up his NBATV spot, he sat down for a 1-on-1 with's Sekou Smith. You can read his piece on Wall here.

Then it was time for the main attraction, a spot on the Emmy award winning "Inside the NBA" on TNT. This show has become a staple for all basketball fans worldwide. Host Ernie Johnson and his team of Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Chris Webber, provide the perfect blend of basketball and comedy.

Getting a chance to see all of the behind-the-scenes charades that occur while the cameras weren't rolling was a treat. And not just for myself, but for Wall as well, because he too is a fan of the game and the guys on the set.

Wall met the crew beforehand in the dressing room and started talking some trash to Kenny Smith about the upcoming Kentucky - UNC hoops game (Wall went to Kentucky, Smith went to UNC). *Editors Note* - UNC went on to win the game, 82-77.

The crew then went into the studio to begin taping their pregame spot for Thursday night's games. They then moved all of the cameras from one side of the studio to the other so they could tape Wall's segment with Chris Webber on the basketball court. The segment was similar to what Wall did with Smith on the NBATV court. They went over some of the plays Wall likes to run and how he comes off of high pick and rolls.

The segment was taped and then aired after the conclusion of the west coast game in the 1 o'clock hour.

Wall then watched a little bit of the Nets-Clippers game in the control room with the guys before departing the studios.

I'm not sure if it was because Wall was there that night, but later on in their postgame show, Barkley said that he thought the Wizards could be the third best team in the Eastern Conference. Nice praise from a guy who has not always thought so highly of the Wizards.