John Wall Looks Fat

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

John Wall is expected to return to action this weekend, and fans of the Washington Wizards are obviously intrigued—but mostly to see just whether a chubbier John Wall can impact their woeful basketball team.

The Wizards are coasting along this season, currently sitting in the NBA's basement at 5-28, three wins fewer than the next worst team in the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While fans will obviously be excited to see their team's most dynamic player return to action, there's still a number of questions centering on not only how well he'll perform but his dedication.

I can't speak to his dedication, but we did just get past Christmas. I'm sure there might have been a few too many cookies eaten and a glass or two of eggnog chugged in the Wall household—and that's completely understandable.

Of the few pictures of Wall that have popped up, the first one is definitely the least flattering. Not only does it show Wall with a bit of a pooch overhanging his shorts, but everything about him also just seems looser and more out of place.

The other shots do paint a picture that's a bit more flattering, but he's still nowhere near the Wall that was able to bob and weave in and out of the lane at will.

But you know what? I think I'm completely on board with the chubbier, more spacious Wall. Maybe it'll help him in the long run.

I'm not saying he should continue to bulk up, but perhaps the added mass will allow him to put some muscle on his formerly slight frame. At the very least, there's a lot more of him to throw around on defense and a lot more surface area with which to absorb impact and draw a foul. 

So long as he can still dribble at warp speed while running through the lane, who cares how big he's starting to look?

Apparently John Wall thinks everything tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. #feltoned

—Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) January 9, 2013


Rg3 no leg John wall fat Strasburg no elbow Ovie no teeth

— flexico burress (@PaulyC_) January 9, 2013


Maybe this is going to usher in a new era of point guards that Raymond Felton was only able to scratch the surface of last season.

Perhaps the more voluptuous yet still speedy point guard will be able to work his magic with some more post moves or box out more ferociously while attempting to grab those mid-range rebounds.

I've always wanted to see what Zach Randolph crossed with Russell Westbrook would look like on the court, and now here's my chance.

Then again, it's probably best if he goes back to being the Wall that we knew before the injury: an athletic specimen that looked like he could jump over Manute Bol.