Posted: Jul 13, 2010 8:41 PM by Mary Jo Perino
As teammates at Kentucky, Eric Bledsoe looked for John Wall to get him the ball.
Monday night, he was trying to steal the ball from Wall.
The two faced each other for the first time wearing different jerseys in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas.
Both had pretty good games, if you don't look at the turnovers. Combined, they had 18, Wall with eight and Bledsoe with ten.
Wall finished with 18 points, ten assists, eight turnovers and five steals.
Bledsoe had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
"I think we did good. I think we did a great job knocking down shots. We knew coming in, me and Eric, we always want to make each other better. Off the court, we are brothers and on the court you don't have no friends so you try to make each other better and that's how we've been ever since Kentucky," said Wall after the head to head match up.
Wall's Washington Wizards beat Bledsoe's LA Clippers by 25 points, so who got the best of who?
"You see," said Bledsoe.
"I mean the score, it explains itself."
Still, Bledsoe enjoyed playing against his former teammate.
"It feels good. We try to go against each other and make each other play one hundred percent. He came at me and I came at him. We just try to make each other play and make each other better pros,” said Bledsoe.
Wall was the number one pick in the NBA draft by the Wizards and will be expected to lead the team at point guard this year.
Eric Bledsoe was the 18th overall pick and was traded to the Clippers. Veteran Baron Davis has run the show there, and Bledsoe says he will try to learn from him so he can move back to the position he played in high school, point guard.
It was once thought that Bledsoe and Wall couldn’t coexist at Kentucky, but they proved everybody wrong and became great friends in the process. So after the head-to-head, who’s buying dinner?
“This is my brother. I got him tonight,” said Wall.