John Wall had just delivered another empty double-double as the Washington Wizards suffered another double-digit loss, but a double dose of encouragement was in store for him. As Wall sullenly walked toward mid-court after the Wizards' 106-89 loss to the Miami Heat last month, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made a beeline for Wall to console him.

Wade draped his left arm around Wall's shoulders and James, noticing the cameras, lifted his shirt above his mouth to hide what he had to say. Wall nodded as both perennial all-stars reminded him of the struggles they once faced in their careers; with James, a former No. 1 overall pick, being on lottery teams his first two seasons and Wade once playing on a team that won a mere 15 games.