Legendary rock musician Jon Bon Jovi sat courtside during the Wizards’ 104-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Center. The arena speakers pumped his classic staple, “You Give Love a Bad Name,” while his image flashed across the HD scoreboard. And as it all unfolded, John Wall applauded from his seat along the bench. Wall was simply being polite, because after the game, Wall was asked about Bon Jovi and he replied, “Who’s that?”
Jan Vesely, the Czech forward getting dressed nearby, was stunned as he looked at Wall.
“No. You don’t know him?” Vesely said.
Emeka Okafor, seated in an adjacent locker room stall, shook his head and laughed.
Wall smiled and said, “I’m a 90s baby. I never heard of him.”
Wow. No Bad Medicine? No You Give Love A Bad Name? No Wanted Dead or Alive??? My God John Wall may have the luckiest pair of ears in the world. I can’t even drink Jameson in dive bars anymore out of fear Living On A Prayer will come on and I’ll shove a sharp object into my neck. No It’s My Life? How’s that humanly possible?
To be fair, the exact opposite situation happened during Bon Jovi’s ride home:
Jovi’s Wife: Shame they couldn’t win, that John Wall kid is pretty quick with the ball.
Bon Jovi: Who?
Jovi’s Wife: The Wizards’ point guard. Number one pick a couple years ago…
Bon Jovi: Never heard of him.
Jovi’s Wife: But you were literally cheering him on for the past 3 hours.
Bon Jovi: Eh I was just being polite.
You know what I’m gonna be real — catch me in the right mood and I’ll be singing Bon Jovi like drunk middle-aged white folks at a wedding reception. Cue the music!