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John Wall And Other Athletes Pose Naked In ESPN's Body Issue

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots a free throw against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center (Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

(COURIER JOURNAL) -- As ESPN's disclaimer says, "It's OK to stare."

The fifth Body Issue - ESPN's celebration of the human athletic form - hits newsstands on Friday, and the Worldwide Leader shared a number of promo images Tuesday ahead of its release that include nude but tasteful shots of former University of Kentucky basketball player John Wall and Morehead State's Kenneth Faried.

Both made the list of "Bodies We Want" sports figures that includes cover athlete Gary Player, the three-time Masters champion who at age 77 is the oldest person to strike a pose for the issue.

PHOTOS of other athletes featured in the magazine: http://www.wusa9.com/news/photo-gallery.aspx?storyid=265778

Photos of Wall, a guard on coach John Calipari's first UK team, feature the Washington Wizards star in a bathtub, dribbling a basketball and leaping across a room.


WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE NAKED PHOTOS OF JOHN WALL

SEE PHOTO OF JOHN WALL RELEASED TO COURIER JOURNAL http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130709/SPORTS03/307090045/Former-Kentucky-basketball-star-John-Wall-bares-all-ESPN-s-Body-Issue

SEE PHOTO OF JOHN WALL IN BATH TUB VIA ESPN: http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/page/bodyissue2013johnwall/washington-wizards-point-guard-john-wall-takes-all-2013-body-issue-espn-magazine


Oh, and there are a few surprises.

"I just got my first tattoos about a month ago," Wall told ESPN. "I got my back and my whole stomach and a piece on my chest. It took a long time.

"The one on my chest says Mama's Boy, with a rose and my mom's name. That's the one she likes most. The one on my back says The Great Wall. That was my nickname when I was the No. 1 player in the country. This is the first opportunity for everyone to see them."

Wall said he'd most like to change his arms, which haven't grown stronger in appearance with the rest of the 210-pounder's frame since going pro.

"I think my best feature are my abs," he said. "They're cut up. Last year, when I was injured, I got overweight and I didn't like myself because I had a big belly, and that's not what I want to be. I like to stay in shape, and I like to be fit even when I'm not playing.

"So I've been doing a lot of sit-ups and conditioning to make sure my abs are there. Crunches are my go-to. I do 100 crunches in the morning and at night to get myself going and get my body moving."

The magazine will also feature the story "The 6-foot 10-inch question mark," about UK basketball player Nerlens Noel's recovery from a knee injury that ended his freshman season early.

Other "Bodies We Want" athletes include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force and volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings, the first Body Issue athlete photographed before and after her pregnancy.

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