Wall Sees Wiz in Finals?

Don’t count John Wall and his Washington Wizards out of the finals just yet. The 5-time NBA All-Star recently sat down with Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports’ to discuss what were his expectations for the upcoming season. Wall first spoke about the lapses and problems from the previous season. He mentioned how the year before everyone was “having fun” and now this year, “you didn’t see any smiling or excitement.” And that stems from players not knowing what their roles are because then “everybody wants to be ‘the man’ and when they do that, it hurts.”

It seems like Wall acknowledges the fault of the previous season as being players not knowing their position and function for the team. And as a result, to Wall, it seemed like chaos, which is probably to blame for their first round exit against the Toronto Raptors in 6 games.

But it seems like Wall is ready for a fresh start and a new chance to prove the doubters wrong next season. Wall said the following monologue to Lee about the Wizards and how they match up with the Eastern Conference’s best teams without LeBron James in their conference next year:

“I feel like we’re all equal. None of them won a championship. This is no knock on no other team. Don’t get me wrong. Boston is a hell of a team. Philly has great young talent with those guys [Joel] Embiid, [Ben] Simmons. And Toronto, losing DeMar [DeRozan], they still get Kawhi [Leonard]. Y’all might have been to the Eastern Conference finals, where we haven’t been to, but none of y’all were going to the Finals. It was one guy going to the Finals. Ain’t nobody separated from nothing. I know one guy that separated himself from the Eastern Conference every year and that was LeBron James and the Cavs. Other than that … if you lose in the second round, or the conference finals, you still didn’t get to your ultimate goal.”

Wall then went on to discuss how the other teams for the most part have many variables that could affect their seasons. For example, he cited Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward for not playing together in Boston yet and isn’t sure how Kawhi Leonard will fit in with Kyle Lowry up north.

The Wizards themselves have gotten some new pieces for their team this offseason too. With the acquisition of 6’4” point guard Austin Rivers and 8-time All-Star center Dwight Howard, this team really could surprise the fans with a run for the finals. Just last week, Wall thought it was strange how nobody considers him a top-5 point guard in the NBA, despite averaging 19.9 PPG and 9.2 APG so far in his career. But he said that he’ll only use this as motivation to bring his game to the next level. If the Wizards develop synergy and chemistry early on in the season and manage to avoid any long-term injuries, then I do foresee Wall’s Wizards making a strong playoff push and contending with the beasts in the East for a spot in the finals.

 

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My name is Matthew Geyman. I am a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Baltimore Ravens, but really just enjoy watching and playing any sports (although I'm best at golf and basketball). I play electric guitar and my genre of choice (both for listening and playing) is heavy metal. In my free time, I like to read and play video games. My favorite books tend to be those of Greek mythology, although any book that is captivating is certainly going to interest me. As for video games, I delve into a wide spectrum, from sports games to adventure games to racing games. I also have a great passion for American history and enjoy reading primary documents or sources whenever given the opportunity.

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