The Washington Wizards were bounced from the Eastern Conference Playoffs after losing to the Toronto Raptors in 6 games, following the series John Wall had some things to say regarding his team’s future.
Wall told ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk that he didn’t think the team was on the same page for much of the season citing personalities that did not mesh well together along with issues regarding understanding each member’s role on the team.
“I feel like it’s a lot we can use. I don’t really have to say [which] certain positions. People who have been around our team understand what we can use to help our team. And it is not throwing shade to anybody on our team because everybody that is on the roster gave everything they had to make it work and fit with the team. But at the same time, sometimes when it is not working, you try, you try, you try, and it keeps failing over and over, you have to make certain adjustments and changes.”
“I have to stay healthy myself and improve my game every summer. I put the pressure on myself because I am that franchise guy, and I am the guy that has to be the leader of the team and make everybody better. But at the same time, if I am doing my part, the other 14 guys have to do their part of getting better every year, just being true to the team. I think probably we have a lot of times guys don’t understand their role and respect their role.”
Wall believes that the team needs to find a big man that is a capable scorer, (DeMarcus Cousins?) someone who can score off the bench, and more depth at the small forward position.
It’s going to be tough for the Wizards to make much noise in free agency as they are stuck in salary cap hell. Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards General Manager, will have to be extremely creative in improving his roster this off-season.
Check out the full transcript of everything Wall had to say here.
It should be an interesting off-season in Washington as some believe that the team will need to trade either Wall or Bradley Beal if they really want to take the next step.