Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  16 responses

Flip Saunders Talked to John Wall About His Legacy

The pitiful Washington Wizards claimed their first win of the season against Toronto last night, but head coach Flip Saunders wants his point guard to focus on the future. Per the WaPo: “It’s not where we’ve been, it’s where we’re going. This is a great opportunity for you to establish your legacy and where you’re going with it,’ Saunders said he told [John] Wall. Wall is having an admittedly difficult start to his second season. His production is down from last season, averaging just 14.4 points on 35.1 percent shooting with 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 turnovers. He also ranks 178th in player efficiency rating – just ahead of Gordon Hayward and Renaldo Balkman and about nine spots below Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft. Wall has struggled playing with a supporting cast that can’t shoot but also a desire to do too much in response, which contributes to some out- of-control play at times. After the Wizards lost their eighth game in a row to Minnesota on Sunday in a display of selfish one-on-one play, Wall sounded helpless to the struggles on the team, which is shooting just 39.7 percent and ranks 30th in offensive rating and assists. ‘I just try to be the point guard, try to lead people out there on the floor and get everybody involved,; Wall said. ‘That’s my role, you know what I mean. You find guys when they are open and you don’t turn them down when they are open. Then whatever they do after that when they got the ball, it’s up to the person that’s got it.’ Wall said he didn’t expect this season to be that tough. ‘It’s not good right now.’”

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  • Bravo

    Shut up

  • RunNGun

    If they can get rid of the knuckleheads like Blatche and Young, that would be a good step in the right direction.

  • jsmoke212

    Someone needs to talk to Flip about his. Zing!

  • Bt

    The only legacy he is building is as the worst shooter to ever start in the point guard position

  • Heals

    “We?” Hmmmm…

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    I think they can keep Young, but Blatche needs to go. trade him now while he’s young and ppl still thinks he has potential. Wall just needs to stop shooting jumpshots. Take a page out of Rondo’s book. He can’t shoot a lick either, but his fg% is over 50% because he just drives to the basket and is a great finisher. Rondo only shoots jumpers under 2 circumstances: when the defense is playing so far off him that all he can do is shoot, or when he has the ball and the shotclock is expiring. Wall should do the same.

  • http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marshon-Brooks-6347/playerblog/ nbk

    and told him “I’m trying to prevent you from having one”

  • bike

    “This is a great opportunity for you to establish your legacy and where you’re going with it”
    Flip has to get as much milage as possible from this one and only win since it will probably be another month or so before these losers see another one.

  • Bt

    @dfrance the problem with that is rondo will also drive and pass, something wall is currently not very good at. All wall currently is is a guard who will use his speed to get by you for 10-15 points a game and maybe get a couple of steals which will be offset by his turnovers. That’s it.

  • robb

    Flip should talk about his luggage because he’s out

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    @BT I agree for now, but I think that he’s a willing passer and if he had better teammates to drive and dish too, that part of his game will improve. Blatche, McGee and Young are not very good at moving without the ball. They all want to go one on one.

  • Fletch213

    @nbk LMAO hilarious man

  • Jeremy

    I think we all forget how great John Wall is at so many aspects of the game, it is scary to think how great he could be if he put it all together Wasn’t there an article last year where he said he wanted to be the best point guard ever? I don’t remember many people disagreeing with him then.

  • Chukaz

    And by legacy, Saunder’s meant next contract. Remember that he was to start 2 all star games, or make 2 all-nba teams, or win MVP if he wants a KD/D.Rose-type extension. He’s basically got 3 years to make two all-nba teams (he’s not gonna start any all-star games in the eastern conference for the foreseeable future), or win MVP (which he won’t do, with bron, rose, howard, kd, and kobe all in the mix for the next 3 years). He should worry about his legacy tho. I’m sure he’d rather be the next Rose than the next Stevie Franchise

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    thanks fletch

  • aktion

    Wall is just getting fed up. His team suck all you gotta do is double wall nobody else can score. If I was wall I would opt out first chance.