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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am  |  47 responses

John Wall: Wizards Need to Be ‘More Serious, Respectable and Professional’


It wasn’t just Andray Blatche who was feeling down after the Washington Wizards’ latest loss last night. Head coach Randy Wittman and point guard John Wall were highly critical of their team. From the Washington Times: “The slow start was little more than a continuation of poor pre-game preparation. ‘We lost the game before we went on the court,’ said guard John Wall, who had 20 points and 14 assists. ‘Too much joking in the locker room, too much joking through warm-ups.’ Interim coach Randy Wittman said, ‘When I walked into the locker room before I sent them out, I had a vibe. We weren’t ready. That’s my responsibility.’ The Warriors took a 41-24 lead after the first quarter and Washington’s play remained as icy as the conditions outside the arena. The visitors shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including a remarkable 65.2 percent (15-for-23) from 3-point range. [...] ‘That’s about as disappointed as I’ve been,’ said Wittman. ‘I had a sense before the game that we weren’t ready to play. That’s my job … we come in with that effort to start the game – inexcusable. And that’s on me. That’s on me.’ ‘You think people would be more serious,’ Wall added. ‘[We need to be] more serious and respectable and professional.’”

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  • Bt

    You’ve done you fair share if mucking around pre game John. Oh and oenly criticizing McGee through the media wasn’t professional nor good leadership. Put your money where your mouth is

  • tomtom

    If John Wall is this good in this situation with this group of ill-prepared and unfocused guys then imagine how great he could be in a more positive situation. That being said, as the best player on that team he really needs to become a leader and that would include kicking guys into shape regardless of if it makes them hate u or not. Oh and stop doing that ridiculous dance.

  • McWill

    When ur best player ‘dougies’ on the court, it’s a problem…. Lol

  • Paul H

    @BT I think when Wall says “we” he Is including himself In the criticism. If I was a Wizards fan I would be happy that your best player Is openly trying to change team culture and create a more professional locker room, holding himself and his teammates to a higher standard. And I would say 20 and 14 on 70% shooting, with just two turnovers Is definitely putting your money were your mouth Is.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Someone please tell him that wearing oversized nerd glasses at press conferences doesn’t make you professional.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    they need a better coach.
    John Wall is a very smart and talented player. He has the high spirits of the young, but his head and heart are in the right place. It’s obvious.
    He needs a coach that demands excellence and preparation from the team. They need a really good coach and they need to waive Blatche and trade Jordan Crawford.
    Resign McGee and Young for the right price, and try to get a decent vet, particularly a vet big who can score a little. (Yes I know how hard that will be.) And they need to draft well this summer.
    A core of Wall, McGee, Young, decent vet, rookie stud, can compete for a playoff spot and have room to improve moving forward.
    But they need the right coach. Wittman is not the answer. He’s never been the answer anywhere he’s coached.

  • Paul H

    Cosign Allen. I think everyone can see the potential In that Wizards team, a hard nosed, discipline heavy coach Is what they need.

  • jpm34

    Larry Brown 2 the rescue?????

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Wizards:D. Cousin,R.Anderson,Kevin Martin
    Rockets: Nick Young
    Kings: J. McGee
    Magic: Blatche

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    The problem with that trade is every team gets a Wizards player who is worse than the one they gave away…

  • ripslam

    Free John Wall?

  • T-Money

    washington needs anthony davis. he’s a franchise-changing player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Free John Wall!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well yeah, if they get this Anthony Davis dude then McGee can go ahead and sign with the Warriors. It’s his destiny.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    John Wall + Anthony Davis = Eastern Conference reclaiming the NBA.
    .
    Miami, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. – Honestly, nothing could possibly make David Stern much happier.

  • tomtom

    FREE JOHN WALL lol, and cosign allenp

  • Chukaz

    Washington might wanna start tripping a lil bit about losing John Wall. That team is terrible and on the real, they won’t be able to turn it around. They got no coach, their general manager sucks, they got a bunch of “young” players that have plenty of experience and they just don’t get it. Guys like McGee and Young might be young in people years, but they’ve been in the leave for almost half a decade. I still don’t see any growth on either of them. McGee started blocking shots, but he still sucks on D. Young became a scoring threat, but it doesn’t change the fact that 5 years in, he’s still a one dimensional gunner. I understand he’s not capable of grabbing a rebound every 10 minutes, i understand he’s got no vision, i understand he doesn’t understand defensive schemes, but he’s an athletic scorer who doesn’t create his own shot. These guys aren’t gonna get better. The situation is so bad that Wall might end up signing the qualifying offer when he becomes a restricted FA just so he can leave after his 5th year

  • Chukaz

    Also, the fact that he does the dougie from time to time during intros doesn’t mean that he doesn’t take the game seriously. He’s on the only player on that team with heart. He tries on D, he rebounds, he plays hard, takes charges. It’s not his fault that his teammates don’t understand that once those intros are done, they gotta take it seriously. He’s focused, pregame, gets silly for 8 seconds during intros for the fans, than he’s all business from there. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Rainman

    @ Chukez he’s doen it IN the game before..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You guys do realize John Wall is whose complaining about not taking games serious enough right?

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    John Wall is calling people out for being serious? Pot, meet kettle. You guys all belong together!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You guys do realize that over the last month John Wall has been a monster….. right?
    .
    Dude has averaged 20 and 9 since February on 48% from the field – he plays for the Wizards!!!!

  • T-Money

    i was listening to jay bilas and he was saying that anthony davis will surprise a lot of people in the nba with his offensive game. he was basically a guard until a late growth spurt in the 10th grame. it’s unbelievable that this uber-talented kid has the maturity to fit his game to KY’s dribble-drive system instead of trying to showcase his skills. i also love the fact that you can’t tell whether kentucky is up or down by looking at his facial expression. he never shies away from contact and is never rattled. tim duncan 2.0.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Chuckaz
    If you think Nick Young doesn’t create his own shot, then you haven’t been watching Nick Young.
    Yes he should rebound more. And play better defense. But dude gets buckets from anywhere on the floor. Anywhere. The number of people on the Nick Young bandwagon is small, but I’m the driver.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nick Young put up 24 last night, and i bet 20 of them were unassisted.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I watched a few minutes of that game by my homies’ house. I have been telling them about Young for a minute. And one cat was like “Yeah, since you keep talking about him, I started watching him more. The boy can score.”
    He gave Wade 40 last year.

  • http://www.thedynastyboys.com lix

    On the side topic of anthony davis… Has nobody told him that unibrows arent in style? The kid has a crazy game an the sky is the limit… But DAM … Braun personal body groomer for christmas?

  • T-Money

    allen, nick young is a talented scorer. everybody agrees with that, that’s the only reason he is in the league and there is nothing else he can do that can have a positive impact on the game. his assist rate is historically bad. his defense on and off the ball is non existent. he doesn’t rebound. he needs the ball in his hands and stalls the offense. he takes a lot of low percentage shot. yes, he’s nice with his but playing him 30+ minutes is a net negative for his team. i know we’ve disagreed on this already. the only contribution i could see nick young making on a winning team is as a 8th man/change of pace guy, playing 15 minutes a game when the starters are out and just gunning without any conscience.

  • feez_22

    there are too much “I” players on the wizards. sucks because young teams usually have a hard time winning in the first place. Now you have young “I” players that really have no concept of team… Cosign @NBK on how wall has been playing. I haven’t really checked his stats per Se but looking purely at the games, he’s been balling. he has been “trying” to limit his turnovers lately. He is passing better. Shooting better. Trying to be a team defender… trying to be a team leader. Its hard though when you have a bunch of young players around you that are concerned more about their success v. team success. Blatche, Crawford and to a certain extent… young. @allenp ya sure young is a good player. However… that guy takes the worst shot selection type shots next to crawford on the team. I call nick young a “play screwer”. for instance, wall will signal a play, pass it to young, run to the other side of a court to try to pick a weakside player… and before he could get there, nick young jacks up a crazy fadeaway jumper. imo it doesn’t matter if it goes in or not. If you PG can’t trust your starting SG to keep a play going how can he trust him? I know for a fact that the play was not for young bc wall pretty much nodded his head going down the court. Little things like that are what is holding the team back. Mcgee imo can be saved. He just needs to pick up a book on defensive rotations to raise his bball IQ. he is always late on rotations which usually has him out of position on rebounds. I think mcgee could be saved.

  • T-Money

    i forgot to add that he is one the most stupid perimeter players in the league. no basketball awareness whatsoever.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think he has offensive awareness.
    I’m going to stop saying stuff though. I’m just going to wait and see if I’m right. I used to defend Jamal Crawford all the time, and people said I was stupid back then too, so I’m going to wait.
    I could be wrong about Nick, but I think he just needs a demanding coach.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp loves Nick Young.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m a fan. I really am a fan of his offensive game. Nothing else, just his offensive game.
    And I think he needs a better coach. I don’t know why, but I’m convince that he and McGee will fall in line with a good coach and John Wall leading the charge. I believe they aren’t bad apples, just misguided followers. You put them in the right culture and they will handle their business, you put them on the Wizards and all their worst character traits are magnified.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    @AllenP, I feel you on Nick Young. Highly talented scorer but probably hasn’t had any direction in his career because coaches have been praising him all his life because of his scoring ability. If he did have a good coach that demanded more out of him (on both ends), he could be a problem!

  • SikhWitIt

    Dude sat out what had to have been a dozen games with tendonitis and has the nerve to talk about professionalism as a basketball player.

  • fruizm

    @AllenP…..Nick Young can score, period!!

  • http://twitter.com/TwelveInchFinch Creflow Dollars

    I cannot believe Im seeing multiple people defending Nick Young despite watching him play regularly? Score from anywhere on the floor? 85% of his shot attempts this year are jumpers. Better passing? His assists have gone down every month this season. Less turnovers? He’s averaging a career high. Granted 1.4 is a low number but not when you consider the fact that he rarely does anything with the ball but shoot and bad shots dont show up as TOs. Everyone talks about the “potential” of this team if they got a “good tough coach” but the light rarely just clicks on when a guy has been in the league for 4,5 years. Wall will be fine if he gets out of that environment but I have little faith in the rest of their core to not play like idiots.

  • MikeC.

    Maybe it’s just me, but Young’s posture seems very weird. His head always looks tipped back too far. He just looks like a neck injury waiting to happen.

  • hushabomb

    Larry Brown would do wonders with this team. And more importantly, he insists on getting veterans so if he was there, say goodbye to Young, Blatche, McGee.

    Its hard for Wall. Cos he got knuckleheads on his team who only care about
    themselves. And whilst its fun to put up numbers, its more fun to win. Ask KLove and Rubio…..

  • CB

    They’re sorry and selfish and dont care about winning just stats.

  • blakos

    Nick Young can get his own shot for real. He scores on isos alot. Co-sign AllenP. If they get Davis trade McGee. If not take Barnes. Use shards money to resign wall and get some vets. Oh and Blatche has to go.

    Shout out to Abe!

  • ab40

    haha this is the worst and most immature team I’ve seen in a long time. They just don’t know how to play basketball, it’s that simple. They probably feel like the world owes them something or that they’re getting paid anyway. 1. They don’t wanna work 2. Over half the team doesn’t know what being a team is all about and 3. These guys are just dumb.. On and of the court. And if you think Nick Young is a good basketball player you obviously only watch highlights.

  • Omar

    I have no problem with this as long as he includes himself .

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Creflow
    People said the exact same thing about Jamal Crawford. Then they were hailing him as a godsend to the Hawks, and talking about him as a key free agent last summer.
    Man, people always say players can’t or won’t change, and to a certain extent that’s true. Some traits are fairly ingrained. But, stuff can be managed and weaknesses can become strengths with the right system.

  • Ayo

    If all of you think Nick Young doesn’t play D or is a bad player, then obviously none of you actually WATCH him play. Nick is extremely good at on the ball D. He can also score from anywhere and get his own shot. Heck, if he was on the TWolves or Clippers right now, he would actually make a positive difference in their record. Young is the scapegoat for Wizards fans

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    IMO, anyone in here who has criticized Wall, has watched nothing short of zero Wizards games. The only real negative thing I have to say about John, is he refuses to let go on his jumper. More of his J’s would drop, if he stopped trying to guide them through the rim. What you have in Wall, is a crazy talented kid with a desire to be great. Like many here have said, he’s on a team surrounded by goofs. He wants to win and has even said, he tries to lead at times, but when talking to grown men, they’re gonna do what they want to do. That’s a paraphrased recent quote to the Washington Post from him. Nick is a scorer, but has tunnel-vision. He’s a blackhole out there. Ball goes in his hands and does not come out. Javale, tries to do too much instead of letting the game come to him (he’s gotten drastically better this season though). But his weakside rotations on D are terrible. Blatche should have gotten dealt, the off-season following his becoming a full-time starter (when he averaged like 22 and 8 the final 2 or so months after Jamison got dealt). No dedication to his craft. He has the upper body of an 8th grader. Refuses to get in the gym. Give this team a demanding coach, bring in a Kurt Thomas type to help speed the maturation of McGee (like he did in Chicago w/Noah), draft a SF like Barnes out of Carolina and they’ll head in the right direction.

  • nails

    Wizards need a some vets on the team to guide the young ones.

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